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Media Distortions Fuel Spike in Murders

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A protester throws a gas canister back at police during clashes at North Ave and Pennsylvania Ave in Baltimore, Maryland April 28, 2015.  REUTERS/Eric Thayer -

 

The month of May saw tragic spikes in murder rates in Baltimore, New York, Chicago and other big cities—an alarming reversal of nearly 30 years of progress in reducing violent crime. Irresponsible media coverage of police-tensions with the black community combined with demagogic posing by leftist politicians and agitators to raise the levels of urban violence.

The obsessive focus on incidents of police shooting African-American males served to spread the false idea that the cops in general are a threat to black people, rather than the truth that police offer the chief source of protection against inner city brutality.

These media distortions lead to less cooperation with police, and less confident and effective policing. Most victims of the new murder epidemic are black, as are the suspected perpetrators, showing African-American youth facing a risk of violence from black civilians many times greater than the risk of confrontation with anyone wearing a police uniform.

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  1. jguy  •  Jun 3, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    In Ferguson and Baltimore legal demonstrations were and should
    be allowed as is citizen rights…..but when those demonstrations
    turn to riot with property damage and a type of armed insurrection
    localized martial law should be declared. This should include
    the suspension of habeas corpus as per Lincoln – It didn’t appear
    to me that the rioters were concerned citizens….but anti-government
    revolutionaries who should be treated as such. It seems to me that
    Mr. Sharpton needs to apologize for his role in stirring up the rioters
    in Ferguson by magnifying and exploiting actions that have been
    proven to have never occurred.

    • Sean Flynn  •  Jun 4, 2015 at 8:53 am

      “…..anti-government revolutionaries…..”???

      No, I’d have to say that the individuals who caused the most mayhem in Ferguson and Baltimore were mere thugs taking advantage of a situation for the personal gain of loot and enjoyment of arson.

      I can disagree with revolutionaries, have a conversation, listen to their opinions, debate, etc.

      I have no respect for rioting looters and cannot empathize with them in any fashion.

      The rioters of Baltimore killed the “anti-cop” movement in one night.

  2. jguy  •  Jun 4, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    “mere thugs” “anti-government revolutionaries” both flaunt
    the law and basically like most anti-government elements today rail and rave against “government” but actually they are overgrown children who want no-one or “institution”
    telling them what to do. They throw their immature fits
    and will not be quieted until someone or something comes
    down hard. When the political winds change, as they
    will, the antithesis will be swift and harsh. The more law
    enforcement today is muted the more violent the ultimate
    solution. In the final moment law enforcement has to win.

  3. Marcus Parcus  •  Jun 14, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Riot and looting have no connection with the right of the people to peaceably assemble. They are the behavior of individuals who believe, in the moment or otherwise, that they can victimize one or more fellow citizens for personal gain without assuming responsibility before the law for their heinous behavior. They believe that they “get lost in the croud”.

    Hiway speeding with/without radar detectors is a special case of this same unjustifiable behavior. As we see the propensity of society moving in this direction we are moving toward anarchy and mayhem :-(.

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