One city that recently slashed the police budget has seen a bloody year so far, including 47 shot just last weekend.
Over the weekend in Chicago 55 people were shot, including 12 killed. One of those victims was a 15-year-old boy who was fatally shot in the head, CBS Chicago reports.
“After every SWAT call-out, officers, supervisors, and SWAT personnel take part in a verbal debriefing to go over the incident, the way in which the situation was resolved, and if there could be any room for improvement for all involved,” Chicago police said on Sunday.
The flurry of weekend shootings comes after Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot passed strict, controversial regulations against police officers and cut the police budget for Chicago, a city known for struggling with violent crime.
Some advocates even pushed for cutting 75% of the police funding in Chicago but thankfully did not win the day. Police advocates say the new regulations, like allowing anonymous complaints against officers, make it impossible for cops to do their job.
“There’s over 2,500 officers who are 50 years old right now with over 20 years of service who can start collecting a pension tomorrow, and I don’t know what to tell ’em to keep ’em here. There’s no reason for them to stay anymore,” wrote Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara. “They have just made policing in this city and state near impossible. … You literally just handed the keys to the criminals.”
Meanwhile, another state with less violence has done the opposite. Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis announced earlier this month that he would “fund the police” and other first responders with $1,000 bonus checks.
“When the Coronavirus came to Florida, our first responders worked overtime to protect our communities and get people the care they so desperately needed,” said Florida Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis. “I say all the time that these men and women work 24/7, 365-days a year to protect our communities – and they performed with honor and distinction during this global pandemic. The bonus checks that Governor DeSantis proposed, and secured from the Legislature, means a lot to these first responders and their families who had to live through this crisis. With his hard work, the Governor has made it very clear that Florida loves and appreciates our first responders, which means a lot to these heroes.”