I’m not really concerned about crime.
I don’t live in one of these big cities controlled by Democrats where they are implementing “progressive policing” and violent crime is soaring back to levels unseen since the heyday of the “superpredators.” I live out in the country where mosquitos and snakes are a greater threat in the summer.
“A great many reactions flowed in after my post earlier this week on crime patterns in Minneapolis since the George Floyd tumult exploded last year.
Some too-cool-for-school Brooklyn journalists argued that it was shameful “copaganda” for me to even quote police officers in the post, and that I was engaging in risible “stenography” by doing so. There might be something to this critique if all I had done was parrot official police press releases, or rehash the fine-tuned statements of an official police spokesperson — but that’s not what I did. Instead, I got the unvarnished perspectives of police officers which otherwise would not be relayed to the public. …
I don’t know whether the massive, unprecedented year-over-year nationwide surge in homicides in 2020 is attributable to political/cultural dynamics stemming from the outbreak of protests and riots last summer, as most cops seem to strongly believe. But it’s at least plausible as a contributing factor. (Of course COVID also had to play some role.) Either way, that this belief is widespread among police officers is a fact worth knowing.
Moreover, whiny media activists seem to think there’s something inherently suspicious or reactionary about reporting on violent crime trends. This is very odd. Not only did homicides hugely spike in 2020, but numerous jurisdictions broke all-time records — one being Milwaukee, WI, where homicides increased by 101% in 2020 compared to 2019. And even after last year’s giant increase, many cities (like Minneapolis) are on pace to break all-time records in 2021:
Philadelphia, PA is on pace for a record-breaking year of homicides, after coming just one shy of the all-time record in 2020. As of April 29, homicides are up 36% year-over-year.
Portland, OR is on pace for a record-breaking year of homicides, after recording the highest total in 26 years in 2020. In the first quarter of 2021, homicides increased year-over-year by 733%. (Yes, you read that right.)
Columbus, OH is on pace for another record-breaking year of homicides, after breaking its all-time record in 2020. Homicides have already doubled in April year-over-year.
Albuquerque, NM is on pace for a record-breaking year of homicides, which are up 79% in April year-over-year.
Indianapolis, IN is on pace for another record-breaking year of homicides, after breaking its all-time record in 2020. Homicides are up 33% in April year-over-year.
Other cities on pace for another record-breaking year of homicides, after already having broken their previous records in 2020, include …”
The violent crime surge in 2020 wasn’t a fluke and has carried over and gained momentum in the first quarter of 2021. The weather is warming up ahead of crime season. Studies have shown that Black Lives Matter protests are strongly correlated with a spike in homicide in the cities that host them and that was before all the chaos that was unleashed last summer by progressive activists.
“(CNN) – Major American cities saw a 33% increase in homicides last year as a pandemic swept across the country, millions of people joined protests against racial injustice and police brutality, and the economy collapsed under the weight of the pandemic — a crime surge that has continued into the first quarter of this year.
Sixty-three of the 66 largest police jurisdictions saw increases in at least one category of violent crimes in 2020, which include homicide, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, according to a report produced by the Major Cities Chiefs Association. Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Raleigh, North Carolina, did not report increases in any of the violent crime categories. …
Through the first three months of 2021, a number of major cities have indicated they are still experiencing high rates of violent crime, according to Laura Cooper, executive director of the Major Cities Chiefs Association. “Some cities are set to outpace last year’s numbers,” she said. …”
Baltimore homicides are also up 17% this year.
“A deadly three days in Baltimore have pushed the 2021 homicide count to 107, far ahead of last year’s pace as the city’s mayor and police commissioner vow to continue seeking ways to quell the violence. …
Last year at this time Baltimore had recorded 91 homicides on the way to a total of 335 killings in 2020. Police are bracing as May and June historically have been among the city’s most violent months in recent years. …”
Flint homicides are up more than 30% this year. Joe hasn’t even fixed the pipes yet. Are you more likely to be shot or die of lead poisoning in Flint?
“FLINT, MI — Figures provided by Flint police show homicides and nonfatal shootings are on the rise year-over-year in the city.
There were nine homicides in Flint in the month of April and 21 homicides so far in 2021, according to the Flint Police Department.
The overall number is up from 14 homicides by May 3, 2020, according to Flint police crime data.
Non-fatal shootings have more than doubled from the same time in 2020. …
The city of Flint reported 61 homicides in 2020, up from 46 in 2019, an increase of approximately 32%, according to figures on the police department’s website. …”
It sucks for the people who live there.
The record levels of black, brown and yellow people getting shot and killed by criminals in these cities is necessary to achieve what is called “racial justice” though. Ultimately, policing is a state and local issue, which is why they are going to have to live with the consequences of their own actions.
The “white supremacists” don’t live in or bother anyone in these largely black and brown urban neighborhoods. It wasn’t the “white supremacists” who demonized the police. It wasn’t the “white supremacists” who came into these cities last summer to glorify criminals or to burn down the CVS or to march en masse to demand that the police be demonized and defunded. The police actually were defunded in lots of these cities too. It was White kids from wealthy suburban neighborhoods whose parents are PMCs who did that. They are passionate about abolishing the police in these violent neighborhoods because they grew up in places where crime has never been a problem.