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October 18, Progressive Misbelief. For well over a century, "progressives" have a proud tradition of not only exposing what is best for other people often correctly, I might add but also thinking they know what other people believe often incorrectly.

There's a paternalism inherent to the progressive movement that can come awfully close to racism or at least a white-savior complex when it comes to policies that impact non-white people. A recent article points out how white liberals of which I count myself have, on issues of race, moved to the left of black Americans.

If you, like me, hang Police officer blog mostly with a liberal white set, you Police officer blog believe 1 the greatest problem in poor black neighborhoods is the Police officer blog of being shot by police; 2 crime is down everywhere; 3 black neighborhoods are over-policed and 4 any attempt to apply policing solutions to neighborhood problems of crime, violence, and fear is part of a right-wing plot to throw more blacks in prison.

There are other crazy things I hear as well, like, for instance, proven crime-reduction strategies -- take hot spots policing and Broken Windows minus the zero-tolerance -- are racist because they disproportionately impacted African Americans. I've seen this for a while now on issues of policing issues, and it frustrates me to no end. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion, but white liberals and "progressives," particularly the woke set, seem to have a certain fondness for thinking they know Police officer blog other people should believe.

That is a privilege you should check.

Blacks want more police presence more than whites want more police presence. Read that again, if you have to. I remember having a discussion about this fact with a nice editor at a major national magazine. At first she simply didn't believe it. It didn't fit her worldview nor the view of her mostly white coworkers. It didn't fit the narrative. For very Police officer blog non-whites, it's just over half. This is on par with residents of Nicaragua and Zimbabwe!

So if a majority of lower-income blacks feel unsafe and generally want more and also better!

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And yeah, some of my best friends are black. And they tell me they don't like your paternalistic BS either.

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On Tuesday 11 people were shot in Baltimore. It made the local paper. And perhaps another 4 or 5 today the day isn't over. Think of the trauma that comes from this violence. The impact not just on victims but on family, friends, kids, and the entire community. It's hard to imagine. When I brought this bad day to somebody, the response was responded "there are not jobs.

But there were no jobs in before violence doubled. There were no jobs on Monday. There will be no jobs tomorrow. Public order and safe streets are preconditions to fixing society's greater problems.

If you don't feel safe leaving your house, very little good is going to happen. I know there are things police Police officer blog do. But some problems -- from squeegee boys right up to murder -- can be mitigated and even solved by good policing. And we've moved away from that in some of our cities.

And that has happened, in part, because people with influence and power Police officer blog the liberal elite, if you will a term I do not like Police officer blog by most definitions I'd be part of it! Links to this post Email This BlogThis! October 5, Van Dyke Guilty in Chicago.

I think Van Dyke was found guilty because, get this, he was. I wrote this in The video is out. After long attempts to sweep it under the rug failed.

It's a bad shooting The officer who killed McDonald fits the pattern of bad cops: Sure, all the complaints weren't justified, but some of them were. And undoubtedly he did a lot Police officer blog bad shit that people didn't file formal complaints about. Now of course I know that in a court of law anything Van Dyke did in the past is irrelevant to his guilt or innocence is this criminal case. Whether he was a "bad" cop or not is irrelevant and inadmissible in a court of law.

But I'm mentioning it because I'm not a court of law. And second-degree murder seems correct.

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It meets these conditions: Intended to kill or do great bodily harm to that individual or knew that the act would do so ; or Knows that the acts Police officer blog a strong probability of causing death or great bodily harm to the individual. Combined with this mitigating factor: As judged by this former police officer, I say Van Dyke was not reasonable.

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October 4, Why they carry illegal guns in Chicago. There an interesting study by the Urban Institute on young men carrying guns in Chicago.

This has already been misrepresented in the Chicago Sun-Times as "1 in 3 young people surveyed in four Chicago neighborhoods say they carry a gun. It's not trying to be a representative sample even of a high violence neighborhood or Police officer blog out how many people carry illegal guns. Rather, they tried to Police officer blog out why people carry guns and what will make them less likely to do so.

Not surprisingly, most people who carry a gun illegally do not do so all the time. Most who carry say they do so "for protection," which also isn't surprising. What is surprising is the 6 people who said they carry a gun to commit crime.

So is the chance of being shot. So either we work to arm everybody who is afraid, or -- better -- we deescalate the streets and work to reduce fear by reducing violence and number of people carrying illegal guns.

That figure is important and perhaps not well known enough. Instead of complaining when certain politicians call Chicago a disaster or a war torn -- "oh, it's not all neighborhoods," say some -- perhaps we should focus on making sure some neighborhoods aren't so lethal! Still, this indicates some potential for a deterrent effect.

The sample of those who have Police officer blog carried a gun is, not surprisingly, not pro-police.

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And there's an odd bit of data presentation. Either they're not being great at the stats game or are trying to mislead.

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Two groups are compared over and over again: Also, "entire" implies it's representative of something, but it's not. It's a non-random targeted sample. The groups are easy to separate.

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Or at least I did so based on their figure 9. What are their opinions of police? Do tell us what illegal-gun carriers think of police.

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