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These Six Simple Steps will increase crime

You too can have violent crime like this if you do the following:

  1. Defund the police so that they have to reduce staff and policing activities.
  2. Make it clear that it’s the Police who are the problem, thereby causing officers to quit in large numbers before they become the next scapegoat to political ambition, and severely restrict the policing they do, both of which reinforce step 1.
  3. Have District Attorneys (DA’s) with policies to reduce prison populations by releasing long-term convicted prisoners, including those convicted of violent crime.
  4. Have DA’s release people just arrested by police (no cash bail and so forth), as well as dropping charges against them, especially if they’re BLM or Antifa protestors.
  5. Reduce the thresholds for “minor” crime, like refusing to prosecute unless it’s more than $900-$1000 of theft.
  6. Vote Democrat Party politicians into power in all positions and levels in your city for decades, because One Party control has always worked before.

I should add that there is a seventh step:

Make sure you have an MSM willing to cover your Democrat backside on all this until things become too awful to ignore and then report on it as a surprising new piece of unexpected news.

GFAZ

In 2020 in Seattle, Antifa booted the cops out of one part of the city and created the CHAZ, the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, a fabulous new Anarcho-Communist area of the USA that began falling apart after a couple of days with food shortages and violence.

It looks like something similar has been created in Minneapolis, the George Floyd Autonomous Zone, an area around the site of Floyd’s death which has been barricaded, where Militants rule and the local cops are not welcome, although it seems that it’s only the police they want kept out rather than the rest of the system.

Not that the cops bother trying to go there anymore, especially having lost an incredible one third of their number in the last year, with the survivors well aware that they have zero backing from the community and the political leadership. Even the slightest mistake or mis-judgement will be pounced on as evidence of “police brutality” and likely “racism” as well. Why stick around for that.

“One of us is gonna get killed and nobody cares. And that’s what’s sad. Nobody cares. Not the citizens, not our brass. Not our administration, not our city. They don’t care. They don’t care one bit.”

Even the MSM are uninvited, as this reporter found out.

Several people have been shot and killed in the Zone, with no consequences. Incredibly some businesses in the area apparently still think they can save themselves by siding with these people, including one place that was torched during last year’s riots.

Reminds me of the classic Biblical story.

For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.

Except in this case it’s not working, and the effects are spreading across the city:

… the prevalence of unjust killing and violence in the Twin Cities area has vastly increased since last summer’s protests and riots. Minneapolis recorded its second-most homicides ever in 2020 — after only 1995, when the city was ignobly dubbed “Murderapolis” in national media. And the trend has continued to escalate in 2021: between January 1 and April 25, the number of homicides increased by 92% compared to the same period in 2020.

A retroactive analysis showed a 537% increase in carjackings in one month — November 2020 — compared to November 2019. Yes, you read that correctly: 537%.

Good heavens! I’m stunned and amazed.

More than 80% of the shooting victims in 2020 were black.

This is my shocked face. Also, you’ll be stunned to learn that the vast bulk of these shootings were not committed by White Supremacists, the Proud Boys or any of the other boogeymen conjured up by the Democrat Party to justify their Washington D.C. hysteria dance of the last few months.

At least The Guardian covered it. On the left is the front page of the local paper, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, the next morning. They’re totally complicit in this with their No Enemies To The Left reporting narrative.

I did like this little caveat in that previous article:

Yes, it’s true: police are generally not credentialed experts in criminology or sociology, and their theories for complex multi-causal phenomena obviously should not be taken as gospel. Still, it is worth incorporating their viewpoint into any assessment of the overall situation.

That turns out to be not just a “Don’t hurt me for reporting an opinion” but a segue into telliing what the “non-police citizens” think. This one is my favourite:

Kevin C. is 22 years old and lives with his younger sister in their great-grandmother’s house off Lake Street in South Minneapolis — the epicenter of last summer’s riots and protests. He was a protester himself, and even had to jump out of the way during an infamous incident when a tanker truck nearly barreled into the crowd he was in on the interstate.

A few weeks ago, he said, there was a shooting in the alley behind his house — bullets were flying just yards from him and his sister. “The police came, but they didn’t really like, investigate,” he recalled. “They just shined their lights and then drove off.”

He said he’d noticed a steep decline in police presence lately, especially after last week’s trial of Derek Chauvin ended with a guilty verdict. “Even before the trial,” he said, “they would drive through here, but there wouldn’t be any, like, policing going on.”

It’s like,… you know,… like a complete mystery isn’t it Kevin? My suggestion is to join a local pistol club, buy an AR-15 at a minimum and get some firearms training: the NRA provides that. Nice people too.

I don’t think the reporter chose the following very well in further describing Kevin. I’ll just leave this here:

He is shortsighted, and said the eyeglasses store he used to go to down the street has been permanently shuttered since last summer. 

The article goes into some backgrounds of the people who have been murdered, which is nice because otherwise they’d be forgotten by history, like 78 year old Maria Elena Mantini, who was stabbed to death at a bus stop on the morning of March 17.

But the criminals are just getting started. As the weather warms up so does the crime:

A nine-year-old Minneapolis girl is in the hospital after she was struck by gunfire over the weekend, making her the second child to be shot in the city in under a month. The girl was shot in the head while she played with friends on a trampoline

six people were shot in Minneapolis the same Saturday night.

The criminals are also getting bolder than just randomly shooting little girls:

Multiple police officers were injured throughout the night while responding to calls. In one case, officers were maced by someone with a “party can” of pepper spray when responding to a stabbing around 2:15 a.m. outside the Pourhouse on Hennepin Avenue, according to Crime Watch Minneapolis. Two officers were taken to the hospital about an hour earlier when a group of street racers threw rocks at the first responders.

This caused Police Chief Medaria Arradondo to conduct a press conference where he pleaded with judges to stop releasing violent offenders, which has been another Democrat policy across the USA with many elected District Attorney’s carrying it out (once again I note the similarity of Left policies in the USA and here). The Chief’s pleas will likely fall on deaf ears, judging by this response from none other than the City Council President Lisa Bender (love the mask):

Basically nothing has changed since this 2020 interview with the same evil moron.

With people like this in charge, “Murderapolis” is now well on the way to joining Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago and a bunch of other Democrat-run shit holes, and unlike the mid-1990’s when national Democrats like Bill Clinton and Joe Biden were keen to be tough on crime, I can’t see Minneapolis recovering this time around thanks to the culture change.

Minneapolis has been under total Democrat control for more than five decades, and they’ve been “progressive” Democrats too rather than those nasty old guys like Democrat National Committee member, Alabama’s ‘Bull’ Conner.

