20,000 murders reported last year amid push to defund police

The civil unrest that followed last year’s death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody prompted demands from far-left activists for an array of anti-police reforms that many communities across the country were shockingly willing to adopt, and the tragic consequences of those moves are becoming more apparent with each passing day.

As Jason Johnson, president of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund points out in an opinion piece for USA Today, the United States saw over 20,000 murders in 2020 – the highest tally since 1995 – and argues that the main driver of that sad statistic is the highly-politicized push to restrict the ability of police to effectively do their jobs.

The protests and destructive rioting that swept cities across the country last year resulted in an alarming trend among public officials to display outright hostility toward law enforcement officers, leaving them not just demoralized, but in many instances, forced to operate without the financial and staffing resources necessary to fulfill their sworn duties.

According to Johnson, data collected for the period of June 2020 through February of this year reveal that in 10 large American cities, violent crime escalated in tandem with a decline in engaged policing. The most significant increases in murder rates were seen in municipalities that either cut or threatened to slash funding for law enforcement.

A prime example of such a scenario can be seen in the case of Minneapolis itself, where the City Council was forced to backtrack on its earlier pledge to defund its police department following Floyd’s death and the resultant riots that gripped the region. The decision was made after residents implored city leaders to hire additional police officers to address unacceptable response times and a notable rise in violent crime, as Fox News reported, and now the department will receive an additional $6.4 million in funding.

Minneapolis is not alone in reversing course on a knee-jerk response to radical police reform demands, as liberal Portland, Oregon Mayor Ted Wheeler, who cut $12 million from his city’s law enforcement budget this summer, recently announced plans to reinstate the department’s Gun Violence Reduction Team and devote $2 million to its activities. This decision came in response to a 255% rise in murders and a 173% increase in overall gun violence witnessed since his original decision, as Johnson noted.

Widespread calls to defund and otherwise curtail the ability of police to carry out their responsibilities have also led to a personnel crisis of significant proportions. As the New York Post reported last fall, the number of NYPD members who applied for retirement since anti-law enforcement protests engulfed the nation jumped roughly 87% in a phenomenon that has been replicated in major city departments across the country.

Further complicating matters is the concerning trend toward limiting or eliminating altogether the qualified immunity traditionally granted to law enforcement officers that shields them from civil liability for actions committed in the course of their duties, provided they did not violate another citizen’s constitutional rights. Just last week, New Mexico joined Colorado and Connecticut in ending such immunity, and the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a reform bill that would also eliminate availability of this particular legal defense.

As Johnson rightly points out, “when the Thin Blue Line retreats, violence charges in,” and the sooner lawmakers around the country take note of the carnage and lawlessness that inevitably follows their uncritical acquiescence to leftist demands, the safer all Americans will be.

 
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  1. Simply
    The police working in these cities should go on strike or move to a place people appreciate them and the same officials that want to defund the police should be made to pay for all Damages not the taxpayers
    And When we lose a loved one each and everyone of us Should have a path well we can directly sue each and everyone of them
    Once they start seeing there’s consequences for their actions maybe will see more common sense

  2. Everyone is blaming law enforcement but they are ignoring the obvious. The big majority of people shot by police were ignoring commands or outright fighting law enforcement. I have ZERO sympathy for them. Law enforcement for years has tried to use various means of force when dealing with people. That is why they have to lug around night sticks, pepper spray, tazers and their service weapons. Then make a decision as to which one to use based on the aggression of the person they are engaged with. I say simplify that. They carry their service weapon and this is made known to all. That way any perpetrator knows if they do not obey the commands or if they fight they will likely get shot. No hard decision for law enforcement as to “what level of threat is this individual?”

  3. The prejudicial statements made by some people are disgusting. It doesn’t matter what color or religion We are, We are Americans first, we must support each other. A house divided cannot stand. I have been a Republican all of my life and I am proud of our party and it’s stand against prejudice.

  4. With BLM and Antifa rioting, burning and killing every time a black criminal is killed makes the radical left nervous, so the first thing they want is gun control. It doesn’t matter how many laws are on the books, murders still happen and most of them are by criminals and the majority of them are Black on Blacks murders. Guns do not get up, load themselves, take the safeties off, aim and shoot anything. This is madness. The huge spike in murders is because we’re defunding and demoralizing our Law Enforcement. They do their job, they kill a criminal, and they are slandered, attacked, threatened, and normally fired. I’ll bet that really makes you want to get up in the morning and go to work. When there is excessive force used, the officer is arrested, put on trail and the jury decides his/her fate. Face it, the reason so many blacks are killed by cops is because they commit most of the crimes and then when caught they fight the arrest. Biden has his shorts in a wad over something that his Party and supporters have caused, but look who he wants to penalize?

