Link to the data you posted? And specific time periods is the data referring to? IT appears there might be information provided form multiple sources and I want to see if it was conflated. Please note: when I post data, I always provide a link to it - so others know specifically how it was sourced.
Clicking on the headline yields nothing (its blank) the link doesn't work.
Jake and Wally haven’t been paying attention. You mean the government of Portland has been trying to prevent violent rioters who are attacking police from being prosecuted?Interesting move by law enforcement. Portland DA refuses to press any charges against any of the rioters, so, the police get deputized as U.S. Marshalls and now the rioters have to respond in federal court.
I have no problem with that whatsoever. I also don’t believe this is what is meant by “defund the police”. Obviously it means different things to different people. But the original meaning was no police at all.Police are called all the time when there are better options
You're missing the point here, dude. The Washington Post gets to tell you what YOU should think "defund the police" means. Don't you understand?How many of the episodes where mental health workers were used instead of police for drug and mental health calls, involved violent offenders?
Are Cities blue because the amount of poverty or does the Amount of poverty cause cities to turn blue.
You're missing the point here, dude. The Washington Post gets to tell you what YOU should think "defund the police" means. Don't you understand?
Directly from the playbook; idiot whackos on the left make outrageous blanket moronic statements, liberal media rushes to their defense to try to defuse the situation and tell you that that wasn't REALLY what they meant all along.
Pay attention. You should know better by now.
In theory, this approach makes a ton of sense. Police (and associated squad cars, training, benefits, retirement,etc.) are expensive. My good friend is a cop, and their retirement package is pretty crazy- better than just about any I’ve ever heard of. Locking people up is also expensive. If we can reduce the need for either of those, it’s a win.None. And that's the point. You can reduce police workload and have them focus only on those cases and save money
Obviously I have no problem with that. And obviously that’s not what was being proposed last summer by the hard left.
If you reduce policing to only situations with high potential for violent outcomes....
a) Good luck trying to find people to do that job
b) I'm sure that would do wonders for public trust. The sight of a police car would send people like Wally into a panic or shell
Unfortunately that hypothetical you just gave would get very little national media coverage.In theory, this approach makes a ton of sense. Police (and associated squad cars, training, benefits, retirement,etc.) are expensive. My good friend is a cop, and their retirement package is pretty crazy- better than just about any I’ve ever heard of. Locking people up is also expensive. If we can reduce the need for either of those, it’s a win.
If you’re doing coke in the privacy of your own home, or you’re having non-violent mental health issues, there’s no reason the police should need to be involved.
The tricky part comes in the nuance of the type of call, and the potential liability. Someone calls the police because their family member is threatening to hurt themselves. Dispatch asks if there’s any weapons, or if they’re being violent, and the person says no. So they send a healthcare professional. The person having a crisis either kills themselves or finds a knife and attacks somebody. Because dispatch sent the “b” squad instead of the police, the family is pissed that they didn’t send somebody that could have detained said person, and sues the city. Dispatch becomes the gate keeper as to who gets police and who gets the healthcare team, raising the liability of those individuals and thus the city.
If some cities want to run pilot programs to try and figure out the balance, I’d be all for it. But I would also be interested to see what happens when problems arise, as they obviously will.