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Obama task force member says police officers are responsible for spike in violent crime, not 'defund the police'

Activist Brittany Packnett Cunningham (Robin L Marshall/Getty Images for BET)

Violent crime has spiked in major cities nationwide in 2021, unfortunately coming on the heels of a year that was also characterized by higher-than-normal violent crime rates. So who is to blame? According to activist Brittany Packnett Cunningham, law enforcement is responsible for skyrocketing crime rates.

Cunningham's comments are particularly eyebrow-raising because she is an influential voice who sat on former President Barack Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing and Missouri Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's Ferguson Commission.

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