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That’s what we pay experts for: To say that the spike in violence since, roughly, May 24, 2020 defies easy explanation:

Tracie Keesee, a longtime police official in Denver and New York who co-founded the Center for Policing Equity, said it’s important to get answers on what is driving the crime, whether it’s drugs, domestic violence or poverty. She cautioned against broad-stroke generalizations.

“You have to get into the numbers,” she said.

Reform advocates say blaming a spike on the necessary push for police reform ignores the root causes of crime and the progress of the movement.

Government officials need to “be thoughtful and nuanced and contextual about these things,” liberal New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson told radio station WNYC this week.

To link the shootings to reforms, Johnson added, gives “an inaccurate picture of what criminal justice reform is about and is just demonizing the moment that we’re in and not talking about what brought us here today.”

Now that’s some persuasive expertiseing …

 
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  1. Bernard says:

    From the same people who ask, “why are the prisons so full when crime is at an all time low?”.

    • Agree: Redneck farmer
    • LOL: bomag, Escher
  2. “Sure, my five year old son was found with the other kid’s property in his bag, and he was seen removing it from the other kid’s locker, but he’s crying so much now, and there’s no way he’d be so sad if he had done anything wrong. How that property got there defies easy explanation.”

    And these people think they’re helping…

  3. Dumbo says:

    If I had my way, all so-called “experts” would be put inside an insane asylum where they could only hear each other’s “expertise”, day after day.

  4. “…and not talking about what brought us here today.”

    A taxicab on an expense account? Or is a limo at the City Council?

  5. El Dato says:

    In other words: They hope that the spike spikes a bit more.

    It sounds like Münchausen Syndrome by Black Bodies.

    “You have to get into the numbers,” she said.

    By all means.

  6. Imagine – all this pearl-clutching when Dem Darkies go on a bit of a (low wattage) rampage.

    If only they’d hung their hat on a more sensible reason – one that would resonate with White America.

    A little over 100 years age, White America showed the world that they had their shit sorted, and their priorities properly structured.

    They held their rage for years, and it wasn’t until they had been driven beyond endurance, that they totally, justifiably, lost their shit, and rioted across the country, and killed “a few dozen” innocent bystanders.

    I am speaking, of course, about the totally-justified, this-shit-has-gone-too-far wig-out of the US white population that transpired when Jack Johnson[1] beat Jim Jeffries[2] (the first “Great White Hope”) in 1910.

    Johnson had already had the temerity – the gall, the cheek, the hide – to become the first Negro to hold the Heavyweight Championship of the world in 1908.

    (He had to win the title outside the US, because White America was so dedicated to black advancement that they simply refused to give Johnson a shot because white folks wanted black kiddies to have more academic role models).

    The riots even got their own name: the Johnson-Jeffries Riots.

    From Wikipedia…

    The fight came during a period of heightened racism in the United States. Lynchings of African Americans were common in 1910, with 67 lynchings of Africans Americans occurring that year. Many whites were dismayed by the result of the fight and were angered by African Americans celebrating Johnson’s victory and began attacking them. Within 2 days, 10 people had been killed in six different states.

    Riots occurred throughout the country in major cities such as Atlanta, Cincinnati, Houston, New York and St. Louis, as well as small towns such as Keystone, West Virginia and Mounds, Illinois. Baltimore, Chicago, Clarksburg, West Virginia, Columbus, Ohio, Dayton, Ohio, Fort Worth, Johnson County, Missouri, Kansas City, Missouri, Little Rock, Los Angeles, Louisville, New Orleans, Norfolk, Virginia, Omaha, Philadelphia, Roanoke, Virginia, Springfield, Illinois, St. Joseph, Missouri and Wheeling, West Virginia all saw racial disturbances as well.

    It is unknown how many people were killed and injured during the riots, but it is estimated that between 11 and 26 people were killed and hundreds more injured

    So to black America, I say: you fucking dotards, get your priorities right. It is entirely, utterly inappropriate to have nation-wide riots and random killings of strangers triggered by a train of abuses including of arbitrary extrajudicial killings of black guys (who all totally deserved it – for one thing they objectively refused to lead the life of a septuagenarian Methodist spinster… which, coupled with bein’ uppity, quite obviously merits an extrajudicial death penatly).

    No, black America. Just NO.

    The right reason to riot – the reason that is historically acceptable to White America – was when Deontay Wilder got beaten by Tyson Fury on Feb 22, 2020.

    Get your fucking priorities right, BLM. Boxers’ Losses Matter.

    .

    [1] Jack Johnson the boxer, not Jack Johnson the American soft-pop singer, surfer, environemtalist and what-not.
    [2] Jim Jeffries the boxer, not Jim Jeffries the Australian stand-up comedian.

    [1] and [2] should be obvious, because Jack Johnson the American pop singer [snip] (not to be confused with Jack Jones, lead singer Australian pop group “Southern Sons”) probably couldn’t beat Jim Jeffries the Australian stand-up comedian in a fight. I’m only guessing, but I reckon Jim Jeffries the Australian stand-up comedian would go the squirrel-grip pretty much straight out of the gate.

  7. Wilkey says:

    It’s a riddle, wrapped inside an enigma, wrapped inside a mystery, wrapped inside of an Oh My God, Are You Really That Dumb It’s Right In Front of Your Damned Face.

    • Agree: Hibernian
    • LOL: Morton's toes
    • Replies: @David In TN
  8. Reform advocates say blaming a spike on the necessary push for police reform ignores the root causes of crime and the progress of the movement.

    The root cause of crime is black DNA.

  9. Thomas says:

    I said this about academic criminology a few days ago, that it had devolved into studying irrelevancies and chin-stroking cant about “the causes of crime being complex” precisely because the most obvious factors in crime can’t be discussed openly.

    We live in an age in which “journalists” openly seek to silence and suppress free speech, and the principal qualification for “experts” on a topic is deliberate obscurantism about that topic. I can’t tell if this is 1984 or Alice’s Wonderland.

    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
  10. Is the Floyd narrative about to implode?

