media

Chicago Media on the Violence in Chicago

It would be nice if the media did their jobs to separate fact from fiction and urban myth.  One thing the Chicago media is very good at is being an echo chamber for accusations and rumor rather than taking that material in and comparing it to the facts to see if there is any validity Read more about Chicago Media on the Violence in Chicago[…]

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Patterns and practices: I think we might have one here?

 The key to oversight of a police agency is being able to identify practices within the agency that reach across the breadth of the agency and result in outcomes that negatively impact both the agency’s mission and the safety of the citizenry.  The agencies in Chicago tasked with oversight of the Chicago Police Department for Read more about Patterns and practices: I think we might have one here?[…]

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Lack of Reliable Sexual Assault Numbers

The mere idea that anyone, including the agencies of our criminal justice system, has a real grasp on how often women are sexually assaulted in our city is nonsense  In fact the real decisions about how many sexual assault complaints end up in the final numbers are significantly impacted by decisions made in the shadows Read more about Lack of Reliable Sexual Assault Numbers[…]

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Mary Mitchell: Linking North Side Policing to South and West Side Crime

In her column on Sunday, Sun Times columnist Mary Mitchell attempted to link issues involving a recent crime spree on the north side of the city to the violence on the south and west sides of Chicago.  An interesting perspective in many respects, but Mitchell still makes traditional mistakes all too often found in the Read more about Mary Mitchell: Linking North Side Policing to South and West Side Crime[…]

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4 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in Chicago, Maybe Not?

On Tuesday June 23rd the Chicago Sun Times ran a story titled “The Second Most Dangerous Neighborhood in America”. The story detailed a list of the 25 most violent neighborhoods in America. The City of Chicago had the privilege of having 4 neighborhoods, the most of any city, on the list. The only problem with Read more about 4 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in Chicago, Maybe Not?[…]