- Chicago's most powerful aldermen want to know why a two-year-old ordinance that empowered Chicago Police officers to issue tickets for small amounts of marijuana has been a bit of a bust.
At Wednesday's City Council meeting, Police Committee Chairman Anthony Beale (9th), Finance Committee Chairman Edward Burke (14th) and Zoning Committee Chairman Danny Solis (25th) demanded City Council hearings into the disappointing results.
"While the Police Department has clearly made great strides in implementing this law by logging fewer arrests for low levels of cannabis possession, I believe the City Council deserves to see all of the statistics firsthand and determine if we have successfully undertaken what the legislation intended, " Burke was quoted as saying in a news release.
Solis championed the ordinance in hopes it would put police officers on the street for thousands of additional hours to fight more serious crime. He was also hoping to avoid saddling black and Hispanic young people with arrest records that would haunt them for the rest of their lives.
On Wednesday, the alderman acknowledged that the results have been slower than he expected.
Someone want to run through the entire process again for slower members of the City Council and the media? Here's a clue:
- It saves no time and there is seldom any court time involved.
Wait? What? A street stop, weed test, ANOV issued, test kit inventoried don't save time over a simple weed arrest? No, not really. With the miracle of computers and copy/paste, you can process multiple weed arrests faster and manage to get a court date out of it. In any event, we hear complaints constantly about "no test kits available" for the watches because the Tactical Teams took them all and locked them in the office because ::surprise:: they're under orders to produce weed arrests to make CompStat look good. Quota based policing to keep a spot - illegal, but winked at.
Hold on - coppers make arrests to go to court? Um, duh? Is anyone here old enough to remember Sound Impounds and the four separate court calls at 11th and State? That room was packed. Hundreds of cases a week, literally. Then the city went and put it on a key and suddenly, a lot less sound impounds. Talk about killing the golden goose.
Of course, in those cases, the city had a hammer to hold over the offender - they had their wheels, an actual asset to auction off if no payment was forthcoming. What do you have in a weed case? Half a blunt? Keep it, they'll grow more. No incentive, other than a Tact spot and nowadays, Tact is too often CompStat's bitch - get Cards, get ANOV's get weed tickets, and while you're at it, go to this detail - your day off is canceled. That's policing in the 2000's.
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