The murder rate in liberal-run US cities has risen by 10% since 2021, largely due to the defunding of police and the softening of crime policies promoted by left-wing Mayors.
According to a study by WalletHub released in recent months, homicides rates have increased 10 percent between 2021-2023. They are also continuing their upward trend.
Researchers ranked cities by comparing murder rate from the first quarter of 2023 with the same period in 2021 or 2022.
According to the study, the 10 U.S. Cities with the highest murder rates are Memphis, Tennessee, New Orleans, Louisiana, Richmond, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Detroit, Michigan, Durham, North Carolina, Dallas, Texas, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Kansas City, Missouri.
All of the 10 largest cities in the United States with the highest homicide rate are led by Democratic Mayors. The exception is Las Vegas, where Carolyn Goodman left the Democratic Party and became an independent in 2009.
Chidike Okeem is an assistant professor of Western New England University. She stated that homicides are likely to be linked to social movements such as the riots following the death George Floyd.
As a reaction to social unrest, certain officers have adopted ‘depolicing’, which is the idea that they do not engage in proactive policing in order to avoid greater scrutiny and censure. Okeem stated that violence increases without a pronounced police presence.
Gregg Etter is a professor from the University of Central Missouri. He says that the defunding of the police movement, and the no-cash-bail policies promoted by politicians and leaders with a leftist bent, are contributing factors.
Defunding the police is the best way to deal with a problem that you may have regarding the use of force by police in isolated incidents. Etter explained that this results in a police force with fewer resources, longer response times, lowered police morale and a decreased willingness to be proactive.
The Daily Mail reported that Robert Spitzer, a professor at the College of William and Mary School of Law, argued that the rising homicide rate highlights how “police and police are indispensable for society.”
Spitzer said that, “even though the police have suffered some damage to their reputation and lost personnel, an increased crime rate leads people to turn to them for protection and this helps to improve their reputation.”