In major city mayoral elections, it seems important to get enough votes to win.
Town after town, Democrats who previously heeded Black Lives Matter’s calls to “defeat the police” by slashing law enforcement budgets or redistributing police money for other purposes are now emphasizing the fight against crime when as election day approaches, the Washington Post reported on Saturday.
“Mayors aren’t stupid, and they understand the whole city will be at risk if taxpaying residents of their city begin to leave their city, as they did in the 1970s,” said Ned Hill, an Ohio state professor of urban policy Newspaper.
“Mayors are not stupid and they understand that the whole city will be at risk if, as in the 1970s, taxpayers move out of their city.”
Debates on combating lawlessness are also taking place in cities without competitive elections, the report said.
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Democrats in cities like New York City, Buffalo, Cleveland, and Seattle may be simply reacting to the data, according to the post, which cited last week’s Pew Research Center poll that found 47% of Americans spend more money on police wish no less.
That number was up from 31% last June due to protests against racial justice, the Post reported.
In U.S. cities, the number of killings rose 30% in 2020 – the largest increase in a year since the federal government began tracking the information in the 1960s, the newspaper reported.
Perhaps New York City Democratic mayoral candidate Eric Adams is a reflection of the mood shift, a former NYPD captain, while GOP candidate Curtis Sliwa is a longtime anti-crime civic activist.
Even progressives are making adjustments, the post said.
In Buffalo, left-wing mayoral candidate India Walton – a community activist supported by US MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y. – has. – Now emphasizes better police accountability and a better role for mental health professionals in reducing crime, rather than their previous demands for police pay and obscene yelling during protests against the police, the Post reported.
Even so, in a recent poll, Walton is 17 points behind Byron Brown, incumbent Democratic mayor of Bufffalo, despite defeating Brown in a June primary. Brown is now trying to keep his post as a write-in candidate.
“Mayoral candidates are forced to react to the realities on the ground,” Bruce Katz, director of the Nowak Metro Finance Lab at Drexel University, told the Post.
“Mayoral candidates are forced to react to the realities on the ground.”
In Portland, Oregon, where riot raged for more than 100 days and nights last year, even Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler – who was re-elected last year – changed his mind on some law enforcement issues.
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In September, Wheeler admitted that taking a “hands off” approach to policing a clash of opposing protesters in August was “not the right strategy,” Fox News previously reported.
But the low police morale resulting from the Defund the Police movement over the past year has been blamed for Portland’s struggle to recruit officials for its resuscitated gun violence unit.
Last week, Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell emphasized the importance of occupying the unit after 19 shootings occurred in the city within 54 hours.