If you have felt that some Democrat-run cities this summer have shown themselves to seem to operate completely outside not only the constitutional authority of the United States but reason, logic, and common sense, it appears the DOJ is in agreement.
On Monday, the U.S. Department of Justice declared New York City, Seattle, and Portland, cities that have become ravaged with crime and anarchist violence over the summer, to be ‘anarchist jurisdictions,” The Washington Times reports.
This is the first move on the part of the fed to withdraw funding from these reckless cities and the DOJ said the list of cities will be updated periodically.
This comes after a memo from President Donald Trump earlier this month which had asked the DOJ to determine jurisdictions where the law was being inadequately enforced. Obviously, in the case of Portland, Seattle, and New York City, they chose well. They should have gone all the way and named Chicago and Minneapolis as well.
Trump has been vocally critical of the response on the part of city leadership in these localities throughout violent, criminal rioting following the death of George Floyd in police custody late May.
In a statement, Attorney General William Barr said that the cities “have permitted violence and destruction of property to persist and have refused to undertake reasonable measures to counteract criminal activities.”
“When state and local leaders impede their own law enforcement officers and agencies from doing their jobs, it endangers innocent citizens who deserve to be protected, including those who are trying to peacefully assemble and protest,” he continued.
He added, “We cannot allow federal tax dollars to be wasted when the safety of the citizenry hangs in the balance. It is my hope that the cities identified by the Department of Justice today will reverse course and become serious about performing the basic function of government and start protecting their own citizens.”
Earlier this month, naturally, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo slammed Trump’s memo.
“I believe the President is fundamentally a bully, which I’ve said too many times, and I’ve known him very well for a very long period of time. It doesn’t work in New York because you can’t bully New Yorkers. We just don’t get bullied,” he complained. In fact you can bully New Yorkers. Sure you can ever since Rudy Giuliani left the Mayors’s office and former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton left. Just ask Black Lives Matter and Antifa. They bully with impunity.
“Bully.” This is what he says to an executive who is rightfully calling out the terrible management of his state.
Tell that to the families of the victims of New York City’s sharply increased murder rate, Mr. Cuomo.