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The White House blames the “underfunding of some police departments” for the increase in violent crime


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White House Press secretary Jen Psaki blamed the “lack of funds” of some police forces for the increase in crime taking over the United States.

During Monday’s White House press conference, Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked Psaki what the Biden administration thinks is fueling the surge in crime that has caught Americans by surprise.

Psaki pointed to “gun violence” as a “big reason” for the rise in crime, as well as the “underfunding of some police departments and their need for additional resources.”

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The press secretary said that President Biden has “advocated” for additional resources for the police “consistently” throughout his multi-decade political career and it is something the White House knows “we must take action on.”

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a press conference at the White House in Washington, DC on January 5, 2022.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a press conference at the White House in Washington, DC on January 5, 2022.
(REUTERS/Kevin Lamarques)

“And it is absolutely true that he will not be satisfied or pleased when officers are shot and killed or when Americans have to worry about whether they can ride the subway or bus safely,” Psaki said, again pointing to pressure from Biden to fund the police in his political career. “That shouldn’t be a political issue.”

Noting that the national murder rate is about to hit its highest level in 25 years, Doocy asked why Americans aren’t “seeing or hearing more” from Biden on the issue, to which Psaki said Biden “has talked to the crime”.

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“But I think what people are focused on the most, as it should be, is the actions that he has taken,” Psaki responded, pointing to several areas where the president has addressed police resources.

The White House press secretary said that Biden has

The White House press secretary said Biden has “advocated” for additional resources for the police “consistently” throughout his political career.
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Several police departments across the United States saw their funding cut as the far-left “defund the police” movement gained traction, following the 2020 killing of George Floyd.

Many prominent Democrats, including Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, were vocal supporters of the movement, pushing the idea on social media amid the protests.

Jason Rivera was killed in the line of duty in New York City last week.

Jason Rivera was killed in the line of duty in New York City last week.
(NYPD)

The line of tough questions comes after a bloody weekend in which multiple police officers across the country were shot, even Jason Rivera, 22-year-old NYPD officer, who was killed while responding to a domestic dispute call.

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The Black Lives Matter chapter in Washington, DC, recently expressed outrage that police officers who are shot in the line of duty are automatically treated as “heroes” after an officer was shot and wounded Sunday by police. night in northwest DC.

While the scene was still unfolding, Black Lives Matter DC used the opportunity to promote their #StopMPD campaign and warn against the spread of “copaganda.”

“This is the point we’ve been making for months,” the group tweeted Sunday night. “Look at the reaction and coverage tonight. There will be heartbreaking press conferences and hero proclamations coming soon. Imagine if people knew the names of these people. Being black in DC is more dangerous than any job.”

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Jessica Chasmar of Fox News contributed reporting.


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