President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have tried to distance themselves from the effort to defund the police. Major cities have become hotspots for violent crime, including robberies, murders, assaults, and retail theft. Recent surges in crime have guided many Americans to finally question the "defund the police" movement, with cities like Seattle, Minneapolis, and New York rejecting efforts to withdraw funding from law enforcement officials. A Fox News survey from April discovered that a majority of registered voters disagree with reducing police funding and moving it to different areas. [tweet_embed] December 8, 2021[/tweet_embed] Before taking office, Biden announced on the campaign trail that he would be "absolutely" fine with efforts to redirect some police funding. He later walked back on the proposal as he targeted Republicans and insisted they were "lying" about efforts promoted by members of the Democratic Party to "defund the police." Back then, Biden insisted he had "never said defund the police" and said, "we need more policemen, not fewer policemen" despite his previous consent for reallocating funds. President Biden has not signaled support for taking money away from police departments, and the White House has touted the President's objective to make more federal money available to officers. In June 2020, Harris, who served as the first female district attorney in San Francisco's history, declined to answer whether she backed the "defund the police" movement and rather announced she thinks "we need to reimagine public safety in America." [tweet_embed] December 8, 2021[/tweet_embed] Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and after the death of George Floyd in May 2020, a notable spike in crime was taking place across America as the Black Lives Matter movement grew to prominence and calls grew to defund the police. Earlier this year, the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice released data that revealed an intense rise in homicides in 2020. Another report stressed that murders had grown 16 percent across central cities from May 2020 to May 2021. Preliminary FBI data for 2020 disclosed that cities with over a million people saw a 3.9 percent climb in violent crimes, and those with between 500,000 and a million witnessed a 5.8 percent rise. Towns with fewer than 10,000 residents saw a decline of 5.2 percent. [tweet_embed] December 8, 2021[/tweet_embed] Before the election, Biden championed the Black Lives Matter (BLM) agenda, writing in an October 2020 Instagram post highlighting the movement that it is "past time we address systemic racism in all aspects of this country" and "reform our criminal justice system." In addition, Biden declared back then that America "has failed the Black community too many times." Harris praised the "brilliance" and "impact" of the BLM protests as she insisted they were "necessary" in a September 2020 interview. That following December, Harris issued a tweet urging Americans to "continue speaking these words: All Black Lives Matter."