By Doug Book, staff writer
“Arm yourselves citizens. You are about to become the most unusual social experiment in history.” (1)
Such is the advice the owner of police blog “Second City Cop” gives to the residents of Rahm Emanuel’s crime ridden city of Chicago. Months after inheriting a demoralized and shrinking police force from outgoing mayor Richard Daley, Rahm Emanuel has charged newly appointed Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy with slashing $190 million from the Department budget.
Yet during last year’s campaign, Emanuel promised voters he would, “…put 1000 more officers on the beat and erase a more than $635 million city of Chicago budget shortfall without cutting police, raising taxes or using one-time revenues.” (2)
How does he intend to perform these feats of financial legerdemain?
Apparently he’ll start by taking a page from former Mayor Daley’s handbook of chimerical accounting. It was Daley’s habit to authorize and account for certain numbers of police in Chicago’s annual budget and then fail to act on promised hiring, fill vacancies or account for retirements. In that way, unspent funds were magically turned into “savings!”
Leave it to Rahm to scam taxpayers in exactly the same way. His hand picked Superintendent, Garry McCarthy has announced he will eliminate 1400 police vacancies, saving the city some $93 million.
But Mike Shields, president of Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police asked the sort of question the Chicago media perpetually refuses to put to liberal politicians: “How does ‘eliminating vacancies’ save $93 million when zero dollars were being spent on the vacant spots in the first place?”
Though neither McCarthy nor Emanuel have answered Shield’s query, Chicago Alderman Anthony Beale figures it doesn’t really matter for he has the situation well in hand.
“I know it’s an unpopular thing to say.” says Beale, “…but if you put the officers where they’re needed vs. where they’re wanted, you could see a reduction.” That way, “…if we’re gonna make the entire city safe, we can do it with less officers.” 3)
A “reduction” in what, Alderman Beale doesn’t say, but it will probably not be a reduction in crime. In the first place, putting additional officers in high crime areas is always a good idea, but not if it means removing them entirely from other parts of the city! For even the dumbest crook will start plying his trade where police no longer patrol.
And as for Rahm, well he’s not too hot on the idea anyhow. He has already refused to concentrate more police in Chicago’s highest crime areas, worried that it would “…divide the city along racial lines…”
In short, stacking police in black areas would make it look as though blacks were responsible for the majority of Chicago’s crimes! And though it may be true, it fractures every rule of Political Correctness to admit it. (1)
So new police officers will not be hired, vacancies will not be filled and additional patrol units will not be assigned to high crime areas.
In a department which considers 13,500 officers to represent “full strength”, October of 2010 saw 11,178 officers on the City of Chicago payroll. Today the number is about 10,900. And many Chicago cops believe that number could be as low as 9,000 in a very few years. (4)
So the people of Chicago had best prepare for some very dark days ahead, for it appears Rahm Emanuel is indeed about to conduct a brand new experiment…one based on the notion that fewer cops will result in fewer crimes!
Keep your head down, citizens of Chicago. It could get even messier out there.
To contact your Congressional Representative use this link: http://www.contactingthecongress.org/
Further reading: 1) http://secondcitycop.blogspot.com/ September 2nd
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