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It seems to me that the police departments of our cities are under siege by groups which feel that they are too violent and out of control. The police departments are fighting back with statistics which show they are responsible and doing their job properly.

It seems that the police departments, like the schools, are constantly spotlighted with stories of negative events. Some 10,000 police officers or teachers can do their jobs daily and deal positively with the public, but if one or two do something wrong, that becomes the subject of a front page story with photos.

Yes, the daily and weekly newspapers do often print a story telling of a nice officer or a teacher, but since the proportion of good to bad is akin to 1,000 to one, this does not tell the whole story.

In New York City the current bad guy is the Street Crimes Unit. This unit had aggressively taken so many guns off the streets that crime and killings went down.

However, someone decided to increase the size of the Street Crimes Unit too fast with too little oversight, and we had the unfortunate shooting of an immigrant from Africa, where crime, fear and violence is rampant, by a group of four officers who had just come together as a group.. The anti-police slogan is now

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