Jordan on Crime-Ravaged Democrat-Run Cities: He Knows Why
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) told it like it is concerning the reason for the rise of violent crime across Democrat-run Washington, D.C., in the consequential aftermath of nationwide George Floyd-era Black Lives Matter uprisings.
Delivering his opening statement during Thursday’s hearing on “Victims of Violent Crime in the District of Columbia” held by the Subcommittee on Crime and Federal Government Surveillance, which looked at “the lack of prosecutions and prosecutorial accountability,” the House Judiciary Committee chairman pointed to the Defund the Police movement and soft-on-crime DAs.
“Crime is out of control and everybody knows it. More importantly, everybody knows why: When you defund the police and you have prosecutors who go soft on crime, you get more crime. This doesn’t take a genius to figure this out,” Jordan declared.
Declaring that it’s an issue afflicting other liberal jurisdictions, Jordan said: “We’ve done field hearings in New York—field hearings in Chicago. Everybody tells us the same thing. And frankly, when you disparage the good men and women who put on the uniform—risk their lives every day in our streets—you also get a shortage of police officers and more crime. Never forget: Bad guys aren’t stupid; they’re just bad. If they know there are less police on the street to stop them and they’re not going to get prosecuted if they do get caught, they do bad things. That’s what we all got to understand. This is as basic as it gets…”
“We have to begin to say to our law enforcement, ‘Thank you for doing a tough job.’ That’s what’s at stake here.”
Greg Pemberton, Metropolitan Police Department detective and chairman of the D.C. Police Union, said that anti-police legislation, which he said is “designed to hamper and hamstring police officers and make it absolutely difficult to do their jobs,” leads to an understaffed force and low officer morale, among an array of “wide-reaching” effects on the D.C. ecosystem.