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Did America's Anti-Cop Movement Lead To Largest Homicide Increase In US History?

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  • Did America's Anti-Cop Movement Lead To Largest Homicide Increase In US History?

    h/t WSJ
    Did America's Anti-Cop Movement Lead To Largest Homicide Increase In US History?
    WEDNESDAY, JAN 27, 2021 - 20:20
    Did America's 'defund the police' movement result in the largest percentage increase in homicides in US history? Heather Mac Donald, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute and author of "The War On Cops" makes a strong argument that it likely did.

    In a Sunday Wall Street Journal op-ed, Mac Donald notes that 2020 'likely saw the largest percentage increase in homicides in American history,' noting that murder was up almost 37% across a sample of 57 large and medium-size cities. According to preliminary figures, "at least 2,000 more Americans, most of them black, were killed in 2020 than 2019."
    And while the establishment media is largely blaming the pandemic for the spike, Mac Donald says the chronology doesn't support that assertion - and President Biden's criminal-justice policies stand to exacerbate the ongoing crime wave while ignoring its causes.
    The local murder increases in 2020 were startling: 95% in Milwaukee, 78% in Louisville, Ky., 74% in Seattle, 72% in Minneapolis, 62% in New Orleans, and 58% in Atlanta, according to data compiled by crime analyst Jeff Asher. Dozens of children, overwhelmingly black, were killed in drive-by shootings. They were slain in their beds, living rooms and strollers. They were struck down at barbecues, in their yards, in malls, in their parents’ cars, and at birthday parties. Fifty-five children were killed in Chicago in 2020, 17 in St. Louis, and 11 in Philadelphia. In South Los Angeles alone, 40 children were shot, some non-lethally, through September. -WSJ
    The MSM, such as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, suggested that the increase is due to the "economic, civic and interpersonal stress" caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot similarly blamed pandemic-related "frustration, anger ... trauma and mental health challenges."
    However, this doesn't square with the fact that crime actually fell during the first few months of the pandemic lockdowns - both domestically and abroad, only to reverse itself in May in the United States, "thanks to a surge in drive-by shootings."
    On May 31 alone, 18 people were murdered in Chicago - the city's most violent day in 60 years according to Paul Cassell, a law professor at the University of Utah. Elsewhere, American cities saw 'similar spikes in mayhem, all tied to the street violence unleashed by the death of George Floyd," a black man who died while in custody of the Minneapolis PD on May 25 after an officer knelt on his neck for over eight minutes, while having fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system - and being COVID-positive - at the time of his death.
    As Mac Donald writes, "The political and media response to Floyd’s death amplified the existing narrative that policing was lethally racist," adding "The ensuing riots received little condemnation from Democratic leaders and a weak response from the criminal-justice system."
    Since Floyd's death, police have faced a 'poisonous environment,' having been shot in the head, firebombed, and assaulted with lethal projectiles. Those who attempt to provide aid in the field risk being pelted with rocks and bottles.

    Los Angeles police officers shot in ambush-style attack
    One Oakland, California officer who has arrested 'dozens of known murderers and gang members' told Mac Donald that he's scared for the first time, "not because the criminals are necessarily more violent, even though they are," but because if he has to use force on a suspect, he stands to lose his job, his liberty or his life. A "simple cost-benefit analysis" would suggest the safest course of action for officers is to simply recall to calls for service and collect a paycheck.
    "All cops now understand this," the officer said.
    One veteran Chicago detective said "Every day you have to decide whether to get out of your patrol car and do something or do nothing," adding that if anyone attempts actual police work, they may end up in jail or without a job if things go sideways.
    "Proactive police work is dead," said Police Lt. Bob Kroll of Minneapolis, where police stops fell by more than 50% over the summer. Elsewhere, such as Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Oakland, Chicago and elsewhere, the number of police-civilian contacts have plummeted.
    Meanwhile, anti-gang units and other specialty units across the country which got guns off the street were disbanded due to having a 'disparate impact on African-Americans,' while police chiefs and prosecutors alike have refused to enforce low-level 'quality-of-life' laws for the same reason.
    As a result, "More gang members are carrying guns, since their chances of being stopped are slim. They are enthusiastically killing each other and innocent bystanders out of opportunism, not economic deprivation or existential angst."
    Meanwhile, 2020's violence has only accelerated into the new year - with shootings in South Los Angeles jumping 742% in the first two weeks of the year, while Oakland homicides were up 500% and shootings up 126% through Jan 17. Murders in New York have jumped 42% and shooting victims 15% during the same period, while carjackings in Chicago are up 135% in Chicago.
    On Jan. 16, a woman was pulled from her car in Aurora, Ill., and shot in the back by carjackers who had already stolen two vehicles earlier that day. Four other Chicago suburbs were hit that weekend. In Chicago proper, there have been 144 carjackings through Jan. 21, with 166 guns recovered. -WSJ
    President Biden, of course, is fanning the anti-cop flames - arguing during the campaign without justification that African-Americans 'rightly feared that their loved ones could be killed by a cop every time they stepped outside.' Now, his administration's criminal-justice blueprint aims to get rid of racial disparities in law enforcement - which would eliminate much of law enforcement itself.

