You have to admire how Liberals problem-solve. If there is an uptick in crime, blame the cops?
Cops can go rogue. I’d be willing to bet that after watching all the scumbags get away with all kinds of heinous crimes due to stupid Liberal policies, cops get fed up.
In 2000, police in Oakland, California formed a band of rogue officers known as “The Riders” were accused of beating suspects, planting evidence and falsifying reports. I don’t condone this type of police behavior, but you can bet these guys were targeting really bad people, but that doesn’t matter.
In the end, it’s the criminals (politicians) who are running things; so the new war is against law and order and the lowest on the food chain are the cops.
Under scrutiny by a court-ordered external monitor and threatened with federal receivership, Oakland’s police department went through radical change, and became a more kinder, gentler police force.
To comply with the Ryder’s Settlement, Police Chief Sean Whent launched various reforms, one of which was to introduce a computer system that can track the activity of police officers, including all uses of force, citizen complaints and lawsuits. A special board now reviews instances where officers use force and determines whether they followed policy. It is also trying to tackle data about the race of people stopped by police.
The outcome is no person of interest has been shot by OPD in 18 months. Don’t get too excited just yet.
In the past Oakland averaged 13 police shootings a year between 1993 and 2003, and nine per year between 2004 and 2012, according to Oakland Police data provided to Oakland Police Beat, a news website, and analyzed by Reuters.
Federal civil rights lawsuits over police abuses have also plummeted, according to Westlaw data compiled by Reuters.
“People have noticed,” said Rev. Damita Davis-Howard, a community activist in the ethnically diverse city of 400,000 on San Francisco Bay. “People are talking about the fact that given what happened in Ferguson, there has not been an OPD incident in 18 months,” Davis-Howard said, using an abbreviation for the police department.
Like Ferguson, Oakland’s police have long faced accusations of racial bias. Between 2004 and 2008, 16 of 24 people killed in police shootings were black; none were white. And while blacks represent about 30 percent of Oakland’s population, they made up 67 percent of fatal police shootings in that period.
Police shootings stopped. And a long wave of lawsuits accusing the police of misconduct appears to be receding. In 2012, the city was named as a defendant in 19 new federal civil rights cases involving the police, but that number has fallen to just six so far this year, the Westlaw data show.
“We have gotten fewer calls of concern about the Oakland Police Department,” said Michael Haddad, a civil rights lawyer who sued the OPD over police strip searches of suspects on the street. “We used to get more calls about shootings and just incidental use of force.”
Robert Weisberg, a criminal justice professor at Stanford Law School, said Oakland’s experience illustrates how police departments often need strict controls, tough scrutiny and even threats of punishment to change the behavior of officers.
“Once a police department feels it has a complicated compliance formula to obey, and once it translates that down to street police, police tend to act more responsibly, they really do,” he said. “There really has to be a threat.”
The rest of the story…
Oakland crime statistics report an overall upward trend in crime based on data from 14 years with violent crime increasing and property crime decreasing. Based on this trend, the crime rate in Oakland for 2014 is expected to be higher than in 2012.
The city violent crime rate for Oakland in 2012 was higher than the national violent crime rate average by 415.23% and the city property crime rate in Oakland was higher than the national property crime rate average by 132.27%.
In 2012 the city violent crime rate in Oakland was higher than the violent crime rate in California by 371.15% and the city property crime rate in Oakland was higher than the property crime rate in California by 140.73%.
In other words, wiring the cops and implementing all these new procedures for the cops has accomplished little. It’s actually making Oakland LESS safe.
But it sure “looks” good.
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