By Hank Berrien
While many Californians eagerly await the recall election targeting California Democratic governor Gavin Newsom, who watched as various municipalities in his state have slashed police budgets, Newsom also oversaw a spike in crime in 2020 that could give his critics more data to be used against him.
Some of that data, according to a report issued by California Attorney General Rob Bonta, includes this from 2020: The state’s homicide rate soared 31%. The aggravated assault rate increased 8.8%. The number of law enforcement officers assaulted with a firearm increased 30.2%; the number assaulted with other dangerous weapons increased 60.8%. The total number of domestic violence-related calls for assistance involving a firearm rose 42%.
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