Monday, July 18, 2016

TKC EXCLUSIVE MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY CRIME EXPERT FEARS MORE URBAN HOMICIDE AMID CONTINUED DE-POLICING!!!



Dr. Ernest Evans is one of the top Kansas City crime experts and we are grateful for his perspective on historic deadly targeting of police connected locally and the even more tragic consequences that could result. Checkit:

Dr. Ernest Evans: The Summer of Our Discontent

Even before the tragic events last week in Baton Rouge, Saint Paul and Dallas the summer of 2016 was shaping up as a violent summer here in the US. Several weeks ago FBI Director James Comey noted that the surge in violent crime in the US in 2015 was continuing into 2016. Statistics in what is now called "the murder capital of America," i. e., Chicago, bear him out: In June 2015 there were 49 homicides in Chicago--in June 2016 there were 72. Kansas City, Missouri has not been immune to this national surge in crime: So far in 2016 the city has had 52 homicides; compared to 40 at this point in 2015 and 36 at this point in 2014.

There is no one single, easy explanation to this surge of violent crime in the US in the past couple of years, but I generally agreed with Director Comey's argument that the controversy over police shootings of black people has complicated the work of law enforcement officers. Director Comey is not arguing, and neither am I, that police officers should be "above the law" and be allowed to carry out some sort of "Dirty Harry" war on crime. What concerns both of us is that the media coverage of law enforcement in cases like the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson in August of 2014 has often been unfair, sensationalistic and one-sided--and that the accused officers in these cases consequently have a hard time getting a fair adjudication of their cases.

Facts are facts, no matter how politically incorrect, and there are a large number of cases from the past two or three decades where local police departments were the targets of unfair charges of racism, and where in consequence, out of sheer self-survival, the local cops abandoned doing their duties in black neighborhoods out of fear of being the next YouTube sensation. Nature abhors a vacuum, and so the gangs and criminal elements take over these neighborhoods and violence explodes. What the series of high profile cases of police shootings of black men since Michael Brown in August 2014 appears to have done is made this "de-policing" phenomenon into a national crime crisis.

There is no easy way out of this "de-policing" crime disaster in contemporary America. My conservative friends point out that the number of shootings by the police of unarmed black men is actually not as large as is popularly believed. Statistically, they are correct: The staff at the Washington Post has come up with a data base for all fatal police shootings in 2015, and here are the results: In that year there were 980 people shot and killed by the police, of which 280 were black. Of these people shot and killed by the police, 91 were unarmed, of whom 37 were black.

Now, the last calendar year for which we have homicide statistics for the whole country is 2014, and in that year 6,109 black people were murdered. So, 37 unarmed black people being killed by the police in 2015 is a small percentage of the total number of black homicides nationally. However, the actual numbers are not the whole story here, the full story is that in the black community there is a widespread feeling that they are repeatedly unfairly targeted by the police officers. And, as is so often the case in politics, what is perceived to be true can be just as important as what is actually true.

In sum, if we as a nation are to resolve our current crime surge we are going to have to do something that is not fashionable in contemporary America, which is compromise: "square the circle." On the one hand, police departments all of the country are going to have to work with their local black communities to end the feelings of victimization of the part of these communities at the hands of the police. On the other hand, the nation's journalists and community leaders are going to have to accept that in order for police officers to do their jobs they must feel that if charged with racist misconduct they will get fair media coverage and due process. If such a compromise is not achieved, there is every reason to believe that the surge in violence which we have seen since the Ferguson tragedy of August 2014 will continue.
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22 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you Dr. Evans for a balanced and informed view. You cut through a lot of the noise with your use of statistics. This is a fair and concerned view of the situation. Thanks for posting Tony!

Anonymous said...

Some jumps in conclusions but I like what he's saying. A bit too smart for KC's football and barbecue crowd though.

Anonymous said...

There is no such thing as a crime expert. Evans is merely a police apologist.

If the police can chose to 'sit on the sidelines', then they're not police officers. Explain to us exactly what they are, when they're not being police officers.

The police shoot unarmed black men.

There's your undeniable fact!

