(RightWing.org) – The Socialist/Communist darling of the left, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) (D-NY) has resorted to one of the mainstays of the Democratic Party’s playbook when hard statistics don’t support some part of their Agenda: they ignore them and then they start lying. In this instance, it’s the Progressive Liberals’ heartfelt desire to hamstring the police versus the cause of the rise in crime in New York City (NYC), and others.
Defunding the Police
In the aftermath of the death of George Floyd while in the custody of four Minneapolis police officers, AOC was among one of the first to champion the #DefundthePolice movement. Even after the New York City Council reduced the NYPD budget by about $1.5 billion — yes, that’s billion with a b – she was not satisfied.
She said, “defund the police means defund the police,” taking exception to what she viewed as simple accounting trickery. For instance, she equates gutting the overtime expenditures as some kind of hocus-pocus.
Whether intentional or through ignorance, she missed the fact that police departments across the country use those monies to make sure they have the manpower available to cover patrols and react to emergencies. Taking that cash away will mean those agencies will not be able to effectively provide full protection to the public, which covers another part of the progressive liberal plan that is to disband the police.
Since the start of the riots, and as we moved into warmer temperatures, there has been an uptick in criminal activity throughout all five boroughs. AOC would have us believe that it’s because of the high level of unemployment caused by the coronavirus lockdowns forcing the citizens to steal to pay the rent or put food on their tables.
AOC on increased NYC crime: "Maybe this has to do with the fact that people aren't paying their rent & are scared to pay their rent & so they go out & they need to feed their child & they don't have money so… they feel like they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry." pic.twitter.com/oHSTWWJZ6a
— The Hill (@thehill) July 12, 2020
But the numbers put out by the NYPD comparing the current time period to that of 2019 prove that is simply not true. If she had bothered to look at the data provided by the police department through July 5, 2020, which compared the previous 28 days as compared to the same time period last year, she’d have found:
- The number of shooting victims jumped by 204.0%.
- Shooting incidents over that same time span rose by 165.5%.
- On the flip side of that, petty larceny is down 21.2%.
- And misdemeanor assault has dropped 24.7%.
- While robberies saw a decline of 19.2%.
This phenomenon is not unique to NYC with cities such as Washington DC, Chicago, and Atlanta seeing increases as well. And in many cases, it’s the truly innocent ones who are paying the price: like a 6-year-old girl in Atlanta, an 11-year-old boy in DC, and a 7-year-old girl in Chicago all losing their lives.
Groups like Black Lives Matter (BLM), Antifa, and the Progressive Liberals who infest the halls of Congress, Governor’s Mansion’s, and City Halls across the country seem intent on pushing us away from our status as the freest country the world has ever known, and towards a state of anarchy. However, history has shown that a governmental vacuum cannot exist, that something will rise up to replace what’s gone, and typically, that’s totalitarianism.
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