As crime skyrockets across America, cities that defunded police are trying to quietly restore the funding

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Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.  And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here.

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U.S.A. – In the face of rising crime, cities that eagerly slashed funds from police departments are now quietly moving to fund law enforcement again.

In 2020, we saw massive political pressure to defund the police in the wake of the death of George Floyd, most prominently in the form of widespread, destructive mass protests against law enforcement.  Mainstream media loudly lent its voice to the effort by downplaying the violence involved in the protests and perpetuating the myth that police officers are racist killers.

Leadership in many cities responded by cutting police budgets by millions and reducing incoming law enforcement personnel by canceling cadet classes.

In Austin, TX, for example, the Austin City Council unanimously voted in 2020 to cut its police department budget by $150 million, or one-third of its total $434 million budget.

Also for example, in July of 2020, New York City slashed its police department budget by $1 billion, in part by cutting overtime spending, reallocating funds to other agencies, and moving funds to “infrastructure.”

Crime statistics, however, have suggested that defunding the police is not the right move for public safety.

In August 2020, Texas Governor Greg Abbott shared results of a study published by the Wall Street Journal that shared already grim 2020 statistics for Austin, statistics that argued strongly against Austin’s decision to target law enforcement funding.

The Governor said in a statement:

“A new study showed that Austin, Texas, is the No. 1 city in America in the year-to-year percentage increase in murders, with a percentage increase of more than 64% for the first half of this year.” 

Abbott continued:

 “Austin also has a year-to-year increase in the percent rate of aggravated robberies, increasing by 14%, and robberies increasing by 16%. 

“When crime is on the rise, the last thing that we should do is to defund law enforcement.”

And yet, Austin did so, and residents this year are reportedly experiencing a dramatic increase in crime, with property crimes up 50% and homicides up 185%.

One Austin resident, Rendon Delgado, recently told the Austin American-Statesman that “community-based officers who used to be on hand to help address crime and quality of life issues — such as drug dealing, public intoxication and noise complaints — are now too busy responding to more urgent matters.”

She added:

“We’re suffering out here….We don’t have the police here doing what they need to do to keep us safe.” 

The American-Statesman and Austin’s KVUE-TV scrutinized Austin post-defunding, and found, in part:

“Council members, by canceling Police Department cadet classes and stripping up to $150 million from the $434 million police budget, failed to anticipate the consequences. Several acknowledge that the department is now left with a bare-bones patrol staff suffering unprecedented attrition. 

“The council has reinstated cadet classes, but the first graduates won’t hit the streets until spring. The department has about 1,800 officers, roughly the same number it had in 2016….

“Officers are taking longer to respond to 911 calls. The average response to the most serious emergencies rose to 9 minutes, an increase of 1 minute, 30 seconds  — 17% — during the past year. 

“Austin recently set a record for the most homicides in the 61 years the Police Department has kept count, and the killings have become a central focus of debate.”

Without much fanfare, Austin’s 2021-2022 budget has now seen a restoration in police funding, to the tune of $442 million, reportedly the “highest ever.”

New York City has also seen a restoration of the police budget.

The Big Apple experienced a 64% increase in shootings after defunding.  

Crime has continued to increase there in 2021, with September 2021 crime statistics showing an 18.5% increase in felony assaults, a 6% increase in robberies, and a 4.1% increase in vehicle theft over September 2020.

It comes as perhaps no surprise, then, that New York City, like Austin, has quietly increased its police budget.

According to the New York Times, “the city’s largest budget ever” was approved this year by the City Council with a vote of 39 to 6 and includes a $200 million increase in spending for the New York Police Department.  That increase includes a $166 million increase in police overtime.

Los Angeles, too, has seen a reversal in the defunding process.  

According to PBS Frontline, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti responded to the anti-police protests after George Floyd’s death by cutting the police department’s funding by $150 million.

This year, however, “as crime rose,” Garcetti increased the police budget by 3 percent.

Dallas is also experiencing an increase in police funding over 2020 figures.

