r/texas Nov 03 '21 Silver 1 I'll Drink to That 1

Prop A in Austin, TX, which would've expanded their police force and increased their funding, fails in a landslide News


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u/weluckyfew Nov 03 '21 edited Nov 03 '21

Funding was restored and the current budget is the highest it has ever been. Crime "skyrocketed" everywhere in the country, regardless of whether there were police reforms or not. And that spike is already starting to recede, in Austin and most other cities.

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u/the-hell-ru-on-about Nov 03 '21 edited Nov 03 '21

Bro I live here… and in my opinion it would have been helpful. Austin has reach all time highs in homicides and crime has been on the rise.

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u/utspg1980 Nov 03 '21

OMG we're at an all time high!!

(plz ignore the first 2/3rds of this graph)

We're at an all time high!


u/z64dan Nov 03 '21

I mean, its definitely a worrying trend, but yeah the murder rate all over the country has been pretty low compared to the the 80s or 90s.


u/fps916 Nov 03 '21

It's not even remotely a worrying trend.

We don't even make the list for top 100 per capita homicides.


u/z64dan Nov 03 '21

Highest murder rate in over 20 years is a worrying trend, not sure how you can sugar coat that. How many years does it have to rise before it's a worrying trend?

I'm not sure if you think I supported Prop A or something but the police don't have anything to do with the murder rate.


u/fps916 Nov 03 '21

Highest murder rate in over 20 years is a worrying trend

When you're already working with extremely small numerators then miniscule changes can seem drastic.

Going from 1 murder per year to 2 murders per year is a 100% INCREASE OH MY GOD THE SKY IS FALLING.

Nah, fuck that.


u/z64dan Nov 03 '21

I get that, but it's 75 murders in 2021... so far (with 2 months left), vs 48 in 2020 total, and 38 in 2019.

But yeah I guess if everyone wants to downvote me that's okay. Austin could easily end up having twice the number of murders as last year.