Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., told “The Faulkner Focus” on Thursday that the surge in violent crime is “devastating” and that it’s “expected” when there are growing calls to defund the police.
“You cannot make police officers the antagonist in the story. No one wants that,” Scott told Fox News host Harris Faulkner.
Scott made the comments after Attorney General Merrick Garland unveiled a plan to give federal help to cities around the nation in an effort to reduce violent crime. The announcement comes one year after the murder of George Floyd, which sparked new riots and violent protests.
“I think the Democrats, literally led by the liberal elite, have made a bad calculation and it’s costing lives,” Scott said. “We’re seeing that in Los Angeles. We’re seeing in Minneapolis, we’re seeing that in Detroit. We’re seeing in the D.C. Baltimore, violent crime is significantly higher and murders, Harris, murders are through the roof.”
The South Carolina senator added when Americans “demonize officers, take away the resources,”they can’t expect police to do their job that “desperately” needs to be done.
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A Fox News Poll demonstrates 73% of voters believe there is more crime in the nation than a year ago, and 54% say there is more crime in their own local area. Some strategists warned the crime spike could be “bad political news” for Democrats.
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