Will progressive crime policies destroy both cities – and Democrats? The data says it’s coming.

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My “progressive” thought? Americans should live in peace and prosperity. You do that by holding criminal offenders accountable.

Doubt that? Just ask the #MeToo movement.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Proverb.

Throughout the last three years, readers mostly asked about police tactics and the use of force. They asked for an explanation or context after the latest police brutality stories surfaced in endless media reports.

However, use of force questions have disappeared. Now, most address progressive politics and whether those espousing similar ideologies are being foolish.

Readers: So they’re really not prosecuting anything beyond violent crimes? Do they truly want to defund law enforcement? Do they actually believe that violence is going down?

Do they unquestionably support letting most people out of prison? Why are thousands of cops leaving law enforcement? Why are domestic violence offenders being quickly released with no bail only to return to beating their spouses? Am I going to be safe? What the hell is going on?

When I suggest that President Biden promised to reduce the prison population by half, during the campaign, many don’t believe me on the basis that no one could be that stupid. There are national advocacy groups supported by major organizations advocating the same thing.

After the election, the president-elect suggested that it was the Democrat’s criticism of law enforcement that hurt them in local and state and Congressional races;  “That’s how they beat the living hell out of us across the country…”.

About 36% of Americans support Biden’s handling of crimes, according to an ABC/Ipsos poll released Sunday. The percentage is down from an October ABC/Ipsos poll, which found 43% of people approved of Biden’s handling of crime.

Regardless of the President’s observations or plummeting poll numbers on crime, there are national organizations pumping millions of dollars into progressive crime policies.

But things are changing rapidly. If I had a dollar for every recent national article predicting that progressive crime policies will hurt Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections, I “might” be able to fill my truck with a full tank of gas.

What Progressives Want

First, I embraced many progressive thoughts up to the point where they simply became dysfunctional. Progressives want what we all want, an unbiased justice system free of prejudice and cops who are service-oriented and less hostile to minorities and others.

They want incarceration to only be used for truly dangerous offenders. They want rehabilitation programs. They want universal mental health care and substance abuse treatment. They want economic progress for all struggling communities. They want to make sure that African Americans and all minorities are treated respectfully by the system.

In short, they want what many want.

However, at what point did the American public come to understand that progressives are the problem, not the solution?

If you read all the national publications I’m exposed to weekly, you come to understand that 80 percent of what’s written about crime espouses a progressive point of view. Progressives control the narrative.

They have national Pulitzer prize-winning publications that get millions of dollars in funding that openly hate cops. Most of the criminological community is unabashedly progressive.

Most reporters lean left. With all this power, you would think that alternative points of view would be buried.

Progressives describe crime as an epidemic of gun violence as if firearms grow legs and fingers and go out and shoot people on their own.

There are more than 390 million civilian-owned firearms in the United States.

Even if you banned the private ownership of firearms (impossible because of Constitutional protections), it would take generations before it would have any impact on crime.

Progressives believe that anyone who doesn’t support their point of view are guilty of regressive, racist politics. How do I know that? Because I spent a career working with them.

A Reddit criminology commentator called me racist because I quoted US Department of Justice research saying that violent crime was increasing. The moderators did nothing.

Progressives believe that the heart of their movement embraces fairness and justice plus economic enhancements for minorities. But based on their policies, violence is destroying cities and the very groups they seek to protect.

The Black Exodus From Cities (rearranged quotes)

Per Politico, Chicago’s power struggle shows what’s at stake when a city loses its Black population. And they’re not alone: Nine of 10 of the cities with the largest Black populations are on the verge of the same exodus.

But there were signs of change, even then. It seemed that just as soon as Black people made the neighborhood their own, its fortunes turned. Houses started falling into disrepair, thanks to disinvestment. Stores closed up shop — including the massive Sears store that left the neighborhood in 1976.

Now that trickle is a flood. Englewood, one of Chicago’s 77 community areas, boasted nearly 100,000 people in 1960 but is now home to about 22,000. Like a tide going out, it has left relics of decades of decline: more abandoned buildings, shuttered schools and boarded-up storefronts. Its remaining residents face a seemingly intractable level of street violence (emphasis added).

Violent crime is a constant reference point in the article along with other factors.

More Data

We have the largest increase in homicides in 100 years per the Center For Disease Control, Record Rise in Homicides.

News reports suggest that the cities where protests and or riots have occurred are being hit the hardest, Governing.Com.

It’s African American communities that are bearing the brunt of the violence, NBC News.

