Mac Donald: Cities on path to ‘anarchy’ amid ‘slow-motion riot’, and refunding police won’t save you

Manhattan Institute scholar Heather Mac Donald warned on Tuesday that simmering riots and unrest in American cities is creating an irreversible trend toward anarchy, and resolving to pour more resources into police departments after a push to defund them isn’t going to matter.

That’s because, according to the “War on Cops” author, local prosecutors in many of these cities are left-wing activists whose ‘criminal reforms’ include refusals to prosecute a growing list of crimes under the guise that they disproportionately affect persons of color.

Also, in an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, Mac Donald said Democrat calls to defund police combined with some party members’ constant denigrating of law enforcement is creating malaise among sworn officers and is emboldening criminal behavior, leading to current crime spikes.

To begin the segment, Ingraham showed a surveillance video clip of what looks like a young man sneaking up behind an older man in New York City and throwing something on him that turned out to be scalding hot liquid, giving the man who was attacked substantial burn injuries as the attacker laughed.

She also noted that in Oakland, video showed a thief smashing a vehicle window and robbing the driver who was stuck in traffic, while in Washington, D.C., reports noted on Monday that three teenage girls were arrested after allegedly stunning a driver with a taser and attempting to steal his car in Navy Yard.

All three are examples of “light-touch policing,” Ingraham said, going on to accuse President Joe Biden of “letting the agitators drive the conversation” and predicting if it continues, then last summer’s rioting following the killing of George Floyd will return.

Bringing on Mac Donald, who predicted many of the scenarios in her book that are currently taking place around the country, Ingraham asked her to explain what she told the host on her podcast earlier in the day when the Manhattan Institute scholar said U.S. cities are already experiencing “slow-motion riots.”

She explained that already, “organized gangs” are engaged in crimes like “mass looting” during brazen daytime robberies, as people are also assaulted openly by thugs who obviously don’t fear any reprisal, “none of which are being acknowledged by the Democratic Party.”

There’s “a breakdown of law and order,” she continued, noting that the national press “is not covering” the trend, all of which contribute to a “slow-motion riot.”

“Anarchy is coming to our cities now,” she added, “thanks to the rhetoric of the Democrats, thanks to the constant impugning of the police by candidate Biden, by President Biden, that is causing them to back off, and criminals and low-lifes now feel emboldened.”

Ingraham then played contrasting clips of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a Democrat, who last July pushed back on then-President Donald Trump’s offer of federal assistance to help stem the tide of rioting and violence, while eagerly accepting Biden’s offer earlier this month.

“Consistency is not the Democrats’ strong point. It’s too late. [President] Biden and [Chicago Mayor] Lori Lightfoot can want to refund the police all they want. They’re not going to be able to do it,” Mac Donald responded.

“We are in a recruiting crisis. People have been leaving—officers have been leaving—in droves. Retirements are up 45 percent, resignations are up 18 percent and police officers are telling everyone they know: Don’t even think of joining this profession.

“Ambush assaults on officers is up 91 pecent this year, officers are cursed at…resisted arrests… every time that they get out of their cars now on a regular basis,” she continued.

“And so the Democrats are furiously backpedaling to trying and present themselves as the pro-police party. It’s not going to work. It’s not going to fool the American public.

“And it’s not going to bring real substance and law and order back to the city unless they start retracting their long history of anti-cop statements,” she added.


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