Democrat politicians and voters are just going to have learn the hard way, as one Democrat did a few days ago in Atlanta (shootings up 46 percent, murders up 59 percent and car thefts up 25 percent in the last year):

A councilman and mayoral candidate in Atlanta who backs the ‘Defund the Police’ movement and voted to cut the police budget by $73 million, was dragged from his car while it was being stolen Wednesday.

Brown held on and was dragged for a block before he let go… [he] says the thieves appear to be children from 7 to 11 years old … He claims it took 45 minutes for police to arrive because it was assigned as a low-priority dispatch.

Antonio Brown

Awwww! Somebody may need to explain to this utterly un-self aware asshole that when funding and staff get cut priorities have to be imposed, and it looks like carjackings are not as high up the list as he must have hoped when he called the cops.

Mmm… Mmm….. that is schadenfreudelicious.

But no word on whether it has changed his mind any more than Bender has changed hers. Given that he’s currently under indictment on charges of wire fraud, mail fraud, and bank fraud you’d have thought he’d have the decency to admire than handiwork of the boys rather than snitching on them to the cops.

See also:

The Democrat Cities: Minneapolis

The Minneapolis Riots: Looking back – and forward

The Chauvin Trial

George Floyd’s death in 2020 while being arrested in Minneapolis, led to violent riots across American cities for months, leading to multiple deaths, vast amounts of property destruction, particularly of small businesses and – for all practical purposes the destruction of the Minneapolis CBD, as well as severe damage to the CBD’s of other small cities and, in the case of Chicago, one big city.

Given this, the trial of the police officer in charge of Floyd’s arrest, Derek Chauvin, on charges of second degree murder, is likely to be one of the more important trials in the history of the USA. If Chauvin is found not guilty, I have no doubt that the riots will be repeated across the USA. Whether the Democrat Party will move against them or not is a question mark, given that they will no longer be useful as a weapon to be wielded against a sitting GOP President.

For reasons of ideology – the demand of Critical Race Theory (and its street thug version, Burn Loot Murder) that America is a systemically racist country – and a simple and well-founded fear of the mob, the state forces of Minneapolis and Minnesota absolutely must obtain a conviction of Chauvin.

To this end the city and state have marshalled huge resources for the prosecution, with multiple lawyers and all the research backup one could want. That’s before we even consider whether a impartial jury can even be hoped for after this last year.

By contrast, Chauvin’s defence lawyer, Eric Nelson, is basically on his own, other lawyers and law firms having backed away from having any contact with the defence because they’re afraid of the mobs, both street and professional. This list includes numerous law firms that have gleefully provided pro bono legal defence to Islamic Jihadist terrorists over the years – and been applauded for that by their fellow trial attorney’s.

Yes, that’s how screwed up this whole system of law and order is, let alone justice, which is always something different from law and order.

The best source of analysis of the trial that you’re going to get will be Scott Johnson at the Powerline blog. The following link, The Chauvin Trial, includes past commentary as he analysed the lead up to the trial, including jury selection, and the latest updates going forward:

The reasons for following Johnson on this trial are as follows:

  • He is a retired attorney with hundreds of trial cases behind him. He understands both the law and the tactics of a legal case fought in the courtroom, whether criminal or civil.
  • He has been writing for twenty five years on public policy issues such as income inequality, income taxes, campaign finance reform, affirmative action, welfare reform, and race in the criminal justice system.
  • He is a Minneapolis resident, so is intimately familiar with the local politics, law and people; the world in which judgement is going to be rendered on Chauvin.
  • He is a right-winger, meaning more than simple membership of the GOP. This means he brings a perspective unlikely to be found in the MSM, especially here in NZ, where it will simply be Reuters/AP/WaPo channeled through the likes of the NZ Herald.

If you are at all interested in this criminal trial I strongly urge you to follow what Scott Johnson writes about it at Powerline.

Written by Tom Hunter

April 2, 2021 at 7:00 am

So the beatings did change minds!

Last year cities across the USA exploded with violent riots, led by Burn Loot Murder in the wake of the death of one George Floyd while he was being arrested by police. Democrat-controlled cities as it happened, since they’re hotbeds of systemic racism.

Ground Zero for this was the city of Minneapolis, previously only really known for The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 1970’s.

To show their sympathy and understanding for the Peaceful Protests, the “leaders” of the city not only pulled the cops from defending one of their precinct buildings, which was promptly burned to the ground, they started defunding their police force.

This led to entirely predictable results:

Homicides in Minneapolis are up 50 percent, with nearly 75 people killed across the city so far this year. More than 500 people have been shot, the highest number in more than a decade and twice as many as in 2019. And there have been more than 4,600 violent crimes — including hundreds of carjackings and robberies — a five-year high.

Not that it mattered to these people – at least initially.

It’s very sad that humans have to endure so much punishment before they see the light, although it’s a fair bet that the political leaders like Councilwoman Bender suffered no direct pain at all. But now the circle is complete.

So they’ve changed their minds and now they’re going to increase police funding, to the tune of $6.4 million per year, to hire more cops. Ordinary people have been hurt enough it seems and OrangeManBad has been defeated. What’s the bet that the BLM response will be tiny or non-existent.

The trouble is that it’s not really about the money anymore. What person in their right mind would want to join the MPD? A career spent with a target painted on your back with your Mayor and Councillors holding a large knife. You know that any encounter with a criminal that goes bad will likely be blamed on you, resulting in not just the end of your career as an MPD cop but loss of pension and employment prospects anywhere else, possibly even outside of law enforcement, as the Cancel brigade deems you a racist and goes after you and your family.

I can’t see many people buying into that, also knowing that even if the arrest goes well it won’t mean anything in the wake of District Attorney’s determined to show the protestors that they’re on their side – Left-Wing protestors admittedly. The following is from Portland but the same thing has been happening with DA’s in Seattle, Chicago, and Minneapolis.

It will be interesting to see the difference between this sort of “punishment” for throwing Molotov cocktails at cops vs what awaits those who smashed windows and invaded the “sacred spaces” of the Capitol in Washington D.C. on January 6th. Hannah Lilly’s actions and punishment mirror those of the folk who rioted in Washington on January 20, 2017, where the two hundred people arrested for such things had their charges dropped. But now, twenty years for Sedition is the rumour.

But then politicians are more important than cops, or any other subject of the nation for that matter.

