Theres no question the year long experiment to defund the police has been an absolute disaster. The question is, will the leftists pushing it ever admit it? It appears some are starting to figure it out.
In Minneapolis, $8 million was taken from the Minneapolis Police Department budget. It turns out that wasn’t a great idea. Violent crime is up 21%. Mayor Frey, who was seen at photo opportunities last year kneeling with the mob, is now back peddling.
“The violence needs to stop, its unacceptable. People deserve to feel safe in their neighborhood, they deserve to be able to send their kids out to the sidewalk to play and to recreate without bullets flying by. That’s unacceptable. We should be holding these perpetrators accountable. When you make big, overarching statements that we’re going to defund or abolish and dismantle the police department and get rid of all the officers, there’s an impact to that,” – Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey
On Sunday, Mayor Frey said he requested mutual aid assistance from multiple jurisdictions to help address recent violence in the community. This comes after over 200 Minneapolis police officers have left the department. Many with PTSD claims after dealing with the violence that followed George Floyd’s death.
In Los Angeles, violent crime last year rose by 36% after the city council defunded the LAPD by $150 million. The city reached a decade high of 250 murders. Even Los Angeles may be figuring it out, this last week the city council approved funding for the LAPD to hire an additional 250 officers.
In New York City, between January and April of this year, there was a 50% increase in shootings compared to last year. This follows the NYPD being defunded to the tune of $1 billion. Now, Mayor de Blasio has announced they are building a new police precinct in Queens. It turns out they need more NYPD on the streets after all.
Swinging down to the liberal stronghold of Austin, Texas, a shooting at a strip club brought up questions about the Austin Police’s response times to calls. In this incident, a 23-year-old was shot in the head at the club. It took 16 minutes for APD to arrive. Why? They are understaffed.
Apparently the $150 million removed from the police budget made it less safe on the streets. They are now having trouble hiring officers, because nobody wants to work there. Last Friday, the department announced they are shifting 82 officer positions out of specialized assignments and back to patrol. Sounds like a good fix, except these are the special units that typically have time to do extensive investigations and go after the worst of the worst. Not anymore, they are back to patrol.
It seems the same leftists who supported defunding the police aren’t very happy with the results. I hate to be the bringer of bad news, but its only going to get worse until the police get the budgets they need.
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