A 39-year-old man of color from Waukesha in Wisconsin drove a maroon Ford Escape into a Christmas Parade. Six people were killed, and over 48 more were hurt. Although the motive for the attack is not known, the media will continue to insist that it be so. The media seems to only care about the motives of suspects who commit violent acts if they can be credited with their political enemies.
One thing is certain: The suspect shouldn’t have been walking on the streets. On Nov. 5, he was arrested for resisting an officer and bail jumping. He also faces charges of recklessly endangering safety as well as battery, disorderly conduct, and battery. He allegedly first slammed his mother with his fist and then ran her over in a maroon Ford Escape. On Friday, he was released after posting $1,000 bail. He ran his car over innocent victims two days later.
Now, the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office is investigating the low bail. We know why the bail process allowed this suspect to return to the streets: it was necessary because equity required it. Jeffrey Toobin published a piece in The New Yorker in May 2015 about “The Milwaukee Experiment.” It was a love letter to John Chisholm (the Milwaukee County district attorney) who had adopted criminal justice policies that were aimed at resolving “the racial imbalance” in American prisons. One of Chisholm’s admirers said that Chisholm “put his neck out there” and began to say that judges should be judged on their ability to reduce mass incarceration
Not reducing crime. Reduce the number of people in prison — especially the number of African Americans in jail. Chisholm admitted to the cost of his policies in 2007. You bet. Guaranteed. It is guaranteed.
Chisholm was correct, of course.
This week, large roving gangs started looting high-end shops in San Francisco. Union Square in San Francisco witnessed a large group of looters grabbing and smashing a Louis Vuitton shop. Meanwhile, thieves gathered to steal products from Walnut Creek and Pleasanton. This should not be surprising. Chesa Boudin, San Francisco District Attorney, announced that he would end mass incarceration and cash bail. He also stopped prosecuting shoplifting charges — only 44% were prosecuted in 2020.
This has led to stores closing in San Francisco due to the automatic surcharge for people who steal their products.
The reality of criminality is not complicated. Innocents are hurt when criminals are released unjustifiably in a misguided effort to achieve “group equity”. Innocents are hurt when cops are taken off the streets, allowing criminals to do what they want. Criminals see an opportunity when they refuse to prosecute crimes.
Voters have two options: they can continue to deny reality or pay the price. Or, they can accept the fact that reality always wins. The only winners will be the criminals and those who allow them to continue denial.