In New York City, index crime dropped 79.97% between 1990 and 2010. Even considering other variants that critics have suggested as possible factors, there is “no doubt” that crime in New York has dropped “significantly” (Crime Reporting Review Committee, 2013, p5) Minneapolis’ program was called “CODEFOR” (Computer Optimized Deployment - Focus on Results), and there was an 8% reduction in index crime between 1995 and 2001 (Willis, Mastrofski, and Weisburd, 2003, Table 1). In New Orleans, the program is known as Comstat, and “during the years, 1997 through 2000 the NOPD led the nation in reducing the violent crime rate of cities over 250,000 in population, when compared to 1996” (Serpas, n.d., p.3)
New York did experience a drop in crime rates at the same time the nation as a whole did. However, New York's decrease in crime occurred at a rate two to four times greater (by year) than the national norm (Orlando, 1999, Chart 1).
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Bratton used a "Broken Windows"/"Zero Tolerance" model "driven" by the "engine" of Compstat (Greene, 1999, para. 5).
Greene also notes that Bratton reorganized NYPD's management structure (1999, para. 10), although this could be argued as being part of Compstat strategy. Finally, Levitt suggests that crime rate reductions may be reduced by increased numbers of policemen (2004, pp. 176-177). This seems to be an unacknowledged strategy, as NYPD did indeed hire 10,000 additional officers between 1993 and 1997 (Weiss, 2012, para. 2).
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For example, in the Brown/Ferguson shooting:
The media reported that Brown was a "gentle giant"
It should have also been reported that he had just been videotaped committing a violent robbery
The media reported eyewitness reports that Brown was shot in the back, with his hands up
It should have also reported that the eyewitness telling that story was an accomplice of Brown during the robbery
It should have also reported that other eyewitnesses verified Wilson's account, even to an immediately videotaped personal account that Brown "kept coming" even while the shots were being fired, or "dumping on him"
The media reported that the DOJ was reviewing the autopsy showing the entry points of the bullets
It should have also shown that DOJ autopsy, as well the Brown family autopsy, found the same results of the initial autopsy
It can be claimed that the media is unbiased, and makes mistakes, but when the "mistakes" and omissions consistently "support" the Democratic Party narrative, a party that 90% of journalists admit they support, it should be understandable that many policemen feel there is a "war on police" in this country.