<quoted text>ok this is all minorities fault. You say police pensions and salaries did this yes because crime is so bad why would anyone be a cop for 30 grand a year and poor benefits to get in foot chases fights and possibly shot when they can work at target for the same. Obviously we know why. The african american way of life has driven up costs. A cop in the 1950s made peanuts cause there was not much black crime and no danger. I am so sick of this discussion look at everrry city. White policeman ruined Detroit to?
Average police salary in Utica, NY is $64,903, which is $13,000 more than the US median income. The police are making significantly more money, while doing a VERY poor job as compared to cities of a similar size.
If you compare Utica's crime rate to other northeast cities, you realize that race is NOT the issue. African Americans make up only 12% of the population, as compared to other similar sized cities in MA, CT, where blacks are 25% of the population with a LOWER crime rate!