  5. One murder is to many, but as long a this stupid defund the police movement continues the death toll with continue to raise and as long as the riots continue the damage will continue to raise, the only recourse is for the law bidding citizens in this country is for them to wake up and replace the leadership in their states and cities with people who will put an end to all this garbage

  6. DEFUNDING THE POLICE IS THE SICKEST THING ANYONE CAN DO?????????? THESE MEN AND WOMEN PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE AND DO NOT KNOW WHEN THEY LEAVE FOR DUTY IF THEY WILL RETURN???????? I AM HAPPY TO SEE THE CAMERAS……CITIES WILL DISCOVER THAT WHEN SOMETHING CRITICAL HAPPENS AND THEY HAVE NO ONE TO SEND IT IS DANGEROUS…..AND SOMETIMES DEADLY!!!!!!!!! I DO NOT ALWAYS AGREE WITH THE POLICE…….BUT THEY HAVE A JOB TO DO……YOU TRY IT AND SEE FOR YOUR SELF WHAT GOES ON????????? BETTER YET TRY NOT GOING HOME ONE NIGHT AND SEE FOR YOUR SELF WHAT YOUR FAMILY WOULD GO THRU…………..

  7. So you don’t like the Police and you don’t want them around. How do you feel about yourself and your family members being the victims of violent crimes?

  8. IMPEACH THE WHOLE LOT OF THEM…THE WHOLE DEMOCRATIC PARTY…THEY ARE “NOT” THE PARTY OF THE WORKING MAN…YOU WERE “ALL” FOOLED BY THE “SO-CALLED” PRESIDENT AND HIS LADY V.P.!! THEY ARE DOING “NOTHING” BUT RUINING OUR COUNTRY!! HOW IS IT THAT EVERYTHING WAS IMPEACHABLE WHEN PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS IN OFFICE…NOW, THE WORD IS NEVER SPOKEN ..GOD BLESS AMERICA!!

  9. The news, even conservative news outlets never mention that the riots and defund poliv=ce activities ARE RACIALLY MOTIVATED, and the motivation and anger is from people of color, the same people who advocate for law and order, but turn their eyes away from the fact that [people getting in trouble with police are people of color by majority. Not saying that every other race is innocent, but look at our prisons. 99% of the people are there because they commited a crime, and maybe one percent are there because of a kangaroo court ad false charges. However, and this must be looked at and you musn’t turn away from the fact that 90% of the people that are incarcerated are criminals. black and brown. It’s not the police who put them there. THEY ARE THERE BECAUSE THEY COMMITED A CRIME,, PERIOD! Now, why is it that the left is turning their eyes away from the criminal activity in these riots, burning down businesses and cities along with the death of many innocent victims. One the other hand, a handful of people got excited, got rowdy and trashed some of the capital and they are called terrorists, insurrectionists and racist. Pelosi and the left are making a big deal out of this little disturbance while cities burn at the hands of ANTIFA AND BLM, but they say, “WELL, IT’S MOSTLY PEACEFUL AND IT’S THEIR PATRIOTIC DUTY AND CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT, WHY, because their sorry backside are not in danger, and the danger they were in on the 6th of January was minor compared to what is happening all over the country to citizens while they sit in their ivory towers. LOOK AROUND FOLKS! THE CRIMINALS ARE BEING CALLED PATRIOTS WHILE THE PATRIOTS ARE BEING CALLED CRIMINALS!

  10. No the those people making Racist comments are the new Breed of Trump Republican Conservatives Straight out racists No Wonder So many people are leaving the Republican Party with Members like that joining.

    1. What do you call the baby killing breed of democrats? At least the Trump breed of Republicans have feeling for our people . I’m proud to say I supported Trump and if I have the chance I’d do it again.

  11. I support law enforcement to a degree. But they should not have qualified immunity. They have body cameras which should/must be fully operational while on duty. This will protect both them and the citizens of this country. For to long some officers overstep the laws they are supposed to enforce without recourse by citizens. They need to be trained to use deadly force as a last resort, they have tazers which are very effective in most cases, They also need to be trained to reduce any forcwe used when a suspect is handcuffed, Also the rule they seem to have about ordering a person to lay on the ground needs to be removed except when the subject is threatening in size.

