Trump Talks Tough On Crime, But Federal Deployments Likely Won’t Ease It

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President Trump tours an area affected by civil unrest in Kenosha, Wis., on Tuesday. While there, he attacked Democratic leaders in other nearby big cities, saying they aren’t doing enough on crime.

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The Justice Department’s second effort is a surge of agents to cities facing riots. Some mayors and governors have refused the officers, and critics said many of the agents had no training for dealing with protesters.

«It’s in particular federal agents who are not trained in local policing, who have no knowledge of the local area,» said Rosenfeld of the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

Tackling crime, he said, requires good policing, the kind where officers get out of their cars and listen to community members, face to face. That’s been difficult during the pandemic.

«And we have to subdue the virus in order to increase police effectiveness and effectively confront this rise in violent crime,» Rosenfeld said.

Experts said they know what it takes to reduce crime and restore trust in police, but it takes political will to get that done.

«We need to commit ourselves to the nonpartisan, nonideological, evidence-based solutions that have been proven over the last 20 years to reduce violence,» said Thomas Abt, a senior fellow at the Council on Criminal Justice, who made clear he was speaking for himself and not the organization.

That means, Abt said, focusing on the highest-risk people and places; understanding that enforcement is part of the solution but not the only part; and «now more than ever, we see that the criminal justice system and police in particular must be perceived as fair if they’re going to be effective.»


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