Skip to comments.Data call into question supposed benefits of police review boards
Posted on 05/02/2019 8:04:02 AM PDT by rogerantone1
If police worry that politicians will be more interested in making a name for themselves than looking at the facts, they may simply try to avoid confronting criminals. That is surely a recipe for increased crime.
(Excerpt) Read more at dallasnews.com ...
The problem, at least in my community, is that the Sheriff’s department investigates City police shootings, and vice-versa. Gee, for some reason they are *ALWAYS* justified.
I don’t dislike cops, much respect to them, but any officer (or soldier, or politician, or lawyer) is only as good as the worst behavior they don’t report.
The police are a legal, state-sanctioned gang in the business of generating revenue for the state.
If that is how your state runs....you should move.
The money quote:
“Before the [Houston police review] board was established, Houston’s murder rate was falling relative to the rest of Texas. Those percentages represent real lives. The number of murders in Houston fell from 351 in 2007 to 198 in 2011, and then rose to 301 in 2016. Something clearly changed in 2011, and it is hard to think of any other likely explanation. Perhaps the city suffered because the police department proceeded too cautiously with the new review board looking over its shoulder.
“Houston’s rape rate increased by 44% after the board was created, and rose 8% faster than in the rest of Texas. Houston’s aggravated assault rate went up by 14%, 15% faster than elsewhere in the state.”
Mayor Annise Parker and her policies couldn’t possibly have anything whatsoever to do with the rise in crime.
Oh yeah, I’ve got it.
The existence of police oversight caused a rise in crime.
Correlation does not imply causation.
Journalists shouldn’t attempt math and statistics.
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