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Four street killings in four days — what a great time to cut police

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Listening to Cincinnati City Council discuss cuts in police must sound something like the meetings in New Orleans when they decided to cut back on maintenance of the levies. The difference is that Cincinnati already had its crime Katrina — and some council members still don’t get it.

They argue that Cincinnati police levels are high compared to cities such as Indianapolis or Louisville.  But those cities did not have riots in 2001 that triggered an explosion in drug crime and street violence.

In the years after the riots, homicides nearly tripled.  Nearly all of the victims were young black men shot by young black men. Nearly all of the deaths have been drug-related. This year’s total of 60 homicides — including four in the past four days – is down from last year’s total of 73 in early December, according to a report in The Cincinnati Enquirer.

Police have been gradually putting a lid on the murder jar, pushing the death epidemic back. So what a great time to reduce police, stretch the manpower thinner, reduce patrols and thin out the ranks of white hats.

At least, that’s what some on City Council are talking about.

There is plenty of adipose spending to trim before cutting cops. Council could start by eliminating the redundant and useless Department of Environmental Quality that was created to save the planet from global warming. Now that leaked e-mails have exposed the lies behind climate change, City Hall should save energy by turning off the lights on the DEQ.

Don’t hold your carbon-polluted breath. But the decisions on budget cuts will tell us all a lot about what this council will look like and where it goes. Liberals/Democrats lost ground in the last election. They replaced David Crowley with Laure Quinlivan, but the Democratic Party’s decision to boot and ostracize Jeff Berding could come back to haunt them.

He has sided with fiscal conservatives — who may now have five votes: Berding, Leslie Ghiz, Chris Bortz, Chris Monzel and newcomer/returner Charlie Winburn, who is already working on his own list of budget cuts that will probably not please the big spenders.

The left end of council may be out in the cold — Roxanne Qualls, Laketa Cole, Quinlivan and Cecil Thomas. 

Police Chief Tom Streicher has warned council that the cuts they are talking about — 112 officers — would be equivalent to wiping out an entire district. If that happens,  the crime flood will surge back. And then we can thank the council members who ignored the weather report.

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9 Responses to " Four street killings in four days — what a great time to cut police "

  1. i quit believing in santa clause years ago-but long after i quit believing in an effective,smart city council-one that looks after the people of cincinnati.the tooth fairy convinced me such a creature could not exist.

  2. Fred R Ross says:

    I don’t live in Cincinnati,and it’s hard enough keeping track of these politicians in Clermont, but having said that I don’t think I’d ever want to live in the city. How in the world can those folks reelect Cole to ANYTHING. She has to be wanted somewhere, it seems all her friends are. Leadership was so poor during and after the riots. It is all about the money and the poor citizens get lost in the shuffle. I read where 5 neighborhoods have 80% of the crime. And no one wants to discuss the fact that the majority of criminals are black. I think cities, and I mean most of them from coast to coast, are lost. Get out of them folks.

  3. Randy Simes says:

    Small correction…it is the Office of Environmental Quality (OEQ), not the Department of Environmental Quality. Calling it a department gives the impression that it is much larger than it is in reality. The OEQ is part of the larger City Manager’s office and is actually quite small. Most of the work done by the OEQ either saves the City money, or brings in additional funds through grants that the City would otherwise not be eligble for without the OEQ.

  4. tony says:

    Funny, i wonder why Peter Bronson hasnt posted an article about child moleter Mike Gray and his failed murder for hire attempt on a little girl he molested and wanted to kill so she wouldnt talk? Oh i forgot, talking about sexual perverts and other cultural problems in the white community especially when it comes to sex with ittle boys and girls is not something Peter bronson wants to touch. Buy hey, bringing up a crime that happens in the “inner city” stirs the redneck conservative juices of those who tend to listen to hilljack like Willie Cunningham and vote for people like Srah “The airhead” Palin. Just another to expand the gop/conservative voting base beyond the DEEP SOUTH, THE GREAT PLAINS and APPALACHIA. And you guys wonder why the GOP convention looks alot like the staff at 700wlw and the fools at the teabaggers rallies.

