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Death by Police Defunding

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People want security, not insecurity, accountability, not vilification, calm, not the destruction of health and safety.  The Democratic Party is off-base, and numbers show it. Defunding is an utter failure.

Incredibly, Democrats continue to defund the police. Many politicians are quick to body-count COVID – but they miss the other body count, the one tied to their own hard-bitten social policies. That body count is high and rising – especially with the continued defunding of police.

Examples of leftist policies gone wrong are legion, “open borders” producing the rampant drug and sex trafficking, homelessness, social unrest; undeterred violent riots ruining inner cities, destroying minority businesses, defacing churches, spurring antisemitism, dividing communities; government mandates that backfire, reducing employment, imperiling families, elevating suicides; Marxism in public schools, using the rubric of Critical Race Theory; killing the energy sector and overspending, making Americans struggle with inflation and heating costs.

But defunding the police – a Democrat hallmark – may be the most devastating Party priority. Costs can be measured in public insecurity, elevated levels of fear and crime, also body count.

Data is rife showing major city police are neither systematically racist nor bereft of minority participation. Not discussed is the downstream effect of Democrat defunding initiatives. Death and loss follow this indefensible policy.

Today, we see record levels of public fear, homicides, police ambushes, deaths in the line of duty, suicides, resignations, retirements, unfilled police academies, rising crime, gun buying, and a breakdown of trust within communities – especially distrust of elected leaders.

People want security, not insecurity, accountability, not vilification, calm, not the destruction of health and safety.  The Democratic Party is off-base, and numbers show it. Defunding is an utter failure.

Public fear is high. In 2020, 62 percent of Americans – split across all parties – feared sharing opinions. But fear of crime was “off the charts.” In November 2021, the fear of crime is higher. See, e.g., Crime Fears Rebound in U.S. After Lull During 2020 Lockdowns; See also, Poll: 62% of Americans Say They Have Political Views They’re Afraid to Share.

From 2020 to 2021, fear of specific crimes climbed. Fear of mugging and car theft rose nine percent, fear of burglary eight percent, carjacking and identity theft six percent, fear of getting murdered up to five percent, and so it goes.

The “body count” tied to defunding police, something beyond the quality of life, is more compelling. Many cities have rolled back police, imagining ubiquitous racism – and suffered badly.

Nationally, homicides are setting records, along with police ambushes, line of duty deaths, suicides, resignations, and indicia of a stunning policy failure, immoral political maneuvering.

CDC reported in October 2021, the “highest increase in the nation’s homicide rate in modern history,” a 30 percent increase, continuing to edge upward monthly – paralleling cuts in city police forces. With fewer police, deterrence is down, crime up. Even liberal media see it. See, e.g., US records highest increase in nation’s homicide rate in modern history, CDC says.  

More than 20 major cities cut police, a total of 840 million dollars. See, e.g., These US cities defunded police: ‘We’re transferring money to the community.’ Not coincidentally, these cities are suffering mass homicides. See, e.g., ‘It’s just crazy’: 12 major cities hit all-time homicide records.

Thus, Philadelphia has seen 523 murders, New York 443, other cities similar spikes this year. Nationally, 2020 saw 19,400 murders, 2021 is higher. Absent deterrence, crime soars.

Pivot to the police themselves. With Democrat leaders vilifying officers, ambushes doubled for the year prior to October 2021. A total of 93 officers have been shot. See, e.g., Ambush attacks on police more than doubled over past year, FOP says.

Police killed in the line of duty hit 447 in late 2021, a 27 percent increase. See, Honoring Officers Killed in 2021.  Officer suicides are spiking, they are underappreciated, placed at risk, lives turned upside down. Dozens of good officers ended their own lives in 2021 – an “epidemic.” See, e.g., Death by suicide among police is a quiet epidemic. It needs to be acknowledged.; 38 law enforcement officers nationwide lost to suicide so far this year.

Finally, for those who doubt the source of these scary numbers, Democrat voices resound.

Said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf in 2020: “Oakland is doing it right; we did respond to immediate requests by cutting $14 million out of our police department…” Oakland has seen a jump to 129 murders this year. See, VIDEO: Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf on coronavirus, calls to defund police; Oakland Homicide Rate 2021 – Murders Month by Month.

