- Mayor Rahm Emanuel wears the jacket for Chicago’s 50 percent spike in homicides and shootings because he allowed police manpower to dip dangerously low, before reversing course with a hiring surge that will be difficult to execute, a national police union chief charged Tuesday.
“When the mayor wants to look at who should ultimately bear the brunt of the blame for things that have gone wrong with public safety in Chicago, the first place he should look is in the mirror,” said Jim Pasco, executive director of the National Fraternal Order of Police.
“Police officers are running from call to call because they’re short-staffed and there are nowhere near enough investigators to follow up and catch perpetrators. He was the mayor and the department has gotten smaller. The threshold responsibility of any elected official is to provide safety. He has not done that. He runs that department like an arm of his political operation with far greater attention being paid to rhetoric and optics than to the reality of the situation on the street.”
Adam Collins, Emanuel’s communications director, could not be reached for comment.
No surprise there - when confronted with uncomfortable facts, Rahm hides. In the meantime, one has to wonder why Dean is letting the National FOP do his heavy lifting. Dean is supposed to be the voice of the lowly blue shirt, but his criticisms of the mayor are pretty much non-existent.