Seattle police saw 'highest number of murders in 26 years' in 2020, chief says

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The city of Seattle saw more reported murders in 2020 than in more than a quarter-century, the city’s top cop recently announced.

Fifty people were killed in the Washington city last year – a 61% jump from the 31 murders reported in 2019, Seattle police Chief Adrian Diaz said in a public memo Monday.

"This was the highest number of murders in 26 years," Diaz wrote. "This is unacceptable. We cannot tolerate this level of violence."

Of the 50 homicides, 60% were carried out with the use of a gun and most victims were men between the ages of 18 and 49, Diaz said. Half of the 50 people killed were Black, he added.

"I’m not going to go into the multiple theories I’m aware of for why we and other cities had such a large one-year increase," he continued. "There’s no one clear explanation. But I do know the department is working to decrease the violence."

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