In 2007, Richmond, California was America’s 9th most dangerous city. Desperate for a different approach to law enforcement, new police chief Chris Magnus fired bad cops, suspended all stop-and-frisks, and improved community relations. City Hall also launched an experimental program that identifies residents most likely to commit serious crimes and provides them with a mentor and a monthly stipend of $300-$1,000. Richmond’s homicide rate has since dropped by 66%–the lowest in 33 years. Officer involved shootings also declined to less than one a year. Share because this is what good policing looks like!
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I go through Richmond all the time. It’s known to have the most questionable mall, according to reputation, which is the only mall I’ve ever known to have a two-story WalMart in it. They probably exist in many more places but it’s the first I’ve ever seen.
Anyways, if this is true, I wish Oakland just down the road would take notes. Right now the news shows them throwing street parties wearing t-shirts saying they love Oakland. Which is all cute and stuff.
Well I don’t have the claims above fact-checked, but I hope it’s true, and I hope that if it is, it inspires the nation.
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