Policing Mean Streets

Jared Taylor, American Renaissance, May 22, 2015

How New York detectives keep order.

Robert Jackall, Street Stories: The World of Police Detectives, Harvard University Press, 2005, 429 pp., $16.33.

This book is about New York City detectives: what they do, how they think, and the criminals they catch. It was written by a sociologist at Williams College who spent several years working with detectives–long enough to understand every aspect of their work, but not long enough to lose an outsider’s perspective. In this book, Prof. Robert Jackall does two things: He tells detailed stories about the gritty work of solving crimes, and draws larger conclusions about the nature of police work–and he does both very well. Street Stories was written 10 years ago, but it is still a first-rate introduction to a profession that, aside from glamorized movie portrayals, is completely unknown to most of us.

Most of the action is set in the 1980s and 1990s, when New York was about 40 to 45 percent white (it is now down to 36 percent white), but detectives, then as now, had an overwhelmingly non-white clientele. Prof. Jackall notes that in 1990, at the height of the plague of subway robberies, there were 1,002 reported cases of robbery by wolf packs, or groups of young people. In all but two cases, the criminals were described as black or Hispanic, and the other two descriptions were “ambiguous.” Only 10 percent of older subway robbers were white.

Prof. Jackall writes that black officers, “who regularly get called Uncle Toms by black culprits and vilified mercilessly by them in other ways, simply accept the racial composition of subway predators and distance themselves as much as possible from the black culprits whom they arrest.” In the stories Prof. Jackall tells, there are scores of criminals, accomplices, buddies, and hangers-on; hardly any appear to be white.

Tricks of the trade

New York City detectives start as uniformed police officers before they are promoted to “gold shield” status. They used to be chosen for their brains, bravery, and initiative, but that gave rise to charges of favoritism (and, no doubt, “racism”), so promotion has become more routine–18 months of a certain kind of drug-busting assignment, for example, means an automatic gold shield. Mr. Jackall says this has dragged down quality.

The detective’s job is to figure out who committed the crime, gather enough witnesses and evidence to get a conviction in court, and make arrests. Street Stories makes it clear that almost no crimes are solved through Sherlock Holmes-type intellectual theatrics. (The author of the Holmes stories, Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle, tried his hand at real-world crime solving, and was a flop.) Instead, as Prof. Jackall explains, “All detectives rely on informants for information,” and that “virtually all criminal investigations come to a standstill without informants of some sort.” Why do they talk?

Some informants see cops as father figures to whom they can divulge the wickedness all around them. Others barter information in exchange for investigators’ turning a blind eye to their own criminal activities. Still others want an immediate payoff in the form of money or bags of drugs left behind after a raid they help arrange. Still other informants want the police to protect them by locking up their enemies.

Surprisingly often, an informant shows up uninvited at the station house, but most detectives carefully cultivate informants. Prof. Jackall writes of one detective who knew not only the names of all the prostitutes in his area but the names of their children. He was always square with them, and they gave good information.

Informants have information only because they live in or at the edges of the criminal world, so they must be discreet. If an officer gives them a ride home from the station house, they want to be let off blocks away, even if they’re in an unmarked car.

Informants often have good information because criminals talk about their crimes. This is not always because they are stupid, though many are. In their world, it is useful to have a reputation for violence, so if a robber shot or carved up a victim last Friday, it burnishes his reputation to brag about it. As one criminal explains, “A murder ain’t a murder until you talk bout it on the street.” A high-profile murder that makes the news is especially gratifying to its author, so the temptation to blab is all the stronger in those cases that the police are most desperate to solve.

But detectives often get only partial knowledge from informants. They may learn that “Shorty,” who hangs out at an after-hours club in the Bronx, was in on the hit, but the informant doesn’t know Shorty’s real name or address. It may take days of leg work to track him down, and he might be the wrong Shorty.

Figuring out who committed the crime is sometimes the easy part. Detectives then have to persuade witnesses to testify. Often they are:

civilian witnesses usually so terrorized or confused that their perceptions are jumbled or limited, neighborhood residents, some of whom are civilians too frightened to come forward and who may be indirect beneficiaries of criminal activities, and some are themselves criminals who reveal information only when they can trade it for their own advantage.

