Enough is enough: Sen. Hawley proposes hiring 100,000 police officers to combat crime wave

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MISSOURI– Law Enforcement Today recently reported on the skyrocketing crime rates across the country.

One report states that crime experts anticipate that summer 2021 will have more violence than summer 2020 as crime trends are showing that violence across America, especially in large, dangerous cities like Portland have been growing so much over the past few months that it could reach record high numbers.

The rise in crime can be directly linked to the fact that many departments across the county chose to appease the labral left and defund their police departments. 

Now, on Wednesday, June 23rd, Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) proposed the need to hire 100,000 police officers to combat the rising spike in violence under President Joe Biden’s administration.

Hawley released his proposal as Biden plans to address the rising crime in the country just months into his first term. Homicides and violent crime have dramatically increased as police departments, and law enforcement agencies face defunding, Breitbart reported.

Hawley’s office said that the rise in crime and the low moral has lead many departments to struggle with manpower and recruitment issues. 

In a statement Hawley said that defunding the police is clearly not the answer, despite President Biden’s endorsement of it, and the correct course of action is to put more police officer on the streets to combat the rising crime wave sweeping across the country. 

Hawley said:

“It is because of the ‘defund the police’ movement, something Joe Biden has implicitly endorsed. We talked about the police under fire and under assault. What we need right now is we need more cops on the street. We shouldn’t be defunding the police. We need to protect American families and my bill will put 100,000 new cops on the beat to keep Americans safe.”

He went on to say:

“American families aren’t safe, but they deserve to be. And they can be if we will act. This is not the time to defund the police or vilify them, but to support the brave men and women in blue – and put more of them on the streets. Immediately.”

Breitbart reported that Hawley’s proposal would:

  • Propose a grant to local communities to support the hiring of an additional 100,000 law enforcement officers.
  • Increase maximum penalties for assaulting federal officers by 50 percent.
  • Propose a bill to protect federal judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers from violence and doing by requiring the Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to protect their private information.
  • Increase penalties for damage to federal courthouses.
  • Amend the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) to expand concealed carry rights to federal judges and prosecutors.
  • Create a separate criminal offense for targeting a person based on their status as a law enforcement officer.

Hawley posted his proposal on Twitter, saying it would protect American families and support the country’s law enforcement officers.

Hawley wrote:

“Violent crime is surging across the country. Our families need protection. Our cops need support. We should raise officers’ pay and put 100,000 new cops on the beat,” 

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Report: Crime experts fearful that violent crime rates including homicides will be worse than summer 2020

May 25, 2021

UNITED STATES- According to recent reports, crime experts anticipate that summer 2021 will have more violence than summer 2020 as crime trends are showing that violence across America, especially in large, dangerous cities like Portland have been growing so much over the past few months that it could reach record high numbers.

 

In dangerous cities like Portland and New York City, violence and gun crime continue to surge. Adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and former New York Police Department (NYPD) sergeant, Joseph Giacalone, said in a statement:

“NYC is already ahead of last year’s pace, but last year, the homicides and shootings really started spiking at the end of May into June. So, that will be the real tale of the tape, so to speak, to see what’s happening over there.”

He added:

“It’s not getting any better.”

Giacalone said that the rise in crime seems to be centered around the urban environments and the cities. He added:

“So, if you look at New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Baltimore, you name the big cities and they’re having huge problems.”

Giacalone has been tracking the crime numbers and said the fast-approaching summer months generally bring out “more crime because there are more people out there.” He added:

“We have…the pandemic ending. People want to get out and do things again. And it’s just a cocktail for disaster to come.”

According to the Gun Violence Archive, 369 people were shot in the last 72 hours before Friday afternoon, May 21st and as of Sunday, May 23rd, NYPD reported a 350 percent increase in murders for the week prior compared to the same time year-over-year.

Police stated that shootings were up 166 percent in April compared to April 2020. In Chicago, the most recently available data show that murder was up 56 percent from April 26th to May 2nd compared to the same time last year.

 

The Chicago Police Department added that the number of shooting incidents was also up from 40 percent during the same time frame year-over-year. In Los Angeles, murders year-to-date as of May 8th, were up 30.9 percent from the same time last year.

In addition to that, the Los Angeles Police Department stated that reports of shots fired incidents increased by 58 percent and the number of shooting victims was up 67.2 percent.

When asked his opinion on how trends so far this year might reflect summer 2021 crime trends, Giacalone said that this summer “is going to be worse than last year for sure.” When speaking about New York City, he said:

“The numbers are already through the roof. We’re having numbers coming up to the warm weather where the city is up 200 percent in shootings and shooting victims every week.”

He stated that his belief “absolutely” applies to other large cities nationwide. He added:

“You have a situation where you have many people who probably still should be in jail that aren’t. You have the mental health crisis, which has always been it has only been exacerbated by the pandemic and the release of prisoners early. So, you know, to say that everything is fine is basically whistling past the graveyard.”

 

John Roman, a senior fellow at the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center (NORC), has been studying crime control and justice programs. Back on January 31st, Roman stated that he believed summer 2021 would be “abnormally violent.” He wrote:

“The general sense of the media is that last summer was unusually dangerous because of protests, either because the protests themselves caused a wave of lawlessness or because lawlessness of the police delegitimized authority.”

He added:

“I argued that a simpler explanation was more likely true: that large numbers of young men in disadvantaged places were separated from work and school and positive institutions and that the disruption in their routine activities led to violence with other young men in the exact same situation, suitable targets with whom there were long-simmering beliefs, just right there, just up the street.”

 

In contrast, Michael Lawlor, an associate professor for the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences at the University of New Haven, said he was doubtful that violent crime levels would exceed those of summer 2020. He stated:

“Last summer was a pretty significant spike given the more recent trend. This summer will probably be higher than 2019 because 2019 was for the most part, a historic low, as was the five or six years prior to that.”

He added that the uptick in shootings and murders is being reported in cities of all sizes and regardless of whether or not the jurisdictions are hard or soft on crime. He stated:

“Police across the country have been doing such a good job of preventing this type of stuff in recent years. Once they’re able to do that stuff again, my guess is they’ll be effective in doing it.”

 

However, right now, the improper response to the rising crime stats is exemplified profoundly in places like Portland, Oregon where the massive anti-police attitude promoted by mainstream media groups has driven hundreds of Portland officers to quit their jobs.

In addition, Portland’s City Council decided to cut $27 million out of the police bureau’s budget and is still considering more reductions. Between July 2020 and April 2021, the police bureau had 115 officers leave their jobs. In turn, homicides skyrocketed up to a staggering 800 percent just in the past year. 

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