Mayor Demands Explanations
A clearly irked Mayor Richard Daley said today he is waiting for Police Supt. Jody Weis and other police officials to explain how a 14-year-old boy was able to impersonate a police officer for several hours last week before the fraud was discovered.
"The Chicago Police Department is seriously looking into how an individual at such an age, with a phony badge and a phony uniform - they thought it was Halloween - could come in without a gun and be assigned a locker and be assigned to a car and be out in the street for five hours with another patrol officer," the mayor said in his first extended remarks on the embarrassing incident.
"Where is the desk sergeant? The field lieutenant? The captain on duty? [It] will be required for Jody Weis and others to thoroughly investigate that and come up to the public about why, what happened."
- The desk sergeant? He's on the street because we're so short handed in the districts. How about promoting a few hundred so we can catch up? Oh wait, you can't promote because we're short 3,000 cops from what we had on the street 8 years ago.
- The field lieutenant? She's three districts over, making time-and-a-half if she's lucky enough to be detailed outside her area. We're short there, too. The "merit" letter for Lieutenants went out in September/October of last year and the Department still hasn't made a single one.
- The captain on duty? He's on the phone trying to figure out his computer problems while approving arrests and property releases from three different districts because of the goofy pilot schedules that are shorting him a field lieutenant every day.
Do we have to go on?
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