Key witnesses may be low-lifes who make a bad impression on the stand even when they are telling the truth. Sometimes, criminals are offered reduced sentences to testify against accomplices, but this will come out on cross-examination. What is a jury going to think of “bought” testimony?

Lining up witnesses is even more complicated because some racial groups refuse on principle to help the police; the phrase “snitches get stitches” has been around a long time. Detectives find themselves giving potential witnesses assurances that may not be true: that their testimony will lock the rat up for sure, and he will never have a chance to take revenge. The problem with witnesses is so bad that Prof. Jackall worries that “the reluctance or fear on the part of civilian witnesses to testify against violent criminals represents a danger to democratic institutions . . . .”

The best evidence is therefore a confession, and Prof. Jackall writes that street criminals are surprisingly likely to confess. Their first mistake is talking to detectives at all. They don’t clam up or insist on a lawyer because think they can trick the police into thinking they are innocent. They think that will cross them off the suspect list and they will go home free. The interview begins, and both sides settle in for what Prof. Jackall calls “endless recitation of almost identical excuses and justifications, improbable explanations, and outright lies.”

Detectives often use trickery to get a confession. They act as if they have evidence they don’t. They claim an accomplice has ratted, so the suspect better tell his side of the story. One of the cleverest things they do is suppress all moral revulsion and appear to sympathize with criminal motives. No one likes to confess in the face of stony disapproval, so the detective has to sound understanding: A rival dealer stole your crack so of course you had to kill him. It’s only right to stab a girl 25 times if she two-times you. The robbery victim fought back so there was no choice but to shoot him. “You gotta give em an out,” explains a detective. At the end of a long battle of wits that finally ends in a confession many criminals fall asleep in their chairs–police call this “the sleep of the guilty.”

Detectives spend hours talking to criminals, walking them through their self-serving stories, catching them in contradictions, and leading them into traps. They have to know how to think exactly like a criminal.

Detectives also have to weave very carefully through the thickets of laws that proscribe what they can and can’t do at every stage of an investigation. As often as not, Prof. Jackall explains, getting results requires “a willingness to bypass or bend procedure.”

The ability to think like a criminal–and sometimes even commit what are, technically, minor crimes in the pursuit of evidence–unnerves the prosecutors and judges with whom detectives have to work at trial, but justice often requires that rules be bent. Most people involved in the system know that. Even so:

The legal system’s dependence on the morally ambiguous role of criminal investigators confers no privileges on detectives themselves, however. When it comes to formal proceedings, the watchword among detectives is: “It’s always the detective who’s on trial.”

Defense lawyers are always on the lookout for slipups, and are past masters at setting clients free–even when they are obviously guilty–on the basis of some procedural error by the police.

There is constant tension between official regulations and what detectives have to do to get the job done. In general, the higher-ups who have spent the least time on the beat are the worst sticklers for procedure. Women, especially, try to get off the street as quick as they can, and are good at taking promotion tests. They also rise rapidly in departments that are desperate to showcase women in management. Detectives hate taking orders from “house mouses” who have not “made their bones” working dangerous neighborhoods.

The amount of effort detectives put into a case varies according to the moral status they give the victim. They pour their hearts into cases with innocent victims, especially women or children. In one of Prof. Jackall’s stories, detectives made genuinely impressive efforts to find the man who raped and killed an unoffending 50-year-old Dominican widow who lived across the airshaft from her law-abiding adult son.

In 1977, a man specialized in snatching women’s purses in the subway so he could get their keys and address and go burgle their apartments. In order to make sure he had plenty of time for the burglary, he shoved the women onto the tracks in front of an on-coming train.

Detectives live to catch people like him. Cases like that strengthen detectives’ image of themselves as champions of the good, an image shaken by countless cases in which the zeal for justice is dulled because everyone involved is scum. There is not as much joy in beating the pavement to find the killer of a brute who, more or less, deserved to die.

