KnightExemplar wrote:Look, these are the things that this very topic have been talking about. Anthony Batts has been BPD Police Commissioner since 2012. He's already had years to see if his strategy was going to work out.
Now I'm not necessarily saying that Anthony Batt's reforms are a bad thing. I'm just noting that as it currently stands... the political system has more or less scapegoatted the current problems onto him. That makes it unlikely for the next BPD Commissioner to continue Batt's police reform.
Ultimately, if police reforms cause an uptick in crime (even temporarily), it will be very hard to actually implement said reforms. Yeah, police brutality sucks... but you know what sucks more? A multiple new murder cases every day for four months in a row with only a 35% cloture rate. The evaluation of Police Reforms can't happen in isolation. The effect on crime (as well as indirect effects on crime: such as Officer Efficacy) needs to also be taken into account. Any Police Reform that seems like it caused an uptick in crime will be dismantled by the Political System before it takes effect.
That's what the Anthony Batts firing has taught me anyway.
Yeah, it's like they brought in a coach for the "Cleveland Indians" and gave him two years...well, actually 33 months. Then when a miracle failed to appear, they hung him in effigy, tarred and feathered him, and ran him out of town on a rail.
Take the body cameras: the city finally gave in and agreed to buy them...in November. 2014. Batts was in office for 25 months before that happened. And then, of course, there's the two-year body camera roll-out: which means cameras may be universally adopted by November 2016, assuming the police don't con the city into killing the program in the meantime.
The voluntary Justice Department review of BPD started in October 2014. Increase in internal affairs, October 2014. (He did install a new head of internal affairs, May 2013.) Action plan for reduction of brutality and misconduct, October 2014.
So either Batts was a member of the good old boy crowd, and basically did nothing for 24 months, or it took 25 months for something bad enough to happen to club the city and the police into submission.
And then they sacked him...for what? Rocking the boat? Not rocking the boat fast enough? They said it was the latter, but I'll bet it was more about the former.
The bottom line: You say that they brought him in for reforms...but no really significant reform happened as far as I can see, until a few reforms were started
just 8 months ago. It shouldn't be surprising there's still a crime wave.