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Defund the Police Democrat Faces Historic Recall

Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2024
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AMAC Exclusive – By Andrew Shirley

D.C. City Council; Member facing recall

Amid rising violent crime in the nation’s capital and an ongoing epidemic of “minor” crimes like shoplifting and carjacking, Democrat D.C. City Council Member Charles Allen – one of the leading proponents of far-left criminal justice “reforms” in the city – is now facing a recall effort. If organizers reach the required signature threshold, it would mark the first time in D.C.’s history that a city council member would face a recall election.

Violent crime in D.C. has continued to spiral out of control since the 2020 Black Lives Matter riots that saw dozens of businesses looted and many historic public parks and statues in the city vandalized and destroyed. 2023 was the deadliest year in D.C. since 1997, with a total of 274 murders – right on the heels of 203 murders in 2022 and 226 in 2021.

Meanwhile, property crimes have also continued to be a major issue in the city. As AMAC Newsline recently reported, thieves have completely cleared out dozens of convenience stores around the city – only for the criminals to turn around and sell their stolen goods in pop-up shops on the street, sometimes just a few blocks away from the stores they just robbed.

The carjacking craze which has gripped major cities throughout the country has also been particularly acute in D.C., with 959 reported incidents in 2023 – more than double the number from 2022. Most of the offenders have been juveniles, some as young as 12 or 13 years old.

Yet despite the ongoing crisis, the D.C. City Council has advanced legislation reducing penalties for crimes and making it more difficult for police to do their jobs. Last year, over the veto of Mayor Muriel Bowser, the council passed a radical overhaul of the city’s criminal justice code that would have slashed prison sentences and virtually stopped the prosecution of many crimes. The bill was ultimately blocked by Congress in an unusual move that reflected just how extreme it was.

The chief architect of that bill was Allen, who represents Ward 6, which includes the affluent neighborhood of Capitol Hill. Allen notably has been a major proponent of cutting police funding and pushed hard to reduce sentencing guidelines for carjackers in the midst of rising carjackings.

Another bill Allen championed which did pass was the 2020 “Comprehensive Policing and Justice Reform Act” – the D.C. government’s response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The bill took square aim at police officers in the city, including restricting police officers’ right to collective bargaining and outlawing a number of common procedures used to stop and question individuals suspected of committing a crime. Following the bill’s passage, D.C. saw a mass exodus of police officers, with the size of the city’s police force reaching a 50-year low last April.

Yet despite all the chaos and tragedy wrought by Allen’s “reforms,” the three-term incumbent remains unapologetic, denying that his policies have anything to do with rising crime. “I never take the support of my neighbors for granted, but I also know I share their values and provide leadership they’re proud of,” he said in a statement to Axios.

Jennifer Squires, a government worker and longtime Capitol Hill resident, launched the recall effort against Allen in December. Squires has admitted she voted for Allen during his most recent re-election campaign in 2022 – when he won with more than 90 percent of the vote running unopposed – but now says she has had enough and is spearheading an attempt to remove him from office.

In order to force a recall election, the recall committee will first have to collect signatures from 10 percent of all registered voters in Ward 6, estimated to be around 7,500 people. If they are able to do so, the D.C. Board of Elections will call a special election to decide Allen’s fate.

The recall effort does appear to be gaining some momentum. An X account with the name “Recall Charles Allen” has grown to nearly 1,400 followers, and local news outlets are now covering the proceedings.

However, the D.C. residents looking to boot Allen from office face some daunting challenges – most notably the D.C. Democrat Party, which is sure to back Allen. The recall effort could get a major boost from the D.C. police union, which has yet to get involved. Union chair Gregg Pemberton has said of supporting the recall, “It’s certainly something our executive board will consider if the effort progresses.”

Despite decades of dealing with the disastrous consequences of liberal rule, D.C. residents have refused to change course, instead doubling down on failed policies and empty promises. Whether they choose to take it or not, voters will now have yet another chance to hold their leaders accountable.

Andrew Shirley is a veteran speechwriter and AMAC Newsline columnist. His commentary can be found on X at @AA_Shirley.

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WJS
WJS
28 days ago

One would think that would be a no brainer. But Washington D.C is full of democratic voters who have no brains of their own. Maybe just maybe the recall will prevail but not don’t hold your breath.

