In late 2015 the CPD and the aclu entered into an agreement where all vehicle and pedestrian stops would be documented and forwarded to the CPD and aclu. One would think that the aclu would only want to review the stops and identify an officer for discipline. Additionally, new guidelines for UOF were issued. A cop could only use force if he/she had a gun to their head and the hammer on the offenders gun was cocked.
To no ones surprise the stops fell by 90%. Who the hell wants to get in trouble for doing their job. The administration of the city and the aclu got their wish. Oh, there was a big flourish of hand shakes, back pats and love hugs. A new era had dawned on the CPD.
It damn sure did. The cops quit making investigative stops and the crime rate, especially murders and other crimes against person reached astronomical levels. Yet all the academic eggheads and experts hailed the plan as forward looking and trend setting.
The only problem is they for got to tell the cops on the street. Keep assigning ill intent to their actions, call them names and degrade the work that is done every day and you’ll get what you ask for. The cops will do what you want…nothing, and who could blame them.
Now, in a burst of hindsight the CPD is staffing a revised UOF policy that would significantly increase the instances where UOF is necessary and required.
The murder rate in Chicago continues to climb. People shoot others over trivial things. Hey Mayor, Chief…get a grip. Let the cops be cops and the crime rate will plummet.
STAY SAFE, BUCKLE UP AND WEAR YOUR VEST!!