Within hours of Saturday’s shooting in Times Square where three bystanders, including a 4-year-old girl, were wounded, the two leading candidates to replace Mayor Bill de Blasio were on-site.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a retired captain of the NYPD, and Andrew Yang, who declared:
“My fellow New Yorkers … Nothing works in our city without public safety, and for public safety, we need the police. … My message to the NYPD is this: New York needs you. Your city needs you.
“New York cannot afford to defund the police.”
The rush of Adams and Yang to the scene of the shooting, and the messages they delivered, tells us something about the state of play in politics — and not only in the city of New York.
Liberal mayors and urban politicians who enlisted in the Black Lives Matter “defund the police” movement after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May, appear to have caught a wave that is now receding.
In the streets of America’s cities, violent crimes are spiking to heights unseen since the 1990s. And, instead of “Defund the Police!” the insistent cry is, “Where are the cops?”
Atlanta is a case in point.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms just announced she will not run for a second term. While she listed issues and events that exhausted her energy, The New York Times suggests that Atlanta’s soaring crime rate made her vulnerable and Bottoms was looking at possible defeat.
Writes Richard Fausset of the Times:
“The most serious political threat that emerged for Ms. Bottoms in recent months was a phenomenon she had previously described as the ‘Covid crime wave.’ … Atlanta is struggling with a spike in violent crime, including a 58 percent increase in homicides last year…
“The mayor’s inability to get a handle on crime has become the central theme for two challengers,” one of whom is city council president Felicia Moore.
“‘Atlanta has a mayor that is more interested in things that happen outside Atlanta,’ Ms. Moore said in a recent statement, referring to Ms. Bottoms’s emerging national stature, including talk that she was rumored to be a possible vice-presidential candidate. ‘We need a mayor who knows the No. 1 job of any mayor is to keep our city safe.'”
So visceral is the public reaction to the crime wave in Atlanta that in Buckhead, a wealthy enclave in the northern section of the city, there is talk of secession and taking its tax base with it.
Why is crime rising and not only in Atlanta?
Among the reasons: the demonization and demoralization of police departments under constant fire for harboring “rotten apples” and rogue cops. Seen by cops as anti-cop, this campaign is generating police resignations, retirements and reductions in force.
The NYPD has lost 7% of its force and is in a recruitment crisis.
Large reductions in the number of cops have also been recorded in Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Atlanta. Then there is the “Ferguson Effect” where cops avoid aggressive policing for fear a mistake could cost them their reputation and career, or worse.
In a nation as violent as ours, with daily confrontations between cops and often aggressive and armed suspects, police errors are going to be made. There are going to be unwarranted and unnecessary shootings, woundings and even killings.
In any war, there are casualties and collateral damage, and that is true of America’s “war on crime” — another of our forever wars.
But the daily reports of escalating violent crime, resulting in growing numbers of innocent wounded and dead, are inducing a fear for safety that is outstripping any fear of cops. And politicians are beginning to see the numbers shift and reacting accordingly.
Consider a few of the crime numbers compiled by The Hill:
2020 witnessed more than 20,000 criminal homicides with a huge share of that spike occurring in urban America.
New York saw 150 additional homicides and 750 additional shootings in 2020 than in 2019. Chicago saw 274 more homicides and 1,435 additional shootings in 2020 than in 2019.
Los Angeles saw homicides rise 38% as shootings spiked 40%. Washington, D.C., ended 2020 with homicides up for the third straight year.
Killings in Philadelphia, where homicides have risen every year since 2016, almost reached 500, a 40% increase. In Louisville, homicides jumped 70%.
In Detroit, shootings and homicides rose for the second year in a row, increasing by 53%.
Homicides spiked for the second straight year in Minneapolis, to 84 deaths — the highest tally since 1995. Cleveland had its highest murder tally since 1982, after a nearly 40% jump in killings last year.
Houston hit 413 murders in 2020 — a 42% increase over 2019. Indianapolis saw a 40% jump in murders. For Denver, the murder increase was 50 percent.
Cops aren’t doing these killings. They’re doing their jobs trying to prevent these killings and apprehend the killers.
Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.” To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators website at www.creators.com.
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Let’s hope that the implosion of Democrat hate to Trump,turn to race baiting, destroying jobs, and promising work (NOT) will really end this party for ever. I want America back with real Americans standing up for each other and disagreeing and making fun of each others cultural habits.
I want our military to be for each other instead of diversity training.
I want that cop to come to my house because he is not afraid of being ambushed.
I want my choice for gas or green and not forced on me.
I want my Flu back as Covid has become the new G_d.
Time to take the country back folks. Let your voice be heard.
PITY it too the loss of how many lives, BEFORE SOME OF these nitwits, figured that out..
Ah, the beauty of liberalism, criminals are not prosecuted and the police have their hands tied by the liberal politicians. The result, crime goes up. Boy, that was really hard to figure out, that crime goes up if criminals are not prosecuted and crime goes up if the police are hog tied from doing their jobs!
The leftist Democrat elites have decided that those elements of American society which need the police the most, are to be listened to because they are most often, because of their breaking the law, involving rape, murder, and robbery, peddling and using drugs. Of course these law breakers would prefer that there weren’t any police to interfere with them. James Madison, referring to the need of authority in order for a society to function properly in which all elements making up an society said this about men, ” If men were angles and as a introduction to a book about James Madison, there this ,By Maurice MerleauPonty, He wrote, ” The value of a society is the value it places upon man’s relation to man ‘s relation to man… ” We know that for a society of men to live and function as a society, men’s nationalist be regulated and congrolled, that is a necessary role of the police, they may not be liked by all in society, but since men aren’t angles, the police are necessary…
I’m Sorr y but I made some mistakes in the above post at.This point should have read, ” Since men aren’t angles, they must be regulated and controlled..
The third HUGE reason for the spike in crime is the early release of convicted rapists, burglars, drug dealers and murderers so they won’t catch “the flu”.
AND the # of da’s and judges, saying “WE Won’t prosecute” criminals, just cause dey be black dawg…