Prof. Jackall describes the discovery of a multiple offender found dead from a fall behind a notorious building full of dealers. Did he lose his grip on the fire escape while he was trying to steal drugs from one of the apartments, or did dealers catch him in the act and pitch him off? The building was full of criminal and semi-criminal Dominicans who would never cooperate with the police. The case was closed: accidental death by falling.

There are two kinds of cases detectives work the hardest. One is cop killings; police always want to catch someone who kills a brother officer. The other is high-profile cases that make the news. The whole world hears about it if a pretty young jogger is murdered in Central Park, and the police commissioner and even the mayor fear for their jobs if the killer isn’t caught. Enormous effort goes into cases like that, even if it means pulling men off murders in less glamorous boroughs while trails go cold.

Police officers tend to conclude that some people are just plain bad and can’t be helped. Prof. Jackall writes that “in the entire police department, one finds few believers in the inherent goodness of humankind, or in social explanations for criminal violence, or in the perfectibility of human society.”

Officers see so much “nonchalant, routine use of lethal violence” that they don’t mind seeing it used in what they call “public service homicides.” There are smiles all around the squad room when a robber and a drug dealer manage to kill each other in a holdup. Detectives like to hear about “street justice” but are, of course, forbidden to encourage it.

Police are also pleased when civilians take things into their own hands. An 80-year-old man fished out a shotgun and blew off the head of a man who broke into his apartment and was menacing his wife. When police asked if he had any trouble firing on the intruder, his reply won admiration in the precinct: “Heck no. It was just like shooting a big buck.”

“Jumpers” are the people who come from everywhere east of the Mississippi to commit suicide off the George Washington Bridge. Prof. Jackall reports that they “are often regarded with a level of scorn that those who work constantly with death by violence reserve for people who throw away life.” He adds that “detectives resist the painful work of informing suicides’ next-of-kin, not least because relatives of suicides almost always deny reality and insist that police open homicide investigations.”

Missing persons are a low priority. Even the most apparently normal people check out for a while without telling anyone, and usually show up again.

Detective work is dangerous, poorly paid, and misunderstood or reviled by just about everyone. Detectives retreat into a social circle that becomes almost exclusively one of fellow officers. Perhaps it is therefore not surprising that Prof. Jackall finds that if a man sticks with police work it is usually because he likes it. “With important exceptions, detectives exult in the danger of their work, in the heart-pumping excitement that only physical risk, the chase, and mortal combat afford.” Anyone who has carried a shield knows that “the streets can explode in a heartbeat” and that arrests “often provoke wild behavior that detectives remember for the rest of their lives.”

This is not a line of work that naturally attracts women, but only a few people dare point out the folly of dressing women in uniforms and putting them on the beat. When a bar or flophouse owner calls the police because the place is in an uproar, he complains if a woman shows up. He wants officers who can take firm action short of pulling a trigger.

One of Prof. Jackall’s best stories is about the hunt for the man who pulled the trigger on the first New York City lady policeman to die in the line of duty. His account is full of insights about how the department handled this highly-publicized crime, but Prof. Jackall lets the reader draw for himself what was really the most important lesson simply by describing the circumstances of her death. When rookie plainclothes officer Irma Lozada–all 120 pounds of her–tried to arrest a chain snatcher, he wrestled her gun away and shot her with it.

As an interesting sidelight, Prof. Jackall notes that right at the crime scene, several other officers thrashed Lozada’s veteran partner, 42-year-old Nat Giambavalo. He was expected to protect her.

Prof. Jackall clearly admires detectives, but he does not overlook their failings. Some use their authority to shake women down for sex. Some steal money or jewelry from crime scenes or even from murder victims. Some start selling drugs themselves. Prof. Jackall writes of one who kept a sledge hammer in his car, and methodically wrecked criminals’ apartments.

It is the job of the Internal Affairs Bureau to catch these miscreants, but no one wants to work for the “rat squad.” Prof. Jackall reports that the quality of work in the bureau was improved with a new system that required the best detectives to spend two years in internal affairs, after which they could pick their own assignment.