  11. Tracie Keesee: “You have to get into the numbers.”

    And to do that, we’ll studiously avoid getting into the numbers.

    • Replies: @Olorin
  12. Mr. Anon says:

    Reform advocates say blaming a spike on the necessary push for police reform ignores the root causes of crime and the progress of the movement.

    As always, the root cause of crime is…………criminals.

    • Replies: @Forbes
  13. That’s what we pay experts for: To say that the spike in violence since, roughly, May 24, 2020 defies easy explanation

    Isn’t it Ironic*****: Experts say publicly what they can expect to get paid for.

    New definition of expertise: Corruption. – Honor is gone. Consumed by – feels (=solidarity, which is now More Than a Feeling (beyond reason – in a realm of worldly saintliness, which is just another form of corruption. This worldly saintliness business corrupts transcendence – and religion).

    ***** Alanis Morrissette

  14. It must be those Russians again. They probably introduced a new drug that causes a lot of violence before the election. Rachel Maddow or Vox will explain it to us in more detail.

    Yeah, anyway ACAB.

  15. AP: Spike in Cargo Pants Defies Easy Explanation

    UPI couldn’t have been this bad, if they hired Steve.

  16. @Percy Gryce

    Sounds like a non-police bystander observed that he was having a heart attack and advised him to get in the car.

    Someone on here a week or so ago posted a portion of video of Floyd standing curbside next to the passenger side of the squad car and resisting arrest before the widely seen so-called choking video. I can’t find it, so if anyone has it can you please post or repost the link or tweet?

  17. Back on topic…

    NYPD limits retirement applications amid 400 percent surge this week

    [MORE]

    New York’s Finest are putting in for retirement faster than the NYPD can handle — while citing a lack of respect and the loss of overtime pay, The Post has learned.

    A surge of city cops filing papers during the past week more than quadrupled last year’s number — as the city grapples with a surge of shootings — and the stampede caused a bottleneck that’s forcing others to delay putting in their papers, officials and sources said.

    The NYPD said Wednesday that 179 cops filed for retirement between June 29 and Monday, an astounding 411-percent increase over the 35 who filed during the same time period in 2019.

    On Tuesday, The Post spotted a line of cops waiting outside the office at One Police Plaza where retirement papers get filed.

    “Apparently, the pension section is only taking a certain amount of people per day and I think they are backed up till late July, early August,” one cop said.

    “That’s why you don’t see like 100 a day, because they are only doing like 35 to 40 a day, by appointment.”

    https://nypost.com/2020/07/08/nypd-limits-retirement-applications-amid-411-surge-this-week/

    Not to worry! This dovetails neatly with that defunding thing you may have heard about.

    • Agree: Technite78
    • Replies: @El Dato
    , @Unladen Swallow
  18. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:

    Low IQ, high testosterone contributes to impulse behavior, which is linked to criminality..

    • Replies: @Barzini
  19. Mr. Blank says:

    Holy shit. This must be what it felt like to live in the Soviet Union and wake up every morning to read Pravda.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
  20. Altai says:

    OT: They’ve finally come for Hamilton. I had been struck how obliquely the issue of slavery was treated for a play whose title character grew up in the West Indies in the 18th century and who married into a major slave owning family. There’s a line in the opening song which mentions the trade very briefly, almost as though it was another hardship Hamilton faced growing up.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/cancel-culture-targets-broadway-hit-hamilton-racial-politics-grow-more-uncompromising

    Anyway, this will all serve as softening up when Netflix release their own ‘Hamilton-killer’ in their Juneteenth musical. It will be made by the creator of Black-ish. Whose own Juneteenth episode seems to have propelled it to it’s currently notoriety. The episode contained two musical scenes that look to be the proto-form of it.

    He and Pharrel are apparently working on both a filmed version for Netflix and a stage version.
    https://deadline.com/2020/06/kenya-barris-pharrell-williams-juneteenth-netflix-1202963703/

    Here are clips from the musical scenes from the Black-ish episode aired in 2017.

  21. duncsbaby says:

    Tracie Keesee saying it’s okay to be white:

  22. Graham says:

    It’s time to recycle the old joke. What is an expert? Well, an ex is a has-been and a spurt is a drip under pressure.

    • Replies: @Forbes
  23. JackOH says:

    Q: What are 2 + 2?

    A: Well, the answer(s) are complex and defy easy explanation, and I think it’s a mistake to link this question in a way that misleads people, including our decision-makers, into wrongly believing the answers are anything but complex and defiant of easy explanation.

    That’s why we need a national conversation on what “2” really means, and possibly the racist implications of that plus sign, which, when rotated 45 degrees clockwise, forms a base figure to which strokes may be added to form a swastika, a symbol that is deeply problematic. Now, I don’t think addition is Nazi, but if we want to tackle the root causes of our problems, we need to interrogate with an open mind whether addition is Hitlerism.

    (Okay, there, I got it off my chest. LOL.)

  24. @Percy Gryce

    Thanks. – George Floyd was – amongst other things – an actor*** – what if he hoped that he could escape the police (or at least get rid of some of the drugs he might still have had with him) by making them believe that he was fearing a heart attack caused by his overdose (he might well have known, that the police was well aware, that something like this can happen anytime when somebody is – as GF clearly was – drugged up quite severely).

    *** pornstar

  25. Reform advocates say blaming a spike on the necessary push for police reform …

    I love the axiomatic use of the word “necessary” there.

  26. 22pp22 says:

    Experts in the C21st – people paid to be stupid.

  27. @Percy Gryce

    I wonder which role the highly publicized Eric Garner episode played in this situation. Do police officers maybe suspect that “I can´t breathe” is some kind of standard routine to avoid getting arrested?

    • Replies: @Ian Smith
    , @jimbo
  28. El Dato says:
    @Mr McKenna

    I was born in New York, and I’ve never seen the city so scared and uninhabitable. I fear we’re on the brink of a second civil war

    I was born in New York City, and I have never seen the city like this. It has become uninhabitable. Businesses are gone, and Manhattan is a ghost town. At 10pm on a Saturday, the streets of midtown Manhattan are empty. NYC residents are fearful to leave their apartments after dark. The police are afraid of the citizens so they will not patrol, causing crime to escalate and making city life too dangerous. Crime is rampant, and businesses are collapsing.

