The Coming Police Crisis | National Review

We are living in a climate of animus against the police.
The result is already apparent in soaring crime rates,
as cops pull back from the proactive police work that keeps us safe.

As turmoil mounts around Black Lives Matter agitation in American cities, more and more law-enforcement officers realize that in just about any encounter with black suspects, they risk being thrown to the wolves by craven local prosecutors, mayors, or police administrators, no matter how right or blameless they may be in the actions they take under pressure. …

And the next time they see that cluster of surly young males hanging out on the corner, they may decide to just drive on by. After all, they can’t get suspended, fired, or indicted if they wait to take the report on whatever mayhem those suspects might commit.

In the high-profile case of the shooting of Jacob Blake, in Kenosha WI, officers everywhere are watching to see if the police will be charged. Most cops have at some point dealt with the type of situation that played out in Kenosha: They receive a report of a disturbance, find that a participant is wanted on a felony warrant, as Blake was, and attempt to make an arrest only to have the suspect resist, flee, or assault them. Following their training, they may tase the suspect, which in most cases will subdue him.

Blake was tased twice but still wasn’t subdued. Police reported later the presence of a knife on the driver’s side of the vehicle Blake was leaning into. The great majority of American cops, in such a situation, would do what they thought they had to do — including firing at the suspect — because they want to go home at night.

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13 Responses to The Coming Police Crisis | National Review

  1. Mark 78 says:

    One party rule tends to want their own enforcement personnel.
    Tear down proceeds rebuild.
    Y’all just need to be patient.

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  2. Paula F says:

    Great piece, Blaska!

    The writing on the wall was apparent to some of us back in 2016, with academics like Heather MacDonald sounding the alarms prior to that.

    There were a number of key indicators, but one big one was the steep decline in police applicants, which has been diminishing by 50 to 90 percent across the country since about 2014.

    I’d have to dig up my old research, but at Madison PD there were something like 1,500 applicants in 2015, and by 2019, about 500.

    And you’ve been correct in pointing out that proactive policing has all but come to a screeching halt. Officers understandably don’t want to make themselves targets unless they absolutely have to – especially when every breath they take is criticized and so few have their backs.

    With the increasing pressure for PDs to surrender to charged political environments, good luck in finding chiefs who will have their officers’ backs.

    The situation is dire for cops and for the rest of us who value law & order. The damage that has been done runs deep and is far-reaching. It will take years to fix, if indeed it can be fixed.

    Critics may think they’ve won, but the incessant negativity has had an opposite effect. I fear that the few people who will apply will not be of the caliber most of us have come to experience and expect in our police officers.

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  3. -t says:

    There is some historical insight beginning at least in 1793 post revolutionary France into the effort by Democrats to get police out of the way of mob rule. “Robespierre’s constituency outside the Convention was the mob…What [he] had unloosed were the most depraved urges of society’s dregs. The resulting anarchy temporarily served his purpose…” (John Kekes, “Why Robespierre Chose Terror: The lessons of the first totalitarian revolution”, City Journal, Spring 2006) The pattern was subsequently repeated by Russian, German, and Chinese dictators in defeating their opposition.

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    • Gary Kriewald says:

      What’s particularly scary about those historical precedents is that in each case, the country in question was NOT a democracy and had no real history of democracy. (Germany had had about a decade of democracy under the Weimar Republic, which was a post WWI compromise that satisfied no one.) Those who benefited by mob rule knew that they could appeal to the mob by saying, “You have nothing to lose but your chains” (or variations on that theme). Now that American society has come under the threat of mob rule, we are seeing a free, democratic society succumb to the same enticements from the radical left. It’s no wonder that an important part of their agenda is erasing (or offering a perverted substitute for) American history. If people can be led to believe that their past is someting to be ashamed of, it’s easier to convince them to discard it in favor of something new and better. And if people can be led to believe that the police are racist, brutal fascists (see propaganda adorning the shopfronts on State Street), the less likely it is that the mob will meet any resistance (see spineless response by city officials) to their mayhem. So far the script has been performed flawlessly by all parties.

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      • Batman says:

        Speaking of “historical precedents.”
        Give a listen to this overview from 1968 of the book~~~> Color, Communism and Common Sense by Manning Johnson and you will understand if you do not already exactly what is occurring and has been occurring for a very long time in America. It reads like an *exact* blueprint for the strategy being implemented by BLM, Antifa, Academia, MSM, politicians, Freedom Inc., etc. You may be somewhat gobsmacked. Is less than 6mins.

        https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=color+communism+and+common+sense&docid=607992568426400994&mid=DC5D54118B2881842F28DC5D54118B2881842F28&view=detail&FORM=VIRE

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        • pANTIFArts says:

          I don’t know what to say, (and that’s a first), awesome find Batman. Fifty-one years ago, a man relating today’s headlines, I’m speechless.

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      • -t says:

        The point of empowering “The Mob” as a constituency is that they can then be used to neutralize opposition of the person or party attempting to consolidate power. Antifa/BLM and their local allies such as Freedom, Inc. , Urban Triage, and the ignorant or idealogical useful idiots are the mob. The Mob is or will be local leadership’s unopposed intimidation asset if this goes the way they plan.

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        • -t says:

          To clarify, the threats, actions and intimidations against “the oppressors” will worsen considerably as the police become less of an obstacle.

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  4. Batman says:

    Excerpt from Ch. 7 Creating Hate, from the online PDF version (in its entirety) of Color, Communism and Common Sense, 78p. written in 1958.

    Moscow’s Negro tools in the incitement of racial warfare place all the ills of the Negro at the door of the white leaders of America. Capitalism and imperialism are made symbols of oppressive white rule in keeping with instructions from the Kremlin. To one familiar with red trickery, it is obvious that placing the blame for all the Negroes’ ills at the door of the white leaders in America is to remove all responsibility from the Negro. This tends to make the Negro:
    (a) feel sorry for himself;
    (b) blame others for his failures;
    (c) ignore the countless opportunities around him;
    (d) jealous of the progress of other racial and national groups;
    (e) expect the white man to do everything for him;
    (f) look for easy and quick solutions as a substitute for the harsh realities of competitive struggle to get ahead.
    The result is a persecution complex — a warped belief that the white man’s prejudices, the white man’s system, the white man’s government is responsible for everything. Such a belief is the way the reds plan it, for the next logical step is hate that can be used by the reds to accomplish their ends.

    Batman would for our time, replace the word Moscow with Globalist.

    Click to access color_communism_and_common_sense_02a_1.pdf

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  5. Batman says:

    Wow!
    I thought the link was the only thing I was copy/pasting. Sorry Dave, unintentional.

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  6. Bill says:

    David,

    This is the best article ever written on your blog. I am sending this to EVERYONE that I consider an American, who LOVES this COUNTRY the way I do. Thank you, thank you very much for this information.

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  7. Bill says:

    Dave,
    How right you are to point that out. What I should have said was that “I am very glad you pointed this information out.”
    Because you did point this information out that lead me to read part of “Color, Communism and Common Sense”. Because I read a snippet of it, I purchased it this morning before going to work. Am looking forward to reading it when it arrives.

    Thanks

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