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Wall Street Journal: America’s Legal Order Begins to Fray

September 15, 2015  | 

After two decades of the most remarkable crime drop in U.S. history, law enforcement has come to this: “I’m deliberately not getting involved in things I would have in the 1990s and 2000s,” an emergency-services officer in New York City tells me. “I won’t get out of my car for a reasonable-suspicion stop; I will if there’s a violent felony committed in my presence.”

A virulent antipolice campaign over the past year—initially fueled by a since-discredited narrative about a police shooting in Ferguson, Mo.—has made police officers reluctant to do their jobs. The Black Lives Matter movement proclaims that the police are a lethal threat to blacks and that the criminal-justice system is pervaded by racial bias. The media amplify that message on an almost daily basis. Officers now worry about becoming the latest racist cop of the week, losing their job or being indicted if a good-faith encounter with a suspect goes awry or is merely distorted by an incomplete cellphone video.

With police so discouraged, violent crime has surged in at least 35 American cities this year. The alarming murder increase prompted an emergency meeting of the Major Cities Chiefs Association last month. Homicides were up 76% in Milwaukee, 60% in St. Louis, and 56% in Baltimore through mid-August, compared with the same period in 2014; murder was up 47% in Minneapolis and 36% in Houston through mid-July.

But something more fundamental than even public safety may be at stake. There are signs that the legal order itself is breaking down in urban areas. “There’s a total lack of respect out there for the police,” says a female sergeant in New York. “The perps feel more empowered to carry guns because they know that we are running scared.”

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JoJo @ 9/15/2015 3:21 PM

The ironic thing is that the majority of the victims from the murder increase and minorities being killed by someone of the same race. All they have done is hurt themselves.

UncleMike @ 9/16/2015 7:30 AM

I believe that a total breakdown of our local Government system is exactly what some people are trying to achieve.
Then we can be transformed into a totally Federal government system.
The Fascists and Nazis did exactly that in the 1920's and 30's.

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
George Santayana

kevCopAz @ 9/16/2015 8:32 AM

JoJO hit it on the head, Black Lives do matter, the innocent victims who are mounting due to the Race baiting Cop haters and Press supporters of their anti American & anti Cop BS. Im with these LEOs, do not take chances, lets watch our own rear ends since the public wont. Let the crime rates go where they would be without us, sad to say but its human nature, wont stop until they suffer.

S.S. @ 9/16/2015 9:16 AM

This mostly I blame on the media, obama, and the rest of these so-called black leaders, who are worth shit! Blacks killling blacks is the leading cause of death for these stats. It's not officers they have to worry about. It;s each other. All of these gang members, drug dealers and drug users are to blame. But the media paints a completely different picture, and these assholes eat it up too.

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