Last year, Dallas actually increased the police budget overall, but slashed overtime pay for officers by almost a third.

In 2021, however, the city changed its tune, with Mayor Eric Johnson announcing in a written statement:

“Dallas needs a more robust community policing effort to fight violent crime and strengthen neighborhoods.

“And to get there, the city needs to hire more police officers. There is no question about it.”

The New York Times reports that these sentiments and a proposed increase in funding were well received by the Dallas community, stating:

“After the mayor proposed increasing funding, no protests followed. When the Council backed a budget that restored many of the cuts made last year, few came to the public hearing, and even fewer spoke against the plan, which included the hiring of 250 officers. 

“It passed with little fanfare last month [September 2021].”

We can only hope that these examples of restoring police department funds mark a trend in the right direction – that is, toward the provision of adequate financial means for law enforcement to protect and serve.

As the Times pointed out in the quote above, public sentiment appears to support funding the police in 2021, despite the loud voices that have been pushing for defunding.

This makes sense, as 85% of Americans support law enforcement.  These may not have the loudest voices — yet, but they are among you nevertheless, backing the Blue.

We at Law Enforcement Today would like to invite you to join us, make your voice heard, and help us work toward “Re-Funding” the police.

Please read about our “Re-Fund the Police” campaign below.

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“Re-Fund the Police”: Law Enforcement Today launches nationwide campaign for Americans to back the blue

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – You back the Blue.  You support the police.  You quietly buy an officer a cup of coffee at your local coffeehouse.  You bring homemade cookies to your local police station.  You make it a point to thank an officer when you see one out in public.  

You watch the news, aghast to see crowds of anti-police protesters and rioters committing acts of violence and massive property damage.  You pray daily for the Blue family.

And yet, you may feel quite alone.

Politicians and the mainstream news media would have you think that police support is at an all-time low.

Some of you may have found it necessary to take down your Thin Blue Line flags from your house, or to scrape off the Thin Blue Line sticker from your vehicles, due to the potential for violent retaliation by those who hate the police.

Yes, it is the loudest voices that are the ugliest.  They revile and attack those who back the Blue.  They call, “Defund the Police!” at every turn, fueled by the lie that police officers are racists who are out to kill.

But you are actually in excellent company in your support of the blue family.

According to a Gallup poll, 85% of Americans support law enforcement.  That means supporters of the Thin Blue Line are 285 million strong.

As crime skyrockets across America, cities that defunded police are trying to quietly restore the funding
85% of Americans support Law Enforcement

That would be 285 million who, like you, refuse join in the calls to defund the police.

And that means you are in the company of those who have logic and reason on their side.

After all, we at Law Enforcement Today bring you stories daily of exploding crime in police-defunded areas such as Austin, Portland,  New York City, or Los Angeles.

Homicide rates since defunding are up 58% in Atlanta, up 533% in Portland, and up 37% in Philadelphia.

Shootings in post-defunded New York City are up 64%, and they are up 51% in Los Angeles and up 18% in Chicago.

In addition, you have also followed our disturbing and often tragic stories of attacks on police officers in the era of police defunding.

Felonious attacks on police are on the rise, as documented by the FBI’s Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) Data Collection.  

According to LEOKA:

“The 50 law enforcement officers feloniously killed in the first 8 months of 2021 represent a 51.5 percent increase compared to the 33 officers killed during the same period in 2020.”

As crime skyrockets across America, cities that defunded police are trying to quietly restore the funding
370 officers gave their lives in the line of duty in 2020

Also thanks to defunding, police departments across the country now lack training, resources, and equipment.  Ironically, calls for additional training in cultural awareness, de-escalation, and use of force often have to go unheeded due to the lack of financial resources.

Another irony is that the push to do away with less-lethal options such as Tasers and tear gas will simply lead to more fatal police shootings.

These alarming stories and statistics indicate beyond a doubt that defunding the police is absolutely the wrong move for this great country.  You know this, yet you and 285 million other voices are all too often silenced by social pressures as well as physical threats of violence.  

You are even told, “Silence is violence,” when it comes to refusing to stand against law enforcement.

