Supt. Brown Promises More Resources

The promise of more resources for districts made by Chicago Police Superintendent Superintendent David Brown is pure politics as he attempts to combat criticism from union officials and the media about his creation of roving citywide units that have “stolen” resources from local districts.

The most craven part of this effort is Brown knows that even his citywide units are going to fail at their mission just like they would if those resources were left in the district. The union and the media’s comments about district resources stem from a false belief that the police play a far greater role in reducing crime and violence then they really do. This of course makes sense if you are the union because pushing this belief allows you to maintain high staffing levels within the Chicago Police Department despite any science to show that those resources actually have an impact on crime and violence. The media has no excuse making such unverified claims of the impact of these resources on crime and violence in Chicago. They are just parroting union claims about resources.

We also cover on the show today:

  • Lorenzo Davis’ 2nd lawsuit victory
  • Lightfoot campaign Email
  • The firing of an SOS cop 16 years later
  • Police reform one year after Floyd
  • Huge step for police unions?
  • How violent cops stay on the job
  • Sun-Times editorial on gun laws

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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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