You want the Wild West?
Run the sheriff out of town!
The word is out on the street: defunding police is a boon to criminal activity. The Chicago Sun-Times is doing some real journalism:
18 murders in 24 hours;
Inside the most violent day in 60 years in Chicago
While Chicago was roiled by another day of protests and looting in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, 18 people were killed Sunday, May 31, making it the single most violent day in Chicago in six decades, according to the University of Chicago Crime Lab.
The Rev. Michael Pfleger, a longtime crusader against gun violence who leads St. Sabina Church … said it was “open season” last weekend in his neighborhood and others on the South and West sides.
“I heard people saying all over, ‘Hey, there’s no police anywhere, police ain’t doing nothing,’” Pfleger said.
“I sat and watched a store looted for over an hour,” he added. “No police came. I got in my car and drove around to some other places getting looted [and] didn’t see police anywhere.”
‘Defund police; watch crime return’
The Wall Street Journal observes that
Crime in Minneapolis has been climbing since Mayor Frey entered office in 2018 and started pushing more relaxed law enforcement. As police have eased up, violent crime has increased nearly twice as much in the minority third precinct in Minneapolis as city-wide since 2018.
In New York’s Harlem neighborhood, which benefitted enormously from anti-crime mayors, murders have soared 160% this year over last while burglaries are up 56% and car-jackings have more than doubled.
⇒ Minneapolis Council president: “I don’t know who will respond to crime after police disbanded.” (Story here.)
A dissent from black victimhood
“If the only black lives that matter to the Black Lives Matter movement are those taken by rogue police officers, then let it be clear: Not all black lives matter to them,” one courageous African-American writes.
It tears my soul as an African-American resident of Washington that 30 young black men and women in the District of Columbia lost their lives to violent crime in the first three months of 2020. The police didn’t kill them, but that doesn’t mean their lives mattered less.
This movement’s agenda is to make sure we feel oppressed … The person who makes you believe you’re oppressed also limits how far you can go. … Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X never allowed us the luxury of victimhood.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: That we must argue for the retention of police is incredible, unbelievable, mind-blowing, surreal …