The rise in violent crime across the U.S. has been concentrated in “low-income communities of color” which have disproportionately experienced the impact of school closures and reductions in basic services during the pandemic, according to a study by the University of California-Davis Violence Prevention Research Program, The Crime Report.

There are articles linking police defunding and lack of proactive policing to increased homicides and violence, Washington Times.

There were 722 more homicides in nine U.S. cities last year, according to police data. More than 85% of the increase was in predominantly Black and Hispanic neighborhoods, The Marshall Project.

But the exodus from cities is not solely a Black or minority issue. Where I live in a community in the Appalachian mountains, houses sat unsold for years. Now, we have a waiting list of people from urban areas trying to escape crime, grime and fear.

The Impact of Crime

Crime simply destroys everything in its path. Economic development is dead. Stores leave; residents suffer through an inability to purchase everyday goods that most of us take for granted. Education suffers. Residents live in fear.

The mental health toll on residents is uncalculatable. Crime, especially violent crime, is like COVID or cancer on steroids.

Progressive Solutions?

There is no independent empirical evidence that any of the progressive proposals to address root causes of crime have any evidence that they work.

The only modality that has a research base as to lowering crime is proactive policing, the very modality that prompted massive demonstrations-riots (resulting in over two billion dollars in insurance claims) addressing over-policing or police use of force.

The research on proactive police strategies via the US Department of Justice and the National Academies of Sciences means that officers will take their own initiative to approach someone when they have the legal right to question or search. Proactive policing embraces a variety of tactics.

But proactivity has major challenges with critics arguing that they target minorities where proponents suggest that they rightly focus on high crime neighborhoods.

Based on data from Pew (focusing on police officer opinions) and other sources, proactive policing is currently on hold because of endless negative publicity.

The National Institute of Justice recently offered an overview titled “The Fight Against Rampant Gun Violence: Data-Driven Scientific Research Will Light the Way.”

NIJ’s only data-based evidence for reducing violent gun-related crime? Project Safe Neighborhoods, which is a law enforcement-led endeavor targeting high-risk offenders.

Per research, people suffering from crime, regardless of demographics, aren’t particularly happy about defunding law enforcement or losing police officers.

They are aghast that progressive prosecutors won’t charge people for theft when their stores are closing.

When told that, per US Department of Justice research, that violent criminals serve, on average, less than three years, when advised that no bail (and no restrictions) will be granted in most arrests regardless as to the severity of crimes, when they see that accountability for crime is becoming nonexistent, they believe that their only solution is to move.

Conclusions

I didn’t want my writings to delve into politics.

I dislike political discourse because few on either side embrace facts and data. I have advised progressive Governors and politicians (and one presidential campaign) throughout my decades in the justice system.

I admired many of them when they pushed for a fairer and more equitable system of justice.

I have always said that liberals don’t want me because I’m too conservative and conservatives don’t want me because I’m too liberal.

I’m a pragmatist advocating for proper police behavior and a color-blind system. I want programs for offenders because of religious ethics while simultaneously understanding that they don’t work to reduce recidivism.

I want residents of communities to have a say as to their policing (why we have elected sheriffs). I’m in favor of legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana on the basis that cops can’t be all things to all people.

But progressives have become insufferable. Most (all?) don’t live in affected high-crime communities.

Most (all?) have never spent a day in their lives in patrolling as a cop or any other aspect of the justice system. They simply don’t know the realities of crime control or how criminal justice bureaucracies operate.

Virtually all progressives embrace “fairness” for criminal offenders as their reason for being while the rest of us who have seen victimization firsthand embrace justice for the victims of crime.

Advocates on both sides lie or stretch the truth. Progressives (and their endless publications) seem to be the worst offenders. They get Pulitizer prizes while shredding any sense of journalistic ethics as to unbiased reporting or predetermined conclusions.

They say that proactive cops (or police officers in general) aren’t necessary and are possibly harmful. They claim that releasing hundreds of thousands of violent criminals from prison won’t increase crime.

They say that no bail (without quality supervision) is equitable and doesn’t result in harm.

Yea, I want a justice system that’s fair and just. Cops take an oath to obey their state and US Constitutions. Yes, the justice system is guilty of racist behavior in the past.

We have made mistakes. African Americans and others have been abused. That MUST stop.

The overwhelming majority of us in the justice system hate bigots and the harm they have inflicted.

But if we acknowledge that crime and violence destroys everything in its path, then we need to understand that accountability for criminals is our only way out. Cops need to enforce laws while exercising discretion.

