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Police – Defund or Defend? Summer 2021 Looms

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“Defund the Police” defined Democrats in 2020. Most Americans opposed the idea. Today, more oppose the idea. Democrats continue cutting. We have begun to see what happens – crime spikes. This summer, expect crime to jump. Watch the divide – defund or defend? – get deeper.

Fact: An April 2021 poll, taken just a week after officer Dereck Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd, found 62 percent of Americans oppose defunding police. See Poll: 62 Percent of Registered Voters Oppose Defunding Police

Fact: In June 2020, fewer Americans – 57 percent – opposed defunding the police. So, today more differ defunding than a year ago. See Poll: Voters oppose ‘Defund the Police’ but back major reforms

Fact: The divide was – and remains – partisan, even if more Americans oppose defunding police in 2021. Thus, the April poll found 87 percent of Republicans opposed cutting police, while 54 percent of Democrats favor defunding. Nevertheless, in some cities, citizens are nearly apoplectic.

In Portland, Oregon, 75 percent now say do not “defund” police.

Fact: What was theoretical in 2020 is getting real in 2021. This year, “the 50 largest U.S. cities reduced their 2021 police budgets by 5.2 percent in aggregate,” many in the context of broader cuts. See, Cities Say They Want to Defund the Police. Their Budgets Say Otherwise.

Fact: While some Democrats argue these cuts are not deep enough, for many cities, they are radical.

Thus, Austin, Texas saw a 33.3 percent slash in police, New York and Minneapolis both 14.8 percent, Seattle 11.2 percent, and Denver 9.8 percent. Democrats control these police budgets. San Francisco diverted $60 million, while Los Angeles cut $150 million.

Fact: Not surprisingly, when you cut police deterrence and response, crime goes wild. That is happening in these cities. The crime was high last year, as “defund” signals were sent.

See, e.g., List of Cities Defunding the Police | Surge in Crime This year, to the dismay of residents, homicides are spiking – as tone-deaf Democrats keep cutting. Thus, a recent triple murder in Austin last week put homicides 53 percent above a year ago. Compared to 2019, Austin’s murders are 189 percent higher. See, e.g., After This Weekend’s Triple Homicide, Austin’s 2021 Murders 53% Above Last Year

Fact: Year-to-date homicides in Minneapolis for 2021 are double 2020. See, With violent crime up in 2021, Minneapolis leaders search for solutions

Homicides, and crimes like auto theft, are up in New York over 2020. See, Major crimes in NYC jumped 2.4% during March on heels of murder, auto theft spikes: NYPD

Fact: Homicides in Seattle hit a 26-year high in 2020, and by May 2021, 20 percent of the Seattle police force, 260 officers, had quit as the department was defunded and demoralized. See, Seattle had ‘highest number of murders in 26 years’ in 2020; and Nearly 20 Percent Of Seattle Police Force Quits Following Defunding And Black Lives Matter Riots

Fact: Denver homicides are up in May over prior months and up for 2021 over 2020, a near-record year. See Homicide 2021 crime report. Murders plague San Francisco and Los Angeles as of May 2021, the latter seeing a 40 percent spike. See, e.g., San Francisco police investigate 3rd homicide within 24 hours; Los Angeles seeing spike in homicides in 2021 so far

All this is prelude, as deeper police cuts kick in over dozens of Democrat-controlled cities this summer. With or without riots, analysts predict Summer 2021 could be among the worst. The nation will have fewer police to deter and respond as recruiting falls and retirements accelerate.

For reference, summers often trigger crime spikes, but this one could be a scorcher, as predictions of runaway crime are starting to be the norm.

See, e.g., Crime experts fear summer 2021 violence could be worse than last year as shooting, murder uptick starts early; “Summer 2021 is Going to be Abnormally Violent” as Murders Continue to Rise; Police in cities across America are bracing for a “Summer of Violence”.

Kicker:

Congressional Democrats – up for election in 2022 – are beginning to see what they wrought. They are back-pedaling, hard-pressed to extinguish the anti-police fire they started – and the crime wave for which they bear responsibility.

