911 is a joke!

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911 is a Joke!

As crazy as things are now, they could always be worse. In some instances, that is a guarantee. Take for example what is happening in Baltimore, MD as indicated below.

Baltimore will no longer prosecute the following crimes:

  • CDS (drug) possession
  • Attempted distribution CDS
  • Paraphernalia possession
  • Prostitution
  • Trespassing
  • Minor traffic offenses
  • Open container
  • Rogue and vagabond
  • Urinating/defecating in public

According to a press release from the Office of the State Attorney for Baltimore, this is a good thing. To quote:

“Today, America’s war on drug users is over in the city of Baltimore. We leave behind the era of tough-on-crime prosecution and zero tolerance policing and no longer default to the status quo to criminalize mostly people of color for addiction. We will develop sustainable solutions and allow our public health partners to do their part to address mental health and substance use disorder,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. 

The Baltimore Mayor approves of the move.

“Reimagining public safety in Baltimore requires innovation and collaborative effort. I applaud State’s Attorney Mosby’s Office for working with partners to stem violence in Baltimore and ensure residents have the adequate support services they deserve,” said Mayor Brandon Scott.

This seems nonsensical to me. However, they offered data that supported this move.

“The fact that we saw drops in 911 calls and recidivism for these offenses shows us that communities are less impacted by these announcements than one might assume. The trend is different for other offenses during that time period. The policy is therefore making a positive impact on communities. By working with researchers, Mrs. Mosby has shown that she wants to approach these issues holistically, analyzing the data, and not making decisions in a vacuum,” Susan Sherman, Johns Hopkins University Professor.

Maybe I’m missing something. If I know that my calls to the police for certain crimes will not do any good then, why would I call them? Likely, I will find some other way to cope. Could other people coming to that realization be the reason why 911 calls are down? Sigh. (The Public Enemy song – “911 is a Joke” comes to mind.)

The leadership in Baltimore may have received inspiration from Los Angeles County’s head prosecutor – George Gascon. According to Fox News, in LA County…

…many misdemeanor cases will be declined or dismissed prior to arraignment unless “factors for considerations” exist. The list of offenses includes trespassing, disturbing the peace, a minor in possession of alcohol, driving without a license, driving with a suspended license, making criminal threats, drug and paraphernalia possession, being under the influence of a controlled substance, public intoxication, loitering to commit prostitution and resisting arrest.

In addition, prosecutors will not seek the death penalty and those accused of misdemeanors and low-level felonies will be referred to community-based programs. For juveniles, those accused of misdemeanors will no longer be prosecuted.

There are at least three factors that these two cities hold in common a) they are enacting these policies to combat racism, b) they are enacted by Democrats and according to a consensus of online commentators, c) they will decline into ruin. Indeed, the most common sentiment I noticed was how Democrats ruining cities is a given depending on how far left their policies are. Is that true or, polarized political rhetoric? I did a bit of research. You decide. What would constitute a ruining a city? At least, in a way that could be measured? I think crime rates would be a prime indicator although I am sure there are several.

The following is a list based on Neighborhood Scout, a website that offers custom analytics for investing, appraising and financing real estate. This is not a political website. Based on their investment research, these are the American cities with the highest crime rates. The only thing I added to the data was the name of the current Mayor and their political party affiliation.

1. Detroit, MI

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 19.5
  • Your chance of being a victim: 1 in 51
  • Mayor: Michael Edward Duggan, Democrat

2. St. Louis, MO

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 19.2
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 51
  • Mayor: Lyda Krewson, Democrat

3. Memphis, TN

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 19.0
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 52
  • Mayor: Jim Strickland, Democrat

4. Baltimore, MD

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 19.0
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 53
  • Mayor: Mayor Brandon M. Scott, Democrat

5. Monroe, LA

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 17.9
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 55
  • Mayor: Friday Ellis, Independent

6. Danville, IL

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 17.5
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 56
  • Mayor: Rickey Williams, Jr., Independent

7. Wilmington, DE

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 15.8
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 62
  • Mayor: Mike Purzycki, Democrat

8. Alexandria, LA

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 15.8
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 63
  • Mayor: Jacques Roy, Democrat

9. Camden, NJ

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 15.7
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 63
  • Mayor: Francisco Moran, Democrat

10. Scranton, PA

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 15.7
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 63
  • Mayor: Paige Cognetti, Democrat

11. Pine Bluff, AR

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 15.5
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 64
  • Mayor: Shirley Washington, Democrat

12. Springfield, MO

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 15.3
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 65
  • Mayor: Ken McClure, Democrat

13. Little Rock, AR

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 15.3
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 65
  • Mayor: Frank Scott Jr., Democrat

14. Saginaw, MI

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 15.2
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 65
  • Mayor: Floyd Kloc, Independent

15. San Bernardino, CA

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 15.2
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 65
  • Mayor: John Valdivia, Republican

16. Cleveland, OH

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 15.2
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 65
  • Mayor: Frank G. Jackson, Democrat

17. Kansas City, MO

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 14.3
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 69
  • Mayor: Quinton Lucas, Democrat

18. Stockton, CA

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 14.1
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 70
  • Mayor: Kevin Lincoln, Democrat

19. Canton, OH

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 13.9
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 71
  • Mayor: Thomas Bernabei, Democrat

20. Chester, PA

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 13.8
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 72
  • Mayor: Thaddeus Kirkland, Democrat

The list of the most dangerous cities in America extends to the top 100 cities. I only focused on the top 20. To offer a counter-balance, I looked up the 10 most Conservative Cities in America as of 2020 and compared them to the most dangerous cities list. Out of 10, only one was on the list.

The 10 Most Conservative Cities In America For 2020

  • Lafayette, LA
  • Tyler, TX
  • The Woodlands, TX
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Frisco, TX
  • Carrollton, TX
  • Murfreesboro, TN
  • Chattanooga, TN < Made the list of most dangerous American cites at #48
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Plano, TX

Out of curiosity, I looked up that Mayor and it was Andy Berke (Democrat). Now is that to say that ALL Democrats make bad Mayors? No, I would not say that. My thinking is that each Mayor (or Mayoral candidate, for that matter) should be judged on their individual merits and record of success. However, based on the data I found, Republicans have plenty of data to cherry pick from when running against Democrats in future Mayor races. Just my 2 cents.

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