A study recently released by UMass Amherst indicates that cities where mass protests are common have had between 1000-6000 more homicides in a five-year period as would otherwise be expected.
This represents roughly a ten percent increase in homicides on average across the country from 2014 through 2019.
According to the Daily Wire, the homicide deaths were mitigated to some small extent by the fact that 300 fewer people died (nationwide) due to lethal actions by police during that same time period.
Travis Campbell, who conducted the study as part of his investigations as a PhD student at the university, published the results, which contained the following hard data:
"From 2014 to 2019, Campbell tracked more than 1,600 BLM protests across the country, largely in bigger cities, with nearly 350,000 protesters. His main finding is a 15 to 20 percent reduction in lethal use of force by police officers — roughly 300 fewer police homicides — in census places that saw BLM protests."
"Campbell’s research also indicates that these protests correlate with a 10 percent increase in murders in the areas that saw BLM protests. That means from 2014 to 2019, there were somewhere between 1,000 and 6,000 more homicides than would have been expected if places with protests were on the same trend as places that did not have protests."
"Campbell’s research does not include the effects of last summer’s historic wave of protests because researchers do not yet have all the relevant data."
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