Empower Wisconsin | Dec. 28, 2020
Milwaukee’s liberal leaders have robbed taxpayers blind for decades. Now they’re pursuing policies that will make a violent city much more dangerous.
The Milwaukee Common Council earlier this month rejected a $10 million federal grant to fund 30 more police positions. Normally, the grant award would have passed unanimously with no controversy.
But 2020 is no normal year.
The defund the police movement has swept through leftist-led cities, at the peril of public safety. Beyond advancing meaningful law enforcement reforms, city leaders, pushed by the radical left Black Lives Matter movement and others, want to take money from police departments — and take law enforcers off the street. They are doing so in a kind of car-on-ice correction to some high profile cases of police-involved shootings of black Americans.
Partial defunding, of course, has worked wonders in cities like Minneapolis, where police, as of Dec. 10, had recorded 532 gunshot victims in 2020, more than double than the same period a year ago, according to AP.
“Carjackings have also spiked to 375 so far this year, up 331% from the same period last year. Violent crimes have topped 5,100, compared with just over 4,000 for the same period in 2019,” the AP reported.
Among the biggest casualties is common sense. Minneapolis city council members this month signed off on an $8 million reduction in police funding. The council only reluctantly pulled back on a proposal that would have cut the city’s authorized police force by 138 positions.
Milwaukee’s heading down the same road. The council’s rejection of the $10 million federal funding will cost it 30 more officer positions, gone through attrition. That’s on top of 130 positions already in the budget.
Meanwhile, Milwaukee has recorded at least 191 homicides for the year, record territory.
The irony is that the defund movement hurts the same people liberals claim they want to help. Fewer cops on the streets makes life a lot harder for residents in low-income parts of cities, many of whom are begging for more police presence and protection from the criminals who are destroying their neighborhoods.
While the defunding movement screams about inequities and racial injustice, families, children, are being robbed of their right to feel safe on city sidewalks and streets by representatives who have abandoned them.
It takes a real tool to hurt the ones they’re supposed to protect.
That’s why the Milwaukee council members who voted to partially defund the city’s police force are collectively Empower Wisconsin’s Tool of the Week.
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