Said another way, the Charlotte City Council tonight will declare for the world to see just exactly what the priorities are of a typical American city. Spend millions repaving streets, or spend millions hiring more cops? Would that life were that simple. Cops or streets, streets or cops. Is it worth even asking what else that money might be productively used for? Needle exchange programs. Food for hungry families. Mental health services for people on the edge. Teachers. After school care.
Ah well. No sense asking big questions. Like how many of these cops spend most of their time fighting and losing America's absurd war on drugs.
Funding new officers will increase the Charlotte police force to 1,715, from 1,640.