Portland, Oregon, slashed 15 million dollars from their police force in 2020. In 2021 Mayor Ted Wheeler notes: “Many Portlanders no longer feel safe in their city …Business owners have closed up shop, for fear of doing business in high-risk areas, commuters fear for their safety, whether taking public transport or going by foot, Parents are scared to let their children play outside.” And yes, the city is seeing record homicides. See, ‘A Dangerous Time’: Portland, Oregon, Sees Record Homicides; Just one year after defund the police cuts, Portland mayor calls for big budget increase.

Meantime, police resignations and retirements are way up, resignations up 45 percent. See, Police Officers Calling It Quits, Retiring Early at Alarming Rate.

Net-net, what does this mean?  We see anti-police activists, Democrat mayors, governors, and members of Congress still pushing defunding police; Seattle just did it again.

We see consequences piling up, whole states shuddering, a tectonic plate shift in public confidence, security, crime rates. We have a devastating impact on the public and police.

In short, while some want to divert attention to Omicron cases, there is another body count, the one that continues to rise from defunding police. “Death by police defunding” is real.


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Steven H
11 months ago

Defunding the police is just the first step in a national police force where local communities lose their voice in the safety of their communities. They push the false theory that police are racist thugs who systematically violate people’s rights and murder innocent people. Most officers are decent men and women trying to do the right thing and care for their communities. The common theory of CRT promotes violence against officers, which is a form of discrimination. Someone judged by the uniform they wear and the job they do. It’s hypocritical.

Karen
11 months ago

I like the idea of vigilantes. How about getting it started and then we can have a “real” coup instead of the one on Jan. 6th which was a poor idea of a coup. Stupid administration. Keep trying you idiots. Everything that you do to get rid of Trump hasn’t worked yet and will not work. Good idea to get out now because you will go down!!!!!!

Paul
11 months ago

Defending the Police is a Stupid move,but the Democratic Administration.Vote out this type of thinking!Don’t give up! Keep pushing the Conservative agenda.Save America!

Michael
11 months ago

Plain and simple reap what you sow. Savages the dems. Sick to my stomach.

Steven H
11 months ago
Reply to  Michael

The problem is that innocent people pay the price for these misguided ploys for power and control. The people pushing this care nothing for the people they swore to serve and protect. Power and control no matter the cost.

Patriot Bill
11 months ago

if you are NOT a socialist buy a gun and learn to shoot. If you are a Democrat you deserve all you get

Paul
11 months ago
Reply to  Patriot Bill

Agree 100%!

Joanne 4 justice.
11 months ago

Let’s go folks!!! Vigilantes across the nation !!!!!! !

Eddie Van Halen
11 months ago

No police ? Fine. Form vigilante groups and be armed to the teeth ( as they say ). We can really thin out the prison population for sure. Prisons and prisoners cost us ALL – MONEY.

D
11 months ago

The long-term plan appears to be let the cities’ crime get so bad that the Feds need to set-up a national police force. Federal control of all policing; it worked for Germany in the 1930s, the SS took out all the criminals, especially those that didn’t agree with the ruling party.

Jim
11 months ago
Reply to  D

You are exactly right. That is the goal of these socialists/communists. Take control of EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE. Goodbye freedom and liberty, IF we don’t do something.

Garye
11 months ago

The marxist democrats and the willing media have to use anything to distract from the destructive crimes and murders on their hands.
It’s time for Citizens to demand and end to lawlessness ,early release of dangerous criminals and hold politicians responsible for this travesty.
Throw these losers out now!
Record numbers of legal Citizens are purchasing weapons while liberals attempt to deny their second amendment rights!
Wake up America they are taking away YOUR freedom!

Eddie Van Halen
11 months ago
Reply to  Garye

Form armed vigilante groups NOW.

Garye
11 months ago

If the politicians defund the police we stop paying for their private security and perks!
These clowns are out of control!

J
11 months ago

It seems that Every law abiding citizen must protect himself/herself from those who would DESTROY our republic and those who would harm us, our families and our properties. We all know what that means… Lawbreakers get away with severe crime…it’s time the law abiders get away with unconstitutional crimes,ie, allow concealed carry everywhere especially in Democrat run states.

