Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Racial Quotas the Answer to Mall Misbehavior

Mayor Carty Finkbeiner has declared that the method of preventing violence in shopping malls is to hire off-duty police officers of color. As reported today in the Toledo Blade:

"We feel Westfield did not really heed the advice and counsel that they were being given," he said. "We urged more security be put in place by Franklin Park. We urged consideration be given to hiring additional Toledo police officers off-duty. We did encourage that some of those officers be of color."

So, if I understand this, the city is now in the business of human resources. Apparently if young disaffected youth see a African-American or Mexican-American face, they will immediately throw away their plans for theft, disruption, and riot. How foolish of Westfield not to realize this when hizzoner’s commission issued that dictate.

Violence in shopping malls is not isolated to Toledo. The Mall of America in Minnesota was known as “Fight City” when thousands of teenagers at a time would show up ready for violence. Violence need not occur on a regular basis for the business to suffer – look at the result of Northtowne and Southwyck malls, both of whom could have been described as “gang friendly” as they slid into decline. Many such malls have had youth violence problems, even with security officers “of color.”

The one thing that seems to work is youth curfews in malls. These are instituted by the management of the mall in question, not enforced by the city. What this would require, however, is management willing to enforce the issue, and a city willing to deal with charges of trespass (it IS private property) and disturbing the peace. Perhaps some hefty fines for violators – and let the miscreants pay for their own prosecution.

I can hear the ACLU and others grinding their gears at this suggestion, but I propose this: does someone have a “right” to commit violence? The right for assembly guaranteed in the First Amendment is the right of “people to peacefully assemble.” By any standard, theft and violence do not qualify as peaceful. But this right is only in effect in public. And, the Westfield Town Center is not owned by the government, hence it is private property – where the public is welcome, within limits. Simply post the new rules, and that “Mall Management reserves the right to refuse admittance.” Then, Carty can station a couple of squad cars outside and wait for the trespassing fines to roll in. We might even reduce the city deficit!

Margaritas ante Porcos,
Right Wing Toledo

4 comments:

-Sepp said...

Glad to see you in blogland! I covered this same batch of BS on my page too.
Does the hiring of more black police for security at the mall mean that black kids no longer are required to obey the police unless the officer is also black? Skin color now dictates the observation of the law and law enforcement?
What does this mean? Black officers are less likely to arrest black kids for the same crimes a white or, hispanic officer would? All this time my silly ass had thought that obeying the law was for everybody not just when I felt like it and the "right" colored cop was enforcing it.

Right Wing Toledo said...

Sepp,

Well spoken. As bad as the suggestion that it takes a person of color to enforce the law, it rankles me as much to see that the city (read Carty) needs to interject itself in a matter that is a private business' concern. But, that dosn't really surprise me. Westfield - be prepared for the city to say what stores you should and shouldn't have in the mall, you should know you can't make that determination by yourself.

Hooda Thunkit said...

Right Wing Toledo,


”Mayor Carty Finkbeiner has declared that the method of preventing violence in shopping malls is to hire off-duty police officers of color.”

Well, “The Charlatan IS” a bit of a crispy critter ;-)


”We did encourage that some of those officers be of color."

Last time that I checked, every officer was “of color.” White (or Caucasian, if you prefer) Is a color.


”How foolish of Westfield not to realize this when hizzoner’s commission issued that dictate.”

Westfield was indeed foolish, but it had nothing to do with ignoring “The Charlatan.”



”Violence need not occur on a regular basis for the business to suffer – look at the result of Northtowne and Southwyck malls, both of whom could have been described as “gang friendly” as they slid into decline. Many such malls have had youth violence problems, even with security officers “of color.”

Exactly! Color is not the problem, not setting limits is.


”The one thing that seems to work is youth curfews in malls.”

Bingo!


”These are instituted by the management of the mall in question, not enforced by the city. What this would require, however, is management willing to enforce the issue, and a city willing to deal with charges of trespass (it IS private property) and disturbing the peace. Perhaps some hefty fines for violators – and let the miscreants pay for their own prosecution.”

Whoa! Way too much common sense here ;-)

”I can hear the ACLU and others grinding their gears at this suggestion, but I propose this: does someone have a “right” to commit violence? The right for assembly guaranteed in the First Amendment is the right of “people to peacefully assemble.” By any standard, theft and violence do not qualify as peaceful. But this right is only in effect in public. And, the Westfield Town Center is not owned by the government, hence it is private property – where the public is welcome, within limits. Simply post the new rules, and that “Mall Management reserves the right to refuse admittance.” Then, Carty can station a couple of squad cars outside and wait for the trespassing fines to roll in. We might even reduce the city deficit!”

I can see that you’re going to be quite a bit of fun to have around here ;-)


And, for the record, "The Charlatan" is barking up a tree that we don't need him barking up...

Right Wing Toledo said...

And now it seems that even readers to the Blade are chiming in. Perhaps there is a drop of wisdom in T-Town after all.