Better Call by Carol
Braun’s comments came at a news conference announcing her public safety platform. If elected, she said she would fire Police Supt. Jody Weis.
Braun, who comes from a police family, said Chicago’s rank-and-file officers have “never been more demoralized” by serving under Weis, a former high-ranking FBI official in Philadelphia
She said she would select a new top cop from within the department.
“We need to start with people who are already here working for the Chicago Police Department . . . that would better understand the communities and the neighborhoods, but what the officers have to deal with. That I think is the missing ingredient,” Braun said.
“The fact that the superintendent is not from here, doesn’t understand this city, having to learn it, get a guide book out. You need to get someone that knows Chicago to run the Chicago Police Department.”
Weis issued a statement disputing Braun’s take on his leadership, department morale and the results of his tenure — “two years of straight month-to-month reductions in nearly every category of crime.”
“Hyperbole does not get the mission done. More than 30 years in the military and law enforcement have taught me that it is results that count. I am proud of the results that we have had...and I am most proud of the efforts made by the members of the Chicago Police Department, Weis said in the statement.
“Anyone that questions their morale is questioning their dedication to serve and protect...and has clearly not been on the streets with them, or seen them working as I have.”
Keep believing the hype folks.
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