A study was recently released by three distinguished professors from University of Utah and University of Nebraska at Omaha regarding the impact of the George Floyd rioting and law enforcement resignations.

The results were very telling. The study sample was only in the western United States but the results should give pause to all national and local politicians who have been blinded by the anti-police rhetoric put out by the BLM movement and their followers. In the sample agency study group, police resignations increased a staggering 279 percent!

Specifically, local and national politicians like County Councilman Kai Hagen who are quick to denounce the police as racists are responsible for such results. It’s utopian elitists like Mr. Hagen and many of his fellow Democrats who are quick to jump on the anti-police bandwagon from afar, that have blood on their hands. The residents who live in the areas that need disciplined, accountable, and proactive law enforcement have wised up and want no part of Mr. Hagen and his utopian Democrats. They want safe and secure neighborhoods!

One only needs to look at the results of the New York City Democratic mayoral primary to realize people are tiring of these elitists. The citizens of New York gave a resounding defeat to these mostly white liberal utopian messages and their anti-police rhetoric, and elected a liberal mayoral candidate who believes in law and order for their communities.

My suggestion for Mr. Hagen and his elitist political allies is to ride along with the local police, and when they respond to a violent domestic, armed robbery, uncooperative drunk or a shooting call, try some of your utopian tactics and see how that works out.

Patrick O’Brien

Frederick

(49) comments

phydeaux994

The Draconian Politicians, a.k.a. Republicans, do far more harm.

shiftless88

It's funny how people keep claiming that Maryland is a "democrat-run state" when 12 of the last 20 years have had a Republican sitting in the Governors mansion.

Guy T. Ashton

Two inescapable facts exist, regardless of anyone’s perception as to why: police are resigning in high numbers and crime in our major cities is on the rise.

Awteam2021

In comparison to what? Crime is still lower then it’s been in many generations and we have more police then ever. The baby boomers brought the big crime wave.

Guy T. Ashton

NYC and Chicago would disagree with you right now.

Actually Guy T Ashton I am going to need to see actual proof that actual crime is actually on the rise in our actual major cities..you know like data and graphs and sources..you understand?

Sorry but I am not a Fox News viewer..and before I just believe the words that come out of someone's mouth or the words that someone posts...I need to see actual EVIDENCE...

How bad is the rise in US homicides? Factchecking the ‘crime wave’ narrative police are pushing

Homicides were up across the US in 2020 and appeared to be primarily driven by rising gun violence, but other crimes fell

A rise in murders, not a rise in crime

It’s murders, specifically, that increased in 2020, even as many other crimes fell, according to preliminary FBI data

25%

estimated increase in murders in 2020

-10.4%

estimated decrease in robberies

-7.9%

estimated decrease in property crimes

-14.2

estimated decrease in rapes

3%

estimated increase in overall violent crime

Anxiety about violent crime is often used to win elections. Police and politicians routinely share misleading, out-of-context crime statistics to advance their agendas. Fearmongering about rising crime has also been used for decades to undermine Black Americans’ protests for civil rights. So it’s important to ask: is this homicide increase actually significant? And how much evidence is there for any of the explanations about why killings are going up?

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jun/30/us-crime-rate-homcides-explained

This is my evidence where is yours Guy T Ashton...

shiftless88

In a LTE about hating police I expected to see something about the right-wing insurrection resulting in the injury to a number of LEOs protecting the Capitol. Wonder why he left that out?

veritas

Almost completely ignored in the response/discussion of this LTE is the author's reference to the significance of the NYC Dem primary results. BLM reserves its outrage for the statistically miniscule but obviously condemnable violence and mayhem perpetrated by LEO upon Black citizens while virtually ignoring the widespread and endemic assault and murder of Black citizens by other Black citizens. Law abiding Black Americans living in major metropolitan areas turn out to be the least supportive of shrinking and/or handcuffing their local police departments. This is why the NYC Dem primary turned out the way it did and it's something of a canary in the coal mine for Dems in '22.

Or just a red herring to distract us from the real truth..black on black crime is also just another deflection tactic that polite white people use....so I am not seeing what you are seeing V? I think POC are very aware of black on black crime...I don't think they need a polite white person to point that out???

Law abiding Black Americans living in major metropolitan areas turn out to be the least supportive of shrinking and/or handcuffing their local police departments...not even close to being true..

