I'm more and more getting the impression that it is. It's not just that police departments are under political pressure to under-report crime, or wrongly classify more serious offenses under less serious codes: it's that the news media, nominally independent, are nevertheless deliberately under-reporting the crime situation as well, if not completely ignoring it, in blatant support of an ideological agenda.
An excellent example was provided in Chicago over the Memorial Day weekend. The news media were largely silent about an epidemic of mob violence in one of the city's premier shopping districts, particularly because it apparently involved "youths" of one race in particular. Second City Cop, one of the primary resources for anyone wanting to know about crime in Chicago, reports:
Once again, the only people reporting (complete with pictures and a bunch of video) about what has been going on downtown this weekend is the Crime in Wrigleyville and Boystown blog:
It's been a wild holiday weekend in Chicago, especially in River North and the Magnificent Mile. CWBChicago estimates a minimum of 18 arrests between noon on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday related to mob activity, battery, and weapons possession.
A number of Mag Mile fight videos from the weekend were sent to CWBChicago. We've included them in this report.
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Police grappled with large groups of teenagers in the Water Tower area on Saturday and Sunday nights. Their efforts were snarled when the CTA apparently fumbled plans to send trainloads of kids out of downtown on express runs.
There's more at the link.
I followed SCC's link to CWB. Here's some of what they had to say.
Downtown: Overworked Cops Battling Mag Mile Fights, Mayhem Through Weekend
It's been a wild holiday weekend in Chicago, especially in River North and the Magnificent Mile. CWBChicago estimates a minimum of 19 arrests between noon on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday related to mob activity, battery, and weapons possession.
A number of Mag Mile fight videos from the weekend were sent to CWBChicago. We've included them in this report. The mayhem comes less than a month after similar mob actions were reported on the famed retail strip.
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For years, our team has compiled "highlight" reports of emergency radio traffic heard during Chicago's Pride Parade and St. Patrick's Day celebrations. Now, for the first time, we present a Memorial Day Weekend edition. To be honest, we couldn't figure out any other way to convey the craziness that emergency workers tried their best to contain.
Again, more at the link, including a number of very disturbing video clips of the violence. (Also, please follow the link included in the excerpt above. It's equally disturbing.)
Chicago is only one example. I have contacts, law enforcement and otherwise, in New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and New Orleans. In every one of those cities, I'm hearing that the crime and social unrest situation is being seriously under-reported, both by police and by the news media. It's almost as if the powers that be are determined not to acknowledge the size, scope and scale of the problem. I would say "I wonder why?", except that we know why - they don't want to admit the failure of liberal, Democratic party government and policies in those cities (and many others) over the past few decades. The chickens of those years are now coming home to roost. (To see one aspect of what they've meant in Seattle, for example, see here and here. Both articles, and the video accompanying the second, are depressing, to say the least.)
If you, dear reader, live in such a city, please be careful; and, if your circumstances allow, I strongly suggest that you consider moving to a safer place! Please also see my articles over the past few years about this sort of threat to your and my security:
- The changing urban self-defense environment
- More evidence of the growing need to defend yourself
- Criminal gangs spread to smaller cities
- Flash mobs strike again
- Criminal 'flash mobs' - a growing peril to your safety
- Why you should avoid urban shopping malls