So...What's She Saying?
Sneed's letter bin has been stuffed with mail about Chicago's new top cop -- former FBI agent Jody Weis -- and Mayor Daley's anger at the rise in violent crime.
Our e-mail messages suggest police officers have found a new way to vent; readers want to kvetch. Without taking sides, here's a peek at their parlance.
She then quotes four letters and at least one of them is making a simultaneous appearance in our comment section. First up is an allegedly retired deputy chief:
- "Lose the 'Fed' attitude toward crime; local law enforcement must be quick and agile. Feds are used to picking and choosing which crimes to investigate. Doesn't work that way in a city. [...]
- "Finally and most importantly, don't tell the line officers they will be scrutinized and held accountable in every aspect of their lives [from wearing seat belts to their relationships with their neighbors], without offering them some vision of a better work life. The officers can easily handle their radio calls with blinders on . . . [by] not noticing the suspicious group on the corner or the dice game in the alley. Preventible crime will go unchecked!"