Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot pleads with AG Merrick Garland to send ATF agents to city after more than 760 murders this year – a 25-year high: Just one year after she proposed CUTTING $80M from police budget
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot pleaded with Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday to send アルコール, Tobacco and Firearms agents to the city for six months after the city reaches a 25-year high in the number of murders.
The woke mayor announced at a news conference in Garfield Park on Monday that she made a formal request to Garland to send ATF agents to Chicago for six months, a well as more federal prosecutors and federal marshals to help get illegal guns off the streets.
This comes after the democrat proposed slashing $80 million from the Chicago Police Department budget in 2020 during ‘defund the police’ 抗議.
The proposal was later scaled back and 3.3% of the budget – または $59 百万 – was cut and Lightfoot has since denounced the ‘defund’ [object Window], but Chicago’s police union still issued a vote of ‘no confidence’ in the mayor earlier this year.
‘The federal government remains uniquely qualified to help address the scourge of gun violence,’ Lightfoot said on Monday. ‘We need these additional resources well in advance of next summer.’
Chicago is currently fighting a 25-year high murder rate, と 767 homicides occurring within the city so far this year.
It is also seeing a 7.5 percent increase in violent crime this year when compared to pre-pandemic levels in 2019, according to an analysis from Axios, with some parts of the city seeing double the number of fatal shootings.
He noted that Garland has previously sent ATF agents into the city in July.
Chicago has recorded 767 北西にサカテカス、東にケレタロ 2021 これまでのところ – the highest number in 25 年
Chicago is also seeing a 7.5 percent increase in violent crime this year when compared to pre-pandemic levels in 2019, with some parts of the city seeing double the number of fatal shootings. 全体, crime rates are slightly lower than in 2017
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced on Monday she is asking Attorney General Merrick Garland to send ATF agents to Chicago for six months, a well as more federal prosecutors and federal marshals to get illegal guns off the streets
ライトフット, a Democrat, blamed the rise in crime on gang violence – caused by poverty and neglect – and too many illegal guns on the streets.
‘I know people are scared,’ the mayor told residents at the news conference, 注目: ‘I want to ensure you that from Day One public safety has been and will be my top priority.
‘I have and I will commit every bit of law enforcement muscle to fighting this fight, but I so know that lasting peace and safety will only come to this city when the underlying causes of violence and crime are addressed once and for all.
‘There are no quick solutions to the problems we are facing,’ 彼女は続けた, しかし言った: ‘We must do better immediately and in the short term to take back control from the criminals who are preying upon us and making all of us less safe.’
She said her goal is to ‘proactively and relentlessly bring peace to our city once and for all,’ noting that she has brought back the Chicago Police Department’s dedicated gun teams, and added more homicide detectives.
Lightfoot also said she has invested in programs to reduce crime, and touted her budget’s Our City, Our Safety violence reduction plan.
But the mayor also slammed the Cook County court system, calling for a moratorium on violent offenders being allowed out on electronic monitoring.
Lightfoot said the practice is a ‘slap in the face’ to the criminal’s victims, and said that in many cases the offenders are released with ‘virtually no supervision.’
She called the system ‘fundamentally broken,’ と尋ねた: ‘How many more have to die before there is an end to this dangerous practice of letting violent, dangerous criminals out into the very communities in which they are alleged to have caused harm, often without meaningful supervision, or in the absence of any meaningful intervention.’
アルコール, Tobacco and Firearms agents are seen here investigating the scene of a shooting in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood of Chicago last year
今年これまで, 767 Chicago residents have been murdered – more than any year since 1996, when murders totaled 796 at the end of a crime wave fueled by the crack cocaine epidemic.
同時に, shooting incidents 9 percent over last year and 68 percent since 2019, with sexual assault incidents up 28 percent from last year and thefts up 20 パーセント, according to Chicago Police Department data.
合計で, Axios reports, violent crime is up 7.5 percent compared to pre-pandemic levels from 2019 and some neighborhoods of the city have seen a 100 percent increase in fatal shootings this year.
