The recent data indicate that Rochester, one of the biggest cities in northern New York, has such a high crime rate that it even managed to surpass Chicago, a city well-known for omnipresent violence.

In response to this issue, city officials from the Democratic Party are embracing increased police intervention.

This move presents a deviation from the policies of other Democratic city governments that are mainly resorting to police defunding in the wake of massive left-wing protests.

Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan, an Interim Police Chief in Rochester, told reporters that the federal task force would intensify its actions over the coming 60 days to cut back on the aggravating gun violence in the city.

Herriott-Sullivan utilized her press conference to ask left-wing activists if they would agree that there would be no increase in homicide rates if the city government opted for a solution that involved the police.

The Interim Police Chief also admitted that some suspects might have been released too quickly after capture.

The concrete evidence from Rochester Police Department is clear.

Until July 12th this year, there have reportedly been 37 homicides in Rochester.

Given that, according to the 2019 FBI data, there are 205,769 residents, this number amounts to 18.0 homicides per 100,000 people.

Quite surprisingly, the rate metric is higher than the one from Chicago, a city notorious for high criminal activity.

The Chicago Police Department data show that there had been 382 homicides until July 11th this year.

If we consider that there are 2,707,064 Chicago residents, we get the 14.1 homicides per 100,000 people rate, which is somewhat lower than the rate from Rochester.

Divisive reactions

The data from Rochester sparked varying reactions from officials.

U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. criticized the approach that aims to confront citizens with the police, mostly promoted by left-wing activists.

He emphasized that the “us versus them” view on police should be abandoned for the sake of the safety of ordinary, law-abiding citizens.

He said that supporting the police does not need to be tied with the repression of people of color and could be focused on crime prevention.

Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren, however, pointed out that it had been a decade-long trend for Rochester to show a crime rate that is higher than in other U.S. cities.

She identified the racist policies of previous governments as a major culprit for the situation, adding that the crime rose as a result of poverty caused by such policies.

Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was much less talkative on the issue.

When asked to comment on recent stats from Rochester, Cuomo’s spokesperson pointed to Cuomo’s earlier pledge to take special action against gun violence in the state.

The spokesperson added that the Rochester trend only mirrors a much wider one that is occurring across the U.S.