Report: Democrat recruit in Ohio swing district put together proposal to defund the police amid a spike in homicides

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CINCINNATI, OH- According to a report from the Washington Free Beacon, a top Democratic Party councilman who is expected to run for Congress in an Ohio swing district allegedly wrote a proposal to defund the Cincinnati police amid a spike in homicides. 

During the summer of 2020, Cincinnati city councilman Greg Landsman wrote a motion to pull nearly $200,000 from the city’s police budget to help fund the Citizen Complaint Authority (CCA), an independent group that investigates law enforcement officers. 

His proposal came as Cincinnati was experiencing an unprecedented number of homicides with an all-time record high of 94 murders in 2020, which was six more than its previous high of 88 in 2006. 

Reportedly, one fatal shooting occurred just two days before Landsman unveiled his proposal and just weeks later, the city suffered its fourth double homicide of 2020. On Thursday, January 6th, Landsman announced that he is running for Congress.

His proposal to defund the police apparently did not deter the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) from recruiting the councilman to challenge Ohio Republican congressman Steve Chabot this coming November.

In December 2020, Landsman confirmed to the Cincinnati Enquirer that the national Democrats asked him to run against Chabot in the state’s First Congressional District, which is a swing seat that the DCCC has identified as a top target.

Weeks later, Landsman announced his campaign. 

Report: Democrat recruit in Ohio swing district put together proposal to defund the police amid a spike in homicides

In 2020, Committee chairman Sean Patrick Maloney stated that Democrats do not support defunding the police and dismissed the notion as a “Republican talking point.”

During a June 2020 interview with WLWT, which was at the height of the “defund the police” movement, Landsman defended his controversial motion.

He said in a statement:

“The question that I think we’re all going to have to wrestle with is, ‘what does public safety look like now and what does it need to look like?’ I believe the changes that are absolutely public safety-related, which these are, should come from the public safety budget, should come from the police budget.”

At the time, Mayor John Cranley said that he supports funding the CCA, but from the general fund, not from the police budget. Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police president Dan Hils said in a statement:

“I think defunding the police is a terrible idea and one that I think would have effects on the citizens themselves. Our police department is way ahead of the game, a leader in police community relations all across the country.”

Regarding his proposal, Landsman said:

“Part of this is shifting the mindset away from, ‘we are the best’ or ‘we’re one of the best in the country’ to ‘we are going to be the best at getting better.”

Landsman’s support for the “defund the police” movement is unlikely to impress local voters.

According to a 2020 Quinnipiac poll, 82 percent of Ohio voters “approve of the way police in their community are doing their job.”

Ohio Republican Party spokeswoman Tricia McLaughlin, a Cincinnati native, called Landsman’s proposal “disturbing,” adding:

“Under Democratic leadership, Cincinnati is experiencing record-high homicides, violent crime rates three times Ohio’s and double the nations, and a 64 percent increase in murders in April 2021.

Instead of prioritizing law and order, Democrat elites like Greg Landsman advocate for defunding Cincinnati’s police.

Landsman and his liberal buddies are not the ones hurt from these disturbing policies, it’s the poor and disadvantaged who will suffer.”

Landsman is so far the only Democrat to launch a campaign against Chabot. In 2020, the Republican secured re-election by seven points.

However, it is unclear how his district will change between now and November as the Ohio Supreme Court has yet to sign off on the Ohio Redistricting Commission’s latest map.

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Report: Nearly a dozen prosecutors in Democrat-run cities have been backed by left-wing billionaire

January 20th, 2022

USA- As violent crime continues to rise in Democrat-run cities, left-wing billionaire George Soros is using his money to elect “progressives” who push radical criminal justice and police reform.

According to a report from Breitbart News, for years Soros has been putting his attention on local races for prosecutors and using his money to help elect those who have since taken office and implemented radical policies towards policing and incarceration. 

For example, Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón has been criticized for his radical reforms in the year since taking office, while murders in the city soared. The Los Angeles magazine noted:

“The city last year experienced 397 murders, up 11.8 percent from the 355 previous year, and a 53.9 percent increased from the 258 in the pre-pandemic year of 2019.”