Whites misjudge how much crime is committed by African Americans and Latinos.

White Americans overestimate the proportion of crime committed by people of color, and associate people of color with criminality. For example, white respondents in a 2010 survey overestimated the actual share of burglaries, illegal drug sales, and juvenile crime committed by African Americans by 20-30%. In addition, implicit bias research has uncovered widespread and deep-seated tendencies among whites – including criminal justice practitioners – to associate blacks and Latinos with criminality.

Whites who more strongly associate crime with racial minorities are more supportive of punitive policies.

White Americans who associate crime with blacks and Latinos are more likely to support punitive policies – including capital punishment and mandatory minimum sentencing – than whites with weaker racial associations of crime. This relationship exists even after controlling for other relevant factors such as racial prejudice, conservatism, and crime salience.

Media crime coverage fuels racial perceptions of crime.

Many media outlets reinforce the public’s racial misconceptions about crime by presenting African Americans and Latinos differently than whites – both quantitatively and qualitatively. Television news programs and newspapers over-represent racial minorities as crime suspects and whites as crime victims. Black and Latino suspects are also more likely than whites to be presented in a non-individualized and threatening way – unnamed and in police custody.

https://www.sentencingproject.org/publications/race-and-punishment-racial-perceptions-of-crime-and-support-for-punitive-policies/

shiftless88

Oh my, it's the "black on black" crime argument popping up again! Most logical people have also noted that white on white crime is even higher so this argument is a simple deflection that ignores plenty of actual facts.

TomWheatley

I am sure someone will look this up. The number of white on white crime is higher, but there are also more whites. So is it the sheer number, or the percentage that is trying to be used here?

Awteam2021

Veritas, “there is widespread and endemic assault and murder of Black citizens by other Black citizens” in Frederick County 🤷‍♂️? By far most homicides in Frederick County are committed by White people, they kill a family member or kill themselves or both. Yes, most crimes leading to violence are more likely in less social and economic disadvantage communities . At the same time, where there are predominantly Whites areas,” Whites kill Whites” and where there are underprivileged Blacks communities, “Blacks kill Blacks”. Just check out the FBI stats.

jsklinelga

Veritas

Canary? How about the 78% who disapproved of Mr. Hagen's action. Within a democrat majority county in a state that is run by democrats. That is telling.

Folks are tiring of the never ending litany of supposed police abuses that streams 24/7. This afternoon I talked with a former church member. He was a lifelong Methodist. He even preached on occasion. But his son is a police officer and the Methodist have aligned with the BLM and a reginal bishop even accused police of being murderers of black men. It was more than he could tolerate. He is not alone.

JSK

So where did you get this 78% disapproval from percent from, sorry but like the made up sky daddy in your head, I am going to need proof before I believe anything you post! So prove it, the percentage thing, I know you can’t ever prove that other thing?

threecents

Even Kai disagreed with what he did, so yet again there is no there there.

jsklinelga

3c

Once again. A fruitless discussion. Obviously there is a there there. To veritas' point. What we see streaming 24/7 and what we see proffered by a small group in this section is not really the true picture. Be it Kai's actions or the irregularities in the past election.

JSK

Where is the 78% evidence at??? Oh still in your head....? I see.....

Awteam2021

Sorry, I’m not seeing the incident in the incident. What was note worthy? Kai being Kai, or Chuck having a temper tantrum’ frustrated with no other recourse, so running to WFMD to tell on Kai.🤷‍♂️

News bulletin: Sheriff Chuck Jenkins didn’t take up his tray, plates and forks after eating at the Golden Corral. My God!

threecents

JSK, Somehow you got skewed to the Q side of the force and I don't see that ending anytime soon, so yah, there is no point for us to converse with each other anymore. Over and out.

phydeaux994

veritas, Black people are primarily killed by other Black people because they have all been forced to live in the inner cities with no education, no jobs and no hope. They prey on each other to survive, or try to. If Black people had been allowed to assimilate into society like White immigrants were this problem would not exist. Take off your Dunce Cap and put on your Thinking Cap.

gary4books

In '22 I expect the economy to be a major interest, and world events and even what happens in the summer. Always room for a surprise, but I sense it will be time for the economy to be important. What else?

