More tragedy in Camden, NJ
“A New Jersey city often described as the most dangerous in the country will no longer have its own police force, as a crunched state budget has intensified an effort to reduce costs by busting the local police union,” writes Travis Waldron at Think Progress.
The Philadelphia Inquirer also reports that the new county police force would welcome less than half of the city’s current police officers. Governor Chris Christie has backed this plan, which would force the layoffs of “the city’s roughly 270 officers.” The Camden police department was gutted last year due to a budget deficit that sent 168 police officers packing. A double shooting in July marked the most murders in “a single month since serial killer Howard Unruh killed 13 people in one day in 1949.”
Back in June, I wrote a short piece for PopMatters about Camden’s devastatingly sad condition and Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, a new book from Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco.