McCarthy was Wrong?
So much of the anti-police bias nowadays ends up being based on a half-assed reading of data, reports and an almost purposeful misreading of results:
- The one chance for Chicago City Council members to question Eddie Johnson before approving him as police superintendent was an April 12 council hearing.
The city’s murder numbers were way up. But the police department was still staggering from the fallout of a video that showed an officer fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
The number of police stops had fallen off a cliff.
Some council members wanted Johnson to tell how he would increase that number. “How do we get the officers to do it?” Alderman Patrick Daley Thompson asked.
Johnson answered that the department had taken one step already. It had trimmed back the length of a report that officers had to fill out for each stop. “Every week we’re seeing [an] uptick in terms of the utilization of those forms,” he said. “So we’ll get there.”
Unquestioned at the hearing was an assumption: Police stops make the community safer.
The story goes on to correlate stops to gun seizures to clearance rates to crimes reported to all sorts of stuff. It seems in-depth, but we sense a shallowness to it behind all the charts and graphs.