After a bloody year of mayhem, the city of Chicago officially recorded 797 homicides in 2021, the most since 1996.
The Details: In addition to the homicides, the city also saw an incredible 3,561 shootings in 2021. Cook County, the county that includes Chicago, saw more than 100 homicides the most since 1994.
In addition to violent crime, Chicago has also seen an uptick in spectacular bursts of organized looting.
While experts are divided as to exactly why the massive increase in homicides has occurred, some have suggested the culprits may be a mix of the pandemic, the chaos caused by the riots of 2020, and anti-police sentiment, as well as liberal bail reform laws.