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No Money For Cops Means Private Security Firms Cash In

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Published on Sep 22, 2013

"As cash-strapped, crime-challenged cities like Detroit, L.A., Atlanta, and Oakland face continually dwindling budgets and smaller police forces, there's been a trend of both wealthier and middle-class neighborhoods banding together to hire their own private security patrols to fend off crime. In Oakland, this is now the case in the Crown Ridge, Sequoyah Hills, Parkridge, Maxwell Park, Montclair, and Oakmore neighborhoods, where neighbors have formed "security councils" and hired private firms to be present where the police never are.

The move has been contagious around Oakland, where crime has soared in the last few years. Oakland laid off dozens of police officers beginning in 2009, but with violent crime rampant in the cities' lower-income neighborhoods, people elsewhere in the city have felt neglected by the OPD."* The Young Turks hosts Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian break it down.

*Read more here from Jay Barmann / SFIST:
http://sfist.com/2013/09/16/more_oakl...

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