Kraftster wrote:There's just a good bit of truth to the cops-have-hard-ons for affluent "criminals" theory.
The cops of the rich, affluent community have it out for the affluent criminals? Not sure I follow.
Its really about headline grabbing. In communities with mixed demographics, you get headlines if you tag the rich. In generally affluent communities more so a matter of prominent community members vs. non-prominent instead of just wealth. I guess its definitely more prevalent in mixed demographics jurisdictions. Especially ones in non-Allegheny county western Pennsylvania where you have a lot of skeptical, republican taxpayers scrutinizing the money spent on the local police force. There's a lot of pressure to make headlines to keep resources (cars, dogs, guns, etc.). There's similar pressure on district attorneys, who have elections to think about.
I don't really know the community, so this could be an entitled 1% who got more than a fair shake from the cops/DA here, but I've seen situations where what they are complaining about has definitely happened. It could be a regional thing because of the demographics here, but I would be kind of surprised if that's the case -- don't think the area is too unique.