Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Was A Black Mayor Dinkins Treated Differently By the Press On Crime Than White Pols?

Bronx Murders Up 28%

Police Could be below 33,000 cops by the fall

In October 2000 40,800 officers * After the fiscal crisis of the 1970s, the police force shrank. The head count hovered around 28,000 in the late 1970s and early 1980s, according to the Budget Office

Not One Quote Asking the Mayor to Do Something Eight dead by gun violence during bloody Memorial Day weekend(NYDN)

By Gary Tilzer

During the Dinkins administration a front-page headline in the New York Post had screamed: “Dave do something!”— a direct call to then mayor David Dinkins to get crime down fast. What Dinkins' did with the help of Albany was dramatically increase the size of the NYPD. As the number of NYPD increased during the next 20 years crime went down to record levels. With budget cuts this year the number of NYPD will be down to the level before the Dinkins and Giuliani increases. We have a press and political system that allows mayor and future mayors to chose the issues that are covered in the media. We know the mayor wants to go on Meet the Press to talk national issues, mayoral candidate Quinn wants gay marriage, Weiner will do anything to get himself a headline, Liu wants to drop audit bombs on the mayor's contracts to win him points with unions while hiding in the comptroller office, Stringer wants to rebuild the infrastructure and deBlaiso will think of of angles to get in the paper. But nobody wants to talk about the growing crime problem and the press will not hold today's incumbents feet to the fire like they did former Mayor Dinkins

Fighting femmes (NYP)

Victim’s two-year-old “keeps saying ‘Mommy, mommy’ and pointing to his face where she got shot,” said relative

Slain in front of her son (NYP) * Bronx Woman Fatally Shot, Still Clutching Her 2-Year-Old (NYT) * Bronx Mother Killed in Shooting(WSJ)

Couple slain 'over drugs'(NYP)



Tape of Guy Who Rape 85 Year Old Woman

Nearly half of NYPD's crime reports feature criminals caught on tape

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