Tuesday, August 06, 2013

STUNNER: Tunney Unaware of Area's #1 Robbery, #10 Violent Crime Rankings

Even young William Shatner can't believe this.
Wow. Just wow.

For a second or two, even a couple of us CWBers were starting to think that maybe, just maybe, Alderman Tom Tunney was beginning to understand that we have a problem around here.

Even a couple of readers have expressed their belief that Tom's gotten the message and it's time to shift our focus:
Tom knows he's in a tough spot. I think it's time to get behind him and try to rattle the cages of his peers on city council, Garry McCarthy, and the mayor for distribution of more police resources here. 
We've been down this road several times with the alderman and the district's CAPS team before. The Time Warp, as we put it in a post last week. We should have known better than to think things could have changed so quickly. An email:
At the meeting regarding the Crib [youth shelter on Addison Monday night] . . . Alderman Tunney actually said he knew nothing about Beat 1924 being #1 in the city for robberies, and #10 for violent crime.  Many people present  were stunned that the alderman could be so uninformed about such an important issue.
A second reader concurred,
Tunney was confronted by the "#1 in robberies" statistic, and he pretended he didn't know anything about it...he got shellacked for that one. Not a lot of yelling, but people were livid. I think they know we're not going away. 
I would be shocked if Tunney shows up [at the CAPS meeting] Wednesday after what happened to him tonight.
It should be pretty clear now that the people in charge of keeping our citizens informed and our streets safe are once again going through the same routine they've used with us before.

It's the same script. No, literally, it's the same script:

Alderman Tom Tunney, July 5, 2011
We have been dealing with late night crime on our streets for years.  As a victim of a robbery myself, I understand everyone's concern and I share it.  We all need to be aware of our surroundings and not be afraid to call 911 with as much information as possible when you see someone behaving suspiciously or committing a crime.  We all must work with the police to effectively fight crime.
Alderman Tom Tunney, August 1, 2013
We have been dealing with late night crime on our streets for years. As a victim of a robbery myself, I understand everyone's concern and I share it. We all need to be aware of our surroundings and not be afraid to call 911 with as much information as possible when you see someone behaving suspiciously or committing a crime. We must all work together with the police to effectively fight crime. 
Humanizing tales about being a robbery victim and expressions of concern take on so much more meaning when they're copy-pasted.



Here are the results of the alderman's "dealing with late night crime on our streets for years." Looks like a raw deal to (and for) us.


Could you please try to pay attention, alderman? Please? Are we asking too much of a man who's working toward a six-figure pension and who was paid $104,709 last year for a legally-mandated part time job?

And, for what it's worth, we inched up to a tie for 9th place 8th place on the most violent crime list yesterday today. Still holding strong at #1 for robberies.