Last week, the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) urged Democrats to reverse course, dropping their defund police” mantra or pay in 2022. He is probably too late, but arrogance is another “hobgoblin of small minds,” and few will listen. See, e.g., DCCC Head’s Suggestion to Abandon “Defund the Police” for 2022 Could Hurt Dems

What is more, major law enforcement figures are now linking dots – for those who missed the connection: Defunding police produces runaway crime; those responsible for one bear responsibility for the other. See, As crime surges across the US, liberal cities are seeing the ‘consequences’ of Defund the Police: Bratton

Some realities are hard to escape – once they find you. Violent crime in cities that rioted, signaled antipathy for police, and began defunding are learning the hard way – that burner is hot.

This summer will provide actual proof – that you can either “defund or defend,” but you cannot do both, and the difference will become increasingly evident by 2022.

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JohnH
4 months ago

Have read a few comments here that suggest defund the FBI. Now , that is probably even a worse or as bad idea as defunding local police objectives. You are probably looking at one FBI case that you do not agree with & you do not have the foggiest idea what this group means to protecting this great nation from terrorism & criminal. Do you really want to leave a hole for the criminal element to fill as they have in defunded cities.

Bob
5 months ago

Welcome to the new reality. If you have read 1984 you have all the info for what is coming. Also read Animal Farm to get more.Pray continually to your God for devine protection and intetvention.

John King
5 months ago

To defund the police…..hum….i am thinking the commies are not holdin to their oath…..”to protect

robert rosenfield
5 months ago

I think you should defund the areas where the citizens attack police and put that money where the citizens support the police.

Max
5 months ago

It time for Fox Mulder and Dana Scully to tell the American people the truth!!! It is out there somewhere, isn’t it?

Clark Kent
5 months ago
Reply to  Max

Don’t trust ‘Fox’ to bring you the truth.

Max
5 months ago
Reply to  Clark Kent

AMEN!

John
5 months ago

Common sense says to defund the police means to weaken it or do away with it. What sense is there in that? None. Are there pathetic officers out there? Yes, there are. Human beings. The only way to fix it would be have Robocop’s but even that would have its problems. Plus, there would be those who would accuse a Robocop of being racist.
Just show respect to the police if confronted. And do what is asked of you. There are proper avenues to respond to bad cops.

JohnH
4 months ago
Reply to  John

Statement says it all ” If stopped by police, just cooperate & do not resist arrest or run away from them. You will either get a ticket or hauled in to station & that is the time to get a lawyer and settle the problem peacefully . The police have a job to do. Most people that have been killed by police is by resisting arrest.

Karen
5 months ago

Defund the police? Absolutely a very mentally ill decision. Don’t think I will ever understand the Dems thinking! Obvious the Devil has them by the b—s. I too, have purchased a fire arm and they will NOT take it away from me!

HocasPocas
5 months ago

Why do you think gun sales are at an all time high? People aren’t stupid. They know that they are going to have to defend themselves and their families against the tyranny.

James W
5 months ago

The FBI should be defunded and abolished, transferring the agents to the marshals service. It’s obvious that they favor the leftist liberal democrats agenda of socialism and work against the USA at high levels. The next to be defunded should be the DEA because they are stifling potentially safe medicine and causing much suffering to people with chronic conditions. These policing agencies are above the law and citizens are at their mercy. The trend today is guilty without the proof of innocence which is opposite to the laws.

John
5 months ago
Reply to  James W

I believe the upper management of these government arms … FBI, DOJ, etc. are the problem. Once a person gets that high up in power, the seek compensation from outside sources it seems. The agents are like the police .. good and bad. But the decision makers are the issue and should all be cleaned out. Our problem in the country is that the power hungry will do anything to get it and keep it. Murder, theft … just part of the job. All for what? A few years of “power” and “respect” for the cost of your eternal future? Believe in God or not, that is a dumb way to live.

Clark Kent
5 months ago
Reply to  James W

Actually, the plan is to REPLACE local police department with a nationwide, Federal police force. Much easier to control politically. No pesky county sheriffs refusing to enforce certain federal laws/policies. No need to defund the police; departments are losing officers at such an accelerated rate there won’t be anyone left. And recruitment of new officers is not happening. Who in their right mind as a young person would want to currently pin on a badge?

