The National Fraternal Order of Police came out with a graphic on Tuesday that illustrates a massive surge in crime and how it is connected to the “Defund the Police” movement. The numbers potentially portend bad news for Democrats in the midterm elections in 2022.
The tweeted graphic is entitled “SKYROCKETING MURDER RATES” and it lists year-to-date murder rates in seven major cities. The organization represents police unions and hundreds of thousands of police officers: “Any guesses of what these cities have in common? In addition to having some elected officials that don’t do their jobs, the leadership in all of these cities turned the keys over to the ‘Defund the Police’ mob.”
Homicide rates in cities have allegedly increased a whopping 40 percent since 2020. That is the biggest single-year increase since 1960. Sixty-three of the 66 largest police jurisdictions witnessed a rise in violent crime. Those range from homicide and rape to robbery and assault. Murders and shootings have risen for three straight years in Washington, D.C. All of this is impacting the Democrats’ chances during the 2022 midterm elections as “law and order” is resurfacing as a major election issue.
Portland, Oregon stands out among the crime-ridden progressive cities because of permitted nightly riots. They have had an 800 percent year-to-date increase in homicides. The city went from three murders in 2020 to 27 so far in 2021. As bad as the numbers sound, other American cities reportedly have experienced an even greater surge in homicides since last year when factors such as population are considered.
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New York City voted last June to slash $1 billion from the NYPD’s $6 billion annual budget despite soaring murder and crime rates. Other cities that are seeing a jump in crime have taken similar steps towards defunding their police forces.
The Center for Criminal Justice reported in March that there was a substantial increase in homicides in major U.S. cities beyond the usual year-to-year fluctuations: “Double-digit percentage increases in homicide above and beyond normal seasonal changes are deeply troubling and suggest that the homicide rise of 2020 has continued into early 2021,” the report posited. “As we noted in our year-end report, the historic (30%) rise in homicide rates was likely attributable to the pandemic, social unrest, and other factors that combined to create a ‘perfect storm’ of circumstances.”
Any guesses of what these cities have in common?
In addition to having some elected officials that don't do their jobs, the leadership in all of these cities turned the keys over to the "Defund the Police" mob. pic.twitter.com/rF5QLskXqE
— National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) (@GLFOP) May 25, 2021
“Broadly, I would guess the reason is multicausal,” Ames Grawert, who is a senior counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice stated. He contends that possible factors include a breakdown in police-community relations, poverty, and the pandemic.
In cities such as Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York, police are getting more reluctant to investigate crimes because liberal district attorneys reportedly won’t prosecute them. New bail laws also release criminals for various reasons in certain cities back onto the streets, most notably in New York City.
Former President Trump took a strong stance against crime in major cities and was a big proponent of “law and order.” Americans’ support for that sentiment seems to still be very significant and the Democrats’ efforts to defund the police and villanize them may negatively affect them at the voting booth.
“Rising crime is a problem that must be addressed through both economic policies that are incentives to work while also giving law enforcement the support they need to enforce our laws,” stated GOP strategist Jon Gilmore. “Republicans were successful in the 2020 cycle by addressing this important issue, and they would be wise to continue that drumbeat in the midterms.”
Democrats have attempted to blame the rise in violent crime on the pandemic and guns: “Well, I would say, certainly, there is a guns problem,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Monday. “And that’s one of the reasons that we have proposed and now are implementing funding for community violence prevention programs across the country.”
“Putting in place commonsense gun safety measures is something that has been a priority for him throughout his career,” she said referring to Biden. “He helped pass the Brady Bill, he got background checks in place, he helped get the assault weapons ban passed, and he will continue to encourage and push that with members while he is president. Top of his agenda.”
As violent crime exploded during the 1960s and Americans came to the conclusion that the liberal wing of the Democratic Party was too soft in confronting it, Republicans swept to victory in the 1970s and 1980s. This culminated in the 1988 presidential election, where Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis watched his 17-point national lead evaporate in connection to the “Willie Horton” ad about Massachusetts’s furlough program for convicted violent criminals. Dukakis lost 40 states as a result of it.
Liberals fear a repeat of that political catastrophe. Left-wing commentator Ezra Klein acknowledged the crime wave “is a crisis on its own terms” and described it via Twitter as “a crisis for the liberal project.”
“I feel that crime surges relate back to cities that have a visible narrative of defund the police,” commented GOP strategist Noelle Nikpour. “Republicans will definitely use this violence in advertising and even in fundraising to generate attention and to also see how upset voters are about the issue.”
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