In first year of COVID-19 pandemic and after George Floyd's death, rates of some crimes rose while others fell

The year 2020 was marked by lockdowns as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and ensuing protests across the United States. A new study analyzed the effect of these events on crime rates in many of the largest U.S. cities. The study found that the pandemic and the protests were associated with significant changes in urban crime, but the direction of changes varied by crime type: Homicides and auto thefts rose while robberies and larcenies declined.

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