On Friday night the deputy Chief of the Middletown Police Department organized a ceremony at the start of the local high school football game to honor local law enforcement. The State Police Pipes and Drum Corps participated along with members of the local departments, mounted police and sheriff’s departments. Given the climate of anti-police rhetoric spurred on by members of the media and political leaders, right up to the President of the United States, ceremonies like this are important demonstrations of support for law enforcement.
As much as I tried to take the conversation to the waste in the New Jersey budget today on the show, there was a constant pull from the callers to get back to the conversation of race and law enforcement.
Here’s my quick take. The false narrative being pushed by the Black Lives Matter movement enabled by many politicians and the media is harming the very people that they claim to represent. Murder among black Americans is high and rising. For nearly twenty years the crime rates in our cities was dropping precipitously creating opportunity for families to live without the constant fear of being subject to horrific street violence. The dramatic increase started under Rudy Giuliani’s leadership in New York City, employing police policies known as “Broken Windows”, “CompStat” and “Stop & Frisk.” By the time Rudy left office murders had dropped from a high of 2,600 in 1990 to less than 900 in 2001. Rapes, robberies and assaults all way down showing a return of order to the city. The trend was picked up in other cities across America and for the next two decades crime dropped by nearly 50%.