Donald Trump keeps insisting we live in dangerous times…. And most Americans agree with him. In June 71% of Americans said they expected further terrorist attacks in the United States over the next several weeks. And 53% recently said they worry a great deal about crime while 70% believe that there is more crime in the United States than there was a year ago.
It may have been smart politics for Trump to use Make America Safe Again as the theme for the opening day of the Republican National Convention. The facts, however, suggest Americans are already quite safe.
A few weeks ago, our client Davontae Sanford was exonerated after spending nearly nine years behind bars for a quadruple murder that he did not commit. Davontae was 14 when he was arrested; he is now 23.
We are thrilled that Davontae is finally free, but we cannot help be angry that Davontae was convicted and that it took eight years to free him after the real perpetrators were identified.
The Marshall Project used a widely accepted statistical calculation to get a weighted average of recent years – essentially smoothing out the year-to-year fluctuations that are common to crime data. We found that the reported violent crimes rose in our cities last year to its highest point since 2010. But viewed in the broader context of the past five decades, crime remains near record lows.
In the aftermath of the mass shooting of a dozen police officers in Dallas…, some conservatives rushed to lay blame for the incident at the feet of the Obama administration….
These statements are part of a broader narrative of a “war on cops” carried out by the Obama administration and/or the Black Lives Matter movement, depending on whom you ask…. But the simplistic and inflammatory notion of a “war on cops” is completely undercut by one fundamental data point: Intentional attacks on police officers are at historically low levels under President Obama.