  5. tony says:

    And no one wants to discuss the fact that the majority of criminals are black. I think cities, and I mean most of them from coast to coast, are lost. Get out of them folks.

    Most of the criminals in Butler, warren and Clermont Co. are white and 99.9% of the child molesters are white. Where does a black man move in the burbs where his children can play outside without the fear of some sick white pervert waiting to entice his little boy to have sex? It’s like those white men on MSNBC’s HOW TO CATCH A PREDATOR? I wonder if Peter Bronson will ever address the problem of white on white sex crimes against white children in the white culture? Thought so………..maybe white conservatives should riot for their children and against white child molesters that make up a bunch of the criminals in the white culture? Thought so….

  6. Tony: There are lots of stories every day that I do not write about. That does not mean you can fill in the blanks with your own speculation about how I feel about it. As a matter of fact, I have written many columns and news stories about child molesters. I even helped put one in prison by solving the murder of a 3-year-old girl. He and his victim were white — but I think that only matters to you. A child abuser is a child abuser.

  7. tony says:

    Listening to Cincinnati City Council discuss cuts in police must sound something like the meetings in New Orleans when they decided to cut back on maintenance of the levies. The difference is that Cincinnati already had its crime Katrina — and some council members still don’t get it.

    First, lets get a couple of things straight. Katrina wasnt a crime, it was a hurricane. Second, i seriously doubt a New Orleans council meeting sounded anything lie Cincy city council after Hurricane Katrina. But way to stay claasy Peter. It’s all part of the bbigoted rightwing thinking that makes the GOP the social isoloated political party it is today. As far as white on white crime and the problems inside white cultutre when it comes to child molesters and pediphilles? You explain to me why the rightwing would rather talk about some inner city welfare mom instead of problems directlt effeting the white community? You listen to 700wlw, Cunningham, MCCo nel never talk about white on white crime. What gives? Thought so…..nice try Peter but we are hip to your double standard and since the election of our new president there has been a renewed confidence with the strength to cal out the rightwingers and some parts of the white community for their ba deeds. Get use yo it Peter, people are sick and tired of you, foxnews, the teabaggers, Cunningham, Council of Conservative citizens, Jarrod taylor and other extreme rightwing groups that we thought passed away with the passage of the Civil Rights act.

  8. Tony: Look up “analogy” in the dictionary. Similies are not meant to be literal. Also, although it may come as a surpise, I am not the official spokesman for the “rightwing” you describe. I do not even know any right-wing bigots like the ones you describe. And your new president is leaking support like a punctured beachball. But… Merry Christmas and thanks for reading.

  9. Kilroy says:

    Surely “tony” is a liberal parody isn’t he? I hope so, it would be disturbing to think someone actually was so confused.

    Just a few of the many holes in his ramblings.

    Confidence in the new President is falling at a meteoric rate daily. The moderates and independents just witnessed the biggest money grab in history this past week.

    Last time I checked the city has a large African American population. Peter is advocating not cutting the police department that protects this population. Somehow you see this as racist on Peter’s part. Did you misread and think Peter was advocating not protecting these citizens?

    you imply tea party activists are a part of this racist conspiracy you’ve concocted. Since it’s obvious you haven’t heard an actually tea party stance, I’ll clue you in. Tea Parties are about stopping the government from spending this country into bankruptcy. Guess what if the government is insolvent there will be no more social safety net. The inner cities and rural America would be hit hardest by an insolvent US government.

    I will give you points for bashing Appalachian people in the same rant where you accuse someone else of racism. The liberal mantra of do as I say not as I do will live forever.

    It is sad you have so much anger “tony” but you are aiming it in the wrong direction. I hope this Christmas you have a happy holiday, and find it in your heart not to be so bitter. Calling anyone you disagree with a bigot won’t solve your problems.

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