Crime In Harris County, It's Still The Issue And About Those Enablers
Despite assurances from panicking politicos like County Commissioner Adrian Garcia and County Judge Lina Hidalgo, reports from the non-partisan Crime Stoppers and the FBI confirm what we all know - crime is still a big problem in Harris County.
In the latest available statistics mid-year from Crime Stoppers, lowlights include: gun related offenses up 36% since 2020, homicides up 24% since 2020, aggravated assaults are up 11% since 2020.
The FBI reports as of April 7, 2022, total crimes of 127,517 which is 131.68% above the national average. If we focus on violent crimes, we are 223.95% above the national average, property crimes only 113.4% above the national average.
Applying the data, Harris County has two of the top ten most dangerous cities in Texas - #2 Humble and #4 Houston. The closest major city to Houston in the top ten is Dallas at 10!
So with all the criticism of the pro-crime enabler politicians up for election in November, they have reacted. With an election year conversion by Garcia and Hidalgo, we are seeing them employ the old trick of sleight of hand. Like the misnamed Inflation Reduction Act (which actually has nothing to do with inflation), they have created the Safe Harris initiative and created a website www.safeharris.com.
You need to watch her implosion and wild eyed attack on anyone not buying her BS on the crime issue: www.fox26houston.com/news/houston-harris-county-leaders-dispute-claim-of-adequately-funds-for-law-enforcement
Alexandra Mealer's calm and mature discussion while Lina is losing it is a stunning contrast.
Also take a look at what Lina and Adrian claim is spending for police at their website. A few highlights of spending in their claim are:
- $8.6 million to move jury trials
- $27.1 million for community-based deterrence, mental health, and public health initiatives
- $11 million for community-based violence deterrence programs
- $5 million for Holistic Assistance Response Teams (HART)
- $3 million for nuisance abatement program to clear 1,100+ properties
- $8 million for Early Childhood Impact fund
- $4 million At-Risk Youth Reinvestment Fund for crime prevention
- $1.25 million for after school and summer programming for youth
If we are counting in total - about half of the funds are for social programs or neighborhood infrastructure. All those categories are a mixture of the typical leftist's answer to crime while continuing the overall neglect of our crime fighter team.
Add to the facts is the records of the crime enablers - Hidalgo, Garcia and Rodney Ellis. They originated and created the revolving door bail bond program. They pressured the felony court judges to go along or be removed in primaries. They have squeezed the District Attorney's office resulting in some of the highest caseloads of a major county DA's office. They attempted to cut patrol funds for Constables, now the subject of a complaint about defunding the police with the State of Texas. They attempted the largest jailbreak in U.S. history, seeking to empty the County Jail due to Covid. They failed to plan for additional jail space, fulfilling Hidalgo's pledge back in 2017-18, that there would be no new jail cells on her watch. As a result, the taxpayers are spending $26 million to outsource prisoners to West Texas and Louisiana, with all the complications that creates.
As you our dear reader can see, the crime problem we face starts at the top. The leftist experiment ushered in by Hidalgo, Garcia and Ellis has been a failure and we all are paying the price.
To save Harris County, we must replace Hidalgo with the well-qualified Alexandra del Moral Mealer, and Garcia with the reliable and experienced Jack Morman.