Wednesday, February 05, 2014

TRIBUNE REPORT: Beat Cops Dwindle; Our District Loses Greatest Percentage

The Chicago Tribune carries a story worth reading Thursday:
Chicago's ranks of beat cops dwindle
Beat officers down by 10% since 2011, despite hiring efforts
And, though buried, our 19th district is the star of the show.

Regular readers of CWB will find much of the Tribune territory to be familiar:  RAPS; our neighborhood's unacceptable rank as one of the city's worst for robberies; and a massive loss of police officers in "safe" districts.

BTW, our district has lost a higher percentage of officers than any other district mentioned in the Tribune story — by far. And the Tribune's report of a 21% reduction in 19th district officers was true at the end of last year. We proceeded to lose even more in the first week of January, bring us to a 25% loss of officers.

Among the story's highlights:
• By fall 2011, months after taking office, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he had fulfilled a campaign pledge to move some 1,000 cops to beat patrols to beef up the Police Department's front lines in the fight on crime.
But in the more than two years since then, those numbers have plunged by hundreds of cops, the city's own data show.
•  Over the past five years, police districts on the North and Northwest sides took the biggest hits in manpower, while staffing grew in districts in higher-crime neighborhoods on the South and West sides, the data show.
• Robert Lombardo, a criminologist at Loyola University Chicago, stressed the importance of maintaining adequate staffing throughout the districts, even those facing less violence and crime.
"It is not just about assigning (officers) to hot spots," said Lombardo, a Chicago cop for 30 years who retired as a sergeant. "There is the whole issue of (crime) prevention and having enough officers to properly work the beats."
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22 comments:

  1. It's about time the Chicago Tribune starts to cover the issue. Nice to see them finally take a break from covering the lesbians that got married and the FF governor of New Jersey blocking a bridge. Hopefully they don't have a story tomorrow quoting the mayor saying how great everything is now with his leadership.

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  2. Lakeview taxpaying residents need to file a lawsuit against the city for this crime. Our mayor did not like the bad national press he was receiving so ho robbed our district of manpower to send to the south and west sides. As a result, our neighborhood has deteriorated rapidly. A lawsuit is the only practical answer.

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    1. And, what, pray tell, would be the actual cause of action in this lawsuit? Under what law or tort would one sue?

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    2. Just wanted to follow up on this as an attorney - there is absolutely no theory, statute or tort to bring any kind of a lawsuit against the city on any of this.

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    3. Here is what you do vote Rahm out. Get a good candidate to run against the hack. Also fight to cut his security detail. Those officers should be for everyone one not just him. How many bodyguards does the man need? Let him hire his own, the same with Daley and Burke too. All these millionaires can afford to pay for the city services they get the average citizen doesn't.

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    4. I disagree. I believe a civil rights suit could be brought against the city. As citizens of the city of Chicago, we all have the right to be protected by the Chicago Police, do we not? And by removing and relocating 30% or 35% of our officers to the south and west sides, Rahm Emanuel is depriving us of that right to be protected. The proof is the rising crime statistics in our neighborhood and the decreasing crime statistics in the neighborhoods where our police officers were sent. Let me ask you this question counsel; if all (100%) of the police officers were removed from the Lakeview & Wrigleyville neighborhoods, would you still contend that there would ne no theory to bring this kind of lawsuit? Also, let's be clear in that the purpose of the suit would not be to win money damages, but merely to survive motions to dismiss so that discovery could be taken regarding the decision to strip so many officers from our neighborhood. I'm confident that the situation would be remedied by Rahm in swift fashion if the complaint survived the motion stage. I will admit that I'm not certain of the correctness of my position, but at this point would be willing to try anything versus watch our neighborhood be devoured and ultimately ruined by the crime wave. Look at how bad it is now and then multiply the crime stats with the warmer months coming.

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    5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_v._District_of_Columbia

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    6. The case you cite involved a question as to whether the police officers themselves had a duty to duty to provide police services to individuals. To be clear, I'm not suggesting a law suit against the police officers. They have been nothing short of heroic in trying to more with less. What I'm recommending is a lawsuit against Rahm Emanuel and Superintendent McCarthy for removing police protection from one neighborhood and giving preference to another neighborhood in order to tamp down negative national press they were receiving. And FWIW, the police officers of the 19th District believe that my theory is spot on.

