Does Trump deserve credit for drop in violent crime?


>> Pete: WE ARE BACK WITH A STUNNING EXAMPLE OF WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES IN COMBATING CRIME DURING OBAMA'S LAST YEAR IN KILLINGS ARE DOWN BY A REMARKABLE 34% ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT HIGH-RANKING FBI OFFICIAL

>> LOOK, SINCE THE DAYS OF HIS CAMPAIGN, THE PRESIDENT WENT OUT OF HIS WAY TO THANK THE MEN AND WOMEN IN LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR THEIR SACRIFICE AND SAY THAT EFFECTIVELY I STAND WITH YOU THAT IS 180 DEGREES AWAY FROM THE LAST FEW YEARS, REALLY GOING BACK TO 2,009 OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WHERE THE PRESUMPTION WAS THAT THE POLICE WERE RACIST, THE POLICE DID SOMETHING WRONG UNTIL PROVEN I THINK THAT TONE, MAYBE WE ARE SENSING OR FEELING A TRUMP EFFECT NOW >> Pete: THERE'S MORE GOOD NEWS AT THE VIOLENT CRIME RATE IS DOWN IN THE NATION'S 30 LARGEST CITIES, INCLUDING THE MURDER RATE ACCORDING TO A STUDY BY NYU'S BRENNAN CENTER FOR JUSTICE VIOLENT CRIME DOWN BY 1

1% EVEN BETTER NEWS, THE MURDER RATE IN THE BIGGEST 30 CITIES DROPPED BY 56% A LOT OF ATTENTION FOR MANY YEARS A 9

8% DROP IN DETROIT IS THIS ENCOURAGING TREND HERE TO STAY AND DOES PRESIDENT TRUMP DESERVE THE CREDIT? YEAR'S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED BOOK, THE WAR ON COPS, HOW THE NEW ATTACK ON LAW ORDER MAKES EVERYONE LESS SAFE ALSO JOINING US AS MICHAEL, A THANK YOU BOTH FOR JOINING US THIS EVENING HEATHER LET ME START WITH YOU THE PREVIOUS SOUND BITE THAT WE PLAYED SAID THAT THE PRESUMPTION THAT THE POLICE WERE RACIST AS BARACK OBAMA'S PRESIDENCY, JUXTAPOSE THAT WITH WE COULD ALL SAY HE HAS THE PRESUMPTION THAT THE POLICE ARE HEROES, THAT THAT THEY DESERVE HIS BACKING AND OUR BACKING

IT'S EXTRAORDINARY BECAUSE WE DID GO THROUGH EIGHT YEARS WERE PRESIDENT OBAMA TOOK EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO REINFORCE THE FALSE BLACK LIVES MATTER NARRATIVES, THAT WE ARE LIVING THROUGH AN ACADEMIC — THAT POLICING OFFICERS WERE RELUCTANT TO GET OUT OF THEIR CARS AND MAKE THAT STOP AT 2:00 AM QUESTIONING SOMEBODY HANGING OUT ON A KNOWN DRUG CORNER HITCHING UP HIS WAISTBAND AS IF HE HAS A GUN BECAUSE THEY WERE FEARFUL THE MEDIA, THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA WOULD LABEL THEM AS RACIST TODAY WE HAVE A JUSTICE DEPARTMENT LED BY ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS WHO IS TRYING TO REVERSE SOME OF THE ANTI-COP POLICIES OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND TRUMP IS NOT SERVING AS AN ECHO CHAMBER FOR BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT

PROACTIVE POLICING AND WE CAN HOPE THAT MORE BLACK LIVES WILL BE SAVED THIS YEAR THAN WERE LOST IN THE LAST TWO YEARS >> Pete: TRENDS LOOK LIKE THAT MAY BE THE CASE I'VE NEVER WALKED THE BEAT AS A YOU DON'T BELIEVE IN YOUR MISSION OR YOU DON'T THINK YOUR COMMANDER HAS YOUR BACK OR YOUR MORALE, YOUR CONFIDENCE IS LOW, PROACTIVE MEASURE IT WITH THIS PRESIDENT FOCUSING ON IT, HOW MUCH MIGHT THAT >> I THINK IT ACTUALLY IS FROM THE GROUND LEVEL UP AND NOT THE TOP DOWN I THINK CHANGES IN POLICIES AND POLITICAL APPOINTMENTS IN THE WHITE HOUSE WHO DOES HAVE SOME SAY ON THIS, BUT I WOULD DISAGREE ON MANY OTHERS