Many of the candidates Soros has backed over the years have received support, directly or indirectly, from a network of groups with names like “Justice & Public Safety PAC.” The Influence Watch website describes Soros’ organizations as:

“The ‘Safety and Justice’ network, a project of left-leaning billionaire George Soros that used a network of similarly named state-level PACs to finance the campaigns of progressive Democratic candidates for district attorney in more than a dozen of America’s cities.”

According to Breitbart News, the Soros-backed prosecutors, which are allegedly supported by Soros through spending by political action committees (PACs) and super PACs, include:

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón – elected in 2020. He ousted incumbent D.A. Jackie Lacey, the first black woman to hold the job and has prided himself on reducing prison sentences, even as violent crime has soared in L.A.;

Chicago/Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx – Foxx became notorious for her intervention in the Jussie Smollett case, dropping charges against the actor for a hate crime hoax. (Smollett was later convicted). Chicago hit 800 homicides in 2021;

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Kranser – Soros supported Kranser with nearly $1.7 million in spending in 2017, more than five times as much as Kranser spend himself. Philadelphia set a new record for homicides in 2021, with 546 total;

Houston/Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg – Ogg is considered one of the more moderate of Soros’ prosecutors and had to overcome opposition from even more left-wing prosecution in 2020. Houston’s homicide rate rose 71 percent in 2021;

Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot – Cruezot dropped prosecutions for thefts of “personal items” valued at less than $750, among other radical reforms, and was reduced to reminding residents that theft was still against the law;

San Antonio/Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales – Gonzales has been described as “one of Soros’ favorite DAs,” presiding over a stunning 52 percent increase in homicides in San Antonio since 2019, though violent crime was down overall;

Phoenix District Attorney Paul Penzone – Soros spent millions to defeat Joe Arpaio and support Penzone, who gained national attention in 2020 when he resisted efforts by Republicans to audit the ballots in the controversial 2020 election;

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner – Gardner has faced ethical complaints over the prosecution of former Governor Eric Greitens as well as that of Mark and Patricia McCloskey. She was kicked off the latter prosecution after using it to fundraise; and

East San Francisco Bay Area/ Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton – Becton famously charged a couple with a “hate crime” for painting over a “Black Lives Matter” mural that was painted on a public road in Martinez, California.

Those who are supported by Soros indirectly are:

New York/ Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg – Bragg was elected with help from the Color of Change PAC, to which Soros donated $1 million. He has banned pre-trial incarceration and prison for all but homicide and a few other cases;

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby – Mosby, one of the original “Black Lives Matter” prosecutors, reportedly took a trop abroad sponsored by a Soros-backed group. She was recently indicted on federal charges of mortgage fraud and perjury; and

Orlando/ Ninth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Monque Worrell – Worrell succeeded Soros-backed Aramis Ayala, whom Gov. Ron DeSantis kicked off a murder case for declining to seek charges in a murder because she opposed the death penalty.

Report: Democrat recruit in Ohio swing district put together proposal to defund the police amid a spike in homicides

There is a list available through Influence Watch that has additional Soros-backed prosecutors listed on it, current through 2019.

These include prosecutors such as Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Buta Biberaj, who came under fire after a parent was arrested for speaking out at a school board meeting against district policies after his daughter was sexually assaulted. 

Another list of Soros’-backed prosecutors, including the descriptions of those records, is available through the Capital Research Center. In 2018, the Los Angeles Times reported that Soros had funded at least 21 local prosecutorial campaigns.

However, the report noted that the full extent of his influence on such races was unknown because some of his contributions flowed to non-profit organizations and “dark money” groups rather than directly to campaigns.

He has continued and expanded his role since. 

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Game on: Jussie Smollett alleged hoax crime goes to trial after Soros-Backed DA dropped original charges

December 1st, 2021

CHICAGO, IL – Jussie Smollett, the actor who allegedly faked a racist homophobic attack, is finally on trial after the original District Attorney dropped all criminal charges against him.

While there are many oddities surrounding her decision, one of the biggest is that she is backed by George Soros.

Soros, who is a left-wing democratic donor, has expressed support for Democratic Cook County District Attorney Kimberly Foxx during her run for office. Soros personally donated a total of $333,000 to Foxx’s super PAC before March of 2016 and an additional $75,000 after she was first elected to office.

