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
Court records and interviews with former prosecutors show that internal assessments of police dishonesty are rarely memorialized, potentially violating the rights of people charged in criminal cases and sometimes keeping the records of bad cops clean.
— Read on theappeal.org/prosecutors-police-lies/
A field experiment on community policing and police legitimacy | PNAS
— Read on www.pnas.org/content/early/2019/09/10/1910157116/tab-article-info
Would this help Seattle Stop Dying?
Businesses have been pushing local leaders to find a solution for repeat offenders for almost a year. On Thursday, Seattle and King County leaders announced the first steps.
— Read on www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/homeless/looking-to-quell-downtown-disorder-seattle-and-king-county-announce-plan-for-repeat-offenders/
The records reveal how the police arbitration system overturned the firings or discipline of more than 100 questionable Philadelphia cops.
— Read on www.inquirer.com/news/a/philadelphia-police-problem-union-misconduct-secret-20190912.html
Revenue from “sin taxes” is notoriously volatile and difficult to predict, even when the taxes—such as those on cigarettes, liquor, or gambling—have been around for decades. Although consumption of or participation in these “sins” can change dramatically, analysts at least have historical data from across the nation to guide forecasts.
— Read on www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/issue-briefs/2019/08/forecasts-hazy-for-state-marijuana-revenue
Long-awaited data on police stops shows that 70% of those stopped by D.C. police are African American, but Chief Peter Newsham says it’s too early to draw conclusions on police practices.
There are several interesting links in this news report.
— Read on wamu.org/story/19/09/10/d-c-police-release-long-delayed-stop-and-frisk-data-showing-racial-disparities-in-stops/
WANU Stop and Frisk webpage
TV station WANU has a webpage dedicated to DC Police Stop and Frisk. Access it HERE
DC Police data page HERE