By Duncan Smith

There have been substantial, dramatic increases in crime and violence throughout the country that can be directly tied to the new rise in the Black Lives Matter movement.

BLM “demonstrations” and “protests” have often turned chaotic.

Police officers by the scores are being targeted and victimized.

Left-wing governors and mayors are enablers because they excuse the BLM’s Marxist agitator tactics, which in turn has led to spikes in crime.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick called out the movement on Monday, noting — correctly — that BLM really isn’t concerned about all black lives.

Just those that can be exploited for political gain.

The Washington Times reports:

A furious Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Monday slammed Black Lives Matter in response to the recent surge of urban violence, saying that 'they're not about Black Lives.'

'Every black life matters. Black Lives Matter? They're not about Black lives,' said the Republican Patrick on Fox News. 'Where were they when Black cops were being killed? Where were they when Black teenagers and kids were being killed over the weekend in Chicago and other Democrat-run cities? They don't care.'

The highly decentralized Black Lives Matter movement has come under criticism for its lack of response to weeks of increased violence in predominantly Black communities, including those in Atlanta, Chicago and New York City, versus the mass protests and rioting that broke out after the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.

Others have countered that the movement's focus is combating police brutality and excessive use of force by slashing police budgets, then diverting funds to social-service programs aimed at reducing poverty in minority communities.

Over the weekend, 35 people were shot in New York City, and a one-year-old boy, Davell Gardner Jr., was killed Sunday night at a barbecue in Brooklyn as he sat in a stroller, according to CBS2 New York.

Patrick raged after a pair of McAllen, Texas police officers — Edelmiro Garza, 45, and Ismael Chavez, 39 — were ambushed and killed over the weekend.

'There's a difference between every Black life matters, which it does—and by the way, every police officer's life matters,' he said. 'We're human beings. All of our lives matter.'

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