Mainstream Media Personality Insinuates That Policing Leads To Violence

By Ethan Cole on
 March 8, 2021

"More policing probably means more violence."

A dangerously misguided phrase recently uttered by MSNBC's Joy Reid while interviewing Medium's Michelle Kim.

Perpetuating a Narrative

While discussing how best to keep members of the Asian community protected from hate crimes, Reid threw the question of increased policing to Kim.

“Because the downside to more policing means that police can then maybe target the same communities. Because a lot of Asian communities are not—are struggling communities. Because more policing probably means more violence. Is that the answer?”

MSNBC Joy Reid

Kim jumped on board with Reid's direction. She confidently stated that she does not believe "policing is the answer."

Kim's commentary did not stop there. However, she furthered the sentiment by adding kudos for those joining forces with " anti-policing activists" and further pushed "community-based interventions."

Unbalanced Equating

Both Reid and Kim are happy to further anti-police sentiment to push their own anti-law enforcement agendas.

Kim cited a singular incident of Christian Hall, a 19-year old who officers shot in the midst of a mental-health crisis.

Kim uses this incident as her reason for having fewer police around to protect their "elders and our community."

Conflicting Experiences vs. Studies

Instead, studies prove time and time again that more police officers have a larger effect on lowering crime statistics. In areas where there were fewer officers, crime numbers soared.

Florida State University's Jonathon Klick and George Mason University's Alexander Tabarrok studied police effect on crime by using terror alert levels. They concluded that when police presence raises by 50 percent, crime goes down by 15 percent.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor David Kennedy believes the issues are more complicated.

In the opinion article he wrote for the LA Times, he states that minority neighborhoods are both underserved and overserved.

Kennedy points to more of a community oriented approach having better results in the reduction of crime. However, even he does not state that less is the answer.

Community Policing

Despite the recent negative media attention, police officers have a positive effect on crime in our communities. We need more quality policing to stem the violence, not less.

Our communities need to know someone has their backs and can stand between them and criminals. Reducing officers in neighborhoods will lead to additional violence, leaving citizens feeling vulnerable and unprotected.

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16 comments on “Mainstream Media Personality Insinuates That Policing Leads To Violence”

  1. Joy Reid is not known to be one of the smartest people in the room so her observations are not surprising at all.

    Of course, policing keeps crime down. Any reasonable person would understand the logic of this.

    I hope all policing is stopped where Joy Reid lives for a while. Let's see what the results are.

  2. Hey Dummies, if you're really sincere, which I doubt, ask the communities who thought this a great idea to drum out police protection. Fine out the truth of what happens to communities that have no police to guard the innocent and law abiding citizens!! I don't think you'll be surprised, because YOU DON'T BELIEVE YOUR OWN RHETERIC!! Careful what you wish for fools, you may get it!!

  3. Informative .. All items are ridiculous! Policing is Positively/Positive protection to our neighborhoods and officers need all our Backup/support. Bad cops are few/far between.

  4. Oh for goodness sake! Is there no agency that can nip this biased crap in the bud? No wonder police have such a hard time trying to do their jobs! There areBad employees in every Profession, just look at the politicians in DC, msm, etc. Far more good police just trying to do what they were hired to do to the best of their ability. Can't say the same about the aforementioned these days!

  5. Hopefully this idiot will be attacked by Antifa and BLM and there will nnot be any police to rescue her.

  6. Absolute, utter nonsense! Consider the source!

    (Why is every word I type automatically starting with a cap?)

  7. People don't have any sense,no police the little thugs steal & kill people for the fun of it. If you aren't doing anything or do what they ask you to do you wouldn't have anything to worry about. And that's a fact!

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