In my last entry, I noted that the routine, caustic phrase pasted on the United States by “criminal justice reformers” — “incarceration nation” — is hogwash. Ninety-nine and a-half percent of the population is not incarcerated, and the fraction of one percent who are generally did quite a bit to earn it.
I now want to address another whooper told by the reformers: That the police can “build trust” in the community by taking a more relaxed attitude toward crime, and generally by “de-escalating” enforcement. This argument is all the rage in faculty lounges in Palo Alto, New Haven, Cambridge, etc. But, as the Baltimore Sun tells us, it’s anything but the rage with the actual communities that have been the unwilling experimental rats of dumbed-down policing.