Study: “Defund the police” movement not supported by many people in cities with skyrocketing crime


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USA- In the summer of 2020, after the death of George Floyd, several large cities across the country were plagued with nightly riots and protests calling to “defund the police.”

Now, nearly a year-and-a-half later, those calls to “defund the police” clash with reality for many, many Americans as crime continues to spike.

In a USA TODAY/Suffolk University CityView polls, a comparison of views in Louisville, Kentucky and Oklahoma City showcase why changing the way law enforcement operates has proved to be difficult, even in the wake of the “defund the police” movement.

In looking at the two cities, Louisville has faced scrutiny and daily protests since the death of Breonna Taylor in March 2020 whereas Oklahoma City continues to register wide public approval of the police even though the state allegedly has the highest mortality rate from police violence in the country. 

Both cities have different assessments about whether there is a problem that needs fixing, but residents in both cities state that they worry more about rising crime than police misconduct.

Data from the CityView polls show that those residents place public safety as a priority well above law enforcement reform.

For example, in Louisville, residents were more than twice as likely to cite public safety, not police reform, as the biggest problem facing the city. In Oklahoma City, police reform ranked last on a list of nine community concerns. And, in neither city did more than a fraction support the “defund the police” movement.

65-year-old Carol Davenport, a nurse from Oklahoma City who was among those surveyed, said:

“I just would hate to think what our world would actually be like if we were left to fend for ourselves.

It’s very easy to stand back with a camera or a phone or whatever it is and judge what someone else is doing when you’re not the one that is accountable.”

According to an article from early November, voters agree that it is time to stop the “defund the police” talk, including the outright abolishment of not only the police but jails, prisons, parole, and the court system. As noted in the article:

“No place was the American public’s disdain for these philosophies more starkly demonstrated than in Minneapolis, ground zero for nationwide anti-police protests following the horrific May 2020 murder of George Floyd. Voters in that city roundly rejected a proposition that would have done away with the police department and replaced it with a nebulous sounding Department of Public Safety.”

The article added:

“It’s worth noting defeat of the proposition came at a time when violent crimes have been on the rise in Minneapolis. And, by the way, pro-police mayor, Jacob Frey, won reelection. Voters in other parts of the country also expressed disapproval for liberal or overtly progressive candidates who embraced the idea of defunding law enforcement.”

In New York, voters elected a Democratic mayor, who is, however, a retired New York Police Department (NYPD) captain and a passionate supporter of law enforcement.

Throughout his campaign, mayor-elect Eric Adams spoke of police misconduct, but never surrendered to the “defund the police” movement.

Reportedly, nationwide voting trends indicate that after the long COVID-19 isolation period, Americans are now more focused on family issues like education. As the article notes:

“They are, in large measure, in a decidedly law-and-order mood, and they care more about the future than the political past.”

Other reports note that the “defund the police” movement that was pushed heavily by progressives did not do what those individuals claimed it would do and instead did the opposite with crime spikes in several minority areas around the country:

“…Much of violent crime in America is perpetrated by minorities and their targets are minorities. As Rudy Giuliani demonstrated in NYC in the 1990s, it is easily solved by simply taking all crime seriously … from jumping turnstiles to littering to jaywalking to carrying weapons illegally.”

As the CityView polls stated, many residents in towns where crime is surging are focused on public safety, not police reform, but when the mainstream media only focuses on what they believe is news (i.e., police brutality against minorities) it is hard for the rational analysis to show, which is that most individuals, including those in minority areas, are disgusted by the huge increase in crime and want a more robust police presence.

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”.

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Suddenly everyone wants to crack down on crime as murders explode in Baltimore – where activists pushed to defund the police

October 9th, 2021

BALTIMORE, MD – The evening of October 6th was a tumultuous one in Baltimore City, with six individuals shot and one killed at an East Baltimore intersection, according to police. And now calls are coming in for the city to crack down on crime in areas where the city is most afflicted.

Violent crime and shootings have been rocking Baltimore for some time, with the city seeing throughout the past summer and moving into the fall homicides and non-fatal shootings remain unmoved despite efforts from city officials to curb the violence.

Back in July, Mayor Bandon Scott announced the Comprehensive Violence Prevention Plan, a five-year plan that the mayor hopes will see a reduction in gun violence by at least 15% each year over the course of the five-year effort:

“There is no secret that violent crime is Baltimore’s most pressing challenge.”

The effort reportedly attempts to craft a more holistic approach to addressing crime, as opposed to the traditional approach of cracking down on crime with a proverbial strong arm. Mayor Scott referenced the violence of October 6th to stress that a more rounded approach could be beneficial:

“It is clear that yesterday’s status quo solutions have not created sustainable results for Baltimore’s neighborhoods and communities. Never before has Baltimore developed a holistic violence prevention strategy.”

While optimism is never exactly a bad thing, data from previous administrations in the city shows that the time-tested strong arm approach to tackling crime is effective.

During former Mayor Martin O’Malley’s administration in the early 2000s, his “zero tolerance” approach to crime wound up driving down both violent and property crime by a staggering 42%. And said decline continued under former Mayor Sheila Dixon, although she wasn’t as zealous as Mayor O’Malley, she still employed a data-focused approach to targeting crime with a heavy hand where needed.

Baltimore Police are one of the handful of police departments across the nation that are bound by a consent decree due to numerous allegations and confirmations of constitutional violations that some say stemmed from the zero-tolerance era of policing.

