Saturday night, I listened to Karel while in the drive through line (burger ritual). He was talking about a shooting in East Oakland that came on the heels of 40 officers being rehired after a layoff last year. 80 officers were let go, and half came back, thank God. There were 91 homicides this year – 17 more than this time last year.
He talked about what to do about crime in our cities. He believes that there should be 3x the number of police officers, more money should be put in education and community development. Of course, I agree. But he also mentioned another solution – bringing the troops back home, discharging them, and then hiring and training them to patrol our streets. Hmm. The military patrolling our streets is unconstitutional, which is why he probably mentioned the discharging them.
I really don’t have a problem with it. Considering all the crime in our big cities, why not?
We need people patrolling the streets. Cities are cutting back on police – like in Oakland. Less police patrols = more crime. Former military can provide the numbers we need.
We can bring the troops back home. A full withdrawal from Iraq would be great. What are they doing there? They’re patrolling the streets and protecting Iraqis from insurgents. Sorry, but I care about more about Americans than Iraqis. There are parts of our big cities that are full of drugs and crime. It’s not safe to walk around. We can protect our citizens from the criminal element. I’d rather see my tax dollars go toward the safety of Americans than Iraqis.
I think it would be a win-win. Scare the crap out of criminals by filling the streets with the good guys. Finally send the message that we’re not going to put up with their gang and drug crap anymore.
If this sounds too extreme, we can always go to the first solution. 3x the number of police officers. Works for me. Because I know what’s not working. Laying off 80 police officers (almost 10% of your force) for a population of almost 400,000 people.