CBS's Byron Pitts Blames Iraq War for Rise in Violent Crime in the U.S.
I'd bet the “cut” has been much less than 50 percent. And why should local policing be a federal responsibility?
The MRC's Brad Wilmouth corrected the closed-captioning against the video for the relevant portion of the October 16 CBS Evening News story:
Byron Pitts: "....But like so many cities its size, resources are strained. One burden, dollars diverted to Homeland Security. An added burden, the war in Iraq."
Officer Rich Jackson, Minneapolis Police Department: "We have probably 30 to 40 officers that are serving in Iraq right now."
Pitts, riding in a car with Jackson: "Right now?"
Jackson: "Right now."
Pitts: "Have they been replaced with anybody?"
Pitts: "Since 2004, the Feds have cut funding for state and local police departments by nearly 50 percent. So with fewer police officers, more at-risk kids and more gangs go unwatched...."