Everyone knows that Chicago has a serious problem with violent crime.....a very serious problem. Each weekend dozens and sometimes over 100 people are shot. The violence is utterly amazing.
Of course, Chicago has a policing problem too. Well, let me specify that statement. The Chicago police ARE the problem--that is, if you believe Rahm Emanual, the ACLU, BLM, and the rest of the left-wing establishment.
If you follow Chicago crime and politics you will know that Illinois generally and Chicago specifically has taken some really stupid steps to solve problems unrelated to crime. One of these stupid steps was to implement a 2-page “contact” card that officers have to complete each and every time they conduct a street stop. These contact cards are then submitted to the ACLU for evaluation.
The ACLU has a mixed history of protecting the rights of citizens. Sometimes they take on cases and issues that need their services but sometimes they take on situations where their ideology interferes with reasonable policing efforts. Clearly, Chicago PD has some issues but the efforts of these groups has seriously hampered the ability and will of the police to serve their communities. The results were predictable: street stops have declined by 90 percent and drug arrests have plummeted.
The unfortunate byproduct of the hyper-charged political atmosphere is that the only people who benefit are the political ideologues and the thugs.
For an excellent and insightful discussion on the internal politics, watch these videos. Fascinating and disturbing.
John Paul Wright and Matt DeLisi
Professors of Crime and Criminology