The criminal mind

A study of detectives is also a study of criminals, and Street Stories throws interesting light on the criminal mind. A man arrested for robbing subway token booths explained his career to Prof. Jackall: “You wants to know why I does what I do? I was making $8,000 a week [in 1991]. And I could fuck at will. Why should I take a straight job?”

When robbers start out as youngsters, they often run in packs and want to show how tough they are. They egg each other on and end up hurting or killing people unnecessarily. More experienced robbers never use unnecessary force. They cultivate an aura of implacable cruelty that terrifies people into compliance without a struggle. Violence is messy and gets attention from the police. Experienced robbers say they make 30 to 35 scores for every arrest.

Many robbers choose their victims carefully: old women or drunks, for example. Others rob Asians because they think the risk of being identified is lower: “All we niggas look alike to da Chinks.” Sometimes gangs of blacks rampaging through crowds shout, “Just the whites,” or, “Get the whites.”

Veteran criminals often give themselves away by following the same routine in the same part of town. If someone sticks a silver gun in your face in Washington Heights and says “This is a stickup; gib me everything you got,” police have a good idea who he was. They probably have a photo of him on file to show you for a positive ID.

Some criminals pursue their own justice. Prof. Jackall writes of a man who was invited to pick the thug who robbed him out of lineup. He politely declined, saying he would rather the man stayed on the street so he could kill him himself.

Criminals are not romantic. A man whom the police picked up had a woman with him. To the question, “Is this your girlfriend?” he replied, “Hell no; I just fuck her.” Prof. Jackall writes of two men who forced a woman into a car to take her to a lonely place and kill her. During the ride, the man in the back seat with her made her give him a blow job. When they stopped, he took her out and shot her.

Chivalry is not entirely dead: “I mean, it okay that he shot her cuz these bitches need to be taught a lesson. But you don’t shoot a woman in the face.” And criminals have rules: “You can rob all the peoples you want on the trains, but you don’t rob the peoples you smokes crack wit.”

Street Stories is full of inside details about police work.

* At least at the time this book was written, if an officer was on a stakeout that lasted longer than expected, he had to call in to get permission to stay out at overtime wages. If budgets were tight he had to go home.

* Many criminals escape back to Mexico or the Dominican Republic when things get hot.

* When you find a fresh corpse, how do you estimate the time of death? Take its temperature rectally, and calculate how many hours it took for the body temperature to drop.

One retrospective lesson of this book is that police work has had the same racial angles, decade after decade. Prof. Jackall points out that even though officers knew that criminals were overwhelmingly black or Hispanic 30 years ago, to admit to acting on this information would have been “fatal to a police officer’s career.” It is also clear from Street Stories that at least since the 1970s, the New York Times has consistently argued that the police are “racist,” and that non-white criminals are innocent victims of circumstance.

Just as it does today, it paid to riot. In 1992, a white police officer struggled with a Dominican drug dealer, and ended up shooting him. The press clucked about the poor downtrodden Dominicans, who rioted for six days over police “racism.” The black mayor, David Dinkins, rushed to give comfort to the drug dealer’s family, and the city paid for a fancy funeral in the Dominican Republic. Police were furious. A grand jury refused to indict, and it was proven that the original claims against the officer were lies.

Some things don’t change.

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Thomas Jackson lives in Virginia and has been writing for American Renaissance for more than 15 years.
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  • propagandaoftruth

    Cops are human beings first and most importantly.

    I would love to see 9 out of 10 of the typical (white) cop basher types put on a uniform and give it a spin.

    What would you do faced with a hostile, uncooperative Negro? A teachable moment perhaps?

    • how about this

      “What would you do faced with a hostile, uncooperative Negro?”

      I would offer him a flower and a song about what the story of Martin Luther King Jr. means to me. See, I am prepared for all the job interview questions; can I be a cop now?

    • John Smith

      Perhaps, but a number seem to abuse whites and less for the infraction they committed, which is often trivial or non-existent even, but just because they are thugs and bullies and would do whatever those in charge asked them to do, including round up other whites for being sent off to the camps.

      • propagandaoftruth

        Sure, they’ve never been saints. Like I said, they are human beings.

