Given the fear of street crime that gripped the nation a decade ago in the wake of the crack epidemic of the '80s, dumping a lot of money and police on the problem may have been a defensible response. Today, with terrorism the dominant anxiety and the promise of COPS still unproven, it's a luxury we can no longer afford.
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Happy Constitution Day!
Too bad it’s almost certainly unconstitutional.