Sen. Hawley, hiring more cops won’t bring down murder rate without gun restrictions

2020 Kansas City crime by the numbers: Homicides, traffic fatalities, 911 calls Each year, the Kansas City Police Department publishes a report that includes the year’s crime statistics. Here are some key figures from the 2020 report. By Monty Davis captions and subtitles off, selected Each year, the Kansas City Police Department publishes a report that includes the year’s crime statistics. Here are some key figures from the 2020 report. By Monty Davis Washington has finally noticed the violent crime crisis in Missouri. On Wednesday, Sen. Josh Hawley ripped a page from the Bill Clinton playbook by offering a plan to hire 100,000 new police officers, using federal funds. The junior senator — whose lust for lapdog Fox News interviews is unquenchable — said the additional officers would slow down a growing violent crime wave. “Our families need protection,” Hawley tweeted . “Our cops need support. We should raise officers’ pay and put 100,000 new cops on the beat.” All Kansas Citians want and need safe streets. But simply adding more police — while leaving the gun trade untouched, as Hawley and other Republicans do — won’t ever accomplish that goal. “There’s not one answer,” President Joe Biden said Wednesday, as he announced a series of steps to curb violent crime, including tougher gun rules. He’s right. Let’s look at some facts. Between 1993 and 2000, Washington spent about $7 billion on Clinton’s community-oriented policing hiring program, or COPS. The spending added about 88,000 officers to local police departments […]

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