New York City (NYC) business owners are calling on the city’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, to refund the police, claiming gangs have taken over the city. Ever since de Blasio joined the leftist mob calling for police to be defunded, the city as seen a 79% increase in murders and 127% increase in shooting over last year. READ: New York City will take $1 billion from police budget, but many say it doesn’t go far enough
The recent call was sparked by a machete fight between members of two gangs on Sunday afternoon inside a small NYC bodega specializing in Caribbean and Latin America foods.
The Daily Mail writes:
The wild fight occurred Sunday afternoon in The Bronx, with two men running into the store to escape a group of attackers who were trailing close behind.
‘We are small businesses that are trying to invest our money in this city, and as you can see the gangs have taken over,‘ the association’s spokesperson, Fernando Mateo, told The New York Post. […]
‘Mayor de Blasio must refund the police,‘ Matteo stated.
The New York Post notes that the owner of the Bodega where the battle took place has since fled the city with his family.
Again this represents how out of touch the leaders of the Black Lives Matter organization are with the people they claim to represent, as most of the owners of these bodegas would be black or other minorities.
But this shouldn’t surprise us because the calls to defund the police is driven largely by left-wing politics. Read the introduction to a petition calling for the NYPD to be defunded:
New York City Democratic Socialists of America (NYC-DSA) supports the people’s demand to defund the police and abolish the prison industrial complex.
NYC-DSA is a local branch of the National DSA. We are the largest socialist organization in the United States. DSA members are building the mass, multi-racial democratic socialist movement we need right now.
And then there is this statement by Democrat House Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who has strong left-wing leanings. READ: AOC says proposed $1B budget cut to NYPD isn’t enough: ‘Defunding police means defunding police’