Chocolate City St. Louis
Groundbreaking research by Dr. Richard Rosenfeld at UMSL shows that:
…the killings have not been as random as some might think.
“Fifty percent of all the violent crime in St. Louis occurs on just five percent of the street blocks in the city,” he explains. “And those blocks tend to be concentrated in very, very disadvantaged neighborhoods, typically on the city’s north side.”
As for why they’re occurring, Rosenfeld says there’s no single reason but he’s been told that street prices for heroin are running at historic lows right now.
It goes on to semi-justify whack-a-mole then to doubt the Ferguson Effect.
There is such a revolving door between the SLPD and UMSL’s Criminology Department (*) that I tend to be a little skeptical about some of the politically loaded conclusions from their research, in this case, research that is way more duh than wow. I bet if they looked harder, they would find that almost all of the violent crime occurs within one race of people.
It also looks like we have a newly minted excuse that we’ll hear over and over, so that public officials make sure we don’t blame public officials and everyone important can use to make sure we don’t notice things — Record low heroin prices. Though that doesn’t make sense to me — It would seem to me that illicit dope prices would have to be sky high in order to fuel violence between those in rival dope gangs and other associated kinds of violence, because the stakes would be much higher. Lower dope prices should mean less violence. And even if heroin prices were higher, you have to wonder how much difference by itself it would actually make — After the very violent post-riot May in Baltimore, we heard the excuse that it was all the pills that rioters looted from pharmacies, except someone did the math and that was no more than a drop in the bucket. Furthermore, if heroin prices are low, could it possibly be because supply is at a record high due to non-existent southern border enforcement and the Camp of the Saints at that same border that has been going on for more than a year?
But still, get ready to hear it non-stop with every new fresh body on the pavement: BAWK AMENDMENT 5! BAWK LOW HEROIN PRICES!
(*) – Dan Isom, who was SLPD Chief before Dotson, left to head UMSL’s Criminology Department, and he left that to run the State DPS as Nixon was throwing #BlackLiesMatter a bone in the Ferguson aftermath, and after awhile, Isom left DPS to go back to running UMSL Criminology. The proposed armed offender docket for the 22nd, aka “gun court,” would heavily involve and would mean special grants and contracts to UMSL Criminology for research and analysis, which is one of the reasons why Larry Dierker was able to convince the other judges on the 22nd not to adopt it.