Sunday, August 12, 2007

Kane Ditto: Crime Fighter Extraordinaire. NOT!

(Click on chart to enlarge)

One of the main arguments you hear in support of John Ditto is that his father served two terms as Mayor of Jackson. The major issue facing Jackson right now is the crime epidemic. However, if one is supposed to support Mr. Ditto because of his father's service, one must ask what exactly was Mayor Kane Ditto's record on fighting crime? The above chart (click on chart to enlarge) is a compilation of crime statistics since 1981. Mayor Ditto's term was from 1989 to 1997 when he was defeated by Harvey Johnson.

As shown in the chart, crime skyrocketed under Mayor Ditto's watch, including the highest number of homicides ever recorded in Jackson in a single year and then decreased during Mayor Johnson's term.

Homicides went from 40 reported cases in 1989 to 91 in 1994, never falling below 60 a year until after his term was completed. Auto theft shot up from 1,080 reported cases in 1989 to 4,952 in 1994. After 1992, the number of reported cases of auto theft was at a minimum of 3200 was at least 3,269 a year. Before Mayor Ditto's term, there was never more than a thousand reported cases of auto theft in a single year. Larceny, along with other categories, skyrocketed as well and stayed at a high level for the remainder of his term. There was some improvement in crime during at the end of his term, which coincided with the service of Police Chief Robert Johnson. If one looks at the chart more closely, one can see that crime decreased steadily under the Johnson administration.

Mayor Ditto's record also consisted of hiring incompetent police chiefs such as David Walker and Jimmy Wilson along with endless turmoil in the JPD. The City Council, led by Credell Calhoun (recently seen trying to get his nephew, the JSU shooter, off the hook), Kenneth "I didn't know I owned crackhouses" Stokes, and Louis Armstrong (last seen taking bribes from strip club owners and being involved with the man who firebombed The Jackson Advocate while toking up with his son on tape) became a weekly circus disgracing the City of Jackson while Mayor Ditto sat meekly in chambers watching the circus (at least Melton walks out when he has had enough even though he is usually wrong.).

Mayor Ditto was a fairly weak mayor as crime exploded under his watch. Jackson is facing some very serious problems. The last thing I want is the expertise that brought us nearly 100 homicides a year and Jimmy Wilson.

Having said that, I do not know John Ditto and have only met him once. I thought he was nice as well as being very intelligent. He might be perfectly qualified to sit on the City Council. I am usually not one to count someone's parents or relatives against him when I enter the voting booth. I am also not going to vote for someone because I hope he might just be like his relative. There are too many problems facing Jackson right now. We need to elect leaders on their merits, not on a false hope based on who their parents are.

4 comments:

Tom Head said...

Crime went up during Ditto's term, yes, but that was consistent with national trends.

If we say Ditto was a bad crimefighter, then we have to say that Harvey Johnson was a spectacularly good one (he may have been) for reducing the crime rate by such a huge margin, and that Melton is a spectacularly bad crimefighter (he may be) because crime rates have gone up during his tenure.

Personally, as I've said many times before, I don't think the mayor plays any kind of decisive role in crimefighting. National trends, and the overall strength of JPD, seem more relevant.

Kingfish said...

I must disagree. During his tenure, he had a revolving door of police chiefs. Standards were changing as every chief has his own set of rules and policies. It does take a new chief awhile to get familiar with an area and its crime characteristics before he can truly understand how to fight the problem.

All but one of the chiefs Ditto hired were losers and didn't work out anywhere else either. I think he was more worried about staying in power and thus thought he HAD to hire Black police chiefs that he thought would meet with the approval of Blacks instead of just hiring the best man for the job. As I've said before, I would've tried to hire Greenberg or one of his proteges. The JPD is considered a joke by surrounding law enforcement agencies and that reputation began under Ditto's term when he hired these losers.

Tom Head said...

There was a definite revolving door, but I don't remember him hiring losers. I remember him hiring people and then not giving them time to do their jobs.

Re black police chiefs, that was either a tacit or explicit campaign promise in 1993--if reelected, he would appoint a black chief. In 1997, Jackson voters wised up and asked why not just get a black mayor instead, and we got Harvey Johnson--who, judging by the same crime stats you use to criticize Ditto, was superb and arguably the best mayor we've ever had.

I mean, that's the thing. If Ditto sucked because crime was high, then Johnson rocked because crime was low. You can't have it both ways.

Kingfish said...

The flaw in your premise is that I am slamming Harvey for crime.

They were losers. They didn't amount to anything anywhere else except for Robert Johnson. The first two were an embarrassment. period.

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