Prosecutors need to charge when appropriate. Judges need to convict when there is sufficient evidence. Prisons do a wonderful job of incapacitating which means that as long as they are in the rest of us are safer.

Per Pew, only a small percentage of Americans (including all demographics) believe that offenders spend too much time in prison.

Progressives state that you can’t arrest or incarcerate your way out of crime when the overwhelming percentage of released violent offenders are rearrested and incarcerated once again. The US Sentencing Commission offers evidence that longer prison sentences reduce crime.

Progressives are constantly sending messages to criminals that they will not be held responsible for their actions thus the disabled, women, children and vulnerable populations are abused incessantly. Their messages are morally and fundamentally wrong.

Sorry, progressives. You remain convinced that the justice system is hopelessly discriminatory and dysfunctional and you are right in some of your observations (principally due to budget restrictions) but badly misguided as to remedies.

Living in a safe society (rather than the current massive violence and fear that pervades) is the right of every American. What you propose is in opposition to a just and fair and safe society. Doubt that? Just ask the #MeToo movement.

Gun sales are exploding. If citizens feel that they are not being protected or that their offenders are not held accountable, they will start taking the law into their own hands, which is happening now in cities. This is a wildly dangerous precedent.

No one should live in fear. Children have a right to play safely. Women have a right to walk down the street undisturbed. The disabled should not have four times the rate of violent victimization. The elderly have a right to live in peace rather than the high rates of burglaries or fraud they suffer.

My “progressive” thought? Americans should live in peace and prosperity. You do that by holding criminal offenders accountable. If you don’t, you are responsible for the suffering of millions of our fellow citizens.

‘Enough already’: Sig Sauer announces major backing of national ‘re-fund the police’ campaign

Editor note: For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here.

NEWINGTON, NH – Law Enforcement Today is pleased to share that Sig Sauer, highly respected and immensely popular leader in the firearms industry, has joined us as a corporate sponsor in our campaign to “Re-Fund the Police.”

As a Law Enforcement Today reader, you know that we have put forth a campaign to back the blue and support re-funding efforts, while calling attention to both the adverse effects of defunding the police, and the positive effects that our dedicated protectors in law enforcement create every single day.

In this campaign, we put out a call for individual and corporate sponsors to join us in this mission.

Sig Sauer, with its honorable and lengthy history of supporting law enforcement, answered that call with a generous donation, standing with us and with our brothers and sisters in blue.

From its humble beginnings as a German gun company in 1751 and a Swiss wagon factory in 1853 who merged in 1875 to its current status as a firearms industry leader, Sig Sauer has remained synonymous with expert, state-of-the art craftsmanship and reliability. 

Sig Sauer has also cultivated a close working relationship with law enforcement over the decades of its existence, marrying its expertise with the needs of those who serve.

As the Sig Sauer website states:

“It is the largest member of a worldwide business group of firearms manufacturers that includes J.P. Sauer & Sohn and Blaser, Gmbh. in Germany.

This global network of companies gives SIG SAUER a world-class firearms knowledge base, unparalleled design expertise, and extensive manufacturing capacity, enabling the company to respond quickly and effectively to changing market conditions and the needs of its military, law enforcement, and commercial markets worldwide.”

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Sig Sauer Academy. Photo courtesy of Sig Sauer.

In addition to state-of-the art equipment such as firearms, ammunition, optics, suppressors, and air guns, Sig also provides top-of-the line training for law enforcement officers and others.

Sig Sauer Academy, located in Epping, NH, offers firearms and tactics training to everyone from first-time gun owners to the most elite levels of law enforcement and military.  This facility “features state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor ranges, tactical training areas, urban environments, a shoot house, a maritime training area, and a force-on-force village.”

We recently sat down with Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive VP of Commercial Sales, to learn more about Sig Sauer’s decision to back our campaign to “Re-fund the Police.”

Taylor told us:

“The minute we heard the concept, it resonated with us here at Sig Sauer, because it’s so disgusting to us, the whole “defund the police” mentality….

“The police were already shorthanded, there’s never enough training, there’s never enough equipment, there’s never enough people, there’s never enough resources.  

“And then you throw at them this ‘defund the police’ mess, to put it politely.” 

He added:

“It just disgusts us, when we see specific incidents of police agencies like Austin, who have gone so all-in to this concept of taking resources away from an operation that is already underfunded. 

