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Murders Dropped Slightly, But Shootings Rose Again in October

Posted 11/3/20

Killings citywide increased by more than a third and shootings nearly doubled through the first 10 months of the year compared to the same period in 2019. 

While police unions and some elected officials and aspiring officeholders have blamed the surges in violent crime on criminal-justice and police reforms backed by Mayor de Blasio, the City Council and the State Legislature, crime researchers have said that data suggests one culprit—the pandemic—is most culpable for the increases. 

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