Murders and shootings have soared in Portland following the death of George Floyd.
According to Jeff Reynolds of PJ Media, the death of George Floyd kicked off riots nationwide, with Portland being at the epicenter of this unrest. This came at a time when police departments are under increased scrutiny, defund the police proposals are moving forward, and politicians are pursuing lax on crime policies.
Sean Kennedy, a fellow at Maryland Public Policy Institute who researches crime policy, used numbers from Portland Police Bureau statistics to provide some context to Portland’s current crime wave:
- Since June 2020, there has been a 255% increase in murder in Portland through February 2021;
- Shootings up 173%—by 551;
- Shootings increased 126% in 2020, and Year to Date have increased 93%.