I think we invest too much in police. I don’t mean in terms of dollars and cents but in that we expect police to provide “justice” when that is not what they are designed to do.
I’m beginning to look into the concept of legal cynicism. I’m somewhat amazed that I haven’t encountered this idea before now. (You can see a recent popular application of it here.) My dissertation argues, in part, that get-tough police practices in the 1950s provoked a rise in individual and collective resistance to arrest and stop-and-frisk in poor urban black neighborhoods.
There is no nationwide Ferguson Effect, experts say, only a local one, restricted to some large and medium cities and a few neighborhoods in those cities. On certain blocks, people are dying at a greater rate than they were in 2014 — and not just anyone, but disproportionately young black men.