Sociologist and Former Baltimore Cop on Cutting Police: That's NOT 'Saving Black Lives'
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The ‘defund the police’ movement gaining momentum in one Left-wing city after another in the wake of the George Floyd incident isn’t going to do anything but harm the very ‘persons of color’ backers claim it will help.
That’s the verdict of Peter Moskos, a Harvard-educated sociologist and professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, as well as a former Baltimore police officer.
In an interview with Spiked, Moskos decried the "Black Lives Matter" movement insofar as its supporters also back "defund police" efforts because if they come to fruition, black people and others living in hard-pressed minority communities in the cities will suffer from dramatic increases in violent crime.
"If the goal is to save black lives, it’s not working. If the goal is to get rid of police, it’s working," Moskos, who describes himself as a "pro-cop liberal," said.
The outlet adds:
In the wake of the brutal police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, protests have erupted nationwide, and politicians have responded by cutting and disempowering police.
Meanwhile, crime has spiraled in precisely the communities the Black Lives Matter movement hopes to defend. ‘We’re dismantling the NYPD now, and violence has gone up 200 percent’, he says.
He went on to note that while he's chronicled a lot of police killings, the death of Floyd was unique because it was universally condemned -- by the public and by police.
"It’s a different league," Moskos said. "I have seen a lot of these and usually I’m like, well, is there a way I can see it from the cop’s perspective? But this one was just… I don’t get it. And no one really gets it… He killed the guy."
In New York City where Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city council have already cut police spending and gotten rid of the plainclothes "anti-crime unit," areas where officers have been withdrawn have seen dramatic spikes in crime and shootings.
In June alone, 270 people were shot, translating into a 154-percent year-over-year increase.
"I compare it to Jenga, because they kept pulling away these blocks of policing. And individually, it wouldn’t matter. If they had gotten rid of plainclothes cops first, the foundation would have stood. But they pulled one too many, and suddenly the whole thing’s come tumbling down," he told Spiked.
The drop in violent crime throughout the United States in the 1990s was very dramatic in New York City. Last year, there were just 319 murders in a city of some 9 million people, an 86-percent drop from 1990.
But now the trend’s going the opposite way, and in a New York minute.
"The NYPD is arguably the best police department America has ever seen. But we have to dismantle it, because, you see, a cop killed a man in Minnesota. It just makes no sense to me," Moskos said.
"The idea that this is a national emergency, or that police are out executing black men, it’s demonstrably false, we know from the numbers now," he said.
"Yes, there’s a racial disparity, but there’s a racial disparity everywhere in America. The racial disparity doesn’t seem to be incredibly out of whack when taking other variables into account, including perpetrators of violent crime."