IT’S THE DEFUNDING, DUMMY: NYT Stumped by Crime Surge, Proposes More Social Services

posted by Hannity Staff - 1.18.22

They just can’t quite put their finger on it…

New York Times contributor German Lopez decided to analyze the nationwide spike in violent crimes —but didn’t consider the tremendous impact of defunding the nation’s police departments.

“In 2020, murders in the United States spiked more than 27 percent — the largest percentage increase in at least six decades. Last year, murders went up again. Those murders resulted in the deaths of thousands more Americans, and returned the U.S. to homicide rates not seen since the mid-1990s,” “The Morning” newsletter author German Lopez wrote for the Times. 

According ot Fox News, Lopez then reported that “experts are divided on why murders have spiked but noted they typically point to either the ongoing COVID pandemic, a ‘change in policing’ or an uptick in gun purchases. The passage about a ‘change in policing’ failed to acknowledge the movement to defund the police, which has been pushed by both Democratic lawmakers and members of the media. Instead, the Times focused on police officers who are afraid to end up in ‘the next viral video’ and a lack of confidence in cops by the American people.”

“In the short term, there’s solid evidence for policing — specifically, more focused policing, targeting the people and places most likely to be violent. With some of these strategies, the police work with other social services to lift violent perpetrators out of that life,” Lopez wrote. 

“In the long term, experts support a range of solutions that enrich both individuals’ and communities’ socioeconomic standing over time; they include preschool programs, summer job initiatives, raising the school dropout age, greening of vacant lots, more streetlights and expanded drug treatment. There’s also good evidence for gun control and higher alcohol taxes,” he added.

So more streetlights and gardens to stop murders. Got it.


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