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Commentary By Jason L. Riley

The Pursuit of ‘Social Justice’ Is Getting People Killed

Public Safety Policing, Crime Control

Chaos follows wherever far-left attitudes on crime and punishment are allowed to take hold.

It’s difficult to keep track of all the public policies being advocated in the name of “social justice,” but the damage is mounting. And no one is harmed more than the people in whose name the policies are promoted.

Sunday’s Philadelphia Inquirer reported on its front page that the City Council president wants “to revisit stop-and-frisk,” a police tactic that involves officers’ stopping, questioning and sometimes searching pedestrians engaged in suspicious behavior. For decades, police departments around the country have used stop and frisk to remove illegal guns from the street and reduce crime rates. But social-justice activists—who, ironically, support gun control—have decried the practice because blacks and Hispanics are stopped more often than other groups.

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Jason L. Riley is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a columnist at The Wall Street Journal, and a Fox News commentator. He is the author of the recent book “The Black Boom.”

This piece originally appeared in The Wall Street Journal