Jump to content

Charmie Says

  • entries
    4
  • comments
    4
  • views
    2,338

What is Policing For Profit? And How Does It Impact Public Safety?

Charmie

1,127 views

Policing-For-Profit.jpg

WHAT IS POLICING FOR PROFIT?

HOW DOES IT IMPACT PUBLIC SAFETY?

Michigan Moms United compiles crime arrest statistics to show, in no uncertain terms, how the practice of policing for profit decreases public safety. 

Rather than investigate and arrest suspects who commit violent crimes such as rape, murder, assault, and robbery, Michigan police and prosecutors focus efforts on consensual, victimless crimes. Why? Because doing so brings much-needed funding to cash-strapped law enforcement agencies. 

Maryland, Montana, New Mexico and Washington D.C. have enacted comprehensive forfeiture reforms, by Michigan law enforcement have prevented substantial reforms. More on this issue in a future blog.

Here’s how policing for-profit works. The federal government provides grants to drug task forces to “go get drugs,” but does not give grants to detectives who work to find murderers or rapists. Civil asset forfeiture laws allow cops and prosecutors to forfeit cash, assets, and property of anyone accused of drug or prostitution crimes. They don’t have to obtain a conviction or prove in any way the defendant was committing a crime. Local law enforcers also keep all proceeds, sharing with federal agencies.

Quote

This combination of free money with no consequences fosters a generations-long dependence on forfeiture and grant dollars in most, if not every, local Michigan police force. This dependency dictates enforcement to areas of profit, mostly drug and prostitution consensual “crimes” rather than violent crimes with actual victims. 

By now everyone knows about the over 11,000 long-forgotten rape kits found in an abandoned Detroit building. Police cannot forfeit anything from rapists. Considering the Michigan State Police Crime Lab admits marijuana testing accounts for 40% of its workload, we can safely assert it’s much safer to live in Michigan if you’re a rapist than a medical marijuana registry participant.

The warrants executed in search of forfeiture often violate the civil rights of Michigan families who have no criminal intent and do so in the form of excessive force, sexual harassment and child endangerment. Here's just one example, the Shattuck family in St. Clair County, which is the subject of a civil rights violations lawsuit from the Law Office Of Michael Komorn. 

The numbers below are statewide arrest rates and as you can see, they do not change much from year to year. It’s time we take public safety seriously, face the ugly truth about policing for profit and begin to heal relations between communities and police.

Michigan Moms United calls on the Michigan Legislature to substantially reform our civil asset forfeiture laws, eliminate policing for profit and require law enforcers to increase arrest rates for violent crimes.

Michigan Moms United has interviewed hundreds of Michigan families eviscerated by both these unjust laws and the SWAT raids used to ransack their homes and businesses in search of forfeiture.

We work to educate the media and legislature about how the failed drug war decreases public safety and destroys families. 

 *********************************************************************************

Arrests/Incidents = Arrest Rate

 

2008

Prostitution      955/1134         =          84%

Drugs              34,250/43,999=           77%

Murder            168/258           =          65%

Assault           10,463/28,031 =           37%

Robbery          2726/13177     =          20%

Rape               1676/10,335   =           16%

Arson              322/2754         =          11%

 

2009

Prostitution      735/803           =          91%

Drugs              35,427/44,442 =          79%

Murder            223/579/          =          38%

Assault           10,076/27,079 =           37%

Robbery          2645/12,396   =           21%

Rape               1593/9886       =          16%

Arson              301/2556         =          11%

 

2010

Prostitution      447/487           =          91%

Drugs              35,317/44,144=           80%

Assault           9912/26,303   =            37%

Murder            188/528           =          35%

                                         Robbery          2600/11,358   =           22%

Rape               1653/10,228   =           16%

Arson              286/2830         =          10%

 

2011

Prostitution      335/409           =          81%

Drugs              32,359/40,831 =          79%

Assault            9458/24,060   =           39%

Murder            170/580           =          29%

Robbery          2261/10,354   =           21%

Rape               1491/9688       =          15%

Arson              277/2529         =          10%

 

2012

Prostitution      390/414           =          94%

Drugs              32,744/43,062 =          76%

Assault            9056/23,795    =          38%

Murder            163/628           =          25%

Robbery          2078/10340     =          20%

Rape               1479/10,109   =           14%

Arson              267/2256         =          11%

 

2013

Prostitution      307/373           =          82%

Drugs              35664/45338 =            78%

Murder            258/585           =          44%

Assault            8954/22813     =          39%

Robbery          2223/10201     =          21%

Rape               1508/9780       =          15%

Arson              255/1873         =          13%

 

2014

Prostitution      388/453           =          85%

Drugs              35,762/44,224 =          80%

MURDER        325/508           =          63%

Assault            9303/22,862   =           27%

Robbery          1867/8171       =          22%

RAPE              1480/9319       =          15%

Arson              238/1621         =          14%

 

2015

Prostitution      627/741            =         84%

Drugs              36,686/45,645 =         80%

Murder            253/539           =         46%

Assault            9081/22665     =          40%

Robbery          1619/7775       =          20%

Rape                1472/9836      =          14%

Arson              243/1912         =          12%

 



1 Comment


Recommended Comments

it would also be interesting if the numbers of overdose deaths in those years in michigan were posted as well. just to drive home the point that police arent only wasting time on drugs, but that they are ineffective at even tackling overdose drug deaths.

Share this comment


Link to comment
Guest
Add a comment...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...


×
×
  • Create New...