When Democrats began opening up jails, defunding the police, and letting criminals skate by without bail, Republicans warned the consequences would be disastrous. Democratic leaders were told these policies would lead to senseless injuries and deaths. Though they didn’t listen.
Now, the warnings of Republicans are playing out in blue cities across the United States. New York City is one prime example of this.
When Mayor Eric Adams (D) got into office, he did so after promising voters he’d bring an end to crime. Initially, Adams was even openly critical of measures to defund the police.
Since getting into office, New York City’s crime rates have surged on Adams’ watch. In his recent budget, he also cut funding for police.
Now, a longtime member of the New York Fire Department has been brutally murdered.
Another Senseless Tragedy
This past Thursday, Lt. Alison Russo-Elling, a veteran firefighter, was working near her station when 34-year-old Peter Zisopoulous randomly stabbed her to death. This attack happened randomly and without reason.
Russo-Elling has no known history with Zisopoulous, nor was there any sort of confrontation between the pair before the stabbing. The 34-year-old’s motivations for the murder remain unknown. However, he has been arrested and charged accordingly.
Today 25 year veteran EMS Lt. Alison Russo-Elling was Murdered in the Line of Duty while attending to a patient.
The UFA and all members of the FDNY are Enraged at the senseless killing and ever increasing violence in our city.
It has to stop. pic.twitter.com/ngMxdUmOct
— FDNY UFA (@UFANYC) September 30, 2022
The Fire Department of New York has expressed its hurt and outrage over the killing of Russo-Elling. Her murder also shines a light on the uptick of violence happening in New York City.
Just earlier in September, yet another random attack happened. This time, it involved a man simply sitting down and eating before a stranger randomly struck him in the face with a chair, stole his phone, and then fled on foot.
Other Priorities For Mayor Adams
Unfortunately, the New York City mayor has completely distanced himself from his previous promises to end crime in the community.
Instead, Adams is talking about sending people into Texas to campaign against the GOP governor seeking reelection there. In the days leading up to Russo-Elling’s murder, the Democratic mayor was speaking about how Kansas, unlike New York, lacks a “brand.”
NYC Mayor Eric Adams: "We have a brand, New York has a brand. When people see it, means something. Kansas doesn't have a brand, but New York has a brand."
New York has a crime brand. pic.twitter.com/84rRoB139N
— Real Mac Report (@RealMacReport) September 27, 2022
If things continue as they have been in New York City, more people are going to lose their lives. Criminals will also feel more empowered to wreak havoc as they see others doing this.
Had Adams followed through on his commitment to lower crime in New York City, Russo-Elling would likely be alive today.