Washington recorded its 200th murder since the beginning of the year on Monday. It is the first time that this psychological threshold has been exceeded since 2004, confirming the dramatic increase in the level of violence in the capital and other major cities of the United States. The 200th victim is a man, not yet identified by the police, killed with a firearm shortly after 10.15 pm in the south-eastern area of the city.
According to data updated in September by the Council on Criminal Justice, a Washington institution, murders increased in 29 major US cities, compared to the same period of the previous year. FBI data reports that killings increased across the country by 30 percent in 2020. Baltimore passed the 300 homicide mark for the seventh consecutive year, while in Philadelphia on Sunday the threshold of 496 murders was reached, 14 percent more than the same period last year.
According to the authorities, there is no single explanation for the increase in violence. Among the reasons taken into consideration, the spread of illegal firearms, the indiscriminate use that is made of it even in the most banal disputes, in addition to the blocking of the machinery of justice due to the pandemic, which has led to a halt in trials and the emptying of prisons.
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