Sheriff blames ‘defund the police’ movement as murders soar nearly 200% in Los Angeles County

Statistics show murders in Los Angeles County have risen nearly 200% this year, which one official blames on the “defund the police” movement.

“It’s very easy to say, ‘Oh yeah, all cops are bad,’ and ‘Let’s reform and defund the police,'” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said. “Yet, they’re the very first ones to pick up the 911 when someone’s crawling over their back gate trying to get into their house.”

There were 60 murders in Los Angeles County by Feb. 28, a 186% rise over the 21 recorded during the same period of 2020.

Villanueva said the spike
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