“Defund the Police!” has become the battle cry of Antifa and other extremists in the anti-police movement, and has – to one degree or another – received support from many politicians is some of America’s major cities.
As a new video explains, there have been many important consequences resulting from the implementation of the “defund the police” effort. There have been both intended consequences and unintended consequences. Some of the consequences have been unsurprising; some of the consequences have been unexpected.
The seventh video in the American Police Officers Alliance’s series on exposing the agenda of the anti-police movement highlights two major consequences of “defunding the police”:
The first result is an increase in crime in many cities across the nation. In pointing this out, the video is making a very obvious – and very thought-provoking point.
When police budgets are slashed, we see not only an increase in crime, but an increased boldness on behalf of criminals.
Fewer police and fewer crime prevention resources means it is harder to track and combat crime. And the reduced budget is often combined with restrictions on normal and reasonable police functioning, making it more difficult to apprehend and arrest suspects.
Also, many prosecutors are politicians, or cave in to political pressure, so even when arrests are made, many left-leaning prosecutors are increasingly less likely to prosecute. And even when charges are brought, many liberal-minded judges (who also cave in to political pressure) are likely to let criminals off with just a slap on the wrist.
That leads us to the second result of “defunding the police” noted in the video.
As a result of the devastating impact of increased crime and lax law enforcement, there is a growing backlash.
A big majority of the American people – the ordinary citizens whose communities, businesses, and families are severely impacted by rising crime – are opposed to to efforts to slash police budgets.
And that opposition is growing.
Millions of Americans are understandably outraged, as reflected in various opinion polls.
The video notes that support for defunding the police dropped significantly from 2020 to 2021 among both Democrats and Republicans.
And it appears there is even growing support for increasing spending on law enforcement. One poll cited in the video shows that among Democrats, 39% of blacks, 38% of Hispanics, and 32% of whites favor increased police funding.
For those of use concerned with public safety, crime prevention, and law enforcement, these are encouraging trends – especially as we approach the November 2022 elections.