        It must be strange living in this dire eloi society but having to channel the morloc. Dire eloi hate morlocs but without socialized, potty trained morlocs, the dire eloi would be the meat they are.

        But it’s also my philosophy that if you make crime an occupation you should consider getting effed with by crooked cops an occupational hazard. Of course the best crooked cop is the one who is your buddy.

      • Sick of it

        Makes me appreciate the cops in certain areas that are jerks about giving tickets. They don’t do worse than that. Seriously, what kind of cops do some of y’all deal with?

    • Sick of it

      I’m amazed at all the local police have to deal with and am impressed that they rarely bug people over nothing. With all they see, it’s a wonder.

    • Douglas Cowdrick

      BZTTTTTTTTTTTTTT, you lose. you used the word “Negro”. That’s an unacceptable term. you can’t use “black” either, except as a skin color description as in; “black male. 5″10″ in a blue jacket with dark pants”.
      If you use it other than as a descriptor, like that southern principal who said “Why are all the blacks leaving” recently it’s verboten; she got canned for it.

      It used to be “African-American” was okay but that frowned on. An actual word now isn’t used; they want the option of being to scream “that’s a racist term” at any point. that makes everyone run for cover immediately.
      The recent “thug” is a racist term campaign is another example. You can’t use that, that’s RACIST.
      As an example the biker gang shoot out in Waco Texas. They are whining; you don’t call them “thugs”.

      No because “biker gang” has never been term associated with good. Now plenty of good hard working law abiding people who ride bikes want to remove the stigma of the word “biker” as bad but bikers usually call their group “clubs”, not gangs. So not calling them “thugs” isn’t because they were white; it was because biker gang isn’t a term of affection and still isn’t now.

  • LHathaway

    “Some use their authority to shake women down for sex. Some steal money or jewelry from crime scenes or even from murder victims. Some start selling drugs themselves. Prof. Jackall writes of one who kept a sledge hammer in his car, and methodically wrecked criminals’ apartments”.

    How did the prof find this out? Are these cases that ‘internal affairs’ closed?

  • Oil Can Harry

    I enjoyed seeing these photos of the NYC of my youth.

    The subways are far cleaner now but sadly the blacks and Hispanics are still jungle savages.

    • JohnEngelman

      The longer a race has practiced civilization the lower its crime rate is. This is because the criminal justice systems of civilized countries used to kill criminals.

      • Exuberant Auditor

        That might be true because a part of those caught and killed probably were genetically more inclined to crime. Even though I believe the majority just make bad choices and decisions and resort to crime as an easy way to get money or eliminate opponents.

        But it’s not just the death sentences. Prison sentences have also reduced the chances of procreation and the number of children criminals have.

        • Sick of it

          Low IQ. We still have high IQ people who are very aggressive but don’t randomly murder people.

          • Exuberant Auditor

            Well, crime isn’t just random murder. An aggressive person might be more inclined to take matters into his own hands when he feels wronged instead of going to the police. In which case, the murder is not random but mere retribution. However, it’s still a crime. And his aggression was still a factor in prompting to commit that crime.

      • DelmarJackson

        How do you account for a country like Togo? I know a person who lives there and is from France. he says it is the safest place he has ever lived. There is almost no theft of personal items, although you may be cheated or defrauded, you can leave a bike unlocked in front of your door for months. He said the reason why is if a person is caught stealing, the neighbors beat the thief and douse him with gasoline and light it. So I don’t think civilization has anything to do with criminality. Also, studies show lower class ” civilized” whites in Britain and in the USA are adopting dysfunctional behavior of lower class black people at a fast pace. Also, in Britain low class whites are showing less education than non whites and are falling in IQ tests compared to non whites. Whatever it is that creates dysfunctional behavior in non whites is also showing up more and more in lower class whites.

        • JohnEngelman

          Your friend has been fortunate. According to the United Nations Office of Drug and Crime, the murder rate in Togo is 10.3 per 100,000 inhabitants. In the United States it is 4.7. In the UK it is 1.0. In France it is 1.0.

        • Who Me?

          Oh, I don’t know, “if a person is caught stealing, the neighbors beat the thief and douse him with gasoline and light it.” Sounds pretty civilized to me.

