by Bo Banks at bigleaguepolitics.com
Murders reached an all-time high in Washington state in 2022.
This all comes when the Seattle police force is declining, thanks to the city’s push to defund the police back in 2020.
According to a new report from the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC), there were 394 statewide murders in 2022, which is a 16.6% increase from 2021.
From The Post Millennial:
This is the highest number of murders recorded since WASPC began collecting this data in 1980. To put into context, homicides have increased 96 percent since 2019, the year before the war on police began with the Democrat-backed “Defund the Police” movement.
In addition, violent crime increased by 8.9 percent in 2022, robberies increased by 18 percent and vehicle theft increased by 34.1 percent, data shows.
Domestic violence offenses topped the list with 45.9 percent of all crimes against persons, according to the report.
Washington State is currently ranked 51 out of all 50 states and the District of Columbia for the number of officers per thousand residents.
Washington State has been at the forefront of headlines due to its failed leftist policies that seem to only make law-abiding citizens less safe.
For example, Washingtonians are potentially set to reconsider its soft on drugs approach after the state saw nearly 3,000 overdoses in 2022.
Liberal states being overtly soft on drugs has become a progressive staple. Because nothing sells the idea of “progress” and “inclusivity” better than a bunch of overdoses and drugged out residents.
Per the CDC, Washington state has seen drug overdoses soar a near 22% over the last 12-month period ending January 31. And Maine came in second place with 716 overdose deaths.
Big League Politics has reported on this phenomenon in the past, where liberal states like Oregon are seeing “record-high overdoses” due to the decriminalization of hard drugs post-2020.
Regarding crime, assault on police officers increased by 20.7% in 2022 – a 42% increase since 2018 – per The Post Millennial.
“Crime is here to stay, unfortunately… since 2020, we’ve lost 500 cops and counting, and I think that’s a recipe for disaster, which is the impetus in my view of crime sweeping this city,” Mike Solan told The Post Millennial’s Ari Hoffman in January.
Solan also shared in a March 2023 statement that the Seattle police department is struggling since losing nearly 600 offices post-2020.