A week or so after FBI Director James Comey said that he believed the national activism against police officers could be directly linked to the surge in violent crime, the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration is publicly agreeing with his assessment.
“I think there is something to it,” said Chuck Rosenberg, the head honcho at the DEA. “I think he was spot on.”
This puts both of them at odds with the president. This week, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that the evidence “does not support the notion that law enforcement officers around the country are shying away from fulfilling their responsibilities.”
Well, what is it then? Why would there be a spike in crime coinciding so perfectly with this national epidemic of anti-police sentiment? Are the people revolting? Are people deciding to become criminals because they assume they’ll be mistaken for a criminal anyway? This is doubtful.
Police officers, like any human being, like to feel appreciated. And considering these men and women put their lives in serious jeopardy for the common good, they deserve a certain amount of appreciation. Does that make every police officer an upstanding moral citizen? Look no further than the scumbag in Illinois to see that’s not the case.
But we didn’t call for massive teacher reform after a handful of teachers slept with their students. Why? Because we understand that even if a teacher gets busted every year or so, it doesn’t reflect a systemic problem that must be addressed. We understand that there are bad people in the world. Some of them become teachers, some of them become cops, some of them become president of the United States. That’s the way it is.
When did we decide that it’s a bad thing to be tough on crime? Strict laws, harsh sentenced, and proactive policing have cleaned up some of the worst cities in the country. We’re going to throw that away became some thug got himself shot in Missouri?
Liberals refuse to entertain the possibility that they have it backwards. They look at black incarceration rates and claim that it’s proof that racism still exists. But what if racism still exists because black people keep committing crime in disproportionate numbers? Doesn’t that make a hell of a lot more sense?
If you took this view, your goal would then be to see why that imbalance exists and what we can do to start changing it. But if you won’t even begin to imagine that possibility, then your only option is to dismantle the entire justice system piece by piece. That might cure the symptom – high rates of minority incarceration – but it does nothing to cure the disease – high minority crime rates. And so, a few years from now when our cities have become uninhabitable, we’ll repeat this cycle again.
Wouldn’t it be better to fix the real problem?