Mike B.
5 months ago

With the rise in crime rates in Democrat controlled cities, it is all the more reason that we protect our second amendment. I have relatives in blue states that I will not visit since I feel defenseless in these cities and states where criminals and liberals rule.

Stephen Russell
5 months ago

Vigilante time ahead for some cities?

Clark Kent
5 months ago

For many, that time has already arrived.

George Washington's Admirer
5 months ago

The ‘Continuing Saga of: Communist/Democratic Party Propaganda’… One of the ‘Causes’ of the Communist Party is the ‘Defunding of Police’; and the ‘Rehabilitation or Police Reform Programs’.
The Communists would have us change the name of the ‘Police’ to maybe: ‘Social Worker’. Instead, of getting report from their captain; they will have to set up tables and folding chairs to play ‘Bingo’. They will have to attend: ‘Wokeism Awareness’ continuing education; then, complete an exam with a satisfactory score of: 99%. However, some of the criminals will reminisce; the ‘good ole days’ of the lovely macaroni and cheese lunch; served with fish sticks, brought by the ‘cops’.

The Rebel
5 months ago

This site is monitored by the socialist party !!!

The Rebel
5 months ago
Reply to  The Rebel

Kinda like making comments in the AARP magazine !!!!

Mike B.
5 months ago
Reply to  The Rebel

Good, let them hear our opinions of them.

RobinMD
5 months ago
Reply to  The Rebel

Good, maybe they will get the idea that people do not like them.

Mary
5 months ago

Every democrat that has ever defunded the police should be sued by families who have lost loved ones – moms, dads, sons, etc., especially if they are police officers on duty. Pay and pay big. Governments are created for the sole purpose of keeping its citizens free from crime or lawmakers become the ultimate criminal.

HocasPocas
5 months ago
Reply to  Mary

I believe that the msm and big tech companies should be included in that lawsuit. They are just as much to blame as the democrats/socialists/communists

Clark Kent
5 months ago
Reply to  HocasPocas

The way to send a message to the msm and big tech companies is to REFUSE TO WATCH msm and REFUSE TO DO BUSINESS WITH big tech companies. Ca$h talks loud!

Hal Lemoyne
5 months ago

I definitely want all neverTRUMP political evil cohort who desire to defend an TRUMPlican supporters , groups and organizations

to be defended instead immediately or NOW

????????????CHRISTrumpOwens and all their US TRUMPlican Lawmakers successfully US 2020-2024 Reelected Landslide
Amen & Amen????????????

Last edited 5 months ago by Hal Lemoyne
Hal
5 months ago
Reply to  Hal Lemoyne

Eh??? No comprende your post!

the rebel
5 months ago

The irony in DEFUND DA POLICE is the fact that the hoods that most need police and civil law are the same ones bitching most about police brutality and need for police reform.

Simple Life Rules:

  1. Obey laws——————even if you do not like them.
  2. Obey laws——————even if you do not agree with them.
  3. Obey laws——————do not shoot people just because you disagree with them.
  4. Obey laws——————do not steal money or other people’s belongings.
  5. Obey laws——————do not take things that do not belong to you.
  6. Obey laws——————do not exceed speed limits.
  7. Obey laws——————life is simple if you obey laws !!!!!!!!
Mike B.
5 months ago
Reply to  the rebel

Amen. It’s so simple.

JohnH
4 months ago
Reply to  Mike B.

Agree with you 100 Percent. What is so hard to understand.

HocasPocas
5 months ago
Reply to  the rebel

How about the Ten Commandments. If we all lived our lives according to what God gave us in the Ten Commandments, this world would be a more peaceful and contented place to live

JohnH
4 months ago
Reply to  HocasPocas

Pushing Ten Commandments out of schools/Fed Buildings has not been good for USA, but is one of the goals of “Naked Communist” book in 1958.

JohnH
4 months ago
Reply to  the rebel

Most people learn these in grade school & high school from teachers and parents. If you break these laws, then you are responsible for your actions.

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