National Guard Manning Road Blocks

Never let it be said that Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass cannot find the best ways to exploit the tragedy of a murdered child for a chance to unleash an ideologically driven hate-filled tirade about “bringing in the National Guard”.

You have to pay close attention to his rhetoric because there is always a surprise or two to be found. This time it’s Kass’s attempt to pull off a doozie of a Jedi mind trick by somehow endowing superhuman crime prevention powers in a former federal and Cook County prosecutor, Bob Milan, and a former deputy U.S. Marshal named Jim Smith. As I am sure you know, together these men actually have many years of experience studying crime prevention strategies in urban areas both in the U.S. and around the globe. Wait, my mistake, they have no experience doing that.

Milan you might remember from his run for Cook County State’s Attorney against Anita Alvarez as Anita sought her first term. He argued he was a change agent against the establishment but then received the endorsement of Dick Devine. His call for the national guard is not new as he made the same call before as was summarily ignored at the time.

Here is a quick summary of the Milan/Smith/Kass idea:

The idea is to close down most of the entrances to Chicago’s most violence plagued communities and then have the National Guard man the remaining entrances. Then flood each community with Chicago Police officers.

This the authors think this will stop the drive by shootings because car traffic will from outside the neighborhoods will be greatly reduced and any traffic leaving the community would have to go through a National Guard check point.

This plan is based on nothing more than a gut feeling. Which is fine. When you are empowered with making very serious policy decisions that will affect the lives of hundreds of thousands of people you want to shoot from the hip. You certainly don’t want to learn from the best practices around the country or strategies that social science research has shown to result in statistically significant results in repeated studies. If this sounds like governing by the common sense of an incredibly uniformed old white guy(s), you would be correct. Kass is our Chicago version of Trump.  Never at a loss for a solution to problem he knows nothing about and is proud of it.

Let me tell you people if you are looking for a solution to the violence the last place you look is at someone who worked in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, especially when it was run by Dick Devine. Nobody high up in that integrity challenged false confession accepting factory should ever be consulted for an opinion that winds up in the news. Unless you are asking them how to cover up wrongful convictions and false confessions. That they are experts in.

Tracy has nearly two decades of experience researching and working within criminal justice systems. When Tracy began pursuing a career dedicate to system reform, he found that no single organization existed to promote evidence-based discussions among law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. Recognizing that citizens in Chicago deserved the right to demand transparency in their criminal justice system, Siska established the Chicago Justice Project. He received his Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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