    Sue Lee, one of Manhattan’s finest tailors at Cambridge Cleaners on Second Avenue and East 39th Street, told me: “Business has dropped 80% year on year since Covid-19, and the rents have stayed too high.”

    The “peaceful protests” in New York City as shown by the media, and the destruction that I have witnessed, is a story of two different worlds. There’s the fantasy world of Maddow’s MSNBC and CNN, and then there’s the reality of New York City, the place I am in – a city that looks like a deserted, bombed-out Iraq.

    This sounds pretty dramatic. Does anyone have a damage heat-map?

    Off-Topic: There is an anti-Karen act in California called the “CAREN” act now.

    That’s like Nazis tabling a JUICE act.

    When does the backlash start?

  29. AceDeuce says:
    @Altai

    That little PR gheyboy has already made his $$$$$$$ with this BS garbage. He’s no doubt got a few skillion put away. So like JK Rowling, he doesn’t have to worry.

  30. Tracie Keesee ….

    No lie … I first read that as ‘Tragic Kissee.’

  31. @Altai

    That’s the kind of emotion-grabbing talent against which logical rhetoric struggles to prevail, especially with the two hands of free speech and a knowledgeable mass audience tied behind its back.

    Something else to look forward to for woke agitprop is Black Panther II (Revenge of Killmonger?).
    https://screenrant.com/black-panther-2-killmonger-death-return/

    • Replies: @Altai
    , @Altai
  32. @Altai

    Freedom…… given by Whites.

  33. @El Dato

    Thanks. Our very own Clifford Brown has provided some good (and surprising) intelligence about the situation on the ground there. Hard to know what to make of everything, though one hard and fast rule is to distrust professional journalists. I note that the one in RT imagines that storefront tailors in NYC use the economists’ phrase “year on year” which I wonder at–but anything’s possible, I guess.

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/who-will-have-more-shootings-for-the-4th-of-july-weekend-veteran-chicago-or-new-contender-new-york/#comment-4015701

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/who-will-have-more-shootings-for-the-4th-of-july-weekend-veteran-chicago-or-new-contender-new-york/#comment-4017022

    I see that you’ve read at least one of those, but others might find them illuminating and/or entertaining–as I did. Among much else, he mentions the continuing orgy of high-rise construction! I can’t help but imagine that it must be a very hard time to be selling high-end real estate in NYC. However, that city has proven naysayers wrong more than once in its history.

    • Thanks: El Dato
    • Replies: @Alden
  34. JimDandy says:

    We are truly living in a tyranny of the experts. How does one become a professional “expert” in today’s society? Ask any of the “actresses” Harvey Weinstein gave careers to.

  35. Travis says:
    @Percy Gryce

    The evidence already exonerated the police. The autopsy determined that Floyd was not strangled to death, and they detected a fatal dose of fentanyl in his blood at the time of his heart attack. They should arrest the pusher who supplied Floyd with a fatal dose of fentanyl.

    The forensic evidence did not implode the narrative. Nothing George Floyd did or said will change the narrative. Floyd was dying before the police were called. Floyd, an unhealthy, overweight middle-aged man with heart disease ingested a fatal dose of fentanyl while infected with coronavirus. He was another victim of the epidemic of 2020 – coronavirus and opiates.

    • Disagree: botazefa
  36. tyrone says:

    The world in 1943 was mostly peaceful too. Experts should look for those people that predicted the violence spike at the onset of “peaceful protest” and give those folks a platform.

  37. Altai says:
    @Lockean Proviso

    Killmonger has quite the fanbase. In addition to being played by a much better looking and more charismatic actor, as well as having a more complete character arc, the hero even sympathises with him at the end.

    And all he wanted was to start a black supremacist race war and gleefully kill everyone who got in his way. Also innocent people, when those people were white.

    We can expect the next film to simultaneously make his actions more brutal but also display more overt sympathy to him.

    I’m betting that Antebellum, if it manages to get a release this year, will be an Oscar nominee for Best Picture or Best Screenplay.

  38. Altai says:
    @Lockean Proviso

    Lol, I just read the article.

    Killmonger’s goal, when he comes to Wakanda, is twofold. He seeks vengeance on T’Challa for T’Chaka killing N’Jobu, but Killmonger has a greater mission than that. After he becomes King of Wakanda and the Black Panther, he begins executing his plan to distribute vibranium weapons to African Americans around the world so that they may rise up and fight against the societies that have subjugated and enslaved them.

    ‘African Americans around the world’. Does Screen Rant’s editor have some find and replace on ‘black people’?

    • Replies: @Lockean Proviso
  39. JMcG says:
    @Percy Gryce

    The MPD power points that describe the authorized use of “compressing one or both sides of a person’s neck with an arm or leg, without applying direct pressure to the trachea or airway” seems to have been released. It’s front page on MSN news at the moment.

    I wonder when the trial will finish up?

  40. Travis says:

    the spike in violence is easy to explain. How do we explain the spike in opioid overdoses in the first 6 months of the year in Cook County ? By June over 950 Chicago residents have died from opioids this year as the number of homicides reached 300. Chicago residents are three times as likely to die of an opioid overdose than get murdered. 2017 was the last year they had more homicides than drug fatalities in Chicago.

  41. Stogumber says:

    Translate: The spike in violence defies an explanation with which we would feel easy. There is only an explanation with which we would feel completely uneasy.
    This makes sense and is credible.

  42. Aardvark says:

    Experts had agreed that over a 24 hour period, it alternated between light and dark, but these experts also have said this phenomenon defies easy explanation. Several complex factors could be involved such as people’s own structurally biased perception as to when it was light or Dark, or the unscientific observation that some animals only come out when it is light or Dark. While many people have pinned their explanation on this large object in the sky referred to as the “sun”, which is considered to be part of the vast oppressive male patriarchy, experts say further study would need to be done to determine if the sun in fact played any role at all. Pressure is growing for these alternating periods to be referred to as time of pallor or time of color.

