(TheLastPatriotNews.com) – Left-wing policies directed against the police and in favor of making the committing of crimes “less costly” are among the root causes of a “crime tsunami” gripping major cities throughout the nation, such as Denver, Colorado, according to a report.
While most of the national media spotlight on spiking crime over the past several years has been on cities like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, the rise in the crime in the city of Denver and the state of Colorado has been one of the worst in the US, National Review reported.
Up through last Friday, the Denver police had registered a total of 58 murders so far this year, meaning the city is on pace to break the record of 100 homicides that it saw last year.
With nearly five months of 2022 left to go, this year’s count has already surpassed many recent years – 2017 with 57 homicides, 2016 with 56, 2015 with 52, 2014 with 31, 2013 with 43, and 2012 with 39.
A report by the Common Sense Institute, a non-partisan NPO, revealed last December that Colorado’s car theft rate is the second in the nation after DC. The state has ranked first in bank robberies and porch piracy.
“What [people] really should be thinking about [of Colorado] is a runaway crime tsunami. That’s what we’ve got,” said George Brauchler, a former DA and state prosecutor, commenting on the state’s image as a tourist destination with legalized marijuana.
Even though the state also has a strong “defund the police” movement, and there was a decline in police funding in 2021, in 2022, it reached a record high of $265 million.
“We’ve been investing in those things [such as education, mental health, and housing],” said Mitch Morrissey, a former district attorney of Denver.
Both Brauchler, a Republican, and Morrissey, a Democrat, emphasized that there is a “more direct explanation for the rise in crime” in the state.
Namely, during the past decade, “left-wing leaders in Colorado have intentionally made it less costly to be arrested and accused of committing a crime in the state.”
“What we’re dealing with is the way that repeat offenders in the state of Colorado are being treated. And they’re not being treated like the criminals they are,” Morrissey said.
At the same time, however, the report indicates that the state government has made it “harder and more costly to be a police officer,” resulting in an exodus of police officers.
“You won’t find a metropolitan police department in Colorado that is not down a serious number of officers,” Morrissey explained.