Leftist policies that demonize police a factor in rising violent crime


President Joe Biden (left) is seated next to Wilmington Police chief Robert Tracy at a White House meeting to discuss the president's comprehensive strategy to reduce gun crimes.

President Biden will visit the Queen City Wednesday for a CNN-sponsored town hall. Topics are expected to include infrastructure and COVID-19 – but I hope someone raises the question of violent crime during his visit.

Violent crime is surging in America’s big cities, from Atlanta to Los Angeles. Cincinnati had a record number of homicides in 2020. And, just last month, The Enquirer reported that the average number of shootings each month in 2020 and so far in 2021 shows a 31% increase over 2018 and 2019.

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley laughably tried to blame the record homicides last year on the early closing of bars during the pandemic – as though drunks with guns are careful to wait until they’ve left a bar before shooting anyone. Those of us in law enforcement think the violence has a lot more to do with leftist policies that demonize cops and limit proactive, targeted policing – and someone should use the CNN forum to ask Joe Biden about it.

Although the left has scurried away from the wreckage of its 2020 “Defund the Police” campaign, it’s more concerned about spin than substance. Now, the left talks about “redirecting” funding from police to other functions. When asked on July 8, 2020, if he agreed with redirecting funding, Biden replied “absolutely.”

People protest, Monday, June 15, 2020, at City Hall in downtown Cincinnati. The protesters were organized by Mass Action for Black Liberation and protested the Cincinnati City budget asking the city council to defund the police and reinvest the money into the communities.

The president, in the custom of many politicians, has said many things over time, and today denies that he supports defunding the police. But President Biden’s appointed law enforcement leaders have dangerous views as it relates to the safety of our communities.

Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta said officials must heed calls to “decrease police budgets and the scope, role and responsibility of police in our lives.”

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