That’s what I learned too. It was a 90s thing and everybody bought into it. Stop the jaywalker, stop and frisk, and you’ll prevent worse crimes.
But it backfired. It neglected a crucial thing: A community has to trust law enforcement in order for law enforcement to work properly.
But a law enforcement that does not respect the community it serves won’t get the trust from the community.
Without that trust, they can’t do their jobs. So, the answer is to build trust and make it a priority.
Oh a lot of people say “I hate cops”.
But if someone was murdered they’d call them.But, imagine being burned and betrayed so often and for so long that your best friend could get shot in front of you and you wouldn’t even think of calling the police?It’s that level of feeling betrayed. You know betrayal. It’s happened to you and if you’re a flawed human like us all, you’ve lost someone’s trust before too.Rebuilding that trust is never 100% and takes a lot of work, but it’s possible to get some of it back.That’s what law enforcement has to work on, and in many communities they are. Just… not this one.
But you step in and are met with a wall of silence, SOMEBODY ELSE is in charge and it’s not you.
Most people aren’t thieves. Not murderers. Not criminals. They just want an ok life and not be in fear.
But who is stronger? Mafia / gang or police? Who will respect you more for following along?
Should’ve had street smarts but they were probably stupid kids and yeah, I’m sure their mommas let them know just how stupid they were.