Saturday, January 05, 2008

NYPD Reduces Crime: Poor and Minorities Suffer Most

NY police credit rookies for declining murder rate - Yahoo! News OK, that may not be the position of the NYPD - or any thinking adult. It does appear to be the position of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

NYPD sends its rookies to the high-crime areas of the city. The recognize something - and act on it - that has been clear for a long time. A small percentage of the city's neighborhoods are impacted most by crime.
"You might have a high crime precinct, but the crime might be confined to a relatively small part of the precinct," said police spokesman Paul Browne. "It's important to put the boots on the ground and to increase police visibility dramatically."
You would think reducing crime in those high-crime areas would help the people living there. You might think that.
"There are concerns that when rookies are sent to high-crime areas with instructions to stomp out crime, it's an invitation to engage in overly aggressive bullying tactics, including stop and frisk procedures that target people of color," said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union.
You see they have no data, they have only "concerns." Well if we stopped doing things in this country every time the ACLU (or their ilk) had a concern, we wouldn't do anything.

Now it very well could be that this person from the NYCLU is correct. If so, I would expect her to be able to quote chapter and verse about harassment complaints and law suits against the city. But all we are treated to is her "concern."

You know, you might almost get the idea Reuters doesn't like the police.

And it should be a surprise to no one that fighting crime reduces crime. [H/T Pro-Gun Progressive]

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