An untold number of Americans are dying because of progressive policies, but this does not appear to bother those who embrace an anti-police approach to crime. A recent report revealed many cities governed by progressive officials are experiencing record-level homicide rates. The skyrocketing transgressions across the country have laid bare the fatal flaws in far-left governance. But how long will it be before Americans become fed up?
Record Homicide Numbers
Twelve cities shattered yearly homicide rates in 2021. Amid widespread unrest, lax crime policies, and the Democrats’ demonization of law enforcement, violent crime has flourished. Rochester, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Toledo, OH; Columbus, OH; Baton Rouge, LA; Austin, TX; Louisville, KY; St. Paul, MN; Portland, OR; Tucson, AZ; Albuquerque, NM; and Indianapolis, IN, have all surpassed previous homicide records with a little more than two weeks left in the year. Each of these cities is governed by a Democratic mayor. “Some have blamed the crime spikes on bail reform, lack of arrests, fall out from police retirements and resignations following 2020’s nationwide calls to defund the police,” according to Fox News.
At a press conference held in November, Rochester Police Department Captain Frank Umbrino said that “the community has to get fed up” and that law enforcement is “extremely frustrated” at a situation that is “worse than a war zone here lately.” Fox reported that “Rochester broke its 30-year-old homicide record on Nov. 11 with 71 homicides. The city’s previous record sat at 69 in 1991.”
Philadelphia has seen more violent deaths in 2021 than New York City and Los Angeles. It recorded 521 homicides as of Dec. 6. New York City had 443 as of Dec. 5, and Los Angeles had 352 as of Nov. 27. “It’s terrible to every morning get up and have to go look at the numbers and then look at the news and see the stories. It’s just crazy. It’s just crazy and this needs to stop,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D) told ABC News after his city broke its record of 500 homicides.
Robert Boyce, a retired chief of detectives for the New York Police Department, told ABC News that “nobody’s getting arrested anymore” and that “people are getting picked up for gun possession and they’re just let out over and over again.” Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), during a discussion on Fox and Friends, said that “there’s a direct line between death and decay and liberal policies,” adding:
“The criminals laugh in the back of a police car because they know that they are going to be out the next day back to committing crimes. This is a problem for people who actually pay taxes who live there. And they are absolutely ruining America’s greatest cities, and we should be outraged about it.”
FBI data show a 30% increase in murders from 2019 to 2020. And 2020 was already a bloody year in cities across the nation; murders notched the largest single-year jump in the bureau’s 60 years of recording such figures. Amid this surge in crime, police forces are dwindling. In June, a Police Executive Research Forum study revealed a 45% increase in the police retirement rate and a 20% increase in resignations of law enforcement officials between 2020 and 2021.
Has America Had Enough?
There are a plethora of reasons why homicide rates are soaring at the moment. The majority of them are, as Crenshaw said, tied to leftist policies. So-called progressives are pushing a version of bail reform that allows violent criminals to avoid jail time, thereby endangering the community. One has only to look at the carnage in Waukesha, WI, to see what happens when certain individuals are let out on bail.
The Defund the Police campaign is also a prime contributor to rising crime rates. By vilifying all police for the actions of a few, the hard left created a hostile environment for members of law enforcement, prompting the wave of resignations that occurred across the country. Moreover, the cities that slashed their police budgets brought about a situation that made it difficult for responsible officers to perform their duties, resulting in increased crime rates.
The progressive left has much for which to answer. The measures they pushed have resulted in the deaths of far too many Americans. Ironically, black Americans – the people the left claims to protect – make up a disproportionate share of the victims of these crimes. But high-profile leftists do not seem to care. As long as the consequences of their actions do not show up at their front doors, they are okay with promoting measures that endanger the lives of the plebes.
There are signs that people are becoming fed up with this awful trend. But until it translates into political action, the progressive crowd will be free to continue running roughshod over Americans while safeguarding the criminals who victimize them.
~ Read more from Jeff Charles.
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