Skip to comments.Sowell: A Clash of Police Policies
Posted on 08/22/2016 12:44:37 PM PDT by jazusamo
Amid the rioting in Milwaukee, there is also a clash between two leading lawmen there Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and the city of Milwaukee's Chief of Police Edward Flynn. They have very different opinions about how law enforcement should be carried out.
Chief Edward Flynn expresses the view long prevalent among those who emphasize the social "root causes" of crime, such as income disparities and educational disparities, as well as the larger society's neglect of black communities.
Chief Flynn puts less emphasis on aggressive police action and more on community outreach and gun control.
Sheriff David Clarke represents an opposite tradition, in which the job of the police is to enforce the law, as forcefully as necessary, not to make excuses for law-breaking or to ease up on enforcing the law, in hopes that this will mollify rioters. Sheriff Clarke would also like to see law-abiding blacks be armed.
Differences of opinion on law enforcement are sharp and unmistakable and have been for more than 50 years. However, as the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan used to say, "You're entitled to your own opinion, but you're not entitled to your own facts."
Unfortunately, facts seem to play a remarkably small role in clashes over law enforcement policies. And that too has been true for more than 50 years.
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Seems to go rather unnoticed that Clarke also encouraged relatively lax private firearms policies. Dare I say that #MilitiaLivesMatter ?
Chief Flynn is racist!
Yep...We need many more Sheriff’s and Police Chiefs like Sheriff Clarke.
People who want to back police, ought to be backing militia in general.
There wasn’t anything as advanced as our modern elite police in George Washington’s day. There were sheriffs and posses, something that has disturbingly gone out of vogue. Does a lazy We The People who let Barney Fife do it, so to speak, think the result is going to be anything OTHER than to reap trouble from men not bothered to be held to the actual account of the public?
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