Mayoral Candidates Turn Backs To Black Lives Matter Movement, Promise ‘Law And Order’
Candidates running in Tuesday’s mayoral elections across the U.S. have promised to “crackdown” on crime in the aftermath of violent crime surges that swept through major American cities.
Candidates, including Democrats, have stepped away from the Black Lives Matter movement’s calls to defund police departments in response to the death of George Floyd, as crime has risen in cities and the public demands for traditional policing strategies, according to the Washington Post.
A Tuesday Pew Research poll revealed that 47% of Americans want to increase funding toward police departments, while 15% want to decrease funds. In response, mayoral candidates have made public safety a major component of their campaigns, the Washington Post reported.
Democratic Miami Beach mayoral candidate Dan Gelber is calling for a ban on the sale of alcohol at bars after 2 a.m. in order to control the surge in gun violence and unruly behavior, according to the outlet. Gelber promised to “crackdown” on crime in the city and show that they are tough on crime.
“My residents are saying ‘we need to crackdown,’ or ‘we need to have zero tolerance,'” he said.