There are some bad alders, too
Madison alders ended the curfew Tuesday night, not that it stopped anyone from rioting. Because riots aren’t the problem — police are!
“This is not about a curfew. … This is about people knowing that there are bad eggs in their (police) department and letting it go on,” Ald. Donna Moreland said.
Maybe now Ald. Mike Verveer will renounce his Progressive Dane membership. “You’re sending a signal to all those folks downtown who are struggling to make any sense of this nightmare that they’re living through,” Verveer said, noting many of the businesses affected are local mom-and-pop shops and owned by immigrants. (According to The Capital Times.)
Liberal cities, radical mayhem
The “broken-windows” school of policing says that you can help maintain public order by taking care of even small examples of disorder — such as fixing broken windows. Liberals scorned that policy in the last decade as somehow racist. Well, in recent days we’ve learned that America’s Left does have a broken-windows policy: Let rioters break enough windows and loot enough stores and maybe their righteous anger will be satisfied. That’s certainly how it looked when the June sun rose Tuesday over the broken glass, looted storefronts, burnt-out cars, and vandalized buildings in New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Madison, and other American cities.— Wall Street Journal.
Who mourns the dead police officer?
The essential Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute:
In 2019 police officers fatally shot 1,004 people, most of whom were armed or otherwise dangerous. African-Americans were about a quarter of those killed by cops last year (235), a ratio that has remained stable since 2015. That share of black victims is less than what the black crime rate would predict, since police shootings are a function of how often officers encounter armed and violent suspects.
In 2018, the latest year for which such data have been published, African-Americans made up 53% of known homicide offenders in the U.S. and commit about 60% of robberies, though they are 13% of the population.
The police fatally shot 9 unarmed blacks and 19 unarmed whites in 2019 … those nine unarmed black victims of police shootings represent 0.1% of all African-Americans killed in 2019.
By contrast, a police officer is 18½ times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male is to be killed by a police officer. … A 2015 Justice Department analysis of the Philadelphia Police Department found that white police officers were less likely than black or Hispanic officers to shoot unarmed black suspects. …
Blaska’s Bottom Line: 23 people were shot dead and 61 more were wounded in Chicago’s most violent weekend of the year so far, which also saw widespread protests, riots and looting throughout the city in the wake of the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd. (Story here.) None by police.