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Stores Adjust to “No Shoplifting Prosecutions” Policy of Progressive DA’s

As “progressive prosecutors” have taken over in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Baltimore and many other one-party cities, merchants have had to adjust to the reality that their shelves can be and have been cleaned out by shoplifters and nothing is going to  be done about it.  The facts that retail theft is still a crime defined by the legislative …

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Homicides Up 94 Percent In Los Angeles County

The title of this post is the headline of a story in the Police Tribune.  To say that the “leadership” of  DA George Gascon’ has been a disaster for the entire County, but especially for black people who are disproportionately victims of violent crime, hardly captures it. Here’s how the article starts: The homicide rate in Los Angeles County skyrocketed …

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How Gang Violence Contributes to Homicide Rates: Study

Violent behavior is commonly associated with gangs and the nature of gang homicides are often unique when compared with non-gang homicides. For example, gang homicides are affected by relationships between gangs and are often driven by violent acts of retaliation, or out of fear. Further, gang homicides have an influence on the cycle of victimization that impacts relationships between gangs, …

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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 …