Because of her presumably mistaken career, friends quit talking to her. Relatives quit talking to her. A demonstrator set her clothes on fire.
As quoted in the Times, she said, “I am drowning in this politically charged atmosphere of hate and destruction.”
She quit. One problem with that is that police are hard to replace at the moment.
We’ve had thousands of protests saying abolish cops and hundreds of riots saying the same thing, using violence as an exclamation mark.
Defunding has proceeded. Portland, for instance, cut a police budget in 2020 by $16 million after 12 homicides and then experienced 44 more homicides with 200 police officers taking off and the homicides in 2021 getting worse.
For more, consider how experts are telling us that homicides went up by a whopping, incredible 30 percent in 34 of the nation’s largest cities, a historic rise, in 2020.
The bloody, ugly, inhumane increase in homicides was much higher, an unbelievable 92 percent in Louisville and 95 percent in Milwaukee.
Hey, the pandemic did it, some say, but a precise study shows the big bump did not come until virulent anti-police protests went national.
Nothing exacerbates crime like the lessened prevention that followed, and those who think police a foremost threat to Black Americans should consider the exceptional death toll experienced by Black Americans.
Those in tough neighborhoods obviously know more about this issue from direct experience than our political betters do from ideological contemplation, and guess what 80 percent have said to Gallup about cops. They want them around.
President Joe Biden wants to give communities money to help the cops in whatever way is most needed, a good idea, especially if he takes the money from some of his suspect ambitions.
He wants gun dealers with federal licenses to abide by the rules and universal background checks. Common sense, right?
His wish for gun bans will unlikely make a dent in the 400 million already out there, however.
President Barack Obama spent eight years threatening gun controls, saw gun sales spiral instead and was often called the world’s best gun salesman.