The Counterproductivity of Race-Baiting Protestors
Maybe it's not quite fair to refer to the protests as being counterproductive, since the people headlining them are explicitly calling for violence and lawlessness, but even before the all-out race war that NYC Councilman Charles Barron (D-Brooklyn) and his ilk are desperately trying to ignite actually begins, we may now be seeing the harmful side effects of their actions.
In the weeks since Sean Bell was fatally shot by police outside a Queens topless bar, arrests have dropped by about 40% in the area, the latest police statistics show.
Some experts said the drop reflected police officers' reluctance to face another confrontation in a neighborhood charged with racial tension after the shooting, and some pointed to similar drops following other controversial shootings.
We might have seen this effect in some measure no matter what, simply because the shooting was bound to become controversial. But the ongoing protests at which Black "leaders" do their damnedest to fuel racial hatred are certainly escalating the tension and, apparently, the negative impact on law enforcement.
And the consequences are very real.
After four street crime officers fatally shot Amadou Diallo, who was unarmed, in the vestibule of his Bronx apartment building in 1999, citywide arrests dropped by 8% over nine months, according to published news reports. Arrests by street crime officers dropped to 3,115 in fiscal 1999 from 4,250 in fiscal 1998, a 26.7% decrease, the reports say.
Mayor Giuliani reportedly said at the time that the intense public scrutiny of the police after the Diallo shooting caused the murder rate to rise slightly, because officers were less confident to make arrests.
If the phenomenon plays out similarly this time, Councilman Barron's pleas for "Black power against the police" don't even need to be overtly heeded for blood to be on his hands.
Handcrafted by Flip on December 21, 2006 |
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