St. Louis Mayor Plans to Defund Police, Shut Down Jail, Even as Murder Rates Soar

St. Louis Mayor Plans to Defund Police, Shut Down Jail, Even as Murder Rates Soar
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St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones ran as a race-obsessed anti-cop leftist, so her decision to get rid of a city jail, divert $4 million from the police to social programs and not fill 100 open positions in the St. Louis police force is no surprise. This comes despite the fact that city has the highest murder rate in America.

According to BizPacReview:

The progressive Democrat’s budget proposal for next year “would cut $4 million from the police department and reallocate the funds to an affordable housing fund, victim support services, the city’s Department of Health and Human Services and Civil Rights Enforcement Agency, which investigates housing, equal employment and public accommodation complaints.”

And with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department having nearly 100 unfilled police jobs, Jones is looking to eliminate the vacant positions — current officers would not be laid off.

The city’s black corrections department commissioner offered his resignation and in making the announcement last week, Jones said she didn’t ask him to step down but cited inhumane conditions for detainees, among other things, to make it clear she was happy with the move.

Considering that these sort of policies have consistently failed all over the country and that St. Louis is at a 50 year high in murders (87 per 100,000 residents), you might think she’d at least consider delaying her policies a bit in hopes that things might calm down a bit first, but that’s not the way she chose to go. Depending on which numbers you use, St. Louis already has one of the top 5 murder rates for a city in the whole world. Could St. Louis challenge Tijuana, Mexico (138 per 100,000 residents) as the murder capital of planet Earth? That seems very ambitious, but not impossible if the Mayor continues targeting the police.

Is defunding the police in a city that already has serious crime issues a terrible idea? Absolutely. However, some people and cities can prove to be useful as examples of what NOT TO DO. If people in St. Louis want to allow criminals to run wild and risk getting murdered if they walk into the wrong part of town, that’s their choice. The rest of us can learn from that. As of yet, there’s nothing happening anywhere in the country that has defunded the police that would make a sane person say, “Wow, I want that where I live, too.” Maybe St. Louis will be the exception, but that seems doubtful.

John Hawkins is the author of 101 Things All Young Adults Should Know. You can find him on Parler here and on Twitter here.


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