It’s amazing that last year, activists in multiple American cities demanded the defunding of police and people actually listened to them.
Some cities actually went through with this and are now having crime problems.
Who could have predicted such a thing?
Crime Soaring in Cities With Defunded Police Departments
Crime is soaring in cities where police departments have been defunded, reports Fox News.
Movements to defund the police have grown since George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis. Defunding means reallocating or redirecting funding away from the police department to other government agencies funded by the local municipality.
More than 20 major cities have reduced their police budgets in some form, though the scale and circumstances vary.
The results have not fared well in Los Angeles, Oakland, New York City, Portland and Austin. Homicides in Oakland, California, have risen 314 percent compared with the same time last year and law enforcement has seen a 113 percent increase in firearms assaults.
Violent crime surged in 2020 in Minneapolis following Floyd’s death, and murders have risen by 46 percent between Dec. 11, 2020 through March 28 of this year, compared to the same period last year.
The Minneapolis City Council in December shifted approximately $8 million from the police department to other programs. In July, it diverted $1.1 million from the police department’s $193 million budget to the Office of Violence Prevention.
Murders have tripled from July 2020 to February 2021 in Portland, where city commissioners last May voted to cut nearly $16 million from the police budget in response to complaints about police force and racial injustice.
Los Angeles is having second thoughts.
Due to a large uptick in crime in recent months, Los Angeles County is now planning to increase their police budget by $36,000,000
How did that “defund the police” plan work out?
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) March 27, 2021
Why is Los Angeles County now planning to increase its police budget by $36,000,000 after saying the solution to crime was to “defund the police”?
— Paul A. Szypula, US Senate Candidate for NY in ‘22 (@Bubblebathgirl) March 27, 2021
This entire situation could have been avoided if people just used common sense.