John Buntin has an engaging piece in New York Times on how to prevent gang members from killing each other. David Kennedy, subject of a collective RBC wonk crush, describes how the long-term, prevalent use of stop-and-frisk tactics in minority neighborhoods has eroded community trust of law enforcement:
In high-crime neighborhoods across the country, community cooperation with police investigations has virtually stopped. Itâ€™s not simply that residents are afraid of retaliation, Kennedy says. â€œThere is a strong and growing norm in many communities, especially poor black communities, that good people donâ€™t talk to and donâ€™t work with the police,â€ he says. So even while the sheer number of murders in most cities is dropping, the homicide clearance rate â€” the proportion of cases solved â€” is doing the same.
But the otherwise excellent article includes one false note: Continue reading “Racial Agreement on Police Discrimination”