    • LOL: Dissident
  43. Ian Smith says:
    @Erik Sieven

    Yes! It is very common for black suspects to claim that the cuffs are cutting off circulation, that they think they’re having a heart attack, etc. Some will purposely hyperventilate in the hopes they’ll get sent to a hospital instead of jail.
    I knew a guy who used to be a police officer in a city with a large black population. The stories he told me were very-pilling.

  44. To paraphrase the Duke, “Maff is hard. If you’re black and female, it’s really hard.”

  45. peterike says:
    @Percy Gryce

    Is the Floyd narrative about to implode?

    No. Narratives NEVER implode unless those holding the megaphone want them to. Hell, Trayvon Martin is still a 12 year old boy that got racistly attacked for no reason, “hands up don’t shoot” is Gospel truth, etc. etc.

    Can anyone tell me a single “narrative” that collapsed because of evidence-to-the-contrary against the wishes of the narrative shapers?

  46. Andrew M says:

    Here’s an explanation from a 2001 episode of Star Trek Voyager:

  47. @Thomas

    I can’t tell if this is 1984 or Alice’s Wonderland.

    It’s late-stage liberalism.

    So it’s neither.

    Or both.

    • Agree: lavoisier
    • Replies: @El Dato
  48. peterike says:
    @El Dato

    This guy is largely correct in what he writes, but New York is a “ghost town” because of the Covid shutdowns, not because of crime, which is still largely black-on-black beefs resulting in gun play, because the police aren’t looking for guns anymore.

    Outside the burst of looting, general crime is still low, though it’s rising and one feels that it will break out very soon into the general population as it had in the past. DeBlasio and Cuomo have made one idiot move after another and nothing suggests they’re having any change of heart. They’re doubling down.

    But the streets are empty because there’s nothing to do: no restaurants, bars, museums, movies, plays, sports, etc. So why would you be out on the street at night?

    Oh they did graciously open outdoor dining, and we’ve now had rain storms right around dinner time for something like 14 days in a row. I guess nobody remembered that in summer you get thunder storms, so outdoor dining might not be much of a help.

    The city is run by idiots is the “root cause.”

    • Replies: @botazefa
  49. Mycale says:
    @El Dato

    I live in NYC and have felt the same way as the author since the riots. In April and May, NYC was depressing and empty, but we were all looking forward to getting back to our lives. However, since the riots, the city has changed in a very dark and dangerous way. The optimism is gone. On the surface it may look okay – an area of Midtown I walked through immediately post-riot now has more life to it, and people are doing the outdoor dining thing – but that’s just the surface. A lot of areas now feel almost deserted as people have left and “For Rent” signs are showing up more and more as businesses can no longer keep making ends meet, the pulsing swarm of activity and bustling civic life that I fell in love with has evaporated. It has been replaced with angry mobs and tons of petty crime that the city government said we should deal with ourselves. The hardened criminals are at least smart enough to stick in their own neighborhoods, for now,

    I want to stick it out here for a little longer – maybe a year or two – in the hopes it turns around, but I am not optimistic. Bill DeBlasio has always been a terrible mayor, but up until, oh, 4 or 5 months ago, the city was basically on autopilot. However, when we actually needed strong and decisive leadership, he was and is nowhere to be found.

    • Replies: @Alden
  50. Chu says:

    The media is whistling past the graveyard. Why is this serial killer, thought to have killed as many as 93 people, never discussed on a national level in the media?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Little

    “He claims to have killed as many as 93 people,[5] and investigators have linked him to over 60 murders. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has confirmed his involvement in at least 50 murders, which makes Little the most prolific convicted serial killer in United States history in terms of proven cases;[2][6][7] he allegedly murdered women across 19 states over a quarter of a century ending around 2005.[8]”

    • Replies: @ben tillman
    , @David In TN
  51. Perhaps the experts should be moved to the high crime neighborhoods to study the situation first hand? Also no burly, armed security should accompany these wise experts. They must immerse themselves fully into the culture to understand the crime uptick.

    • Agree: donut
  52. NYPD members of service (MOS) are filing for retirement at a high enough rate that applications are being rationed. About 30 retirement applications are being processed *per day*… that is the limit of the pension fund’s capacity. The actual demand is probably 2-3x higher.

    The rest of the force is demoralized and probably trying to figure out what is the least amount of policing they can get away with… just to avoid any interaction that would lead to firing, loss of pension, or even their freedom.

    I’m guessing every big city police force is experiencing this phenomenon to some extent.

    That’s all the explanation necessary, really.

  53. Anonymous[270] • Disclaimer says:

    It’s a total mystery.

    MADISON, Wis. – Madison Police are investigating a shots fired incident for the sixth night in a row. This time officers were called to Tree Lane just before 3 a.m. Thursday.

    Investigators found about 25 spent shell casings in the area. Police say surveillance video showed a silver sedan shooting at another silver car in a parking lot.

    Two uninvolved cars were hit by gunfire, but no injuries are being reported as of now.

  54. anonymous[400] • Disclaimer says:

    One word: blacks. See how easy and uncomplicated this is?

  55. Lori Lightfoot is right: July 4th weekend in Chicago was mostly peaceful.

    Only 79 people out of a population of 2,706,000 were shot over the weekend. This means that there were 2,705,921 citizens of Chicago who weren’t shot, which should be judged a great success, by anyone’s standards.

    Well done, Ms. Mayor, well done.

  56. @El Dato

    The NYPD has an online tool that provides heat maps of various types of crimes over selected ranges of dates: https://maps.nyc.gov/crime/

    A decent proxy for the map you’re looking for would be the heat map of burglaries during the month of May (latest month available).

    • Replies: @El Dato
  57. But we’re going to try to find a way to keep it working with them because telecommuncations?

  58. @James Speaks

    The root cause of crime is black DNA.

    If that was the case, wouldn’t you expect black nations and areas in other nations populated by blacks to also have high rates of crime?

