In an effort to appease the radical socialists who have overthrown their party, Democrat mayors across the country targeted police budgets. Although they are more than willing to allow the crime wave to descend on law-abiding citizens, big-city mayors spend heavily on their own protection.
Wide-reaching reports indicate that violent and property crimes surged following the so-called “Defund the Police” movement supported by the powerful progressive wing of the Democratic Party. The national murder rate increased by 25 percent during 2020 as Black Lives Matter rioters and Antifa thugs were embraced by left-wing mayors. Cities burned, businesses were looted, residents were assaulted, and political opportunists trashed frontline police officers.
Chicago ranks among the top gun-violence juggernauts and will likely set a new record for shootings and murders by year’s end. New York City saw an increase upwards of 38 percent that began in 2020, and daylight shootouts resemble the Wild West. Last year marked the single highest jump in killings since statistics were kept during the 1960s, and 2021 barrels toward a record murder rate.
“In 25 major U.S. cities, officials have proposed cutting — or in 20 cases already cut — police budgets. However, what OpentheBooks.com auditors found was that mayors and city officials still enjoy personal protection of a dedicated police detail costing taxpayers millions of dollars,” Adam Andrzejewski, CEO of Open The Books, reportedly said. This is ‘police protection for me,’ but not for thee.”
Although hypocrisy is nothing new to liberal elites who secure political power, throwing everyday people to the wolves ranks among the more grotesque moves. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio consistently undermined the NYPD. Officers routinely protest his appearance at public functions by turning their back toward him. Perhaps America’s most anti-cop mayor, de Blasio defunded the country’s largest police force by $1 billion. None of that money was taken from the full police detail assigned to him and his entire family. Officials have thus far refused to disclose the cost of the de Blasio family’s taxpayer-funded protection.
In Baltimore, Mayor Brendon Scott and his administration racked up a police protection tab that reportedly exceeds $3.6 million and takes 14 officers off the street. Adding insult to injury, the mayor defunded the Baltimore PD by more than $22 million. Baltimore suffers an annual and rising rate of crime that has no end in sight. Other Democrat cities that defunded the police but increased the cost of their politician’s personal protection include the following.
- Minneapolis cut $8 million from the police budget and recently pleaded for more officers after crime escalated.
- Oakland, California, slashed the police budget by $14.6 million, and Mayor Libby Schaaf plans to make deeper cuts.
- Portland, Oregon, cut $15 million from the police department despite being under siege by violent Black Lives Matter and Antifa criminals.
Following a reported 38-hour violent crime spree that involved 11 shootings, leaving 13 wounded or dead, Democrat Mayor Ted Wheeler finally reversed course. Unfortunately, his desperation appears too little, too late, as the Portland PD struggles with a 125-officer shortage due to early retirements and officers quitting.
Other cities that defunded police departments by millions include Los Angeles, Seattle, Philadelphia, Austin, and Milwaukee. Democrat mayors continue to augment their full security detail while taxpaying citizens face the crime wave without adequate law enforcement support.