Kudos to Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser for pushing to roll back felony justice reforms she as soon as backed.
Too dangerous President Joe Biden handed on the possibility to dam them.
The background: In the wake of the George Floyd protests in 2020, Bowser the following 12 months signed onto a sweeping non permanent package deal of legal guidelines that restricted police use of drive, diminished union illustration in disciplinary hearings, mandated anti-racism and anti-white-supremacy coaching and extra.
In 2022, the novel City Council handed a everlasting model; Bowser criticized however didn’t veto it.
Then bipartisan majorities within the US House and Senate voted to override (Congress has that proper for all DC statutes) — however Biden refused to go alongside, as he was nonetheless pandering to the left on crime.
This 12 months, he did conform to override another extreme DC “reform” — plainly as a result of hovering crime has voters in an uproar nationwide.
The problem’s massive in DC, too: Homicides are up 33% 12 months over 12 months; robberies, 70% and total violent crime, 41%. The city’s additionally stricken by shoplifting rings and open-air drug markets.
And morale within the metropolis’s police drive has plummeted.
Hence Bowser’s name to repeal the 2022 regulation, which she says was “well-intentioned” however made communities “much less protected,” as native thugs now imagine “you’ll be able to commit a brazen crime and get away with it.”
For the sake of all of the harmless, law-abiding of us within the nation’s capital, let’s hope DC’s progressives present extra sense than those in New York’s Legislature.