According to a recent study by DCist, Washington, D.C.’s murder rate hit a 16-year high on Monday, when the district reported its 199th homicide of the year. According to Metropolitan Police Department data, there have been 13% more homicides in the area this year than in the same period last year. Last year, there were 198 homicides in Washington, D.C. There will be 166 this year.
The majority of the district’s killings occurred east of the Anacostia River. The victims were primarily African-Americans who resided in low-income communities. According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, homicides in the United States increased by 30% from 2019 to 2020 compared to the previous year.
As it approaches 200 homicides, D.C. had already exceeded the total homicides in 2020. That number was last broken by the city in 2004. Albert Young, 62, was shot and killed at approximately 2 a.m. Tuesday in the 4300 block of Wheeler Road Southeast.
For more than two decades, Rosenberg has tried to reduce gun violence on the ground. According to Rosenberg, he claims that “individuals spend more time outside and that incidences occur where they previously would not have happened. There are people outside. And I believe what’s going on is that it’s bringing old and new beef together. And you can see precisely where the occurrences are occurring. We don’t always witness violence in the same places we used to see it.”
Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration has developed several measures to address the city’s gun violence problem. According to D.C. Police, approximately 60% of the city’s killings are still unsolved as of Tuesday morning, with 119 departmental investigations underway compared to 80 last year.
There’s a chasm here. According to Rosenberg, new initiatives are introduced when a new agency is formed, and it’s almost as if they want to be the lone wolf. “If we truly want to see true change, it’s not about that,” he remarked. They stated they had paid 13 payments totaling $165,000 as of the end of September. According to police, they spent 41 charges totaling more than $320,000 last year and solved more than 40 cases.