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By Refusing to Charge Criminals, Woke Prosecutors Cause More Costly Payouts

Despite advancements like body cams reducing wrongful arrests, cities face soaring lawsuit payouts, not due to more police misconduct but to 'woke' DAs' policies.

In a climate where the narrative often skews against law enforcement, it’s crucial to dissect the truth from sensationalism, especially regarding the rising costs of police misconduct payouts in cities across America. Recent reports, including from The New York Times, have highlighted staggering figures, with New York City shelling out $135 million in 2022 and Chicago $67 million in 2021 for police misconduct suits. These numbers, while eye-opening, don’t tell the whole story.

The increasing financial toll of these lawsuits doesn’t necessarily correlate with an uptick in police misconduct. In fact, advancements such as more extensive video surveillance, facial recognition technology, declining arrest rates, and the widespread adoption of body cameras suggest the opposite. These innovations lead to more accountability and, logically, fewer wrongful arrests. Despite what critics might claim, the narrative that police are becoming increasingly violent or corrupt is misleading.

The surge in lawsuit payouts can, in part, be attributed to the rise of “woke” district attorneys in major cities. Many of these DAs, often backed by progressive agendas and funding, show a reluctance to prosecute crimes vigorously. This leniency not only emboldens criminal activity but also exposes cities to financial liabilities through lawsuits. For instance, the refusal to prosecute a significant percentage of police arrests in places like Washington DC and Los Angeles under DAs like George Gascon illustrates this point starkly.

Moreover, the political climate following events like the George Floyd protests has seen a reluctance to charge protestors, further exacerbating the situation. This approach, where cities opt for “pay to go away” settlements, results in ballooning costs for taxpayers. Not only are these settlements becoming more common, but the settlement amounts are also growing. For example, New York City’s average payout jumped from $10,000 in 2018 to $25,000 in 2023. Nonetheless, these settlements are often not an admission of guilt but a financial strategy.

Critics quick to equate the rise in lawsuit costs with rampant police misconduct are missing the forest for the trees. This isn’t a tale of unbridled corruption within police departments but a story of a failing judicial system where district attorneys choose politics over justice. When valid arrests are not prosecuted, defending those actions in civil court becomes an uphill battle, often leading to settlements that burden the taxpayer.

This scenario underscores the importance of electing district attorneys who are committed to upholding the law rather than pushing a political agenda. It’s a stark reminder that elections have consequences, not just for the immediate legal landscape but for the financial health of our cities. As we navigate these tumultuous times, it’s critical to support law enforcement through fair and effective legal practices, ensuring justice for all parties involved and safeguarding the public purse from unnecessary drains.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.