Eddie Van Halen
11 months ago
Reply to  J

CCL and vigilante groups will save America.

Jocie Taylor
11 months ago

The places that have asked for the defending of the police let social workers go in and handle it. Be careful what you wish for

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
11 months ago

What do they ewxpect. Black Mayors, black population no dicipline, just like Africa. No waite,Africa is not that bad.

Granky
11 months ago

The sheep have agreed to get rid of the sheep dogs. The wolves love it.

George
11 months ago

I am more afraid of being criminally attacked than of Covid. Thanks, democrat/leftists.

PaulE
11 months ago

RBC,

Yet the voters in these Democrat run cities and states continue to overwhelmingly vote for Democrats who largely continue these defund policies and other anti-cop (stripping away limited liability immunity from LEOs making doing the job properly nearly impossible), pro-crime (reduced or no bail policies or Democrat DAs that will no longer prosecute criminals) policies. Every Democrat politician you quote is part of why crime has spiked in their city or state. Yet when the people are given a choice to replace them with an alternative, they continue to vote for the same people or party. You can’t fix stupid, which is sadly the root of the problem. The situation will continue to get worse until such time that the voters in these cities or states make better decisions.

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
11 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

They keep their black mayors so they can help get them there freebies. As for shootings the mayors dont care. Kyle L.

Sharon Ormsby
11 months ago

Not all black people are bad, just like not all white or Hispanics are bad. You sound very racist here. Look at Tim Scott, Candace Owens, and others. Diamond and Silk, etc.

Morbious
11 months ago
Reply to  Sharon Ormsby

Not racist. Realist. In the 80s i worked in the inner city a lot. I was often warned by black elders to keep my truck locked at all times. They were concerned that i might be oblivious to the danger. No equipment could be left overnight no matter how well secured. Older blacks then and now live in terror of the feral young.

Garye
11 months ago
Reply to  Morbious

All races have reason to be very concerned about violent crime in our cities.
Thank God for our policeman and the job they do!

Joanne 4 justice.
11 months ago
Reply to  Garye

Yes but how can we keep our police enforcement ? The enemy has invaded the law and judicial enforcement in far too, too numerous American cities and towns across the nation!!!!!

Philip Hammersley
11 months ago
Reply to  Morbious

Even Jesse “Conman” Jackson once said if he were being followed by a group of blacks, it would make him nervous. With poor government “education,” lack of dads, and substandard “housing,” it’s not surprising what happens in major cities!

GaryH
11 months ago

The Democrats are power mad, evil, inflation loving, but the police are a problem.
The courts have ruled that the police are Not required to “Protect and Serve” anyone.
It is up to citizens to protect themselves !
The cops can spy on anyone, without their consent or knowledge.
Citizens have no defense or recourse from the damage the cops create.
Thus the cops have their own agenda which is all about messing people over and making themselves look good. The truth is the cops can no longer be trusted !!!

oren
11 months ago

Perhaps its time to start the Purge at City Hall. Once that cancer is cut out, then put money back in the budget for the police and hopefully you will be able to recruit them back on the payroll.

Joanne 4 justice.
11 months ago
Reply to  oren

I agree with purge city hall! And purge state and federal .locations as well!!!!!!

Rik
11 months ago

I would rather “Defund the Dunce” occupying the White House first!

Hazegrey
11 months ago
Reply to  Rik

Naw just refund the congress sob’s don’t earn a check anyway! Let Sandy Cortez and the rest of the squad explain the death and destruction! The ID ten tangos that vote them in figure it out! I’m thankful that my Virginia has started to, and soon we can complete the sweeping of the trash here. NY a d Calif and a few others people better wake up!

Joanne 4 justice.
11 months ago
Reply to  Rik

Yes let’s start with him !!!!!

HocasPocas
11 months ago
Reply to  Rik

Let’s go Brandon

Stephen Russell
11 months ago

Vigilante time unless Police Refunded

Eddie Van Halen
11 months ago

I think the police would appreciate vigilante help at this point.

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