The Truth About Policing and Skid Row — Manhattan Institute

The homeless industry on Los Angeles’s Skid Row lost its final shred of legitimacy this summer. Three murders and their aftermath exposed the advocates’ opposition to assertive policing as dangerous, hypocritical posturing. For 25 years, Skid Row constituted a real-world experiment in the application of homeless-advocate ideology. But the squalor that engulfed the 50-block district just east of downtown Los Angeles was the direct outgrowth of advocates’ claims that the homeless should be exempt from the rules of ordinary society. The result was not a reign of peace and love among society’s underdogs, but rather brutal predation and depravity. Consequently, Los Angeles officials should reorient their funding priorities in light of the lessons of the summer of 2009.

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