Were the Cop Killings Bound to Happen?

As more information is revealed in the shooting deaths of four Oakland cops, it’s starting to become clear that the tragic incident was emblematic of a police department that’s badly off track. There’s even an argument to be made that Saturday’s bloodbath, or something similar to it, was bound to happen. The root problem is that OPD’s crime-fighting culture is ass backwards. For years now, the department has been obsessed with suppressing crime, and no longer makes solving crimes a top priority. This unfortunate shift not only has resulted in a dramatic increase in crime in recent years, but there’s convincing evidence that it ultimately led to last weekend’s unnecessary deaths.

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