Washington, D.C. has seen a rash of violent crimes lately, and lawmakers are blasting the city’s Democratic mayor along with the mayors of other Democrat-run cities experiencing the same rise in violent crime.
“Democrat-run cities across the country are struggling under the progressive Democrat Defund the Police influence and soft-on-crime policies,” Republican lawmakers wrote in a letter to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. “Unfortunately, this trend is affecting the District of Columbia. Under your leadership, D.C. continues to face violence and destruction. While crime in 2022 surpasses even an abysmal 2021, Republicans on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and House Committee on the Judiciary seek information about the increasingly dangerous state of D.C. and the D.C. government’s failure to quell criminal activity.”
Republicans say they predicted this crime would happen and were ignored.
“For over a year, Republicans have raised concerns about D.C.’s soaring crime and deteriorating conditions,” the letter said. “The D.C. government, however, has ignored all requests for information. It is past time you take action to restore order to the nation’s capital,” wrote the Republican lawmakers.”
Other cities around the country have seen a rise in violent crime as well as viral, horrific crimes, including an acid attack on the face of a young woman in Philadelphia as well as woman shot point blank while pushing a stroller in an affluent New York neighborhood.
“Democrat elected officials’ continuing efforts to push failed policies that keep criminals on the streets shows a total disregard for their constituents’ safety. D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine has advocated ‘restorative justice to become ‘the default way of dealing with juveniles’—even for some of the most serious crimes, like murder.’ Despite serious concerns raised by the D.C. Police Union, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen have pushed anti-police legislation drawn from Defund the Police talking points.”
The Republicans demanded a briefing from Bowser on the issue.
“While finally providing additional funding for police in your 2022 budget, the D.C. Council has allegedly cut millions of dollars of funding for additional police officers in D.C. Meanwhile your office promotes committing millions of dollars to soft and ineffective policies like using ‘violence interrupters’ to mediate hypothetical crimes,” the letter adds. “This weak response will only ensure people visiting, living, or working in D.C. continue to be endangered.”