The broken windows theory states that ignoring signs of crime, anti-social behavior and civil disorder creates an environment that encourages further crime and disorder, including serious crimes.
Mute testimony to the theory was exhibited throughout most of 2020. Protests bought crowds to the area which did then either joined in the protests or simply added to the congestion. On many, many occasions the demonstrators turned to vandalism breaking store window. This led to looting, though it remains a mystery what stealing flat screen TVs and name brand sneakers had to do with the reason for their protests.
After looting many stores were set on fire. As things worsened, David Dorn, 77, a retired St. Louis Police captain was fatally shot during the looting while attempting to guard a friend’s pawn shop.
Like hostages to have succumbed to Stockholm Syndrome, politicians and police departments pandered to the law breakers. One example was when NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan knelt with a crowd of protesters while his officers were still being assaulted on the streets.
These actions, just like broken windows, did not discourage more violent behavior—they encouraged it.
Now, people who spoke out against the riots and also supported President Trump are being targeted by leftists. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said people who supported Trump should be fired by their employer and have their children removed and sent to reeducation camps. These same sentiments were echoed by other elected representatives. The people who called conservatives Nazis and fascists are acting like Nazi and fascists.
Broken windows: it’s more than just a theory.