MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say violent crimes in Minneapolis ballooned by 21% in 2020, a year marked by the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and widespread protests against racial injustice.
The city recorded 5,422 violent crime incidents, including homicides, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults, according to a preliminary year-end report by Minneapolis police. The city averaged 4,496 such crimes over the previous five years.
Property crime increased by 10%, the Star Tribune reported.
A range of mental health experts and community leaders say that the increase in violence is unlikely due to any one reason, but most of them point to the COVID-19 outbreak as a key factor. That has left many jobless and struggling to pay their bills and has exacerbated the lack of affordable housing.