Members of the community often know the killers. If black lives matter, maybe share that information with the authorities

Distrust of the police has deadly consequences. We are talking about a small number. Most victims and perpetrators come from a surprising small number of young men who often know each other. Witnesses and members of the community often know the killers too. It would be helpful if that information were more often shared with the authorities.

"One study of a high-crime community in Boston found that 85% of gunshot victims came from a network of just 763 young men--or less than 2% of the local population. Murder, it seems, is a disease that spreads through social interaction."

Protests can have multiple causes and effects. It may be necessary to rein in abusive police practices. The danger is that it makes the police seem the enemy. To the extent that members of local communities avoid cooperating with police, crime grows and killing increase. When the chance of getting caught is low, and the law is not trusted, violence reigns.

Reference article is here.

Posted by Christine & John at August 16, 2015 3:16 PM
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Right C&J, mostly J. Any number of crimes are reported late or not all due to the fear factor. Stats would probably bear out that this is more prevalent in poor, high crime areas where gangs are well established.

From media reporting it seems that law some officers are not well trained and/or not well supervised. It seems to vary by state and location. I frequently watch ‘whodunnits’ on 204 and 285 and you get the idea that some departments are not performing to expectations.

Also, it seems apparent that communications across city, county, state boundaries is lacking in some jurisdictions. Policing and enforcement seems to have a lot to do with personality rather than policy, the hangin judge and so on - - -

And, we know, it only takes a few bad apples to ruin the barrel.

IMO, a national study of policing/enforcement should be conducted and recommendations made to all jurisdictions.

And, who am I kidding? This problem leads right to the top, corpocracy and all that - - -

Most street crime is drug related and the corpocracy is going to keep the border open come hell or high water. Moving drugs, people and money is real good business and gov’t/business intends to keep it that way, status quo and so on - - -

Otherwise - - -

Posted by: roy ellis at August 16, 2015 7:53 PM
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Article in the news this PM re an incident that happened about a year ago in Stockton Calif. A long police chase with cops taking fire from the fleeing vehicle. They got it stopped and ended up pumping some 600 rounds toward the vehicle. A woman who had been taken/held as a hostage was hit 10 tens and killed.

We hear that budget problems prompted several veterans to leave and several rookies were hired.

The car was stopped/surrounded. The cops could of waited for the crooks to run out of bullets, fired a shot or two into the hood of the car and asked for surrender, run a robot up to the car and pumped some sleeping gas in, and so on - - -

So, the rookies will get some additional training and the taxpayers will foot the bill for millions in lawsuits against the city.

Taxpayers just don’t seem to care. Why wouldn’t they fire the mayor, the chief cop and so on - - -?

But, further, relating to your post, C&J, I believe that minorities in blighted neighborhoods tend to create more actionable moments which gives police a chance to do their jobs badly.

Posted by: roy ellis at August 18, 2015 8:10 PM
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