I predicted that sanctuary cities would become the homes of many of our illegal aliens and that crime would explode in these cities. The lack of cooperation with federal officials in turning over criminals and providing safe havens for them naturally would attract more and more criminals to move into these sanctuaries. Only an idiot would think otherwise but this nation has a lot of liberal misguided idiots.
Each week stories are breaking about how crime is increasing in these cities and overwhelming the police. Chicago is on the same murderous path with over 200 deaths so far. This is only one statistic because it doesn’t include people shot and wounded.
Now the mayor of Baltimore has asked the FBI for help. To quote Mayor Catherine Pugh, “Murder is out of control.” She is correct. The murder rate has shattered a 20 year record and the year is not even over. A new murder record will be established by December 30, 2017.
But wait, wasn’t this the city that prosecuted police officers in the van death of Fred Gray? Yes! Wasn’t this the city where the city prosecutor tried to convict six police officers in his death? Yes! Wasn’t this the city that lost the cases because even a black judge said the cases lacked merit? Yes! Wasn’t this the city where as a result of a lack of support by the city’s administration many of the police officers moved to other communities to serve or retired? Yes!
Chicago, Baltimore and other sanctuary cities are experiencing the same massive crime wave because of the wrong-headed policies of the Democrats. Common sense will tell you “sanctuary” status is a magnet for the criminal element in our nation. They will flood into these urban centers knowing the federal authorities are being defied.
Adding fuel to the sanctuary city fire is a new unclassified FBI report. The FBI Office of Partner Engagement Report declared that police are no longer engaging in proactive policing in these cities.
It all began in 2014 with the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. It became the spark for the liberal leftist social justice movement to “made it socially acceptable to challenge and discredit the actions of law enforcement.”
According to FBI spokesman Matthew Bertron, “Nearly every police official interviewed agreed that for the first time, law enforcement not only felt that their national political leaders [publicly] stood against them, but also that the politicians’ words and actions signified that disrespect to law enforcement was acceptable in the aftermath of the Brown shooting.” The politicians he mentioned were the liberal Democrats, including President Obama, who used every opportunity to criticize, mock and denigrate the police.
The criminal element is concentrating in the sanctuary cities. They have become war zones. Despite the obvious, the Democrats continue to defy the federal government and refuse to cooperate with them. Yet their police forces are being overwhelmed. Police are retiring, moving to jobs in other locales or now being proactive because of what the liberals have spawned. Rather than work with the feds to stamp down on crime, they play opposition politics to the detriment of the poor innocent people who cannot move away from the violence. The innocent non-criminal citizens of these cities don’t matter in their eyes. Politics is what is important.
The only fortunate thing is that the criminals are killing the criminals. As police enforcement declines, crime will continue to become more rampant. Chicago and Baltimore should serve as warnings of what lies ahead. But the warnings will NOT be heeded. Instead, Democratic Party politicians will continue to allow the mayhem to continue to because in their minds it is politically the thing to do.
Eventually, those who can move, including companies, will leave the sanctuary cities for safer areas. This will result in lost revenues and higher taxes to make up the difference. The cities will become poor areas that will deteriorate so much that nobody will want to live there. But you can be sure the politicians will blame others for their misguided and just plain stupid decisions to be “sanctuary” cities. It doesn’t have to be if they come to their senses.