American Austerity: Crime Spikes, And Fear Explodes After Newark Chops Police Force
Dec. 23, 2010
Cuts have consequences.
Case in point: Newark has seen a recent crime spike, coinciding with cuts made to its police force, thanks to the ugly state of the city’s finances.
Under star mayor Cory Booker, the city has done better than many would have guessed in getting crime numbers down, but there’s only so much that can be accomplished with effort, when the resources aren’t there to keep people safe.
Meanwhile, on Twitter, Booker has been complaining about a “frustrating” rumor tearing through the city about robberies of Newark buses, which he claims is a total fabrication.
Presuming more cities have to make deep cuts in 2011, the Newark experience will likely play out elsewhere.