One Year After The Death Of George Floyd, America Is Less Safe

It was this time last year that George Floyd was killed by Officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Chauvin has since been found guilty of second- and third-degree murder, as well as second-degree manslaughter.

Mass protests and riots led by Black Lives Matter ensued, plunging the nation into mayhem.

Whole city blocks were taken over in Seattle, Portland riots continue to this day, and violence erupted at the very gates of the White House.

So, one year later, is the country better off?

According to the statistics, the country is not only not better off but actually far more dangerous than before the Black Lives Matter protests. And it isn’t even close.

Take Minneapolis, for starters. The city where the riots began has seen a massive and unprecedented spike in crime.

Writing for the Wall Street Journal, Heather McDonald wrote, “Nineteen children in Minneapolis have been shot this year, an increase of 171% over the same period in 2020…

Minneapolis homicides between Jan. 1 and last week were up 108% compared with the same period in 2020; shootings were up 153%, and carjackings 222%”

When you defund the police and push out cops from the force, it should come as no surprise that crime has risen dramatically across the country, including in the nation’s largest city.

Reporting on the situation in New York City, the New York Post stated, “Comparing the week ending May 23 to the same week in 2020 (right before the BLM/Floyd effect), gun arrests dropped 24%. Not surprisingly, shootings skyrocketed by 72%. The number of gunshot victims rose by 92.6%.

In terms of the major crime categories, robberies were up 44.4%, felony assaults rose 35.3%, murder was up 28.6% grand larcenies were up 41.8%, and the number of stolen vehicles skyrocketed 49%.

Nearly every day, we hear about heinous crimes committed on NYC’s subways, with the number of crimes in the transit system up 162% relative to the final week before the BLM riots last year.”

And what about nationwide? Well, the crime statistics aren’t much better.

Heather McDonald wrote, “Homicides rose 50% in Chicago in 2020, 46% in New York City, and 38% in Los Angeles. The U.S. saw the largest annual percentage increase in homicides in recorded history in 2020. That increase has continued in 2021. The number of shooting victims in Chicago was up 43% in the first three months of 2021 compared with the same period in 2020. Through May 16, the number of shooting victims in New York City is up 78.6% over a year ago. In the Bronx, the number is up 165.7%.”

Many of the victims of these crimes are black people. Black businesses were burned to the ground, and there appears to be no slowdown in the crime wave anytime soon.

It appears that only certain black lives matter to Black Lives Matter.

The country is living through perilous times. This is the most divided the country has been since the 1960s, and you can thank Black Lives Matter and the rest of the mob for this.

These are troubled times indeed.

Ryan James