WARNING: Woke progressive politics can be fatal
The FBI released its crime numbers for calendar 2020. It is well reported that the violent crime rate increased 5.2% from 2019. But homicides by almost 30%! Killings accounted for the highest year-to-year increase since 1960, when such record-keeping began.
Sure enough, Madison WI recorded its ninth homicide last evening (09-27-21) on a nice street only a few blocks from the Stately Manor here on the SW side. On pace to match the 10 recorded all of last year.
Milwaukee, Albuquerque, Des Moines, Indianapolis, Memphis, and Syracuse, recorded their highest homicide numbers ever last year.
Experts are always differing
“There is no simple explanation for the steep rise,” the New York Times bleats. Got to know they searched for one. Because they go all Covid-19 on the issue. (“I popped that dude ‘cuz he wasn’t masked up.”) Only much deeper into the story does it venture an also-ran theory:
The protests that erupted after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis were also an important factor, in 2020, although experts differ about why.
Former big city police chief William Bratton gets it right. He’s the guy who tamed New York City under Rudy Giuliani.
- The number of sworn officers across the country has been declining for nearly a decade. In 2013, there were more than 720,000 cops on American streets. By 2018, that number had fallen below 690,000.
- For another, because of explicit and implicit discouragement from both the public and political leaders, officers in many jurisdictions seem to be growing wary of being proactive in the field despite the benefits that such proactivity has been shown to produce.
- The recent spikes in serious violent crime were, in many places, preceded by mostly well-meaning, if in some cases misguided, police and criminal-justice “reforms.” Rather than consider the possibility that some of these initiatives made cities more vulnerable to crime, activists have doubled down on de-policing and decarceration — in some cases going so far as to call for the abolition of police and prisons.
Strong policing is a civil right
Of the homicide victims, 9,913 were black, 7,029 were white, and 812 of other races. I.E., 55% of the victims were black in a nation that is 13.4% black.
Buried in the statistics, the FBI estimates law enforcement agencies nationwide made 7.6 million arrests, not counting traffic violations. If one gave credence to the social justice warriors, there should be at least a hundred thousand instances of police brutality, targeting, etc. You don’t think newsrooms throughout the country are ready to pounce on the flimsiest allegation of same?
Question for the peanut gallery: What do these numbers tell the “reimagine policing” crowd — alders like Nikki Conklin and Yannette Figueroa Cole?
Congratulations to Fitchburg WI for hiring Alfonso Morales as its new police chief. He did a great job in Milwaukee, which is why the woke politicians there fired him. Ordered officers to fire tear gas and pepper spray at people protesting George Floyd’s murder.
→ “Dozens of shots fired” between two racing cars on a Fitchburg street.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Notice: Kenosha burned while Milwaukee did not.