Murders rose 30% in United States in 2020, says FBI

U.S. President Joe Biden emphasized on gun violence in his anti-crime policy, encouraging better cooperation among local and federal officials

Murders rose 30% in United States in 2020, says FBI
Photo by Matt Popovich / Unsplash

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has said that homicides in the United States increased 30 percent in 2020 and total violent crime increased for the first time in four years, a surge that analysts blame in part to COVID-19 hardships. The United States had the highest one-year increase in homicides since such record-keeping began in the 1960s.

According to the FBI's uniform crime report, the number of murders reported in 2020 was 21,500, representing an increase of 4,901 over the 2019 figures. The report further showed, 77% of the murders were perpetrated with a firearm, an increase from 74% in 2019.