When Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at a gathering of police officials back in May that "if you want crime to go up, let the ACLU run the police department," he may have had a point. While opponents of "aggressive" police tactics like stop and frisk and other "broken windows"-type policing have complain about the injustice faced by minorities who they say are disproportionately and unfairly targeted by police, the city of Baltimore is demonstrating what happens when police dial back stops for minor violations like street-level drug dealing and other "everyday violations."
According to USA Today, since the death of Freddie Gray and the arrest of several officers who were charged with murder for allegedly playing a role in his death (he died handcuffed in the back of a police van after reportedly breaking his neck) police in Baltimore have "stopped noticing" small crimes and minor violations. The officers who were charged were acquitted, but the incident ended their careers, and the Baltimore Police Department faced a 2016 Department of Justice investigation that found the city's police routinely violated the constitutional rights of the city's residents. More than 150 people have been killed in the city already this year, compared with 342 last year, which was the city's deadliest on record.
Unsurprisingly, shootings soared...