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Re: “Death and the City

This is an incredible, outrageous story to me. When I read something like "In 2008 there were zero trials and zero convictions in the 179 murders committed" it just makes me insane. How can it even be legal to arrest people for driving violations when there hasn't been a murder conviction in an entire year? Can we citizen arrest Chief Riley with NOPD for gross misconduct and ineptitude?

I tell myself NOPD _must_ find violent offenders during traffic stops, which must be the reason for that strategy. I think, however, they just find drugs, not violent drug dealers. Mr. Brown's article states "If huge numbers of arrests — particularly for drug crimes...made our city safer we'd have one of the safest cities in America." Instead it appears we are just getting drug users off the streets, at an incredible financial cost, and an incredible cost to our city in other non-monetary ways. I will gladly support a lawless driving environment while we tackle the current lawless murder environment.

NOPD should set and abide by some standards or ratios of violent vs. non-violent crime arrests. For every violent criminal you arrest, you are allowed to arrest five dope smokers. I recall when he campaigned for DA, Mr. Cannizzaro had a plan to move non-violent offenders through the criminal justice system faster without wasting so many resources. He can only do so much if the police aren't bringing his office the true violent offenders.

Posted by joesilicon on 02/09/2009 at 5:11 PM

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