Crime is surging in US cities. Some say defunding the police will actually make it fall
(CNN) -- It's been a long time since summer in the US felt this feverish.
It's not just the coronavirus, the social unrest and the soaring temperatures. Violent crime is surging.
Shootings and homicides, which dipped during the initial lockdown phase of the pandemic, are now rising at alarmingly high rates.
In New York, the homicide rate for the first half of the year is up 23% over 2019, led by a huge spike in recent violence. In Chicago, homicides jumped 39% during the las...