In St. Louis, Mo., the worst-in-country murder rate is at a 50-year high, the police department has nearly 100 unfilled jobs, and the mayor wants to defund the department and shut down a city jail.
St. Louis’ Tishaura Jones, who became the city’s first Black female mayor last month, had campaigned on a promise to enact progressive criminal justice reforms.
The head of the city’s corrections department is also on his way out. Jones announced his resignation last week, saying she hadn’t requested he step down but making clear she wasn’t satisfied with how he ran things.
The homicide rate in Deep Blue St. Louis is 87 per 100,000. How bad is that? Well, second place is Democrat-run Baltimore with 57 per 100,000.
This ridiculously dangerous mayor actually says she does not believe additional police will have any effect on the crime and murder rates.
“More police doesn’t prevent crime,” the 49-year-old, Harvard-educated mayor told the Telegraph last week. “Research done in the police department shows that 50 percent of calls can be answered by someone other than police. So, why not deploy someone other than police, and free up police to do the work that they were trained to do in our academy.”
She’s also closing a prison that holds 600 so the $7 million that saves each year can be spent on “mental health emergency workers and social services.”
St. Louis is already a shithole city, and now it is stone-cold doomed.
Even before this explosion in violence, the murder rate in St. Louis rivaled Latin America.
The idea of sending someone out to a police call other than a trained police officer is pure delusion. What happens when things go sideways? What happens when on the call (where studies show a police officer isn’t needed), it turns into something else, something dangerous and out of control?
What makes police officers effective, outside of their training, is the authority they carry. They carry a badge, gun, uniform, and physical training. Everyone knows a police officer can handle himself. Regardless of the situation, this authority is a game changer, and if instead you send out a mealy-mouthed, soft-bellied social worker in glasses, no good can come from it.
Do Democrats really want to own the cons so badly they’re willing to doom their own city, and by extension their own property values, tax base, and schools?
Are Democrats so twisted and bitter that on the settled-science of how a strong law enforcement presence backed with the support of elected officials can improve everyone’s quality of life, they are rejecting this commons sense, and doing so at the expense of their own safety and the safety of their children?
Are Democrats so warped, they won’t even agree with us on something we’ve all agreed on for decades, something that proved to be effective from the early 1990s straight through to the rise of the terrorist group Black Lives Matter and the insanity of “defund the police?”
It is fascinating to witness. I don’t really care what the people of St. Louis or any Democrat-run city do to destroy themselves. It’s no skin off my nose. I live in Rural MAGA Land where none of this craziness affects anything. Out here, people of all races and creeds live together in relative harmony and safety. There are no racial tensions or riots or looting or any violent crime crises. Life is good.
But still… It really is something to watch as Democrats get exactly what they voted for and then pretend that what they voted for was not an act of urban suicide.