Where the blame falls

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Thanks to a great job Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette re­porters Eric Bes­son, Scott Car­roll and Az­iza Musa did, we now know how use­less Lit­tle Rock’s lit­tle bu­reau­crats re­ally are. They tell us 37 civil and crim­i­nal com­plaints have been filed over a four-year pe­riod against the Power Ul­tra Lounge. It only took a now na­tion­ally in­fa­mous shoot­ing that in­jured 28 be­fore any­one no­ticed what was go­ing on there.

And thanks must also go out to Warwick Sabin. Shortly af­ter his an­nounce­ment that he will be run­ning for mayor, it seems the cur­rent fig­ure­head, Mr. Stodola, fi­nally woke up and de­vel­oped a multi-pronged crime­fight­ing plan.

In ad­di­tion to all th­ese years of ig­no­rance and in­ac­tion, we also now get some in­sight on how the Lit­tle Rock Po­lice De­part­ment mal­func­tions. While in­di­vid­ual of­fi­cers are still due our re­spect, the ad­min­is­tra­tion ty­ing their hands looks pretty bad, ac­cord­ing to a let­ter writ­ten to city di­rec­tors by the LRPD Black Of­fi­cers As­so­ci­a­tion. Ap­par­ently, among other is­sues, the chief and his cronies need not fol­low the same rules and reg­u­la­tions the rest of the force are rep­ri­manded and dis­ci­plined for vi­o­lat­ing.

I re­cently moved out of Lit­tle Rock, but still spend much time there, and crime is still a con­cern. While the kind of crime the cap­i­tal city is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing can be iden­ti­fied as cul­tural, it’s still out of con­trol. And a large part of the blame falls di­rectly on those who failed to do their jobs.

WILL CO­HEN North Lit­tle Rock

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