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Seattle is Dying

This is a must see documentary that shows how the quality of life in a city can collapse when homelessness, drug use and addiction, and mental health issues take over neighborhoods.  The documentary illustrates how bad neighborhood conditions become when laws are not enforced, police are handcuffed, citizen voice are not heard, the criminal justice system fails (prosecutors and courts) and politicians don’t work to protect the community.

Below is a link to an article in national review ‘What if Seattle Is Dying, and We Don’t Even Know It?’.  The article discusses a documentary from KOMO’s (Seattle news channel) Eric Johnson that explores the impact the drug and homelessness problem is having on Seattle and possible solutions in “Seattle is Dying.”

The documentary explores topics such as: broken windows policing, quality of life, message from politicians, disgruntled police, upset citizens etc.

Link to the Article is HERE

The link to the documentary “Seattle is Dying” is:

On the KOMO website HERE

On YouTube HERE

Chicago’s gangs have changed | Modern Policing

This column summarizes conclusions from a recent conference on gangs and violence in Chicago. It reports that “The old hierarchical super-gangs, fighting citywide over control of drug trafficking, are largely gone. African-American gangs have fractured into different types of cliques and neighborhood peer groups, affiliated more with rappers than with the old gang chieftains.” Associated…
— Read on gcordner.wordpress.com/2019/04/23/chicagos-gangs-have-changed/

The Tragedy of Baltimore

This is a very fair article that discusses what has happened in Baltimore since the 2015 riots.

Sad.

MacGillis note how the riot is considered an uprising by some, the crime and homicide rates, $14 million cost to the State for the riot, the Ferguson Effect, police backing off enforcement, costs to families, changing and ineffective police leadership, under-policing the riots, Mosby being overzealous arresting the officers, the “pullback”, Crime increasing, 30% homicide closure rate, DOJ Report, DOJ Ignorance of local realities, political focus NOT on enforcing the law, city population near a 100 year low, new rules restricting police, community activism, Det. Sean Suiter, cops leaving the PD, officers overworked, Mayor Pugh ignoring the problem, still no police leadership, criminals EMBOLDENED, use of force reports, and the cry for equal protection.

One thing MacGillis forgot to note the infamous words of Mayor Rawlings-Blake:

The Tragedy of Baltimore
— Read on https://www.propublica.org/article/the-tragedy-of-baltimore