Jason Chaffetz: Democrats' crime surge is real, scary and bringing chaos, not safety, to cities across US

The crime spike is real. Democrats don’t want to talk about it. But we’re seeing consistent data out of blue cities where Black Lives Matter protesters are getting the criminal justice reforms they demanded. They don’t work.

The progressive agenda includes aggressive bail reform policies, the election/appointment of lenient prosecutors, the reclassification of felonies to misdemeanor crimes, and the establishment of sanctuary cities where criminals can safely hide out and reoffend with little fear of accountability. 

Whatever the intent, all of these policies are showing the same outcome: more crime.

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Murder rates are up 25% across the board according to FBI data. That’s some 4,000 more murders in 2020 than 2019. That national number masks the more substantial spikes in cities where progressive “criminal justice reforms” are practiced.  

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New York City saw shootings up by 97% in 2020, with homicides up 45%. Chicago, which had already been experiencing a violent crime spike prior to the riots, saw a 55% increase in shootings. It was the same story in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Portland, Minneapolis, Detroit and many other progressive meccas. 

Likewise, the rise of organized retail crime has become so acute in California that major retailers like

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