Saturday, July 11, 2020

BLM's Violence & the Death of America's Cities

The corpses are already piling up.
The police-hating rhetoric of the openly and proudly Marxist "Black Lives Matter" (BLM) movement is doing exactly what it did five years ago – creating a massive increase in violent crime and homicide throughout urban America. You may recall that back in 2015-16, BLM's anti-police protests and riots – particularly in the aftermath of the 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri – intimidated officers nationwide into becoming much less proactive in dealing with criminal suspects. A Pew Research Center report titled “Behind the Badge” – which tabulated the results of a questionnaire that was sent to thousands of officers – confirmed that 85 to 95 percent of law-enforcement officers in large police departments became highly reluctant to engage criminals except where absolutely necessary.
The consequences of the new timidity of law-enforcement were monumental:
  • In 2015, America’s 56 largest cities experienced a 17% rise in homicides. 
  • Twelve cities with large black populations saw their murder totals spike even more dramatically – e.g., by 54% in D.C., 60% in Newark, 72% in Milwaukee, 83% in Nashville, and 90% in Cleveland.
  • Robberies surged in America's 81 largest cities during the 12 months that followed the shooting of Michael Brown.
  • During the first quarter of 2016, homicides in America's 63 largest cities increased by 9%, while nonfatal shootings were up 21%.
And today, as a result of the anti-police riots and denunciations that have swept the country since the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis – eruptions led in large measure by the Marxists and anarchists of BLM – we are already seeing the same trends all over again.
Consider, for instance, the case of Chicago:
  • On Sunday, May 31, eighteen homicides were committed in Chicago, breaking the city's previous one-day record of thirteen, set 29 years ago. In fact, over the course of that same weekend as a whole, Chicago police responded to at least 73 incidents in which 92 people were shot, including 27 who died as a result. “We’ve never seen anything like it at all,” said Max Kapustin, the senior research director at the University of Chicago Crime Lab. “I don’t even know how to put it into context. It’s beyond anything that we’ve ever seen before.” 
  • From Friday evening through Saturday afternoon, June 5-6, at least 23 people were wounded in various shootings across Chicago.
  • During the weekend of June 12-14, no fewer than 34 Chicagoans were wounded in shootings citywide.
  • During Father's Day weekend, June 19-21, Chicago saw more than 100 people shot in an astonishing wave of gunfire, 14 of them fatally.
  • During the last weekend of June, 63 people were shot in Chicago, 16 of them fatally.
Read the rest from John Perazzo HERE.

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