Many New Mexico streets are looking more like warzones recently, with the highest violent crime levels ever recorded in Albuquerque and other grim milestones hit across the state. But as of late. The increases in crime follow a national trend after left-wing politicians acted to defund the police and weaken crime laws.
Now, Democrats are reversing their extremist policies amid backlash, including scandal-ridden alleged serial groper Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. She signed a slew of weak-on-crime bills in the recent 2021 Legislative Session, including weaker bail measures and the stripping of qualified immunity protections for law enforcement.
But Lujan Grisham claimed at a presser on Thursday to want to focus on crime during the 2022 Legislative Session, proposing the following:
- Imposing a “rebuttable presumption,” which seeks to ensure that those accused of murder, gun crimes, rape or other sex crimes do not pose a danger to the community before being released pending trial, keeping more violent offenders off New Mexico streets.
- Increasing penalties for second degree murder from 15 years to 18 years and removing the statute of limitations.
- Increasing penalties for gun crimes, including increasing the penalty for unlawful possession of a handgun from misdemeanor to fourth degree felony; creating a crime of “criminal threat” as a fourth degree felony; adding penalty of third degree felony for fleeing law enforcement that results in injury and second degree felony for fleeing that results in great bodily harm; enhancing penalties for brandishing a firearm in the commission of a drug transaction.
The Governor’s executive budget includes a “recommendation for nearly 20% raises for state police officers and the creation of a $100 million fund to be used to recruit, train and hire law enforcement at departments around the state,” according to her news release.
But this comes after Lujan Grisham not only put a target on law enforcers’ backs by removing their qualified immunity, but in 2020, she stood arm and arm with Black Lives Matter radicals who burned down American cities, killed police officers, and support completely or partially “defunding the police.”
But it’s 2022 and Lujan Grisham is up for reelection. One of her greatest weaknesses is crime, according to polling, and her Republican opponent is sure to focus on this issue during the election. Therefore, the Governor is using her rubber-stamp Democrat-dominated legislature as a campaign arm of sorts to boost her image on crime. It’s doubtful police officers will buy her bread crumbs, especially since a 7% raise, which is still not even guaranteed, is only a 13% increase with inflation factored in.