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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Just before a wave of violence turned Baltimore into the nation's deadliest big city, a curious thing happened to its police force: officers suddenly seemed to stop noticing crime. Police officers reported seeing fewer drug dealers on street corners. They encountered fewer people who had open arrest warrants. Police questioned fewer people on the street. They stopped fewer cars. In the space of just a few days in spring 2015 – as Baltimore faced a wave of rioting after Freddie Gray, a black man, died from injuries he suffered in the back of a police van – officers in nearly every part of the city appeared to turn a blind eye to everyday violations. They still answered calls for help. But the number of potential violations they reported seeing themselves dropped by nearly half. It has largely stayed that way ever since.

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The Wire season 6?

#1 | Posted by klifferd at 2018-07-12 09:14 AM | Reply

So cops stopped doing their jobs because people became critical of how they were doing their jobs? They still show up every day and draw their paychecks but are basically mailing it in until they can draw on their sweet pension. That's called malicious compliance.

#2 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2018-07-12 09:39 AM | Reply

If the cops aren't doing their job, fire them.
There is a competent middle.

#3 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-07-12 09:49 AM | Reply

"If the cops aren't doing their job, fire them."

Unions might have something to say about that.

#4 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2018-07-12 09:53 AM | Reply

We cant seem to find a happy medium. Either its a free for all or cops being judge jury and executioner.

#5 | Posted by fresno500 at 2018-07-12 09:59 AM | Reply

We can find that medium, we just have to get away from stats based policing.

#6 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-07-12 10:37 AM | Reply

Unions might have something to say about that.
#4 | POSTED BY HAGBARD_CELINE

The FOP is one of the evilest, anti-American organizations to have ever existed.

#7 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-07-12 01:53 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

What did the fools who run Baltimore think would happen?

#8 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-07-12 02:45 PM | Reply

Less policing = more murders

Who is the genius that figured that one out?

#9 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-07-12 02:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Less policing = more murders... Who is the genius that figured that one out?"

The cops who are doing less in retaliation for having their behavior criticized, obviously.

#10 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2018-07-12 02:58 PM | Reply

What did the fools who run Baltimore think would happen?
#8 | POSTED BY SAWDUST

That cops would figure out a professional, constitutionally driven way to do their jobs? I guess not expecting them to hide in the corner and sulk like little children was too much.

#11 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-07-13 09:12 AM | Reply

Some person probably told the police to stand down because people needed relief.

#12 | Posted by Petrous at 2018-07-13 03:30 PM | Reply

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