The Obama DOJ set out to prove that Chicago PD was racist. Even if they had to slice some of the data away to reach that conclusion. MY OPEN LETTER TO CHICAGO: Stripping Context from Media & Government Reports on Police Abuse a Likely Cause of More American and Chicago Bloodshed.
If you look at the category (sidebar, page down) for Cops Behaving Badly, you will see that I am not a blind supporter of the police, and certainly not of the Chicago PD, but if we are ever going to fix the crime in Chicago, and other major cities, then we have to look honestly at the data to see what is going on. That wasn’t done when the Obama DOJ looked a policing in Chicago. They set out to prove something. (Why clutter the issue with facts?) But if you don’t start with all the facts, you probably aren’t going to come up with a solution to the problem. Or you will miss the real problem.
Here are some facts about policing in Chicago.
- The city of Chicago uses force against its citizens at a lower rate than nationally.
- The small differences in the rates of use of force rate between blacks and whites is more equitable in Chicago than the national average.
- Use of force does not occur in 96% of white arrests and 96.7% of black arrests according the the same data used in the Obama-era U.S. Department of Justice Report to condemn CPD for using “excessive force.” Police shootings represent less than 1% of total shootings in the city, and police homicides less than 2% of the total.
This is a long article, and there are a lot of statistics, but basically they say that Chicago police are not out-of-control monsters the media and the Obama-era DOJ want you to believe. They aren’t angels, but then who is?
While sifting through the data and graphs, remember 1 fact: Chicago’s homicide rate is 28 per 100,000 people, while the country as a whole has a rate of 5 per 100,000 people.
You can prove a lot of things using statistics, but if you slice away data you don’t like, or that doesn’t support your preconceptions about what the study should show, you have backpedaled into the realm of damn lies. It seems that is exactly what the politicians did when they decided to justify the consent decree. But then politics in Chicago has always been a matter of shading the truth.
Hat tip Second City Cop. Who with the rest of the CPD will be stuck with the consent decree, that will likely do little to improve things in Chicago.
“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.” Mark Twain attributed quote this to Benjamin Disraeli, but there is apparently some doubt about that.