More Accountability Not Cops

By Lacino Hamilton

While I am in complete agreement that more cops on the streets won’t stop violence. I would like to add that it is because cops don’t go after the people who create the climate of destitution and desperation—where crime always has and always will flourish. That is, social planners, policy makers, economic elites, many think tanks, foundations, and academics.

Most people possess a limited view of crime. Focusing solely on the memories or possibilities of a small number of property and domestic crimes e.g., assault, robbery, theft, and rape. The lack of attention about the frequency or harm of other types of crimes (mass layoffs leading to mass unemployment, subsidies and tax breaks given to wealthy corporations at public expense, an antiquated education model, price-fixing and gouging, gentrification, gerrymandering, and a play-to-pay political system), which are of a greater detriment to society, and more pervasive, means that even if cops could eradicate assaults, robberies, thefts, and rapes, society would still be in peril.

The disproportionate attention given to the above listed crimes can be traced to official crime statistics, which are produced by law enforcement agencies. These statistics regularly focus on the behavior of the poor and oppressed not the wealthy or powerful. And when publicized by the media and people who appear to be fighting crimes gives the impression that crime is something poor and oppressed people commit, and that actions of wealthy and powerful, no matter the social consequences, it legitimate.

More cops on the streets won’t stop crime because most street crimes are the product of the crimes committed in boardrooms, the halls of congress, courtrooms, and cubicles. Cops are monitoring and arresting the wrong people.


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