Violent crime has surged in Minneapolis since George Floyd's death

Violent crime is surging in Minneapolis with homicides last year spiking to the second highest levels ever as the COVID-19 pandemic and protests in the wake of George Floyd's death devastated the city.

Of the 5,426 violent crimes recorded in Minneapolis last year, 83 of them were homicides, according to the city's police crime statistic data. 

It is only the second highest number of homicides since 1995 when a record 97 homicides were recorded.

That record 1995 figure resulted in the city being branded 'Murderapolis' by national media.  

Violent crime was already trending upward in the first half of last year but it really started to spike after Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on May 25 - sparking widespread protests and a movement to 'de-fund police'. 

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Crime rates this year are already surging.

So far in 2021, there has been 1,398 violent crimes, according to police crime statistics. 

Of the 5,426 violent crimes recorded in Minneapolis last year, 83 of them were homicides, according to the city's police crime statistic data. It is only the second highest number of homicides since 1995 when a record 97 homicides were recorded

Of the 5,426 violent crimes recorded in Minneapolis last year, 83 of them were homicides, according to the city's police crime statistic data. It is only the second highest number of homicides since 1995 when a record 97 homicides were recorded

Twenty four of the violent crimes in the first four months of this year have been homicides. 

Last week, there were 107 violent crimes reported across the city, which is up from the 60 that occurred in the same week in 2020.  

Police in Minneapolis are already predicting a return to 'Murderapolis' this year. 

'We're gonna blow Murderopolis off the charts this year,' a Minneapolis police officer told journalist Michael Tracey in a report published on Substack. 

Officers say they have noticed a spike in gun violence and that more people than ever seem to have guns. 

The city's gunshot detection data shows more than 24,000 bullets were fired across Minneapolis last year. 

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In the week following Floyd's death last year, nearly 1,400 gunshot were recorded across the city. 

More than 550 people were wounded in shootings last year, which includes fatalities, according to the data. 

More than 80 percent of those shot were black and 62 percent of the total number were from Minneapolis. 

The number shooting victims in 2020 was a 100 percent increase compared to the year prior. 

Carjackings spiked to 375 last year, which was up 331 per cent from the same period in 2019.  

It is only the second highest number of homicides since 1995 when a record 97 homicides were recorded. That record 1995 figure resulted in the city being branded 'Murderapolis' by national media. A 1995 crime scene is pictured above in Minneapolis

It is only the second highest number of homicides since 1995 when a record 97 homicides were recorded. That record 1995 figure resulted in the city being branded 'Murderapolis' by national media. A 1995 crime scene is pictured above in Minneapolis

Of the 5,426 violent crimes recorded in Minneapolis last year, 83 of them were homicides, according to the city's police crime statistic data

Of the 5,426 violent crimes recorded in Minneapolis last year, 83 of them were homicides, according to the city's police crime statistic data

So far in 2021, there has been 1,398 violent crimes, according to police crime statistics. Twenty four of the violent crimes in the first four months of this year have been homicides. The number of homicides in the first few months of this year are exceeding last year's rates

So far in 2021, there has been 1,398 violent crimes, according to police crime statistics. Twenty four of the violent crimes in the first four months of this year have been homicides. The number of homicides in the first few months of this year are exceeding last year's rates

The city's gunshot detection data shows more than 24,000 bullets were fired across Minneapolis last year. Pictured above is a chart tracking the last seven days of gunfire across the city

The city's gunshot

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