The leaders of Washington, D.C., denied to Lawmakers that the city was experiencing a “crime catastrophe,” despite the fact that crime rates had been on the increase.
At a meeting about the recent increase in violent crimes like carjackings and murders, Chairman James Comer (R-KY) of the House Oversight Committee questioned Democratic D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and Councilman Charles Allen. Although Mendelson and Allen claimed there was no emergency, they did express concern.
Crime problem triggered by “radical left-wing policies,” Yahoo News quotes Comer as saying.
Other House Conservatives were even harsher in their criticism of Washington state’s public institutions.
Representative Gary Palmer (R-AL) recently stated, “Your institutions are awful.” “Not only do your institutions cause students to fail out, but they also lead to incarceration.”
Mendelson, however, remained unconvinced. He claimed that security in the metropolis was improving.
He acknowledged the widespread concern regarding crime but argued that public perception was more significant than hard data. “It’s a problem that so many people in the district don’t feel safe, because people should feel safe. However, there were 45% fewer serious offenses in 2022 than there were in 2012.
The capital city does not have a criminal problem, he added.
The Metropolitan Police Department reports that while crime rates generally decreased between 2021 and 2022, they have increased significantly in 2023.
Statistics indicate that so far this year, murders are up 19%, sex abuse is up 100%, car theft is up 108%, and arson is up 400% from this time last year. The overall crime rate increased by 22%, and property offenses rose by 27%.
Mendelson’s calculations were slightly off. In 2022, the death toll was over 230% higher than in 2012.
According to the results of an inquiry, the Washington attorney general declined to file charges against 66 percent of those who were detained that year. It’s double the amount from 2015.