Great news out of the Washington Examiner, where Zachary Faria, updates us on the “defund the police” movement. Check out the 4th paragraph which sums it all up. The only way for anarchy to survive is if the lawless influence society. The safest era, in New York City’s recent past, was when Rudy Giuliani was Mayor, and there was a supported effort to reduce crime…hence, a police officer on every block. Here’s the report:
The “defund the police” movement has crashed and burned in New York City, perhaps putting a welcome close to one of the dumber chapters in police reform debates.
Current Mayor Bill de Blasio had promised some $1.5 billion in cuts to the city’s police department, but few of those cuts came to fruition. Instead, de Blasio reversed the decision to scrap a new NYPD precinct in Southeast Queens. The city will now spend $105 million to build it.
Meanwhile, the front-runners for the Democratic nomination to replace de Blasio have pushed back on the idea of defunding the police. Andrew Yang has said the city can’t afford to defund the police and that he wants to establish a new anti-violence unit in the wake of a shooting in Times Square. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a former police officer, dismissed the movement as being pushed by “young, white, affluent people.”
The movement to defund police departments was always destined to fail. It was an idea so dumb that only privileged activists and cowardly politicians could give it life. And in the most populous city in the country, the surge in crime has been impossible to ignore.
New York has seen a 17% increase in homicides so far this year and an 83% increase in shootings. The city has also seen a 73% increase in hate crimes. The only thing that compares to the city’s spike in violent crime is a spike in police retirements, as NYPD saw a 75% increase in retirements and officers putting in their papers to leave the job in 2020.
The defund the police movement has shown its failures in Minneapolis, which has gone from promising to abolish its police department to bringing in outside police officers to fill a shortage. It has failed in Portland, where the mayor requested emergency funds to address a surge in gun violence after the city had disbanded police units that investigate gun violence. But no failure has been as glaring as New York City’s is now.
It’s a good sign that New York City appears ready to turn the page, but it never should have gone this far. It was obvious that the defund the police movement had no answers to the surge in violent crime. It was obvious that it was being pushed by anti-police activists, not true reformers. It was always going to play out like this, but it’s better that this reversal come late than never.
- Zachary Faria