Nov 19, 2007 AP story at WNWO :
The 14th annual "City Crime Rankings: Crime in Metropolitan America" was published by CQ Press, a unit of Congressional Quarterly Inc. It is based on the FBI's Sept. 24 crime statistics report.
The report looked at 378 cities with at least 75,000 people based on per-capita rates for homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and auto theft. Each crime category was considered separately and weighted based on its seriousness, CQ Press said.
Detroit pushed past St. Louis to become the nation's most dangerous city. St. Louis fell to No. 2. Another Michigan city, Flint, ranked third, followed by Oakland Calif.; Camden, N.J.; Birmingham, Ala.; North Charleston, S.C.; Memphis, Tenn.; Richmond, Calif.; and Cleveland, which was ranked the 10th most dangerous city.
Three other Ohio cities made the Top 25 list: Youngstown was No. 15, Cincinnati was No. 16 and Dayton was No. 19. Toledo was ranked the 47th most dangerous city, and Columbus was 48th.
The study ranked Mission Viejo, Calif., as the safest U.S. city, followed by Clarkstown, N.Y.; Brick Township, N.J.; Amherst, N.Y.; and Sugar Land, Texas. Parma, a suburban Cleveland city, was ranked 23rd.
Carty no doubt ordered his piss boy, police chief Mike Navarre, to make a positive statement about Toledo being the 47th most dangerous city out of 378 cities. Carty couldn't control Jack Smith like a puppet, so Smith left. Navarre is a politician, and here's his bullshit spin, reported in a Nov 20, 2007 Blade story :
"Sometimes you can make numbers say anything you want them to say. I live in this city, I work in this city, I know what it’s like in this city. I feel completely safe in the city."
Does Navarre feel safe because he is carrying a gun along with a police radio that he can use to call for backup?
Story from a few weeks ago : East Toledo teens randomly beat up 63-year-old man in a game of 'Round Up'
I wonder if senior citizens who aren't carrying a gun and a police radio feel completely safe anywhere in the city?
Story back in August : Carty exploits the murders in Perrysburg Township where the braindead mayor of Toledo said :
"Compared to our brother and sister cities, this city is doing a remarkable job of its citizens living together. We do have a safe city. I don't want to wish any harm or ill will, but isn't it remarkable that today the city of Toledo has six murders and Perrysburg Township has two?"
Dec 5, 2002 Blade story :
Toledo Mayor Jack Ford and police Chief Mike Navarre remain opposed to legislation that would allow Ohioans to carry concealed handguns. Chief Navarre said he has seen the revisions in the legislation, "and that's not going to change my opinion." He said that a concealed-carry law will result in increased suicides, homicides, and accidental shootings.
So Navarre doesn't want the public to get a gun for safety, but he'll walk around Toledo with his gun and claim he feels safe. He didn't say in the Blade story he would walk around without his gun, so I'm assuming that as the police chief, he'll wear his gun.
When Navarre made his statement about feeling safe anywhere in Toledo, how come a reporter didn't ask him, "With or without your gun?"
More from the Nov 20, 2007 Blade story :
Overall crime in Toledo this year through August has dropped about 15 percent compared to the same eight-month period in 2006, Chief Navarre said. With the 2007 homicide rate hovering at 10 — the lowest it’s been since 1964 — the chief said Toledo has the potential to drop even lower on next year’s list if the trend continues.
Yet, five years ago, Navarre said a concealed-carry law would increase homicides.
Ohio's concealed carry law began in 2004. In a Nov 30, 2006 Blade story, Navarre said :
"What we have found since passage of concealed carry is that the number of instances where a gun was used successfully to defend one’s self or used carelessly has been minimal. There isn’t enough data for anyone to reach any objective opinion as to whether the law has been successful or not."
Or is it a youth crime problem? Either way, it's a problem.
June 2006 AP story :
Finkbeiner, a former two-term mayor who took office again in January , announced in December  he wanted to replace Navarre in part because of the way Navarre handled a riot that erupted the day of a planned march by neo-Nazis. Finkbeiner said Navarre had not recognized the increasing number of gang members in the city. Rioters looted businesses and threw bricks at police even though the march had been called off.
