Ucreview – Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser deserves recognition for her efforts to reverse criminal justice reforms that she previously supported.
Unfortunately, the opportunity to prevent their occurrence was missed by President Joe Biden.
In 2020, following the George Floyd protests, Bowser took action by signing a comprehensive set of temporary laws that aimed to limit police use of force, decrease union representation in disciplinary hearings, and require anti-racism and anti-white-supremacy training, among other measures.
The year 2022 saw the radical City Council passing a permanent version, which Bowser criticized but refrained from vetoing.
The US House and Senate came together in a bipartisan effort to override the decision (Congress has the authority to do so for all DC statutes). However, Biden chose not to comply, as he was still trying to appeal to the left on crime.
Due to the rising crime rates across the nation, he finally consented to go against yet another extreme DC “reform” this year. The pressure from the voters and their uproar on the matter led him to take this decision.
Violent crime in DC has become a significant concern, with a 33% increase in homicides and a staggering 70% rise in robberies compared to the previous year. Overall violent crime has also increased by 41%. Additionally, the city is grappling with shoplifting rings and open-air drug markets, adding to the growing list of issues that need to be addressed.
The police force in the city is currently experiencing a significant drop in morale.
Bowser believes that the 2022 law, which was intended to make communities safer, has actually had the opposite effect. She argues that local criminals now feel emboldened and believe that they can commit crimes without consequence. As a result, she is calling for the law to be repealed.
Let’s hope that the progressive leaders in DC exhibit more wisdom than their counterparts in the New York Legislature, for the benefit of the law-abiding citizens in the nation’s capital.
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