September 21, 2020, the Department of Justice issued a scathing statement which reviews the terrible job done by Mayors in three major US cities: New York City, Portland, OR, and Seattle, WA. Violence has been ongoing for months in those three cities, violence and murder are on the rise, and Mayors Durkan, Wheeler, and deBlasio have been negligent in their duty to uphold order and safety for their constituents. The formal statement is the DOJ’s initial response to the President’s memorandum directing a review of “Funding to State and Local Government Recipients That Are Permitting Anarchy, Violence, and Destruction in American Cities.”
The DOJ details egregious behavior on the part of those three cities including significant increases in crime rates and homicide rates compared to 2019. (New York City shootings increased by 177%, shootings in Portland increase 140%, and Seattle Capital Hill District [CHOP/CHAZ] person-related crime increase by 525%.)
The release by the DOJ is a strong condemnation of those jurisdictions around the nation who are not supporting adequate and effective law enforcement and not backing the work of law enforcement officers. The report also identifies negligence on the part of cities’ leaders for defunding police departments and removing or barring law enforcement from defending the citizens they are sworn to protect. Read the full report here.
The report also implies that this is the initial response to the President’s memorandum, with investigation of more cities to follow: “The Department of Justice is continuing to work to identify jurisdictions…”