Editorial cartoons for June 27, 2021: Crime spike, voting fight, NCAA ruling | #College. | #Students

Editorial cartoonists commented on the rise in violent crime, linking it to efforts to delegitimize or “defund” police.

President Joe Biden unveiled a series of actions to combat violence. The Associated Press reported: “Biden’s plan focuses on providing money to cities that need more police, offering community support and most of all cracking down on gun violence and those supplying illegal firearms.”

The president’s critics pointed out the measures are mostly voluntary.

In New York City, former police officer Eric Adams leads the Democratic primary for mayor after the first round of ranked-choice voting, a surprise to progressives who hope to elect a police reformer. New York Daily News cartoonist captures the unease of a New Yorker in bed wearing a “Defund the Police” T-shirt, awake at the prospect of a law-and-order mayor.

Cartoonists also addressed the blocking of the For the People Act in the Senate. Democrats saw it as a blow to voting rights and an argument for ending the filibuster, while Republicans saw it as a defense of state control of elections.

Another big story involved the Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling saying the NCAA can’t put limits on educational benefits for athletes. A concurring opinion by Justice Brett Kavanaugh sent a message to the governing body of college athletics that rules forbidding athlete compensation may not withstand court scrutiny.

Cartoons were drawn by Bill Bramhall, Dana Summers, Drew Sheneman, Scott Stantis, Walt Handelsman, David Horsey, Phil Hands, Joel Pett and Joey Weatherford of Tribune Content Agency; and A.F. Branco, Mike Luckovich and Michael Ramirez of Creators Syndicate.

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