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Police departments across America are reinforcing and developing new tactics in order to prepare for a “violent summer,” according to a WSJ report.
The prediction is partly based on the lifting of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, although they had little impact in reducing the plague of violence that swept American cities last summer after the death of George Floyd.
Rising gun crimes and a surge in firearms sales are also cited as evidence that the coming months could represent an explosive powder keg.
“Police departments in New York City and other large metro areas across the U.S. are bulking up patrols and implementing new tactics to prepare for what they say could be a violent summer,” states the report.
Cities with a population of at least one million saw a 32.2% spike in homicides during the last 3 months of 2020, while murders are all up significantly in New York, Dallas and Chicago compared to this time last year.
In NYC alone, there have been 451 year-to-date shootings, up by 86% compared to 2020, when there were 242 shootings.
“Keep in mind that New York saw its most violent summer last year since 1996,” reports Zero Hedge. “Meanwhile, the country currently finds itself extremely polarized over more than just police reform, as ongoing tensions in the Middle East have spilled over into US streets, and anti-lockdown activists around the world have been fiercely protesting economy-killing pandemic measures – which we imagine our ‘wise and benevolent’ leaders like New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) won’t hesitate to re-implement if COVID-19 even thinks about surging again.”
As we previously highlighted, according to John Roman, a senior fellow at the economics, justice and society group at NORC at the University of Chicago, the lasting impact of COVID lockdowns in addition to loss of faith in police will lead to violent disorder this summer.
“Summer 2021 is going to be abnormally violent. And summer 2022 as well. It is the new normal,” wrote Roman.
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