fondly remembering the 2015 NYPD strike, when the NYPD drastically pulled back their resources and made many, many fewer arrests bc they were shitting their pants over (very, very, very moderately left) de Blasio being elected, and the response from NYC as a whole was "you should keep doing this actually"
@melissasage lmao I forgot about that
@melissasage as I keep saying, police unions are no comrades but their strikes deserve encouragement anytime
@melissasage I recently read a study on this that showed that actual crime went down during that time Which lines up with data on policing over all. Since the inception of police in America crime has been mostly on a linear trajectory upward proportional to and as a function of the increase of police prevalence. The idea that they make us safer is provably false. unfortunately its just not a safe world and police appear to exacerbate that issue dramatically.
@curufuin yeah the idea that cops play any role whatsoever in crime *prevention* is one of the most pernicious lies in white culture
@melissasage I have shown people and they still vehemently disagree somehow. Americans really hate having to have their opinions challenged with evidence. They always cite some possibly fiction police strike riot in canada that seems to still be the modern justification for why we need cops and sure generally when you abruptly move from authoritarian policing to abscenve of police there could be a perception of chaos, but I think if you ramped it down, people notice the improvement.
@melissasage I think there was a banker or stockbroker or something strike in Ireland, it took 6 months for people to even notice
@RedFuture atlas shrugged eh
@melissasage So did everyone else
@melissasage if only they kept going.
@melissasage That was fun
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