The city's embattled police chief, acknowledging that police alone cannot quell a run of deadly violence, has called on 10,000 black men to patrol the streets to reduce crime.
That sounds like a good idea. Let's just have 10,000 untrained men patrolling the streets with no guns, patrolling the streets that cannot be covered by the local police force. Or let's give them guns and encourage vigilantism. Let's put them out there in harm's way. No pay, no insurance, let's just have them put their lives on the line for nothing.
Then, if that's not enough to dissuade from thinking this is the worst kind of idea, there's always this thought:
Let's just let anyone who wants to volunteer for this duty, have his own area to watch. No background checks mean that criminals themselves can volunteer. Then, crime can really run rampant. When the paid officers are thinking that an area is covered by volunteers is, all the while there can be a volunteer lookout.
Why am I so suspicious?
The program's backers include Dennis Muhammad, a former Nation of Islam official who has been hired by police departments in Detroit, Syracuse, N.Y., and other cities to conduct community-sensitivity training.
We all know how fair-minded NOI can be. Some of them thought it best to be fair to the woman who falsely accused the Duke lacrosse players of rape and confinement.
NOI and other hate groups have a large presence in Philly. Maybe they are part of the problem in the neighborhoods, most affected by crime. If they aren't, why is crime so high now? Seems to me if they were at all concerned about their community, they'd already have some effective neighborhood watch programs in place. McGruff has been out there for 20 plus years, now.