Only 1,300 Evildoers
- Interim Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson talked about his plans to fight crime at Friday's police graduation ceremony at Navy Pier.
Seventy-four police recruits graduated on Friday.
Johnson, a 27-year CPD veteran who took the helm of the embattled department last week, said his first priority is restoring public trust.
"I never thought that the mistakes or poor judgement of a few can do so much to undermine the reputation and the integrity of so many good officers who put their lives on the line each and every day and do their jobs as professionals," Johnson told the new recruits.
Mistakes? Poor judgement? Like when 6 people with ties to IAD and Mrs. Wysinger working on the same floor of the same building all get promoted in the first class? Or the significant-others and side-pieces of Subject Matter Experts all make the first class? Or doesn't the trust of your subordinates count for anything?
- He encouraged recruits to do a lot of listening and treat people with respect, adding that community policing will be key.
"It's hard to earn trust, but easy to lose it," he said. "It's even harder to get it back."
Are you even hearing the words coming out of your mouth there Ed?
- Mayor Rahm Emanuel also attended the event, praising Johnson for his efforts.
"It is not an accident that the superintendent comes from patrol," Emanuel said. "They are the backbone."
More 1,300 people are responsible for a majority of the violent crime in many of Chicago's neighborhoods, and part of his plan is to identify those people and hold them accountable.
"We know who you are, we know where you live, consider yourselves put on notice," Johnson said.
"Put on notice" because you were on Double Secret Probation! Haha!! And you didn't even know it!!! Next, if you aren't watching you step, you'll be subject to the dreaded I.S.R!!! And after that, a harshly worded letter sent to your last known address. And then, Barb West will show up at your door and tell Momma what a baaaaaed little gang banger you've been....if she can get Momma to tear herself away from the 52-inch TV you bought her.