Leftist politicians are insane. How else can they seriously think that decreasing the police presence in their cities while, at the same time, welcoming, allowing, and encouraging open rioting and looting would somehow decrease the crime in their city?
That makes absolutely no sense.
But not everyone who lives and works in politically liberal cities is insane. For example, the police chief of one notoriously liberal city told the absolute truth about why crime is exploding. Jack Phillips writes,
Washington D.C.’s chief of police said the city’s criminal justice system is too lenient on criminals and is now contributing to a recent spike in crime that included a shooting near the popular Logan Circle this week.
Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee told reporters that courts are “barely open” and cannot process violent offenders, responding to the incident at Logan Circle—a popular restaurant district in downtown Washington.
“The justice system that we have right now is not functioning the way that it should,” Contee told reporters on Thursday. “The courts are not open. That is a fact.”
Throughout 2020, he said, violent criminals “have not been disposed of” and are now in the “community” rather than in jail or prison.
“The real issue is, we have a vicious cycle of bad actors who do things, no accountability, and they end up back in community,” Contee said. “I guarantee you, when we lock up whoever did this, they will be no stranger to us.”
Contee is absolutely right about this. If criminals are actually punished for doing evil things, if they’re locked up, they’re not on the streets committing crimes. It’s really simple, but infallible, logic.
But political liberals, like most (all?) major city mayors and city council members, don’t make decisions based on rationality and logic. They make decisions based on feelings, and their constituents suffer for it. It’s sad.