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Pandemic Worsened Inequalities Driving Violent Crime, Experts Say

Policymakers need to address the systemic conditions that fuel violence, experts told a webinar discussing a report showing that the spike in homicides and aggravated assaults has been largely experienced by poor underserved neighborhoods. The pandemic has further widened the gap, they said.

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Violent Crime Highest in Poor Urban Neighborhoods: Study

Affluent white communities have largely escaped the spike in homicides and assaults, according to a study of 13 cities by the University of California-Davis Violence Prevention Research Program. Researchers said racially and economically segregated neighborhoods, which were hit hardest during the pandemic, have borne the brunt of the violence.


Pandemic Surveillance and Racial Bias

Surveillance technology employed during the pandemic has disproportionately targeted people of color, leading to a normalization of both “racial discrimination and inequality,” according to University of Pittsburgh law professor Christian Sundquist.

Chicago Judge Blocks Vaccine Mandate for Cops

Judge Raymond W. Mitchell of the Cook County Circuit Court ruled that unionized employees like police officers have a right to have their objections to vaccine mandates heard, but experts call warnings of resignations “bravado” and refute claims that resignations will lead to a crime surge.