But some experts believe that there’s an effective happy-medium that can be achieved between zero-tolerance policing and a seemingly too-soft approach that affords copious amounts of leeway for would-be offenders.

Charles Fain Lehman with the Manhattan Institute thinks that strategic deployment of police officers is key to achieving a desired reduction in crime without running afoul of consent decrees:

“We know that crime is a highly concentrated phenomenon…The best and more effective tool we have available for deterring crime is the deployment of police officers to specific areas and there’s lots and lots of evidence to support that.”

When Baltimore City Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer was asked whether they believe Mayor Scott’s Comprehensive Violence Prevention Plan is working as intended, they responded with the following:

“We are in the beginning stages of implementing the Mayor’s Comprehensive Violence Prevention Plan and we need to make sure it gets fully implemented. But, absolutely we need to hold these violent offenders accountable, increase clearance rates and make it clear that if you shoot someone in Baltimore you’ll get apprehended.”

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After defunding the police, shootings and killings are inundating Baltimore’s “trauma response team”

(Originally published September 30th, 2021)

BALTIMORE, MD – Baltimore’s Trauma Response Team is reportedly being inundated with responding to families experiencing the suffering that comes with acts of violence and murders, with the team’s chief saying that violent crime is “out of control” and they’ve been forced to triage responses to grieving families.

While instances of shootings and murders bring to mind police investigations revolving around them, Dr. Andre Humphrey leads a team whose efforts are just as pivotal in the aftermath of violent crime: guiding impacted families to resources needed in the wake of loss.

With Humphrey serving as the chief of Baltimore’s Trauma Response Team, recent times have been particularly difficult as the calls are coming in on a daily basis – be they shootings or homicides.

Humphrey says with the pattern of violent crime ongoing in the city, he and his team simply cannot keep up with helping these suffering families.

Baltimore has already surpassed 250 homicides in 2021, with reportedly 16 of them occurring over the last week in September. Even though Humphrey says he and his team plan to respond to all the families affected, he hasn’t been able to and has been forced to triage cases for the time being:

“We prioritize especially when they are children, in the last couple of weeks we’ve been having a lot of shootings with juveniles.”

As he and his team are working as efficiently as possible, Humphrey did express that it wears down on him when he cannot tend to a family promptly:

“When I haven’t reached certain families, I feel like I let them down.”

Humphrey says that with as bad as the violent crime is in the city, he’d need to larger task force to assist families:

“We need a bigger task force to deal with the situations so we can be everywhere, it’s an endless war and a nightmare that’s a reality.”

In other news regarding violent crime in Baltimore, police recently apprehended the suspect wanted for a June non-fatal shooting of a 33-year-old victim.

Baltimore Police arrested 36-year-old Willie James McDonald on September 15th under charges of attempted first-degree murder. Authorities say that McDonald shot the unnamed victim on June 21st at approximately 2:45 a.m. in the area of the 1000 block of Cathedral Street.

Police say that at the time of McDonald’s September 15th arrest, he was allegedly in possession of a loaded firearm. However, there were no reports of there being any arising incidents during McDonald’s arrest.

McDonald is currently being detained at the Baltimore City Central Booking Intake Facility.

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Baltimore City promises to remove street sign honoring convicted drug dealer, calls it an “oversight”

(Originally published September 11th, 2021)

BALTIMORE, MD – City officials in Baltimore have promised to remove a street sign that pays homage to a convicted drug dealer who was fatally shot in March of 2020, claiming that the transportation department experienced an “oversight” in the honorary sign approval process.

Back in August, the city of Baltimore approved the naming of a portion of the road at Washington and Ostend Streets as “Anthony ‘Mo$’ Covington Way”, which references 27-year-old Anthony Covington who was fatally shot on March 28th, 2020.

Covington was among three other people shot along the 1100 block of Washington Boulevard at approximately 9:30 p.m. on March 28th, 2020 but was the only person who didn’t survive the shooting.

Police said that three shooters exited a vehicle and opened fire on all of the victims before fleeing the scene.

There are currently no reports that indicate any suspects have been arrested or identified from the 2020 case.

Apparently, Baltimore runs a program where residents can apply for ceremonial street signs in remembrance of lost loved ones. However, Covington’s streets sign that was placed up in August caused some local outrage, considering the deceased’s criminal background.

Covington was reportedly convicted of narcotics distribution back in 2017 and was subsequently sentenced to 3 years in prison. One local resident, who spoke under anonymity, had the following to say about the street sign:

“He sold drugs there. When someone has a dollar sign as part of their name, there is a problem.”

Another local resident stated that individuals like Covington are not someone that should be put up on a pedestal by city officials:

“That’s not something you glorify.”

Some locals were perplexed as to how a convicted and locally known drug dealer managed to have his name emblazoned on a street sign:

“It’s unconscionable. When a neighborhood is up and coming how are they going to up and come when this is okay?”

Seemingly anyone can apply for one of these ceremonial signs, and the approval process apparently involves a handful of agencies and even requires the sign off from the mayor’s office.

When transportation officials were asked by local news outlet Fox 45 as to how Covington’s name landed on a street sign despite his criminal record, the transportation department simply said it was “an oversight from our right-of-way division.”

One September 8th, the city confirmed that they’ll be not only removing the street sign with Covington’s name – but also making some changes on the approval process so as to not have something like this happen again, according to transportation spokesman German Vigil:

“Moving forward, the department will revamp the ceremonial street sign program and introduce new and specific requirements for eligibility.”


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