The CA this morning has another propaganda article highlighting Blue Crush. When are the citizens gonna wake up and realize that it's just a dog and pony show. The crime rate in Memphis is steadily rising and a tidy bowl inspired zero tolerance initiative isn't helping. We all know that to get tough on crime, you must let the officers be tough on criminals.
Now, we are not saying that we should go around and whip everybody's ass. Each officer knows who the criminals are in their ward, where the "dopeboys" hang and where the gang members recruit. Aggressively checking these criminals may deter crime and remove violent offenders from the street. What's the catch? Every thug will start complaining and trips to Security Squad will rise. No officer likes to be complained on and the thugs know this. The thugs know that if an officer "harasses" (checks more than once a week) them, they can complain and the officer will be moved or suspended.
Hug a thug doesn't work. Lock their ass up and keep them there. The justice system is failing the street level officer and the citizens of Memphis. Some of these elected officials need to have their record checked before re-election.