Crime

Prayers for Charleston

Featured image Sen. Rev. Clementa Pinckney and eight churchgoers were murdered during a prayer service at the historically black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (also known as “Mother Emanuel) in Charleston, South Carolina last night. The gunman remains at large. Neither the murderer nor the eight other victims have yet been identified by name. The Washington Post reports on the shootings here. The AP has posted a slightly more current story here. »

The left wants it both ways on policing

Featured image Heather Mac Donald has an excellent piece in the Wall Street Journal called “Explaining Away the New Crime Wave.” It’s a response to the left’s frantic efforts to avoid the obvious inference that the spike in crime many cities are experiencing results in part from the growing reluctance of cops to engage in proactive policing. Mac Donald’s article is worth reading in full, if you can penetrate the Journal’s pay »

As crime soars in Baltimore, the police are partly to blame

Featured image The May arrest and crime numbers from Baltimore are in. They show that the police arrested fewer people than in any month for at least three years, despite a surge in homicides and shootings across the city. According to the Baltimore Sun, arrests declined citywide by 43 percent from April to May. They dropped by more than half in the West Baltimore neighborhood where Freddie Gray was arrested. Several neighborhoods »

The Cost of Liberalism

Featured image From today’s New York Times: West Baltimore’s Police Presence Drops, and Murders Soar By Richard A. Oppel, Jr. BALTIMORE — From the steps of her New Bethlehem Baptist Church, the Rev. Lisa Weah looked down the block to the open-air drug market outside the bodega on the corner a few hundred feet away. The traffic there had been slowing until the chaos that followed the death of Freddie Gray on »

What Happens When You Don’t Enforce the Immigration Laws

Featured image One of the most horrifying crimes within memory occurred in Washington, D.C. on May 13 and 14. A man named Darron Wint broke into a home, commonly described as a mansion, owned by a businessman named Savvas Savopoulos. Wint held Savopoulos, his wife Amy, their 10-year-old son Philip, and their housekeeper, Veralicia Figueroa, captive for around 20 hours while he tormented them and arranged for a futile ransom to be »

Stephen Hunter: The case of Tamir Rice

Featured image We first got to know Stephen Hunter when he was the Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post movie critic. He is best known as a successful novelist, and he happens to know a great deal about guns. I, Ripper is his new novel. Published last month, it is in bookstores now. Here he offers his reflections on the case of Tamir Rice on the occasion of a Cleveland judge sounding off on »

Things go from bad to worse for Marilyn Mosby

Featured image Marilyn Mosby, the prosecutor in the Freddie Gray case, continues to make news for all the wrong reasons. First, her motion for a gag order in the case was dismissed because she filed it in the wrong court. The Baltimore Sun reports: Judge Charles J. Peters ruled the motion lacked standing in an actual proceeding, as it was filed by Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s office in Circuit Court on »

Deep secrets of racial profiling (10)

Featured image The deepest secret of the campaign against law enforcement in the name of racial disparities is this one: behavioral disparities account for the racial disparities. Huge differences in crime rates between and among groups sorted by race permeate the relevant data. John Diiulio put it concisely in a notable 1996 City Journal essay: “If blacks are overrepresented in the ranks of the imprisoned, it is because blacks are overrepresented in »

Deep secrets of racial profiling (8)

Featured image Heather Mac Donald has turned herself into an invaluable national resource on matters of crime and policing. She has written important essays such as her recent Wall Street Journal column headlined somewhat inaccurately “The new nationwide crime wave.” The Manhattan Institute has collected some of her newspaper columns, magazine essays, podcasts, videos, and congressional testimony here, and Mac Donald herself has collected several of her important essays, mostly written for »

Deep secrets of racial profiling (4)

Featured image If you’re trying to get a handle on the race-based assault on law enforcement, unfortunately, you must acquaint yourself with Michelle Alexander and The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.. Published in paperback in 2012, the book is now in its eighteenth printing with a new foreword by Cornel West. In his foreword, West declares it “the secular bible for a new social movement.” This he »

FBI Should Come Clean on Surveillance Aircraft

Featured image Here in the Twin Cities, it started when a man described as an aviation buff noticed a small airplane acting oddly. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on May 29: Aviation buff John Zimmerman was at a weekly gathering of neighbors Friday night when he noticed something peculiar: a small plane circling a route overhead that didn’t make sense to him. It was dark, so a sightseeing flight didn’t make sense, »

I’ll say one thing for Martin O’Malley

Featured image He isn’t Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. But then, Rawlings-Blake, the current mayor of Baltimore, isn’t running for President. O’Malley, the former Baltimore mayor is, and he’s not profiting from reports about how badly the city is doing. As the Washington Post puts it, “Baltimore’s blight has O’Malley on the defensive.” The Post provides a useful look at O’Malley’s time as mayor. As you would expect from an ambitious liberal, O’Malley was an »

ACLU: Minneapolis Police Are Racist, Should Do Less Policing

Featured image The Minneapolis Star Tribune cites a report by the American Civil Liberties Union on race and law enforcement in Minneapolis: People of color are more likely to be arrested for low-level crimes in Minneapolis compared to their white counterparts, according to a detailed study released Thursday of thousands of arrests made by city police. … Picking up the Pieces: Policing in America, a Minneapolis Case Study shows that blacks were »

The Wages of Liberalism Is Death

Featured image The Left’s ceaseless attacks on law enforcement are having the predictable effect: elevated homicide rates in the cities where policemen have come under attack. Paul wrote here about out-of-control violence in Baltimore in the wake of the anti-police protests there, and the indictment of six officers. Baltimore’s CBS outlet updated the numbers yesterday: It’s the deadliest month Baltimore has seen in more than 15 years. More than two dozen shootings »

A Police-Involved Shooting In Omaha

Featured image On Wednesday, Omaha police officers attempted to serve an arrest warrant on Marcus Wheeler, 26, who was wanted for an earlier shooting. Wheeler opened fire on the officers and killed one of them, Kerrie Orozco, 29: Officer Kerrie Orozco, 29, died at Creighton University Medical Center shortly after the 1 p.m. shooting, Schmaderer said at a news conference. Schmaderer said the suspect, 26-year-old Marcus Wheeler, also died at the hospital. »

More evidence that the criminal justice system is too lenient

Featured image The big local news in the Washington, D.C. area is the capture of Daron Wint and his arrest for the murder of Savvas Savopoulos, his wife and 10 year-old child, and his housekeeper, Veralicia Figueroa. According to reports, Wint worked for the company Savopoulos owned and operated. The case against Wint appears to be extremely strong. Therefore, for purposes of this post, I will assume he committed the crimes. Wint »

Race Hustlers Want Equal Treatment With Biker Gangs

Featured image You can’t make this stuff up: some on the left are complaining that the Waco biker gangs have gotten more favorable press coverage than the rioters in Ferguson and Baltimore. The Associated Press headlines, “Differing Perceptions of Waco, Baltimore Bothering Some.” The prevailing images of protests in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, over police killings of black men were of police in riot gear, handcuffed protesters, tear gas and mass arrests. »