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Liberal Oakland mayor blames 'defund rhetoric' for surge in violent crime: 'Oakland needs more police!'

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The liberal mayor of Oakland, California, blamed "defund rhetoric" for the lack of police recruits as she explained that the city was in great need of more police officers to combat a surge in violent crime.

Mayor Libby Schaaf, a Democrat, said that the "Defund the Police" rhetoric was keeping people from joining the police force, resulting in less safe streets.

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