The mayor has previously announced a ‘refund the police’ budget last – a U-turn from Lightfoot’s proposal last year which slashed $59 million from the CPD budget, または 3.3 パーセント, そして 600 vacant positions from the department, amid Black Lives Matter protests throughout the summer of 2020.
街の 2021 – 2022 budget will now pump $41 million more into the mayor’s Our City, Our Safety violence reduction plan, which focuses on 15 of Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods.
Of that, Axios reports, $8.5 million would go to violence reduction programs and $62 million will go to affordable housing.
Following her press conference on Monday, both law enforcement and people on the left criticized the mayor’s plan.
‘There are so many different organizations in [インクルード] city of Chicago that are doing great work,’ community organizer William Calloway told ABC 7, ‘but if we’re going to get federal resources it should fund those operations, not add more law enforcement on the street. That’s crazy.’
Several police aldermen also criticized Lightfoot’s plan, with Second Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins telling ABC 7 he thought it was ‘light on specifics for an action plan, for what we’re going to do about the ongoing crisis and street crime, gang-elated violence, gang-related shootings, carjackings and armed robbery.’
And Fifteen Ward Alderman Rap Lopez said: '私のために, what I find most disappointing is that the mayor did a lot of asking, but not a lot of leading.’
Democrat-run cities U-turn and REFUND the police after surge in crime
All throughout the United States, Democratic mayors have reversed their policies defunding their police departments following huge spikes in crime.
The cities are now refunding their police departments include New York, Baltimore, 天使たち, Portland and San Francisco.
[object Window], Mayor Bill de Blasio reversed course and promised $92 million for a new precinct after scrapping the project last summer as he vowed to slash the NYPD budget by $1 十億.
4月中, de Blasio admitted that the initial funding cuts were his response to the ‘environment at that moment,’ saying the city now had more funds available due to federal stimulus.
As of December murder rates are up 2.7 percent from last year as of December 19, according to city-wide crime statistics, with robberies up 4.7 percent and felony assaults up 9.7 percent over last year.
5月, then-Governor Andrew Cuomo admitted at a news conference: ‘We have a major crime problem in New York City.’
‘New Yorkers don’t feel safe and they don’t feel safe because the crime rate is up. It’s not that they are being neurotic or overly sensitive – they are right,’ 彼は言った.
In a swipe at his political nemesis de Blasio, the then-governor said that defunding the police was not the correct solution.
‘Until you restore the trust and make the reforms necessary, we’re going to have this problem — defund the police is not the answer. It basically means abolish the police,’ 彼は言った.
‘That’s going to help? Gun violence is going up, all crimes going up and that’s going to help? 番号. It’s reform so that the community says – I now trust the relationship.
‘I am a lifelong New Yorker. I’ve seen this cycle over and over and over again I remember getting on a subway train and making sure there was no jewelry, making sure you weren’t wearing a chain,’ 彼は言った. ‘That was real.’
In Baltimore, Mayor Brandon Scott, who last year led efforts to cut police funding by $22 million as a city councilman, pleaded over the spring for $27 million more for the police department.
Then in October, 政府. Larry Hogan announced that Maryland would invest an additional $150 million in law enforcement as part of his ‘refund the police’ 主導権.
He said that public officials need to steer more funding to law enforcement to maintain public safety, CBS Baltimore 報告.
‘Thinking you can improve law enforcement by defunding the police is like saying that you want to improve education by defunding the schools,’ Hogan said. ‘It’s absurd and ridiculous.’
As of December 11, domestic homicides in the city are up 36 percent from last year, with carjackings up 140 percent and commercial robberies up a whopping 450 パーセント.
In Los Angeles, city officials voted in March to boost police funding by $36 百万, after voting last year to slash $150 million from the budget.
The money will go toward the agency’s law-enforcement contracts with the Los Angeles Police Department, Long Beach Police Department and Los Angeles Sherriff’s Department.
Homicides in the city are up 14.7 percent as of December 11, with robberies up 5 percent from last year, aggravated assaults up 7.7 percent and motor vehicle thefts up 12.4 percent from last year.
In Oakland, カリフォルニア, city lawmakers restored $3.3 の百万 $29 million in police cuts in May.