Dwasserba

“…politicians like County Councilman Kai Hagen who are quick to denounce the police as racists…” omg when did that happen. 😵‍💫

I am puzzled about that myself...I guess we must have missed something somewhere someplace? Oh I think Kai may have been inferring the police are racists because he checked to see if a POC motorist was okay because he saw a polite white policeman pull a POC over that didn't appear to be doing anything wrong? so yeah I guess you could leap to that conclusion if your mind somewhere someplace somehow?

Hayduke2

Not exactly accurate to blame this solely on the BLM. There was an issue before the George Floyd protests. See https://www.npr.org/2018/12/11/675505052/shortage-of-officers-fuels-police-recruiting-crisis for a 2018 article. A less partisan article of the current issues can be found at https://www.npr.org/2021/06/24/1009578809/cops-say-low-morale-and-department-scrutiny-are-driving-them-away-from-the-job

MD1756

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
C. S. Lewis

Awteam2021

Wow, talking about blowing things way out of proportion. Are those your only options “omnipotent moral busybodies” or “robber barons” ?

MD1756

I merely posted a famous quote from C. S. Lewis. It does seem an appropriate description of some politicians.

Piedmontgardener

Hagen's someone who's allowed his politics to overcome him. So has the author. There's a long history of the shrinking of the 4th Amendment, coupled with the militarization of police nationally follow 9/11, with laws like civil forfieture that have clearly demonstrated it is time to redraw the boundaries for law enforcement and these don't even touch the issue of racially motivated police misconduct. Those of us who know this history well, know that the reductionist tone of this letter is the last rhetorical device to ignore the history. Not very impressive thinking.

public-redux

Did Hagen denounce police as racists? I missed that.

Dwasserba

[thumbup]public oops you said it first

public-redux

It doesn't matter who said it or said it first. It is the substance that matters.

threecents

There is no doubt that the BLM movement has reduced morale among police all over the country. Every action they make is now scrutinized. Every mistake is put under the microscope and the worst intentions are assumed by many. It is very sad because most police have difficult jobs and have the best of intentions. But the American criminal justice system has very real flaws that have been swept under the rug for too long. They are difficult problems and painful and inconvenient to look at.

gabrielshorn2013

👍👍👍

Greg F

More than a few bad apples I’m the bushel basket of cops.

Greg F

In

jsklinelga

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shiftless88

Threecents; the police departments do this to themselves. They refuse to weed out the bad ones. Their first instinct is to close ranks. Examples come up over and over again about hiding body cam footage, not releasing it, footage that reveals that the police lied and so forth. If the police would police themselves they could fix this situation themselves. They made it.

jsklinelga

Mr. O'Brien.

Utopian politicians. Great metaphor. In this day and age "head in the clouds" is quite appropriate. Many view the world through the lens of their media screen.

threecents

Many with their head in the clouds, but even more with their head in the sand.

jsklinelga

3x

Thank goodness some do not have their head in the sand. This morning I listened to Gov. Kemp's speech as he certified the election results in Georgia. He certified the results but he also listed many of the very questionable results in the election. That is a perfect snapshot of what happened in many States. Many things were left unchecked for well understood reason. But the Governor's and legislators went to work immediately, passing legislation, in order to safeguard future elections from the questionable practices found in the last election. Thank God these folks had their head neither in the clouds nor the sand.

shiftless88

jsk: Are you going to answer about why you decided to support a racist?

threecents

Again, no real evidence of significant fraud.

threecents

Isn't 3x the number of times Georgia's votes were recounted? Again, all the real election experts say no real evidence of voter fraud. Even Trump's Attorney General and his election security expert said that. But you somehow think Tucker Carlson and Donald Trump are more reliable sources.

Awteam2021

Is the Fox News media utopian? The most watched news network. I beg to differ.

Greg F

Another load of RRR garbage trying to gaslight us as to the party that is the problem here….which still thinks elections were stolen, Hillary has a child sex pizza place, climate change is a hoax as is the pandemic, vaccines are bad and lies and racist behavior with Jim Crow 2.0 are all fine things. Author is in a dreamland where fascism is his utopia.

gabrielshorn2013

Umm, GregF, I didn't read any of yhat in this letter. Maybe I missed it? Can you point it out?

phydeaux994

Everything but the 1st paragraph.

bnick467

Apparently Patrick O'brien believes that "Utopia" is a place where police can be fascist dictators of their immediate area, where they can openly shoot and torture minorities or anyone else who they don't like. I would rather that "upholding law and order" means that police are held to the same standard.

Greg F

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