June 2006 comment :
Smith said Carty's bus tours are the biggest waste of time because the tours pull directors from their jobs for two or three hours to listen to another Carty tirade. Something like that. Smith also said Toledo has a youth crime problem and not a gang problem. Smith said the youth crimes are not being committed by organized gangs. I guess that wasn't what Carty wanted to hear.
June 2006 WNWO story :
Smith says Carty was upset over a police study on how the gang issues should be handled.
Shortly after NBC24 broke the story, Mayor Finkbeiner admitted the two nearly came to blows, with neither backing down.
The mayor has blown up at [Smith] before. "One time was over his bus rides. I missed a bus ride due to a disciplinary hearing. I was strongly admonished not to miss anymore bus rides," said Smith.
Smith also told NBC24 about the time the mayor forced Smith and other top leaders to read a book by Rudolph Guliani. "We had mandatory reading I thought was a waste of time when I should have been working on my budget," said Smith.
Smith said Finkbeiner made him take a pop quiz. "I am not a grade school or high school student. I am a senior executive. I should be treated like one," said Smith.
June 2006 Brian Schwartz statement :
Jack Smith has been under a great deal of stress lately, and the mayor is willing to admit that he should have been more sensitive to the particularly tough circumstances the chief has been dealing with over the last two weeks.
However, the chief's report and level of engagement in the mayor's campaign promise to do battle with street gangs was not to the mayor's satisfaction. As the person who made the promise to the voters, his obligation is to make sure that the chief is doing his job at that level.
Carty's mission statement prior to the November 2005 election. It lists 34 tasks Carty hopes to complete as mayor.
June 2006 WTVG story :
A former gang member turned Toledo youth leader says he's very concerned about the [gang] issue and wrote this manual to help the effort. Disagreements about how to tackle Toledo's gang problem sparked the fight between the mayor and chief [S]mith.
Lavaughn Toney is thinking about leaving Toledo after witnessing a vicious gang in her west Toledo neighborhood. Religious leader Stephen Ward says gang activity is on the rise in several Toledo neighborhoods.
Mayor Carty Finkbeiner has made the city's gang problem a top priority but a heated disagreement about how to fight gangs lead to the resignation of Chief Jack Smith. Smith's latest gang unit report was not in line with the mayor's views.
To get a copy of Ward's manual, call 419 377-3392. It details gang dress, symbols, and graffiti, why kids get involved with gangs, and how to get out of a gang.
The big problem with their methodology is that all the crime factors reviewed in the study, homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and auto theft, are equally weighted. So, homicide is just as damaging in points as an auto theft.
All in all, though, it does speak of where these crimes are more likely to occur.
Regressive film maker Moore made that sloppy Columbine flick equating 2 boys gaining an arsenal of weapons illegally as a call for gun control.
Here's some interesting stats:
If the NRA would use facts instead of juvenile slogans maybe people would take them more seriously.
The FBI's Web site stated that white-collar crimes cost the United States $300 billion annually. This includes crimes such as bankruptcy fraud, bribery, computer crime, medical crime, identity theft, public corruption, consumer fraud, embezzlement, pension fund crime and securities fraud, just to name a few.
FBI.gov also states that blue-collar crime costs us $15 billion each year.
Plaid collar crime is $10 billion.
White collar crime costs around $1,000 per US resident a year. Blue collar about $49.
Crime hysteria is silly. Throwing the criminals at the top in jail for a while would probably be welcome change and deter people lower on the pecking order from following suit.
Hold on for awhile, folks! Seems that in it's infinite wisdom, the City will be 'reassigning' those Officers from downsized and/or eliminated units (like SWAT). That means that Officer Friendly (that knows your neighborhood like the back of his/her hand) will be moving into a different district and a newbie will be moving into yours! They'll both be lost - for a time.
I probably don't need to tell you that this is NOT a good thing for the City to be doing! Having the same Officer in your area day-in & day out is a GOOD thing (and safer for the Officer, too!)
With these moves in mind, we may well end up 'climbing' that ladder into a higher spot!