Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Soldati Attempting To Extort The Capo De Tutti Capi?

The Atlantic's Connor Friedersdorf seems to be of the opinion that a "work stoppage" by New York's Finest is - not quite extortion - but being used as leverage for union negotiations.
"The statistics cited suggest significant solidarity among cops. Overall arrests rates fell 66 percent "for the week starting Dec. 22 compared with the same period in 2013, stats show. Citations for traffic violations fell by 94 percent, from 10,069 to 587, during that time frame. Summonses for low-level offenses like public drinking and urination also plunged 94 percent—from 4,831 to 300. Even parking violations are way down, dropping by 92 percent, from 14,699 to 1,241."
It will be interesting to see if this has any effect on crime. My guess is no. And if so, it will be an embarrassment.

The "broken windows" theory of neighborhood involvement (or harassment, depending on your income level or skin color) is touted by conservatives as effective, but many others suggest it doesn't really work, or worse, turns into a mass harvest method of extortion, one that is clearly uneven in its application.

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