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Without the benefit of an investigation and trial, Grandpa is confident that the cop who killer of Eric Garner deserves to be locked away in prison. Grandpa expressed his outrage by beating a microwave oven with a baseball bat.
The problem of badge bullies persists. But New York City is much safer due to the get tough laws instituted by Mayor Rudy Giuliani and retained by his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg.
Grandpa may well be in correct in his assessment, but before we get out our noose, let's consider that the lives of literally thousands of innocent black New Yorkers have been saved because the police play an active roll in crime prevention.
• Numbers don't lie. And neither do I.
We know there were 685,724 stops in 2011 in New York City. That same year there were 515 homicides reported. How many of those homicides were detected by stop-and-frisk? None that I know of. That's 0% and, therefore, a zero percent affect on national crime statistics.
The get-tough policies of mayors Rudi Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg have, however, reduced crime and saved thousands of black lives. Literally. Thousands!
The New York City Police Department (NYPD) delivers raw data that empirically proves that tough-on-crime laws save black lives.
During the David Dinkins administration there were
2245 homicides in New York City (1990)
2154 homicides in New York City (1991)
1995 homicides in New York City (1992)
1946 homicides in New York City (1993)
After Giuliani's and Bloomberg's get tough policy (1994-2013)
the numbers dropped dramatically
534 homicides in New York City (2010)
515 homicides in New York City (2011)
414 homicides in New York City (2012)
333 homicides in New York City (2013)
There were fewer homicides in NYC in 2013 than in any year recorded to date.
How could fewer homicides make black crime statistics increase? Answer: They couldn't!
Let's do the math.
There were 8,340 homicides in NYC 1990-93
There were 1,796 homicides in NYC 2010-13
8,340 - 1,796 = 6,544
A total of 6,544 lives were saved in four years alone! Most of those were black lives.
While we admire Grandpa's incredible acting skills and sigh at the sight of a cheap new microwave being beaten with a bat, we wonder if Gramps would mind stepping outside his politically correct closet and throw a made-for-video fit over less popular deaths.
We think, for example, of Shamiya Adams, the 11-year-old black girl who was shot dead by a stray bullet while sitting on the floor of a Chicago friend's house. Will Grampa beat a microwave in outrage over black violence in Chicago? Probably not.
I wonder if Grandpa will throw a fit over the black woman who robbed candy money from an 8-year-old white girl who was raising funds for his school? Probably not.
Will Grandpa be flailing his bat about as he rails against the death of 91-year-old Luis Aguiar? The elderly white man was shot dead along with two others by a black male.
Rupert Anderson, 97, was beaten to death a few days ago by an Ethiopian immigrant who invaded the senior Navy veterans home. His wife, Harriet Anderson was also severely beaten, but managed to survive with her life.
Got your bat ready, Granpa? Your noose?
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