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Atlanta, Georgia is seeing record-breaking homicide rates amid a rise in violent crime across the nation.

According to Atlanta police, there have been more than 130 homicides in 2020, which makes it the deadliest year for Georgia’s capital since 1990.

The number of confirmed homicides currently sits at 131, which is exponentially higher than the 90 murders reported at the same time last year. There has been a 46 percent increase.

Crime statistics of the city’s layout show the largest increase has been seen in the ‘downtown’ and ‘midtown’ areas, with a massive spike of 317 percent reported.

The APD projects there will be 145 homicides by the end of the year, which will be the largest number s ince the 241 reported homicides in 1990.

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Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms mentioned the spike in homicides in October. She noted a greater police presence could be the solution.

“We are seeing numbers that we’ve not seen in Atlanta specifically in several years,” the Atlanta mayor stated. “So, we recognize this is a problem.”

According to authorities, the high homicide rate is not exclusive to Atlanta. The entire nation has seen a rise in violent crimes throughout 2020.

“We’re seeing this trend across the country,” APD Deputy Chief Timothy Peek said. “What we need to do is really have those conversations with our citizens so that they understand exactly what’s going on and we can get them to change their mindset.”

APD added they expect the rate of violent crimes will steadily increase throughout the end of the year.

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Video: Man livestreaming arrest slugged by police in Kentucky

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A Kentucky man was slugged by police as he filmed the scene of an arrest.

Joe Bennett of Jeffersontown was on his way home from work last week when he saw police cars surround a vehicle.

Bennett decided to record the incident — from his car at about 50 feet away.

The Facebook livestream which was also linked to on Twitter shows the arrest in the distance.

Bennett can be heard on his Facebook livestream saying he was, “Doing his due diligence as a citizen” by documenting the arrest.

Three minutes later, cops realize they were being filmed.

Two officers approach Bennett, with one of them asking to see his ID.

Bennett refused and asked the officer why to which he replied: “You’re filming a crime scene investigation… and you’re involved.”

After Bennett refused to produce ID for the second time, the officer grabs for his phone and hits Bennett. The livestream ended shortly after.

In a phone conversation with Lt. Col. Steve Schmidt of the Jeffersontown Police Department, he said his officers were in the area investigating and making arrests related to a check fraud scheme thwarted at the Citizens Union Bank across the street from the McDonalds. 

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One of the detained suspects pointed Bennett out — while he leaned against his Jeep and filmed from across the parking lot — as the driver involved in the alleged crime, Schmidt said.

Schmidt said Bennett is not a suspect in the alleged check fraud scheme. 

Bennett was issued a citation for menacing and resisting arrest which described the hit as an “Empty strike” – a claim Bennett refutes, saying he was hit with a “solid left hook” and had to be checked out by EMTs on the scene and a doctor a day later.

Bennett is looking to lawyer up.

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