- Chicago has 22 police stations scattered across the city, and white police officers hold at least half of the jobs in 12 of them — including two stations serving black neighborhoods on the West Side, where murders and shootings are rampant.
Black cops have more than half the jobs in just two police stations — both on the South Side, one serving Hyde Park, Kenwood, Bronzeville, Grand Boulevard and Washington Park, the other covering Roseland and West Pullman. Some districts have hardly any black officers at all.
Hispanic police officers hold more than half the jobs at only one police station, a district that includes Little Village, one of the city’s most heavily Mexican neighborhoods.
So....what exactly? This is news? Or yet another subtle dig at contractual protections?
- More than 70 percent of Chicago’s nearly 12,000 police officers are assigned to one of the city’s 22 police districts. They include Chicago’s street officers, the most visible cops in the city, the ones most likely to respond to calls for help, but not the department’s detective units and other specialized bureaus.
There's that bullshit 12,000 again. How many news outlets have done stories on how more officers are retiring than being hired?
And it's leading to this crap:
- State Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, says he thinks Chicago needs more black officers assigned to black neighborhoods — which are often patrolled by rookies, black or white, who are typically assigned to high-crime beats because they have no seniority to transfer to other assignments.
“You can’t presume everything just based on race,” Raoul says. “But there’s an increased likelihood that, if you have an African American, they’re more familiar with the nuances of the African American community. There’s a certain cultural competence that can allow for officers to distinguish between one individual who may be dressed in a hop-hop type of attire that’s not a threat and somebody who is, in fact, a threat.
So with Kwame's vast experience as a police officer in minority neighborhoods, he.....what? He isn't? So what''s the basis for his "vast" knowledge here? Oh, race-baiting agitator? Amazing.
Perhaps Kwame could explain why so many minority officers bid out of predominantly minority neighborhoods where they're called all manner of names, race-traitors, etc. We suppose they get sick of the bullshit heaped on them by those Kwame says they should "relate" to. We imagine they don't want to relate to assholes.
Districts are majority biddable positions. If someone wants to go somewhere, they have to weigh things like seniority to figure out what watch they'll get or what kind of vacation they can bid for. Then there's the high crime busy spots and the lower crime, retirement spots. Most shitholes, like 011 and 015, get all the new kids when all the senior people bid out. 011 and 015 eat up coppers at a tremendous rate - most people bid out as soon as possible. That has nothing to do with race and everything to do with cops going to wherever their seniority can get them.
But we have this imaginary "black cops for black hoods" mentality appearing among the morons. Among those who know better, we get this:
- But Wesley Skogan, a Northwestern University professor who specializes in police issues, says race shouldn’t factor into the assignment of police officers, an issue he says was debated by Emanuel’s Police Accountability Task Force.
“It flies in the face of police research,” says Skogan, who, like Raoul, was among the experts who served in working groups to help the task force suggest reforms for the police department. “Cops are blue in color, with race predicting very little about their behavior or performance.”
Amazing. Now apply that to the supposed "profiling" going on - cops see and profile behavior. If you act like an ass, you are going to attract attention. It's natural. You know who cops don't notice? The guy driving a clean car with working equipment and up-to-date plates, obeying the traffic laws and not talking on their cell phone.
But the media has to find a racial angle to everything - it's overplayed, it's insulting and it's bullshit.
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