Democrats have been pushing the radical “defund the police” rhetoric for over a year.
The obvious outcome of soft-on-crime policies has been an increase in violent crime.
And a far-left Mayor admitted defeat with one big move.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has overseen a stark rise in crime over the last two years.
Violent crime is so out-of-control, Lightfoot recently said that neighborhoods were “up for grabs.”
Now Lightfoot is asking for assistance from the feds to curb the death and mayhem.
“Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) is seeking help from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) in the face of surging homicides and continued gun crime. On December 17, 2021, Breitbart News reported that Chicago had surpassed 800 homicides for the year…Of the 830+ homicides, over 780 were carried out with firearms. Breitbart News observed that 23 people were shot during the past weekend alone in Lightfoot’s Chicago, while over 30 were shot, six fatally, during the first weekend in December, and nearly 40 were shot Thursday through Sunday morning of Thanksgiving weekend. Lightfoot is seeking federal help to curb the violence.”
Ironically, Lightfoot publicly and forcefully turned down help from the federal government when Donald Trump offered it.
It was more important to score a political win and let people die than allow President Trump to offer a helping hand.
As a result, Chicago has reverted to 1990s levels of criminality.
Even criminals on electronic monitoring are committing murders.
NBC 5 Chicago reports:
Speaking Monday, Lightfoot called for an “immediate” moratorium on electronic monitoring for murder, attempted murder, carjacking, rape and other violent crimes.
“We are in a crisis and state law explicitly requires judges to consider community safety in making individualized bond decisions . . . The cumulative effect of having almost 2,300 violent, dangerous offenders on the streets has reached a tipping point . . . Many of our neighborhoods are up for grabs” . . .
“Too many people” are being murdered by offenders on electronic monitoring, with “well over” 15 people arrested for shooting or murder while on electronic monitoring in 2021, Lightfoot stated.
Soft-on-crime policies do not work, and they certainly don’t work when crime is either ignored or written off as a “systemic” issue that can only be cured by massive socialist spending.
People are getting fed up with the Democrats.
None of their lofty language applies when citizens are in fear for their lives.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.