Dec 8, 2021 - Politics & Policy

12 major U.S. cities set homicide records this year

Cities that set new murder records in 2021
Data: ABC News; Chart: Axios Visuals

At least 12 major U.S. cities have set homicide records this year, including topping five set just last year, ABC News reports.

The big picture: Experts cite fewer cops on the streets, reduced after-school and nonviolence programs, court systems that can't handle the strain, and mental health issues exacerbated by two years of COVID.

  • "[I]t's worse than a war zone around here lately," Rochester Police Capt. Frank Umbrino said after the city set a new all-time high on Nov. 11.

The bottom line: Minneapolis and Milwaukee are close to becoming Nos. 13 and 14 on the list.

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