In remarks delivered on the floor, Senator Chuck Grassley points out latest crime reports are undermining the progressive fantasy policy of defunding the police.
“We have all heard about the unprecedented 30 percent spike in murders that began in the summer of 2020. It continues to this day. Over a dozen cities set new homicide records in 2021-The rise in violent crime coincides with the “defund the police” movement and widespread de-policing,” spoke Grassley.
Grassley provided just a glimpse of the reality the country faces in the present, where officers have had an increase of 115% of ambush-style attacks from 2020.
# of police killed on job in 2021 highest since 9/11 attacks I noted tragic trend of police ambushes/murders in Judic hrg this wk We must back the blue +fight violent crime targeting our communities &law enforcement Judic Cmte shld hold hrg on growing crime wave sweeping USA
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) January 14, 2022
Just in 2021 alone, 63 officers were murdered, and 346 officers were shot, according to reports from the Fraternal Order Of Police.
“Other forms of violent crime are also up as police are forced to retreat from the streets, including carjacking. Chicago saw 1,646 carjackings, compared to 603 incidents in 2019. Minneapolis police reported carjackings shot up 537 percent. Carjackings in New Orleans have doubled since 2019. Oakland police say carjackings increased by 85 percent. Washington, DC reports a 141 percent increase from last year. In Louisville, Kentucky, carjackings have increased 185 percent,” said Grassley.
Amidst the recent data presented in his floor address, Grassley has requested a briefing from the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland security on the latest “organized retail crime groups.”
Calling for immediate action from the judiciary committee, Grassley urged his colleagues to establish a full committee hearing to address the spikes in violence and challenges law enforcement is currently facing.