Vallas on Justice Issues – Part 2

Today’s main segment we feature part two of our interview with extremely frequent social media poster and former CEO of the Chicago Public Schools Paul Vallas. Vallas does not keep his opinions to himself. He is also a very public supporter of the police and the Fraternal Order of the Police (FOP) so much so despite his trying to spin his efforts regarding his participation in ongoing union negotiations between the city and the FOP as working for both sides. His son is a police officer, he definitely prefers one side to the other.

In part 2 with Vallas we focus mostly on economic and financial issues facing the City of Chicago and the police department. One issue both Vallas and CJP agree on is the need to eliminate tax increment financing districts (TIF). This program is literally siphoning almost one billion dollars a year from the general revenue fund and putting that money in to a special corruption account for the mayor. Something Mayor Lightfoot has done nothing to change.

We also discuss the policing tactics of Supt. David Brown as he pulls detectives from their cases and puts them in squard cars in stationary posts with the lights on. This is a very dumb effort by Brown to try to deter crime by cars that never move. We knew this very tactic that Vallas decries was coming to Chicago because unlike the Chicago media we actually did some research about his time in Dallas. This is a commonly used tactic by Brown in Dallas leading up to his annual city council appearance. Vallas calls this scarecrow policing and we think he is correct on this one. This is a tactic of a leader who doesn’t know what they are doing and are over their head. This is just one of many, many issues that should have already lead to Brown’s dismissal.

Also on today’s show we discuss:

  • Alderman pouncing on Mayor Lightfoot & Supt. Brown

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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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