Coinciding with nationwide BLM rioting in 2020, Pennsylvania experienced its highest homicide rate in modern history (at least since 1960). Neighboring Delaware hit a 46-year high.
The Delaware state government has not yet published any details on homicides in 2021. Although, data provided to the FBI for 2021 shows that homicides went way up again in 2021.
However, we have this shocking information from the state of Delaware Statistical Analysis Center for 2020. The official clearance rate for their 74 murders in 2020 was an abysmal 31.1%. In the previous four years, the clearance rate was only 40%-60%.
Also note that in 2020, “criminal homicide” went up 61.5%, negligent manslaughter went up 150%, yet “all violent offenses” went down 7.5%. This is a phenomenon that we see all over America. As homicides go up, people report fewer and fewer lesser crimes. This is something that New Orleans was already famous for decades ago. People get assaulted, mugged, or even raped, but they do not perceive any benefit in calling the police. They don’t think anything will ever happen to the perpetrator. Or even worse, they fear retaliation from the community for being seen talking to the police.
What is driving the increase in homicides in Delaware?
According to data provided by Delaware police departments to the FBI:
Data based on 100% participation of Delaware law enforcement agencies:
2021 – 71.3% of victims were Black, while 76.5% of known suspects were Black
2020 – 79.8% of victims were Black, while 79.7% of known suspects were Black
2019- 74.5% of victims were Black, while 84.8% of known suspects were Black
2018 – 76.1% of victims were Black, while 81.0 of known suspects were Black
Arrests for murder/non-negligent manslaughter (data based on 85% participation of Delaware law enforcement agencies)
2021 – Most agencies suddenly stop providing the race of people arrested. 32 arrests, only two list the race
2020 – 100% of arrest were Black males
2019 – 76.2% of arrests were Black
2018 – 79.% of arrests were Black
Blacks make up 24% of Delaware, but commit over 75% of all homicides.