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Police presence deters looting, riots, destruction

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Police presence deters looting, riots, destruction

Boston Herald

by Rich Lowry

Restoring order to America’s cities isn’t a complicated proposition.

All it requires is resources and determination, and a firm rejection of the longstanding progressive fallacy that an overwhelming police presence is “provocative” and “escalatory” and must be avoided.

As has been established across decades of civil disturbances, it is police passivity that emboldens mobs. When the cops stand by, or don’t show up or, even worse, run away, it is a permission slip for destruction. They might as well supply the spray paint, bricks and hammers for the crowds, and beckon them into the local Target or Nike store to take whatever they want.

Out-of-control looting is almost always a failure of municipal resolve or police tactics, and we have seen plenty over the past several days, most notably in Minneapolis.

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/police-presence-deters-looting-riots-destruction/ar-BB14XLNb