Losing the victory over crime

Losing the victory over crime

Just In… Missouri Democratic congresswoman Cori Bush drew a lot of attention when she was asked by CBS why she spends freely on private security while trying to defund the police for everybody else. “Suck it up, and defunding the police has to happen,” was the Squad member’s inartful, defiant defense of the protection she, and only she, is deserving of. But an earlier part of her rambling answer was more instructive: “You would rather me die? Is that what you want to see? You want to see me die? You know, because that could be the alternative. So, either I spent $70,000 on private security over the last few months, and I’m here standing now and able to speak … or I could possibly have a death attempt on my life.” That sentiment is why “defund the police” was blamed for losing Democrats support in the last election: Most people believe themselves entitled to some level of security regardless of whether they’re in Congress, especially at a time of rising violent crime. As such, the clip was seen as a gift to Republicans. But elements of the GOP have also been seduced in recent years by the depolicing siren, and the story of how tough-on-crime politics became a victim of its own success is tangled up in an often-bipartisan thirst for cost-cutting and reform. Last year, over 20,000 Americans died violently at the hands of other Americans. That represents a 25% increase in homicides over the previous year […]

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