    • LOL: botazefa
    • Replies: @Alfa158
    , @Art Deco
  59. anon[133] • Disclaimer says:
    @Altai

    A musical number entitled “We built this”? Well, ok, I guess that things such as this are necessary to help American blacks deal with their serious self-esteem issues. They just don’t have much, not much at all, and need all the building up they can get. Or at least that’s what I’ve been told.

    • Replies: @Whiskey
  60. But if one points to the overwhelming influence of ghetto “culture” on popular culture and academia (ex: Michael Eric Dyson “teaches” at Georgetown) or points out the generations of poor people in bondage to a welfare system which rewards women whose partners abandon responsibility for the children they sire the dreaded label RACIST is hurled at them. And this is usually enough to keep them quiet.

  61. Attempted Gaslighting.

  62. @Percy Gryce

    “I can’t breathe!” has been used by blacks like “I dindu nuffin” for years, cops are used to black suspects saying whatever they think can get them uncuffed or let go. I thought footage that’s been released early on showed him saying it while he was still standing but everybody ignored that and insisted he couldn’t actually breathe (despite having the breath to say it over and over)

  63. Jack D says:

    “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”

    Upton Sinclair

    “Crimestop means the faculty of stopping short, as though by instinct, at the threshold of any dangerous thought. It includes the power of not grasping analogies, of failing to perceive logical errors, of misunderstanding the simplest arguments if they are inimical to Ingsoc [English Socialism], and of being bored or repelled by any train of thought which is capable of leading in a heretical direction. Crimestop, in short, means protective stupidity.”

    George Orwell, 1984

    • Replies: @Jonathan Mason
  64. SMK says: • Website
    @Bernard

    In a recent column, Pat Buchanan notes that our great cities” are ruled by democrats. The problem with our cities (Chicago, New York, Baltimore, Detroit, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, etc.) is democrats, the problem is “liberals,” so claims the voices of the republican-“conservative” establishment, almost every day and endless by Hannity, Limbaugh, and sundry other hosts and guests on Fox News and right-wing talk radio. “Democrats devour our cities,” exclaims Laura Ingraham. Hannity deplores the “liberal crisis in our cities.” The implication is that the “crisis in our cities” has nothing to do with race and innate racial group differences. nothing to do with blacks and “Hispanics,” overwhelmingly Mestizos and pure Amerindians from Mexico and Central American or, in NYC for example, blacks and mulattos with Spanish surnames from Spanish-speaking countries in the Caribbean and South America (the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, etc.)

    Such contentions and beliefs (if sincere) are absurd on two levels. First, since 90% of blacks vote democratic, all black-majority cites are rules not only by democrats but, overwhelmingly or exclusively, by black democrats. And all cities in which blacks and “Hispanics” are the majority will be rules by African-Americans, nonwhite “Hispanics,” and white democrats, “Hispanic” and non-“Hispanic” whites. from the mayor on down.

    Its’ true that there would be far less crime, violence, anarchy, mayhem, poverty, etc. if our “great” (or once great) cites were rules by white republicans, especially those like Rudy G.” But black-majority cities will never be rules by republicans, not not even black republicans. And cities in which blacks and “Hispanics” are the majoirty will never be rules by law-and-order republicans. The reign of Rudy G. and “stop and frisk” in NYC was an anomaly that will never occur again given the regnant zeitgeist, increasingly leftist and anti-white and pro-black and “HIspanic,” and the inexorable and immenent transformation of the U.S. into a nonwhite-majority country in which no republican will ever be elected president again and the House and Senate will be ruled forever by ever-increasing and increasingly nonwhite majoriies.

    Secndly, the prmary eason for the “crisis in our cites” is blacks and Mestizos-Amerindean, not demcrats and “liberals.” And the cause is gentics and biology, fundamentally, not history, or poltics and culture divorced frm innate racial group differences. Forever lack-majority cities, and cities in which blacks and “Hispanics” are the dominant and permenant majrity, would be among the nicest or least worst places on earth and in all of history if they were 100% European -or 90% white and 10% “East Asian”- even if they were ruled by democrats, and even if liberals – authentic liberals such as Alan Dershowitz and Steven PInker as opposed leftists such as Anifa and other anarchists and communists- controlled almost everything.

    • Agree: Alden
    • Replies: @Alden
  65. Olorin says:
    @Percy Gryce

    I’ve been away, so fortunately spared daily updates on the matter, but word on the street in Minneapolis is that transcripts will be released showing that during the process of his arrest, and the subsequent wait for EMTs, Floyd informed police he had been “hooping,” when asked about the foam around his mouth.

    That’s not referring to midnight basketball, but rather to the administration of hard drugs via enema.

    This is related to why “Tracie Keesee, a longtime police official in Denver and New York who co-founded the [UCLA] Center for Policing Equity” must protect her tasty blingstream with nonsense like how incredibly complicated and quantitative it all is.

  66. Olorin says:
    @Mr McKenna

    Speaking of numbers, here is Mz. Keesee’s co-co-founder of the Center for Policing Equity:

    https://databricks.com/speaker/phil-goff

    Dr. Goff conducts work exploring the ways in which racial prejudice is not a necessary precondition for racial discrimination. That is, despite the normative view of racial discrimination—that it stems from prejudiced explicit or implicit attitudes—his research demonstrates that situational factors facilitate racially unequal outcomes.

    Dr. Goff’s model of evidence-based approaches to justice has been supported by
    –the National Science Foundation,
    –Department of Justice,
    –Russell Sage Foundation,
    –W.K. Kellogg Foundation,
    –Open Society Foundations,
    –Open Society Institute-Baltimore,
    –Atlantic Philanthropies,
    –William T. Grant Foundation,
    –the COPS Office,
    –the Major Cities Chiefs Association,
    –the NAACP LDF,
    –NIMH,
    –SPSSI,
    –the Woodrow Wilson Foundation,
    –the Ford Foundation,
    –and the Mellon Foundation among others.

    Talk about complicated issues where we have to get into the numbers…but studiously avoid it.

  67. “You have to get into the numbers,” she said

    I think you have to drill down to the level of individual cases and then see if there was a common factor that linked cases that appear to be similar.

