In the last two years, the City of Phoenix has experienced a 40% increase in homicides and the number of aggravated assaults jumped from 2,630 in 2018 to over 3,300 in 2020. An 18-year-old was shot dead in his friend’s home last week.
Not to mention the thefts and buglaries plaguing every day Phoenicians who have no recourse for justice.
It’s no secret: the City of Phoenix has a rising crime problem.
And who’s to blame? The anti-public safety messaging being spewed by the progressive Left has significantly contributed to officer shortages and the attempts to defund police departments across the country, including right here in Phoenix.
One of the radical Left’s most vocal allies is none other than Councilmember Carlos Garcia.
Hailing from District 8, Carlos Garcia has led the march to defund the City of Phoenix Police Department and divert resources away from an orgnaization already stretched thin by staffing shortages. The Phoenix Police Department is still short over 500 police officers, despite new hiring efforts. This trend is not sustainable.
However, it’s not hard to imagine why the City of Phoenix is struggling to hire and retain good officers. Why work in a city where councilmembers like Carlos Garcia continue to undermine public safety and bend the knee to radical, “defund the police” activists?
Instead, Garcia and the radical Left’s rhetoric emboldens criminals to continue to wreak havoc on the City of Phoenix and put innocent Phoenecians in danger.
Carlos Garcia’s Plan B for “civilian oversight” of the Phoenix Police Department has done nothing but push a divisive narrative against good men and women in uniform. Transparency and accountability already exists in the Phoenix Police Department, but Carlos Garcia would rather score political points than educate Phoenicians about processes that already exist.
And Carlos Garcia isn’t exact the best spokesperson for transparency after he found his way into the luxury suite at the Suns arena with campaign donors, including a union that illegally donated to Garcia.
While Garcia demands accountability from the Phoenix Police Departmnent, he attempts to escape the consequences in his personal life. In a commonplace traffic stop made by Arizona State University police officers, Garcia refused to sign a citation for not having auto insurance, arguing that the officers did not have jurisdiction – “rules for thee but not for me.”
But not all hope is lost.
On March 14th, the City of Phoenix has the opportunity to choose new, common-sense leadership that will prioritize public safety and ensure that the Phoenix Police Department is fully funded and equipped with the resources it needs to keep Phoenix safe.
The City of Phoenix can’t afford to keep Carlos Garcia around. While he continues to enjoy the luxury suite at the Suns arena on taxpayer dollars, the Phoenix Police Department is being overwhelmed by rising crime and no officers to handle it. Time for a change a leaderhsip.
Reject Carlos Garcia. Choose common-sense.