Rapid City police are investigating the city’s fourth murder in 30 days and the third this January.
President Donald Trump says Chicago’s murder rate warrants some sort of federal intervention:
Chicago’s population is around 2.7 million. 42 killings this month means one killing per 65,000 people, or 1.5 per 100K.
Rapid City’s population is around 74,000. Three killings this month means one killing per 25,000 people, or 4.1 per 100K.
Rapid City’s murder rate this month is 2.6 times greater than Chicago’s.
If Donald Trump thinks the current “carnage” in Chicago warrants some unspecified deployment of federal forces, then he should find it even more urgent to direct federal forces to intervene in the approaching-treble “carnage” in Rapid City. The South Dakota Senate just invited Trump to visit, so why not ride in with a column of tanks and a brigade of Marines to bring safety and order to Rapid City?
Or does this President only threaten Presidential intervention in law enforcement in places where the majority voted for someone else?