Six major US cities are reporting record violent crime rates over those that were already high in 2021, and not surprisingly, they are all in blue states!
According to crime data, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Atlanta, and New York City are all on pace to supersede their levels of violent crime last year.
The worst increase has been in NYC. The Big Apple has seen a near 30% jump in violent crime compared to the same time last year, while Washington DC has experienced an 8% hike. Meanwhile, Philadelphia and Baltimore have recorded increases of 7% and 6.1% percent, respectively.
“People are robbing, people are killing people,” said Janice Johnson Dias, a sociology professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. “People are doing a lot of things, I don’t feel safe as we used to.”
Homicides are reportedly driving violent crime rates up nationwide, increasing 30% from 2019 to 2020 and an additional 5% from 2020 to 2021, with rates expected to increase again this year. Experts say anti-police sentiment, an emergence from pandemic restrictions, and a lack of judicial enforcement are to blame amid waning confidence in the government’s ability to protect its citizens.
In California, residents of some cities have pushed to recall liberal district attorneys. San Francisco voters recalled District Attorney Chesa Boudin earlier this month, partly due to his policies which eased prosecution and pushed for reduced incarcerations. In Los Angeles County, opponents of District Attorney George Gascon are currently collecting signatures to trigger a recall election against the progressive.
“I think as goes California, so goes the nation,” stated Jonathan Hatami, Deputy District Attorney of Los Angeles County. “And so what we’re looking at really is that we’ve given Chesa Boudin the boot in San Francisco; we are going to give George Gascon the boot in Los Angeles. And I do believe that will be the beginning of the end of the reign of rogue and radical prosecutors throughout the nation.”
Earlier this month, the Recall DA George Gascon campaign announced they passed the official threshold of signatures needed to initiate a recall and revealed they collected nearly 567,000 signatures.