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Crime Skyrockets After San Francisco Defunds Police 

Crime Skyrockets After San Francisco Defunds Police 

Lawmakers in San Francisco and other major cities have reversed course on promises to slash police budgets amid a dramatic increase in crime. 

In 2020, shortly after the death of George Floyd, San Francisco Mayor London Breed was among the first to shift funds from law enforcement towards programs designed to assist Black Americans and drug users in the city. “We will redirect $120 million from law enforcement to support these priorities over the next two years,” said Breed. ”Let me repeat that. This is $120 million.

At the time, local media described her announcement as a “gesture of reparations for decades of city policymaking that have created or exacerbated deep inequities for San Francisco’s African American residents.” 

That same year, three times as many San Francisco residents died from drug overdose than from COVID-19. Nationwide, 2020 marked the largest annual increase in murders on record with a jump of 30%.

By 2021, homicides in San Francisco were up 17% and property crime had increased by 7%. Similar increases were reported in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Oakland as police forces struggled with reduced staff and resources.

In December 20201 amid a surge in open-air drug dealing and car break-ins, Mayor Breed submitted an emergency request to the city to send more money to the police department. She also declared a state of emergency in the Tenderloin neighborhood, which reported a 161% spike in violence from 2020 to 2021.

“I’m proud this city believes in giving people second chances [but] we also need there to be accountability when someone does break the law,” said Breed. “Our compassion cannot be mistaken for weakness or indifference…I was raised by my grandmother to believe in ‘tough love,’ in keeping your house in order, and we need that.”  

The situation in San Francisco was exacerbated by District Attorney Chesa Boudin, who was accused of promoting a culture of lawlessness by failing to prosecute crimes. On average, he charged just 46% of theft arrests and 35% of petty theft arrests. 

Boudin’s relaxed approach to policing emboldened criminals, frustrated civilians, and contributed to decreased morale among police. Voters recalled Boudin in June and replaced him with Brooke Jenkins, who promised to “restore accountability and consequences to our criminal justice system.” 

In the meantime, police departments in San Francisco and other cities continue to struggle with staffing and resources. A total of 50 police officers left the SFPD in August, bringing the total number of vacancies to 300. The department has just 10 recruits, only 8 of which are ready to work in the field. 

In July, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors signed off on a police budget of just $14 million for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. 

Other cities that issued emergency requests for money after ‘defunding the police’ include: New York, Los Angles, Washington DC, and Portland. 


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  1. Arnold

    Nancy’s town

    • Micala

      Yes! Nancy’s town is full of the dumbest people in the World! I used to think some demonwits had smarts, but now looking at how these current day Dems are trying to run their cities, it’s obvious ALL of them have been drinking the Devil’s Brew — spiked kool aid with “dumb bots”!

      This is what Dems do not possess to run any office:
      1). They do not research things BEFORE they make an action.
      2). They are NOT able to see the forest for the trees.
      3). They wear their emotions on their sleeves when making major decisions.
      4). Dems are NOT VISIONARIES so they go forward with actions not realizing the actual damage their actions make — I.e. defunding the police!!

      So you see, the every day dem has lost the ability to process and research the end results of their incredibly ignorant actions! Biden has already proven this over and over, including trying to pay off student loans for people when they do NOT WANT THAT ACTION!! OUR PRESENT DEmOCRAT GOVERNMENT FIGURES ARE DESTROYING WHAT THIS COUNTRY IS ABOUT BECAUSE THEY “JUST ARE NOT SMART PEOPLE”!


      👉 It’s up to each of us to remove the present Cancer growing in D.C.! And that includes George “The Nation Killer” Soros!👈

  2. Myla

    Human nature is not good. Being a good person in society is taught. Often this is not reversible and we need POLICE!

  3. MikefromTexas

    Ya get what ya voted for. To bad, so sad. Shame ya’ll didn’t think before ya voted.

  4. Lyudmila

    “We will redirect $120 million from law enforcement to support helping black Americans and drug addicts in the city. Breed said. “Let me repeat this. This is 120 million dollars. “- By 2021, San Francisco’s homicide rate has risen by 17% – Let me repeat that. It’s up 17% ! ! !

    • frank stetson

      Jacksonville, FL, a city with Republican control, witnessed a violent crime downturn in 2021. In the first half of 2022, they have matched the full year of 2021 murders. Stranger yet, murders are down in 2022 in the worst parts of town, and up in the better side of the tracks. A total of 91% of them involve a firearm.

      In Republican controlled Fort Worth TX, 2021 murders, most by gun, were the highest recorded in 27 years. The last record was scored during the crack epidemic.

      Republican run Oklahoma City is one the top five worst crime cities in Oklahoma, a state with higher crime rates than most to begin with. It is the sixth highest violent crime city in the nation.

      I can go on and on, but hopefully you get the point. Crime rates may be climbing in both Democratic and Republican run cities with and without defunding policies being invoked. Defunding was a brave concept that perhaps should have had some smaller test programs first since it clearly seems not to work given the 180-degree changes in 18 months to re-fund the police in many, if not most, defunded cities. It seems clear that we should of started with a smaller test, but even that is not a guaranteed truth.

      The point is we need to assess what happened, what we learned, and based on that — next steps. We don’t know that yet from San Fran nor all the other cities defunding occurred. Did it work anywhere? Were all the failures for the same reason(s)? Judging results without assessment just brings out the same old arguments without actual basis in what factually happened. IOW, it seems to have failed — why, what, where, and when, and what did we learn, if anything, from the process.