An upcoming documentary produced by media outlet The Daily Caller sheds light on the huge ill effects that the “defund the police” movement has had and is continuing to have on America.
In the documentary, titled “Lawless,” it is revealed that police departments in major cities are suffering from a huge lack of officers. Austin, Texas, for instance, doesn’t have enough officers to be able to handle the major emergencies that sometimes occur in their city, directly due to the defund the police movement.
The documentary takes a hard look at all the effects that “defund the police” and other movements that are against law enforcement have had on the country. All of this began following the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota, back in May of 2020.
Austin was one city that was featured in the “Lawless” documentary. In August 2020, the city council there slashed the budget for its police department by one-third as there was a significant amount of anti-police sentiment in the liberal city.
The city council eventually voted to give the police department back the funding it lost, but the law enforcement agency is still having major issues getting enough staffers on board. The police chief also resigned from his post in August of this year.
By the end of September, it was reported that the city of Austin was experiencing a shortage of full-time staff that totaled 300 officers.
The co-founder of the group Save Austin Now, Matt Mackowiak, commented to The Daily Caller:
“We are not a city that can handle parallel critical incidents. If we get to a situation where we have a serious bank robbery in North Austin, and something happening at [Austin City Limits Music Festival] at the same time, we will not have enough police officers to respond to both incidents.”
That’s a major problem for a booming city like Austin, which has a metro population of 2.23 million people, a major increase from the 1.38 million people who lived in the metro region as of 2010.
With this type of population growth happening, the police department should be adding officers, not reducing its workforce or reducing its budget.
Austin’s police budget cuts came when many progressive Democrats in Congress – including prominent members of the “Squad” in the House of Representatives – pushed for police departments around the country to be defunded and then dismantled. Their idea was to replace traditional police departments with citizens groups.
While this rhetoric was being spread by Democratic politicians such as Representatives Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Cori Bush of Missouri, many police departments have faced major struggles remaining fully staffed.
As Patrick Yoes, the president of the Fraternal Order of Police, said:
“I want to signal a crisis. Our profession is dependent on the best and brightest stepping up and taking this job. And because of the actions, and because of the turmoil that has happened in the last two years, we have a crisis right now in manpower.”