Any civilized society in order to maintain civility must have laws. It is also the case that for laws to be efficacious they must be enforced with actual consequences. An unfortunate fact that has been observed many times is that enforcing laws can get messy (as we saw just recently in Atlanta). Laws are made and enforced by human beings, NONE of whom are perfect and often have many flaws.
I think we all can agree that there will be changes and consequences that will result from what has transpired over these past few weeks of protests, riots and destruction of businesses and property. So will things get better or will they get worse as a result? To consider that question first let me ask everyone here this, who here would choose to move in any of these big inner cities to live and or raise a family? Who here would want to open a business in any of these big inner cities? Who would want to be cop in any of these big inner cities?
In the end only time will tell but we do have examples to draw from like Baltimore:
“The surge of shootings and killings that followed has left Baltimore easily the deadliest large city in the United States. Its murder rate reached an all-time high last year; 342 people were killed. The number of shootings in some neighborhoods has more than tripled. One man was shot to death steps from a police station. Another was killed driving in a funeral procession.”
The potential for something similar could happen in Atlanta:
“A number of Atlanta police officers did not show up for their Wednesday-night shifts in protest of murder charges brought against a former officer who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks after he resisted arrest.”
“In an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Champion added that “there are officers saying they are not going to leave the precinct unless to help another officer. Some are walking off and sitting in their personal vehicles.””
The negative consequences are immense. Laws are only relevant if they are enforced! Think about various forms of petty crimes like theft. What cop in their right mind would even think of stopping someone from stealing? What happens when the thief tells the cop to go ■■■■ yourself? Is the cop going to be stupid enough to try and arrest the person and get into an altercation? That’s basically what happened in the Michael Brown situation. Could you imagine owning a business in which people can literally take anything they want from your store without consequence?
So what do you think, will things get better, worse or stay the same?