Last summer, when US Congressman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez was asked what would happen to the lost police community, she simply replied “suburbs.”
Not exactly. I know what a country looks like when police are weakened or underfunded. I see it every month in Haiti.
Some readers have been reading for the past 11 years Operated an orphanage in Port-au-Prince.. Last weekend, another orphanage just outside the town was attacked at midnight. According to media reports, more than 15 armed assailants expanded the fence, Blocked the entrance, killed security guards, raped a 15-year-old girl and a 27-year-old woman, sexually assaulted a 13-year-old woman, beat the director and his wife, and assaulted them. All property while demanding money that the orphanage did not have.
“The police … can’t do anything” Manager told Miami Herald.. “My wife kept calling and couldn’t get through.”
Even with high crime rates, poor orphanages may seem safe. Still the same weekend, Five Catholic priests and two nuns have been kidnapped in Haiti On the way to their parish. They are detained for a ridiculous ransom.
In Haiti, all kinds of kidnappings and kidnappings take place almost every day, including clergy, tourists and poor citizens with nothing. Gangsters dominate the streets. Men on motorcycles attack and attack. I always hear that the police can’t do anything.
Last month, 12 members of the SWAT team tried to change that... They drove two armored cars in the slums, home to one of Haiti’s most dangerous gangsters. People in the area shouted and pointed, and police believed they were pointing them at the gang’s headquarters.
Instead, according to Haiti’s largest weekly newspaper, they were led into a huge hole, where gang members fired, killing four policemen, injuring eight, and dragging bodies into the streets. They also captured both armored vehicles, burned one, held the other, and stole all weapons, bulletproof vests, and radio equipment.
“We’ve asked the police for a two-hour backup,” one SWAT police officer pleaded over the phone while pinned. “But they have never sent it …. Now it’s everyone for himself …. They’re trying to burn six guys in one of the cars …. I’m this police Never stay in …. I have a wife and a kid. If they don’t send a backup right away, I’m going to shoot myself because the thieves don’t want to end up with me . “
What if the police leave?
The phone was shocking and shining. Haiti police have restrictions, low payments, and poor protection. As a result, many have chosen to face the increase in violence. To make matters worse, he took the opposite view and even chose to support criminal attacks. Citizens find that police cannot help them and often rely on gangs for protection. Today, one of Haiti’s most famous gang leaders is himself a former police officer.
Today, Haiti is not the United States, and its challenges are unique. However, the love triangle between criminals, citizens and police is fairly basic. The weaker the police, the more daring the criminals and the more endangered the citizens. By the way, Haiti has much stricter gun control than the United States. It does not stop the flow of weapons to the most harmful people.
Many embarrassed Haitians who only want police officers to answer the phone and be summoned in the United States to drive them away, end them, blame them, and defend them. Am I thinking about the current cry?
Or off-the-wall statement Posted by Congressman Rashida Tlaib last week: “I ended up with people who tolerated government-funded murder. No more police, imprisonment, or militarization. I can’t reform.”
If she gives way, Tlaib doesn’t know what to do with people who kill, rob, or rape others. You can’t crack down on them. You can’t use power against them. You cannot put them in jail. What does it look like?
Yes Yes. What we see in Haiti.
Reform, not remove
Most rational people have police action George Floyd And Killing of Dauntelite — And others like them — are unacceptable and should not be tolerated. Reforms are urgently needed in training, deescalation, attitudes, racial sensitivity and awareness.
But observe what happened with the lights — A 20-year-old black man shot by a police officer who may have mistakenly used a gun instead of a Taser gun after traffic stopped in the suburbs of Minneapolis — and the answer concludes that there is no more police .. And the idea that such deadly encounters occur daily and hourly with police officers-thus throwing away the entire system without leaving a conclusion-may be a media-led impression, but it’s not true.
There are millions of encounters between police and citizens each year.. Millions. But from 2015 to 2020 According to the Washington Post And Statista, the number of civilians shot dead by police remains about the same, About 1,000 a year.
1,000 people are killed annually — At that time, many were armed, threatening and committing crimes. — In 330 million countries. A little less than half of those killed are white, a little less than a quarter are black, and a little less than a fifth are Hispanic.
Meanwhile, during that same stretch, According to NPR, Police officers fatally shot at least 135 unarmed black men and women. That’s an average of 22 a year. That’s still 22 more. I agreed. definitely. However, the black population of the United States is 42 million. Therefore, as a percentage, the number of unarmed murderers is less than 0.000001% each year.
Is it like that? Or do politicians and Talking Heads jump into individual cases and prolong them to months of coverage, giving the impression that the problem is far more prevalent than the numbers indicate?
Worried people in dangerous areas are usually the last people screaming to get the police back. Politicians need to be aware of it. It makes perfect sense to demand change and accountability in the way executives operate. I don’t junk the police. A country where law enforcement is weakened, weakened, or nonexistent is not a suburban paradise. It’s scary.
Mitch Albom is the Detroit Free Press columnist who first appeared in this column. Follow him on Twitter @mitchalbom..
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