Chicago, my hometown and one of the most culturally vibrant cities in America, is currently seeing a shocking increase in violent crime. In the first 15 days of 2016, the oppressed black and hispanic youths have racked up this impressive scorecard:
Shot & Killed: 25 (+150% from same period in 2015)
Shot & Wounded: 132 (+175%)
Total Shot: 157 (+171%)
Total Homicides: 25 (+108%)
Keep in mind that 2015, was a significantly more violent year than usual.
A hot topic in Chicago recently has been police brutality, mostly due to the release of the dashcam video of black teenager Laquan McDonald being killed by a white police officer in October 2014. Leftist activists from across the nation have continued the demand for evil KKK white supreemist nazi cops to stop oppressing aspiring rappers and good boys and their communities. In Chicago at least, it seems like they’ve been getting their wish as of lately:
In the first 11 days of the year, officers filed just 3,916 investigative stop reports compared to 16,698 during the same time period last year, according to police data.
That’s a 79-percent decrease, and arguably evidence that officers are avoiding the kind of proactive policing better known as the “stop-and-frisk” investigative stops pushed by former top cop Garry McCarthy. That approach led to thousands of gun arrests and illegal guns being confiscated every year.
Indeed, gun confiscations and arrest are each down more than 35 percent this year.
So stop and frisk is down 79% and total shootings are up 171%. I’m sure these two things can’t possibly be related, right?
This issue also leads me to entirely unrelated point. I used to be a libertarian and was staunchly opposed to any form of aggressive policing such as stop-and-frisk. However, ever since the Ferguson debacle, which brought a more a critical eye towards policing, police have been considerably less aggressive in policing and crime has soared. This is why I am no longer a libertarian. A society without an aggressive police force is preferable, but it is simply not possible when you have large number of “vibrant” individuals in the population.