The rise in gun homicides in the United States is having reverberating political ramifications at the federal, state, and local levels, with many elected officials falling back into “tough on crime” policies to curb the violence. This punitive turn can be seen in President Joe Biden’s proposed federal budget, in which he calls for “more police officers on the beat” and allocates an additional $30 billion for state and local governments to support law enforcement. Many local leaders are mirroring this approach, centering their gun violence prevention strategies on increasing funding for police and rolling back criminal justice reforms.
What these enforcement-based approaches fail to recognize is that the recent rise in homicides is more nuanced than it appears. Rather than a widespread dispersal of gun violence within cities, the increases in gun homicides are largely concentrated in disinvested and structurally disadvantaged neighborhoods that had high rates of gun violence to begin with. This geographic concentration is a persistent challenge, not a new one—and it requires targeted solutions to improve outcomes in disinvested places rather than reverting to the old “tough on crime” playbook.
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This is a report from a unique survey of residents that live in the affected areas of the community. It shares a different opinion that what’s in the news.
DEFUND, DIVEST, REFORM AND ABOLISH THE RESIDENT PERSPECTIVE OF THE CURRENT
DEBATE ON WHERE WE SHOULD INVEST OUR PUBLIC SAFETY DOLLARS
— Read on cpproject.org/longgame/cppreport2022
This is a classic book for policing. Chapter VI is one of my favorites – The Capacity To Use Force As The Core Of The Police Role. Chapter VI discusses the “non-negotiably coercible” police use of force. How police sometimes shouldn’t have to negotiate when they are going to use force. The discussion of any police use of force creates an interesting discussion especially now under the current climate.
A .pdf version of the book can be accessed HERE for free at the NCJRS website.
This news interview is a perfect example of how the local news media supports law enforcement. Chief Williams did an excellent job conveying the police department’s message and the risk to the community. Chief Williams also showed the awesome community support that the PD was receiving.
The news reporter showed his concern for the officers and the community and the need to support to PD.
This is vastly different that what is shown in the national news (excluding Fox News and Newsmax TV). It is refreshing to see and it should remind us all of the local support that police receive.
God Bless the Phoenix officers that are injured and their families so they can get through these difficult times. God bless the Phoenix PD because everyone in the department is suffering from these attacks. Thanks to the Phoenix community for their support.
“In four months, we’ve had 8 officers shot (and) 13 injured in 4 months.” Phoenix chief Jeri Williams said Friday on Good Morning Arizona.
LATEST ON MANHUN…
— Read on m.youtube.com/watch
There is a link in the article to the official Attorney General’s report.
That perplexing situation underlines the hazards of police tactics that aim to prevent violence but often have the opposite effect.
— Read on reason.com/2022/04/07/minnesotas-attorney-general-says-the-cop-who-killed-amir-locke-was-defending-himself-so-was-locke/
EXONERATIONS. The Registry recorded 161 exonerations in 2021.
YEARS LOST TO WRONGFUL IMPRISONMENT. In 2021, exonerees lost an average of 11.5 years to
wrongful imprisonment for crimes they did not commit — 1,849 years in total for 161 exonerations.
OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT. Official misconduct occurred in at least 102 exonerations in 2021. Fifty-nine homicide cases — 77% of murder and manslaughter exonerations in 2021 — were marred by official misconduct.
THE IMPORTANCE OF PROFESSIONAL EXONERATORS. Professional exonerators — Innocence Organizations (IOs) and Conviction Integrity Units (CIUs) — continued to play essential roles. Jointly, they were responsible for 97 exonerations, 60% of the total. IOs and CIUs worked together on 31 of these exonerations in 2021. IOs took part in 67 exonerations, and CIUs helped secure 61 exonerations
www.law.umich.edu/special/exoneration/Documents/NRE Annual Report 2021.pdf
This is all because of the selfish actions of the drive of that vehicle. The drive should be charged with Att. Murder? Serious reckless assault? Reckless endangerment? There was no reason for the driver to leave the traffic stop like they did. It didn’t look like the officers completed the stop and released the driver. Maybe additional charges of resisting arrest for the vehicle and traffic law charges.
Unfortunately the common and routine narrative is to get rid of police enforcement of traffic laws and incidents like this would never occur. It is a fallacy to think that police stops cause the actions of drivers to speed off and hurt people. The focus should be on the actions and behaviors of the driver or offenders. It’s their decisions that result in the crimes they commit which they get stopped and arrested for.
This was a terrible event. This has nothing to do with police making traffic stops. It has everything to do with people who think there is no repercussions for not obeying police officer orders.
A driver sped away from a police traffic stop in River North, injuring a 5-year-old girl, a woman, and a Chicago police sergeant as he plowed through a busy crosswalk Saturday night, police said.
— Read on cwbchicago.com/2022/04/video-driver-flee-river-north-strike-pedestriians-girl.html
Very interesting. Listen to the Quality of Life issues, the repeat offenders, Broken Windows?
Watch as NYPD executives discuss crime statistics and recent criminal investigations.
— Read on m.youtube.com/watch
Or here: https://youtu.be/TrOc9TnMTtM
External review commissioned
In February 2021, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) contracted with Wilder Research to conduct an external review of the state’s response to civil unrest1 that occurred May 26-June 7, 2020, following the murder of George Floyd.
DPS requested that the review:
• Objectively evaluate what the state did well and did not do well.
• Identify actions and options that may have produced different, or possibly better, outcomes.
• Provide recommendations to the Commissioner of Public Safety to assist state and local governmental units, including cities and counties, in responding effectively to potential periods of regional or statewide civil unrest in the future.
Loudoun County, Virginia, engaged the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to systematically study and evaluate considerations for the County in potentially reorganizing its public safety services by separating some of the law enforcement functions from the sheriff’s office and creating a county police department.
By agreement with the County, IACP’s analysis entails three primary focus areas:
Task 1. Organizational Analysis
Evaluate and consider existing and effective practices for the organizational and governance structure between the Board of Supervisors and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. Include a comparative analysis of the formation of a county police department to provide primary police services.
Task 2. Cost Analysis
Analyze the fiscal costs and impacts of forming and operating a county police department in addition to the statutorily mandated sheriff’s office, including short- and long-term operational costs and facilities needs.
Task 3. Operational Analysis
Develop and present a review of the significant factors to consider in making this potential change and identify potential transition and/or implementation plans, timelines, and challenges.