Of course, you can guess, crime soared! NewsMax reports crime has soared in cities where councils defunded police forces. Solange Reyner reports:
Movements to defund the police have grown since George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis. Defunding means reallocating or redirecting funding away from the police department to other government agencies funded by the local municipality.
More than 20 major cities have reduced their police budgets in some form, though the scale and circumstances vary.
The results have not fared well in Los Angeles, Oakland, New York City, Portland and Austin. Homicides in Oakland, California, have risen 314 percent compared with the same time last year and law enforcement has seen a 113 percent increase in firearms assaults.
Violent crime surged in 2020 in Minneapolis following Floyd’s death, and murders have risen by 46 percent between Dec. 11, 2020 through March 28 of this year, compared to the same period last year.
The Minneapolis City Council in December shifted approximately $8 million from the police department to other programs. In July, it diverted $1.1 million from the police department’s $193 million budget to the Office of Violence Prevention.
Murders have tripled from July 2020 to February 2021 in Portland, where city commissioners last May voted to cut nearly $16 million from the police budget in response to complaints about police force and racial injustice. Seventeen people have been murdered in Portland in the first two months of 2021, a 1,600 percent increase from the one murder reported during the same time period in 2020.
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