A councilman in Jackson, Mississippi is calling for residents in his jurisdiction to throw rocks, bricks and bottles at police if they chase criminals from outside the jurisdiction into his Ward. He should be thrown out of office but it’s not likely to happen. He thinks police put his voters in jeopardy.
Heather MacDonald, a Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, wrote an article for City Journal titled “In Denial About Crime” in which she attacks the left’s false meme on crime and their denial of the Ferguson Effect in particular. The left refuses to believe crime is going up because of their interventions in policing but Ms. MacDonald presents a most compelling case proving the Ferguson Effect.
The increase in crime and candid admissions by officers as to its very real existence are ignored. Mayors, police leaders and US attorneys who met with Attorney General Loretta Lynch in October blame police morale for the increase.
We’ve been warned by FBI director James Comey that most of America’s 50 largest cities have seen significant increases in homicides and shootings this year – many have seen a huge increase. Comey blames the backlash against the police.
There is no question crime is skyrocketing and the trends are dangerous.
The deniers whitewash the animosity that the police now face in urban areas, brushing off the rampant resistance to lawful police authority as mere “peaceful protest.” A black police officer in Los Angeles tells me: “Several years ago I could use a reasonable and justified amount of force and not be cursed and jeered at. Now our officers are getting surrounded every time they put handcuffs on someone. The spirit and the rhetoric of this flawed movement is causing more confrontations with police and closing the door on the gains in communication we had made before it began.” St. Louis alderman Jeffrey Boyd, at a news conference in July after his nephew was slain, made a poignant plea: “We march every time the police shoot and kill somebody. But we’re not marching when we’re killing each other in the streets. Let’s march for that.”
The St. Louis area includes Ferguson, the site of the police shooting that was so utterly distorted by protesters and the media. The Justice Department later determined that the officer’s use of force was justified, but the damage to the social fabric had already been done. Now cops making arrests in urban areas are routinely surrounded by bystanders, who swear at them and interfere with the arrests. The media and many politicians decry as racist pedestrian stops and broken-windows policing—the proven method of stopping major crimes by going after minor ones. Under such conditions, it isn’t just understandable that the police would back off; it is also presumably what the activists and the media critics would want. The puzzle is why the activists are now so intent on denying that such de-policing is occurring and that it is affecting crime. (A 2005 study out of the University of Washington previously documented the impact of de-policing on crime in the aftermath of the 2001 antipolice riots in Cincinnati.)
The antipolice left is committed to denouncing the root causes of crime. They are invested in it because their policies are to blame.
A Mississippi councilman wants more of the anti-policing in his jurisdiction. He wants to stop police from coming into his jurisdiction when they chase criminals by having people in the community throwing bricks, rocks and bottles at police.
“What I suggest is we get the black leadership together, and as these jurisdictions come into Jackson we throw rocks and bricks and bottles at them. That will send a message we don’t want you in here,” he says.
Shouldn’t this guy be locked up for inciting a riot and calling for bodily harm to police?
There’s no call for this.
It is the people who live in these poorer neighborhoods who need the police the most.
The police have the same feeling I have. The first person who throws a rock or bottle at a cop should be interviewed to see if Stokes’ call to arms was his motivation and then Stokes should be thrown in jail. The people in Jackson’s Ward 3 need to recall this man.