Pandemic, civil unrest likely contributed to more than 50% increase in Chicago homicides in 2020, experts say

CHICAGO – In a year marred by a deadly pandemic and rocked by civil unrest over policing in America, Chicago endured a level of violence in 2020 that reversed recent progress, with homicides increasing by more than 50%, according to official statistics. Through Sunday, Chicago had recorded 762 homicides this year, a 55% jump over the same period in 2019, when 491 people in the city were slain, according to official Chicago police data. It is among the highest year-over-year increases in recent city history. The total number of shootings this year also was up sharply. That figure rose by 53%, t…

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