Annual reports released by Michigan State Police show an increase in criminal assaults in Washtenaw County between 2019 and 2020.
According to statistics, criminal assaults, which are described as an attack with a dangerous weapon, have increased in Washtenaw County from 780 in 2019 to 935 in 2020, an increase of 16.5%. Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti township accounted for around 60% of these criminal assaults in 2020.
“Assault and battery is the most common felony related to criminal assault we saw in Washtenaw County in 2020,” said Washtenaw County director of community engagement Derrick Jackson.
According to Washtenaw County District Attorney Eli Savit, the number one concern and the most common felony of felony in Washtenaw County is domestic gun violence, particularly in Eastern Townships and towns. . During the pandemic shutdown, when many schools were closed, adults with criminal records seized the opportunity to sell guns on the black market, not only to adults, but also to teenagers.
“This increase in criminal assaults can be attributed to the lockdown during the pandemic,” Savit said. “Lock your car doors if you have a license and a gun in your vehicle. This will prevent your gun from being stolen and sold on the black market.
“Washtenaw County is vigorously pursuing these cases of criminal assault,” said Savit. “We take responsibility for preventing criminals with a history of gun violence from gaining access to guns. We want these criminals to know that they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent possible after being charged with gun violence. Additionally, the Sheriff’s Office has partnered with community groups on Violence Interruption Strategies, which aim to end gun violence before it happens.
Gun violence continues to be a problem throughout 2021, as students at Eastern Michigan University were periodically briefed by the university throughout the semester of shootings near and on campus. UEM and Ypsilanti Police previously investigated unconfirmed reports of two people who were allegedly seen on the UEM campus on October 15, one of whom may have been in possession of a long gun.
“We hope to end the gun violence in Washtenaw County through our use of public safety and social justice services,” Jackson said.