Vice President Joe Biden said the following this week in Flint Michigan:
“In 2008, when Flint had 265 sworn officers on their police force, there were 35 murders and 91 rapes in this city,” the vice president said. “In 2010, when Flint had only 144 police officers, the murder rate climbed to 65 and rapes–just to pick two categories–climbed to 229. In 2011, you now only have 125 shields. God only knows what the numbers will be this year for Flint if we don’t rectify it.”
Seems to me, right before the 2010 elections didn’t the Democraticly-controlled House & Senate pass a bill that the President signed to ensure that 319,000 teachers, nurses, and first-responders would be able to stay on the job?
Apparently the last bill, approved in August, did nothing for the Flint, Michigan police department – why should they believe the next bill will do anything to put more officers on the beat in Flint?
thomas.loc.gov: Bill Summary & Status 111th Congress (2009 – 2010) H.R.1586
senate.gov: Vote Summary H.R. 1586
whitehouse.gov: Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 1586