Monday, May 25, 2015

Baltimore Sun and Reason magazine Blind Leading the Blind

The law enforcement experts, on the editorial board of the Baltimore Sun, have this to say about the spike in violence in Baltimore after the riots. They write,  "... the mayor and police commissioner need to make clear to the rank and file (police) and the watching public that good police work does not require brutal tactics." 

Who said the Baltimore police department is brutal? 

Well, the Baltimore Sun, "civil rights" leaders, the ACLU, and libertarians from the Cato Institute. They did - and still do - say this without knowing all the facts of the Freddie Gray case. This is exactly what these same institutions and groups did in the Ferguson MO case. 

They act like a lynch mob. But, in a vile, hypocritical manner,  pretend to be champions of civil liberties - which they deny police officers.

For example, there is this eloquent disquisition from those law enforcement veterans at the Cato Institute's Reason magazine. They write, " When the cops chasing Freddie Gray caught up with him, they had a problem: He had not done anything illegal. They solved that problem the way cops often do: They picked a charge after the fact." 

I wonder if the policing experts at Reason are familiar with Terry stops. BTW the lawsuit settlement cited in this Reason magazine article, as proof positive that Baltimore police were engaging in "bogus arrests," contains a whole paragraph stating the Baltimore police deny any wrongdoing but are settling the case to save taxpayers money.  (Section III). Also note, no criminal charges were filed as far as I can tell.

Perhaps the brain trusts at the Baltimore Sun can huddle with the geniuses at Reason magazine. Together they can devise a policing strategy for Baltimore, Ferguson, and Staten Island - and the rest of America. Failing this, possibly they can 'suit up' and form a volunteer auxiliary police force. 

Then they can show us how it is done. They can enlighten us as to how preventing violent crime in our inner cities can best be accomplished without resorting to  " brutal tactics" or using " bogus busts. "

But what do I know. I am merely  a writer who worked as an inner city police officer in a high crime, black neighborhood in Philadelphia, who happens to hold a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, who has written about this issue for about 25 years.

Michael P. Tremoglie


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