While Democrats are calling to defund and disband police departments, violence is escalating in cities across the country.
With protests continuing throughout the country, shootings were on the rise over the Independence Day holiday weekend.
In Atlanta, Georgia, an 8-year-old little girl identified as Secoriea Turner was fatally shot over the weekend.
Her parents gave an emotional plea at a news conference.
— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) July 5, 2020
Father of 8 year old girl killed in shooting: “They say ‘Black Lives Matter’… you killed your own..”
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) July 6, 2020
Turner’s shooting death occurred near the site of the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks at a Wendy’s restaurant last month by a police officer.
During a press conference, Atlanta Democrat Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said, “Enough is enough… you shot and killed a baby.”
Atlanta Mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, says "Enough is enough… you shot and killed a baby." during a press conference today addressing the shooting death of an 8-year-old girl last night in southeast Atlanta. @11AliveNews pic.twitter.com/zFmPfCV30g
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) July 6, 2020
In Portland, Oregon, protests turned violent with demonstrators launching fireworks and clashing with police officers.
The Oregonian reports:
Police twice declared a riot on Saturday, once at 4 a.m. and another later just after 11 p.m. In both cases, police said protesters launched fireworks at buildings including the Justice Center and the nearby Federal Courthouse.
In New York City, shootings are up at an alarming rate.
The New York Post reports:
The 4th of July weekend bloodshed in New York City continued Sunday night as at least seven people were shot, five fatally, in a span of about three hours, police said.
OUT OF CONTROL NYC VIOLENCE: There were around 35 shootings between the 4th of July and 7:00PM Sunday, injuring more than 45 people, according to the NYPD. Shootings exploded in NYC days after @NYCMayor disbanded all NYPD anti-crime cops. #AbolishPolice
— NYC Scanner (@NYScanner) July 5, 2020
Under New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, the city recently defunded $1 billion from the police department budget.
de Blasio backed the decision saying, “We think it’s the right thing to do.”
“We are reducing the size of our police force by not having the next recruit class. We are reducing our overtime levels. We’re shifting functions away from police to civilian agencies,” de Blasio said.
“We think it’s the right thing to do. It will take work. It will take effort and we’re going to be reforming that work in the meantime,” he added.
Meanwhile, shootings in New York City for the month of June versus a year ago are up 130 percent.
In Chicago, Illinois, the numbers are staggering with 87 people recently shot including children.
ABC Eyewitness News in Chicago reports:
From Thursday at 6 p.m. through Sunday night, 87 people were shot in Chicago. Seventeen of the victims have died, including 7-year-old Natalie Wallace who was fatally shot in Austin Saturday night.
Chicago’s WGN-TV reports:
President Trump criticized the spike in crime in major cities and offered assistance from the federal government on social media.
Chicago and New York City crime numbers are way up. 67 people shot in Chicago, 13 killed. Shootings up significantly in NYC where people are demanding that @NYGovCuomo & @NYCMayor act now. Federal Government ready, willing and able to help, if asked!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2020
New York City and Chicago play the Sanctuary City card, where criminals are protected. Perhaps they will have to start changing their ways (and thinking!).
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 6, 2020
As violence continues to spike across the country in big cities, Democrats are demanding the defunding of police department budgets.
Defunding the police emboldens criminals to commit more crimes and will make city streets much more dangerous putting innocent lives in jeopardy.
It’s outrageous Black Lives Matter remains silent about black on black crime that is killing children.