Soros may have chosen to back Foxx because of her progressive tendencies. As noted on her campaign website:

“I ran for re-election because I am determined to fight every single day to continue the important work of reforming justice and making a fairer, safer system for Cook County.”

She continues on her website by writing:

“We have seen the impact of an unfair criminal justice system. I’m running to reform the system and bring equity and fairness to a system that, for too long, has disenfranchised low-income people and communities of color.”

The agenda and priorities that Foxx laid out and believes in probably got the attention of Soros who has a history of financially backing those who appear to strive to change the system. Breitbart news reported in 2018:

“Left-wing billionaire George Soros continues to pour millions of dollars into hitherto-obscure local races for district attorney, backing “progressive” candidates who are opposing more traditional law-and-order prosecutors.”

Smollett was originally arrested in 2019 after prosecutors and the Chicago Police Department reported they had evidence that proved the attack was nothing more than a hoax. A Grand Jury was convened and concluded the same, that there was sufficient evidence that Smollett lied.

Regardless of all those people who believed there was more than enough evidence that showed Smollett fabricated the claim, Foxx declined to prosecute criminal charges against him.

While Foxx claims that her actions match what she would have done with thousands of other defendants in the same situation, it is alleged that she had been contacted by Tina Tchen, a former White House official under former Democratic President Barack Obama, leading some to believe this affected her decision.

Smollett was known to Tchen and the former President as he was a vocal supporter and known to be on the campaign trail for Obama. Since that connection is there, it would be a logical step to think that Tchen may have influenced Foxx, although there has been no evidence to support that claim.

After the phone call became public, Foxx’s office reported to several news outlets that she had recused herself from the case. In February of 2019, Foxx’s office told ABC News in an email:

“Out of an abundance of caution, the decision to recuse herself was made to address potential questions of impartiality based upon familiarity with potential witnesses in the case.”

After the alleged recusal, the case was handed off to the First Assistant State Attorney Joseph Magats. However, in April of 2019, Foxx announced that her office would be dropping all criminal charges against Smollett.

When word spread of the dismissal of charges against Smollett, there were many people who threw the flag, including a judge who appointed a special prosecutor, Dan Webb, to investigate the case.

Webb announced in 2020 that he had concluded his investigation and referred the case for prosecution.

Smollett’s case was then referred to another Grand Jury who issued an indictment for six counts of disorderly conduct, considered to be a class 4 felony.

Webb stated that the Grand Jury believed there was sufficient evidence to show that Smollett made “numerous false statements to Chicago Police Department officers on multiple occasions, reporting a heinous hate crime he, in fact, knew had not occurred.”

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Report: George Soros invests $1 million to defund police movement in Austin, Texas – but it runs much deeper

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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The following article contains editorial content written by a former Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today. 

AUSTIN, TX- George Soros is public enemy #1 in the United States, make no mistake about it. Soros and his deep socialist wallet has been primarily responsible for the influx of far-left, criminal-loving, police-hating district attorneys polluting our cities nationwide, from Philadelphia to San Francisco and most major cities in between.

His latest mission is to stick his rather large nose into defund the police efforts with his latest target being Austin, Texas, according to Legal Insurrection.  

Last year, Austin climbed on board the defund the police train, cutting its budget by nearly one-third. To the surprise of nobody except the dimwits on the Austin City Council, crime skyrocketed in Texas’s capital city, to the point where the chief of police recently announced that citizens should not call 911 unless they really need to. He also announced that police would no longer respond to a number of so-called “minor crimes.”

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported:

Beginning this month, the Austin Police Department has asked the public not to call 911 for “non-emergency situations” if “there is no immediate threat to live or property,” “where crimes are no longer in progress,” and “when the suspect(s) are no longer on scene or in sight.” The directive applies to burglaries, thefts, prostitution, vandalism, and several other crimes. The police urged victims and witnesses to call 311 or file a report online instead.

The police department says this will reduce contact between police and the public amid a pandemic. But the new policy is also in large part “a result of recent staffing challenges that we have had, and as we are working through those, we are looking to see how we can deploy staff in the most appropriate manner” and respond “to those calls that need them the most,” said Chief of Police Joseph Chacon in a news conference in late September.

