The era of defunding the police has taking on a whole new meaning. It went from police need more training to stripping police of their powers.
As Devlin Barrett put it in the Washington Post, “The United States has experienced the largest single one-year increase in homicides since the country started keeping such records in the 20th century, according to crime data and criminologists.” We only have data for the first nine months of 2020.
It’s normal for the violent-crime rate to vary a bit year-to-year, of course, but 2020 marked a genuinely historical increase. “If you wanted to think of this as potentially erasing several decades worth of progress, that wouldn’t be an overstatement,” said Max Kapustin, an assistant professor at the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University, as well as an affiliate at the University of Chicago Crime Lab and Education Lab. In Chicago, for instance, Kapustin said that the murder rate is back to where it was in the mid- to late 1990s.
We think it's pretty simple. We have more criminals thanks to bail reform, and less police thanks to high strung leaders targeting our men and women in blue. No one wants to do the job anymore.
It's startling to see these kind of numbers and a continuing trend of increases.