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    7. Thanks for the cite, anonymous. Other anonymous - you do realize that a civil rights suit has to be based on discrimination based on a protected category, right? No one has a right to police service. An entire city could end police service tomorrow with no legal repercussion.

      Man, do people have weird ideas what the law is about. Don't even get me started on what people think the First Amendment is. A hint: It's not what you think it is.

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    8. The LGBT community in Boystown would be a protected category, would it not?

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    9. Not here. In instances of employment discrimination, being LGBT could be a protected category. No one has a fundamental or even statutory right to police protection. That is 100% clear legally. The argument of "You took away our police" doesn't work. You know what happens if people have a fundamental right to police protection? Every crime all of a sudden "could have been prevented" and then *every* victim of any crime (or families of victims) sue and then, guess what? The entire legal system gets more crazy and cities go down the tubes because taxpayers who are footing the bill for all lawsuits against the city (and they do - where else do you think the money comes from?) can't afford to live there anymore.

      Also, even if it did (and it doesn't; I am in hypothetical land), if officers are getting redeployed to murder areas, no court is going to find that to be an outrageous allocation of resources vs. a limited increase of robberies and burglaries. I wish they could, but they can't. So this lawsuit thing? Yeah, sadly it's ridiculous.

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  3. Everyone knows Rahm lied about moving 1000 inside cops to the street. It never happened and 19 is crawling with inside officers. Stop by. It's resembles the west wing of the white house. Politicians just say what people want to hear because it gets them elected and they know there are no consequences. It will take a long time to fully staff CPD and they are way behind.

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  4. Probably not a dime of the $900 million loan that Rahmney had his blind sheep aldermen pass without discussion will be used for additional police - it will all be used to pay off cronies and lawsuits.

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  5. Slipped through Rahm's censorship.
    Betcha he's on next Sundays national talk shows lying to cover it up.

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  6. We and the city can all than CWB for bringing this mess to light. We're so lucky to have you guys looking out!

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    1. Although it's great that stuff like this is brought to light but in the end does it really matter? Nothing changes. More lies are told. And the liers get re-elected. City council just rubber stamped more spending for Rahm and no one cares. Tunney keeps lying and he gets elected. The leaders of our 19th police station tow the line and follow the same story line and city hall is happy. We can talk all we want but what changes? Sad

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    2. A lot of that is citizens complaining on the internet but just waiting for someone else to fix it.

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  7. As a born and breed North west sider now in in East Lakeview I will never no matter what vote for the mayor again. Rahm has abandoned the north side and a lot of people know it. He can skew the numbers all he wants for the national media, but the north siders know the truth. We are your base vote Mr. Mayor, and we will not forgive you.

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  8. I am glad to see some media coverage of this, even if it's years too late. I can only hope that more people open their eyes and recognize this as a problem, instead of this being a one time article with no acknowledgement or follow up. I wonder what Tunney's response to this article is/will be - considering it says that Beat 1924 (Wrigleyville) is tied for 6th worst for Robberies of the city's 270 wards. Tied for SIXTH out of 270!! Go ahead, Tunnochio, keep claiming that crime is down. Go for it.

    The 19th District has had a 21% reduction in officers and hmmm, nearly that same percentage reduction in reported crime. While our Mayor, Police Superintendent, and Alderman claim that means crime is down, I think it would be more apt to say that REPORTED CRIME is down, meaning that the fewer police officers you have to take/write police REPORTS, the fewer REPORTS there are filed. But our Mayor, Police Superintendent, and Alderman work on the principle that No Report = No Crime, and of course that MUST mean that crime is down. It's all lies and managed statistics. However, if you're a victim of a crime, FILE A POLICE REPORT! If you don't, then it's as if it never happened, and you're allowing them to keep claiming that crime is down.

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  9. Will so many people move out of this Ward that there will not be sufficient amount of educated voters left by Nov 2015 to vote Tunney out ?

    Rahm thinks he'll buy out the Lincoln Park moms with a new school. Strategy could work.

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    1. There are few educated voters who bother to vote already.

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    2. Yeah, but it don't take a brain surgeon to see that the Lakeview area is getting screwed! Give us our pre-merger number of police officers back as premised!

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