DC faces a large number of killings

DC faces a large number of killings

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Major cities across the country, including DC, are facing a disturbing increase in homicides.

Driver news: DC killed 202 people yesterday afternoon, the highest number in the district since 2003.

The big picture: Local officials cannot pinpoint one specific cause for the increase in violence, the Washington Post reports. They have pointed to everything from an increase in illegal firearms to pandemic interruptions.

The rising death toll also brings talks to defuse police back to the forefront.

  • Activists, Post reports, do not attribute an increase in crime to police reform.
  • But the DC police union says changes in police work created in the wake of George Floyd’s killings make the fight against crime more difficult, Post reports.

Zoom out: Prince George’s and Baltimore counties have also had high homicide rates this year.

  • PG County’s death toll has reached three digits for the first time since 2008.
  • Baltimore has exceeded 300 homicides for the seventh year in a row.

A common thread among the increase in homicides in PG County, Baltimore and DC is the growing number of young victims and teens charged with homicide.

  • 11 people under 18 have been charged with murder this year in PG County, Fox 5 reports. That includes a 12-year-old who was charged with the death of a 13-year-old.

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