Americans just woke up – and suddenly support for Black Lives Matter is completely underwater

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According to a recent survey by an online opinion polling site, Civiqs, which appears to be left-leaning, public support amongst Americans for Black Lives Matter is beginning to wane. 

Whether that decline in support continues or ends is unknown.

The graph, taken from data inputted online from April 25, 2017, until October 29, 2021, is showing that only 43 percent of people who entered their opinion into the poll support the movement, whereas 44 percent of people oppose it.

What exactly the cause of the decline is in this poll is unknown.

Could it be because people are beginning to associate the group or at least members of Black Lives Matter with crime and chaos?  Some politicians are seemingly giving us that gist as they are shifting focus from defunding police or redirecting funds for police to increasing police presence in communities to lower crime rates.

According to the Washington Post, many mayoral candidates throughout the nation are beginning to ditch the rallying cry of defunding the police and instead focusing on restoring the safety of communities. 

It’s a sharp contrast from what some left-leaning politicians hung their hats on just a year ago.

The reason for the switch may be the undeniable increase in violent crime, specifically in areas hardest hit with the defund the police movement. 

Places like Columbus, Ohio have seen over 80 homicides this year alone which is more than double what they saw during the same time frame last year. 

Chicago has reported the number of people who had been killed in the windy city has reached the highest number the city has seen in four years.

Another area that has been hit hard with violent crime is Atlanta. 

In that city, the homicide rate has increased 50 percent over the same time period from last year.  Outgoing Democratic Mayor Keisha Bottoms that she and her staff believe the increase in violence is over the pandemic as well as the riots that occurred throughout the nation after the death of George Floyd. 

She told the Washington Post:

“I think part of what is going on is a frustration overall with society, and that seems to be spilling out on the streets.  And in Atlanta, that is proving to be very deadly.”

Could it be possible that people are starting to equate the BLM movement with an increase in violent crime? 

Or is it simply that those politicians that have been supporting this cause ad nauseum have also been pushing the defund the police movement and people are beginning to realize that ideology does not work?

Whatever the case, it is clear from this poll that the support for BLM, in general, has declined.  In another recent poll from Pew Research Center, support for Black Lives Matter showed a decline between June and September of 2020 but has remained stable since.

Their research shows that respondents, particularly amongst black Americans, are showing strong at 83 percent. 

Of that total percentage number, 58 percent express that they strongly support the movement and the cause. 

The support lessens amongst other minority groups like the Asian population which only 68 percent of those respondents showed some support while the hispanic population only showed 60 percent. 

In the white population, only 47 percent of those polled showed some support.

Pew Research, according to their polls, also claims that younger adults who responded as well as those who have completed some college express support for the movement. 

They also claim that this demographic is more likely to support the cause than “those who are older and those with less education to say they support the Black Lives Matter Movement.”

Both polls, even though one clearly shows a decline in support while the other is not showing an increase in support, seemingly paint a picture that American support at the very least is not gaining in popularity. 

What this means for the nation as a whole is up for debate.

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They defunded the police in Philly. Morale hit an all-time low. Now they can’t even get 911 dispatchers.

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Calling 9-1-1 in the City of Brotherly Love may not have the intended effects.

Combining a staffing shortage with a significant increase in calls never creates an optimal situation in a dispatch center. Philadelphia residents are starting to feel the crunch and confidence in the system is waning. 

Georgeanne Huff-Labovitz, owner of Marie Huff’s hair salon, had a customer with a medical emergency. So, they called 9-1-1. 

“I called 9-1-1 and it was about 25 rings and I’m thinking, ‘What is going on?’” she told the local ABC affiliate. “It’s very scary, it’s a life or death situation. 911 should be there when we call.”

The 86-year old woman, with a know heart condition, continued to have dizzy spells. 

“This was very scary for us, so I dialed 9-1-1 again and again. About 25 times it rang. Now what do I do?” said Huff-Labovitz.

They tried calling several times, but the calls went unanswered. Finally, they got through after 20 minutes of dialing and waiting for an answer.

Dispatchers were finally able to get firefighters, and then paramedics, on the scene. 

Earlier this week, according to ABC6, a local woman made several attempts to call 9-1-1 as her ex-boyfriend attempted to illegally enter her home.

He kicked and screamed at the door for several minutes before knocking the door off its hinges. Another man inside the residence was armed and opened fire, killing the intruder prior to officers arriving on the scene.

Police say they are aware of the delays. 

Officials have said that they are working diligently to address the shortages. They have graduated new classes of dispatchers and have adjusted the schedules to bring more to the call center during peak call times. 

The general public, however, aren’t the only ones taking notice and asking questions. 

City Councilwoman Cindy Bass says that she is noticing more and more conversation around the shortage. 

“They’re not calling 9-1-1 just to chit chat, they’re calling because there’s an emergency,” she said.

Given the shortage of roughly 100 dispatchers, the city is falling well short of meeting the staffing demand. They currently only have 30 people in training. 

“And they just hired all these 911 operators, I don’t understand, we pay a lot of taxes here,” added Huff-Labovitz.

Councilwoman Bass believes that this raises even more questions. 

“What is happening? What is taking so long? How are we going to correct this and make sure the people in the city feel safe? Because right now, they are concerned and they are rightfully concerned,” Bass said.

According to billypenn.com, there is a reason for the staff shortages. 

“Absences are driven by burnout, COVID-fuelled [sic] illness, and sky-high turnover, according to nearly a dozen current and former dispatchers who spoke with Billy Penn, as well as other officials with knowledge of the situation.

Until recently, supervisors were mandating overtime for dispatchers seven days a week, department officials confirmed.

‘A lot of people are burnt out,’ said Darnell Davis, union representative for Local 1637 of District Council 33, which represents civilian communications in the police department.

‘They’re the first responders, and they’re getting a lot [of pressure] from management to come to work and work through the COVID, and they have.’

This is not a new problem within the Philadelphia dispatch radio room. We wrote about this issue back in July. Keep reading for more on the original coverage. 

Police are reminding the public that if you need non-emergency assistance, call 3-1-1. But, in the event of needing to call 9-1-1, do  not hang up and call back. Doing so puts your call at the end of the queue, as call are routed to be answered in the order that they came in. 

Meanwhile, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw is acknowledging a problem with morale.

WHYY reports the the low level of esprit de corps is “due to an extraordinary number of stressors impacting officers in a compressed amount of time.”

Some of the stressors pointed to include the pandemic, which has led to the death of five officers from the PDP, another officer being shot and killed in the line of duty, civil unrest that has been occurring since the death of George Floyd, and the “defund”  movement making its rounds across the country.

“We’ve been through a lot in these last couple of years. A lot,” said Outlaw during a press conference this past week. “We don’t expect our staff to be robots.

We want them to have venues in which they can express what they’re experiencing. We value their well-being.

How do we figure out what our roles are when our narratives are vacillating between: ‘We want more cops,’ ‘No we don’t,’ ‘Defund,’ and, ‘By the way, we want you to do these additional things but we don’t believe it’s OK to give you resources to do it.’ It was a lot of counter-intuitive, conflicting narratives happening all at once with us caught in the middle of that.”

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