Dems Begin Rolling Back Crime Reform

( – As the 2024 presidential election draws nearer, more Democratic-run areas are now reversing their light-on-crime policies and shifting toward a tougher stance.

In a move that would’ve been seen by their constituents as too taboo just a few years ago following the death of George Floyd and widespread Black Lives Matter protests and riots, cities and states run by Democrats are now trying to increase police authority and resources. This change of heart comes in response to increased public outrage and concern over spikes in retail theft, carjackings, and murder.

On Wednesday, March 6, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the deployment of the National Guard and state police to patrol New York City subways to mitigate the surge in crime taking place on public transportation. In an MSNBC interview the following day, the governor said she wanted to “demonstrate that Democrats fight crime as well.”

Hochul said she wanted to dispel the narrative that she accused Republicans of peddling which portrays Democrats as “soft on crime.” Surging crime on public transit recently led to the governor’s decision to deploy the National Guard, a decision supported by New York City Mayor Eric Adams.

Both Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, California, are also advancing stricter crime policies, reversing previous reforms, such as cutting police budgets. The reforms are meant to reduce carjackings and murders, authorize drone deployments, expand camera surveillance, and decrease mandated paperwork.

Last October, Democratic Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar had his car stolen by three armed robbers in D.C. And just last month, Mike Gill, an official who worked in the previous administration of former President Donald Trump, was killed in D.C. during a carjacking spree.

Oregon is also rolling back Measure 110, which passed in 2020, and decriminalized drugs like heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine. The legislation backfired and made the problem worse, leading the state House and Senate to reinstate penalties for drug possession. Democratic governor of Oregon Tina Kotek agreed to sign it.

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