Detroit experiences rise in gun violence, domestic abuse during COVID-19 pandemic
Detroit’s crime rate is rising during the COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic led to more crime in Detroit.
DETROIT (FOX 2) – – Detroit saw an increase in crime, including gun violence and domestic violence, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Police chief James Craig and the department’s Board of Commissioners held a round table on Thursday to discuss crime rates. One focus was on the impact of the pandemic on crime and the department’s ability to fight it.
“Once in 2020 we were devastated by COVID,” said Craig. “We had about 650 members of our department at one point in quarantine.”
The pandemic also took a toll on mental health.
“Loss of jobs dealing with this unknown enemy,” said Craig. “And then that means how disputes were handled. What we do know is that a lot of our disputes have been arguments.”
The pandemic also resulted in more cases of domestic violence. The Wayne County Attorney’s Office handled more than 10,000 domestic violence cases over the past year.
“The abused are now forced to spend around the clock with their perpetrator. The children are out of school, the people have lost their jobs,” said prosecutor Kym Worthy.
The community and spiritual leaders discuss how to work together to curb violence.
“I don’t think there is a solid answer or solution to that answer to this problem. I think it will require multiple entities working together, coming together, communicating, sitting around the table and finding ways that we can constructively find Something positive that can help make a difference, “said Rev. Louis Forsythe, senior pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.