New York City Council seemingly caused a new hate crime wave after reducing funding for its law enforcement service.
New York Police Department (NYPD) data shows that hate crimes jumped 139% in the Big Apple since 2021.
The New York Post revealed 320 suspected hate attacks as of June 27, up from 134 incidents during the same period in 2020.
Attacks against people of Asian appearance soared 400% to 105 compared to the previous corresponding period’s 21 cases.
NYPD reported nearly twice as many attacks on African Americans (30) compared to 2020. It also confirmed there were 31 hate crimes motivated by sexual orientation, up from nine last year–representing a 244 percent increase. According to the paper, an additional 13 cases were motivated by gender, six by religion, and four by ethnicity.
The worrying trend emerged nearly 13 months after the Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to divert $1 billion away from NYPD’s annual budget to fund various social services programs. The announcement came in response to widespread anti-police protests that graffitied the iconic Fifth Avenue in Midtown and vandalized the Equestrian Statue at Central Park West.
Police separately confirmed anti-Semitic attacks increased by 69%, with 113 incidents recorded in 2021, compared to the previous year’s 67. The BL understands the increase is partly due to the latest conflict between Israel and Palestine in the so-called Gaza Strip.
Ironically, anti-Semitic attacks and violence against Jews are often driven by leftist movements claiming to defend inequality and fight against discrimination and racism.
Similarly, New York City’s decision to defund the police caused hate crimes to increase—not decrease as initially promised. A recent Fox News report shows crime shot up considerably just a year after the ‘defund the police’ movement gained momentum in other cities like Portland, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis.
The death-in-custody of Minnesotan George Floyd on May 25, 2020, triggered a wave of protests across the United States. Unfortunately, under the false premise of combating “racism” in policing and seeking “reparations,” protesters looted, destroyed, and created chaos during President Trump’s administration.
Mainstream media companies widely promoted the Marxist-style Black Lives Matter movement because it was a chance to defund police and convince the public that Floyd’s death proves systemic racism exists in American society.
Democrats backpedal on policing
Although the ‘defund the police’ movement is primarily supported by Democratic politicians, recent developments show a shift away from politicians. According to Newsweek, the new trend is to urge local and state governments to withdraw police budget funding and reallocate taxpayer money to other non-police community services.
Several New York City mayoral candidates have already distanced themselves from the police defunding movement in hopes of winning over moderate voters who do not like the spike in crime.
Initial mayoral race counts for New York City’s Democratic primary show voters choose candidates who support police instead of those who want to defund law enforcement services.
The former police officer and Democratic Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, who led the race at the time of publication, campaigned for improved public safety and renewed trust between police and the general public.
A WNBC/Telemundo 47/Politico/Marist poll released in mid–June found about 70 percent of Democratic voters prefer a more significant municipal police presence in the city.
The BL finds it curious that Democrats are now distancing themselves from the “defund the police” movement, just a year after openly supporting it at the last election.