The District passed 100 homicides this week, a 23 percent increase from this time last year, according to Metropolitan Police Department data.
D.C. closed out last year with 166 tallied homicides, 81 of which had occurred at this time last year, according to MPD data. MPD Chief Peter Newsham said at a press conference Monday that seven homicides occurred over the weekend, bringing the city’s total to 101, DCist reported.
“I think it’s disturbing to all of us to be over 100 homicides at this point in the year,” Newsham said at the press conference, according to DCist.
Of the District’s 101 homicides this year to date, just two have occurred in Ward 2, where GW is located, according to MPD’s data. Ward 2 ended last year untouched in the city’s total homicide count, which criminal justice experts said is likely correlated with the area’s relatively low rates of poverty.
The D.C. Council voted last week to reallocate some MPD funding to community programs dedicated to preventing and interrupting violence in the city following protests against racism and police brutality. At-large Council member David Grosso called on Newsham to step down from his position last week to allow for a “culture shift” within the police department.
Nearly every ward has seen an increase in homicides this year with Ward 6 experiencing the largest jump – from six to 17 – and Ward 3 seeing a decrease from three to date last year to zero this year, according to MPD’s crime map.
This article appeared in the July 17, 2020 issue of the Hatchet.