        • newscomments70

          “Also, in Britain low class whites are showing less education than non whites and are falling in IQ tests compared to non whites. ” Those statistics are skewed. Liberal media compares test scores of low income whites to upper income Indians and similar. It is simply a form selective comparison and white-bashing. Most lower income whites in the UK must attend public schools, which are basically war zones because of immigration. Of course their average test scores are lower. There is, however, no excuse for white youth to listen to gangsta rap and adopt criminal behavior. It’s even more pathetic when white adults carry on this way.

          • Sick of it

            Don’t ignore the racial component. Many whites in Britain today are mixing with low IQ foreigners, white or otherwise. Have been for generations.

        • mikefromwichita

          “Whatever it is that creates dysfunctional behavior in non whites is also showing up more and more in lower class whites.”

          Yeppers over breeding by the shallow end of the white gene pool.

    • John Smith

      I hear it’s going back with DeBlasio.

  • BillMiller66

    Every street cop I have ever known was secretly a race-realist.

    • Illidan Stormragge

      A number of PhDs that study IQ, race. demographics, etc are also race realists underneath but they want to keep their jobs.

      • Dr. Rieux

        I’m sure among non-black civil servants the number of race realists is also very high. Working under 200 pound surly negresses creates a lot of race realism.

        • Rurik

          Probably depends on the department. In many such departments, there is your 200 pound surly negress working as your supervisor, but the pimped out Dindu clientele is even worse.

    • Albert

      Hard to live in denial when reality is shoved in your face on a daily basis.

      • Jason Lewis

        Talk to some white school teachers. They turn into realist really quick.

    • propagandaoftruth

      I manage a kitchen and cook. Often to let off steam I unleash a loud verbal poopstorm in perfect Spanish, including commentary on race, since almost nobody understands.

      One day officer Rodriguez, a fellow of Cuban descent, was out front and I didn’t realize…

      He left a tip that amounted to 150% the bill. I like officer Rodriguez. Fine son of Castille.

  • JohnEngelman

    It is also clear from Street Stories that at least since the 1970s, the New York Times has consistently argued that the police are “racist,” and that non-white criminals are innocent victims of circumstance.

    – Jared Taylor, American Renaissance, May 22, 2015

    There is nothing like being a victim of one or more black criminals to change that attitude.

    • Illidan Stormragge

      Liberals blame the rich because of supposed inherent wrongdoing to earn and keep their success. The same logic applies to the police. It’s easy and popular to blame authority for the world’s problems.

  • Exuberant Auditor

    Was this article from Jared Taylor or Thomas Jackson?

    • John Smith

      Taylor.

      • Exuberant Auditor

        The writing style did seem like his, yes. The mention of Thomas Jackson was probably just a mistake.

  • Exuberant Auditor

    I have always admired the police, as I think they are a cornerstone of civilization along with the justice system. And that’s despite their occasional moral failings, which should themselves be dealth with by another police.

    If I didn’t examine accounts and documents for a living I would’ve most likely been a cop. Maybe in another life.

  • Alexander Baron

    Admiring the police is strictly for kids. They are a necessary evil but an evil nonetheless. Maybe if you examined a few relevant documents you’d realise there are plenty of whites suffer at their hands as well as blacks. In the UK these imbeciles have wasted countless hours of police time on persecuting “racists” and of late Twitter trolls, time that could have been better spent making society a safer place. And just remember, if they can get away with killing Walter Scott, they can get away with killing you.

    • Exuberant Auditor

      The persecution of racists and all that nonsense is to be blamed on legislators, not on law enforcement. Just as their leniency towards rioters is the result of higher orders at state/ministry level rather than decisions of the police departments and much less the officers themselves.

      There are abuses, but for the most part, if you stay away from trouble and talk politely to officers, you’ll be fine.

      Many of them risk their lives to rid the streets of criminals and keep us safe, and they’re not paid that well. And that is to be admired.

      • Alexander Baron

        The police pursue “racists” with the same enthusiasm they pursue low class or no class black men for weed, because they like easy targets. Has it not occurred to you why most of these “criminals” are on the streets? Many of them are men who have entered a downward spiral. Obviously someone like you who has always led a relatively comfortable life would not appreciate this.

