In addition to all the casualties caused by the pandemic, social unrest, heightened political turbulence and election pressure, the neighbourhoods and the streets of big cities in America now suffer from the spike of homicide and violence at an increased rate of 52%.
Chicago Becoming The Capital Of Homicides
According to the report of the Chicago police department there is 433 first degree homicides are reported so far. At the same point in 2019, the rate of murders was 284. Chicago is the highest among all the cities. The reasons they point out are hyper leaderships, poverty and the broken system. According to the researchers, these are the perfect breeding ground for the crimes and homicides.drugs, gangs and guns are the major contributors to these crimes. After pandemic gushed into the cities the rates of stabbing, carjacking, shooting, brutal assaults towards guards who went to break up the party that went uncontrolled started to become common news in streets.
From New York to Chicago dozens of people died of gunshots and gang crimes. In Atlanta, 31 people were shot and five dead including children in one week. During a press conference, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said “You shot and killed a baby, If you want people to take us seriously, and you don’t want us to lose this movement, then we can’t lose each other in this. There are peaceful demonstrators across this city and across this country, and I applaud them and I thank them for being peaceful and for honouring the lives of so many people who have been killed in America because of injustice, But this random wild, wild West, shoot ’em up because you can, it has got to stop. It has to stop.”
Georgia governor Brian Kemp moved in the national guard in response. In Chicago, 87 people were shot and 17 were dead, among them was 7-year-old Natalia Wallace.
“Violence of any kind is never acceptable,” the mayor, Lori Lightfoot, said at a news conference decrying the violence. “But the fact that this is especially urgent right now as our ability to treat all Chicagoans is being stretched to the breaking point, we cannot allow this to happen and we will not allow this to happen.”
Many addresses the issues that are upheaving are the byproducts of the increased police brutalities and calling an end to the systematic racism as reasons. They have fueled the violence in the major cities. Even after the highly publicized terrible incidents happening around the urban sphere the approaches from the authority remained idle.
The conflicts will continue to persist until the pandemic has vanished and social sanity returns.