Anonymous said...

Make America Safe Again.

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile , grovelling to racist BLM voters, Hillary lauds the

Democrat War on Cops.

Anonymous said...

Fuck Earnest Evans.

Anonymous said...

The only de-policing going on in this city is by the mayor and city council for cutting the pd budget and the shortage of officers. One thing to consider is that people are complaining about response times now, when they move every car to a two person crew, response times will increase because the solo cars that take the simple calls will not exist. Obviously safety first, when it comes to officers but response times will increase because fewer total cars will be on the streets.

Anonymous said...

Funny the NYPD went on strike and crime went down during the strike? Earnest Evans is making shit up.

Anonymous said...

E.Evans has zero excuse for the inner city crash. millions mean nothing. will it change if we make it billions? SorryDr? Evans, you are wrong,wrong, wrong.

Greedo said...

Evans does good work here. What I find is that most people want advocacy, not analysis.

Anonymous said...

I blame Hillary

Anonymous said...

Here is an undeniable fact. Fuck you, I'm finished policing the inner city. Sue that bitch.

Anonymous said...

Earnest advocates for the police like a mother fucker. Evens knows which side his bread is buttered on.

Anonymous said...

RE: "..the nation's journalists and community leaders are going to have to accept that in order for police officers to do their jobs they must feel that if charged with racist misconduct they will get fair media coverage and due process."

Just days ago, Lewis Diuguid of the KC Star, again wrote an article in which he blamed the "white Ferguson police officer" who shot the "unarmed black teenager" Michael Brown. He provided absolutely no details of Mr. Brown's criminal actions, his provocation of the officer, and his suicidal lunging movement toward the officer who had him at gunpoint.

Journalists like Lewis Diuguid ignore the facts in order to spin the Liberal Democratic propaganda which keeps minorities suppressed, though they claim to be representing their interests.

Anonymous said...

Fuck the media coverage. The police have the media on their side. They hire local media to work downtown. Police have killed at least three people in the last three months and there was no media asking questions? Not any paper, not any TV and not any public radio investigation of the near 50 killings by Kcpd in the past 10 years? The last time a cop went to jail for murder was 15 years ago and that was concerned citizens who put that cop in jail. Don't give us that media breaths down the neck of police . it working people fed up with police that take down police. Don't forget it because working people are forgetting. This is class war.

Anonymous said...

John Miles is dead. Good.

Anonymous said...

The RNC showed that there is nothing "conservative" about Republicans.

There was nothing but hysterical, radical, moronic speeches, and of course, Mrs. Trump liked Mrs. Obama's 2008 speech so much she borrowed some of it.

Good thing this Nazi & his "where's my model" trophy wife will never live in the "People's House".

Tony, how many Latino's do you think were dissuaded against voting for this clown by all of the anti-brown rhetoric?

Anonymous said...

Byron, you're up late.

OneKC said...

I think we need to look at the situation in terms of safety. That's something we all want. We're letting too many thing separate us and that's why our nation is so divided.

Anonymous said...

3:05 - It's not about skin, nor rhetoric. The hard truths are facts on ILLEGALS. IT'S ABOUT SCHEMERS versus LEGAL "DREAMERS". The "browns" and much of the other colors in America's crayon box WILL vote TRUMP. The honest, lawful, tax-paying (yes, Latinos included) have had enough of the crooked, lying sneaks who can't or won't produce documents. Their money transfers of cash earnings leaving the U.S. economy (who knows the totality or legality of their revenue sources), while too many are grabbing gubmint and charity is severely straining resources.

So, it's about safety AND the economy, stupid.

Anonymous said...

1153 cops in America arent going to work everyday wanting to take anyones life, let alone a black mans. What blacks in this country fail to do is comply with the basic verbal instructions, given in most cases. They want to argue and obstruct the police from doing their jobs... plain and simple. Take the ticket or arrest and fight it in court, like 99% of every other ethnic group! Blacks commit most of the crime in this country, then you think its not fair that police are suspicious of them. (Well then stop doing the crime)

Anonymous said...

isn't this what police are already doing most places? what's new?