Under the Bus....and Aftermath
- A group of black ministers demanded Friday that Mayor Daley and Police Supt. Jody Weis deliver on their joint promise to reallocate police resources from lower-crime neighborhoods to others with higher crime.
Weis promised the reallocation during City Council budget hearings and said it would be delivered by Dec. 31.
On Friday, the ministers released an open letter to Daley and held a news conference outside his office at which they called on the lame-duck mayor to take advantage of the freedom his new status provides and deliver on a promise he made in 2003. They argued that Weis also has nothing to lose, since all four of the major mayoral candidates have vowed to dump him.
- Mayoral press secretary Jacquelyn Heard denied that Daley killed Weis’ plan to shift hundreds of officers. He’s never even seen it, she said.
“On no level has this plan been shared with City Hall,” Heard said. “It exists only in the form of rumors and leaks to the media, presumably meant to exude the appearance of good intentions.
“We can all agree that a change of this significance requires much better handling than that.”
Sources said Weis has had “any number of chances” to share his reallocation plan with the mayor — but never has done so.
So what does J-Fled do? He's not taking this lying down - he miraculously has a plan ready mere hours later! And it's very disappointing to say the least:
Police Supt. Jody Weis on Saturday unveiled his much-anticipated plan to move beat officers to districts that need more cops — but ministers from high-crime areas said they were disappointed by how few he planned to shift.
Weis would not give the number, saying only that “it’s not hundreds. Nobody’s that far down.”
He also would not identify the districts that need more cops.
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