The cops can be too forceful and that is a problem that has been addressed by as many libertarians as liberal leftists. However, the way to fix this is to sometimes change the law and to always punish those who abuse the people who they’re supposed to serve and to protect. It is not to do what the A.C.L.U. has, done, as the Maven proved today.
A 98-page study “identified a link between Chicago’s 2016 homicide spike and a sharp decline in the number of contacts police made in the wake of department-wide policy changes.” These are changes that were demanded by the American Civil Liberties Union for the Chicago Police Department, which are now being called into question.
The study was birthed by authors S.J. Quinney College of Law presidential professor Paul Cassell, “a former federal judge, and University of Utah economics professor Richard Fowles” posted their work onto “the Social Science Research Network on Monday,” the college’s webpage confirmed.
Cassell spoke of the striking findings and said, “Our research helps to pinpoint the cause of one of the most striking increases in crime in a major American city in recent years. Sadly, the cause was a restriction on pro-active police policies forced by the ACLU.”
An agreement with A.C.L.U. in Illinois was reached in 2015 due to “unfair treatment” which minorities were said to have been given. The sad facts have shown that, regardless of their race, they were a danger that was left untethered. This led to a rise in crime, as expected.
It is totally true that “stop-and-frisk” policies were used too much in the “War on Drugs” which has failed and which needed to be dealt with in more meaningful methods. However, when one is suspected of having a stolen gun, a gun used in a crime, or pockets full of stolen money, the idea makes a bit more sense.
The Chicago Tribune found that more paperwork needed to be done by police and that this led to crimes being missed. The trouble is that small crimes are being viewed through the same lens as things that should not even be illegal, a common problem in a society with too many laws.
Still, what the A.C.L.U. fails to understand is that this is not a matter of skin tone, but of government overreach. There are a lot of things that the police should not be arresting anyone for, and there are instances where police need to act. This line becomes blurred far too often and the problems seen today arise every time.
“Through multiple regression analysis and other tools, we conclude that an ACLU consent decree trigged a sharp reduction in stop and frisks by the [CPD], which in turn caused homicides to spike,” wrote Cassell in a Reason editorial piece. “What Chicago police officers dubbed the ‘ACLU effect’ was real – and more homicides and shootings were the consequence.”
“Because of fewer stop and frisks in 2016, it appears that [conservatively calculating] approximately 239 additional victims were killed and 1,129 additional shootings occurred in that year alone,” the study found. “And these tremendous costs are not evenly distributed, but rather are concentrated among Chicago’s African-American and Hispanic communities.”
In other words, most blacks in the area are paying for what many blacks demanded. The answer, however, is not likely “stop and frisk.” That is very much an infringement upon the rights of the people. Instead, not letting the most dangerous criminals out once caught would go along way in preventing such problems.
Beyond that, Chicago NEEDS to relax their gun laws so that the average person can protect themselves. Rather than stopping and frisking everyone, why not make it so that the thugs don’t know who is ready to defend themselves with lethal force?