Like many other large cities, Washington, D.C. saw a jump in shootings and killings during 2020, with 64% more people being shot and 19% more homicides than 2019, and the highest homicide rate since 2004.
198 people were killed in the city in 2020, and 920 people were shot during a year that saw months-long lockdowns from the coronavirus and weeks of protests and riots after George Floyd, a Minnesota black man, was killed in police custody in May.
Most of the homicide victims were black males, along with 26 women and tragically, several young children. The youngest victim was an 11-month-old girl and another toddler was killed in his carseat.
“It breaks my heart when I think of the promises not fulfilled as a result of violence,” newly named D.C. police chief, Robert J. Contee III, who will start the job on Saturday, said.
Contee promised “relentless” pursuit of “criminals who make our communities unsafe,” along with “community conversation and agreement.”
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