Black neighborhoods need more police to protect them

NY Post Editorial:
Those protesting the St. Louis grand jury’s decision now have a new chant: “black lives matter.”

Of course they do. But the protesters have the equation backward. It’s not policing that is the threat to black life today. More often, it’s the lack of policing.

President Obama spoke to this truth after the grand jury’s decision Monday, noting that “nobody needs good policing more than poor communities with higher crime rates.”

Unfortunately, too many American cities leave their most vulnerable communities under-policed and under-protected.

Starting with Mayor Rudy Giuliani and then-Commissioner Bill Bratton, New York chose a different route: Police would go where the criminals were.

Murder rates began dropping, and Mayor Mike Bloom­­berg and Commissioner Ray Kellybuilt on this success to take them to record lows.

Because of this work, there are hundreds of black citizens walking around today who would likely be dead otherwise. That’s the basis of Giuliani’s claim that he “saved more black lives than anyone as mayor” — with the possible exception of Bloomberg.
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Black victims of crime deserve to be protected from the predators in their neighborhood.  What is really disturbing about the demonstrations following the events in Ferguson is the number of blacks who seem to be on the side of the predators.   For some it may be a sincere belief in the lies told about the shooting by an alleged accomplice.  For others it appears to be a protest movement organized by the predators.

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