Crime

Soft thinking jeopardizes historic reduction in violent crime

Featured image The crime statistics for 2014 keep coming in. They present a mixed picture. As I noted here, the murder rate in Washington DC was alarmingly high. So too in Los Angeles. It also increased in Indianapolis, Austin, Pittsburgh, El Paso, and Memphis. The murder rate dropped, though, in Chicago, Charlotte, Philadelphia, and Columbus, Ohio. And in New York City, site of a great policing success story, the murder rate continued »

Armed Self-Defense In North Carolina

Featured image Via Robert Stacy McCain, an inspiring story from North Carolina: A Lumberton man traded gunfire with three men who forced their way into his home, robbed the family, tried to rape his granddaughter and stole his car Monday, Robeson County authorities said. One of the men, identified as Jamie Faison, 20, was shot and found dead in the stolen Cadillac parked at his home on the 600 block of Singletary »

A law and order re-run?

Featured image For most of 2014, the big story was the worsening of the security situation in key parts of the Middle East and the growing threat to U.S. national security resulting from the rise of ISIS in that region. Late in the year, however, a new big story emerged — the growing threat to U.S. domestic tranquility. One aspect of this threat became manifest with the cyber-attack on Sony. We will »

A Funeral In New York

Featured image Some 25,000 policemen turned out for the funeral of NYPD officer Rafael Ramos in Queens, some of them flown to New York, free of charge, by Jet Blue. This was the sea of blue outside the church where the funeral was held: Ramos’s family, before the service. I had not realized it, but Ramos reportedly was studying to be a minister: Mayor de Blasio has been trying to mend fences »

Teenager Shot In Missouri: So What?

Featured image One of this morning’s big news stories is the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Antonio Martin by a policeman in Berkeley, Missouri–a place that, the Associated Press tells us helpfully, is “just a few miles from Ferguson.” The Antonio Martin shooting is currently the top story on Google News, and it is being headlined on pretty much every newspaper’s website. But why? What makes this a major news story? The Michael »

As Anti-Police Demonstration Rages at Mall of America, Two Cops Are Murdered in Brooklyn [Updated]

Featured image This afternoon there was an anti-police demonstration at the Mall of America in Minnesota. Twitchy had coverage. Stores were closed as chanting protesters occupied portions of several floors overlooking the mall’s rotunda. This photo is from Twitter: The person who posted it added: “Prosecute the police! Multilevel chant is thrilling.” The mall warned protesters to disperse, and police eventually cleared them out: While the demonstration was in progress, another anti-police »

“Rape Culture,” Debunked

Featured image What is behind the recent hysteria over “rape culture” on college campuses, given that 1) the incidence of rape, like other violent crimes, has been declining for decades, and 2) as one would expect, non-students are more likely to be raped than students? The motivation presumably is political. This report by the Department of Justice indicates how far “rape culture” dogma departs from reality. The claim that one in five »

The uses and misuses of Eric Garner’s death

Featured image Bill Otis takes on George Will’s column (which Steve made note of here,) which claims that Eric Garner “was criminalized to death.” Among Bill’s points are these: 1. A sales tax on cigarettes and criminal penalties for not paying it do not signify criminalization run amok. Indeed, conservatives generally prefer sales taxes to income taxes, on the theory that it’s better to tax consumption than production. 2. There is always »

Liberalism Caused Eric Garner’s Death

Featured image George Will notes this morning that the death of Eric Garner by police choke hold came for the high crime of . . . selling an untaxed cigarette, and wonders whether this isn’t an overextension of the “broken windows” theory of community policing: Garner died at the dangerous intersection of something wise, known as “broken windows” policing, and something worse than foolish: decades of overcriminalization. . . Overcriminalization has become »

Lena Dunham Refuses to Back Off On False Rape Claim, Lawsuit Possible

Featured image Via Breitbart News, we learn that “Barry One,” the former Oberlin student who was falsely accused of rape by Obama fangirl Lena Dunham in her memoir, retained a lawyer two months ago to attempt to clear his name. Dunham, despite the palpable falsity of her accusation, apparently has refused to recant: For more than two months, and to no avail, Barry One has asked Dunham (through her representatives) to clear »

A Bad Week for Rape Culture

Featured image As Steve noted earlier today, Rolling Stone magazine has backed off from its blockbuster story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia. I wrote here that the story, written by an activist and based entirely on anonymous sources, was incredible on its face. “Jackie,” the alleged victim in the story, was gang raped by seven men in a fraternity house, but didn’t go to the police. Seriously? »

Eric Garner and the issue of over-criminalization

Featured image The death of Eric Garner at the hands of a police officer has focused attention not only on the use of force against Garner, but also on the low-level nature of the crime that put him in jeopardy. Garner’s offense was selling loose cigarettes, a means of evading the high tax imposed on tobacco products. For purposes of analyzing the potential case against the officer who choked Garner, it makes »

Witness 34 Tells It Like It Was

Featured image Paul wrote earlier today about the Ferguson grand jury’s Witness #10, one of the very few people who witnessed the confrontation between Officer Wilson and Mike Brown from beginning to end. I haven’t read the entire record of the grand jury proceedings, which is lengthy. But I have read quite a bit of it, and it is pretty obvious that the witnesses who were actually anywhere near the scene support »

The Telos of the Liberal Mind?

Featured image Remember the old joke from the 1960s about the liberal cleric who told his congregation that he had been mugged, but that he sympathized with his mugger, because injustice, etc. . . Whereupon an elderly lady in the back of the pews mutters loudly, “Mug him again.” The joke has come to life in Georgetown, where a student who was recently mugged at gunpoint has written an article justifying the »

Did Obama pressure Gov. Nixon to keep the National Guard out?

Featured image I noted here that the National Guard wasn’t in Ferguson last night, and I wondered why. After all, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon had declared a state of emergency in the St. Louis area — the potential emergency being the impending grand jury decision — and had mobilized the National Guard. In addition, the mayor of Ferguson had requested the Guard’s presence. Yet, the National Guard was nowhere to be seen »

Believe your eyes, not liberal talking heads

Featured image In the post just below, Scott refers to “the underlying behavioral disparities that are reflected in the numerical racial disparities” in incarceration rates, school discipline and so forth. As he notes, these behavioral disparities were on display for all to see last night. It was surreal to hear liberal talking heads complaining about the number of African-Americans in prison while watching African-Americans (their “hands up” only as high as it »

The fire this time

Featured image Watching the Ferguson mob rioting for fun and looting for the traditional reasons live on television last night, I didn’t see much “anger” in evidence. The arson and destruction looked premeditated and deliberate, an orgy of opportunity. Was it an accident that the orgy commenced as President Obama urged calm? (The White House has posted the text of his remarks and a video of his statement here.) It was either »