Crime

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    The Black Lives Matter group faces a messaging failure

    Rich Lowry of National Review Online ponders a failure for the group calling itself Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter came up with the single most effective political slogan of the year. While no one was likely to be overly impressed with Joe Biden’s line, “Build Back Better,”…
    Mitch Kokai, November 18, 2020
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    Projections of Election Day unrest share a common theme

    Eddie Scarry of the Washington Examiner looks into the cities where residents fear unrest on Election Day. The next time a cable news anchor mentions the perpetual “growing threat of right-wing violence in America” (which, for some reason, never becomes much more than a “threat”), I’d like them…
    Mitch Kokai, November 2, 2020
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    Martin Center column contrasts police education and police training

    Dorothy Schulz writes for the Martin Center about problems linked to current ideas about police education. Law enforcement/criminal justice degrees are among the most awarded in the country. This includes about 35,000 associate, 63,000 bachelor’s, and 7,500 master’s degrees conferred annually. Their popularity is based on a misconception. Colleges…
    Mitch Kokai, October 30, 2020
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online that threats of election-night violence have prompted some downtown Raleigh businesses to board up their storefronts. Donald van der Vaart’s Daily Journal explores N.C. counties’ concerns about possible costs linked to solar power plants.
    Mitch Kokai, October 30, 2020
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    Police see major drop-off in numbers

    Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon reports a dramatic drop in the number of American police officers. There are now fewer police officers per person in the United States than at any point in the last 25 years, recently released federal data show, after over a…
    Mitch Kokai, October 16, 2020
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    Tallying the costs of nationwide protests

    Alex Nester reports for the Washington Free Beacon on costs associated with recent nationwide protests. What mainstream media outlets have dubbed as “mostly peaceful protests” caused up to $2 billion in property damage in the first two weeks of protests alone, Axios reported Wednesday. The report found that…
    Mitch Kokai, September 18, 2020
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    Threat of left-wing political violence

    Nathanael Blake of the Federalist highlights a dark undercurrent in the presidential election campaign. The quiet part is becoming very loud. Threats of left-wing political violence if President Trump is reelected have gone from subtext to the plain text. Writing at The Atlantic, Shadi Hamid warns of “mass…
    Mitch Kokai, September 16, 2020
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    A halt in the ‘great crime decline’

    Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon reports a disappointing development in national crime statistics. The two-decade-long crime decline appears to have conclusively plateaued, a new report released Monday shows, as the share of Americans who faced a violent crime remained between 0.9 and 0.6 percent for…
    Mitch Kokai, September 16, 2020