22% increase in Lincoln’s violent crime rate in 2020, police say

Thursday's homicide marks Lincoln's 7th of the year, and the 4th for the month of July.
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Thursday’s homicide in the Capital city marks the seventh of the year and the fourth in the month of July.

Crime trends show that violent crime in Lincoln has increased by just over 22% in 2020 compared to 2015 through 2019 (trend map located above).

“Any time there’s tragic life loss, I am absolutely concerned, based upon our reviews, we are seeing unprecedented escalated violence in our community,” says Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister on Friday after announcing the arrests of the two men reportedly involved in the killing of Sharon Johnson, who was riding a city bus Thursday afternoon.

Bliemeister says the increase in violent crime is disturbing and concerning for the Lincoln community.

Thursday’s incident was originally dispatched to police and rescue services as a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

During Friday’s media briefing, Bliemeister continued, saying “When this came out and we quickly learned that this was not self-inflicted and based upon initial review, we knew that it was not a targeted act of violence against Sharon johnson, we had extreme concerns.”

Bliemeister praised the hard work of Lincoln police officers and investigators for finding, identifying, and arresting the “incredibly dangerous individuals” involved in the shooting.

The number of homicides in the last 10 years has varied.

  • 2019: 7
  • 2018: 6
  • 2017: 0
  • 2016: 11
  • 2015: 2
  • 2014:9
  • 2013: 5
  • 2012: 5
  • 2011: 4
  • 2010: 2


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