De-Policing, the New Norm
- Effective law enforcement is, by its nature, proactive. Cops have to go out, meet people, observe the actions on the street, know the “usual suspects” who commit most of the crime, terrorizing the people of these, mainly, minority communities. They need to concentrate their efforts on the relatively few people who do commit the crime. And once these criminals are put in jail, guess what? Well, while they are in jail, they cannot rob or murder the people on the street trying to go on with their lives. The fewer the people who are victims of crime, the lower the crime rate is.
But something has happened on the way to more murders and mayhem. The Eric Holder/Loretta Lynch Justice Departments, in coordination with radical groups like Black Lives Matter and the ACLU, have made the police the targets of lawsuits, interference, harassment and other efforts to stop enforcement of the law. It climaxed with the railroading of six officers from Baltimore Police Department after the death of Freddie Gray.
The results In many communities, cops are withdrawing to their safe space and going to fireman mode. Fire trucks do not patrol the street, looking for a fire. They are at their stations waiting until a call comes in. Effective policing, cannot act like that. In order to prevent crime, a cop must scan the streets looking for the proverbial “smoke.”
And he points out that it's a long road back:
- ....cops are not trusting by their nature, and after seeing officers being lynched for doing their jobs, will not stick their necks out immediately. Besides their own lives, they have families to worry about, finances, reputations. Darren Wilson did nothing wrong when he shot Michael Brown, yet he is the one who lost his job and is basically in hiding. Brown’s family is suing Wilson and Ferguson for a fortune. So until cops think they can police without being targeted for a political lynching, crime will go up, and the people hardest hit will be “women and minorities.”
It'll be years.
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