Increase in Murders Linked to 'Minneapolis Effect' as Cops Pull Back from Public
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There’s a saying in the Midwest that if you kick a good hunting dog too much and for no good reason, the dog will shut down and stop hunting for you.
It’s a great analogy because that’s what’s happening all over our country with police departments: Society has kicked them so often, and for no good reason, they’ve stopped doing their jobs as aggressively as they used to.
And the reason is simple: Doing their job means putting themselves at risk of getting into an incident where they will have to use deadly force on a suspect, and that suspect may be a person of color – and the officer will be summarily thrown under a bus by left-wing political leaders.
Translation: Cops have been kicked around too much, and cities are suffering from higher crime and murder rates. It's being called the “Minneapolis Effect" by a researcher.
Cities across the country suffered dramatic increases in homicides this summer. The spikes were remarkable, suddenly appearing and widespread, although often concentrated in disadvantaged neighborhoods. This year is on track to be the deadliest year for gun-related homicides since at least 1999.
The homicide spikes began in late May. Before May 28, Chicago had almost the same number of homicides as in 2019. Then, on May 31, 18 people were murdered in Chicago—the city’s most violent day in six decades. Violence continued through the summer. July was Chicago’s most violent month in 28 years. As of Sept. 1, murder is up 52% for the year, according to Chicago Police Department data.
What happened in late May? The George Floyd incident.
"The antipolice protests that began across the country around May 27 appear to have resulted in a decline in policing directed at gun violence, producing—perhaps unsurprisingly—an increase in shootings," the WSJ reported.
Even as the demonstrations waned, cops were less included to do 'proactive policing' out of fear that additional contact could lead to bad outcomes (for them).
"And in cities around the country, both law-enforcement and citizen reports suggest a general reluctance by officers to engage in hot-spot and other enforcement efforts that are most effective in deterring gun violence," the paper said.
In 2015 after the death of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. -- an incident in which use of force was justified (as even determined by Barack Obama's highly politicized Justice Department) -- Manhattan Institute fellow Heather Mac Donald coined the phrase "Ferguson Effect" to describe a spike in crime after Brown's death and subsequent rioting and violence that persisted for weeks.
Now we're looking at the "Minneapolis Effect," writes Paul Cassell, a professor at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law, in the WSJ. He says his research of the crime spikes following a summer of protests estimates "that reduced proactive policing resulted in about 710 more homicides and 2,800 more shootings in June and July alone."
This is all pretty simple, really. And predictable. Who needs ‘defunded’ police when neutered police accomplish the same thing?