LA County sheriff blames ‘defund the police,’ progressive policies for murder, violent crime wave — 2nd article follows

Big effing surprise, huh, Commiefornia?

https://www.theblaze.com/news/alex-villanueva-murder-spike-defund-the-police

‘Yet they’re the very first ones to pick up the 911 when someone’s crawling over their back gate trying to get into their house’

By CHRIS ENLOE

LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva

Los Angeles County’s top cop, Sheriff Alex Villanueva, says the far-left “defund the police” narrative and progressive officials are responsible for a worrying spike in violent crime.

What is the background?

Major cities across the U.S. have experienced a spike in violent crime this year.

In Los Angeles, for example, murders are up nearly 200%, Fox News reported. Through the first two months of 2021, there were 60 murders in Los Angeles County compared to just 21 during the same time period last year.

Portland is another major city experiencing a wave of homicide. There were 25 murders in Portland through the first three months of 2021 compared to just three during the same time period in 2020.

Other cities like New York CityChicagoSt. LouisBaltimore, among others, are also plagued by soaring murder rates.

What did Villanueva say?

According to Villanueva, criminals emboldened by progressive law enforcement policies and the “defund the police” movement are behind the spike in violent crime.

Speaking with Fox News last Thursday, Villanueva specifically blamed new Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón, the progressive lawman who has introduced quick reform to Los Angeles law enforcement after just months on the job.

“They need to really pick and choose very carefully because for them it’s very easy to say, ‘Oh yeah, all cops are bad,’ and, ‘Let’s reform and defund the police,'” Villanueva said. “Yet they’re the very first ones to pick up the 911 when someone’s crawling over their back gate trying to get into their house.”

Video at original link.

Anything else?

The worrying direction of crime is not just new to 2021. In fact, violent crime, especially murder, was already particularly high in 2020.

“Last year, the United States tallied more than 20,000 murders — the highest total since 1995 and 4,000 more than in 2019. Preliminary FBI data for 2020 points to a 25% surge in murders — the largest single year increase since the agency began publishing uniform data in 1960,” USA Today reported.

In fact, the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund found that murders rose and police activity dropped in cities where police were most criticized last year.

“This data confirms that in places where law enforcement saw the most resistance from community leaders and calls for less policing, we saw more homicides,” LELDF president Jason Johnson said, the Washington Examiner reported.

“Progressive prosecutors made it clear that making arrests for drug and weapons crimes that will go unprosecuted only exposes officers to the risk of disciplinary action, lawsuits, and criminal prosecution. So, to mitigate that risk, police took a more passive approach,” Johnson added.

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By Kipp Jones

Anti-police sentiment gets people killed.

In the now almost year since George Floyd died while in police custody in Minneapolis — leading to a nationwide movement to defund and delegitimize police officers and their departments — homicides skyrocketed in major cities run by Democrats.

Democrats, activist reporters and race-baiters might lie, but data doesn’t.

The Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund, an advocacy group that champions police officers and the challenging jobs they do, compiled data after Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020, which made cops the left’s public enemy no. 1. The results show that defunding the police sent people to their graves.

“Murder surged as police reduced their activity including stops, searches, and arrests,” the LELDF noted in its findings, and the group blamed the alarming uptick on less proactive policing in already dangerous communities.

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“Since June 2020, local leaders and activistsʼ increasing attacks demoralized, debilitated, and, in some cases, defunded law enforcement. As police stepped back, violence surged,” the group noted.

“Urban areas are hardest hit by growing bloodshed with 35% rise in homicide across Americaʼs largest 60 cities. Meanwhile, aggravated assaults (which includes non-fatal shootings) increased by 10.5% — the largest jump in three decades,” the LELDF added.

Some stunning city-by-city statistics, which correlate hands-off law enforcement with more death, were also shared by the group. When comparing homicides with the number of people arrested, the group analyzed data from June 2019 to February 2020 and compared it with data from June 2020 to February 2021.

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Per the LELDF, Louisville, Kentucky, saw an alarming increase in murders during the period while the city also reported a drastic decrease in police activity. The city saw an 87 percent increase in murders, while police arrests and stops were down 35 percent.

Meanwhile, Minneapolis, the city which spawned the nationwide anti-cop movement, saw its rate of murders jump 64 percent, while arrests in the city were down 42 percent.

Chicago, which is already an urban war zone, saw homicides increase 65 percent with the number of people getting arrested down 53 percent.

New York City saw a 58 percent increase in murders, while Los Angeles saw a 51 percent increase in those killed by violence. Police in New York arrested 38 percent fewer people while cops in L.A. made 33 percent fewer arrests.

Milwaukee, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Atlanta, Houston, Seattle and St. Louis all saw alarming increases in murders — as did Portland, Oregon.

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“After the city of Portland slashed its police budget by $12 million and eliminated three police units, the police withdrew while shootings climbed 173% and murders rose 255% in nine months,” the LELDF noted, while adding that St. Louis is America’s most violent city.

“St. Louis is Americaʼs Murder Capital and 3 times more dangerous than Mexico and Central America. In 2020, St. Louisʼ death toll hit a 50-year high with 87 out of every 100,000 residents being murdered,” the LELDF noted.

The group noted that the cities of Baltimore and Chicago each saw similar murder spikes after arrests were curtailed in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

“The hostile work environment for law enforcement makes them risk-averse, reactive, disempowered and discouraged. Increasingly, police are disengaging from the hardest, and riskiest, but most necessary types of police work,” the group concluded in its report.

What do all of the above-named cities have in common?

They’re all run by radical, anti-cop Democrats. They’re the same people who want to disarm law-abiding people while turning their police departments into scapegoats for their own failings.

Defunding and demonizing police officers gets people killed. Since last year, countless lives have been ended or forever shattered as people have been sacrificed at the altar of social justice.

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