    For example, in times of economic hardship are more people raising cash by selling surplus guns without asking too many questions? Is increased unemployment creating more idle hands that get up to mischief. Are there different reasons in different regions? What is the most common age of the offenders?

  68. @Jack D

    “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”

    • Replies: @anon
  69. El Dato says:
    @Almost Missouri

    “Karen in Racist Wonderland”

  70. Getaclue says:
    @Bernard

    Isn’t there some way to blame YT for this? I’m sure the NYSlimes can come up with something…and will — “White Supremacists” in Hawaiian shirts no doubt pretending they are disadvantaged “yutes” yet again? The horror….

  71. Barzini says:

    I believe that some of this violence and unrest may be caused by the widespread use of cellphones. The evidence has been abroad for a long time that the radiation that cellphones emit is toxic to human beings. This is not denied by any competent authority. Unfortunately, most people would rather die than do without their cellphones. These people may get their wish.

  72. Barzini says:
    @Anonymous

    The widespread use of cellphones leads to lower IQ’s.

    • Replies: @Forbes
  73. SMK says: • Website
    @Bernard

    Contrary to republicans, especially those such as Hannity who accuse “uncle Joe” and “liberals” and democrats of being the “real racists” who don’t care about black lives and black murder victims, the reason that little is done to reduce the anarchy and mayhem and warfare in cities in which blacks are the majority or a large minority (e.g., Chicago, NYC) not because blacks and BLM and white democrats and “liberals” don’t care about black lives but because reducing the violence and criminality, the shootings and murders, dramatically and permanently, would entail policies such as “stop and frisk” and arresting, prosecuting, convicting, and imprisoning far more violent and/or recidivist black male criminals.

    Instead, because of “police reform” and “criminal justice reform,” myriads of violent and/or recidivist criminals, overwhelmingly black males of course, have been and will be released from state and federal prisons, and thus crime is now on the rise after it began to decline in the 1990s due to “tough-on-crime” laws and policies and continued to do so until recently with, paradoxically, the election of Trump and the resultant hysteria and lunacy over his putative “racism” and “white supremacy.”

  74. Is it just me or does the mayor of Chicago remind anyone else of the Twilight Zone episode about the people whose faces matched the ugly masks they wore in that episode?

    • Agree: Harry Baldwin
    • Replies: @tupelo59
  75. To be fair, it really is hard to find an “easy explanation,” since the obvious one would lead to termination, professional ostracism, cancelling, a visit from BLM, etc. Think of how long that Putnam guy sat on his research until he found a “correct” explanation.

    You Americans have it so easy. How “easy” was it to figure out when to stop clapping during Stalin’s speeches?

    Speaking of which, does “AP” stand for “American Pravda”?

    • Replies: @ben tillman
    , @Hunsdon
  76. @El Dato

    Not only are NY police bailing, but various metrics show that residents who can are fleeing NYC by the thousands. Post office change-of-address requests, shortage of moving vans, hot out-of-town realty markets. … Tri-state auto sales have reportedly been strong because New Yorkers suddenly need a car when they move to greener acres. Twenty years of Giuliani/Bloomberg undone by Cuomo and BlahBlah in a matter of months.

    • Replies: @Technite78
  77. Government officials need to “be thoughtful and nuanced and contextual about these things”

    I.e. get out Occam’s butter knife

    • Replies: @Lurker
  78. anon[804] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jonathan Mason

    • Agree: JMcG
    • Replies: @Jonathan Mason
  79. My fave thus far is still ABC’s Aaron Katersky intoning that increased gun sales (to law-abiding white people) were adding to a climate of violence — right out of the “wet-streets-cause-rain” school of journalism

  80. jimbo says:
    @Erik Sieven

    They knew that before Eric Garner. Blacks are notorious for pulling the “I can’t breathe”, “The cuffs are too tight – my hand’s going numb”, etc. etc. to try to get away. Rookies take it seriously for awhile, but eventually they learn to ignore it. Sucked for Eric Garner, who it turned out actually was having problems breathing, but those are the breaks…

    • Replies: @Art Deco
  81. No math needed. No further examination needed. The violence will rise to the level that is unacceptable in the black community. Apparently, we have not reached the tipping point. Maybe, just maybe, the bodies of a few more infants and children will tip it over. I personally doubt it. A dead son, baby daddy, cousin or fiance are like hood cred points. Did you ever notice how fast a group gathers at a shooting site already garbed in a fresh tee with the victim’s face silk screened on the front. Follow the money, find the guys selling the tees. mylar balloons, votive candles, stuffed teddy bears and crime scene tape.

  82. @Bernard

    Bernard, imagine you are a combat company commander and your company takes 79 killed and injured over one “mostly peacefull weekend” patrol. Oh, and the dead and wounded weren’t combat soldiers.

    • Agree: JMcG
  83. El Dato says:

    I never suspected 2020 would be that much Star Trek.

  84. @JackOH

    As you know, the KKK used to burn plus-signs to terrorize black folks. Really, math is just a continuation of that system of oppression.

  85. If you genuinely believe that black lives are at greater risk from white racism than from COVID-19, there’s no end to what you can’t explain.

  86. @Known Fact

    I was born in NYC, went to NYC public schools (spending my high school and college years commuting through Bedford Stuyvesant) and have owned an apartment in downtown Manhattan since the mid 1990s. I’m out, done. Currently going to contract on a house out of state in a far more bucolic setting.

  87. JMcG says:
    @peterike

    Jussie Smollett. Although he still hasn’t seen a jail cell.

  88. @Chu

    Perhaps the most shocking thing:

    Little moved to California, where he stayed in the vicinity of San Diego.[15] In October 1984, he was arrested for kidnapping, beating, and strangling 22 year old Laurie Barros, who survived. One month later, he was found by police in the backseat of his car with an unconscious woman, also beaten and strangled, in the same location as the attempted murder of Barros. Little served two and a half years in prison for both crimes. Upon his release in February 1987, he immediately moved to Los Angeles and committed more than 10 additional murders.[16]

    Two-and-a-half years.

    • Agree: Chu
    • Thanks: Joseph Doaks
    • Replies: @lavoisier
  89. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:

    How do you explain this Don ?

