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Mar 29 2018

The ACLU Has Chicago Blood on Its Hands

The Chicago homicide rate abruptly shot through the stratosphere in 2016, rising from 480 to 754 in a single year. Now we know why.

Was it because of our fundamental right to bear arms? Hardly. That precious right is severely curtailed in the single-party Democrat city.

Paul Cassell of the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law gives us the reason:

University of Utah Economics Professor Richard Fowles and I have just completed an important article on the 2016 Chicago homicide spike. Through multiple regression analysis and other tools, we conclude that an ACLU consent decree trigged a sharp reduction in stop and frisks by the Chicago Police Department, which in turn caused homicides to spike. Sadly, what Chicago police officers dubbed the “ACLU effect” was real—and more homicides and shootings were the consequence. …

Our equations permit us to quantify the costs of the decline in stop and frisks, both in human and financial terms. We conclude that, because of fewer stop and frisks in 2016, a conservative estimate is that approximately 236 additional homicides and 1115 additional shootings occurred during that year. A reasonable estimate of the social costs associated with these additional homicides and shootings is about $1,500,000,000. And these costs are heavily concentrated in Chicago’s African-American and Hispanic communities.

Sanctimonious ACLU SJWs took credit for the decline in stop and frisks, but it is doubtful they will accept responsibility for its consequences.

On a tip from Bodhisattva.



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