The U.S. murder rates were up dramatically in 2020 by numbers the country has not seen in decades.
"Homicides rose sharply in 2020, and rates of aggravated assaults and gun assaults increased as well. Homicide rates were 30% higher than in 2019, an historic increase representing 1,268 more deaths in the sample of 34 cities than the year before," said a study conducted by philanthropy group Arnold Ventures and the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice.
The study also found that aggravated assault was up 6%, gun assaults were up 8%, and motor vehicle theft was up 13%. However, there was a decline in robberies by 9%, residential burglary was down 24%, and drug offenses were down 30%.
The study said that "urgent action is necessary."
"Subduing the pandemic, increasing confidence in the police and the justice system, and implementing proven anti-violence strategies will be necessary to achieve a durable peace in the nation's cities," it said.