Second City Cop on Chicago’s Meltdown

Perhaps you’ve heard that the weekend in Chicago was pretty bad. How Many Mass Shootings?

Chief of Patrol, Fred Waller, said it wasn’t because of Lollapalooza. Those cops were all on their regular days-off. So what did cause the 66 shootings?

How about we attribute it to de-policing? The “ACLU Effect”? ExamScam II and its detrimental effect on morale? Or the upcoming “consent decree” that was created without a single cops voice or opinion? There are four reasons right there.

So, where was Pfleger during all this? Livingston? Jesse? Tio? All these marches sure are driving down the crime numbers, right? A few other questions:

  • How many of these shootings were by Concealed Carriers?
  • ….by people (or folks) with FOID cards?
  • ….by NRA members?
  • How many were shot by the Chicago Police Department?

Or does that not fit the narratives being thrown around?

I would add a few names to that litany of “where were they?” But that’s enough to be going on with for now.

And Mayor Rahm Emanuel, is making even less sense than usual.

people did not pull the trigger.”

You know, I never knew that my guns, could get up, jump out of their cases, open the safe and shoot of their own accord. It’s a good thing Rahm Emanuel is here to tell us how the universe works. </sarcasm>

Cook County has been practicing a type of Criminal Justice that continually trades down the severity of the crime tried (or pleaded) and the sentence handed down. They have made it cheaper (because putting criminals in prison is bad) and now they have more of it.

HeyJackass! has the complete and depressing tally.


Baltimore After Freddie Gray

This is truly a clusterfuck. Baltimore police stopped noticing crime after Freddie Gray’s death. A wave of killings followed.

People complained about the cops – and rightly so. The Justice Department investigated, though that has slacked off. It seems police have stopped being proactive. The net result is crime and murder have skyrocketed.

Just before a wave of violence turned Baltimore into the nation’s deadliest big city, a curious thing happened to its police force: officers suddenly seemed to stop noticing crime.

And Baltimore is the most dangerous city. Chicago has them beat on the shear number of murders, but the difference in size means that the rate of murder (and other crimes) is higher by far.

Police interviewing people dropped by 70 percent. The stopping of drug deals “on view” dropped by 30 percent. They will respond to a 911 call, but that is all.

“Immediately upon the riot, policing changed in Baltimore, and it changed very dramatically,” says Donald Norris, an emeritus professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, who reviewed USA TODAY’s analysis. “The outcome of that change in policing has been a lot more crime in Baltimore, especially murders, and people are getting away with those murders.”

There are some interesting graphics at that linked article, that show the dramatic ways crime has changed and the impact on the city and its neighborhoods. (A map about ½ way down shows how the murder rate changed over the years before 2015, and in the years since.

In this age where everything is seen through a lens of what group you belong to, the one statistic that is absent is race. Race of people killed. Race of people impacted by the increase in lawlessness. You only get a few interviews for a view of the impact all these changes have had on the citizens of Baltimore.

Drug dealers have worked Baltimore’s street corners for decades. But [Rev. Rodney Hudson, the pastor of AMES United Methodist Church in West Baltimore] says it has been years since he has seen so many young men selling so brazenly in so many places. Dealers, he says, “are taking advantage” of a newly timid police force

People, who do bad things, should be punished, and that includes the police. Maybe it should even be that police are held to a higher standard. But in the aftermath of the Baltimore riots, and the Ferguson riots, etc. police seem have stepped back from policing. Baltimore is an especially egregious example, but they are not alone in seeing this kind of impact. And if the people of Baltimore are ever going to get their city back from the gangs and drug dealers, they are going to need more help from the police. I wish I knew how we get there from where we are, but painting police as the enemy, and everything they do as evil and/or suspect (as the Obama administration did) is probably not the best strategy.

97.8% of Mass Public Shootings Happen in Gun-free Zones

This study has been updated. It covers 1950, through data available as of May 24th of this year. UPDATED: Mass Public Shootings keep occurring in Gun-Free Zones: 97.8% of attacks since 1950

You should just go look at the images. You should also read the article, but I know it most will categorize it as TLDR. But you should read it. But here’s something that the Left will explode over.

The official FBI definition of mass public shootings excludes “shootings that resulted from gang or drug violence” or that occurred in the commission of another crime such as robbery. The reason for this is pretty obvious: the causes and solutions for gang shootings over drug turf are dramatically different than the types of mass public shootings that we see at schools and malls where the point of the attack is to kill as many people as possible.

But it is the official FBI definition.

