Chicago Police Grasp at Straws Trying to Overcome Negative Public Opinion

By David Lombardo

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The problem is, there are good people living in bad neighborhoods. Unfortunately most of Chicago’s violent crime occurs in those neighborhoods. Chicago’s West Garfield Park tops the list reporting 3.2 violent crimes per 1,000 residents followed by East Garfield Park at 2.8 then Fuller Park at 2.7. Compare that to 0.77 in tony Highland Park and it’s not surprising that the highest percentage of cops shooting local residents occurs in those high crime areas.

Cops working in high crime areas have a pretty good feel for who are the bad guys and let’s be honest, the bad guys in those areas advertise they’re bad guys. They talk the talk and they walk the walk. They have gang tats, dress in gang colors and in many ways strut their stuff, so to say profiling is racist and doesn’t work is largely disingenuous.

What makes it complicated is the good folks and the bad live side-by-side and that does lead to making mistakes. Small mistakes are one thing but the Chicago Police Department (CDP) has developed a sordid reputation for making big mistakes – the unjustifiable use of deadly force. As a result, the CPD is implementing new guidelines on the use of deadly force.

The new guidelines fall short of what CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson sought initially then watered down after his rank-and-file officers balked. Under the new guidelines a police officer is not allowed to use deadly force with someone fleeing even if that person committed, or was in the process of committing, a forcible felony. Specifically, a cop can’t shoot a fleeing person unless that person presents an imminent threat to police or others.

It is suspiciously similar to the State’s civilian concealed carry law under which one may use deadly force only if the aggressor is using force against him Click to see the original article