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LAPD 'Reform' Will Spark Outrage, Fuel Gun Sales

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By with Michael R. Shannon Friday, 31 July 2020 04:52 PM Current | Bio | Archive

The Los Angeles Times reminds us that just recently Mayor Eric Garcetti was publicly praising the Los Angeles Police Dept. (LAPD): specifically its Metro Division.

According to the Times, Metro "is an amalgamation of several specialized units, including targeted enforcement teams, the SWAT team and the department’s mounted and canine units. For years, its members were praised by public officials for being at the forefront of a lot of police work, conducting thousands of traffic stops and seizing guns."

Garcetti even ordered the unit expanded "as a solution to violent crime."

That was before George Floyd tried to pass a counterfeit bill and died in the custody of a police department almost 2,000 miles from Los Angeles — in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

That suddenly made the LAPD a target and Metro a specific target. The "thousands of traffic stops" are now problematic, because out-of-context statistics weigh more heavily on politician’s tiny minds than the illegal guns that were seized.

The Times is proud of that, "However, since it was revealed last year by the Times that Metro officers were disproportionately stopping and searching Black drivers, many members of the 200-person team have been diverted to spend more time investigating crimes that have already occurred."

That revelation is statistical malpractice by agenda-driven propagandists.

The percentage of crimes committed by Blacks and their statistical representation in prison far surpasses the percentage of Blacks in the total population. If you want to get excited about statistical imbalances take a look at sex (we are using biological sex here.)

Evidently, Metro was wildly sexist, since most of the traffic stops involved males.

And just like that LAPD abandons crime prevention in favor of crime investigating.

Investigation though is also going to take a hit. The trend-following politicians on the city council have also decided to cut $150 million from the LAPD budget in the interests of police "reform."

That is the law enforcement equivalent of amputating a hand and calling it a weight-loss program.

Even the leftist stenographers at the Times admit, "The revamped LAPD will have hundreds of fewer officers to deploy by this time next year." Not to worry though, the chief "approves of shifting some police responsibilities to civilian agencies."

That sounds great until reality intrudes.

Firefighting has never been a police responsibility. It’s always been handled by civilians, yet in high-crime or unsettled areas (say there’s a riot going on) firefighters won’t even unroll a hose until armed police officers are present with assurances the area is safe for firemen. We predict that police will eventually be rolling bodyguards who show up to protect the social workers that are supposed to be handling "a plethora of calls that don’t require an officer with a gun."

Academics who don’t make it a habit to spend much time in a police cruiser are all for the changes. Eric Miller, a professor at Loyola Law School, says the chief must "suggest that he is making significant reforms in areas that people are shouting loudest about, but which don’t necessarily impact the core mission of police as he sees it."

That only proves Miller’s TV must be on the fritz (apologies to any Germans who are offended).

Patrol and arresting people are the "core mission" of police and that is exactly what BLM and the rioters are protesting.

Craig Lally, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, has another prediction that’s not so rosy. Even the Times admits, "The revamped LAPD will have hundreds of fewer officers to deploy by this time next year."

Lally warns there will be "massive shortages over the next few years in patrol."

The result of the "revamp" will be increased crime and outraged residents.

The smart residents will buy a weapon for home and personal defense, something the left discourages.

That’s easy to say when taxpayers are footing the bill for your personal security detail.

It’s different for residents who will learn to their misfortune when seconds count the police are minutes away. If they’re lucky.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read Michael Reagan's Reports — More Here.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)". Read Michael Shannon's Reports — More Here.

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The result of the "revamp" will be increased crime and outraged residents. The smart residents will buy a weapon for home and personal defense, something the left discourages.
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