In the case of Minneapolis you also have to consider the fact that people and companies have already seen enough and bailed on the city. I doubt this sop will bring them back, especially when it’s likely that the cop at the center of the George Floyd incident, Derek Chauvin, will be found not guilty of Second Degree Murder next month, and may even go free given that all the evidence may make it hard to even make Second Degree Manslaughter stick. His three comrades, facing lessor charges, may also go free.

Who would want to be a Minneapolis cop on that day?

Written by Tom Hunter

February 17, 2021 at 5:12 pm

The Struggle Sessions – Everyday Life

So far in the Struggle Sessions I’ve looked at where it came from, its effects in Academia, MSM, and even Science.

But it’s beginning to hit home to everyday people as well.

Some of this is obvious, as shown by Matt Taibbi’s article on the MSM:

Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey, who argued for police reform and attempted to show solidarity with protesters in his city, was shouted down after he refused to commit to defunding the police. Protesters shouted “Get the fuck out!” at him, then chanted “Shame!” and threw refuse, Game of Thrones-style, as he skulked out of the gathering. Frey’s “shame” was refusing to endorse a position polls show 65% of Americans oppose, including 62% of Democrats, with just 15% of all people, and only 33% of African-Americans, in support.

Each passing day sees more scenes that recall something closer to cult religion than politics. White protesters in Floyd’s Houston hometown kneeling and praying to black residents for “forgiveness… for years and years of racism” are one thing, but what are we to make of white police in Cary, North Carolina, kneeling and washing the feet of Black pastors? What about Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer kneeling while dressed in “African kente cloth scarves”? 

There is symbolism here that goes beyond frustration with police or even with racism: these are orgiastic, quasi-religious, and most of all, deeply weird scenes,

Heh. What is not deeply weird is the classic feature of Nineteen Eighty Four, in which history is constantly updated, and woe betide anybody who does not keep up:

Even people who try to keep up with protest goals find themselves denounced the moment they fail to submit to some new tenet of ever-evolving doctrine, via a surprisingly consistent stream of retorts: fuck you, shut up, send money, do better, check yourself, I’m tired and racist.

I’ve referred before to Andrew Sullivan’s 2018 piece, We All Live on Campus Now, which pointed out that campus insanity was going to spread beyond universities as people graduated:

Why does it matter? These are students, after all. They’ll grow up once they leave their cloistered, neo-Marxist safe spaces. The real world isn’t like that. You’re exaggerating anyway. And so on…

The reason I don’t agree with this is because I believe ideas matter. When elite universities shift their entire worldview away from liberal education as we have long known it toward the imperatives of an identity-based “social justice” movement, the broader culture is in danger of drifting away from liberal democracy as well. 

To put it another way: the Culture Wars in the USA matter because their impacts are real and spreading not just across the USA but across the Western world. Sullivan has followed that article up with this one in 2020, Is there still room for debate?:

In the last couple of weeks, as the purges of alleged racists have intensified in every sphere, and as so many corporations, associations, and all manner of civic institutions have openly pledged allegiance to anti-racism, with all the workshops, books, and lectures that come with it, I’m reminded of a Václav Havel essay, “The Power of the Powerless.”

Short answer: NO! With regard to Havel, I thought I’d coined that phrase in 2007 on Kiwiblog. Nuts!

A lot of the crap that’s hitting the corporate world outside of the MSM places Sullivan is writing about, is a nasty little polemic called White Fragility. Back to Taibbi again as he reviews this ludicrous best selling book, Taibbi is not gentle. The book is actually being used as a basis for “training” in the Human Resource departments of US corporations and government departments, hardly surprising given that its author, Robin DiAngelo, is a former corporate consultant. She certainly landed on the gravy train with this one.

DiAngelo isn’t the first person to make a buck pushing tricked-up pseudo-intellectual horseshit as corporate wisdom, but she might be the first to do it selling Hitlerian race theory…

DiAngelo’s writing style is pure pain. The lexicon favored by intersectional theorists of this type is built around the same principles as Orwell’s Newspeak: it banishes ambiguity, nuance, and feeling and structures itself around sterile word pairs…

Writers like DiAngelo like to make ugly verbs out of ugly nouns and ugly nouns out of ugly verbs (there are countless permutations on centering and privileging alone)…

Put simply, the book is dumber than the average business book of the last forty years, and is certainly having worse consequences than something like the hideous 1980’s tome, In Search of Excellence, which, as just one example, highlighted IBM just before it started going down the crapper. It’s not surprising that White Fragility manages to twist the story of Jackie Robinson completely inside out, arguing that people back in the 1940’s believed that “Robinson finally had what it took to play with whites”. Taibbi really takes issue with this:

There is not a single baseball fan anywhere – literally not one, except perhaps Robin DiAngelo, I guess – who believes Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier because he “finally had what it took to play with whites.” Everyone familiar with this story understands that Robinson had to be exceptional, both as a player and as a human being, to confront the racist institution known as Major League Baseball….

Robinson’s story moreover did not render “whites, white privilege, and racist institutions invisible.” It did the opposite. … Robinson’s story, on every level, exposed and evangelized the truth about the very forces DiAngelo argues it rendered “invisible.” 

It takes a special kind of ignorant for an author to choose an example that illustrates the mathematical opposite of one’s intended point, but this isn’t uncommon in White Fragility, which may be the dumbest book ever written. It makes The Art of the Deal read like Anna Karenina.

Heh! But that’s what you get when dumb theories are applied to the real world, which is the story of Critical Race Theory. Because of his grounding in Old Fashioned Socialism Taibbi spends more time sticking it to the Capitalist Masters using this shite…

For corporate America the calculation is simple. What’s easier, giving up business models based on war, slave labor, and regulatory arbitrage, or benching Aunt Jemima? There’s a deal to be made here, greased by the fact that the “antiracism” prophets promoted in books like White Fragility share corporate Americas instinctive hostility to privacy, individual rights, freedom of speech, etc.

… than he does sticking it to his fellow Lefties who have pushed it for twenty years now. Still, I appreciated this bit:

White Fragility has a simple message: there is no such thing as a universal human experience, and we are defined not by our individual personalities or moral choices, but only by our racial category. If your category is “white,” bad news: you have no identity apart from your participation in white supremacy (“Anti-blackness is foundational to our very identities… Whiteness has always been predicated on blackness”), which naturally means “a positive white identity is an impossible goal.” 

DiAngelo instructs us there is nothing to be done here, except “strive to be less white.” To deny this theory, or to have the effrontery to sneak away from the tedium of DiAngelo’s lecturing – what she describes as “leaving the stress-inducing situation” – is to affirm her conception of white supremacy. This intellectual equivalent of the “ordeal by water” (if you float, you’re a witch) is orthodoxy across much of academia.

