2015 May 28 Thursday
Baltimore Arrest Rate Down By Half, Murders Soar
Cops afraid to make arrests while citizens afraid to walk outside. Do not go to Baltimore.
The cut in half of arrest rates simulates what would happen if lots of people were let out of jail. Since elite opinion is increasingly of the view that too many people are in prison one can only hope that Baltimore is not indicative of what would happen in most other areas if arrest rated plummeted. I'd prefer some American state that I do not live in drastically reduces their incarceration rate so that the rest of us can learn. Preferably a liberal state in the northeast which has elites that think our incarceration rate should be more like Finland's.
Another headline: Baltimore police union: Cops more afraid of going to jail than getting shot
The views of the Mayor of Baltimore need to be born in mind:
It’s a very delicate balancing act, because while we tried to make sure they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well.
The cops are giving criminals in Baltimore the space they need to kill and rob.
By Randall Parker at 2015 May 28 08:58 PM
There's an old saying in the military that no army will rise above its generals. Or, as Napoleon put it - “I would rather have an army of rabbits led by a lion than an army of lions led by a rabbit.” By refusing to support their own police officers, the buffoonish Baltimore mayor, chief of police and state's attorney (all of whom are African-American, BTW) are making life easy for the criminals. What cop is going to risk his or her life catching the bad guys when he or she might get blind-sided by the city's leadership? Why take the risk? Their pay isn't based on how many crooks they apprehend.
It's too bad, but this will only accelerate the decline of this once-proud city. Baltimore, with all its flaws, used to have some prety nice areas - the Inner Harbor, Little Italy, Roland Park, Mount Vernon, for example. But don't go there now - it's too dangerous.
Perhaps the real fear of cops isn't losing their job or facing criminal charges - it's becoming the next media "celebrity" and having to spend the rest of their lives looking over their shoulder; a fear not just for themselves, but for their families. The New York Times actually published Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson's home address.
Firemen, paramedics, and ER doctors all face split second, life-and-death decisions. What they seldom ever have to worry about are criminal charges if those decisions kill someone. What so many of the police videos we have seen reveal is how harrowing these decisions to be, even for relatively mundane events like the Eric Garner arrest.