The Hat tip goes to The Price of Liberty, and Nathan Barton’s Things to do to keep from getting shot. You should go read that too. (It’s a baker’s dozen of things, most of which are easy to do. And it is a good list!)

Longer Sentences Under Get-tough Gun Law? Not in Chicago!

JusticeIf you make something less-expensive, you will see more of it. Number of longer sentences in Cook County under new get-tough gun law? Zero | Chicago Sun-Times

The aim of the law was simple: Repeat gun offenders in Illinois would face tougher sentences.

But a Chicago Sun-Times review of sentences in Cook County since that new law took effect in January has found that no one is actually being hit with those stiffer sentences.

The so-called Criminal Justice System in Cook County/Chicago is not interested in stopping gun crime. (Well, the cops are interested, but they have been abandoned by just about everyone else in City/County government.) Hat tip to Second City Cop.

Public Schools and Sexual Assault

This is about Chicago, but do you think any of the other large districts are that much better? Betrayed: Chicago schools fail to protect students from sexual abuse — Chicago Tribune

They didn’t do proper background checks. When they fired people for cause, they didn’t bother to pass that information along to the next school.

Ineffective background checks exposed students to educators with criminal convictions and arrests for sex crimes against children. And CPS failed to disclose to other districts that past employees had resigned after investigators found credible evidence of abuse and harassment.

From rapes to groping to come-ons, the article details the failings of CPD. Though some of the abusers are in jail

And while there is enough incompetence to go around, in some cases the system worked to protect itself at the expense of the victims. (Color me shocked.)

The student-protection failures started in schoolhouses but include the CPS central office and the district’s Law Department, which kept the results of its investigations secret and even sought to undermine the athlete raped at Simeon when they fought her civil lawsuit.

The child-protection failures also extend to state government. Weaknesses in Illinois law help protect predators, and the State Board of Education sometimes takes years to discipline disgraced educators.

They also claim that the fact that the federal .gov is not collecting stats is a problem. Because apparently the Chicago Tribune thinks that the .gov should spend more money that it doesn’t have.

Seems Chicago PD (and the Mayor) Got Caught Trying to Bury a Major Crime Story

Because it is all about managing the numbers. CPD scrambles to explain why parents of injured suburban man ignored

They didn’t want to take a police report, because that would make it official. (This is why HeyJackass! doesn’t rely only on the “official” Chicago PD numbers.)

The Chicago Police Department is scrambling to explain why the parents of a 21-year-old suburban man – who suffered a serious head injury after a Gold Coast attack by a mob of teenagers – were ignored for days when they tried to file a police report.

Local Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd) said Friday the young man, whose family wishes to remain anonymous, is in the intensive care unit at Northwestern Memorial Hospital six days after the Saturday evening incident.

Second City Cop gets the hat tip. Look Who Woke Up is a critique of a Sun Times Reporter, and what the Mayor’s office seems to want to do downtown. Which is have the media ignore anything that would make the city look bad.

Fran stirred from her slumber and noticed that an alderman was paying attention to alternative blogs who weren’t involved in the Rahm-bargo of actual news happening downtown:

Not the first time Chicago (and the PD) have been accused of cooking the books where the number of crimes are involved.

Crime in the US is Still Near Historic Lows

Sunday’s post on crime and gun control in Mexico, and the accompanying data from the US, reminded me that I have not looked at the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report in some time.

This won’t be an in-depth dive into the data, but just a quick look at some key data. Specifically, a look at Murder and Non-negligent manslaughter from 1980 to 2016. (2016 is the last year for which final data is available.) Click on the graph for a large version.

The graph was created quickly by pulling the data for 1980 through 1996 from the 1999 UCR on Murder and Non-negligent Manslaughter, and appending the same data for 1997 through 2016 from the final data report on 2016. Although the upturn that started in 2014/2015 is clear, the overall trend has been to cut the rate almost in half since 1980.

The late 1980s and early 1990s saw both the “tough on crime” laws hit the books as well as the adoption of “Shall Issue” concealed carry laws – usually pegged to 1987 when Florida switched from a “May Issue” law to “Shall Issue.” Again, click the image of the US map for a better view of the timeline.

Correlation does not equal causation in every case, but More Guns, Less Crime does show that Concealed Carry had some impact on the crime rate.

When people talk about revoking mandatory minimum sentences (and some of them do need to change), they should remember why those laws were enacted, and overall what the resulting change in the crime was between 1980 and 2014.

I leave you to remember the events and the accompanying policy changes from 2014 that could have impacted the 35 years of improvement in such a negative way. And while I don’t show it here, other types of violent crime also showed a remarkable decrease from the 1980s to the present day.