@pierce some neighborhoods could be more heavily targeted, which results in more crimes being booked
I noticed 68 arrests for prostitution in the bluff and none in Shadyside? Yeah, targetting will make a difference, for sure.
But for the kinds of violent crimes we’re talking about not too much.
I’m thinking that homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault make it into the records when reported. And these are crimes that concern us as strangers travelling through a “bad” neighborhood.
Now if you are a 19 year-old dude in a bad neighborhood, you might not be calling the police every time you’re harassed or assaulted, but these things are not police discretion.
Now, disorder conduct (i.e prelude to assault or harassment), drunken driving, other traffic violations, public intoxication, weapons violations and such also concern us and these could be very biased by police actions, which are based on perceptions of the neighborhood.
I don’t like the various “crackdowns” on drunk driving and checkpoints, myself. I don’t like violating our constitutional protectioihn against unreasonable searches, etc.
I just think there should be an awareness of the possibiltiy and of intoxicatioin on a weekend evening and a zero tolerance policy for any trafffic violations would clean up the bad driving m ore quickly and (this is important) legally.
I think part of the reason the authorities tolerate almost universal violatioin of certain trafffic laws is that allows them to arbitrariluy search a typical driver.
If the typical driver slows down below 5 mph instead of stopping at a stop sign, the police can search anyone they want arbitarily.
The “drug runner profile” that first got into legal trouble was about race discrimination. The profile for a drug runner was “rental car traveling after midnight at the speed limit.” (and various race, gender, and clothing patterns)
A rather low-level and admittedly redneck Florida magistrate was adament. “In my courtroom, following the law is not considered cause for suspicion.”
The state of Florida appealed, but other judges are kinda solid on that.
Mick wrote:The “drug runner profile” that first got into legal trouble was about race discrimination. The profile for a drug runner was “rental car traveling after midnight at the speed limit.” (and various race, gender, and clothing patterns)
At the Justice for Trayvon Martin rally a couple weeks ago, one of the speakers mentioned white friends who’d been pulled over in Homewood because of course the only reason a white person would be in that neighborhood was to buy drugs…