In fiscal 2020-2021, the Austin police budget was $292.9 million, down from $434.5 million the previous year. The City Council slashed $31.5 million directly from the police budget last year.

It also put $121.7 million in a reserve fund that was intended to “decouple or reimagine some public-safety functions” from the police department but which ended up funding police operations, says Alicia Dean, a spokesperson for the city. The City Council also canceled three cadet classes and cut 150 officers from the budget last year, says City Councilor Mackenzie Kelly, an outspoken supporter of the police.

Legal Insurrection reported that the city attempted to hire back at least one officer, offering a $5,000 “signing bonus” deal plus extra benefits, which angered the officer. According to Fox News:

A former Austin, Texas police officer who left the force amid the city’s move to defund the police sent a scathing letter to the department rejecting their offer to hire him back.

“I am personally offended by your offer,” the former officer wrote in a letter obtained by Fox News in response to the city’s offer of $5,000 plus extra benefits for returning to duty. “I did not leave APD for money. I suspect my peers did not either. No amount of money could make me return. The offer from the chief shows just how out of touch he is with his officers. What we crave is leadership. The one thing that has been consistently withheld.”

The former officer, who identified as a military veteran, went on to explain in the letter that failed leadership is the reason for the decision to leave the department.

“The working environment within APD is one of the most dangerous in the nation,” the former officer wrote. “Not because of the hazards each officer faces in the streets, but because of the senior leaders that have no professional development leader training, do not value each officer as a person, push all responsibility to the patrol officer level, and holds them to unrealistic expectations.”

Even as residents of the city deal with exploding crime and angry citizens, Soros emptied his deep pockets of over $1 million to prevent them from hiring additional police.

According to the Washington Free Beaconciting filings with the Federal Election Commission, Soros donated the $1 million to the Color of Change PAC, a so-called “racial justice” organization. That amounted to the largest donation in the 2021 election cycle made by Soros.

“The killing of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and so many more at the hands of police violence have left us all outraged, but our movement is stronger than ever,” the organization said in a petition calling for targeting police departments.

“Now it’s up to us to hold them [the Minneapolis Police] accountable, push for further systemic changes, and not lose the momentum needed to change the institution of policing forever.”

As mentioned, Soros has been busy disrupting the criminal justice system in a number of cities across the country. For example, in Los Angeles, Soros donated $2 million to leftist socialist hack District Attorney George Gascon, who is now so “popular” that he is facing a recall effort after implementing far-left radical criminal reform changes.

Those changes included “an end to cash bail, a ban on prosecutors seeking enhanced criminal sentences, and showing leniency to many low-level offenders.”

In St. Louis, he funded useless hack district attorney Kim Gardner, whose claim to fame is releasing 34 of 36 rioters arrested last year during the George Floyd riots, while prosecuting the McCloskey’s, Mark and Patricia for protecting their property when violent Black Lives Matter extremists broke a gate at the entrance to their gated community and threatened to burn down their house.

Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner is among the worst of the bunch, firing 31 prosecutors from his office and ordering police to lower prosecutions of so-called “low-level” crime while refusing to prosecute even some of the most violent felonies.

Meanwhile Kim Foxx in Chicago…enough said. Chicago continues to be a killing field, with scores of people shot on any given weekend and usually a dozen or so dead. She also ended felony prosecutions for a number of crimes.

Since 2015, Soros has spent over $17 million on local races of primarily local prosecutors and state legislators. As Legal Insurrection notes, virtually everyone backed by Soros and his Open Society Foundations (how this is still a 501(c)(3) is anyone’s guess) have supported a drastic reduction in or elimination of cash bail.

In Austin, the ballot initiative will be decided at the polls on Nov. 2. Estimates for the hiring of new officers ranges from $54 million to $120 million annually, according to the city’s chief financial officer.

The ironic thing about Austin is the city is largely comprised of tech and other companies that fled California and its draconian taxes and regulations. Then, these companies moved to Texas, in this case Austin and their employees vote the same way they did in California. What’s the definition of insanity again?

 

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