Here It Comes
All your quiet neighborhoods, be prepared to be not-so-quiet as your police service is stripped away under the guise of protecting neighborhoods that have no interest in taking any responsibility for their own behavior:
The stage is set for a confrontation over Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis’ upcoming plan to reallocate police resources from lower-crime districts to those that need more officers.
Days before the plan is expected to be unveiled, the Fraternal Order of Police is serving notice that it intends to strictly enforce a union contract that could severely limit Weis’ options.
“His hands will not be tied. But his ambitions could be curtailed by some of the contractual agreements,” FOP President Mark Donahue said Friday.
“It would be a mistake to believe you can just move personnel at a whim without regard to the agreements the union has with the city. We will enforce the contract to the best of our ability.”
Police Committee Chairman Anthony Beale (9th), whose Far South Side ward stands to benefit from the reallocation, countered, “It would be a disservice to the residents of this city if a grievance was filed when you’re trying to save lives.”
Beale said he plans to hold City Council hearings on the reallocation in mid-January.