Read the whole thing.

And the real-world impacts on people are here, as a former HR person describes how she saw the shift when VP of Diversity and Inclusion for Apple, Denise Young-Smith was forced to resign for saying the following at a conference:

“Diversity is the human experience. I get a little bit frustrated when diversity or the term diversity is tagged to the people of color, or the women, or the LGBT.” Her answer was met with a round of applause at the session. Young Smith went on to add that “there can be 12 white, blue-eyed, blonde men in a room and they’re going to be diverse too because they’re going to bring a different life experience and life perspective to the conversation.”

Ms Young-Smith is Black and that was in 2015, before the whole White Fragility and Critical Race Theory really got started in the HR departments, as witnessed by the city of Seattle:

In the US this is happening in Federal Departments as well:

The “HR” components in various offices are not run by “political appointees”.  These offices are run by career officials who carry over from one administration to the next.  In my experiences over 22+ years, EVERY such office was stocked by raging left-wing liberals.  Political leadership was largely powerless to “rein them in” because any such action would be seen as being based on the “content” of their HR advocacy, and itself the subject on HR complaint.  The people in those positions are pretty much “independent operators” within the agencies where they work, and the greater workforce is compelled to be silent about their pushing left-wing social policies under the guise of “HR” compliance.

Including – I shit you not – Sandia National Laboratories, a nuclear weapons lab, where it was found that expectations of competence are “devastating” to lesbians and “people of colour.” And where white male employees found themselves subjected to psychological abuse, before being told to issue hand-written apologies, atoning for their maleness and the colour of their skin. I don’t know about you but I very much like people working around nuclear weapons to be competent, although perhaps this is just another Leftie angle at eliminating such weapons?

All of which was why Trump issued an Executive Order to refrain from teaching this racist crap in Federal areas:

The President has directed me to ensure that Federal agencies cease and desist from using taxpayer dollars to fund these divisive, un-American propaganda training sessions…. [A]ll agencies are directed to begin to identify all contracts or other agency spending related to any training on “critical race theory/”white privilege,” or any other training or propaganda effort that teaches or suggests either (1) that the United States is an inherently racist or evil country or (2) that any race or ethnicity is inherently racist or evil. In addition, all agencies should begin to identify all available avenues within the law to cancel any such contracts and/or to divert Federal dollars away from these un-American propaganda training sessions.

Naturally this was categorised by helpful propagandists like Chris Wallace of Fox News as merely “teaching racial sensitivity“, and he did that in one of the Presidential debates. Awww…. who could be against something so moderate? The incoming Harris-Biden administration will reverse that EO and put CRT training on steroids. But the same shit is happening in private sector corporations and their “training sessions” as well.

But here is just one of many examples of this how horror is hitting ordinary people outside of HR departments – as it is ultimately intended to:

Last night I talked to a mother who described how her 11-year-old daughter is at a loss to know how to respond to the pressure she faces from her peers and others on Instagram to include a BLM hashtag on her posts. ‘Can I just post a cake that I baked on Instagram?’, she asked. When young children are faced with the demand to conform or else, it is clear that a powerful mood of illiberal intolerance is sweeping our societies. Threatened with being ostracised, children as young as 11 and 12 now feel compelled to fall in line. Suddenly, the term ‘peer pressure’ has acquired a whole new dimension.

Of course even your innocent little kids can’t escape. That’s one of the core aspects of totalitarian ideas. But I’ll leave the last word to Tatinia McGrath:

The Democrat Cities: Portland

If there’s one city in the USA that is ground-zero for the Antifa movement it’s poor old Portland, Oregon. I don’t know why that should be but the results are not good. The city where BLM/Antifa never stopped rioting. Disturbances continue nightly in Portland, as it has since May 29, though the targets are now more diffuse and away from the CBD (the morons tried recreating Seattle’s CHAZ in Portland).

It’s notable that things have cooled a bit since the November election, leading me to wonder how many of these BLM/Antifa types were just Democrats stirring things up so that “healing” could occur were Trump defeated. I base that suspicion on the fact that the anti-war movements of the Double O’s, including Code Pink, basically fell apart soon after January 20, 2009, leaving true believers like Cindy Sheehan to wonder why they had been abandoned when nothing on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan had changed from BushHitler days.

Still, Antifa criminals continue to be arrested, immediately released, and returned to the streets.

“Antifa rioters in north Portland have access to more than $1.3m in bail money, as well as pro bono lawyers. This is one reason even the extremely violent suspects get released so quickly to riot again.”

Antifa’s White Privilege

The whole White Privilege of Antifa, as evidenced by these photos of some Portland plonkers arrested on just one day.

Being arrested means nothing in Portland if you’re a member of Antifa. Aside from the bail money backing there’s the local DA:

Most of the 550 cases since rioting began on May 29 will be dropped. Out of those numbers, 140 of them were for felonies including assault, arson, riot and theft. Only 45 of those felonies have so far been charged, with many of the rest likely being dropped and others being reviewed.

The Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner pinned the blame precisely:

To District Attorney Schmidt: You ran on a platform of police accountability, which was a thinly veiled threat to indict police officers. What about indicting rioters who loot, burn, destroy, and assault? What about your ethical and moral duties to uphold the law and keep all our citizens safe? The people committing arson and assault are not peaceful protestors; they are criminals. Step up and do your job; hold the rioters accountable. If there is no consequence for crimes from the District Attorney’s office, there is no reason for criminals to stop the chaos...

I am disgusted that our City has come to this. If it is acceptable for rioters to commit acts of violence against community members and to try and burn down occupied buildings, and if this conduct is allowed to continue, then Portland is lost.

Things were no better at the state level. When Oregon Governor Kate Brown(D) announced a plan in early September for dealing with the riots by bringing in more resources, sheriffs made it quite clear what the actual problem was:

Had Governor Brown discussed her plan with my office, I would have told her it’s about changing policy not adding resources. Increasing law enforcement resources in Portland will not solve the nightly violence and now, murder. The only way to make Portland safe again, is to support a policy that holds offenders accountable for their destruction and violence. That will require the DA to charge offenders appropriately and a decision by the Multnomah County Presiding Judge not to allow offenders released on their own recognizance, and instead require bail with conditions. The same offenders are arrested night after night, only to be released by the court and not charged with a crime by the DA’s Office. The next night they are back at it, endangering the lives of law enforcement and the community all over again.