“Who is going to help save lives when they’re needed?  It’s harder and harder to get police officers where they’re needed, on time, because of a lack of resources….

“You hear the 911 calls where people are calling in the middle of a riot in Atlanta, and they say, we’re really sorry but there are no police officers to send to your aid right now.  

“It’s disgusting.”

Taylor explained further that raising money is itself important, but the plans to raise awareness and share the truth with the public are equally significant.

He continued:

“I think it’s important to educate the public that there’s a problem….

“No matter how much money we raise in this effort, it’s also very important that we let the world know that the police need resources and they need money.”

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Sig Sauer Academy. Photo courtesy of Sig Sauer.

Taylor added that a further advantage to educating the public would be to improve the reputation of law enforcement as a career.

He told us:

“We also need to try to re-engage young people to be police officers, because that used to be such a noble and admirable thing, and now it’s becoming so difficult to be a police officer, and to have young people aspire to be in law enforcement.

“We want to communicate to the world that it’s ok to be a cop.”

Taylor expanded further upon Sig Sauer’s ties with law enforcement, saying:

“It’s in our DNA…. We work closely [at Sig Sauer Academy] with military and law enforcement…. 

“It’s a big part of who our Academy personnel are; they are all current or former military and cops… and so they are such thought leaders for our company for both training and equipment and importantly, mindset. 

“When we are developing a new product, we go talk to them.”

He added:

“Our CEO [Ron Cohen] served in the Israeli military for five years, and our dedication to supporting law enforcement and military runs so deep in this company…. The moment I mentioned the ‘refunding the police’ concept to our CEO, he immediately wanted to support this cause.”

Taylor concluded:

“We absolutely want to let the world know how much we support the thousands of police agencies and hundreds of thousands of officers who carry our products, and those who don’t….

“It doesn’t matter what product they use, they need our support.

“We are doing this because we have so much respect for our police officers, and it is very disappointing that a part of our society allowed something called ‘defund the police’ to become part of our culture, truly sad.”

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Sig Sauer Academy. Photo courtesy of Sig Sauer.

In addition to its generous financial support, Sig Sauer will also be throwing its own marketing efforts behind the “Re-Fund the Police” campaign, amplifying the message on their social networks.

To learn more about Sig Sauer products and training, visit Sig Sauer at their website, SigSauer.com.  

You can also follow Sig Sauer on their Facebook page, their Twitter feed, their Instagram account, and their LinkedIn account.

Law Enforcement Today is immensely grateful for Sig Sauer’s strong stand to support all those who protect and serve, and we look forward to working together with Sig to “Re-Fund Our Police” and expand public understanding of the the daily good deeds of our protectors in blue, as well as the adverse effects of defunding the police.

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“Re-Fund the Police”: Law Enforcement Today launches nationwide campaign for Americans to back the blue

 

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”.

For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – You back the Blue.  You support the police.  You quietly buy an officer a cup of coffee at your local coffeehouse.  You bring homemade cookies to your local police station.  You make it a point to thank an officer when you see one out in public.  

You watch the news, aghast to see crowds of anti-police protesters and rioters committing acts of violence and massive property damage.  You pray daily for the Blue family.

And yet, you may feel quite alone.

Politicians and the mainstream news media would have you think that police support is at an all-time low.

Some of you may have found it necessary to take down your Thin Blue Line flags from your house, or to scrape off the Thin Blue Line sticker from your vehicles, due to the potential for violent retaliation by those who hate the police.

Yes, it is the loudest voices that are the ugliest.  They revile and attack those who back the Blue.  They call, “Defund the Police!” at every turn, fueled by the lie that police officers are racists who are out to kill.

But you are actually in excellent company in your support of the blue family.

According to a Gallup poll, 85% of Americans support law enforcement.  That means supporters of the Thin Blue Line are 285 million strong.

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85% of Americans support Law Enforcement

That would be 285 million who, like you, refuse join in the calls to defund the police.

And that means you are in the company of those who have logic and reason on their side.

After all, we at Law Enforcement Today bring you stories daily of exploding crime in police-defunded areas such as Austin, Portland,  New York City, or Los Angeles.

Homicide rates since defunding are up 58% in Atlanta, up 533% in Portland, and up 37% in Philadelphia.

Shootings in post-defunded New York City are up 64%, and they are up 51% in Los Angeles and up 18% in Chicago.

In addition, you have also followed our disturbing and often tragic stories of attacks on police officers in the era of police defunding.

Felonious attacks on police are on the rise, as documented by the FBI’s Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) Data Collection.  

