We noted a material and ongoing development in the criminal law sphere in a recent Shazam Kianpour & Associates blog post.
The focus of our October 26 entry was on the expanded and aggressive nature of federally authored initiatives that principals say are concentrated narrowly on violent crime.
That topic now spells center-stage subject matter, as crime matters generally do during presidential years. The above-cited post notes that its current emergence also owes in 2020 to “the spiked volatility on display in police/citizen interactions across the country over the past several months.”
Present social unrest and linked agitation in many communities nationally is well recognized. It had led to officials from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and other enforcement bodies highlighting an alleged close connection to violent crime.
A recent in-depth national article on expanded police probes and arrests across the U.S. duly notes that stance. It prominently points to beefed-up and deeply resourced enforcement initiatives being touted by the current administration.
The Associated Press piece specifically highlights programs with monikers like Project Safeguard and Operation Legend. It stresses that those programs are being emphasized to underscore the government’s “law-and-order prowess” and to counter “lawlessness” in select cities nationally.
Effective control of crime is something that even Americans with starkly differing views on most matters routinely endorse. The AP article stresses, though, that there is far from universal unanimity that crime levels currently are spiking and out of control in a general way.
A number of interrelated – and even unique – factors are arguably influencing present crime statistics and reports in a manner than may well be temporary and limited.
The AP points to an exceptionally high unemployment rate presently, for example, and to severe widespread dislocation linked with the ongoing health pandemic. It also notes national ire over successive stories of police misconduct and additional factors.
Crime periodically emerges as top-tier subject matter. The present is clear evidence of that.