One Chart Shows How Violent Crimes ‘Skyrocket’ After Police Reform

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Violent crime rates have tended to “skyrocket” immediately after federally court-ordered reform agreements with local police, an Axios analysis revealed.

The data: All 12 police agencies under consent decrees since 2012 “experienced jumps in violent crime rates in two years compared to the two years before they entered into the consent decrees,” Axios’ justice and race reporter, Russell Contreras, reported on Friday.

  • For example, Los Angeles County saw a 61% spike in its violent crime rate following a consent decree with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The takeaway: “The increases in violent crime rates … suggest that there can be unintended consequences, at least in the short term, to the policing changes many Americans have demanded in the year since George Floyd’s death,” Contreras observed.

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