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Smart Policing: When San Francisco Stopped Prosecuting Drug Users Violent Crime Went Down (Video)

San Fran is applying a radical strategy…LOGIC! By disbanding various drug task forces and allowing those cops to pursue and thwart violent offenders instead of wasting their efforts just locking up drug users. And their approaches seem to be working to reduce violent crime and free up police to chase real criminals…

“I’m a narc. I’ve been a narcotics guy forever,” says San Francisco police chief Greg Suhr. “But I’m just telling you, I’ve always felt bad for the people that were addicted to drugs.”

Suhr’s compassion translates into policy that works to the benefit of folks he pities (by not criminalizing them). And it has also let him fight a war on two fronts since 2007; crime, on the one hand… in the face of deep recession-driven budget cuts on the other.

“Not trying to just keep a stat game going on arresting people for narcotics has not hurt us in trying to achieve our goal in trying to make San Franciso safest,” says Suhr.


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‘Chi Raq’ Documentary Highlights Chicago Death Tolls That Mirror Iraq & Double That Of Afghanistan (Video)

“Chi Raq” is a compelling video portrait of life in South and West Chicago by London filmmaker Will Robson-Scott. Shout out to my homie Hustle Simmons who appears in the mini-documentary/video portrait to speak on his own personal loss & offered some positive words about the escalating problem in Chicago.

“For the past decade, Chicago has been enduring a violence epidemic, with a death toll in the thousands and casualties mirroring the losses experienced by the US Army in Iraq war over the same period. Allowing its subjects to take center stage and tell their stories in their own words, Robson-Scottʼs film is unflinchingly honest in its depiction of life on the streets of one of the most dangerous cities in America.”

– Protein TV

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