    We’ve a large number of young black males runnin around with guns Rachel.

  90. Forbes says:
    @Mr. Anon

    Reform advocates sole purpose is to get funding for their continued employment–employment purposely without an endpoint objective because reaching that object ends their employment.

    Lather, rinse, repeat.

  91. Forbes says:
    @Barzini

    I’d say the opposite. Low IQ leads to higher cell phone use…

  92. @James O'Meara

    Speaking of which, does “AP” stand for “American Pravda”?

    Always prevaricating.

  93. Hunsdon says:
    @James O'Meara

    I believe the phrase American Pravda has been co-opted by a far better individual, our hosts host, Mr Ron Unz.

  94. Forbes says:
    @Graham

    An expert is someone who knows more and more about less and less until he knows everything about nothing.

  95. @peterike

    Can anyone tell me a single “narrative” that collapsed because of evidence-to-the-contrary against the wishes of the narrative shapers?

    It usually doesn’t happen, but the Tawana Brawley case and the Duke lacrosse cases are exceptions

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    , @Harry Baldwin
  96. @Alfa158

    Yes you would, and, they do.

    What? Then why have I not read about this in the Press?

  97. El Dato says:
    @Technite78

    Not bad at all, thanks.

  98. Lurker says:
    @Magic Dirt Resident

    I think we’re into Occam’s spork territory.

  99. Art Deco says:
    @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    They generally do, but the available numbers are all over the map and suggest the amount of crime is context dependent. Homicide rates on Caribbean islands vary from 2 per 100,000 to 40 per 100,000, to take one example.

  100. Art Deco says:
    @jimbo

    Garner went into crisis after an ordinary police tackle and an ambulance was called. The man was morbidly obese and diabetic (and had asthma as well, IIRC).

  101. Art Deco says:
    @kaganovitch

    The Brawley case was ca. 1987 when characters like Mattox, Mason, and Sharpton were undrstood as outre and malicious by the liberal establishment. By the time of the Duke case, those establishments were corrupted and complicit. Two of the three judges who presided over the case were cat’s paws of Michael Nifong. It was the due diligence of the 3d judge which made the fraud manifest. That’s hanging by a thread.

    • Replies: @Nicholas Stix
  102. @anon

    I doubt if Nancy Pelosi is living from paycheck to paycheck. Besides which, she is qualified to receive social security retirement benefit.

  103. @Wilkey

    They really are that dumb. I prefer to call kit Willful Stupidity.

  104. Whiskey says: • Website
    @anon

    black people haven’t built squat. Starship built this city. On rock and roll!

  105. @Chu

    Surprisingly, the Oxygen Channel had a two hour program on Samuel Little a few months ago and repeated it on July 4.

    Of the nine victims, the program identified, six were white. All were prostitutes. One of the white female victims was in Mississippi in 1982. The local DA declined to prosecute because the witnesses who saw the victim leave in a car with Little were prostitutes themselves.

    About the same time, Little killed another white female in Florida, near Gainesville. He was acquitted by the jury. In his recent confessional, Little gloating of killing the victim.

    • Thanks: Chu
  106. @Anonymous Jew

    Fox Butterfield came up with the “Why are so many people in prison when crime rates are down” trope around 25 years ago.

  107. Barnard says:

    Manhattan apartment sales at 30 year low. This most likely involves only the Covid effect and not the “peaceful protests.” Further efforts to soak the rich to make up the tax revenue shortfall will just result in more flight from the city. They are also expecting a glut of rentals on the market in the fall. I wonder how many of them regret voting for De Blasio.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/02/manhattan-apartment-sales-worst-on-record-biggest-plunge-in-30-years.html?__source=realestate%7Cnews%7C&par=realestate

    • Replies: @Alden
    , @Peterike
  108. Alden says:
    @Mr McKenna

    The high end market is full of foreigners who just need a condo for shopping and theater season vacations, birth anchor babies for the American birth certificate, investment, legal address for kids in US boarding schools and colleges, and of course a bolt hole when the revolution comes to their native country.

    Every big city in the country is full of houses condos and apartment buildings owned by foreigners who only use them for anchor baby births, kids schooling, investments legal addresses, and a refuge if the revolution comes.

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob
  109. Alden says:
    @Barnard

    Agree, no one’s buying homes, looking for rentals, buying cars and big ticket items with the covid hoax lockdown. Cars? Working from home, staying at home, no vacations, I bet a lot of people realize their 70,000 miles cars will last another 10 years.

  110. Peterike says:
    @Barnard

    “ I wonder how many of them regret voting for De Blasio.”

    None of them. They think it’s Trump’s fault.

  111. JackOH says:

    Somewhat OT:

    (1) Does it strike anyone else as remarkable that the United States fought the 1861-1865 war, which emancipated and empowered Blacks, and shortly after doubled down on the militarily enforced removal, segregation, and, arguably, the deliberate liquidation of Native Americans?

    (2) Is there any sort of think tank that could kick off a debate on whether America ought to be a nation of “one people, two destinies” or “one road, two paths” or something similar that very roughly echoes that Chinese “one nation, two systems” idea? I’m thinking of a non-provocative umbrella idea that might allow the notion of separation of peoples within the U. S. to be presented in the best possible light.

  112. Alden says:
    @Mycale

    I clicked on the TV There was a shot of Bill de blackio in 5th av, surrounded by nasty looking blacks screaming “ We’re taking back 5th Ave, we’re taking back 5ThAve.” Then he says blacks built 5th Ave and should take it back.

    He can’t be Mayor again, I assume he’s starting a campaign for congress or governor maybe Senator in 2022.

  113. @kaganovitch

    The Covington boys vs the Indian elder would be another.

  114. Alden says:
    @SMK

    Hannity’s cliches are OK for racially unaware liberals to be exposed to namby pamby conservatism.

    But Paul Roberts and Pat Buchanan are so out dated they’re ridiculous. It’s just one 1958 cliche after another. Either enjoy their retirement or advance to at least 1990 old men.

