Homicide Rates Soar After City Councils Moves to Defund Police
So, what is the connection between a fully funded, well-trained police force to the occurrence of the most serious of crimes like assaults and homicide?
No connection whatever, say the liberal dimwits who get paid to spew counterintuitive nonsense on CNN and MSNBC. In fact–according to what most of those pinhead pundits learned in their Sociology 201 classes–crimes against people and property are caused by social injustice, police enforcement, and a prison system that punishes only those who…uh…commit crimes.
According to their cracked-brain theory, we can only break the cycle of violence by removing the cause— law enforcement. They want to substitute police officers with kindly social workers, who respond to violent domestic fights, riots, or hostage situations with a calm, reason, and hopefulness.
Sure, it’s hard to referee inflamed people with murderous intent under the influence of crack cocaine or amphetamines. But the words “How does that make you feel?” can go a long way in defusing volatile situations they assure us.
Also, part of the problem, as liberal reasoning goes, is that since the crime surge of the early 1990s, when Joe Biden helped pass a crime bill that increased police funding and put more perps in jail, there really hasn’t been any correlation between increasing police budgets and reducing homicides.
Except, there actually is both a direct correlation and a startling reduction in homicides per capita since 1994. It’s one of those rare cases where you can actually throw money at a problem and watch it become less of a problem. Police budgets since 1994 have grown by 45%. Homicides per capita since 1994 have gone down 32%.
Of course, the relationship between how many police officers a community hires and how effective they are depends on many local variables. Seattle and Portland police, for example, didn’t do well in stamping out those riots, because liberal city officials told them to abandon the scene to the arsonist rioters.
One criminology professor at the University of Pennsylvania put it this way: “A lot …depends on what the police do. If you were to reduce the size of the police force, and you had way fewer officers, the available data tell us that that’s a risk, because police manpower does have an effect on crime, particularly violent crime.”
Then there’s the network that no one watches—CNN—who came up with this gem of an article by Scottie Andrew: “Crime is surging in US cities. Some say defunding the police will actually make it fall.”
How’s that working for Milwaukee, ground zero where drug addict George Floyd died while resisting arrest? Channel 58 News in Milwaukee reports that the Milwaukee homicide rate is up 96% “compared to this time last year.”
Why is that so? One reason could be police reluctance to protect battered women or jump in between couples’ spats—or “inter-partner violence.” (Are you paying attention women’s advocates?)
Supporters who want to cut police budgets make the argument that if cities could focus on the root causes of crime—you know, poverty, drug abuse, and our mean old justice system—we wouldn’t need the police so much.
They are halfway there. If those supporters could focus realistically on the root causes, they would recognize that the cause is 50 years of liberal policies that promote welfare subsistence existence, fatherless families, and a revolving-door, self-perpetuating justice system that fails both to rehabilitate or punish.