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Without political support, police are unlikely to put a stop to shoplifting; it means, of course, retailers may be forced to shut local stores not only making it harder to get goods, but hollowing-out segments of commercial real estate that pay lots of taxes to the municipality. Now, and over the long run, local leaders are likely to get a front row seat to what happens when lawlessness is seen as an equity builder or "safety valve" that fosters diversity and inclusion; in this case, it may be assumed, incorrectly, that criminal activity is the province of a particular racial group.

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