    Buchanan is actually proud of serving Nixon, President affirmative action, opening to unlimited non White immigration, sending factories to China at the request of Jew Richard Blum and the Rockefellers and the man who created the affirmative action entitled Hispanic race by executive order in 1970

    In retrospect, Nixon deserved being driven out of office for what he did to White Americans.

    Conservatives are useless. They’re not even tough on crime any more.

    • Replies: @drdon1972
  115. lavoisier says: • Website
    @ben tillman

    Read up on McDuff in Texas.

    The broomstick killer should have been sent to hell when he killed his first 3 victims.

    Sentenced to death, the Supreme Court ruled capital punishment unconstitutional and the bastard released.

    At least another 20 women were tortured, raped, and murdered by the monster.

    Such is the tab imposed by do good liberals on society.

    The blood of the victims of that bastard is on the hands of our esteemed justices.

  116. Herzog says:

    An expert is someone called upon to tell the peons that water flows uphill.

  117. @Percy Gryce

    As I posted on Paul Craig Roberts blog, I don’t understand why people haven’t simply recreated the scene to test what happens.

    Hitchens did it with waterboarding.

    If any journalists had balls or honesty, they would submit to 9 minutes of knee-to-neck restraint overseen by paramedics with EKG monitoring to see what happens.

    Come to think of it, this would be an excellent tactic for the Chauvin defense: have him recreate what he did with another black man, showing that the restraint is not fatal. That would seriously fuckwith the jury–seeing Chauvin not kill someone and them walk away.

    • Replies: @ben tillman
  118. @Art Deco

    Panels of judges only happen at the appeals stage, but the Duke Rape Hoax “case” never went to court.

    There were pre-trial hearings.

    The hoax engineered by Crystal Gail Mangum, DA Mike Nifong (who never met!), and the MSM blew up, because the Duke Three had well-to-do parents, who were willing to spend millions on top attorneys to save their sons’ lives, and because today’s media Gleichschaltung was not yet complete.

    The case was thrown out not by any judge, but by the NC AG.

    https://vdare.com/articles/nicholas-stix-absolutely-definitive-account-of-the-incredible-disappearing-duke-rape-hoax

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    , @Art Deco
  119. @Mr McKenna

    I don’t know about that, I think the “experts” think the sudden spike in police retirements defies easy explanation. You might not know this, but the “experts” also doubt the so-called “Ferguson Effect”. They are “Experts”, remember that word, that means they are always right, would the mainstream media lie?

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
  120. @Altai

    “African-Americans around the world” because YT done diaspora-ed them again!

  121. Anytime the MSM refers to someone as an “expert,” you know to add that person to your list of professional liars. The MSM will not cite any honest person as an “expert.” Thus, Tracie Keesee, who was hired and promoted as a police person, is now likewise promoted as an “expert,” because of her moral unfitness.

    The very name of Keesee’s organization tells you that it exists to advocate for racist anarchy, the rule of crime.

    Any honest person has the answer: De-policing.

    There are black supremacists and white communists/anarchists, who responded to the de-policing, but they are the foot soldiers of the people who “reformed” the police. In other words, this was all a planned, package deal.

    On July 3, Tucker Carlson ran an interview in which former NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik argued that Mayor Bill de Blasio got exactly what he wanted. That’s why I say of the anarchy, this is the happy ending that Bill de Blasio signed up for.

    NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson told the diametrical opposite of the truth. Note that after what any sensible person would have predicted happened, Johnson is still shamelessly lying on behalf of the racist thugs. In other words, as with de Blah Blah Blah, there is no limit to Johnson’s evil.

    • Agree: David In TN
  122. drdon1972 says:
    @Alden

    Roberts and Buchanan are like White versions of Rodney King: “Why can’t we all just get along?” As a college student thirty years ago, the writings of those two formed vital components of my political mother’s milk. Now, as you observe, their views are dangerously passé.

    Reagan, under whom Roberts served, was every bit as bad for Whites as Nixon with his loves of free trade and amnesty. Like Buchanan, who counts his time spent under Tricky Dick’s wing as being of inestimable value, Roberts is proud of his time spent as a member of the Great Communicator’s cadre. Like Buchanan, Roberts has ended up doing as much if not more harm than good for the cause of Whites by virtue of his government service. But neither of those grumpy old men will ever admit the errors of their ways.

  123. @Nicholas Stix

    I remember when the Duke hoax happened and thinking this is crap. White frat boys don’t hire ghetto strippers much less rape them. The most shocking thing to me was that some 88 Duke faculty member immediately denounced the frat boys as guilty, and of course never apologized afterwards.

  124. @Unladen Swallow

    And it seems nowadays that most of these experts are AA types who founded the Alliance for Racial Justice at Hobart U, or whatever, and are probably paying themselves big $ as president from all the grant and consulting money.

  125. Art Deco says:
    @Nicholas Stix

    The case was thrown out not by any judge, but by the NC AG.

    See KC Johnson’s writings on the conduct of each of the three judges who presided over hearings in the case. Johnson was quite specific about this, that the disposition of the 3d judge was miles away from that of the first two. It was the 3d judge who permitted the examination in which the head of the clinical laboratory who’d conducted the super-sensitive set of DNA tests admitted he’d informed Michael Nifong around 10 April 2006 that he’d found the DNA of four men in Crystal Gail Mangum’s various orifices, but none of these were lacrosse players or on her list of ‘boyfriends’. It was this revelation that made it plain to any observer that the case was a fraud. The North Carolina attorney-general took over the case shortly after, and spent the next several months reviewing discrete pieces of information before declaring the three accused innocent.

    • Replies: @ben tillman
  126. @Chrisnonymous

    Better yet — put Chauvin in Floyd’s position and the black man in Chauvin’s.

  127. @Art Deco

    Mangum called the cops AFTER the time the rape was later alleged to have happened but did not mention having been raped. Instead she called to complain about something some of the players said to her. That fact, known from the beginning, conclusively disproved her subsequent claim. The fact that the rape claim was offered to she could go to the hospital instead of going to jail for public intoxication would also convince any sane DA or jury that the allegation was bogus. The stuff from the clinic was far less important than facts known from the start.

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