One Year Ago: George Floyd Dies, Leftists React, Deadly Crime Surge Follows

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Surge Summary: Progressives’ responses to the tragic death of George Floyd one year ago have fueled a murderous increase in crime across the nation – especially among the very African-American demographic they claim to want to help. Decent Americans ought to be outraged.

by Gary Bauer

One Year Later

[Tuesday] marks the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death, a horrific tragedy that triggered weeks of violent rioting and launched various social justice movements, some good, some bad.

While the debate over policing techniques has yielded some reforms, violent crime has surged.  In Minneapolis, murders have doubled, and carjackings are up 222%.  Now the left-wing mayor of Minneapolis admits that “defunding the police” was a disaster.

Unfortunately, the left’s insanity wasn’t isolated to Minneapolis.  Other so-called “progressive” cities attacked their police departments with predictable results.  As Heather Mac Donald notes:

“The U.S. saw the largest annual percentage increase in homicides in recorded history in 2020. That increase has continued in 2021. . . Through May 16, the number of shooting victims in New York City is up 78.6% over a year ago. In the Bronx, the number is up 165.7%.”

Is this to be George Floyd’s legacy – even more needless death and destruction?

If Black Lives Matter – and they do – why isn’t Joe Biden lowering the White House flag for the 55 people shot and 12 killed in Chicago this past weekend?

The fact of the matter is that the police are not the enemy.  Criminals are.  We need police to maintain law and order, to keep our streets safe and, yes, to save black lives.

But the radical left doesn’t see it that way.  The Marxist co-founder of the Black Lives Matter organization said that she has “always wanted to fight the police,” whom she described as “terrorists.”

Corporations giving money to her organization should be ashamed.

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Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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