It’s tempting to say, “Well, Duh”, but in fact the policies of Brown, Wheeler, the DA and many local Democrat leaders is not so much willful blindness and stupidity but active ideological intent. They want those criminals to continue acting as criminals because they think it will enable their political ambitions and they have come around to the old notion that it is societies that are the real criminals.

It should be noted that if the Proud Boys, Boogaloo Boys and company were actually involved in any meaningful way with these riots – and they are always mentioned in these discussions by defenders of the Democrats and Antifa – then there is no way that DA Schmidt would be allowing them to walk. The fact that so few such people are in jail in Portland and Oregon (or Seattle) is a testament to how irrelevant they are to this debate and how much of a convenient, bullshit excuse they are for the US Far Left.

There were also the larger political objectives, like getting rid of Trump. So when the President ordered various Federal agencies to start arresting people who attacked Federal buildings and employees – since the Portland Police seemed unable to do so – the outcry from the Democrat mayor and Oregon’s Democrat governor was immediate. They wanted that to stop. Apparently they like the “protestors” more than their voters in downtown Portland, which is now mainly boarded up.

Like most politicians he doesn’t say what specific pro-active methods he’s going to use to end these “violent demonstrations” and the fact that they ploughed on for over one hundred days proved that he either had no idea or didn’t care. At best he thought that the Feds leaving the city would do the trick, even though he’s part of the hated “Fascist System” as well. It’s not like the Portland Police had not already been a target of Antifa violence on many occasions.

When Wheeler tried this stunt again in press conference he finally got fact-checked in real time:

A reporter then points out the riots were already happening for 5 straight weeks before DHS came.

To which there was no answer. Of course. Wheeler would then go on to embarrass himself by pleading with the rioters to stop (on the 68th night of rioting) – because they were helping Trump:

“You are creating the B-roll film that will be used nationally to help Donald Trump in this campaign. You don’t want to be part of that, then don’t show up,”

Don’t appeal to any sense of law and order, or civility or decency. No, instead you appeal to the mob’s innate political Far Left beliefs and the idea that they might be helping their mortal enemies.

What a prick.

In any case the Antifa mobs ignored Wheeler completely, which is hardly a surprise when you listened to their “leaders”:

Black Lives Matter leader Lilith Sinclair says she’s “organizing for the abolition of not just the militarized police state but also the United States as we know it”

It should therefore come as no surprise when a number of Portland cops of all races, male and female, described what they’re facing:

“The crowd keyed in on [the female officers], saying some of the most vile things to them, talking about sex assault, about being sex objects for other officers,” Maxey said. “There was one individual that said that he was going to take the baton from one of the female officers and sexually abuse her with it. It was something that is so vile, no one should be exposed to it.

Sgt. Derrick Foxworth, who is black, agreed saying that he had not seen any racism from the Portland Police and that they can’t focus on other crime if they continuously have to deal with the rioters. He said they needed the community relationship engendered by the GVRT in order to successfully deal with gun crime.

Elijah Schaffer noted another Black cop giving his own insight into the Alice-In-Wonderland insanity he encounters with White BLM protestors.

You’re at a BLM protest, you have more minorities on the Police side than you have in a violent crowd. And you have white people screaming at Black officers: “You have the biggest nose I’ve ever seen”

They don’t even know that the tactics that they are using are the same tactics that were used against my people. And they don’t even know their own history…

Coming from someone who graduated from PSU with a History degree, it’s actually frightening. You know they say if you don’t know your history you’ll repeat it… and watching people do that to other people.

Every time I try to have a conversation with someone that looks like me someone White comes up and blocks them and tells them not to talk.

I disagree with one of Schaffer’s points: as that Antifa leader shows, they know exactly what they’re doing. They’re trying to destroy the entire system. That’s their goal and they could not care less about accusations of hypocrisy and double standards:

… an ongoing effort by a complex, distributed antifa network to conduct a “dilemma action,” intended to target the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) based on several days of open-source research and direct observation.

Put simply a dilemma action is a strategy using carefully-targeted types and degrees of civil disobedience to cause security forces to either concede the space and thus exhibit weakness, or respond in a manner that appears disproportionate and evokes negative sentiments in the population.

Win Win for Antifa.

Incidentally the GRVT that Sgt. Foxworth referred to is the Gun Violence Reduction Team, which was cut as part of the whole Defund The Police insanity. So much for the Democrat Party’s stand on “gun control”. The results here have also been predictable:

Portland had a higher number of homicides in July than they had during any other one-month period over the last 30 years. There’s also been a surge in assaults, burglaries, vandalism, and shootings. As of July 30, 15 people were killed in Portland in July alone, according to The Oregonian. They’ve already had 24 killings for this year. There were 63 shootings so far this month compared to 28 in July 2019, according to the Police Bureau, more than double last year.

All that blood is on Wheeler’s hands, as well as Antifa’s, although for the latter group it’s all grist to the mill in destroying the society they hate: Win Win for them again.

It therefore may surprise you to know that Wheeler was re-elected in November. It won’t surprise you when you learn who his opponent was:

Longtime Portland community organizer Sarah Iannarone has made no secret of her political sympathies. She declared last year that “I am Antifa” and wryly embraced the “Antifa mayor” label. She and her campaign manager, Gregory McKelvey, were featured in a December article in Playboy with the headline “Antifa in Focus.”

“I am antifa,” she tweeted in September. “I stand proudly beside the good people of this city organizing in countless ways every day to oppose hate in its myriad forms.”

Why yes, her skirt is covered with the faces of Che, Mao and countless other blood-soaked Communist murderers. Ignore the bland and stupid smiling face: these people are her heroes. If she wore images of Himmler, Goering and company she’d be politically dead, yet just a month before the election she led Wheeler in the polls by 11 points.

Un-fucking believable.

Wheeler won by the smallest margin in Portland mayoral history, 5.4%. But read that link to The Oregonian for the tongue bath it gives to Wheeler and Iannarone and note this:

“At the end of the day Portland is a liberal town, but it’s not that far left and there’s a ceiling for that, right now,” Horvick said. 

Key words those: “Right now.” But plenty of potential for Iannarone and company in the future.

If that’s how screwed up the voters of Portland are now then it’s hard to see how the city has a viable future.

The sad list: The Democrat Cities

The Democrat Cities: Seattle

A few months ago I had a lot of fun covering the Antifa morons who decided to create their own society – CHAZ/CHOP – within the confines of the city of Seattle, and were allowed to do so by the even bigger Leftist Democrat morons who run that city.

