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Copycat Gascón Recall Undermines Legitimate Campaign

In an apparent effort to divert money away from the legitimate campaign to recall pro-criminal LA District Attorney George Gascón, a copycat recall effort called Recall Gascón Now (RGN) has been launched.  The group does not have a recall petition and, based upon its website, apparently intends to copy the legitimate petition and circulate it as their own.  The Metropolitan …

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Police Abolition Significantly Decreases Public Safety: Study

A 2022 study published in the journal of Criminology and Public Policy showed that police abolition significantly increased crime during the 2020 Capitol Hill Occupation Protest (CHOP) in Seattle. Following the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, tensions between the public and the police increased greatly and protests erupted in cities throughout the United States. Seattle was no exception, …

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Wherein the New York Times Joins My Analysis of the Surge in Murder

Yesterday, I wrote an entry that focused on the explosion in murder in this country over the last two years, an explosion that has grossly disproportionately harmed black people.  I thought this a particularly noteworthy subject on Martin Luther King Day.  Now, a matter of hours later, the New York Times, of all things, features a discussion of the same …

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“Violence Interrupters” are Not a Panacea for Violent Crime

As city leaders look toward alternatives to traditional policing, one approach that has gained attention is the use of “violence interrupters.” Violence interrupters are people recruited from local communities, particularly those who have a history with gangs or violence, who act as outreach workers and nontraditional caseworkers in areas where crime is occurring. These outreach workers build relationships with individuals …

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Re-Registration Needed For Some Users

It has come to my attention that a software glitch may have resulted in some users not being presented with the correct form at registration. If you registered without seeing a form with real name as a required field, it will be necessary for you to re-register before commenting. My apologies for the inconvenience. The post Re-Registration Needed For Some …

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George Gascon’s Los Angeles: Welcome to the Third World

Progressive prosecutors are making a name for themselves.  In the dreamworld of legal academia, it’s all wonderful.  In the actual world normal people inhabit, it’s something different.  In Kim Foxx’s Chicago, it’s murder galore, especially of black people (whom she falsely claims to want to protect).  Much the same in Larry Krasner’s Philadelphia.  In Marilyn Mosby’s Baltimore, the bloodshed is …

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Is the Ferguson Effect Real?

There is hypothesis that a pullback in policing activity following high-profile arrest incidents and subsequent protests and riots causes an increase in crime. This has been dubbed the “Ferguson Effect,” after the location of one particularly high-profile incident. But is it real? Charles Fain Lehman has this article in the City Journal reviewing two recent studies. Here is his bottom …