For the umpteenth time: it’s not the object that’s the problem, it’s the person using it!

How many times have we tried to explain that a tool – like a gun, or a knife, or a hammer, or a motor vehicle, or whatever – is not to blame for its misuse?  It has no moral volition of its own, no ability to choose.  Those reside in the person using – or misusing – it.  Blame them for the problem, not the thing they’re using! This has just been demonstrated yet again to the police in London, England. Robbery gangs have turned to using pushbikes in the face of a police crackdown on moped crime, it has been revealed. Both the

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What did I tell you?

A few hours ago I posted about how crime was increasing in many jurisdictions due to the release of felons from prison, thanks to concerns over the spread of coronavirus.  I also mentioned other factors contributing to the rise in crime, including that many police forces are no longer responding to, or even recording, what they consider “minor” or “non-violent” crimes.  Sucks to be told the law enforcement that your taxes pay for isn’t going to help you if you’re a victim of crime, doesn’t it? Well, guess what I just learned? During the coronavirus outbreak and beginning Tuesday morning, Cincinnati police officers will no longer

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Looks like the rumor mill was correct about street drugs .

Back on March 13th I wrote: I’m hearing interesting things from [my law enforcement friends] about the supply of illegal drugs in our major metropolitan areas.  Basically, that supply is being cut off at the knees by the slowdown in world trade.  I hadn’t realized how much the drug trade was dependent upon Chinese chemicals and precursor materials to process coca leaves into cocaine, or to make methamphetamine or heroin.  Also, apparently most of the synthetic marijuana (a.k.a. “spice”) on the market comes from China, or is made with ingredients supplied from there. This is apparently resulting in a severe shortage of illegal

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“Respect mah authoritah” – or else!

A lot of old-school “peace officers” of my acquaintance are quietly (some not so quietly) vitriolic about modern “law enforcement officers” and their approach to their profession.  The former complain that the latter are all too often bureaucratic, hide-bound and rigidly by-the-book in the way they do their job, with little or no room for human considerations.  I tend to agree, based on my experience as a prison chaplain and my (frequent) contact with law enforcement in that capacity.  The human element appears to have become less and less important, and the autocratic, even arrogant approach appears to dominate.  (Not

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The easy way to lower crime rates – fudge the statistics!

The Chicago Sun-Times points out that crime statistics for that city are being deliberately “fudged” by manipulating them.  This is, of course, a problem nation-wide, not just in the Windy City;  but it’s good to see the issue brought out in public. Closing more murder cases even though no one was arrested pumped up the high clearance rate the Chicago Police Department has touted, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis finds. The police department cleared more murder cases in 2019 that didn’t result in an arrest than it has done in years, the Sun-Times found … of the 261 murders that the police signed

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Chicago’s quality of life, by the numbers

I note that according to HeyJackass (which Second City Cop calls “the ONLY trusted source for actual crime numbers” – and do read the comments there, too), Chicago has passed another grim milestone for 2019. Five-hundred-plus homicides in a year . . . The latest mass shooting in Chicago says a great deal about why the numbers are so high.  Note that the gathering concerned was to honor – HONOR!!! – the memory of a thug and criminal who tried to carjack a vehicle, and was shot in the attempt.  Congratulations to the shooter, and thank you for removing a menace from the streets of Chicago.

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Doofus Of The Day #1,058

Today’s award goes to a dumb crook in Kansas. A Kansas man was busted for driving a stolen Chevy SUV to a local jail to bail out his brother — who was being held for driving a stolen Chevy SUV, according to authorities. The sibling already in the pokey, Eric Dean McCracken, 36, had been arrested in Topeka early Friday for allegedly driving a stolen 2007 Trailblazer with a suspended license, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said in a release. A few hours later, his younger brother, Keith Ray McCracken, 32, was also arrested after a short chase with cops tracking

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The Albanian Mafia – it’s a real thing

A couple of years ago, my wife and I went down to Dallas-Fort Worth to buy some replacement chairs for our dining room table.  We were given the address of an “interesting” restaurant furniture shop, which seemed to be stocked largely with things that had fallen off the back of various and sundry trucks.  The proprietor, “Eddie”, was a very interesting person too:  an Albanian immigrant, who’d been in the USA for a couple of decades, but hadn’t lost anything of his Mediterranean background or his Albanian customs.  Miss D. was highly amused by the almost courtly way he treated her as

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Headline of the week

Sent in by several readers: Angus man who tried to fly drone into Perth Prison claimed Romanian circus stole his chihuahua The report is as mind-boggling as it sounds – certainly beyond my ability to summarize!  Click over there for a good laugh at the insanity (not to mention inanity) of some of our fellow denizens of this orb in space. Weird . . . Peter

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