Pandemic, civil unrest likely contributed to more than 50% increase in Chicago homicides in 2020, experts say

Incredible feat of mental gymnastics to write an article that long with a laundry list of causes to blame, but never blaming people who pull triggers

Sociologists have noted Floyd’s death was a stark, painful reminder of decades of indignities and fear that people living in some neighborhoods have often suffered at the hands of police. This, they said, led to an increased potential for some to lash out.

“When you live under that precarity, there is the greater opportunity for any interaction with folks in your grouping to be heightened or more intense and more violent,” said David Stovall, a professor of Black studies and criminology, and law and justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. “Your frustrations are expressed into people you are in proximity with.”

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