With about two weeks left in 2021, town of Milwaukee has already set a brand new file excessive for the variety of homicides in a 12 months.
As of Tuesday afternoon, 192 individuals have been killed within the metropolis of Milwaukee this 12 months. That quantity tops final 12 months’s file of 189 homicides.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett mentioned he is undecided if the COVID-19 pandemic is linked to the excessive ranges of violence.
“I believe it is putting that the 2 years now we have seen the best variety of homicides, within the historical past of this neighborhood are the 2 years once we’ve had the pandemic,” mentioned Barrett. “It is had a huge effect on individuals’s lives. Clearly, their psychological well being, their financial well being, their bodily well being.”
A minimum of a dozen different main U.S. cities have additionally set new murder information this 12 months. Milwaukee County Govt David Crowley mentioned there are associated indicators of individuals in disaster.
“We see the rise in emergency psychological well being calls. We see the rise in drug overdoses, and I believe different communities — I’ve truly had this dialog with different county executives throughout the nation — they’re seeing the very same factor,” mentioned Crowley.
The director of Milwaukee’s Workplace of Violence Prevention just lately informed WUWM that extra prevention applications are coming subsequent 12 months, together with one making an attempt particularly to achieve males who’re extra doubtless than girls to commit murder.
A lot of the homicides in Milwaukee this 12 months are resulting from gun violence.
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