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Will Thousands Of Police Layoffs Unleash Chaos And Anarchy Across America?
Thousands of police officers have been laid off all across America since the current economic crisis began. Thousands more are getting ready to be laid off. So could we be on the verge of a new era of chaos and anarchy in America as crime runs wild and there are just far too few police to respond to it all? That is the message that one blood-smeared billboard in Stockton, California is trying to get across. Paid for by the Stockton, California police union, the message of the billboard is chillingly clear: "Welcome to the 2nd most dangerous city in California. Stop laying off cops." ... law enforcement in Stockton has already been cut to the bone. Recently, the Stockton Police Department dropped this bombshell....
"We absolutely do not have any narcotics officers, narcotics sergeants working any kind of investigative narcotics type cases at this point in time."
Do you think drug dealers will be flocking to Stockton after they hear that?
But the truth is that so many of these local governments around the nation are just flat broke at this point.
Even major cities are having to admit that they have accumulated such large debts that they cannot even afford to provide the most basic services any longer...
Originally posted by area6
We are going to see privatization on a scale like never before.
Originally posted by hinky
Anytime there are budget cuts in local government, police and firemen are always the first mentioned. People react much the way several have acted here with gloom and doom. It's a publicity stunt to get attention to raise taxes.
When push comes to shove, the street workers and parks will be cut long before the police and fire are really touched. When police are let go, it's usually because the federal funding for those positions have run out. You saw it under Bush/Clinton then Clinton/Bush. Now the Homeland Security grants are running out from Bush and Obama hasn't made an effort to extend them.
Many of these layoff positions were funded from Homeland Security drug intervention programs lasting 3 to 5 years at a time. Part of the war on drugs and extending Clinton's vision of 100,000 new police which Bush endorsed also. These positions have had federal funding for up to 10 years (several grant periods) with no local taxes going to pay for them. Now that federal funding has run dry local taxes aren't there to pay for them.
Last week, Oakland had their big headline of cutting officers and not responding to crime. The city is still there and no more national news coverage, so it must be working, otherwise; the media would be screaming for a bailout.
As for unleashing anarchy and mayhem, I'm waiting until November.