  12. Oops, above. Should read ‘unarmed blacks’. $93 mill, 0 to victims/families, 0 to black owned businesses destroyed. Personal enrichment for blatant r baiting.

  13. And then we have BLM whipping up rage toward the police, encouraging doxxing, drive ups, posting family pictures. Where are the FBI agents? Isn’t this a hate crime?
    You know how many blacks were killed by the police in 2019-40 mill blacks, 3 mill cops, all year, full country? 19.
    And BLM got $93 mill in donations. One of the founders bought 4 homes this year and is looking for a place in the Bahamas.

  14. The democrats love this caioss,it distracts from what they are doing.About protecting yourself,shoot first ,ask questions later.Once these criminals herewhat is happening they think before they act.If not good riddance.

  15. Nobody to blame but the Democrats. They wouldn’t do anything about the 2020 riots in order deflect from lying Joe Crow Biden hiding in the bunker and letting big tech run and rig his election. They allowed this to happen. One thing I do know when they ban these guns. The criminals will have them and ample supply and ammunition.

    1. when they try to control guns than us gun owners will make sure our familys are safe. I have guns and ammo so GOD help the persons that try to take them away.if the police need help all they have to do is ask for it. gun owners in this country will respond. do you feel safe in your homes. I DO.

  16. Too change, eleminate politicians, they serve no purpose except themselves. Supreme idiots, eleminate, they have not surved only themselves. What part of this don’t you understand? It means, eleminate!!!

  17. If during a robbery someone gets killed. The person outside in the car waiting to drive the thieves away is considered an accessory to murder. Why then isn’t the person preventing the police from arresting individuals that are robbing, killing, destroying private property an accessory to the crime(s) and being arrested? Fire the leaders and the problem goes away. My math appears to directly point to the head of the police!

  18. These cities will never change until the victims outnumber the morons that lead these cities. The only way to change the mindset of the city is to change the leaders at the ballot box and make sure that they cannot CHEAT to get elected.

  19. Maybe these legislators defunding the police should be defunded that makes a whole lot more sense to me cut their budget they have been over funded for too long already

  20. See what happens whey criminals are emboldened by defund the police?
    Think about how much worse it will be, if the Supreme Court lets Biden disarm law abiding citizens; home invasions will go through the roof if criminals know we have no way to protect ourselves…it will be a slaughter…and Joe Biden will own every single innocent person that is murdered because of his stupidity.

    When criminals have nothing to fear, they rob, rape, and murder at will.

  21. They need to make an App for Defunders that kicks in when the day comes when you need help;
    you call the police to help you and your family;
    the App would block your phone numbers from reaching the police Dept

  22. St. Floyd was really just an excuse to riot and loot. That was sarcasm. If you spent more than two seconds watching the video, you’d come away thinking ‘something is fishy.’ Then his autopsy’ absolutely no neck trauma, he died of a fentanyl OD and had COVID at the time. Is Bidet incompetent as you say? He has been for 49 years, do you think he’ll suddenly get better? He got worse. The only thing impeaching him and heels up (yes he’s crossed many red lines) will do is make a new puppet step in. It is being handled, only a select few know by who or what they are doing.

    1. It is at the behest of the ignorant and hateful rioters and hatemongering terrorist like ANTIFA and BLM. That is how the communist take over. Read Maoist’s theology books. Know the real enemy!

  23. The people who defund police should be victims of life altering crimes and see how they like it!

    1. Most of the individuals that defunded the police are city leaders in Democratic controlled communities. Ready good people live in those areas too and they dont wish to have their safety controlled by elected officials that promise to make lives better and then fail to commit to their promises.

  24. Take police out of the areas that have rioting, let just them destroy their own city, just forget about them. Do not rebuild, police do not respond, let them take care of themself.

    1. Jerry is right! Let them kill each other and burn down their own cities. If that doesn’t get the powers that be their attention, I don’t know what will. Don’t rebuild because they will just burn it down again.

      1. Dummy they’ll come for us1st as if we did anything the news is brainwashing people….show them they’re just being used is all…ur idea isn’t very smart…Trump will be back

        1. Not sure about that Christine. When the BLM tried leaving the city, they encountered a suburb where the folks took up arms and defended their turf. BLM took a look, realized they would pay for the crap they started and went home. Most of the BLMers are cowards.

