What is behind the increase in violent crime? Non-enforcement of the law by progressive prosecutors

“Mutual fighters.”

I was a prosecutor for almost 20 years and taught criminal law. But I have to admit I missed that one so I had to be, uh, edified by the office of Kim Foxx, the state attorney for Cook County, Illinois, and therefore responsible for the law enforcement on the streets ravaged by the Chicago murders.

There was a recent gang shootout in Chicago. Okay, okay, there’s always a gang shootout in Chicago. This one seemed trivial at first. There are internal conflicts, I’m sure you’ll be amazed to hear, in the “Four local scammers” Street gang. As a result, the rival factions the car. Not in the dark of the night, but in the middle of the morning, as if a sharp shooting in broad daylight were as routine as jogging along the river (provided, of course, that you were wearing your bulletproof vest and the matching N95 mask). When the dust settled, a young man died and two were injured.

Windy City Police rounded up five of the gangbangers and brought them to prosecutors, expecting each to be charged with crimes of proportionate gravity, including first degree murder. Cops, however, were stunned when Foxx’s office freed the suspects. at no cost.

Why? Didn’t the shooting really take place? Oh, everything went well. But there’s apparently a new standard of non-enforcement in Chicago: no indictments, even in brutal crossfire between rival criminals, because those criminals are – yes – mutual fighters.

They’re in gangs, get it? And if you’re part of a gang, that’s what you sign up for. Next case.

Want to know why violent crime is on the rise in urban centers across the country? Why, as the latest FBI statistics show, the number of murders rose 30% year-over-year in 2020, a record increase? Look no further than the Progressive Attorneys Project (as I noted in a March 2020 Commentary Essay). It is the enterprise of the radical left to “reform” the criminal justice system by claiming that we have no criminals – or, to be so nuanced about this, to put the blame for all crimes on. our systematically racist society.

No, it is not the sociopaths who commit violence, they say. See, when you really think about it, it’s all of us, isn’t it?

Imagine if today’s prosecutors didn’t rationalize that way. Let’s say they weren’t hypnotized under the spell of “disparate impact” analysts, who insist that racism, not crime, explains the American prison population – which, it is no coincidence. , has fallen as crime has increased.

Well, then they should be fighting what, and who, is responsible for the bloodshed. Progressive prosecutors should tackle the fact that they, with their media cheerleaders, are trying to avoid: offense patterns.

As measured by the percentage composition of the overall population, young black males make up a disproportionate amount of the prison population because, as a demographic class, they committing a disproportionate amount of crime. They represent an overwhelming number of gang arrests in cities like Chicago for shooting each other; this means that they also represent a greater number of victims. And shooting each other is something they are sure to do more of, if progressive prosecutors continue to come up with “creative” ways to resist their indictment.

These new features include the refusal to invoke the improved anti-gang sentencing provisions. Although state legislatures enact these laws, prosecutors effectively and compellingly repeal them because they “disproportionately” punish African Americans (as if the defendants were being prosecuted for being African Americans rather than for murder. and chaos).

Now, obviously, the bag of what not to prosecute also includes the categorical refusal to prosecute based on a “mutual fighter” theory – the insane notion that kill and be killed is why the members gangs are volunteering, so who are we prosecutors to interfere?

Here’s an interesting point: if arrests and prosecutions are rooted in racism rather than criminal behavior, why trust Statistics to break the races of inmates? Why not just say that police services – even though many are run and heavily staffed by minority agents – are systematically racist and therefore need to be blinded by prejudice when making arrests?

Because progressive prosecutors know that is not the way it works.

In most cases, the police do not witness crimes or develop a theory about the identity of the suspects. Crimes have victims, and victims file reports identifying the culprits. This is what the police are acting on. And this is how we know – although progressive prosecutors are concerned about their perception of racism against criminals (which may reflect their own entrenched prejudices) – it is African American communities who, disproportionately, bear the weight violent crime. Prosecutors like Kim Foxx exacerbate this tragedy when they invent reasons not to answer them.

If you want to know why crime has increased, you have to understand why it has decreased dramatically after the high crime generation of from the 70s to the 90s.

At the time, prosecutors and police understood that crime rates were a function of expectations about the rule of law. When prosecutors set the tone in taking action against quality of life crimes, it signaled to the most serious criminals that the community’s laws would be enforced. When serious crimes were committed, the police were not informed that the cases would be closed; they were encouraged to conduct interrogations and follow-up investigations which improved the law enforcement intelligence database. This information was carefully and continuously studied so that the police could be deployed in places where criminal tendencies were emerging. Order doesn’t need to be restored if you take care not to lose it in the first place.

It is not quantum physics. The failure of progressive prosecutors to do their duty invites more crimes. Professional criminals are repeat offenders, and if they are repeatedly kicked out onto the streets, rather than prosecuted and imprisoned, they commit many more crimes. The only way to stop it is to stop it. It means upholding the law, even – or especially, I should say – against “mutual fighters.”

Former Federal Attorney Andrew C. McCarthy is a senior fellow at National Institute of Revision, contributing editor of National Review, contributor to Fox News and author of several books, including “Willful blindness: a memory of jihad. “Follow him on Twitter @AndrewCMcCarthy.

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