By Duncan Smith
As calls from the Left grow to “defund the police” and “abolish the police,” The Epoch Times notes that according to data, doing away with all law enforcement would hurt the enclaves calling for their removal the most.
The site notes:
Police department budget cuts or outright defunding are also being sought by radical left-wing activists in the five U.S. cities with the most murders and the most violent crime.
The nation's capital, for example, had the highest per-capita murder rate in the nation in 2018 at 22.78 per 100,000 people, followed by Philadelphia (22.12), Chicago (20.7), Indianapolis (18.46), and Jacksonville (12.18).
Similarly, the top five cities for highest per-capita violent crime rate are Indianapolis at 1,272 per 100,000, Houston (1,026), Chicago (1,006), Washington (941), and Philadelphia (909).
Not coincidentally, four of these same cities have the largest forces per capita, with Washington first at 54.68 police per 10,000 population, followed by Chicago (48.32), New York (42.4), Philadelphia (41.45), and Indianapolis (29.81).
Washington, D.C.'s 54.68 per-capita police figure far exceeds those for the states of the other largest cities. New York's 33.33 in 2018 puts it second, followed by Illinois (32.13), Pennsylvania (26.05), and California (23.37). The figure for Minnesota is 17.71.
In Los Angeles, the nation's second-largest city, Mayor Eric Garcetti responded to two weeks of riots and defunding demands by agreeing to slash $150 million from the city police budget of $1.9 billion. The violent per-capita crime rate in Los Angeles equals the U.S. average of 747.
New York, the most populous U.S. city, had a per-capita violent crime rate of 541 per 100,000 in 2018, well below the national average, although the city's police budget, at $6 billion, is far greater than that of Los Angeles.
Not all Democrats are foolishly calling for an end to policing as we know it because they are well aware of what’s going to happen in their states and cities if law enforcers are removed.
'If you're calling for eliminating police, no,' Newsom told a group of black business officials in Oakland on June 9, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
'If you're talking about reimagining and taking the opportunity to look at the responsibility and role that we place on law enforcement to be social workers, mental health workers, get involved in disputes where a badge and a gun are unnecessary, then I think absolutely this is an opportunity to look at all of the above,' he said.
Meanwhile, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared himself ardently opposed to defunding the police.
'Look at that looting,' he said June 7, referring to violence in the nation's biggest city.'It was frightening. … [When there are] no police, you get looting. That's what you get. Nobody wants that.' Cuomo's comment mirrored a May 29 tweet by President Donald Trump, saying 'when the looting starts, the shooting starts.'
Trump said June 1: 'These are acts of domestic terror. The destruction of innocent life and the spilling of innocent blood is an offense to humanity and a crime against God.'
Get rid of all the police? What kind of logic is that?
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