Liberal Prosecutors Fueled Violent Crime Spike In 2022

Some of the U.S.’s largest cities reeled under a violent crime wave last year, and critics charge that the spike is at least partially due to the actions — or inactions — of liberal prosecutors.

Heritage Foundation Senior Legal Fellow Cully Stimson directs the blame for crime exploding at George Soros-inspired and in many cases supported prosecutors. This phenomenon marched hand-in-hand with defunding police movements and loss of morale among law enforcement.

For his part, Soros denied that policies pursued by progressives he funded were the cause for the nationwide crime wave. The notorious liberal promised that he had “no intention” of backing off continued support for these so-called progressives.

New York City, while seeing a small decrease in its murder rate through Christmas 2022, saw jumps in felony assaults, robberies, burglary, grand larceny, and other violent crimes.

Legal observers note the nation’s largest city saw a drop in arrests even as crime soared last year. Besides being encumbered by prosecutors who pledge not to uphold certain laws, the city is also beset with ill-conceived statutes such as the “diaphragm law.”

This holds law enforcement officers criminally liable for a suspect’s breathing if they compress the diaphragm. Police countered that the legislation is impossibly vague, and is it any wonder that officers may be reluctant to engage with violent suspects knowing their hands are tied?

Soros defended his controversial followers in prosecutor’s offices by claiming that “research” showed “no connection between the election of reform-minded prosecutors and local crime rates.”

He even went so far as to assert that his many millions poured into the coffers of elected officials such as New York City District Attorney Alvin Bragg and Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon supported “popular” and “effective” leaders.

Bragg’s office one year ago announced that it will treat armed robberies without a seriously injured victim as misdemeanors. Few crimes other than murder would result in the DA’s office pursuing prison time.

In other words, criminals are empowered while victims are devalued.

Chicago is dealing with a surge in murders since Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx was elected in 2016. Former members of her office accuse Foxx’s administration of being “more concerned with political narratives and agendas than with victims and…violent crime.”

There is absolutely a cause-and-effect relationship between electing prosecutors who coddle criminals and the nation’s largest cities experiencing a crime wave. Even the most liberal observer should make the obvious connection.