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WASHINGTON, DC – Many large metropolitan cities have noted a significant increase in violent crime throughout 2021, and the Washington, DC area is no different.

The rise in violent crime in the area for 2021 has reached levels not seen in over a decade.

Criminals with guns have seemingly led to the increase in homicides in Washington, DC and the Maryland suburbs. Washington DC had over 200 homicides, which marks the fourth straight year that the district has seen an increase.

While there are many opinions on what is driving gun violence.

People in the area tend to believe it is because people are using guns to settle small disputes as opposed to just treating people with respect.

Authorities noted some instances of arguments over french fries or road rage as examples of some of the homicides they have investigated.

Washington DC’s Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice, Christopher Geldart, pins the blame on the pandemic. He believes that the pandemic has caused a loss of humanity which has led to an increase in homicides. He said:

“COVID wreaked havoc on our ecosystem. What we’ve seen in this separation is the loss of a sense of community and a loss of a sense of humanity.”

Geldart seemingly has a point, at least in eyes of the Metropolitan Police Chief, who notes that the number of homicides that are occurring due to simple disputes has grown. Police Chief Robert Contee, III, told the Washington Post:

“On this particular day, this guy ticked off that guy, and that guy decided this guy needed to die.”

Police noted some examples of the homicides they have investigated, such as people taunting each other at a flag football game or a dispute over leaving an apartment.

Simple arguments should be settled by people separating, but instead, those simple arguments are leading to a loss of life.

The rise in violence in the area has prompted people to modify how they live their lives for fear of becoming another murder victim. People like Charles Wilson, who heads the Democratic party in the area, decided that his neighborhood was not a safe place to take his kids trick-or-treating.

Instead, Wilson took his children to a different location where he believed they would be safer and still enjoy the holiday. Turns out, he was right as there was a shooting in his neighborhood where at least eight shots had been fired.

Two of those struck a house and one went into a child’s bedroom.

Wilson believes that the solution to the increased violence has little to do with increased policing efforts, rather, lawmakers in the region admit that what they are doing is not working.

In an interview, he said:

“Policing is not going to get us out of this issue. This has been decades of neglect on this side of the city. Now we’re starting to see the results of that negligence…There has to be an admission from every politician: What they have done is not working.”

And while Wilson has a point, it will take more than just police officers to stop the homicides from climbing, the Metropolitan Police Department is significantly understaffed. Currently, the district has roughly 3,550 sworn officers, that is 200 officers less than a year ago and the lowest number in over twenty years.

Geldart and others are calling for an increase in the number of officers throughout the district to combat the rise in violence. As a result, the Metropolitan Police Department has begun to hire new officers after positions had been frozen for a year.

Contee, like many others, is hoping that the increased law enforcement will help curb the violence. But, he also wants people to recognize that criminals need to be held accountable for their actions. He said:

“I’m just simply saying we have to look at these violent criminals for the criminals they are…and make assessments on whether or not they should be given the privilege of being back in the community.”

Convicted cop-killer, a deported illegal immigrant, arrested sneaking back across the southern border

Convicted cop-killer, a deported illegal immigrant, arrested sneaking back across the southern border

HEBBRONVILLE, TX – US Border Patrol announced this week that agents apprehended a previously deported illegal alien near Laredo on Christmas Day who was previously convicted of capital murder of a police officer or fireman.

 

Hilario Rios Garcia was arrested on Dec. 25 during the evening hours by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).

A records check determined the man had an extensive criminal record, including a conviction for the murder of a police officer or fireman in 1993.

The arrest occurred on Christmas evening when DPS troopers requested assistance from Hebbronville Station agents with a vehicle stop near Farm to Market Road 649 west of Hebbronville, Texas.

Authorities questioned the occupants of the stopped vehicle. Subsequent to the interviews, agents determined the suspects were engaged in human smuggling.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Rios Garcia. The U.S. Border Patrol Laredo Section issued a statement reading:

“Once in custody, #USBP agents discovered the driver was an undocumented individual from the country of Mexico.

Record checks revealed Hilario Rios Garcia had an extensive criminal history which included an arrest in June 1993 by the City of Roma, Texas Police Department and subsequent conviction of Capital Murder of a Police Officer or Fireman.

“Rios Garcia will be prosecuted for his immigration violation and will be turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.”

 

The number of migrants stopped at the Southwest border continued to the highest levels in at least 20 years surge under President Joe Biden’s lenient immigration enforcement policies.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has recorded more than 1.1 million encounters at the southern border through the first nine months of fiscal 2021, already more than any complete fiscal year since at least 2005.

CBP issued a prepared statement in June regarding the problem of repeat border crossers:

“The large number of expulsions during the pandemic has contributed to a larger-than-usual number of migrants making multiple border crossing attempts.”

 

CBP stated that the total number of illegal immigrants crossing the border may be skewed by the number of repeat offenders. However, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) challenged the excuse, saying border crossings have increased every month since Biden took office:

“In June, nearly 190,000 illegal aliens were apprehended crossing the southern border. Illegal border crossings have increased every single month of the Biden administration.”

While the causes of the border crisis are debated, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Border Patrol continue to struggle to control the massive surge in illegals entering the country unchecked.

Luckily, Hilario Rios Garcia was not one of the thousands of successful crossings.

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