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Murder rates soar dramatically in cities after BLM protests with up to 6,000 extra deaths nationwide – massively outweighing the decline in police killings, researcher finds

  • UMass PhD candidate Travis Campbell published findings in a pre-print study
  • Found that police homicides drop 15% to 20% in cities with large BLM protests
  • That equates to about 300 fewer police killings nationwide over five years
  • But murder rates rose 10%, an increase of 1,000 to 6,000 additional homicides
  • The exact reason for the increase in murders remains a subject of study
  • Campbell suggests that a decrease in police enforcement could be to blame 
  • He stresses that comparing murders to police killings is ‘apples to oranges’ 

By Keith Griffith For

Published: 14:40 EDT, 22 April 2021 | Updated: 02:22 EDT, 24 April 2021

A researcher has found that cities that had Black Lives Matter protests saw a significant decrease in police homicides, but a huge overall increase in murders.

Travis Campbell, an economics PhD candidate at the University of Massachusetts, published his findings in a recent pre-print study examining the impact of BLM protests on police use-of-force incidents.

His analysis, which is still undergoing peer-review, found that cities with BLM protests had 15 to 20 percent fewer police homicides than expected if the protests had not taken place, equating to 300 fewer police killings nationwide over five years.

But, in a revised unpublished version shared with, Campbell finds that cities with BLM protests also saw a 10 percent increase in murders overall, equaling 1,000 to 6,000 additional murders nationwide. 

In an interview with, Campbell stressed that he believes comparing the post-protest increase in murders to the decrease in police killings is ‘an apples and oranges comparison’ that does not fully account for the positive impact of BLM protests.


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