(CNS News)—House Rep. Alexandria Occasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), a self-described “Democratic socialist,” claims that the “uptick in crime” in New York City is perhaps due to people shoplifting bread to feed themselves or their children.
Ocasio-Cortez is one of the left-wing congresswomen who supports defunding the police.
Commenting on the “uptick in crime” on Twitter over the weekend, AOC said in a video, “Do we think this has to do with the fact that there’s record unemployment in the United States right now? The fact that people are at a level of economic desperation that we have not seen since the Great Recession?”
“Maybe this has to do with the fact that people aren’t paying their rent and are scared to pay their rent and so they go out, and they need to feed their child and they don’t have money,” she said, “so they feel like they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry.”
AOC, who has been championing the defund the police movement, insisted the rise of crime had nothing to do with the NYPD losing funding, reported Fox News. Instead, she likened it to a “crime of necessity.”
Before the NYPD was stripped of valuable funds, AOC said that removing $1 billion from the police budget was not enough. “Defunding police means defunding police. It does not mean budget tricks or funny math… This is not a victory. The fight to defund policing continues.” she said.
AOC claims that a world without police would “look like a suburb.”
The surge in violent crime in NYC comes after left-wing Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) cut $1 billion from the New York Police Department’s budget. Since the cut, there was a 130% increase in the number of shootings in June 2020 compared to June 2019. In addition, murders have increased by 30% and burglaries by 18%, according to NYC.gov.
The money that de Blasio removed from NYPD reportedly will go to youth programs throughout the city, according to his office. A new police station that was to be built in Queens is instead being turned into a community center.
Mayor de Blasio, who has a long history of pro-communist activity, addressed the redistribution of funds when he said, “We need to think differently about how we support young people in this city,” he said. “We’ve made a lot of changes before but we need to go a lot farther.”
“The NYPD is going to refocus on helping young people,” he said, as reported by Fox News. “Our young people need to be reached -- not policed – reached.”
Since the defund the police movement began, there has been a 411% increase in police retirements in New York, reported the NYPD.
Shootings have more than doubled compared to 2019, and the “number of parolees involved in shooting incidents or murders is at a 15-year-high.”
NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said, “The sharp increase in shootings and violence in New York puts innocent people at risk and tears at the fabric of life in our city.”