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American cities surpassing murder records from 1990s

"...the claim that crime isn’t as bad as it was in the 1990s is no longer true for a long list of American cities, many of which have either surpassed or are currently flirting with that decade’s homicide tallies." - Rafael Mangual, Manhattan Institute, in Wall Street Journal (12/8/21)

In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal in December 2021 titled "Yes, the Crime Wave Is as Bad as You Think", Rafael Mangual made a bold and true statement: American progressives have been gaslighting the public by claiming the crime used to be worse.

He wrote:

Philadelphia just shattered its all-time annual homicide record with a full month remaining in 2021, as have Louisville, Ky.; Indianapolis; Columbus, Ohio; Austin, Texas; Tucson, Ariz.; St. Paul, Minn.; Portland, Ore.; Albuquerque, N.M.; and Fayetteville, N.C.

Mangual went on to show how U.S. murder rates have skyrocketed.

Other cities, like Cincinnati; Trenton, N.J.; Memphis, Tenn.; Milwaukee; Kansas City, Mo.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Denver; Cleveland; Jackson, Miss.; Wichita, Kan.; Greensboro, N.C.; Lansing, Mich.; and Colorado Springs, Colo., saw their highest homicide tallies since 1990 last year.

As an avid supporter of Black Lives Matter, Illinois gubernatorial candidate and criminal defense lawyer Richard Irvin is part of the problem, not part of the solution.

As BLM pushes to de-fund the police, and cheers the assault and murder of U.S. police officers, American becomes a more violent, dangerous place.

Americans are less safe today than they were 30 years ago.

Richard Irvin is wrong for Illinois. Help us spread the word.


Rafael Mangual is a senior fellow and head of research for the Manhattan Institute’s Policing and Public Safety Initiative. He is the author of “Criminal (In)Justice: What the Push for Mass-Decarceration and Depolicing Gets Wrong, and Who It Hurts Most."

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