“I think it’s just a perfect storm of distress in America,” said Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms after a weekend of bloodshed erupted in her city of Atlanta.
Jerry Ratcliffe who is a prominent Crime expert said in even starker terms: “Anybody who thinks they can disentangle all of this probably doesn’t know what they’re talking about.”
“Law and order are the building blocks of the American dream, but if anarchy prevails, this dream comes crumbling down.”
Police officials in New York City and elsewhere say the recent bloodshed has shown there are consequences to some reforms they see as misguided, particularly on bail reform, enacted before the protests happened but exacerbated by the moment.
Emboldened criminals feel “that the cops can’t do anything anymore, that no one likes the police, that they can get away with things, that it’s safe to carry a gun out on the street,” New York Police Department Chief Terence Monahan said this week.
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