Your voice matters, and you need to be heard.

As Law Enforcement Today National Spokesman Kyle Reyes points out:

“Americans have stood by in disbelief as this ‘defund the police’ movement has spread across America and ravaged our communities.  

“We’ve watched our cities burn, our officers be attacked and violence skyrocket.  

“It’s time to come out of the twilight zone.  It’s time to fight back.”

Do you want to join our private family of first responders and supporters?  Get unprecedented access to some of the most powerful stories that the media refuses to show you.  Proceeds get reinvested into having active, retired and wounded officers, their families and supporters tell more of these stories.  Click to check it out.

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Law Enforcement Today, the nation’s largest police-owned media outlet, has developed a way to make your voice heard and oppose those who would seek to remove funding from those who protect and serve.

It’s called the “Re-Fund the Police” campaign.

Reyes explains:

“We wanted to make the “Re-fund the Police” campaign something that everyone- whether you can spare $1 or $1 million – can be a part of.

“People will donate to politicians all day long in hopes that person will get elected and possibly make a difference.

“We are asking for people to come forward and support those who make a difference and save lives every single day.”

Through your generous donations, Law Enforcement today will direct a media and advertising blitz to rally other Americans who, like you, are done with attacks on law enforcement, both physical and financial.  

Here’s what the funds go towards:

  1. We’ve assembled a “strike team” of researchers and reporters who will delve deeply into the devastating impact that defunding the police has on communities and families.  They’re going after not just the “leaders” in Congress who are pushing to defund the police… but they’re exposing everyone from the local politicians and city councils who are behind it.  They’re also tracing the money of exactly who is funding this “defund the police” movement.
  2.  We will focus on publicizing all the negative effects of defunding police while expressing support for our brothers and sisters in blue.  The advertising blitz will be a show of support for police officers all across America.
 

In addition, we will be sending a team of reporters into our communities to share positive stories of law enforcement, stories which are consistently ignored by the mainstream media.

As a thank-you for your generosity in standing strong for the blue family, we are offering access codes for Law Enforcement Today’s Wounded Officer documentary and Border Crisis documentary.  In addition, we offer additional perks such as stickers and Thin Blue Line face masks or yard signs.

Donors are also able to honor or memorialize a member of the blue family.

For those who cannot afford to contribute, we invite you to be a part of a nationwide chain of prayer warriors.  

You can join our prayer chain along with other supporters who are willing to pray for our brothers and sisters in blue.  

As crime skyrockets across America, cities that defunded police are trying to quietly restore the funding
We support those who protect and serve.

Also, when you sign up for our newsletter, we will keep you informed on how we are continuing to back the Blue, and bring you the stories the mainstream media will not touch.

Now to small businesses who are sick and tired of watching our cities burn as the “defund the police” movement spreads.

For business donors, we are pleased to offer a unique opportunity to make a difference in police departments across the country.

Reyes explains:

“We wanted to make sure small businesses could get in the fight, so we are rolling out the ‘adopt a police department’ program.”

Your business donation will be used to cover stories in the community of your choice, and expose those who are attempting to defund the police.  Those stories, if you choose, will also include a thank you to your business and a link back to your business website.  

In addition, your generous business donation will go toward advertising campaigns that highlight the negative effects of demonizing and defunding the police.

As crime skyrockets across America, cities that defunded police are trying to quietly restore the funding
We’ve got your 6.

This will give you the opportunity to show to millions of Americans that, unlike “woke” anti-police organizations, you support and appreciate law enforcement.

Reyes points out:

“Corporate America rallied around the Black Lives Matter movement, donating hundreds of millions of dollars to a campaign that brought widespread looting and destruction in our cities.  

“This is an opportunity for businesses to show America that law and order and keeping people safe still means something to them.”

Please join your voice with Law Enforcement Today in this campaign to support all those who protect and serve us.

We invite you to visit the Re-Fund the Police website for further information.

If you have questions, or you want to start your own fundraising team, feel free to email us at [email protected]

It’s time to get in the fight.

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