Antifa should have just stuck with beating people up, smashing stuff and burning shit down because building things is not within their mindset or skillset. CHAZ was breaking down on basic things like food within days. However it managed to last for about six weeks until their “security teams” murdered a couple of people, starting with a young kid named Horace Lorenzo Anderson, who was yet another Black Life that didn’t matter to Burn Loot Murder:

“All I know is my son is dead. I’m still trying to figure out answers so I can sleep. I don’t sleep. My kids don’t sleep. I can’t even stay at home. My kids, they feel like they are unsafe at home. I’ve been buying motel rooms and I don’t have that type of money. I wasn’t prepared for this...

This doesn’t look like a protest to me no more,” said Anderson. “That just looks like they just took over and said we can take over whenever we want to.” [….] Anderson, to the contrary, says that if the city cannot break up the protest alone, officials should bring in the National Guard. “They should deployed them here to say ‘Man, it’s time to go,’” Anderson said. ” ‘It’s time to move on. And break this up.’”

So much for Mayor Jenny’s dopey “Summer of Love”. However, even that murder did not push her to take action.

<= This did.

So having her precious ass and property on the line turned out to be the tipping point. Good to know while being entirely unsurprising. As the noted historian of the USSR, Robert Conquest, had it with his first law of politics:

Everyone is conservative about what he knows best.

She sent the cops in and they shut down CHAZ/CHOP. In the end it was all quite peaceful, with the cops, many on bicycles, sweeping all before them, as though the inhabitants had already given up.

CHAZ Emperor Raz

No word on exactly what caused the former CHAZ “emperor”, Raz Simone, to be in tears in this photo as one of those arrested.

Perhaps, he was weeping because there were no more worlds to conquer.

Not that it was going to help the city recover much, as these photos of yet another plywood Democrat downtown show. Incidentally that blog post by a well known local TV weather forecaster, resulted in this:

Update: Because of this blog, my weekly weather segment on NPR radio station KNKX has been cancelled permanently. The KNKX statement has misleading information, with claims that are demonstrably untrue.

Thou shalt not embarrass thy Democrat masters. And that goes for the Police Chief as well. Enraged by the collapse of their utopia the Antifa/BLM mob decided do to the Chief what they’d done to the mayor. That Chief Best is a Black, female liberal who supports police reform and peaceful protests calling for such reform mattered not. But she had criticised the vandalism, arson, and rioting, which is exactly what you expect of a Police Chief, and that was enough for the mob.

Neighbors told the Lynnwood Times that some of their private information has been publicly disclosed on social media and they are afraid for their safety…

“They were very organized. They had radios, talking to each other. They had numbers they used to decal all their cars for who knows what. So, they were identifying all their vehicles individually by number. They came with a mission…”

[They] “shouted profanity and insults, took license plate information on vehicles, took pictures of homes, and asked little kids who lived in the neighborhood what schools they attended.

Of course they did. This is not a civil rights protest, and it’s not about George Floyd. It’s intimidation, straight up: tactics direct from the Sturmabteilung. The good news is that Best’s neighbours pushed back, demanding to see what was in the duffle bags being carried by many of the BLM/Antifa crowd, and blocking them from getting to her house.

The same crap was seen in Madison, Wisconsin at about the same time when Sheriff Dave Mahoney got the same “personalised” treatment., and that was despite all his efforts at being Woke and faithfully following in the footsteps of his Democrat mayor as she kowtowed to Burn Loot Murder. As one commentator noted:

It’s a message. It says “We know where you live and you can’t stop us. This time flowers. Next time gunfire and molotov cocktails.”  That’s the message to the sheriff.

Simiarly, reports out of Chicago are that none other than the Mayor’s office have allowed the cops there to start covering up their name tags because Antifa/BLM have been doxxing them and their families. Clearly it’s a nationwide strategy being followed by these “unorganised” groups.

In response Best wrote a letter called on the city council to “stand up for what is right” and to take action to prevent “mob rule”, although it should be noted that this is very different language than she used in an earlier letter to Seattle businesses telling them they were basically on their own when the mob came.

In the end however, it was not such things that got her, but plain old conventional politics. Even in the face of objections by Seattle’s idiot Mayor Durkin, the City Council voted to cut the Police budget by 14%, and Best “retired”. The cuts will cause police numbers to drop by up to 100 jobs via layoffs and attrition, but the number will likely be higher as Best is going to be followed by the same wave of police retirements that are happening in New York, Chicago, Portland, Minneapolis, Baltimore and other Democrat cities that have allowed Burn Loot Murder/Antifa to run riot and not backed their police.

In other words, Antifa and Burn Loot Murder have won. Residents of the city of Seattle have lost.

Best was the first Black woman to lead the Seattle Police Department. She served the force for 28 years. I think she has a better understanding of how to protect Black lives than do the mostly White members of the mob that marched on her house. And of course they’re never satisfied: the news of the budget cuts were met with demands for a complete defunding.

Sadly there’s worse to come, and from inside. Seattle has an effort underway that will likely exceed, over time, even all this damage, courtesy of their own Human Resources training.

As with the other Democrat cities of the USA, this will not end well.

A death is a long time in politics

HOLY SHIT! As if 2020 could not get crazier.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is dead.

UPDATE: I’ve linked to it in the comments but this is an article very much worth reading to understand the various factors, including precedent, in dealing with Ginsburg’s death.

She has died from complications of pancreatic cancer, having fought cancer several times over the last two decades.

I don’t think many people appreciated it at the time but the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia in 2016 electrified the Conservatives in the USA.

I believe it was the primary reason for the GOP holding on to the Senate when it was widely thought they would lose. Whatever wobbles might come from other GOP-nominated Justices like Chief Roberts, Scalia was the rock. His death scared the living shit out of the Conservatives, especially given Trump’s expected loss in the 2016 election. The Supreme Court would be pushed in a Left-wing direction for the first time in decades; it would not just be a “Liberal” replacement as had been the case with two Obama picks for the court.

So now the question is how much this will electrify the Democrat voters. This is the great fear they have had for the last ten years as The Notorious RBG (as she became known) grew old and frail.

The other question is whether Trump and the Mitch McConnell-led Senate will try to replace her before the election, now less than 60 days away. In normal times I would have said that they would not; holding to tradition and all that. Moreover, centrist GOP Senators like Murkowski and Collins would be very unwilling to put their necks on the line at this time. In fact I would be willing to bet that both Murkowski and Romney would vote against any Trump nominee, and possibly other GOP Senators as well.

