ABC News reported a crime surge Wednesday “in 12 major cities” but did not note that all 12 cities are Democrat-controlled.
At least 12 major U.S. cities have broken annual homicide records in 2021 — and there’s still three weeks to go in the year. Of the dozen cities that have already surpassed the grim milestones for killings, five topped records that were set or tied just last year.
What ABC News did not mention is that the cities mentioned in the report are all Democrat-controlled cities.
The report touches on:
- Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Austin, Texas
- Baton Rouge, Louisiana
- Columbus, Ohio
- Indianapolis, Indiana
- Louisville, Kentucky
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Portland, Oregon
- Rochester, New York
- St. Paul, Minnesota
- Toledo, Ohio
- Tucson, Arizona
It does not mention they are all Democrat-controlled.
The report noted specifically:
Philadelphia, a city of roughly 1.5 million people, has had more homicides this year (521 as of Dec. 6) than the nation’s two largest cities, New York (443 as of Dec. 5) and Los Angeles (352 as of Nov. 27). That’s an increase of 13% from 2020, a year that nearly broke the 1990 record.
Chicago, the nation’s third-largest city, leads the nation with 739 homicides as of the end of November, up 3% from 2020, according to Chicago Police Department crime data. Chicago’s deadliest year remains 1970 when there were 974 homicides.
The ABC News report says, “Experts say there are a number of reasons possibly connected to the jump in homicides, including strained law enforcement staffing, a pronounced decline in arrests and continuing hardships from the pandemic, but that there is no clear answer across the board.”
CORRECTION: Four cities (Chicago, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, and New York) were incorrectly listed in the initial version of this article. This story has been updated with a corrected list to include Baton Rouge, Columbus, Indianapolis, and Louisville.