The Crime Reporting You Never Read
If it doesn’t bash the police, it isn’t fit to print


On Monday, June 18, the New York Times gave banner coverage to the anti-stop-and-frisk march that columnist Jim Dwyer had so eagerly anticipated. It said not a word about the bloodbath in the late-night and early-morning hours leading up to the march, in which ten people in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens were shot, three fatally. Brownsville, Brooklyn, was a particularly violent location during that pre-march period. As reported by the New York Daily News, at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, a 25-year-old man in the neighborhood was shot multiple times and died in the hospital; at midnight, two other people were shot in the legs; and at about 3:10 a.m., a car sprayed gunfire at a nearby barbecue. The victims of the barbecue drive-by included a 37-year-old woman who was shot in the torso and underwent surgery at a local hospital, as well as a 27-year-old man who was shot in the leg and a 31-year-old man who was shot in the wrist, both of whom were rushed to the same hospital. (Taxpayers, of course, subsidize the medical costs of such mayhem.)

Brownsville’s 73rd police precinct happens to be a favored target of the anti-stop-and-frisk lobby because its stop rate is relatively high. Could such mindless violence be the cause of that stop rate? Of course it is, but the anti-cop brigades will never admit it. In fact, the per capita shooting rate in mostly black Brownsville is a remarkable 81 times higher than that in largely white and Asian Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. The difference in stop rates — 15 times higher in Brownsville than in Bay Ridge — is modest by comparison.

July 30, 2012    |     Volume LXIV, No. 14

Books, Arts & Manners
  • Vincent J. Cannato reviews Spoiled Rotten: How the Politics of Patronage Corrupted the Once Noble Democratic Party and Now Threatens the American Republic, by Jay Cost.
  • Michael Rubin reviews The Twilight War: The Secret History of America’s Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran, by David Crist.
  • Ryan T. Anderson reviews Debating Same-Sex Marriage, by John Corvino and Maggie Gallagher.
  • Andrew Stuttaford reviews The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins.
  • Diane Scharper reviews Pity the Beautiful: Poems, by Dana Gioia.
  • Ross Douthat reviews Ted.
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