According to LEOKA:

“The 50 law enforcement officers feloniously killed in the first 8 months of 2021 represent a 51.5 percent increase compared to the 33 officers killed during the same period in 2020.”

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370 officers gave their lives in the line of duty in 2020

Also thanks to defunding, police departments across the country now lack training, resources, and equipment.  Ironically, calls for additional training in cultural awareness, de-escalation, and use of force often have to go unheeded due to the lack of financial resources.

Another irony is that the push to do away with less-lethal options such as Tasers and tear gas will simply lead to more fatal police shootings.

These alarming stories and statistics indicate beyond a doubt that defunding the police is absolutely the wrong move for this great country.  You know this, yet you and 285 million other voices are all too often silenced by social pressures as well as physical threats of violence.  

You are even told, “Silence is violence,” when it comes to refusing to stand against law enforcement.

Your voice matters, and you need to be heard.

As Law Enforcement Today National Spokesman Kyle Reyes points out:

“Americans have stood by in disbelief as this ‘defund the police’ movement has spread across America and ravaged our communities.  

“We’ve watched our cities burn, our officers be attacked and violence skyrocket.  

“It’s time to come out of the twilight zone.  It’s time to fight back.”

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Law Enforcement Today, the nation’s largest police-owned media outlet, has developed a way to make your voice heard and oppose those who would seek to remove funding from those who protect and serve.

It’s called the “Re-Fund the Police” campaign.

Reyes explains:

“We wanted to make the “Re-fund the Police” campaign something that everyone- whether you can spare $1 or $1 million – can be a part of.

“People will donate to politicians all day long in hopes that person will get elected and possibly make a difference.

“We are asking for people to come forward and support those who make a difference and save lives every single day.”

Through your generous donations, Law Enforcement today will direct a media and advertising blitz to rally other Americans who, like you, are done with attacks on law enforcement, both physical and financial.  

Here’s what the funds go towards:

  1. We’ve assembled a “strike team” of researchers and reporters who will delve deeply into the devastating impact that defunding the police has on communities and families.  They’re going after not just the “leaders” in Congress who are pushing to defund the police… but they’re exposing everyone from the local politicians and city councils who are behind it.  They’re also tracing the money of exactly who is funding this “defund the police” movement.
  2.  We will focus on publicizing all the negative effects of defunding police while expressing support for our brothers and sisters in blue.  The advertising blitz will be a show of support for police officers all across America.
 

In addition, we will be sending a team of reporters into our communities to share positive stories of law enforcement, stories which are consistently ignored by the mainstream media.

As a thank-you for your generosity in standing strong for the blue family, we are offering access codes for Law Enforcement Today’s Wounded Officer documentary and Border Crisis documentary.  In addition, we offer additional perks such as stickers and Thin Blue Line face masks or yard signs.

Donors are also able to honor or memorialize a member of the blue family.

For those who cannot afford to contribute, we invite you to be a part of a nationwide chain of prayer warriors.  

You can join our prayer chain along with other supporters who are willing to pray for our brothers and sisters in blue.  

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We support those who protect and serve.

Also, when you sign up for our newsletter, we will keep you informed on how we are continuing to back the Blue, and bring you the stories the mainstream media will not touch.

Now to small businesses who are sick and tired of watching our cities burn as the “defund the police” movement spreads.

For business donors, we are pleased to offer a unique opportunity to make a difference in police departments across the country.

Reyes explains:

“We wanted to make sure small businesses could get in the fight, so we are rolling out the ‘adopt a police department’ program.”

Your business donation will be used to cover stories in the community of your choice, and expose those who are attempting to defund the police.  Those stories, if you choose, will also include a thank you to your business and a link back to your business website.  

In addition, your generous business donation will go toward advertising campaigns that highlight the negative effects of demonizing and defunding the police.

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We’ve got your 6.

This will give you the opportunity to show to millions of Americans that, unlike “woke” anti-police organizations, you support and appreciate law enforcement.

Reyes points out:

“Corporate America rallied around the Black Lives Matter movement, donating hundreds of millions of dollars to a campaign that brought widespread looting and destruction in our cities.  

“This is an opportunity for businesses to show America that law and order and keeping people safe still means something to them.”

Please join your voice with Law Enforcement Today in this campaign to support all those who protect and serve us.

We invite you to visit the Re-Fund the Police website for further information.

If you have questions, or you want to start your own fundraising team, feel free to email us at [email protected]

It’s time to get in the fight.

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