A city without police: Detroit
In the comments, some people claimed that the people would be better off without aggressive policing, or that aggressive policing violates the Constitution and we just need to accept the consequences.
Well there is one city without aggressive policing, that city is Detroit. Detroit has so few police they don’t even have enough to respond to 911 calls.
There are currently fewer officers patrolling the city than at any time since the 1920s. At one point, the Detroit police force was over 5,000. Today, the force is just 1,590 officers strong — and not all of those are on the street.
The city has lost nearly half its patrol officers since 2000 and ranks have shrunk by 37 percent in the past three years alone, according to the Detroit News. It’s so bad that precincts are reportedly left with only one squad car at times.
With only one squad car per precinct, I doubt they are using any manpower on aggressive policing like stop-and-frisk and traffic stops for burnt-out tail lights.
So is Detroit a better place to live because of its more laid-back policing?