2020 saw an increase in criminal activity across the board, but the leftist ‘defund the police’ movement after the death of George Floyd helped secure a large increase in murders among the Black community.
Murders of Black Americans spiked by more than 32% from 2019 to 2020. Almost 3,000 more Black murders occurred in 2020 than of white murders, which is astounding “considering white Americans make up 76% of the population compared to Black Americans representing only 13%, according to Census data.
Black murders also shot up by 43% in 2020, compared to the previous 10-year average according to FBI data, murders across the board spiked nearly 30% inn 2020 compared to 2019.
Hannah Meyers, director of the policing and public safety initiative at the Manhattan Institute, said we are seeing the “Ferguson Effect.” “Certainly, the protests and riots mid-2020 after the death of George Floydfollowed a pattern of spiking violence that we’ve seen following past viral police incidents, such as the deaths of Michael Brown and Freddie Gray. This pattern has been termed the ‘Ferguson Effect’: police pull back while violent crime spikes precipitously,”
Between 2010 and 2019, White murders averaged roughly 16% lower than the 10-year average of Black murder. The Post explains that “murder in the 2010s first broke the 7,000 murder benchmark in 2015 after the high-profile deaths of Freddie Gray and Michael Brown in 2014.
Brown was fatally shot by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer and Gray died after he sustained injuries in the back of a Baltimore police van. Their deaths sparked protests and riots similar to the ones following Floyd’s death.
Condemnation against the police and law enforcement created a rippling effect of not enough officers being able to cover all areas of crime. McDonald told Fox News Digital that Black Lives Matter and the defund the police movements contributed to the crime spike inn 2020 and has nothing to do with the coronavirus and lockdowns.”
Furthermore, the spike in crime and murders “began months lockdowns beginning only after riots” saying the “spike was not at all related to COVID.”
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