The content of this thread is concentrated, distilled proof that civil discourse can no longer be expected. I’m embarrassed for all of you.
I see more stereotyping and bigoted commentary here, than I could possibly have imagined. I would urge each and all of you to look in the mirror and ask yourself, “is this who I want to be? “ And yes, if you are deploying stereotypes, whether about “liberals,“ or about “rednecks,“ you are, absolutely, a bigot.
Returning (oddly) to the original topic of this thread, I would offer the following.
First and foremost, district attorney Creuzot, having had years on the criminal bench, knows a little something about crime in Dallas County, and I don’t think he comes across these ideas without some careful thought. That said, however, I am gravely disappointed in his decision to implement it as he has chosen, and in particular, to make the announcement that he will not be prosecuting, as a matter of policy, a large portion of crimes. He could easily have accomplished the same purpose with an internal, unpublished policy directed to his deputy district attorney staff, without creating the very real specter of lawlessness which his actual announcement has created. It is a slap in the face to police officers, to small business owners, and indeed, to the affected neighborhoods.
The irony, of course, is that this policy will harm small businesses at the margin in distressed neighborhoods the worst; these businesses are typically owned by people in the neighborhood, have a very small margins, and can scarcely afford to forfeit any amount of profit. There is a great deal of consternation (not without cause) about “food deserts,“ in economically-depressed neighborhoods, because larger food stores cannot profitably operate in crime-ridden neighborhoods. The slack, then, is taken up by smaller, neighborhood businesses.
With his announced non-enforcement policy, district attorney Creuzot has declared open season on small business, and the smaller businesses (which cannot afford to employ full-time security) are going to be forced to substantially raise prices in order to make up the shortfall that will inevitably come from government-sanctioned theft. Inevitably, some will fail, leaving these neighborhoods with even fewer options for shopping for necessities.
As a judge, John Creuzot was solid, thoughtful and fair; it appears his announcement of policy as a DA is mere pandering, vote-buying, and I’m disappointed to see him do it. To be blunt, I thought he was a better man than that.
...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...