Monday, June 15, 2015

CRAIN'S:Top Cop Should Be Fired

With homicides and shootings on the rise, Chicago's master manipulator of crime statistics should be jettisoned, Crain's Chicago Business says in a new editorial.
McCarthy has had four years. It's time to turn to someone else.
"McCarthy" is Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, who oversaw the decimation of manpower in our police district, then made it increasingly difficult for citizens to file crime reports by requiring them to wait on hold to file reports telephonically.

Just last week, the Tribune reported that shootings in Chicago are pacing way ahead of 2014—up 22% through May. Murders are up 18%.
...through the end of May, fewer than 1,000 people had been shot in the larger cities of New York and Los Angeles combined. By early [last] Monday... about 1,050 people had been shot in Chicago since the year began....
Yet, within hours of the Trib story, McCarthy again insisted that the opposite is true:
There are a lot less shootings than there were last year, I'm not sure if you're aware of that.
No, we weren’t aware of that. Largely because it's not true. You're lying, Garry. Still.
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21 comments:

  1. Also, by McCarthy's own account, Chicago PD has more officers per 100,000 than NY or LA. (I think like 4.4/100,000 vs NY's 4.2 per 100,000). If that's the case, then colossal mismanagement of resources falls squarely on his shoulders.

    But who would replace him? The only one I know of who has a big enough profile is Sheriff Clarke from Milwaukee, but he wouldn't be a Yes Man to Rahm.

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    1. Is that statistic right? It's old but the last census for Lakeview had a population around 100,000. So we should only have 4-5 officers total?

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    2. It's appx 44.2 sworn officers per 10,000.

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    3. Yeah, sorry about that - that's what I get when I comment without coffee. I was merely an order of magnitude off, which would make me a wonderful politician.

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    4. Technically there was a 4 in it, and I was merely two orders of magnitude off. So that makes me perfect for the city budget office.

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  2. Someone at Crain's has finally woke up to report what you guys have been saying for a long time. My hat is off to you and I hope the Tribune and Sun Times finally wake up. Of course it all falls on the shoulders of the mayor who brought this south end of a north bound horse here.

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  3. Rahm likes his lackey, he's not going anywhere.

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  4. Rahm must be getting ready to dump him and planted the story so McCarthy can be his scapegoat. Until more police officers are hired nothing will change.

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  5. Such putrid people .. scamming, manipulating and lying to cover their sins. Might as well be Russia. Thank God that CWB and Chicago Mag keep digging and reporting the ugly truth so we know it.. Forewarned is fore armed! How much public shaming for Rahm's decions (i.e., McCarthy, Byrd-Bennett/CPS corruption) will it take before heads fall? We'll see just what empty vessels and total puppets the entire City Council really are in the face of such overt, dangerous malfeasance. Their silence will be evidence of their complicity..

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  6. Perhaps more Cops but I'll bet more patrol time in NYC than here. These Cops spend a serious amount of time dealing with a lot of BS and paperwork.

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    1. So I guess the big question is how can we reduce the level of BS/paperwork in order to get more patrol time?

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    2. Good point, not taken into account is the ineffectiveness of Anita Alvarez, Dorothy Brown and Judge Timothy Evans to run their respective offices.

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    3. Cannibus possession decriminalization has flopped. Cops still arrest and get tied up and off the street doing paperwork instead of giving tickets. Some of them.....(certainly not all)....may actually do it so they don't have to patrol and deal with our "entertainment" district. A demoralizing leadership doesn't help.
      Maybe non-coms could help the Cops do the paperwork so the Cops can get back on the beat. While they are at it....let them walk some beats instead of requiring them to use cars. Keep the Cops in their beat so they learn about the people and the problems. Too many Cops get reassigned. As I type this I realize it's just a big cluster F@&$!

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    4. NYPD has 35,000 cops to police 8 million. Chicago has 12,000 cops (1500 less than before McCarthy & Rahm) to police nearly 3 million. Pro-rated we should have about 15,000, and with that number you woul get a lot more foot patrols,etc, It's not just the paperwork but the volume of calls vs. the number of cops to handle those calls.

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  7. Does anyone know the new commander's email address? I tried emailing the 019 general email and got zero response. Voulgaris was always very responsive. My concern might take calling him out in the next CAPS meeting if he is present if I can't reach him before then.

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    1. I've had the same results (or non-results) in emailing this new commander, for about five weeks now. The courtesy of a reply is always appreciated, and while Elias didn't always give me the answer I wanted, at least he was professional enough to reply. And promptly, at that.

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    2. Following standard CPD email format, it should be robert.cesario@chicagopolice.org

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    3. Thanks and totally agree anonymous. Elias always responded no matter what.

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  8. Who did he know here to land this gig?

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  9. Used to be Coppers directed traffic downtown at many intersections, foot patrols, etc. Plus there used to be more detailed to inside jobs that could have easily been filled by non sworn folks. Still with these changes of 'supposedly' putting more out on patrol versus house mouse jobs and no traffic downtown like there was 10 years ago - there is still less cops and more of a shit show out there. MIS-MANAGEMENT from the Mayors office down several levels ! Go figure mis- management by the mayor, et.al.

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