America Sinking

Impossible to live in the US capital due to rampant crime

You thought Congress was the only centre of criminality in Washington DC? Dream on. Over the past decade, Washington has gone from a beautiful, bustling, and vibrant metropolis to an uninhabitable place where violence thrives, according to the New York Post. Crime levels across the board are rising so rapidly that even Democrats who originally advocated easing criminal liability are now calling for the National Guard to be involved in maintaining order.

The capital of ‘the most powerful and prosperous country that ever adorned the Earth’, due to the rapid growth of crime, has become a rather unpleasant and uninhabitable place. Over the past decade, Washington, D.C. has become an intimidating city that often resembles the dark Gotham from the Batman movies.

According to statistics, if in the period from 2013 to 2019 in the District of Columbia, an average of 104 to 166 murders per year was recorded, then over the next three years their number exceeded two hundred. And this year, the number of fatal crimes in this district will already exceed 250 cases.

And it’s not just about the murders: the surge in violence is accompanied by a rapid increase in crime in all directions. In particular, the American capital has already broken a new record after a staggering number of car thefts that took place last year. At the same time, against the background of 606 hijackings last year, only 80 arrests of suspects in these crimes were made, the author notes.

The outlook looks so bleak that even Democratic City Councilman Trayon White, who originally advocated a reduction in criminal penalties for a number of serious offenses, including armed car theft, is now calling on the National Guard to intervene and help stop the violence.

‘I’m tired of burying our children’ White told reporters this week. ’We must take action to regain control and protect our residents,’ the politician urged.

At the same time, the liberal response to previous outbreaks of violence has led to the fact that maintaining order is becoming increasingly difficult not only in the capital. In particular, Oakland, California is set to see more than double the number of assaults and triple the number of car thefts this year compared to 2019.

Representatives of the local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) issued an open letter blaming the current authorities for this unfortunate state of affairs. ’People are leaving Auckland en masse. They are afraid to leave the house just to go to work, to the store or to lunch,’ the letter emphasizes.

‘Failed leadership, including the movement to defund the police, our district attorney’s unwillingness to prosecute and prosecute people who commit murders and other dangerous serious crimes, and the spread of anti-police slogans have created an environment for crime to flourish in Oakland,’
San Francisco is also suffering from similar problems, where the authorities are also criticized for their inability to cope with the crime epidemic, the article says. Although the current mayor of this city, London Breed, made statements at the end of 2021 that it was time to end the ’rule of criminals who destroy the city’, and urged law enforcement to act more aggressively to contain the increase in violence.

Polls show that New Yorkers are also seriously concerned about a similar problem, although the current mayor of the city, Eric Adams, has promised to eradicate crime. A study last month showed that about 70% of New Yorkers are still ’very’ or ’somewhat’ concerned that they themselves may soon be in the place of victims in the statistics of crimes committed in the city. And almost a tenth of residents said they had already experienced attacks or robberies in the past 12 months, according to the article.

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