The Police are a contradiction, and their relationship to the people they police, a brutal irony. In any society, the police become necessary when the gap between the rich and the poor becomes increasingly larger, when people become so desperate for a means of sustaining themselves that they turn to illegal outlets.
For Lumpen sections of the Proletariat, this is more common. When someone has no job, they have no money. If you have no money, you have no means of legally trading with others for the adequate collection and consumption of food input, that is, 2000 calories daily, that one’s body needs to sustain it’s health. If you have no money, you also have no means of sustaining necessarily adequate shelter fit not only for simple survival, but for a human being to thrive in a healthy and emotionally beneficial environment, especially if children are involved, who are much more susceptible to mental degradation during times of stress.
Statistics on crime show it’s striking connection to poverty, which report the following:
“There is a direct correlation between poverty and criminality. Becker’s economic theory of crime (1968) assumes that people resort to crime only if the costs of committing the crime are lower than the beneﬁts gained. Those living in poverty, therefore, have a much greater chance of committing property crime than the general population.” (5)
The idea is that if someone is deprived, they will strike out aimlessly and do whatever is necessary to get themselves out of that situation. This is logical, why would someone risk greater physical and emotional consequence for something of a lesser reward than said consequence? Would you brutalize or possibly even kill a man for a glass of water if you had a sink at your disposal? Of course not, the expenditure of brutality, and the cost it could mean for your morale, not to mention your personal freedom, would be too great, so logically, you would abstain from such action under such circumstances. But what if you had gone three days without food or water? What if you were on the brink of death?
Despite what you’ve been trained to believe, no one does anything because they are good, or for that matter, evil. The very notion of ‘good’ or ‘evil’ is innately subjective, and objectively unscientific terminology; the same goes for the notion of a constant ‘human nature’ which is subjective in it’s very nature, yet is persistently brought up in scientific discussion, for instance when we are discussing the science of Socialism as an economic system. People don’t act the way they do when they’ve been deprived of food for a week the same way they act when they have a full stomach, and for that matter, not everyone acts and interacts with others in the identical function as when they’ve been deprived of food for such an extended period of time. To say that the way we act in civilized circumstances is some sort of ‘mask’, that our true nature lies within our social-interaction when we’ve been deprived of the necessities for survival, is also, subjective, and not an objective and concrete scientific analysis. Things depend upon circumstance, the bourgeois social-scientists seek to analyze phenomena distinct to, and separated from, the environment which it interacts. They seek to analyze things singularly, rather than taking into consideration the internal components of the creature in question, their relation to the environment around it, the components in the environment that coincide with, or go against, the internal components of the creature in question, among other factors, that would generate internal change in the way the creature or thing functions, and therefore external change in the way it interacts with other creatures and the environment it resides in.
Statistics continue to say the following concerning poverty logistics and crime:
“Property crime is a major problem in metropolises. In the Bronx borough of New York City alone there were 247 reported complaints of property crime in one week. There are over 36,000 cases of property crime reported in one year. The Bronx also has a poverty rate of 37% and has a population of over 1.3 million.” (5)
The statistics show that, overwhelmingly, the most poverty ridden communities are the most crime infested; in fact, the Bronx contains one of the five poorest Congressional Districts in the United States. As poverty is connected to crime, too racial minorities are connected to poverty; a 2012 census was taken on the race and nationality of citizens residing in the Bronx area of New York, of which out of it’s 1,392,002 residents, 53.5% of the citizens in question were of Hispanic background, 30.1% were of Afro-American background, and 3.4% of Asian background. A mere 10.9% of the Bronx was of non-Hispanic Caucasian background, however, on average these people did not live in the same neighborhoods as Black and Hispanic residents of the Bronx.