A new study has revealed that Black Lives Matter-led efforts to “defund the police” have triggered a sharp increase in the number of people dying as victims of crime.
In the wake of the violent BLM riots of 2020, statistics show a reduction in the number of people shot by police.
The “Defund the Police” movement was a key component of the BLM agenda and resulted in departments in cities across America having their budgets slashed.
The slashed budgets and anti-cop sentiments have resulted in far fewer police officers on America’s streets.
As a result, fewer police responding to crimes means fewer people have been shot by cops.
BLM started about 10 years ago, and since that time, about 200 fewer people have been killed by police.
While BLM will claim to have saved 200 lives, the only question is “Have fewer people died in police custody or pursuits?”
What have the knock-on effects been in reducing police activity?
After all, the reduction in police shootings is almost entirely due to the reduction in policing.
Contrary to the absurd claims of the most radical activists, police don’t go out hunting for people to shoot every day – people, including cops, are shot during dangerous interactions.
Since BLM gained global momentum after the George Floyd riots of 2020, crime rates have changed quite dramatically.
As policing activity has dropped, crime rates have skyrocketed, particularly murders.
The findings of the event study suggest that the BLM riots led police departments to pull back from interactions with the public.
The shift has led to increased crime and decreased police killings.
Specifically, over the five years after local BLM protests, property crime arrests decreased by approximately 12%, while reported murders increased by roughly 11.5%, which is over 3,000 additional homicides.
Moreover, the property crime clearance rate experienced a sharp decline of around 8%.
These statistics are not only alarming but also offer compelling evidence of a substantial decrease in police activity.
In other words, leaving aside the huge drop in quality of life for everybody, the number of people killed has increased dramatically.
For every life “saved,” 15 people died who would not have if BLM hadn’t destroyed our policing system.
However, almost all of the people “saved” by BLM were criminals who were engaging in life-threatening crimes.
That’s quite an exchange rate.
For every life saved by reducing policing, 15 extra people were murdered by a non-police criminal.
Most of these people were not engaged in activity that was threatening the lives of others.