My regular readers know that I have a generally rosy view of life especially since Trump arrived to save the world of modern commerce. However since my beat is commerce I need a pragmatic view of the world to understand commerce. That pragmatic view also shaped my experiences in politics.
* First of all, blacks did not comprise 50% of all crime before that, largely because the KKK operated in most of America until the mid-1950’s. The KKK and its remnants were effective against crime.
* The second reason is that everywhere in America we had a fairly invisible police vigilante squad. I knew several of these guys in San Francisco and their leader in the 1960’s. The leader, xxx (he is still alive and active), left to be the Sheriff in a nearby county in the late 1970’s.
Vigilante police identified the ‘very bad guys’ and disabled them (in many different ways). They planted evidence and created charges with long prison terms. They did what was necessary, and occasionally shot the bad guys, to keep them off the streets. The District Attorneys and everyone else, on a need to know basis, maintained the small group of vigilantes. The bad guys knew what they faced.
The whole system of police vigilantes disappeared a decade after the hereditary elite disappeared.
A group of police in Oakland, later known as the ‘Riders,’ were tried in 2000. In LA the group was known as the Ramparts Division. They were broken up a little earlier than the ‘Riders’ and some civil suits followed later.
Our cities would not have the current horrible homeless messes and wild gang activity if the society weren’t so uptight and pussy whipped that we no longer have a class of police vigilantes.