posted on Dec, 24 2012 @ 12:51 PM
reply to post by Kuroodo
In context to your OP and question...I'll share this the best way I know how. I'll put it the way my Dad put it to me when I asked why he worked in
a war zone sometimes....and a real nice city in others.
As a Cop, he lived in a political world as much as a gritty one on the street. Everything in Police work is first and foremost controlled by those
with enough brass to support brasso shares by themselves. So...everything the public sees is controlled, manipulated or "double checked for
accuracy" when it comes to crime stats and reporting.
In practice, as he would put it, the Brass at his department and the people who ran the city could take the SAME month of statistics and crime data
and make it look alternately like a full blow crime wave was underway and the citizenry had never been in so much danger ......Or they could make it
look like crime was on the downswing and times had never looked so promising.
Little things.....like how many Rapes were simply assaults on paper? How many homicides were manslaughters or 'undetermined at time of writing'? How
many incidents on the 1st and 30th of the month REALLY happened ...or were actually reported...or maybe..actually resolved...on either side of the
stroke of midnight?
Likewise here. Shootings have not picked up or increased in general and only the media could say it with a straight face. A few HORRIBLE high profile
shootings have happened and we're a nation in mourning and shock in some ways....but garden variety shootings happen at a rate of several per day,
every day of the year, every single year. Nothing much has changed but the POLITICS behind reporting it, IMO.