As anti-Asian hate crimes skyrocket in America, cities are trying their hand at reform through passing bills and launching task forces. However, some advocates feel policing the problem is a “band-aid” for addressing the root of anti-Asian sentiment.
As America was turned upside down by a pandemic, localized lockdowns, and nationwide protests against police violence and racism, it also experienced one of the largest recorded one-year rises in homicide rates since 1968. Experts are struggling to explain it.
Violent crime and murder rates in major American cities continued to rise through most of last year, resulting in numbers not seen in recent years, according to research released Monday by the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice (CCJ) and Arnold Ventures. Researchers connected the increases to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the unrest following the racial injustice movement protests.
Authorities said that they have determined the attack was “targeted” and that there may have been more than one shooter. The shooting came just days after officials unveiled a “crime reduction plan” to combat a rise in violence, which they attributed to drugs and poverty.
There were 157 murders last year, up from 99 in 2019 and the most in more than two decades. “It’s ridiculous that now, even during this pandemic, we got more gun violence going on than ever before,” said one activist.