Less than a year removed from 2020’s “Summer of Love” that saw riots cause millions of dollars in damage, New York City’s attempt at police reform has resulted in a rise in crime, thanks in large part to district attorneys willing to drop charges on hundreds of violent rioters and looters.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s term is ending this year, and Democrats in the Big Apple are currently in the process of choosing their new candidate, with crime being one of the top issues for voters. While many voters believe that the defunding of the police has had a negative impact on the rates of crime, a former member of President Barack Obama’s 21st Century Policing Task Force, Brittany Packnett Cunningham, went on record to continue to blame police for the uptick in violence.
“There are a lot of police unions and GOP operatives that would like for us to believe that this recent crime wave has everything to do with defunding the police,” Cunningham told MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle. “It’s actually the fault of the police, and this has been our point all along.”
“Why should we keep funding systems and institutions that keep rendering themselves ineffective?” she went on to ask.
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According to Cunningham, the most effective way to combat crime is to “refund the people” by way of “ensuring that the services that people need to ensure the safety of communities from the ground up are actually being funded, and resourced to their full capacity.”
Some of the things that Cunningham and other “defund the police” proponents want are stricter gun control, an increase in the minimum wage, more spending on education, and fair housing, to name a few.
Compared to last year, May 2021 saw a 22% rise in rates of crime, with a nearly 47% increase in burglaries, and 5% increase in rape cases, according to NYPD crime statistics. The month of April saw a rise of more than 30% compared to 2020, leading many to worry about the summer months to come.
“The rise in crime is not the fault of the movement,” Cunningham insists. “Guess what, Stephanie, the police haven’t been defunded,” she says, citing a Bloomberg report that states cities have “reduced their 2021 police budgets by 5.2% in aggregate.”
New York store owners were less than thrilled to find out that the DA’s were not prosecuting the vast majority of looters from less than a year ago, fearing that the lack of punishment will only lead to criminals feeling emboldened to continue to rob with impunity. Eyeglass shop owner Jessica Betancourt told NBC New York that she was “in total shock” when she found out “that everything is being brushed off to the side.”
“They could do it again because they know they won’t get the right punishment,” Betancourt said.
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