Chicago Divided on Defunding Police

Unsurprisingly residents of the City of Chicago appear to be divided on the issue of defunding the police. We know this because of a poll the MacArthur Foundation had conducted and an OpEd they published in the Chicago Tribune. It is very obvious the concept of defunding the police is very controversial so the word of the questions in the poll is vital. Despite problems with the questions there is still much to learn from this poll.

To anyone paying attention to events in Chicago for the last several decades it will not be surprising that communities of color who are most often bear the brunt of police misconduct and brutality view the concept of defunding the police more favorably. White Chicago on the other hand has the lowest levels of favor-ability to the idea of taking money away from the police and shrinking the police force. Clearly we did not need a poll to tell us these results.

One of the more interesting parts of this poll is that real estate taxes in Chicago polled second to gun violence as the most pressing problems the city is facing. While not surprising it only collected a whopping 10% of the vote. Maybe the propaganda around taxes pushing people out of the city and the state are really not as true as those pushing this line want it to be.

We did in to many of the poll’s findings in our main segment,.

Also on the show today:

  • Brown / LL spin on guns
  • Tribune editorial on another Monday
  • CWB fighting science with hatred
  • Crain’s on LL crime claims
  • CPD strips power years too late
  • Weird OpEd in Tribune on Consent Decree
  • Biden being Biden – always more cops

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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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