“Defund police” is arguably the most destructive, idiotic political slogan in living memory. No serious person – certainly no elected leader worthy of any respect – should have ever supported it in practice or principle.
But many Democrats did, and there must be accountability for such insanity. Thousands of lives – including a record number of cops – have been lost to increased criminal violence because the Left told lies about law enforcement when it suited their politics.
The causation of the national crime wave is straightforward. After the killing of George Floyd in May 2020, the Black Lives Matter movement mobilized behind the “defund police” slogan. The mainstream Democrat Party cynically promoted this anti-police narrative to rally their base in an election year. They pandered to BLM, because anything was justified in their minds to stop President Donald Trump, including widespread riots and anarchy in American cities.
Now the enduring results of that madness are in, over 18 months since the rise of BLM. Predictably, the data tells an appalling tale.
The last year and a half in America has been a bloodbath of violent crime. According to the FBI, murders in the U.S. rose almost 30% in 2020, the same year BLM gripped the nation with anti-police protests and riots. Last year was awful as well. Murders in almost two dozen U.S. cities were up 5% in 2021, after already being up 44% in 2020 as compared to 2019, according to an analysis by the Council on Criminal Justice.
And in the middle of it all – our police officers. Police suffered more casualties nationwide – 73 killed in the line of duty in 2021- than they have in almost three decades. Last month, 30 police officers were shot- seven so far this year in NYC alone.
This isn’t a crime wave – it’s a tsunami.
How did we get here? We can start where the crime trend lines do: the rise of the BLM movement in June 2020. The foundational lie of BLM – that police are murdering young Black men systematically, without consequence, out of racism, in large numbers – created a political panic that stretched deep inside our institutions of law and order.
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