Defund the Police?
Who is gonna try to keep people safe?
Who is gonna respond to violence in the streets in America?
The police need to be part of the community….
Bad cops need to be weeded out so that we all can move ahead ….Safely….
A surge of gun violence is plaguing several major cities in the U.S., adding to the woes of a nation grappling with the coronavirus pandemic and civil unrest sparked by the police killing of George Floyd.
Data provided by police departments in New York City and Chicagoshows upticks in shootings and homicide victims in June leading into July, compared with this time last year. Philadelphia police reported a double-digit increase in homicide victims as of July 8, compared with the same point in 2019.
City and police officials across the country began the week by addressing the violence. “We cannot allow this to be normalized,” Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown told reporters Monday, lamenting a spate of shootings over the Fourth of July weekend that included the killing of a 7-year-old girl.
The violence has become political fodder for the Trump administration. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany chided reporters at a press conference Monday for not asking about the recent violence. President Trump suggested in a tweet that New York City and Chicago are havens for criminals.
Cities have seen spikes in crime many times in the past, and violent crime in many cities, including New York, has been declining for decades. But experts who spoke to Yahoo News tied the surge to the country’s myriad challenges: the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, economic uncertainty and increasingly strained relations between police and communities that were already weakened by decades of distrust….
The disbanding of the anti-crime unit combined with the Defund the Police movement is feeding the recent uptick in bloody violence that left a 1-year-old dead a day ago and another 17 shot in New York City, the NYPD’s chief of department said Tuesday.
“The disbanding of anti-crime obviously has a huge effect,” Chief Terence Monahan said on 1010 WINS radio. “Those are our best cops out on the street, grabbing guns. So, there’s a feeling that it’s safe to carry a gun on the street. So, we are looking for ways to change that mentality out on the street.”
Monahan also bemoaned the recent Defund the Police movement, claiming criminals have caught on that police are less likely to go out and make arrests following the “animosity” created by the George Floyd protests.
“There is a feeling on the street that the police are handcuffed, that they are not out there as aggressively as we were in the past,” Monahan said. “The new law that was passed by the City Council has cops hesitant. They are fearful that they may be arrested if they take some proactive-type enforcement.”
“All the rhetoric of Defund the Police, get rid of the police, abolish the police, that’s got to end, that has to stop. We need to find a middle ground of cops and communities, working together to handle a lot of these issues here.”
Monahan’s comments came after 17 people were shot on Monday alone and just two days after little Davell Gardner was caught in the crossfire at a barbecue and killed just two months shy of his second birthday….
Charlottee, North Carolina…
Violent crime is on the rise around the country. In Charlotte, there have been 59 homicides, putting the city on pace to match last year’s record violence.
During a briefing Monday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Chief Johnny Jennings said there were 22 homicides by June 2 with victims as young as 14 and 16 years old.