Friday, September 4, 2015

Nick Gillespie — No, Police Defenders, There Is No ‘War on Cops’

(The Daily Beast)

"There’s no excuse for the brazen, chilling murder of Harris County Sheriff Darren Goforth, who was shot repeatedly while fueling his police cruiser at a Texas gas station and whose funeral is Friday.
But there’s also no excuse for attempts by law enforcement, media, and politicians to claim that the unmotivated killing is part of a “war on cops” or in any way related to the Black Lives Matter movement or other people critical of law enforcement and police brutality.
To do so is simply to wave away a decade-long decline in confidence in police that has everything to do with behavior by law enforcement, not the citizens they serve. According to Gallup, the percentage of Americans with “a great deal/quite a lot of confidence” in police has dropped from 64 percent in 2004 to just 52 percent, its lowest number in 22 years."

Read the full article HERE.

Does BlackLivesMatter Campaign Encourage Cop Killers?

How ‪‎Uber‬ is serving low-income New Yorkers


(NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

As most New Yorkers know by now, Uber is expanding rapidly here: The city saw an impressive 450% growth in low-cost UberX rides over the course of last year. In a new report for the Manhattan Institute, I use Uber’s 2014 private ride data (no personal information on individual riders was disclosed) to determine the effects of the company’s increased presence on the city’s lower-income, outer-borough residents.
My analysis finds that Uber’s expansion has benefited low-income New Yorkers — those who live in the bottom half of New York City zip codes by median household income — the most.

Read the full article HERE.