AOC definitely regrets this.
Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has made a name for herself as the leader of the “defund the police” movement and now her decision to take the lead is coming back to haunt her.
According to Fox, Ocasio-Cortez fought hard to dismantle American police departments especially in her own district. Now as crime runs rampant in the state of New York, residents are fed up big time with a police force that is incapable to getting things under control thanks to the Democrats.
Former Mayor Bill de Blasio attempted to slash the NYPD’s budget by $1 billion in 2020. Ocasio-Cortez doubled down on de Blasio and demanded he cut even more funding by calling it a “disingenuous illusion.”
In 2020, Ocasio-Cortez said, “Defunding police means defunding police. It does not mean budget tricks or funny math. It does not mean moving school police officers from the NYPD budget to the Department of Education’s budget so the exact same police remain in schools.”
Now National Police Association Betsy Brantner Smith has explained the true damage of what AOC and the Democrats have done. Brantner Smith explained, “When you don’t have the funding to put enough people in your detective bureau to investigate and clear those serious crimes like homicide, of course your clearance rate is going to be abysmal. Also, look at programs like community policing: the better relationship you have with your community as a police department the more info you’re going to get out of your citizens when it comes to serious crime.”
She went on to explained that Ocasio-Cortez and the Democrats’ progressive narrative is “terrorizing” minority communities.
Brantner Smith explained, “Her [Ocasio-Cortez’s] safety’s never in jeopardy, but all those crime victims in her district, they have to worry about their safety. If all these defund the police politicians had to walk the same streets as their constituents they would sing a very different tune, but they don’t.”