Were we - and just about everybody else - wrong to congratulate New York City for its low crime stats?
Maybe so, according to this report from The Atlantic on research uncovering the pressure NYC cops have faced over the years to downplay crime for reasons of public image. From a survey of nearly 2,000 retired boys and girls in blue, it was found that many officers had downgraded certain offenses to lesser crimes - e.g. "burglary" to "criminal trespass" - or discouraged victims from filing complaints.
Research designer Eli B. Silverman said the findings reveal not so much a "rotten apple" problem of police corruption, but rather a "rotten barrel."
As a former resident of a tourist destination, I know for a fact that they do. Back in 1997, there was a string of unrelated murder-suicides in that particular small beach community that inspired an opinion article in the local paper titled something to the effect of "Is There Something in the Water?". Business owners and real estate investors were LIVID. That was before the majority of the media outlets took sides politically, and now they're so used to lying about and covering up everything else that it's much simpler to make them "play ball"...
When my wife's car was stolen off the street on the same block as our business I called the Police. Within 5 minutes with a description of the thief (provided by a fellow businessman) and all relevant information. I was told they didn't take stolen car reports "over the phone" any longer and we would have to come to the police station to file a report.
When a neighbor kid got on a nearby garage rooftop and shot out a window box in our kitchen with a high powered BB gun and I went around the block and trapped him on the roof and called the police they showed up 4 1/2 hours later after two further calls.
Things like this are done to make it tougher for citizens to file a report. Make it tougher to file a report and you have lower crime statistics.
When I was robbed in my store by two 17 year olds with a gun, pistol whipped, and suffered more than 75,000.00 worth of injuries to myself and several thousand dollars in cash and merchandise, they refused to try those two 17 year old's as adults despite one being 4 days from his 18th birthday and the other being less than 2 months, both being over 6 feet tall and both being over 200 lbs, both having long criminal records and both being gang affiliated.
Refuse to prosecute violent crime to the fullest extent of the law and you have lower crime statistics.
Our governments at all levels are claiming crime is at a 50 year low. Doesn't surprise me at all. Statistics can say anything you want them to say if you hold the control of which statistics hit the board, and how if you even bother to record them at all.
I own guns. I'm pro gun. But you don't have a chance to get at your gun when you're robbed. They actually took a .357 mag which was how they got caught when they tried to pawn it.(Ya know, them "gangsta's" don't like revolvers.) It's pretty hard to shoot a car thief you never laid eyes on. And while I had a moment I would have liked to have done so, you really can't go around shooting 13 year olds with a BB gun off of garage rooftops. LOL
Correction: You don't always have a chance to get at your gun when you're being robbed. One other time in 30 years two guys came in and I spotted them as being the same kind and I took the gun out and laid it on the counter with my hand on it and said "is their a problem" and they ran. Got busted for trying to rob the pharmacy on the corner half a block away later that same day.
If people want to know if a place is safe to live or visit all you have to do is look at one statistic - how much of the population is registered as libbers. The higher the concentration of libbers then quite naturally the higher the crime rate. You can look at some other demographics too, but the mods here won't let me speak that truth. Notice in heavily conservative districts the crime rate is quite low. I'm just saying.
I guess that's why that in ULTRA conservative Oklahoma you have a stronger change of being murdered in Tulsa Oklahoma per capita than you do in Los Angeles. Keep talking Bubba. We always love hearing for the uninformed.
That's always a solution isn't it? BLAME THE LIBERALS. Like the conservatives don't put out false statistics as well. People like you on the extreme right and people like weebles on the extreme left are why this country is in shambles. Your only solution is to "blame the other side." BOTH PARTIES ARE CORRUPT TO THE CORE.
Bloomberg is a Progressive Liberal and a registered republican.
I said Liberal... NOT Democrat. I differentiate between the two.
The Democrat party base is comprised of... 1) Identity Groups- blacks, latinos, gays, women/pro-choice... single-issue superficial voters... the Tribal Left as I call them.
2) The Doves- anti-war, anti-death penalty, anti-violence, environmentalism, global-warming-alarmists, PETA people... these are emotional voters noted for their compassion above all else.
3) Liberal/Progressives/Socialist s- These are the people that control the first two groups. These are the power-hungry of the Left. They do it through honesty when it helps them and misinformation when it doesn't. Massaging statistics, playing word games, denial and misdirection are just a few of the tactics.
The Republican Party has an equivalent. I call them the Republican Establishment... Progressive Republicans like Theodore Roosevelt.(Bushes, McCain, Romney, Roberts) In BOTH parties these are the people who are more interested in maintaining a "power base".
I don't like the Republican Establishment either. They are not for small government. They are interested in a big government that they control from time to time with the "controllers" from the Left. They see a political arena with Titans battling for control of the masses. Big Government Progressives from both parties are the Titans... The rest of us are the masses.
Do they engage in the same activities as Liberals? Yes. But Liberals have something that the Republican Establishment doesn't... A complicit mainstream media that sets the bar for "objective" and then uses that "objective" line to claim "objectivity" in their reporting. If enough big media outlets (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, NYT...) settle on "objective"... That means they are declaring Truth. That's "Relativism" in real life.
I don't like Relativism or Willful Relativists. I believe in Objective Truth. I just don't believe it's ever knowable. Therefore, anyone who claims to know objective Truth on subjective topics? They are lying. They are hiding a bias. If it's a politically charged issue, the next question should be... Which side benefits from the lying (deception)? That's how you figure out Bias.