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Criminals may not be smart, perhaps cunning would be the appropriate word. Criminals adapt to their environment. When the Covid19 lockdowns began commercial burglaries began to rise in some cities. Shop, restaurant owners, and other business owners, began boarding up their business before the Summer of Love riots, looting and arson began. Noha Kassab can […]

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Steven Crowder’s crew went into CHAZ/CHOP a few days ago. Turns out the warlord Raz has an apartment listed as an Air B&B, so the Crowder team rented it out and gave the warlord a tiny taste of his own medicine. Childish? Yep. Do I care about that? No. Crowder’s team also convinced some squatters […]

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The United States had just under 700,000 sworn enforcement officers in 2018, of whom 106 were killed in the line of duty that year. These officers are distributed among some 18,000 federal, state, and local police departments, which range in size from 36,000 officers in New York City to ten or fewer in hundreds of smaller towns and hamlets. All these individuals and departments are linked together by their license to use force when necessary to prevent violence and the destruction of property.

This raises a question: What legal regime should be implemented to prevent abuse by police officers?

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Some safety tips for protestors. I’ll admit I’m an old school guy. I believe in keeping my hands to myself, and keeping my hands off things that do not belong to me. As I told some people that I arrested; “Your life would be a lot less complicated if you did nothing more than sit […]

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Police across the nation are getting gun-shy (no pun intended) to use force in a confrontation when it’s necessary because of the overwhelming (and often political) legal aftermath. Given the large number of riots, looting, arsons, and attacks on cops, maybe governors or mayors should have the power to grant absolute immunity during a civil […]

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The current BLM narrative, peddled nonstop by the mainstream media, would make one think that it’s open season on black Americans and that the hunters are all whites. I think that this is a completely false narrative. The fundamental problem is black-on-black crime, particularly with respect to the worst of all crimes — murder.

I rely on the FBI’s 2018 Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data. I’ll provide specific links at the end.

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Been meaning for some time to examine this publicly. Might as well do it now. In February 2012 I was in downtown Santiago, Chile, and while walking right along Bernardo O’Higgins Avenue, on a hotel-to-beer-vendor-and-back circuit as I recall, I saw a woman run across this multilane east-west thoroughfare. Actually I heard her first, as […]

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Minneapolis Police
We’ll protect you! We’ll protect you real good!
No, seriously, look:

The City of Minneapolis is spending $4,500 a day for private security for three council members who have received threats following the police killing of George Floyd, FOX 9 has learned.

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Where’s my spotlight?

As the number of rioters dwindles to a few with strident demands, the great enabler is taking extraordinary steps to keep the party rolling. With the sharp decline in murders, rapes, robberies, arson, and population that has marked this new phase of the CHAZ/CHOP experience, City Hall released this statement Friday (not a parody) as reported by KOMO News, ABC4, Seattle:

This afternoon the Mayor and City department leaders met with black ministers and some of the organizers to discuss the restoration of the Capitol Hill area and long-term changes to transform policing. The City’s goal remains to allow any individuals to exceed use their first amendment rights while also preserving the public safety of local residents and small businesses. The Mayor suggested a series of steps that she believes can be taken in the coming days, including the removal of the barriers to create more access. She also believes in the planning for some of the long term changes to Cal Anderson including art installations and the community garden.

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Rioters attempting to establish an AZ in Portland.
Striking a welcome contrast to the Seattle experience, Portland greeted rioting Antifa terrorists in a more appropriate manner. From the Washington Times:

Black community leaders decried Friday the protesters who wreaked havoc on a predominantly minority Portland neighborhood in an attempt to set up a Seattle-style autonomous zone, telling the rioters to “get your knee off our neck.”

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Asking the Right Questions: What Are Police Officers For?

 

The semester has ended, and I have time to do some writing. For some time I’ve been pondering whether Americans generally, and conservatives in particular, are asking the right questions about life in the 21st century. In this series I’ll be looking at different policies and areas of life and asking -are we really thinking about these issues the right way? Today’s installment is about what we need the police for and how that should influence the way we think about police.

Nominally, this line of thought is provoked by the botched raid in Louisville, where Breonna Taylor – an EMT – was shot and killed by police officers searching the wrong house for drugs from a person who had already been arrested. Really, it’s a disaster, and the family is probably morally owed a huge amount of compensation for that screw-up (whatever the law actually says). However, the question is much larger than this particular case. Discussions of the police often bog down in the details of the use of force policies, opinions of drug prohibition, use of surplus military equipment, qualified immunity, and overall discussion of the “warrior cop” ethos. These are all, however, technical questions. The actual question is what we want the police to achieve so that we can answer the technical questions to suit that aim.

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Your Friday martinis are served as Rob Long fills in for Jim. Today, they applaud Tim Scott for pointing out the Democrats didn’t block police reform because of what was in the bill but because of who was proposing it. They also wade into the scrutiny on some red states as their COVID infections increase, and they dissect the intense political debate over wearing masks. And they have fun with the news $1.4 billion in stimulus checks were sent out to dead people.

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Rob Long is in for Jim again Thursday. Today, Rob and Greg applaud Seattle businesses for suing the city for failing to provide essential services while local politicians coddled the radicals in the CHAZ/CHOP area. They also react to revelations in Peter Strzok’s notes that Barack Obama and Joe Biden were in on the planning to target Michael Flynn and the Trump administration. And they unload on leftist radicals and their enablers as what supposedly started as an effort to rein in police brutality is now focused on tearing down a statue celebrating emancipation, destroying Mount Rushmore, and changing our national anthem.

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Rob Long is in for Jim again Wednesday. Today, they celebrate the news that the FBI found no evidence of a hate crime in connection to a “noose” found in the garage of Bubba Wallace but that doesn’t stop Wallace and Al Sharpton from insisting something sinister happened. They also slam House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for saying the Republican police reform bill is tantamount to them getting away with the murder of George Floyd. And they discuss the primary election results showing another AOC-like Democrat headed to Congress from New York and wonder how America will react to vote counts lasting several days or even weeks come November.

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What are you expected to do if an active shooter shows up at a school? Let’s imagine it is one of those racists we hear being discussed all the time by the Left. Someone from the Atomwaffen shows up with stolen or homemade guns to a school full of black kids, looking to get his […]

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Washington State governor Jay Dimslee has now made mask wearing outside the home Mandatory for Everyone, starting this Friday. Applies to the entire State. Exceptions are children under age two, people who cannot wear a mask due to existing health condition, and people eating at a restaurant. Failure to do so will be a Misdemeanor […]

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Rob Long is in for Jim Geraghty again. He and Greg rip into far left activist Shaun King for wanting all “European” depictions of Jesus torn down and discuss that the real target of many on the far left is not just religious artwork but the church itself. They also weigh in on why many police are doing nothing to stop the vandalism and destruction of statues and monuments and they address the political debate arising on the right about whether the police ought to clamp down and protect these properties or whether images of endless rioting are going to lead to more votes for Republicans in November. And they have fun with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who did nothing about rioting but is now on the warpath against illegal fireworks dealers.

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Join Joe Selvaggi and Pioneer Institute’s executive director Jim Stergios for a conversation with Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby about his recent opinion piece on the need to abolish police unions.

 

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The White House showed Mayor Durkan of Seattle how it is done when rioters set about assembling a “Black House Autonomous Zone” in Lafayette Square. This video from the Daily Caller shows how the square was cleared by police in just a few minutes of concerted action after rioters brought in materials and traffic barriers and […]

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