LA Sheriff: Democrat Policies & 'Defund the Police' Are Causing Murder Surge
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva blames radical-left for violent crime wave
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has slammed Democrats and the "defund the police" movement, blaming radical-left policies on the recent surge in murders and violent crime.
Sheriff Villanueva says progressive officials and the far-left anti-police narrative are responsible for a worrying spike in violence.
Surging violent crime has been impacting major cities across America this year.
Murders have soared almost 200% in Los Angeles, for example, according to Fox News.
There were 60 murders in Los Angeles County during the first two months of 2021, compared to just 21 during the same time period last year.
Portland is another major city that has also been hit with an overwhelming wave of homicide.
According to Villanueva, criminals emboldened by progressive law enforcement policies and the "defund the police" movement are behind the spike in violent crime.
Speaking with Fox News last Thursday, Villanueva specifically blamed new Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón, the progressive lawman who has introduced quick reform to Los Angeles law enforcement after just months on the job.
"They need to really pick and choose very carefully because for them it's very easy to say, 'Oh yeah, all cops are bad,' and, 'Let's reform and defund the police,'" Villanueva said. "Yet they're the very first ones to pick up the 911 when someone's crawling over their back gate trying to get into their house."
The worrying direction of crime is not just new to 2021.
In fact, violent crime, especially murder, was already particularly high in 2020.
"Preliminary FBI data for 2020 points to a 25% surge in murders — the largest single-year increase since the agency began publishing uniform data in 1960."
The Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund even found that murders rose and police activity dropped in cities where police were most criticized last year.
"This data confirms that in places where law enforcement saw the most resistance from community leaders and calls for less policing, we saw more homicides," LELDF president Jason Johnson said, the Washington Examiner reported.
"Progressive prosecutors made it clear that making arrests for drug and weapons crimes that will go unprosecuted only exposes officers to the risk of disciplinary action, lawsuits, and criminal prosecution," Johnson added.
"So, to mitigate that risk, police took a more passive approach."