Does this dummy have any idea what he's asking? Seriously, has he any idea what he's saying? We're going to bet the answer to that is "no."
"Squeezing" a neighborhood requires a number of preconditions on the ground before anything can happen. We're old enough to remember a few "squeezings" and may have even participated in few. First up, you need manpower. Manpower to literally shut down the intersections, dope corners, high traffic areas of any and all mayhem. That means multiple wagons, prisoner vans, teams working around the clock, etc. And you still have to answer all the regular bullshit that occurs during the course of a normal tour. We can't bring that sort of sustained pressure any more. We're short 2,000 cops, minimum.
Next you need teams of detectives pulled from all over the city to interview every single person who is the object of your "squeeze." You need wily detectives to dig into backgrounds, gain confidences, cajole, threaten, whatever, just to catch someone in a lie or someone dirty who will then make a deal for some tidbit of info that gives you a starting point. We haven't made a detective class in three years now. The veterans ranks are thin as it is.
Third, you have to have the support of the law abiding. We're not so cynical as to write off entire neighborhoods, but the "snitches get stitches" crowd is more of a presence in the 'hood than the police, which is directly attributable to the manpower shortage. Rare is the person who's going to cooperate if they know they're going to catch a beating. Or worse. They might cooperate if they're caught dirty, but otherwise?
Last, you have to have leaders. Let's be blunt here - we have none. We have a coward feeb who ran from the scene of a homicide in the leadership position. We say "leadership position" because he obviously doesn't run shit, seeing as how his original chief of staff was summarily dismissed by the mayor and replaced by an Ivy League dweeb who wants to play police and bought some horseshit qualification to "authorize" him to carry a pistol in violation of who knows how many laws. We have a serial sexual harasser who cannot hold a security clearance due to his history. A bartender whose claim to fame includes moving officers out of spots when she is challenged over her forgotten identification. A legion of deputy chiefs and assistant superintendents whose transgressions would fill books on how not to supervise and a dwindling corps of captains hanging onto a fading dream of gold star glory while committing all sorts of acts that would result in lesser clouted people being fired on a daily basis.
So you'll pardon our hesitation to "squeeze" anything at the behest of an individual who not only jack-potted an officer who already served a two-year suspension and court ordered supervision, who stood by silently while another officer who saved the lives of numerous federal agents was prosecuted via perjured testimony, and who seemingly works hand-in-hand with a police hating State's Attorney AND a supposedly "independent" police review authority that shows up at scenes to look for rule violations they are not authorized to investigate.
We'll actually need to see a definition of "squeeze" in writing and made public before risking our freedom and our families security.UPDATE: This article was written prior to tonight's questioning of a "person of interest" in regard to the killings of Officer Flisk and Mr. Peters.