Actions have consequences!
I am all for police reform. I am for legal reform as well. Fact of the matter is Police have far too many interactions with normal citizens.
Way too many. Does this mean we should defund the police?
We absolutely need police. We need them to deal with murderers, rapists, and thieves. we need them to take truly dangerous people off of our streets.
People like gang members and sexual predators.
A lot of major U.S. cities are finding this out the hard way. As people rail against the police the policing goes down….and then the cities get less safe.
How unsafe you may ask?
Read on to find out, the rise in the murder rate in particular is pretty wild.
Check it out:
The Epoch Times reported:
Murders spiked in major American cities since the death of George Floyd amid a push to slash police funding, according to a new analysis.
The rise in homicides in 10 major cities last year coincided with police making fewer arrests and stops, the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund found.
In Chicago, for example, arrests and stops dropped by 53 percent while murders rose 65 percent, when comparing June 2019 through February 2020 and June 2020 through February 2021.
In Minneapolis during the same time period, arrests and stops decreased by 42 percent while murders increased 64 percent.
Chicago cut approximately $59 million from police in its 2021 budget, largely by axing vacant positions in the force. Minneapolis, which slashed $7.8 million from its police department in December 2020, approved an infusion of money a month prior and backed away from one proposal to decrease the number of police officers and another to entirely dismantle the department.
Fox News, likewise reported this:
Cities in parts of the U.S. that slashed their police department funding last year, in part as a result of police-involved shootings, have seen an uptick in certain crimes over the past year, according to data analyzed by Fox News.
Cities such as Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, Portland, Ore., and Austin, Texas, have shifted funds from police departments to social services programs. Such cuts have led some departments to lay off officers, cancel recruiting classes or retreat from hiring goals.
As police departments were left to make do with shrunken budgets and less support, some big cities have seen sometimes drastic upticks in murders and other violent crimes, a Fox News crime analysis found.
The "defund the police" movement is not necessarily about gutting police department budgets -- though some groups have tried. And budget cuts were already expected as a result of alternate needs for funding because of the coronavirus pandemic.