  • #2
    It did in Baltimore. 300+ homicides and almost 800 shooting victims per year for six years in a row. It's a combination of the neutering of police, the activist State's Attorney's Office, the corrupt City Hall, the weak judges, the poor and uneducated jury pool, the equally poor and uneducated voters, and the emboldened criminals.


    • maxk
      maxk commented
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      Wow, your first post and you already got all 10 of the green stripes on the so-called "reputation meter"? I didn't get that until after about 120 posts. The algorithm for that seems to be getting increasingly inconsistent.

  • #3
    Short answer. Yes. Particularly of the melanated variety.


    • #4
      Originally posted by HAPD View Post
      A "simple cost-benefit analysis" would suggest the safest course of action for officers is to simply recall to calls for service and collect a paycheck..
      Was that a typo? I'm not familiar with this grammatical construction:

      "to simply recall to calls for service". Recall to calls for service? Is that another way of saying "to refuse to respond to calls for service"?

      "The dividing line in America is no longer between right or left;
      the choice is between normal or crazy".
      — Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders


      • #5
        Of course it did. Cops dont stop people like we used to.

        But they will wheel out some Leftist genius with a doctorate with their theories on COVID and the lack of jobs, "as if not being able to get a job is what causes a lifelong felon or gangster to shoot someone". Listen they dont ask street cops this shit because they are afraid of the real answers.

        It just isn't all that complicated. OK? You have an asshole with a gun and if you catch him with it, and this useless system puts them in jail, its one less asshole out there to murder someone. Even better while in Jail he can't procreate new little assholes who will murder in years to follow.

        Thats it! Its easy.

        We used to see some gangbanging asshole we knew was a "shooter" and I guarantee he was going to get stopped every time we saw him. Now? he has an army of do gooders ready and able to protect his rights. Stop him now and if the PC isn't on video then its your badge. Even if you do have PC its a 3 page form just to stop him and why bother when you could be sipping free coffee somewhere? Its not like making pinches is going to help your career anyways. Ive known very few good street cops who got promoted, tho they wont admit it.

        "Most" who get promoted are pussies or eunuchs. A few sneak in but most weren't worth a damn on the street.

        Boy if there was a shooting years ago we'd be so far up their ass's they couldn't walk down the street without getting stopped 4 times. The rule was "NO SHOOTING". It was a simple rule and even these Cro Magnon's could understand it.
        "Weapons are part of my religion"


        • #6
          If only most gangbangers were white, then the cop straight jackets would be thrown away and they would be encouraged to go ape-shit on the thugs.


          • #7
            And I always thought it was white supremes, systemic racers, global warm...I mean climate change, and maybe commie sympathized cops in the ranks.
            Act like prey and you will surely be hunted.


            • #8
              Defunding the police is a KKK dream come true . It will be mostly blacks dying in droves if no Cops around and the BLM dont even see this .
              “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”


              • Crownvic
                Crownvic commented
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                I almost feel like that’s their goal. It creates another crisis that only socialism can address.

            • #9
              The left never accepted the role police officers played in lowering crime during the Guiliani administration.


              • #10
                And the short answer is......who cares. As long as "they" continue to kill and maim each other so what.
                Last edited by rickten99; 01-29-2021, 07:45 PM. Reason: Auto correct strikes again
                Badges? We don't need no stinkin badges!


                • #11
                  Our traffic enforcement unit was criticized for racial profiling. Their representative said they've only been stopping cars based on plate-reader hits. I guess computers are prejudiced too.


                  • #12
                    Originally posted by rickten99 View Post
                    And the short answer is......who cares. As long as "they" continue to kill and maim each other so what.
                    Well thats very cold and heartless. You could have at least added, "and as long as the paychecks and pension checks clear who cares"?
                    "Weapons are part of my religion"


                    • rickten99
                      rickten99 commented
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                      Nobody else cares so why should I or anyone else. Defund, no prosecutions, leniency in sentencing, cops are to blame, its Trump's fault etc. If anyone in the powers to be cared they would realize that going easy on the bad elements doesn't work and change. Put the evil doers away for extended periods of time and that would reduce violent crime. As for paychecks and pensions, if you are one of those defunded or one who has lost or had their earned pension reduced, caring about violent street thugs doesn't matter either. The old saying about violent crime in the ghetto is "Today a victim, tomorrow the offender" is as truthful as it gets.