Report: Murder rates surged in Democrat-controlled cities during 2020 – here’s where it happened

As Law Enforcement Today has reported over the last several months, crime in Democrat-controlled cities has skyrocketed out of control. From New York where shootings rose 112% and homicides increased to 95%, to Chicago where more than 4,000 people were shot this year alone, these Democrat-run cities are dangerous to say the least. 

Other major Democrat-controlled cities including Atlanta, Dallas, New Orleans, Kansas City, Milwaukee have seen their murder rates soar in 2020. 

For example, as of December 20, 2020, the Atlanta Police Department indicated there had been 154 murders in Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ (D) Atlanta, up from 95 in 2019, Breitbart reported.

A chart released by the Chicago Tribune shows that there were 768 people killed in Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Chicago from January 1, 2020, through December 27, 2020. According to the chart, that is 252 more people killed in 2020 than in 2019, with 2020 being almost as deadly as 2016 when there were 788 people killed. 

While everyone was quick to defund the police, and blame their officers for “agitating the violence”, it seems as though the cities that are controlled by liberal Democrats are seeing the most trouble. 

Take Dallas for example, The Dallas Police Department released a chart outlining the crime numbers and percentages throughout the year. As of December 29, 2020, there had been 235 murders in Democrat Mayor Eric Johnson’s city, as opposed to the 194 murders in the city during all of 2019. That is more than a 21% increase in just one year. 

The Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department released their crime numbers, indicating that as of December 31, 2020, there were 174 murders in Democrat Mayor Quinton Lucas’ City for 2020. In 2019 there were 151 murders, and 2020 marked a five year high in murder rates.

The New Orleans city government indicates there were 185 homicides in Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s (D) New Orleans January 1, 2020, through December 30, 2020, an increase of 61 of over the 124 witnessed in 2019. And Washington, DC’s Metropolitan Police Department shows 198 homicides in Mayor Muriel Bowser’s (D) D.C. for 2020, up from 166 in 2019, Breitbart reported.

In a Twitter post on December 29, 2020, Crimealytics’ Jeff Asher reported similar surges in murder rates in other Democrat-controlled cities such as Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Oakland, St. Louis, and Philadelphia, among others:

One of the highest increases in murders took place in Louisville, which is controlled by Democrat Mayor Greg Fischer. With murders increasing from 78 in 2019 to 139 in 2020, Louisville finished out the year with a more than 78% increase. 

Likewise, Seattle, which is also controlled by a Democratic Mayor, Jenny Durkin, has seen a 74.1% increase in murders, with there being 47 murders in 2020, and only 27 recorded in all of 2019. 

With these numbers written in black and white, it is hard to try to pass the blame, which is what many of the Mayors in these listed cities have tried to do. Many of them turned their back on their officers and allowed the protesters and rioters to run loose in the streets. In addition to defunding the police in many of these cities, crime units were disbanded, and the criminals were made to feel as though they had the upper hand.

Another major flaw is the fact that after criminals are being arrested, they are being set free with few to no charges, allowing them back out on the streets to commit their crimes again. As Law Enforcement Today reported this week, in New York, a man with murder charges pending against him was released back out onto the street, by the same Judge, twice. Here is more on that story. 

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BRONX, NY- Bail reform, COVID-19 releases and a number of other things have seriously flawed the justice system in recent years. 

It has come to light that a Bronx judge released a teen murder suspect, not once but twice, allowing him to harm others again. 

Supreme Court Justice Denis Boyle freed 16-year-old Jordon Benjamin without bail after allegedly stabbing a young woman, Amya Hick in the stomach. 

The worst part about Benjamin’s most recent crime however, is he was set free despite two pending cases of violent crimes against him. 

The first case against Benjamin is from Christmas Eve 2019. Sixty-year-old Juan Fresnada was walking with his roommate when police said the pair were assaulted by a group of teenagers, one of those teen’s allegedly including Benjamin, The New York Post reported.

Video of the brutal attack shows that the teens brutally stomped on Fresnada and beat him with a garbage can. He died from his injuries three days later at Lincoln Hospital, police said.

That vicious beating, and the loss of life, was all for $1, which is what the teens made off with.

Benjamin was initially confined to the Crossroads Juvenile Center in Brooklyn on a manslaughter charge but freed by Boyle in March due to concerns over the coronavirus behind bars, The New York Post reported.

Then on December 14th, Benjamin allegedly slashed Hicks on Intervale Avenue in the Bronx, not far from his Hall Place home.

He was arrested three days later and charged with felony assault and attempted assault, and misdemeanor weapons possession, but was again released by Judge Boyle without bail at his arraignment.

Benjamin’s alleged victims and their families are now furious over the fact that this extremely dangerous teen is being allowed to walk the streets despite his repeated heinous crimes.

On Monday, December 28th, 33-year-old Tynisha Smith, the mother of Amya Hicks said:

“This is crazy, we thought he was still in jail,”  

She continued:

“She doesn’t have an order of protection or nothing. He’s local. He hangs out two blocks away.”

She went on to say:

“Nobody called us, I’m going to ring her now and tell her to get home. They didn’t give us a heads up or nothing. This is ridiculous. He can hurt another person.”

According to Smith, her daughter spent two days in the hospital and underwent surgery to treat her wounds.

Also on Monday, 30-year-old Bayron Caceres, the roommate of Benjamin’s alleged first victim, Juan Fresnada, said when he heard the news of Benjamin’s freedom:

“I’m shocked,”  

He went on to say:

“It’s injustice,”

Caceres continued:

“I thought he was on trial. I thought he was in jail. It is unbelievable to me, the injustice.”

According to the post, Fresnada’s building is just steps away from where Benjamin and his friends regularly hang out.

A neighbor told The Post:

“I can’t believe they let him back out here,”

The neighbor went on to say:

“Now I gotta keep looking back over my shoulder.”

In response to the backlash that Boyle is now receiving, the state Office of Court Administration released a statement that said Boyle followed the law.

OCA spokesman Lucian Chalfen said in the statement:

“Judges follow the law and the law clearly states that the least restrictive alternative should be the preeminent driver in bail consideration,” 

Chalfen continued in the statement:

“Once released on his manslaughter charge, this defendant returned to court for all subsequent appearances, and the expectation is that that will continue with the new charge,” 

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