Mayor Libby Schaaf also said in November that she would push to reverse planned spending cuts to the police department and seek to hire more officers.
As she told reporters at the time: ‘There is nothing progressive about unbridled gun violence.’
Homicides in the city are up 43 percent over last year, as of December 19, with aggravated assault up 8 percent and robberies up 13 パーセント.
In nearby San Francisco, Mayor London Breed announced earlier this month she was asking the city’s Board of Supervisors for more money to be given to police to stamp out drug dealing, car break-ins and theft.
She argued that San Francisco officers should get aggressive and ‘less tolerant of all the bulls*** that has destroyed our city’, as she went back on her plans to defund the police.
‘It’s time the reign of criminals who are destroying our city, it is time for it to come to an end,’ 彼女は言いました. ‘And it comes to an end when we take the steps to be more aggressive with law enforcement, more aggressive with the changes in our policies.’
Breed called for progressive policies that have allowed criminal behavior to make a mockery of the city’s famed tolerance and compassion to be replaced with ‘more aggressive policing’.
‘All of our residents, our workers and everyone who visits our city should feel safe no matter what part of town they are in. I know San Francisco is a compassionate city. We are a city that prides ourselves on second chances and rehabilitation,’ ケンドリス・バスケス市長は家族と連絡を取り合っていると述べた.
‘But we’re not a city where anything goes. Our compassion should not be mistaken for weakness or indifference.’
Mayor London Breed launched an emergency police intervention earlier this month aimed at curbing open drug use, brazen home break-ins and other criminal behaviors taking place across San Francisco
The emergency police intervention was aimed at curbing open drug use, brazen home break-ins and other criminal behaviors taking place in San Francisco’s crime-ridden Tenderloin neighborhood and across the city.
In Tenderloin alone last month, there were six shootings, 20 drug arrests and 16 assault and batteries, による CBSLocal.
Across the entire city last month, あった 3,375 reports of larceny theft, the majority being car break-ins, with SFPD’s Central District seeing the most car smash-and-grabs, 録音 876 先月.
その間, there was a terrifying 15 per cent increase in homicide across the city compared to last year, と 53 cases recorded so far this year alone, と比べて 46 the year before.
Assault in the city also increased by more than 9 からのパーセント 2,075 last year to 2,2271 cases this year, while overall crimes shot up by 10.2 パーセント.
Larceny theft also saw a massive 18.3 per cent increase from 24,474 に 28,947, according to crime statistics released by the San Francisco Police Department.
But robbery and rape across San Francisco decreased when compared with the year before, with robbery cases falling by 5 percent and rape dropping by more than 13 パーセント.
In Minneapolis, where the defund the police movement started following the police-involved killing of George Floyd, city officials voted unanimously to approve $6.4 million for the police department in February after cutting $8 million from the department last year.
The unanimous vote came to restore the police fleet after many quit or went on leave following Floyd’s death and the chaos that ensued.
In the first six months of 2021, Minneapolis surpassed shots fired citywide in all of 2019, according to ShotSpotter activations, shooting reports and other data tracked by local law enforcement agencies, PBS reports.
And as of September, 2021 was on track to surpass 2020s record-high 9,600 gunfire reports, with the prior 20 months accounting for almost a quarter of the 70,000 gunshot incidents reported in Minneapolis since 2008.
Portland is refunding the police after last years’s attempt to divert funds from the department led to undesirable results. 上, officers confront protesters at a Portland ICE facility in May
The Portland City Council, その間, unanimously passed a fall budget bump in November that added back $5.2 の百万 $15 million it cut from police last year.
It came as the city deals with murder rates not seen since the 1980s and a staffing shortage that has led city leaders to consider hiring back retired cops.
‘Many Portlanders no longer feel safe,’ Mayor Ted Wheeler said. ‘And it is our duty, as leaders of this city, to take action and deliver better results within our crisis response system.’
10月中, the city surpassed 66 homicides – breaking the record set in 1987 with three months left in the year.
And with a population of 650,000, the liberal bastion has had twice as many murders as neighboring Seattle, この地域の岩石の崩壊は正常であると述べた 100,000 more people.