House Republicans on the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security urged Democratic Chairwoman Sheila Jackson Lee on Wednesday to conduct a hearing concerning “defund the police” support by Democrats.
“Radical left-wing proposals to defund police forces threaten public safety and put law enforcement officers at risk. The reckless decisions to defund police forces — and the Biden administration’s apathy towards these actions — have had a real effect on American communities,” the letter read.
“Homicides have increased in many of the cities that have defunded their police forces. Other violent crimes are also on the rise in many of these cities,” the letter added.
The request also addressed the correlation between decreased law enforcement funding and the increase of homicides in cities like New York, Los Angeles and Austin, Texas.
“After slashing its police budget by nearly $1 billion, New York City saw a 97 percent rise in shootings and almost a 45 percent increase in homicides. Austin, Texas, saw a 50 percent spike in homicides. Los Angeles, California, experienced an increase of 11.6 percent in homicides,” the letter read.
The letter specifically called out Democrats who have supported defunding police.
“Republicans have condemned violence and been united against radical calls to defund the police. However, many Democrats, including several on this Committee, have expressed support for defunding police forces.
“In fact, when given an opportunity to support police and denounce the defunding of police, Democrats on the Committee voted unanimously to support state and local governments that defund their police departments,” the letter noted.
The request for a hearing concluded the letter. “We ask that you schedule a hearing in the near future to allow Subcommittee Members to hear from law enforcement and civic leaders about how the increase in violent crime attributable to defunding of police.”
Many cities that have cut police budgets have experienced surges in violent crime. A year later, some of the same cities are increasing budgets to help attract new officers to the force after large numbers of law enforcement employees have left.
The nonsensical strategy fails on a number of levels. Even when protestors experience problems, they immediately call 911 for help. The very action contradicts the effort to defund police.
Further, what would defunding the police solve? Nothing. Crime would continue, and worsen, as communities would lack the people and resources to respond.
The current push to defund police doesn’t come from conservative Americans, but rather from foreign countries like the CCP and Russia who want to sow discord and dissent in America as well as leftist politicians pushing causes their elitist donors support. Rather than attack the blue, Americans need to back the blue.
Their jobs aren’t getting any easier, but we don’t have to make it worse by supporting anti-law enforcement policies or the politicians who encourage them. At least one group of Republicans is willing to take action against the effort, urging a hearing that will bring the matter to the forefront in Washington and point out the hypocrisy of defund those called to protect and serve Americans.