Kaiju
Kaiju
28 days ago

Here’s hoping that the recall effort against Mr. Allen is successful…AND that the door hits him in the ass on his way out.

anna hubert
anna hubert
28 days ago

Same brain atrophy New Yorkers suffer from

Gabe Hanzeli kent wa
Gabe Hanzeli kent wa
28 days ago

Washington DC is full of stupid people.. In fact anyone who blindly votes for democrats is stupid.. can you honestly say there are any intelligent people who do not see the corrupt andgreedy of the democrat party..

A Voter
A Voter
28 days ago

Democrats at any level in any state will never stop implementing their destructive policies. The reason being even if Allen is recalled and sent packing, he will simply scurry off to yet another democrat enclave and start the same process all over again because we never hold politicians accountable for the destructive results of their stupid policies.

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
27 days ago

Recall? So what! They dumped DeBlasio in NYC and Cuomo is NY State and look who they chose to replace them with. Look at California! Decades of Democrat majorities have run that state into the ground so much you can download a “poop map” on-line showing where the latest homeless dump is! What’s that Einstein said about “insanity”?

Joe McHugh
Joe McHugh
28 days ago

As long as the majority of the voters in Washington, D.C. have a say in who will represent them, the rising crime rates will continue to spiral upward. It’s fairly obvious that these “citizens” prefer chaos to law and order.
Solution? Permanent marshal law. To put it bluntly, the voters in Washington, D.C. are too immature to be allowed self determination. Racist? How would you describe the behavior of such voters?

Melinda
Melinda
28 days ago

It all boils down to money: who has it and who gets it.

Marshy
Marshy
27 days ago

The DC residents are mad enough to recall a leftist council member BUT NOT SMART ENOUGH TO STOP ELECTING leftist politicians??? WTH?

Allen B
Allen B
27 days ago

I suppose they will say, “Crime is not my fault and I’m entitled to a safe community without police interference!”

Barb
Barb
27 days ago

Defund Charles Allen!! Time for him to go. More and more of these people need to be “defunded” & their ideas rejected. Don’t jump into that pool because your neighbor or friend is jumping in.

David Millikan
David Millikan
27 days ago

Excellent article.

Bruce P
Bruce P
27 days ago

I keep saying, these cities like DC and the other leftist controlled places deserve what they vote for. One of these days maybe they’ll figure it out.

Shirley
Shirley
27 days ago

People usually get what they are willing to tolerate. God help us.

Vietvet6769
Vietvet6769
27 days ago

Pray that this recall of progressive politicians will gather steam to gain a normal conservative government !

Sarah
Sarah
27 days ago

I can’t even imagine being on the police force in DC. My heart goes out to them. Excellent article.

MoreFreedom
MoreFreedom
24 days ago

The “Defund the Police” movement, was the Democratic party’s distraction from the fact that a Democratic Mayor and Chief Of Police in Minneapolis, hired, trained and managed Derek Chauvin to do what he did resulting in George Floyd’s death. That plus all the abuses Democrats support such as civil asset forfeiture, unqualified police immunity (and immunity for all government employees when doing their job except Trump) Thus, the Democrats were responible for his death, but they needed a scapegoat, so they blamed systemic racism and Trump.
The Democratic party’s distraction and lie to avoid responsibility is why crime is out of control: what would any sane person expect when you reduce the number of police fighting crime? It’s totally absurd, considering their claim of “systemic racism” is an admission they are racists and can’t help it. I disagree with them, but will hold them to their statement regarding themselves; thus, being racists they should be fired or quit. But instead it looks like we have to recall them, or vote them out of office.

Darryll
Darryll
23 days ago

What does it matter, they will just elect another Dem, who will basically follow the same guide lines. Keep doing the same thing over and over again, expecting the results to be different.

Buck
Buck
27 days ago

Charles Allen – is a racist, a bigot, has an agenda, is a liar, and one hopes he finds out the reality of needing a police officer, not available, for his thinking is an enema on society.

George Looney
George Looney
24 days ago

Yeah black people…yeah

cs erfus
cs erfus
26 days ago

funding for the police should be doubled but funding for the us military should be halved

johnh
johnh
27 days ago

I thought Trump supported police, but last month he said that people incarcerated for Jan 6th actions are hostages by govt. & that he would like to see the Capitol Police arrested or charged for hurting these poor innocent protesters of Jan 6th. Trump needs to attend a debate someday & answer if he supports the police or the thugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!

johnh
johnh
27 days ago

USA is the most powerful nation in the world & it is a real black eye that a handful of protesters broke into our Capitol on Jan 6th & were not stopped. What is real story on this day & we better not let it happen again!

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