Portland Hit with 2,000% Increase in Murder Rate After Defunding the Police

Well, if anything shows how stupid the defund the police movement is, Portland is proof because after the city cut police spending, it saw a 2,000 percent increase in murders!

Come on, now. What could be a more clear-cut case for telling Black Lives Matter to take a hike, huh?

Crime in Portland rose so fast after the police department was gutted that now, less than six months later, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is asking for an additional $2 million in emergency funding to re-staff the police.

By the numbers, by this time of the year in 2020, Portland had only one murder. This year, they already have 20. And they have 208 shootings compared to less than 100 in 2020.

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Per the Washington Examiner:

Wheeler backed the Portland City Council’s decision to cut $15 million from the police budget last June, which included disbanding police units that investigate gun violence. Predictably, that move backfired in a city that saw 100 consecutive days of violent rioting last year.

Riots are back once again in the city, thanks to Wheeler’s spinelessness. Rioters have once again targeted a federal courthouse in the city, a reprise of the violent storming of the courthouse last July. In June, it was reported that the city lost around $24 million due to the riots. Damage to federal buildings totals roughly $2.3 million.

Liberals will likely try to throw up a smoke screen and say the huge surge in crime is because of “gunzzzz.”

But that is nonsense. After all, there has been no change in Portland whatever in the availability of guns, or in gun policy from 2020 to today. The only change in Portland has been the gutting of the police force.

You do the math.

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Warner Todd Huston has been writing editorials and news since 2001 but started his writing career penning articles about U.S. history back in the early 1990s. Huston has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and several local Chicago News programs to discuss the issues of the day. Additionally, he is a regular guest on radio programs from coast to coast. Huston has also been a Breitbart News contributor since 2009. Warner works out of the Chicago area, a place he calls a "target rich environment" for political news.
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