startribune.com 20 Sep, 2020 00:00 am

Analysis: Poorer Mpls. neighborhoods bear brunt of rise in violence

Analysis: Poorer Mpls. neighborhoods bear brunt of rise in violence
It comes as violent crimes in the city have risen 17% from the previous five-year average for this period, according to a Star Tribune analysis of police statistics.

Violent crime has surged to record highs across Minneapolis this year, rising in more prosperous neighborhoods that typically experience few such incidents while continuing to exact the heaviest toll in the city’s poor, ethnically diverse areas.Emboldened by lack of cops Records show that violent crime is up 17% in the city’s low-income neighborhoods so far this year, and 30% in the city’s higher-income neighborhoods.But other violent crime categories have increased as well.Reported rapes were down 10% — the only violent crime category showing a decline.

At the same time, overall violent crime decreased in three of the nation’s four regions, including the Midwest, the report says.Among other findings, the Star Tribune’s analysis found that the 16 city neighborhoods with the lowest median household incomes accounted for almost half of the city’s violent crime incidents in 2020.

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