Many U.S. cities are reporting year-on-year rises in murders—fueling headlines and rhetoric—and at the same time declines in other crimes. Patterns do not appear related to the political party in charge, or to recent policy or budget changes.
In the three biggest U.S. cities, all led by Democrats, so far in 2021:
Meanwhile, smaller Republican-led cities show similar trends:
Crime variations reflect long-standing problems and are “not related to which party is ruling,” a Boston criminologist told The Associated Press.