Mayor cities that decided to defund the police as a response to the BLM protests are now backtracking on police cuts due to the skyrocketing of crime and shortage of police officers.
George Floyd’s death last year triggered off massive riots and calls to defund the police and redirect the funding to social programs. After funds were taken away from police departments and police officers started quitting in big numbers violent crimes surged 21% in 2020 and as things are going 2021 is likely to continue that trend.
“The violence needs to stop, it’s unacceptable. People deserve to feel safe in their neighborhood, they deserve to be able to send their kids out to the sidewalk to play and to recreate without bullets flying by. That’s unacceptable. We should be holding these perpetrators accountable,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey
Minneapolis, being the city most affected by the police shortages and crimes, is now calling on residents to stand up to violent criminals. Entire communities are now being asked for any information about potential suspects involved in recent shootings and aid police investigations. “Minneapolis police officers will continue to rush into harm’s way to save lives; however, we need help from community leaders and residents to stand up and speak out,” Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said.
In Los Angeles the surge in crimes have been more pronounced since in 2020 crimes in the city rose by 36% when elected officials stripped the local police department of $150 million from that department’s funding. L.A mayor Eric Garcetti and the L.A city council had both made commitments to further cut back police funding, but now since last week those leaders have reversed course. The city council has now approved additional funding for police departments to hire 250 new police officers.
In New York City, mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that there will be new police precincts in places like Southeast Queens to combat rising crime. This announcement came after Bill pledged to cut $1 billion dollars from the New York City Police Department’s budget. Many mayors across the nation have been promising a lot of things but very little has been actually done, in fact as we see they are reversing their garbage promises and policies.