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What Happens When You Defund the Police: Cities See Murder and Crime Spike



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Several cities in different parts of the US have decreased the funding for their police departments last yea following police-involved shootings. However, after efforts to defund the police, these cities have seen an increase in certain crimes, as per Fox News.

Cities like Los Angeles, New York City, Minneapolis, and Austin have redirected their funds from their police departments to their social service programs. These cuts resulted in some police departments letting go of officers, stopping recruitment classes or giving up on hiring goals altogether.

While these police departments had to do what they can with the smaller budget, some of the cities have seen a steep increase in instances of murders and other violent crimes, according to Fox News.

While the “defund the police” movement doesn’t necessarily mean gutting the budgets, some groups still tried. This comes on top of cuts expected due to the pandemic.

Crime Statistics After Cities Defund Police Departments

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Following the death of George Floyd in May 2020, the rates of violent crimes saw a steep increase. Floyd is an African-American man who was handcuffed, pleading as former police officer Derek Chauvin, who is White, pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes. Currently, Chauvin is facing charges of murder and manslaughter, and his trial is currently ongoing.

In the period between Dec. 11 last year and March 28 this year, murders in this city increased by 46% compared to the number reported at the same time last year. Also, from the initial budget cut in 2020 until March 28 this year, the city saw 49% more homicides

Between the same period, the total violent crime in the city went up by 22% year-over-year. It seems the violent summer months were the cause of the, as per the Minneapolis PD.

Last December the city council approved a budget that redirected around $8 million from the police department to social programs like violence prevention and mental health programs.

Months prior to this, particularly in July, the city council also redirected $1.1 million from the department to the Office of Violence Prevention.

Portland, Oregon

In Portland, murders have tripled year-over-year, records reveal.

Statistics gathered by the police from July 2020 to Feb. 2021 show that instances of homicide in the state went up by 270.6%. In this period, 63 homicide cases were reported, but from the same period in the year prior, only 17 were reported.

In the first two months of 2021, the city saw a 1,600% increase in murder cases compared to the first two months in 2020. For this year, 17 murders were reported between Jan. and Feb., compared to only 1 in the same period in 2019.

In mid-June, Portland’s city commissioners voted to cut around $16 million from the budget of the police department.

New York City, New York

In The Big Apple, murders have gone up 11.8% as of March 21. This year, the NYPD recorded 76 murders, compared to 68 in 2020.

The instances of shootings in 2021 went up by 40% while the number of shooting victims rose by 39%.

In July 2020, NYC’s council voted to redirect $1 billion from the budget allocated for NYPD to education and social services.

Los Angeles, California

As per the LAPD, the city saw a 38% increase in murders in 2020, even though the local government placed mandates that kept people indoors. As of March 13, murders went up by 28.3% and the number of shooting victims went up by almost 50%. Aggravated assaults also increased by 8.4%.
In July 2020, city leaders voted to decrease LAPD’s budget by $150 million.

Austin, Texas

As of Feb. 2021, 11 murders were recorded in Austin, compared to only 10 during the same time last year. Aggravated assaults went up by 26% this year as well.

Last August, the city council of Austin voted unanimously to cut around one-third of the city’s police budget. The funding was agreed to be redirected to social services.

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  • Hipockets says:

    Hope,all Commie cities learn from this! We need police protection. If they take our guns,and the cops are too few,you wait 8-10 min for them,and you have a home invasions or someone in your house,uninvited,what will you do to protect your family?

  • BBA says:

    Well the voters in these liberal ran cities put these council idiots in charge so there is no one to blame but themselves!! The real sad part to all of this is the same stupid voters who continuously vote for socialist acting morons are now fleeing these cities and bringing their liberal BS to red states that know how to take care of ourselves.

  • David says:

    Of course it does, it’s the democratic way! They love violating the constitution, the citizens. You know the government is corrupt when they use a flu with a 99.7 % survival rate to lock you down and then restrict your travel. The beginningnof the end for America. When it’s all over and the world comes to an end, wonder what it would have felt like to be known for ruining the best country in the world, or to be chosen for your position solely based on your color. Sad.

  • Robert Smith says:

    These cities are getting what they deserve when you take funds away there going to have to make changes and less police officers mean scumbags will have more freedom to rob ,steal ,rape ,murdering and get away with it. The bad part is for the innocent people who are suffering through this situation and takes longer for help to arrive, if it makes it at all.

  • glenn billingsley says:

    Sounds good till someone breaks down your door or pulls you out of your car police what police. You think crime not going to sky rocket .free party for crooks do what they want .when they need your cash common sense is lost thank you fake news for helping create this!!

  • Joseph Kinge says:

    Anyone who ‘breaks down my door’ will never do it again. In fact, anyone who is shot to death rarely commits anymore crimes!!! No police means most crimes will end with the death penalty.

  • Chas says:

    As an Independent voter,the left has gone freagen NUTS!!!!!

  • David says:

    Nice idea that failed… Take away n ban guns then less cops needed….. They forgot one piece of info. The criminal mind looks for ways to bypass laws n bans. So that leaves us law biding citizens two choices…. Prepare to fight back or cower n wait for the Gov. To help…. Good luck

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  • Bart says:

    Then they want to be included in this latest give away by bailing out their cities and covering their dumbass social programs that are bankrupting their cities and then WE have to pay for it even though we don’t live in those cities.

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