US murder rate highest it's been in 25 years as big cities shatter records

The murder rate was estimated to be 6.9 murders per 100,000 persone in 2021 – just 0.5 lower than the 1996 murder rate of 7.4, according to FBI data examined by data analyst Jeff Asher and shared by the New York Times. It’s the closest the nation has come to the high-crime scourge of the early 90s.

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Il FBI estimated that 19,645 people were murdered in 1996. Nel frattempo, 2021 ended with several cities – Chicago, New York, Gli angeli, e Minneapolis, to name a few – reporting upticks in murders.

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Former New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Howard Safir attributed the high murder numbers last year to several factors, Compreso “cancel culture and woke mentality that assumes that police are racist and brutal.He also pointed to soft-on-crime policies and a lack of support for police.

DC homicide detectives examine evidence in a car at a murder crime scene, Washington DC, 1996. The victim's body was found in the parked car.

DC homicide detectives examine evidence in a car at a murder crime scene, Washington DC, 1996. The victim’s body was found in the parked car. (Photo by Mark Reinstein/Corbis via Getty Images)

If crimes continue to be committed in large numbers, and police continue not to have the backing of politicians and the public, then they’re not going to do their job the way they did when I was commissioner,” Safir told Fox News Digital on Tuesday.

Safir was at the helm of the NYPD from 1996 per 2000 and said he reduced New York City crime by 38% by the time his tenure ended. He noted that the majority of crimes in America are linked todrugs and guns.

Press conference at 20th pct. with Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Police commissioner Howard Safir and Parks commissioner Henry Stern, giugno 05, 1996.

Press conference at 20th pct. with Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Police commissioner Howard Safir and Parks commissioner Henry Stern, giugno 05, 1996. (Photo By: Clarence Davis/NY Daily News via Getty Images)

Chicago Police reported that 2021 was the deadliest year in a quarter-century, con 797 homicides recorded – up 25 a partire dal 2020. Minneapolis Police reported 96 omicidi, just one killing short of surpassing 1995’s homicide record, secondo il Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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Murders in Gli angeli last year reached 397, the highest that number has been in 15 anni, according to the Los Angeles Volte. The NYPD reported the highest number of murders in ten years, con 488 reported in 2021 – the highest it’s been since 2011, quando 515 people were ucciso, le statistiche mostrano.

The number of murders and non-negligent manslaughters has climbed in recent years. NYPD statistics show 468 people were killed in 2020, 319 nel 2019 e 295 nel 2018.

inoltre, the city has made news in recent days for two high-profile killings involving young women.

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A gennaio. 9, 30-anni Winston Glynn allegedly shot and killed Krystal Bayron-Nieves, a 19-year-old Burger King employee, during a robbery inside the East Harlem fast food restaurant.