    2. And make sure they don’t leave the place they destroyed. They must live in it and rebuild it themselves with their own hands and money, however little that might be after they torched the place.

  25. THANKS TO OUR INCOMPETENT PRESIDENT OUR BORDER PROBLEM IS SO MUCH WORSE. I BELIEVE BIDEN WANTED THIS TO HAPPEN.
    HE SHOUD BE IMPEACHED. HOWEVER, HARRIS WILL THEN TAKE OVER. I UNDERSTAND SHE COMES FROM A BACKGROUND OF COMMUNISTS.

    1. …and then Mafia bred Piglosi and Little Chuckie Schumucky take control……OMG What a Mess!!! Let’s pray that 2022 cleans up some of this mess!!!

  26. Well isn’t this a surprise, defund the police, put the money into other tings like social workers etc and the murder rate goes up, what are these people thinking, butter yet it sounds like the liberals are not thinking what a mess

    1. I GO ALONG W/R. BATES. IT IS THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS AND BIDEN WHO ALLOWED CIRCUMSTANCES BECOME SO BAD.

    2. Can you explain what you mean by “the liberals are not thinking what a mess” I mean … what liberal THINKS in the first place? You have to have a brain in order to think !

      1. That fits with what Sir Winston Churchill said many times: “If you’re not a liberal in your twenties, you have no heart; if you’re not a conservative in your fifties, you have no head.”

    3. Idiot Biden and his lovely VP are directly, 100% responsible for this mess. The deaths that will result from their dangerous, destructive policies will be completely on their shoulders. How do these people sleep at night? Impeach the whole damned administration!!

      1. Biden wasn’t in office last summer. He was campaigning from his basement. Put the blame where it belongs, on the do-nothing demokraut mayors and governors that allowed this mess to continue for so long. Please also point the finger of blame at the dimwits who encouraged these rioters, looters and murderers, Pelosi, Water, Schiff, Schumer, Nadler and others in Congress and those that paid for it. Like Soros and any spineless/brainless company that backed BLM or Antifa.

        1. I agree with Laura, the blame belongs completely on the Democrats who held office prior to the dim wit Biden seating himself in a fraudulent election. Not that he hasn’t reignited the stupidity of the left and its moronic voter base. Defund our law enforcement agencies, strip away the citizens right to protect themselves under the Constitution and allow our borders to be inundated by illegals and the criminal elements and I’ll add to that, by terrorists! This country is on the very brink of destruction and it all pools at the Democrats feet.

      2. Yes , these anti Americans who really did not get elected but paid their way with interference they are treasonous and are putting good Americans lives at steak they are threatening our security and way of life and hurting our our good policemen and their families, they need to be removed for going against our way of life this has got to be taken up by the courts, I want the ignorant, greedy, violent people who are running the cities to be held accountable for their behavior and to stop spending tax payers money on themselves. Looting businesses as an excuse something is owed to them , No one owes you anything! Arrest BLM and Antifa! They are all frauds and criminals! Everyone knows this They are terrorists and keep and eye on the MIA dems they are up to no good.

    1. Are you part of the Democrat party or a secret member of the swamp? You certainly don’t sound like a conservative. Your words indicate you’re trying to get ethnics groups upset and that points to you being on the extreme liberal side. Are you being paid by Soros?

    2. Troll
      Get outta here!…how dare you it’s fake people like you who give good people like Americans a bad name they don’t deserve

      1. Yup, another liberal stirring the pot! I’ve been a R for 40 years and I’ve never heard a friend or family member talk that way. Disgusting!

    3. I agree with you Terry A. Bell.

      WHO CARES AS LONG AS THEY ARE ALL WETBACKS< NIGGERS< MUSLIMS !

    4. Will I it that all life matter no matter who you are and if that the you fill God help you how would fill if was one you got kill?

    5. You ignorant racist pig. Your statement makes you lower than your perception of them. I doubt you know what the word perception means though. It just makes me happy to know you are among a dying out species. You know what a species is ? Probably being the extreme ignorant racist garbage that you are. Live as long as you can with your hatred and misery for it is consuming you every day and will destroy you and then the world will be better off for the loss of you. By the way, I AM A WHITE PATRIOT AND DAMN PROUD OF IT. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND OUR FREEDOM. FREEDOM FOREVER.

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