Chicago Police Department Revises UOF policy

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.

A protesters yells at a Chicago Police officer at a bicycle barricade on Chicago's Magnificent Mile Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015, in Chicago. The Christmas Eve Day protest calling for the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel is the latest in a series of demonstrations in the city since the release last month of police video showing a white officer shoot a black teenager 16 times. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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.


About Ken Dye

Having grown up in Missouri, Ken Dye graduated from Northeastern Missouri State University (now Truman State University) and served his country. When he returned to St. Louis, he joined the St. Louis County Police Department and served in the tactical operations unit, as an undercover narcotics and homicide detective, and with the intelligence bureaus. After 13 years, he moved to Chicago to work with the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority. He is the author of three books: two crime novels, Shadow of the Arch and Beyond the Shadow of the Arch and his new release Michael Brown, Jr. didn’t have to die, a non-fiction narrative. For more information about the author, visit
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