New Report Shows that Murders are Soaring in Democrat-Controlled Urban Centers
John Nolte of Breitbart News gave a brief summary of the study’s findings:
The LELDF study sees a direct correlation between the Democrat party’s anti-police rhetoric and how Democrat-run cities have turned that rhetoric into action through police budget cuts, mandates that reduce policing efforts such as stops and arrests, a lack of criminal prosecution by far-left prosecutors, and issues stemming from low morale that have resulted in a massive number of retirements among law enforcement.
Nolte added some context to the historical crime trends throughout America:
In 2020, across the nation, homicides jumped a whopping 25 percent, which took us all the way back to the bad old days of 1995, the year before a violent crime and murder spree that launched in the 1970s finally started to come to an end.
“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 told the Washington Examiner in an interview.
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.
Nolte listed off several cities that have been rocked by crime:
Democrat-run Chicago: arrests/stops are down 53 percent, murders are up 65 percent.
Democrat-run New York City: arrests/stops are down 38 percent, murders are up 58 percent.
Democrat-run Louisville: arrests/stops are down 35 percent, murders are up 87 (not a typo) percent.
Democrat-run Minneapolis: arrests/stops are down 42 percent, murders are up 64 percent.
Democrat-run Los Angeles: arrests/stops are down 33 percent, murders are up 51 percent.
Democrat-run St. Louis is now “America’s Murder Capitol.” In 2020, the murder rate hit “a 50-year high, with 87 out of every 100,000 residents being murdered.”
Even cities like Austin, which has traditionally been viewed as safe, have witnessed significant increases in its homicide rate from 2019 to 2020.
Leftist cities have gone to great lengths to become hubs of social chaos. Their policies from gun control to hostility towards the police, have transformed cities into criminal safe spaces. They’re almost starting to look like microcosms of failed states.
For those with the means to do so, leaving major cities would be a wise decision to make during these days of uncertainty.