Mope-Rah Fouls Off Another
If Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis can't apprehend a ragtag group of muggers in Lincoln Park, what hope is there for the folks who are under siege on the South Side?
The latest victim is 15-year-old Taccara Swain. On Wednesday night, Taccara was shot three times in the head in the Roseland community.
The shooters were so ruthless, their gunshots also hit a day care center next door.
And your characterization of the shooters as "ruthless?" Very weak Mope-rah. It was nighttime. The day care center was long empty and no one would be in it for hours. You're trying for drama, but the facts don't fit.
- [...] South Siders are still reeling from the senseless killing of Justin Daniels. The 17-year-old was killed when he was kind enough to give two thugs a ride in his car. Because the thugs coveted the car and had a gun, Daniels became another "innocent victim" in a city where some children are like lambs being led to the slaughter.
Meanwhile, Weis is having a hard time catching up to young robbers who are creating a crime spree on the North Side.
[...] Whether it's because it's unusual for criminals to be running amok on the North Side, or because the media have closely followed the lack of progress in apprehending these thieves, it does seem like more attention is being paid to the North Side attackers than to catching the drive-by shooters who have turned the South Side into a war zone.
To be fair, police have arrested a crew of three male juveniles and a 17-year-old female who allegedly attacked a newspaper deliveryman with a baseball bat in Roscoe Village.
- And a man who is allegedly responsible for a string of armed robberies near the Metra train station at 87th and Cottage Grove has been caught.
One of the reasons crime is so out of control on the South Side is because aldermen representing North Side wards haven't supported a policy that would give high-crime districts more police resources.
I don't begrudge the North Side their "beefed-up" police protection, but it stands to reason that police should be dispatched more heavily where crime is highest.
The trouble is we're stretched too thin now and what used to be "normal" deployment is more of a stopgap or "reactionary" and doesn't prevent a thing. Not only that, the Uptown eruptions are a direct result of manpower being shifted to higher crime areas and less pressure being placed on the local hood rats who figure out very quickly that they can act out with less repercussions.
Perhaps Mope-rah needs a few starts in the minor leagues to get her rhythm back? She's blaming the symptoms again.