California Homicides Rose 31 % in 2020

California reported 2,202 homicides in 2020 which was an increase of 31% from the year before. That made it the deadliest year in the state in more than a decade according to data from the California Department of Justice.

The report titled “Crime in California 2020” which was released on Thursday July 1, shows that the homicide rates increased dramatically compared to the previous 3 years. In the year of BLM marches and lockdowns California saw the murder rate go from 4.2 homicides per 100,000 in 2019 to 5.5 per 100,000.

The report showed gradual declines in homicide rate the first 3 years of Trumps presidency before the BLM riots and lockdowns. 2019 was actually a record low in homicides for California, being the lowest rate per 100,000 going all the way back to 1966.

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African Americans were the highest proportion of homicide victims, at 31%, despite accounting for just 6.5% of the state’s population, and 45% of homicide victims were Hispanic, a demographic that makes up 39% of California’s population. Sixteen percent of homicide victims in the state were white, and the remaining 7.5% were of other race or ethnic groups.

In the homicide cases where the circumstances are known, 34% were due to an argument, 28% were related to gang activity, 8.5% were part of a rape, robbery, or burglary, and the remaining 6.7% were related to domestic violence.

Attorney General Rob Bonta said in a statement, “while violent crime rates are still well below their historical highs in the early 90s, the increases we’ve seen during this pandemic are unacceptable.”

Full Report Can Be Accessed Here:
https://data-openjustice.doj.ca.gov/sites/default/files/2021-06/Crime%20In%20CA%202020.pdf

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