        • Exuberant Auditor

          They pursue racist tweeters and weed possessors because those things have been made against the law by legislators. Don’t do them and you won’t get arrested.

          • Alexander Baron

            “Hate speech” includes protesting against immigration and miscegenation. Oh, and cartoons, the things they told Moslems they should tolerate. If you want to be a nodding dog, go ahead. Don’t expect anyone like me to join you.

          • Exuberant Auditor

            I didn’t say I agreed with those laws. I’m just saying you’re taking it out on the wrong people. It’s the legislators of the laws who are to blame, not the enforcers.

            If you don’t agree with a law, campaign to get repealed or ameneded. Like they did in Colorado with weed–it got decriminalized, and what do you know: cops magically stopped arresting people for marijuana!

            I agree. Many laws are useless and mostly counterproductive. Here in Nevada, prostitution is legal in most counties. And the majority of us (63%) want it to stay that way because brothels contribute with a considerable portion of tax revenus. That’s one less stupid law cops will have to enforce or worry about because that’s how folks in state congress and county seats wrote the law.

          • adplatt126

            Disagree. The police are just as culpable. Are mercenaries not morally complicit? Are hit men perfectly innocent merely because they are paid? Cops protect bankers that loot the treasury. They arrest people for thought crimes. That makes them criminals too in my mind. They can refuse, they can retire, etc. They have agency. If the rules we must abide by are only those set by a tyrannical minority of social Marxists, in order to be decent people, we are all of us screwed. That can’t be the standard. It’s not only too low a bar, it also makes people like you and me, with opinions like ours, extremely vulnerable to the overclass. Incentives, custom, and law are not sufficient barriers against tyranny, oppression, even genocide. The private consciences of citizens are paramount, or else all a criminal group must do is buy the law and our destiny and destruction are guaranteed. Worse yet, that’s already been done. So morality and good sense are our last line of defense. Assail that only by infinite folly.

    • TCA

      “We sleep safe in our beds, etc.”
      That said, police are (potentially) ZOG’s enforcers, at least the Feds.
      Re Mr Scott, JT recalls a time when it was perfectly legal, and certainly moral, to shoot a fleeing felon.
      (I’m not 100% convinced there even WAS a Mr. Scott. The timing is too convenient.)
      I guess my point is I admire lawmen like William Cain (High Noon) or even Popeye Doyle, but not the kind you rightly contemn.

    • Albert

      Perhaps it would help to raise the standards for admission into the force and promotions back to where they were before they were lowered to admit in more non-whites.

    • Sick of it

      The UK. The US. Two different countries. Thus we have cops killing criminals and riots everywhere while over there the thugs can gang-rape dozens of girls for years without being bothered.

  • Light from the East

    Some things don’t change.

    Yes, history repeats itself only in different forms.

    All people are used to reflecting the mistake made by some historical figures, but a few people know most people are actually writing a mistake in the eye of our future generation.

  • Rob

    I know a negress whose parents immigrated from the Dominican Republic and she was born and brought up in NYC. She still speaks like she just came from the DR and her English is terrible. She cannot even write a proper sentence in English. Can you believe this is from someone who was born and brought up in the US.

    • HamletsGhost

      If she went to a NYC school, then yes.

      • Rob

        Sad.

  • Rob

    In the ‘Beating The Fare’ picture, I guess that is where the negroes got very good at High Jump. They just pretend that they are running away from paying the fare.

  • Tooth Barkington

    I am confused: who wrote this? Thomas Jackson, or Jared Taylor?

  • Rhialto

    “A murder ain’t a murder until you talk bout it on the street.”

    This is an fine example of the difference between the African brain and the White brain. I had a slight connection as a teenager with crime related activities. One Italian word that I learned the meaning of is “Omerta” which means silence, i.e. keep your mouth shut, not just to the police, but to everybody.

