Hmm...let me ask you these questions:1. Have there been crimes committed in the park after 10P? Violence? Prostitution? Drug dealing?2. If so, what do you think the majority race is that commits these crime at this park at this time?3. Has crime dropped since the park has been closed down at night?4. Do you seriously believe that the black sheriff is actively trying to keep minorities out of this park?What I am getting at is I think you are probably confusing cause and effect. It is a common thing for liberals. Officers stop people committing criminal acts. Majority of people committing crimes in this area are minority. Lo and behold, that means the police are stopping a lot of minorities. Should the police just turn their backs and ignore citizen
complaints and crime because the criminals in the majority of these cases just
happen to be black?I think I know what your answer will be.
Sun Jun 18, 07:41:14 PM CDT
1. All day long there are crimes committed on the lakefront. Before 5pm the crimes are underage drinking, smoking dope (and a myriad of other things), prostitution, fighting, you name it, it's mainly a white crowd during the day, doing this stuff, so nobody sees it or cares. Just like no one cared about the increase in the availability of herion in Milwaukee until kids started dropping like flies in the hallways of Nicolet. Those things are NOT race based crimes.
White people commit at least as much crime as black people, it's just that no one watches white people at the levels that they watch minorties.
2. Answered above.
3. Sure crime has dropped, NO ONE is down there now though so who cares? Got a problem with crime there?? Then deal with the criminals, but if you kick out everyone, then who are you keeping the lakefront safe for?
4. Not only do I think it. I'm absolutely positive of it. David Clarke has been no friend of the black community in Milwaukee County. In fact, his words and actions show very clearly over the last few years, that he has a certain spite for the black population and this is well known throughout the black community in Milwaukee. His larest funders are the Charlie Sykes crowd and they love having a black face to do their dirty work. It makes people like you feel all cozy about the whole thing.
You know... The whole idea that black people are united unanimously in one direction or another on issues, methods and practices is racist in itself! The black community is as diverse as any other community and until you can get over that barrier, you are yourself racial profiling...
My answer is NOT to have the police turn their backs on legitimate criminals. Clearly though there is a targeted effort to intimidate minorities on the lakefront. I rarely see people actually in custody! They are harrassing people who are doing nothing to break the law except being black in the wrong neighborhood. I'd like to challenge to you ride in a car with a black friend on a nice sunny day with the windows down on the lakefront, in Shorewood, WFB, Fox Point, or Bayside. I would put money on it (and I don't gamble) that you will be pulled over. Make the car either an old make or something really new and expensive and it's nearly guaranteed you will be pulled over.
Driving while black is NOT a crime. In fact racial profiling IS a crime in itself. By the way, the MAJORITY of people on the lakefront at the time were WHITE.
My best story on racial profiling is this:
My mom worked at Kohl's Food Store in Shorewood for 12 years. For the first 7 or so, the theft was out of control and the method for controlling it was sending a stock boy to follow EVERY black person (especially the young ones) who came in the store. Every once in a while they'd catch someone stealing, but not very often and not a lot of black people shopped at the store. This outraged my mom, but no one would listen to her when she would tell them she saw an old white women steal something. This literally went on for years until the store's theft was up to $80,000 per MONTH. The management decided it was time to act. They hired a full time security force, put in cameras and changed procedures throughout the store. They also made sure no press releases were sent out, so the local neighborhood was unaware of the changes. Lo and behold the security guards started catching the theives...100 or more per week for the first few weeks and here is how their racial makeup broke down.
African American 10% Other minority 15% White 75%
Age over 50 75%
So if you were trying to racially profile the theft problem and you randomly decide to target young black males, you have harrassed them, but you have not solved your problem because the thieves were actually the little old white women you thought were so cute that you helped do the shielding inadvertantly for them while they were stealing you blind.
I'm saying the lakefront is the same thing. If there is illegal activity going on, deal with that specifically when you see it. Just to randomly stop people because of their race, clothing and/or car means that you have often times wasted your time and theirs and often you've missed the fact that the real drug dealer is the guy in WFB with the huge house on Lake Drive...
Another blogger writes on my post here. 80 tickets were handed out accoring to the JS article, 24 for driving with a suspended or revoked license (tickets you can't afford to pay will get you on that list). How did they find out their licenses weren't valid unless they pulled them over while racially profiling them and then did a license check???