Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste

5 07 2017

Walnut Park

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Walnut Park residents frustrated over nightly gunfire

Many families are not celebrating the 4th of July in the some of the crime ridden hard pressed neighborhoods in St Louis.

Instead of looking out for fireworks, they’re coping with nightly gunfire.

I’m so old that I remember a time when people in that neighborhood were more worried about gentle giants and black lives mattering, almost three years ago.

Police say they’re doing their best to get a handle on the surge in violence. They blame a lot of the trouble on drugs and gangs. But a manpower shortage limits what they can do to deal with the trouble. Still, they say they’re doing everything possible. Families tell Elliott they would like to see more done.

Oh yeah, get ready to hear that excuse over and over and over and over and over again. It’s the Rahmian “don’t let a good crisis go to waste” mentality at work. As long as politicians have decided that it’s all the fault of SLPD staffing and SLPD pay scales both being a little too low, it’s reasonable for the cops to ride that horse until it can’t run anymore. Since the real cause is the Ferguson Effect, and these kind of things wear out on their own after a few years, for what I’m thinking, Official St. Louis will keep up this understaffed-low pay bromide until city voters let loose of another tax increase of some sort (*). Then, when that money is used to hire more cops and increase pay, the ook crime wave that was and continues to be a function of the Ferguson Effect will naturally abate, and guess what will get the credit.

(*) – They’re finally admitting that the sales tax that city voters passed in November, the one that we were told was about the cops, increasing their pay and hiring more of them, is mostly going to be used for the MissingLink.

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