  • DiversityIsDeath

    Is NYC really less criminal today than in the 1980s, or is it simply that the stats are juggled? That the books are cooked? I understand that the cops are put under tremendous pressure to make it APPEAR as if crime is on the downswing. It’s all a game. Serious crimes are downgraded to lesser offenses, criminals are either never arrested at all, or at trial they are released. It’s a farce, a facade to make the public feel secure. I go by my own observations and believe that NYC is more dangerous and unstable than ever before, that USA is becomingly increasingly crime ridden and corrupt. Law enforcement and the courts are becoming less white, more left wing. There is less deterrent to crime. As we all know here, USA is engaged in a dygenics program. And as a nation gets darker and dumber and more liberal, rising crime would be a natural outcome, no?

    • Illidan Stormragge

      I think it is. Prostitution was everywhere in the 80a in nyc plus it was dirtier and you couldn’t take the train without getting mugged.

      • Veritas

        New York City was the Wild West in the 1980’s. I remember driving into the city and hearing reports about the problem of homeless people being doused with gasoline and burned to death by gangs of “youths” for kicks. It was a savage place and is definitely better now.

        • Illidan Stormragge

          There were people who would walk around with a squeegee in one hand and a brick in the other and “offered” to wipe your windshield for some money.

    • propagandaoftruth

      Elimination of lead in petrol and paint really correlates very nicely (given a generation to sink in) with statistical drops in crime from 1980 to now.

      Social science probably requires the most brilliant scientific minds considering the bewildering open system nature of human societal function. Objectively studying and quantifying human societies is harder than understanding climate.

      Most brilliant scientific minds gravitate toward the hard science fields, the social sciences all too often a leftist ideologized dumping ground for the intellectually slothful and pet minorities who can’t hack real science.

      But despite all the programs based on the rosiest of social scientific assertions, it appears that the reduction of lead – a hitherto utterly unrecognized variable in the big equation – may have prevented more crime than all the programs and prisons added up together and multiplied by 1.25…

      But that’s just an educated guess itself.

      • yodaddy51

        Lead? You must be joking? Jail time. killing one another, abortion etc.
        Cant see the lead argument.

  • Albert

    Only problem is that the newer politicians in NYC are leaning more and more to the left- especially its current mayor. Kid-glove treatment could see New York regressing to its older days of commonplace crime and violence.

  • Hammerheart

    If you play in the dirt too long eventually you’re going to get dirty. I feel for the police officers who must deal with the ugliness, ooze, slime, and decay day after day.

  • Eagle1212

    Since the 1970s, big city cops have become so militarized that they would use any mean to get a hold of the suspect, not worrying that when they use excessive force like wrestling or choke holding the suspect might end up dead, then they become in the national spotlight, you don’t see the “protect and serve”label on these cops anymore, now you see the “harass and kill” label, New York City has always been a police state where non criminals are mistaken by suspects and are dealt with these cops and unreasonably arrested for crimes they didn’t commit and when they resist, they’ll use whatever tactics to detain them even if it does kill them. So my best advice is if you’re traveling to NYC or any other big city in the US, be a law abiding citizen, don’t get in the cops’ way, if they ask you if you saw something suspicious, politely say you know or you don’t know and if they mistakenly arrest you, don’t resist and follow their commands. Because one mistake will cost you dearly, these cops are trained to kill, not protecting the public.

  • MBlanc46

    The police are society’s thugs. If we were a better society, we might have a better class of thugs to enforce the law.

  • the police are the enforcement arm of the same system that legally discriminates against me as a white male.

    So, I have no respect for them.

  • mikey7777

    Well Travis Bickle knows all about what the streets do to you,seeing all the scum night after night.

    All the animals come out at night – whores, skunk pussies, buggers, queens, fairies, dopers, junkies, sick, venal. Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets. I go all over. I take people to the Bronx, Brooklyn, I take ’em to Harlem. I don’t care. Don’t make no difference to me. It does to some. Some won’t even take spooks. Don’t make no difference to me.

  • mikefromwichita

    Yeppers no reason here to NOT dislike cops.

  • Steve_in_Vermont

    For those critical of the police, please give us an alternative. The next time you’re the victim of a crime, or threatened with assault, call a social worker.