Police chief: Detroit sees increase in homicides, shootings in 2020

Chief James Craig cites coronavirus pandemic as a factor

Detroit sees 19 percent increase in homicides; Non-fatal shootings jump 53 percent in 2020
Detroit sees 19 percent increase in homicides; Non-fatal shootings jump 53 percent in 2020

DETROIT – The year 2020 has been a year unlike any other with an increase in some crimes committed.

“We ended the year with the following increases: Homicide, 327 (in 2020), compared to 274 in 2019, aggravated assaults, 12,003 compared to 9,920,” said Detroit Police Chief Craig during a press conference.

Additionally, Craig said there was an increase in fatal and non-fatal shootings. He blames the uptick on the coronavirus pandemic.

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“It’s clear that the pandemic was the single most factor in driving violence in our cities, including here in Detroit,” he said.

Overall, crime is up 13%; however, that seems to be the case nationwide with other cities seeing an increase as well.

“Seattle saw a 54% increase. Boston saw a 52% increase,” Craig said.

Other the other hand, rape cases are down, as well as robberies.

“We saw double digit reductions of sexual assault -- 36% reduction,” Craig said.

Craig said the stats for 2020 are far worse compared to the late 1980s and 1990s.