I THINK IT'S ACTUALLY TO THE STARTLING, VERY ENCOURAGING DROPS IN VIOLENT CRIME >> Pete: OF COURSE WITH LOCAL >> MORALE HAS A BIG PART OF IT AND I THINK THAT PEOPLE THINK THAT WHETHER THE ASSOCIATION IN THE CITY OR A MAYOR, WE SEE CONSTANT CONTROVERSY BETWEEN THE NEW YORK CITY PDA AND MAYOR DE BLASIO I THINK IT'S A CREDIT TO THE LOCAL POLICING AND I THINK ATTRIBUTING IT TOTALLY TO THE TOUGH ON CRIME RHETORIC OF POLICE — WOULD HE HAVE BEEN INVITED TO THE WHITE HOUSE AND LAUDED AS A HERO? INSTEAD HE WAS CALLED OUT SPECIFICALLY BY PRESIDENT TRUMP YOU KNOW LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND POLICE OFFICERS LOVE THE FACT THAT HE IS A BLUE LIVES MATTER GUY, NOT A BLACK GUY LET MATTER IT DOES TRICKLE DOWN

IF HE'S GOING TO BE SEEN AS I THINK THAT'S AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE I WOULD ALSO JUST POINT TO SOME OF THE POLICIES AND I AGREE THAT POLICING IS FUNDAMENTALLY A LOCAL PHENOMENON FUNDAMENTALLY A LOCAL PHENOMENO PHENOMENON NEVERTHELESS THERE'S THINGS THAT ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS HAS DONE THAT ARE ALSO SENDING A VERY POWERFUL MESSAGE TO COPS HE HAS TRIED TO FREE DEPARTMENTS FROM THE UNNECESSARY AND COSTLY CONSENT DECREES THAT THE OBAMA WANT YOU TO GO AFTER VIOLENT FELONS AND DRUG FELONS WITHOUT USED AGAINST YOU

AND AGAIN, THESE THINGS ARE BOTH EFFECTIVE IN THEMSELVES, AND THEY DO SEND A MESSAGE TO COPS OF COURSE POLICING AND A DROP IN CRIME IS DUE TO THE LOCAL COPS ON THE GROUND, BUT THE NARRATIVE MATTERS AND AN ECHO CHAMBER IN THE WHITE HOUSE FOR A FALSE YEARS TO THE LAW ABIDING RESIDENTS OF INNER-CITY NEIGHBORHOODS >> Pete: I STAND CORRECTED, COLIN KAEPERNICK FIRST NAILED ONE BARACK OBAMA WAS PRESENT BUT THE EFFECT WAS WHEN RESIDENT TRUMP TOOK OVER OFFICE >> HISTORICALLY ROOTED TENSIONS BETWEEN LAW ENFORCEMENT, PROFESSIONAL POLICING AND COMMUNITIES OF COLOR THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY THAT BEING SAID, I THINK SOME CREDIT IS ALSO DUE TO THE ACTIVIST COMMUNITIES WHO REALIZE VIOLENCE FROM WHICH LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONALS WERE LOSING THEIR LIVES

IT HAPPENED >> Pete: DOES THAT HAPPEN WITHOUT BEING CALLED OUT? DOES NOT HAPPEN NATURALLY? >> THAT IS WHERE I WOULD SAY CANDIDATE TRUMP WAS PERHAPS UNIQUELY POSITIONED TO DELIVER A MESSAGE THAT OTHER CANDIDATES FELT CONSTRAINED AND UNABLE TO ON THE OTHERS I THINK AS A CONSEQUENCE OF LOCAL POLICING

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