The filibuster was nuked by Harry Reid when he was the Democrat Leader of the Senate, that was only for lower court appointments, not the Supreme Court. It was also something the GOP warned him not to do, on the simple basis that they might hold power one day. Reid and the Democrats arrogantly ignored that and have paid the price during Trump’s first term as McConnell and company have pushed record numbers of new, Conservative judges onto the benches of every lower court in the USA – some 300 positions now. McConnell’s motto became: “Let no vancancy go unfilled”. And of course he then nuked it for SCOTUS votes so that Gorsuch could be put on the bench in 2017 when to became obvious that the Democrats would stall that vote as revenge for McConnell refusing to vote on Obama’s nominee in 2016.

Then there’s the potential impact on SCOTUS taking a role in the widely-expected fight over ballots in this election, considering what happened in the 2000 Presidential election when the SCOTUS overruled the Florida State Supreme Court and stopped the review of ballots, allowing the state to be called for George W Bush. The 2020 election was already shaping up to legally leave even that one in the dust and all eyes would turn to SCOTUS sooner or later. Would a 5-3 decision be accepted in such an environment? What choice would Chief Justice Roberts have though in the face of a 4-4 stalemate?

But perhaps this will all be moot if this decision frightens Democrat voters as much as the Scalia death did Conservatives in 2016. Even if not enough to push Biden over the line, it might solidify the Democrats already good prospects for taking the Senate.

“the dogma lives loudly within you”

Paradoxically, would that prospect finally cause McConnell to go nuclear now? This election itself just went to DEFCON 1.

Three last words to explain the terror that Democrats must be feeling:

Amy Coney Barret

They live in South Bend, Indiana and have seven children: five biological children and two children adopted from Haiti. Her youngest biological child has special needs. Barrett is a practicing Roman Catholic.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 19, 2020 at 1:17 pm

The Democrat Cities: Minneapolis

With all the cultural talk of the old Southern states as the centre of racism in the USA it came as quite a shock that the latest spark in American race relations should have dropped in Minneapolis, the hub of a state whose citizens have long preened in the mirror of “Minnesota Nice” (as compared to the thugs from Milwaukee and Chicago for example). 🤬

People across the USA, if they know of the place at all, assume it’s a nice, quiet, cornbread place. Typical of other small, Mid-Western cities. And once upon a time they would have been right.

But in a Powerline article a month ago, John Hinderaker, writing about Minneapolis, seemed resigned to a different reality :

When I moved to Minneapolis in 1974, it was considered a model city. Prosperous, clean, progressive, low-crime. It has been declining ever since. After four decades of monopoly Democratic Party rule, Minneapolis has deteriorated beyond recognition.

Rioters took over the city after the Floyd incident, and they haven’t given the streets back. With almost all of the Minneapolis City Council pledged to abolish the city’s police force, you can imagine that law enforcement is not being pursued aggressively.

Included is video of a car doing a burnout while surrounded by groups of youths capturing it all on their phones in the middle of the streets of Uptown, formerly an upscale entertainment district. Ordinary people trying to drive through or cross the intersection are simply blocked with no consequences.

The next night eleven people were shot at this intersection with one death. Also, check out the comments on that last Twitter link as well as this one featuring interviews with MPD officers:

But never have I felt more “get the fuck out of my city” than when Sgt. Anna Hedberg talks about the dangers of grocery shopping in Minneapolis with her “two beautiful little girls.”

If those commentators are the ones that will be in control then the likes of Sgt. Anna Hedberg will indeed get the fuck out of Minneapolis, as fast as they possibly can. As goes Seattle, San Francisco, LA, New York, Chicago, Baltimore and many other cities that have had almost total Democrat control for decades, now combined with extremist elements rising inside and outside the Party.

There may be some rays of hope, with a reaction from Black activists themselves against much of the #BLM nonsense. The following video from a local TV (you can forget national, D.C.-based MSM doing this), shows one such leader, Lisa Clemons, speaking out:

“We cannot continue to watch these bullets flying through our community.”

A panel of African-American violence prevention advocates held what they called an urgent news conference to speak against the city council’s push to dismantle the police department.

“It is time for us to stand up in this city. It is time to tell the city council that utopia is a bunch of B.S. We are not in Mayberry RFD, we are in the wild wild west. And it is time for some answers,”

Incidentally the Councilwoman she confronts (in a friendly manner) is one Andrea Jenkins, one of those who have been calling for defunding the MPD – and who also got armed, private security that’s costing the City $4,500 per day. Such “leaders” are fine with people like Lisa Clemons being helpless victims of criminals, as long as they’re kept safe. They have no plans to defund their own private police force.

That’s typical of one of the many problems with BLM: what gives them the right to speak for ordinary Blacks? This was pointed out by Nekima Levy Armstrong, a civil rights attorney and former president of the Minneapolis NAACP:

“They have shown a complete disregard for the voices and perspectives of many members of the African American community. We have not been consulted as the city makes its decisions, even though our community is the one most heavily impacted by both police violence and community violence.”

There’s also the obvious contrast between the usual suspects, mainly Far Left Whites, calling for the system to be smashed so that a utopia can be built – and those who look for the less exciting incremental changes that might work:

“Why now, when you have an African American chief who is highly regarded and trusted in the Black community?” said Steven Belton, president and CEO of the Urban League Twin Cities. “This strikes me as being passive-aggressive Minnesota Nice on steroids. This is a hit on Chief Arradondo.”

Pastor Brian Herron said the council is “pandering.”

“We have a department that is troubled, but it is also a department that with the leadership of our chief could be really transformed, and the culture of policing could change dramatically if he was given the proper support,”

Still, as a more recent post the other day documented, violent crime continues to increase in the city as the Police have gone into a defensive crouch, and who can blame them? They have precisely zero support among the political class.

The 3rd Police Precinct – the one whose station was burned by rioters – issued a warning to residents the other day about how to protect themselves on the streets, noting that there had been 100 robberies and 20 carjackings in July, in that precinct alone.

In addition the area where Floyd was murdered is now a four-block Police-free zone: it should come as no surprise that criminals are running rampant in that area and the residents are hiding in their homes.

As you can see from those recently taken pictures, none of these areas across the city are coming back to life any time soon.

Hinderaker wraps up his post with this comment:

It is sad to see a civilization descend into chaos, but that is what happens when leadership is utterly absent, or, worse, on the side of disorder. That is the world we are living in, here in Minnesota.

This civic collapse is proceeding under effectively one-party rule. It’s basically all Democrats, with one Green Party or Legalise Marijuana Now member occasionally. Interestingly the story about the Floyd area came from the New York Times. The local rag, the Star Tribune, is apparently determined not to embarrass the local Democrat politicians it supports, cover every politician would love to have.

