‘Defund the Police’ was always destined to be a failure. As America’s inner cities exploded into violence — including rioting, looting and murder — radical Democrats nonetheless scapegoated police for the predictable results of their incendiary rhetoric and anti-police policies.
Police officers provided a ready target for Democrats to blame for the inter-generational disaster that has become life in our dilapidated, crime-ridden inner cities, which are under perpetual Democratic Party control to an extent envied even in Third World countries. If it is one thing the Democratic Party is a master at, it is avoiding all blame for the demonstrable failure of its divisive and dysfunctional policies.
Now, over a year later, the Democratic Party’s critics can safely say, ‘I told you so.’ Several major cities are beginning a “refund the police” movement to restore the resources and public confidence needed for them to do one of the most dangerous and thankless jobs in the country.
“Cities like New York City, Oakland, Baltimore, Minneapolis and Los Angeles are planning to reinstate tens of millions for the construction of new police precincts, increase police department budgets, among other plans to bankroll more efforts to confront the uptick in crime,” Fox News reported.
“Overall, in several of the nation’s largest local law-enforcement agencies, city and county leaders want funding increases for 9 of the 12 departments where next year’s budgets have already been proposed, with increases ranging from 1% to 6%,” Fox reported, citing the Wall Street Journal.
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One of the most visible cases of rapid decline has been New York City. Recently, as if a touchstone commentary on city streets becoming a ‘warzone,’ two children in the Bronx were nearly killed by a gunman on Thursday.
SHOCKING VIDEO: 2 children nearly caught in crossfire when gunman opens fire on Bronx sidewalk, shooting man multiple times at close range
— PIX11 News (@PIX11News) June 18, 2021
The harrowing day-to-day life of Americans under Democrat regimes in our inner cities makes it undeniable to all that ‘radical’ change away from the left’s control is needed. The radical party senses the reality of its policy failures beginning to sink in among the public and is now grasping onto common sense ones long enough to sucker voters into another round of failure.
“New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio announced that the city will return $92 million for a new precinct after the project had been cut last summer,” Fox’s report noted. “The move comes in the wake of a reported 16 shooting incidents and five homicides last weekend. New York Police Department (NYPD) crime data shows that shooting incidents in the Big Apple are up 68% year-to-date and up over 30% within the past month.”
“After slashing the NYPD’s annual operating budget by $400 million to $5.2 billion in the wake of last year’s protests, DeBlasio will now restore about half of those cuts,” it added. “He said the initial cuts on the financial strains of the pandemic and the need to disperse the funds among communities, which have now been regained from federal stimulus money.”
Similar “refund the police” initiatives are taking place in Baltimore, Atlanta, and Minneapolis. Democratic voters in those cities need to ask themselves: Why did they adopt the self-defeating policy to begin with? And how many people needlessly died and suffered because of it?
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