No Shit Fran
- It looks like Mayor Rahm Emanuel may well be on his own — without court oversight — to implement the sweeping police reforms recommended by the U.S. Justice Department in the waning days of the Obama administration.
In media interviews Monday and a speech delivered Tuesday to the National Association of Attorneys General, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions criticized the Obama DOJ’s scathing indictment of the Chicago Police Department as “pretty anecdotal and not so scientifically based.” That’s even though Sessions acknowledged that he has only read the summary of the 161-page report.
To the cheers of the police union, Sessions sent his strongest signal to date that he was more concerned about supporting demoralized police officers than he was about negotiating a consent decree culminating in the hiring of a federal monitor to make certain police reforms are implemented in a timely fashion, no matter what it costs local taxpayers.
- Jeff Sessions is wrong.
The troubles of the Chicago Police Department go beyond a “few bad actors,” contrary to what the U.S. attorney general said Monday. Rejecting that well-documented fact just makes it harder to reform the department and better fight crime.
We agree with Sessions that the Chicago Police are working less aggressively because morale is down, and this likely is a reason violent crime has soared. But the solution is not to back off making department-wide improvements in training, supervision and accountability, as Sessions would do.
- “Unfortunately in recent years, law enforcement as a whole has been unfairly maligned and blamed for the unacceptable deeds of a few bad actors."
- Sessions deplores the way the Justice Department has gone to court to force reforms on urban police departments, saying its investigative findings usually are nothing more than an unconvincing collection of “anecdotes.” The Justice Department’s report on the Chicago Police Department, he said Monday, is “not so scientifically based.”
Finally, the Slum Times relies on this feeble attack:
- Our first thought is that if Sessions really wants hard numbers, he should consider this: From 2004 through 2015, according to a Better Government Association study, Chicago spent $642 million on court settlements, legal fees and the like because of alleged misconduct by the police.
But don't expect the Slum Times to admit that when it's so easy to "blame the police" for Rahm's giving away taxpayer money to his campaign contributors.
So Rahm is going to have to go it alone - with no federal funding and no one to blame but himself, his lame policies, his aldercreatures, his "merit" picks and his mis-allocation of taxpayer money when the whole thing crashes and burns.
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