Aside from a one-day handover on New Years Eve 1973, the last time a Republican was mayor of Minneapolis was in 1961.

Written by Tom Hunter

July 31, 2020 at 4:08 pm

The Democrat Cities: New York and Los Angeles

It seems to have come as a surprise to the Democrat politicians who run these places, but if you’re going to pull the cops back from doing their job then criminals are going to take advantage of that.

We’ve already seen this in Chicago and Minneapolis, but since the same theories are being applied elsewhere it’s not surprising to see the same results.

NEW YORK

An almost identical situation: a Mayor who has basically sided with anybody who is against the NYPD and done so over several years, even as cops were literally getting assassinated in the street. For all the talk of defunding the NYPD by $1 billion, Mayor De Bolshevik has proved that you can do just as much damage by simply demoralising the cops:

The demoralization of the police department actually started several years ago. It first came to a head in 2014 following the assassination of officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. There was such disdain for the mayor and his comments about law enforcement that preceded the shooting that hundreds of officers turned their backs on him at the officers’ funerals.

The backlash against defunding has produced a few squeaks that such is not what the Democrat city leaders really want, but their activist opponents inside the Democrat Party, including the new darling heavyweight Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have made it clear that defunding is exactly what they want, and they’ll primary moderate Dems until they get it:

“Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Johnson are using funny math and budget tricks to try to mislead New Yorkers into thinking that they plan to meet the movement’s demands for at least $1B in direct cuts. This is a lie”

DeBlasio managed to survive his earlier issues with the NYPD, and of course needed them to enforce the Covid lockdown. But the Floyd murder saw him return to his happy place as he ordered the NYPD to disband their specialist undercover anti-street-crime unit, adding to a list of anti-crime systems that he has shut down since he became Mayor. And so came the flood:

“New York City shootings over the last seven days skyrocketed by more than 358 percent compared with the same time period in 2019, from just 12 last year to 55 in 2020, according to NYPD data News 4 reported Monday.

Murders are up 27 percent over the first half of 2019; over the last four weeks, more than 300 people have been shot in New York City, up from 100 during the same period last year.

That particular unit had focused on getting illegal guns off the street: so much for gun control. But perhaps it would not have mattered anyway because between no-cash bail policies and court closures, over 1,800 people arrested on illegal gun charges have been released to walk the streets.

“This is what the politicians wanted — no bail, nobody in Rikers, cops not arresting anyone,”

We are all asking the same question: ‘How can we keep doing our job in this environment?’” 

Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, said that nearly 80 of his members have recently filed for retirement and morale is at the lowest levels he’s seen in 38 years.

“People have had enough and no longer feel it’s worth risking their personal well-being for a thankless position,” Mullins said. “There is no leadership, no direction, no training for new policies,… Department brass is paralyzed (and) too afraid to uphold their sworn oath in fear of losing their jobs. Sadly, the people of this city will soon experience what New York City was like in the 1980s.”

In 1990 NYC suffered 2,245 homicides. Increased numbers of Police and funding, plus new tactics, have reduced that to the lowest levels seen since the early 1960’s. But if the city is determined to reverse all of that then an increase in homicides and other violent crimes is to be expected. It should also be no surprise that Police retirements are up by 50%.

“And that is exactly what the anti-cop crowd wants. If we have no cops because no one wants to be a cop, they will have achieved their ultimate goal.”

And in this they’re joining NYC citizens who are “retiring” to safer and more livable places – although it’s not just because of the crime:

The slow exodus of recent years has quickened in recent months, with natives, long-timers and recent arrivals clogging the exits. They’re going to the suburbs, to Florida — anywhere but here. Always before, the departed were replaced by new seekers. It is impossible to believe that swap will continue.

The problems are many, but the linchpin is Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose performance grows worse by the day. There is nothing endearing about his act, only a long list of examples of how little he cares.

And how little he does. New York has had its share of corrupt and incompetent mayors, but never has it had one who is both of those and also a lazy bum. With restaurants wanting to know the rules for reopening, de Blasio diddled until the last minute. Their survival was at stake, but he couldn’t be bothered. What’s the plan for schools in the fall? Good question, but don’t ask the mayor. He hasn’t gotten around to that yet.

I doubt his replacement will either. Here’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with the Les Misérables explanation:

“Maybe this has to do with the fact that people aren’t paying their rent, and are scared to pay their rent and so they go out and they need to feed their child and they don’t have money so you maybe have to . . . they are put in a position where they feel they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry that night.”

Nope! Petty larceny, such as shoplifting, is substantially dpwm on 2019, as is grand larceny. Robbery is also down across the city so this wave of increased killings is not related to such things.

The truth is that the Democrat leaders of NYC do not want to accept that they have given carte blanche to criminals to commit crime – who have are therefore committing more crime.

LOS ANGELES

Same again, as Mayor Eric Garcetti recently described the LAPD cops as “killers”. This coming after two decades of work between Civil Rights lawyers, city administrations and the cops to improve things, which they had done by all accounts, especially in terms of relations between the cops and the people of Los Angeles.

Until now.

“Morale across the rank-and-file is at a record low. Especially out on the street in patrol. We have been vilified and abandoned by the mayor, all but three of the city council members, as well as many business owners and residents of the city of Los Angeles.”

And for the same reasons as Chicago and New York, with DA’s releasing not just people arrested and failing to prosecute, but also releasing thousands of prisoners – plus the usual cheap and easy condemnation of the cops, and threats of defunding of course.

The results are the same too, starting with the cops effectively giving up on preempting crime.

“The citizens think crime and homelessness is bad now? They have seen nothing yet… Wait till a couple of months go by. Pro-activity is all but gone. It sucks. But the community has allowed cops to be vilified.”

And naturally…

Homicides rose by 250% in Los Angeles, and the number of shooting victims rose by 56%, during the week ending June 6, according to the Los Angeles Police Department

Thanks to the work that’s been done, LA does not seem to have suffered as NYC and Chicago have: the murder rate has not increased dramatically above average following the “Floyd spike” in early June. But crime is lagging indicator; those other cities already had Police problems long before now, whereas LA did not. However, since the same factors are being applied it’s hard to see why the results will not eventually be the same.

Another expected result is that LAPD retirements are up:

“Cops are retiring and looking to leave ASAP. Why put our families through this garbage for an ungrateful public”

This is not going to end well.

Written by Tom Hunter

July 20, 2020 at 6:00 am