Wednesday, October 07, 2015

DOG & PONY: The Guy Who Promised Not To Take Away Our Cops Promises To Replenish Our Lost Cops

Garry McCarthy (L) and Rahm Emanuel. (Visual approximation)
The Chicago City Council held its annual police "budget hearing" on Tuesday. It's really more of a 5-minute grandstanding session for each of the city's aldermen to get some good soundbites in.

Anywho, since it's in the news this morning, here are a couple of thoughts and, then, some journalists' live Tweets of local alderman Tom Tunney's interactions.

Superintendent Garry McCarthy, a terrible liar

Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) charged that the merged Town Hall District went from 468 officers in earlier years to 333 in August and said that made it hard to support a budget with a record $600 million increase in property taxes. He said his Lakeview area was beset by robberies and burglaries "where people see opportunities."
McCarthy blamed the drop on senior officers who seek assignments at Town Hall and then retire, adding he'd work to "get that back in balance."
First, our district is not losing huge swaths of officers due to retirements. The vast majority are lost because our cops transfer to other districts and then McCarthy does not allow them to be replaced.

Here's a citation for our statements from DNAInfo Chicago:
"The district also lost officers [in 2013] after 14 transfers and two retirements."
"It's not considered a retirement district, but it's a nicer district," [19th District Executive Officer] Bill Looney said.

Regarding Tunney's statement that voting for the tax hike would be difficult....

We will be floored—and I mean knocked to the floor in a state of catatonic shock—if Alderman Tunney votes against the property tax hike.

The alderman often frames his unpopular votes and positions as having been "hard" or "difficult." We don't expect the spots on the leopard to change anytime soon.

In response to Tunney, McCarthy said, "I apologize. We'll get back to [staffing the 19th district]. We'll get it fixed."

That's coming from the guy who promised us that those cops wouldn't leave in the first place. This is McCarthy regarding staffing here in 2011 (when we had 30% more cops):
“I’m not willing to push down on a balloon. I don’t want to push down here and have it pop up here. So our commitment is to keeping the cops where they are.”
And why should we believe today that he will "get it fixed?"




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24 comments:

  1. Wow. McCarthy apologizing for losing 1/3 our 019 police force and he will work on it now, chop chop, to get those "lost" officers back. LOLOL. This is a guy who runs a crime stat program. He didn't lose shit.
    Thanks Tunney. Your such a powerful advocate for us... "Sorry I lost your officers. I'll get right on that." You accept that explanation??? If he did lose them then you Tunney are a fool for not confronting him all along. But we know the truth. This is a show. And you play the fool well.

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    1. Of course it all a show. And the only thing that will change is our tax bill.

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    2. @4:46 Great comment.
      100% spot on.
      McCarthy didn't lose a thing. It was an obviously deliberate reduction in force.
      And at least two jackasses Tunney and Cappleman have known about it for years. Years!

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  2. At least Tunney opened his mouth, which is more than I would have expected.But he lacks the balls to follow through. Ann Sathers then could just get a health and building inspection/violation.

    Anything from the other 2 Alderpussies (Cappelman & Smith) ?

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  3. It's apparent certain areas find the police presence oppressive. Why not let them have what they want and get more cops in our area?

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  4. Whoa whoa whoa... Leapards are beautiful animals. Can we say, the feathers on the chicken won't change any time soon?

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  5. They should have sold pop corn and cotton candy at that 3 ring circus yesterday. And where was ring master Rahm? He was spouting off to reporters about another tax he wants to impose on Chicago.

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  6. Moral is at a all time low in the 019 district. Mccarthys answer is ridiculous. The merge was disastrous, one of the worst things they could have done!

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  7. Logic would state that more cops would mean less crime and more convictions. In what universe is that a bad thing? Are they bent on creating a crime state?

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    1. You are wrong. Less cops means less crime because there aren't enough cops to report all the crimes. If a crime is not reported, it didn't happen according to the stats.

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  8. The DNA article out this morning indicated that Tunney and Cappleman won't vote for the budget unless a plan is in place for more police resources. With the "black caucus" calling for McCarthy to be fired lets hope our Alderman make sure our plan happens and we get our police. Big power struggle going on, are our Northside Alderman up for it? Sadly we can only hope with little confidence.

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  9. it took this meeting with cameras in it for Tunney to address an on going issue of crime in lake view and the lack of cops to stop it. Ok.

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  10. Don't forget the 19th also contains Uptown... a hood with it's own uptick in trouble.

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  11. Tunney seems more concerned about getting LGBT officers to make rank than to ensure his constituents have adequate police service. Is that because he wants to have CPD leadership seemingly beholden to him?

    He's had years to address this issue. But when McCarthy is a punching bag, he jumps on and does the "why did you decimate my district?" so he can look like he's doing something. 3 months from now, 019 will be down probably 5 more officers and crime will continue at an accelerated rate. But come election time, Tunney will use his berating of McCarthy as example on how tough on crime he is.

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  12. Tunneys isn't going to do crap about anything. He will vote for the budget, just watch and see. And then he will send out some meaningless email blast or weekly reader newsletter trumpeting how he "looked into the situation" and "fought with all his might," for more police staffing. Folks, this guy is spineless and useless as an alderperson. He thinks he can pull the wool over the ears of the constituents in Ward 44. Um, I don't think so, Thomasina!!

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  13. Um, can't we give Tunney credit for doing something right, instead of complaining about it? Good Lord, he gets (rightfully) criticized when it appears he's doing nothing, but now he's getting just as much criticism for doing something . . .

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    1. He has done the same thing before. When he maintains course on the subject and gets results, we'll believe him.

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    2. Hi Tom! Love your cinnamon rolls!

      The problem with him as an Alderman is that there's virtually zero followup. It's one thing to grandstand and kick a man when he's down, but it's the space between photoops that he sucks at.

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    3. This isn't "something".... this is all talk. He's still doing nothing.

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    4. Making a "statement" sure in hell isn't doing "something" about crime. If he actually did do something beneficial, I think we'd all be the first to congratulate him. Hard to believe there are actually people trying to support this clown, but a majority voted him in again so I guess he's truly admired.

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    5. @ 1:25PM
      Your premise is fair. But:
      - Tunney's done this type of grandstanding before. It's not real. It's an act to deceive voters.
      - Accomplishment is what counts. Tunney's accomplished exactly nothing. Zero.
      Now -- where I think you have a better point is asking "Hey CAPPLEMAN where the hell are you?"
      Tunney actually opened his mouth, but you MR SOCIAL WORK, (again) you haven't done shit! You're worse.
      And how about you Michelle? Michelle? .......paging Michelle Smith...

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  14. Tunney is my alderman :( so I got his promotional materials during the election cycle.
    If you read the promotion and did not know anything else, you would have thought Tunney was the greatest.
    And Mark Thomas's promotional materials were not at all compelling.
    BTW, as Thomas owns the stores at Belmont and Clark that have attracted the drugs of society to part of Lakeview, why would anyone have voted for Thomas.

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  15. It's all lip service and grandstanding. They will all rubber stamp the budget just as Rahm tells them to do.

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    1. Exactly. Seems to be such a terrible waste of money. Should just by a rubber stamp and fire all the alderwaste.

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