I wrote earlier this week about Chicago’s murders which are on a record-setting pace this year. 400 blacks have been murdered by the time it passed the Labor Day holiday. My wife and daughter were in Chicago over that holiday but why was it I was never concerned for their safety. It was because they were not in the areas where the murders were taking place. Strange to say in America we have safe zones and danger zones in some of our cities. The danger zones are usually in the black areas.
I checked some statistics writing this. Throughout our country the majority of the cities that have the highest murder rates also have the highest percentage of blacks. The same goes for the most violent cities. Fortunately most Americans other than African-Americans do not have to spend much time in those areas.
This is why the great majority of the victims in these areas are black. The murders are mostly black upon black. They far surpass any black murders by police officers about which we hear so much from groups like Black Lives Matter or from those protesting America by sitting down during our national anthem.
Chicago superintend of police Eddie Johnson, an African-American, was asked about the soaring murder rate after the Labor Day weekend in Chicago saw 65 people shot and 13 of them fatally.
He replied: “It’s not a police issue, it’s a society issue. Impoverished neighborhoods, people without hope do these kinds of things. You show me a man that doesn’t have hope, I’ll show you one that’s willing to pick up a gun and do anything with it. Those are the issues that’s driving this violence. CPD is doing its job.”
Is he right? The Chicago police are doing their job and society is to blame for the murders.
Obviously the Chicago police are not doing their jobs. To get a true understanding of the reasons for this I would urge you to read this article by Heather MacDonald, Chicago on the Brink. They are unable to do their job for the many reasons Ms MacDonald spells out. But the overriding reason is the interference by the ACLU and other “police review boards” on the actions of the police officer on the street.
Using phony statistics the officers are now required to fill out a report on every stop which is reviewed by people who have no idea what it is to be a cop on the street and who do it in the Elysian comfort of their offices. The police officers patrolling the community are handcuffed in the name of political correctness.
It is impossible to convey in writing to people who are not on the battlefield all that goes into an action that requires a stop. Nothing, absolutely nothing, will destroy the morale of a police officer more than to try to explain in writing all the mental processes that occurred prior to a stop. Unable to do this, the aggressive cops stop caring. Why risk one’s life or the chance of losing the job if the stop is found not up to a certain standard by taking chances. The pay is the same whether one acts to protect the community or doesn’t.
I reviewed lots of police reports that were made after stops and arrests. I kept in mind my job was not that of a police officer. He or she worked on the tumultuous streets while I worked in a somewhat orderly office. I kept in mind that I had 20/20 hindsight. I never found fault with an officer who made a good faith mistake in doing his job. The remedy for that if someone’s rights were violated was to stop the prosecution. It was not to punish the officer.
In Chicago that does not seem to be the case. The police officer fears his job will be in jeopardy if he makes mistakes. The best way to avoid that is not to do the job correctly. When that happens it is a police issue and the police are not doing their job.
The Chief Eddie Johnson should know that is the case. The rise in crime seems to mirror the decrease in police stops. When what you are doing is not working it must be changed. Time to do away with the review boards and trust the good faith of the Chicago police officer.
He made two points. The Chicago police are not to blame ; and that society is to blame for the shootings rather than those who are actually doing them.
the police and don’t blame the people doing the murders;