The explosion of shootings and homicides in Portland that began in the second half of 2020 is still going strong. During the first three months of 2022, shootings rose 41.63% compared to the same period in 2021.
Portland experienced an immediate and dramatic uptick in shootings and homicides coinciding with two major events during the second half of 2020. First, the city ordered law enforcement to stand down and allow BLM and Antifa to riot for months on end. Second, Mike Schmidt, a radical new “progressive” District Attorney, took power. Schmidt believes his mission as a prosecutor is to reduce the number of Black males in custody. He has also publicly bragged on Twitter about refusing to prosecute rioters.
Portland had its highest homicide rate in history in 1987. During this year, a staggering 45.8% of all homicides in the entire state of Oregon were committed in Portland. After that, homicide rates declined for decades, until Portland experienced its lowest homicide rates in modern history between 2008 and 2017.
Then came the combined storm of BLM, Antifa, and Mike Schmidt. In 2020, Portland experienced its highest murder rate since 1993. In 2021, the city achieved its highest murder rate since 1987.
Currently, the Portland police are reporting 25 homicides for the first three months of 2022. The same number occurred during the same time period in 2021. However, non-fatal shootings are way up for these three months. While the increase in homicides is zero, shootings are up an average of 41.63% per month.
Portland Homicide History:
1971: 15 (384k people, 3.9 per 100k)
1987: 66 (450k people, 14.7 per 100k)
1993: 54 (498k people, 10.8 per 100k)
2010: 23 (584k people, 3.9 per 100k)
2011: 19 (590k people, 3.2 per 100k)
2013: 16 (607k people, 2.64 per 100k)
2020: 57 (653k people, 9.0 per 100k)