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WASHINGTON – In the hours following Saturday’s Times Square shooting in which three passers-by, including a 4-year-old girl, were injured, the two main candidates to replace Mayor Bill de Blasio were on hand.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, retired NYPD captain, and Andrew Yang, who said:
“My fellow New Yorkers… Nothing works in our city without public safety, and for public safety we need the police. … My message to the NYPD is: New York needs you. Your city needs you.
“New York cannot afford to defeat the police.”
Adams and Yang’s rush to the scene of the shooting, and the messages they delivered, tell us something about the state of politics – and not just in New York City.
Liberal mayors and urban politicians who enlisted in Black Lives Matter “Defend the police” movement after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis last May, seems to have caught a wave that is now receding.
On the streets of American cities, violent crime is reaching new heights since the 1990s. And, instead of “Defund the Police!” the insistent cry is, “Where are the cops?”
Atlanta is a good example.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has just announced that she will not be running for a second term. As she listed the issues and events that drained her energy, The New York Times suggests that Atlanta’s soaring crime rate has left her vulnerable and that Bottoms was considering possible defeat.
Writes Richard Fausset of The Times:
“The most serious political threat that has emerged for Ms Bottoms in recent months was a phenomenon she had previously described as the ‘Covid crime wave’. … Atlanta is grappling with a spike in violent crime, including a 58% increase in homicides last year…
“The mayor’s inability to control crime has become the central theme of two challengers”, including City Council President Felicia Moore.
“‘Atlanta has a mayor who is more interested in what’s going on outside of Atlanta,’ ‘Ms. Moore said in a recent statement, referring to Ms. Bottoms’ new national stature, including mentioning that she would have was a possible candidate for vice-presidency. . “We need a mayor who knows that the No.1 job of any mayor is to protect our city.” “
The public reaction to the wave of crime in Atlanta is so visceral that in Buckhead, a wealthy enclave in the north of the city, there is talk of secession and taking your tax base with it.
Why is crime on the rise and not just in Atlanta?
Among the reasons: the demonization and demoralization of the police services under the constant fire of the accommodation “Rotten apples” and rogue cops. Considered by the cops as anti-cop, this campaign generates resignations of police officers, retirements and downsizing.
The NYPD has lost 7% of its workforce and is in a recruitment crisis.
Large reductions in the number of cops were also recorded in Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Atlanta. Then there is the “Ferguson Effect” where cops avoid aggressive police departments for fear that a mistake could cost them their reputation and their careers, or worse.
In a country as violent as ours, with daily clashes between cops and suspects who are often aggressive and armed, police errors will be made. There will be shootings, injuries and even unnecessary and unnecessary killings.
In any war there are casualties and collateral damage, and this is true for America “War on Crime” – another of our eternal wars.
But daily reports of an escalation in violent crime, resulting in growing numbers of innocent people injured and dead, spark a fear for safety that surpasses any fear of the cops. And politicians are starting to see the numbers change and react to them.
Consider some of the crime figures compiled by The Hill:
The year 2020 saw over 20,000 criminal homicides, with a huge part of that spike occurring in urban America.
New York saw 150 more homicides and 750 more shootings in 2020 compared to 2019. Chicago saw 274 more homicides and 1,435 more shootings in 2020 than in 2019.
Los Angeles has seen homicides rise 38% while shootings have increased 40%. Washington, DC, ended 2020 with homicides on the rise for the third year in a row.
Murders in Philadelphia, where homicides have increased every year since 2016, have almost reached 500, a 40% increase. In Louisville, homicides jumped 70%.
In Detroit, shootings and homicides increased for the second year in a row, rising 53%.
Homicides soared for the second year in a row in Minneapolis, to 84 deaths – the highest tally since 1995. Cleveland had its highest murder tally since 1982, after a nearly 40% jump in murders last year.
Houston hit 413 murders in 2020 – a 42% increase from 2019. Indianapolis has seen a 40% increase in murders. For Denver, the increase in murders was 50%.
Cops don’t do these murders. They are doing their job to prevent these murders and apprehend the killers.
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Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “The Nixon White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Shattered a President and Divided America Forever.” To learn more about Patrick Buchanan and read articles from other Creators writers and designers, visit the Creators website at www.creators.com.