Chicago cops caught in a mess seething with fear, shock, anger – and hesitation
The three Cs of hungry Chicago media.
Although COVID’s deadly new cousin, the Delta variant, sounded the latest alarm, the city has been caught in a nightmare. It affects all areas, including the city’s economic engine, Michigan Avenue, as well as what looks like a war zone in the city’s impoverished and gangrened south and west sides.
And the Chicago Police Department, in the midst of its own racial calculation, is caught in the seething mess of fear, shock, anger, and God help us… hesitation.
The police take the heroes’ oath; to serve and protect; to risk their lives.
The nobility of the work of a police officer is today called into question. The DPC is entering a new era orchestrated by the cold lens of technology.
Meanwhile, Chicagoans are redefining what it means to go to work, walk the streets or park a car due to a spike in crime. The cops are rethinking the way they do their jobs.
There are many popular aphorisms in the CPD.
“If you want to be loved, be a firefighter. Don’t be a cop.
I have heard it for decades.
Everyone loves firefighters.
“Firefighters loved to be loved,” said a former high-level Chicago Police source, one of many interviewed for this column, which included retired senior officers and former street cops. All wished to remain anonymous.
“They deserve it,” said one. “But the cops too… and they don’t get it. Who wants to be in the police right now?
“There is no doubt that there was a huge need for overhaul and overhaul,” the source added. “That’s life. Things change. But it’s like there’s a mark on every policeman’s chest. It’s scary as hell – for everyone.
It’s wreaking havoc on the thin blue line, says another former senior police officer
“Police today are like deer caught in headlights,” the source said.
“They worked 12 hours a day with no days off for weeks, maybe a month because of soaring crime; eight dead every weekend, 50 bullets, a city out of control and in a downward spiral, ”the source said.
“The cops are being held accountable, probably in front of 15 agencies, but no one seems to be calling on politicians to be held accountable … or anyone in this storm,” the source added.
“There are now gangbangers in all parts of the city. The only people they feared were the cops. Now … no one respects or fears cops if they know the cops are handcuffed.
“I was recently in a car with cops when kids pull up next to us, then stare at us, then pass a red light in a totally passive and unresponsive manner. And they look both ways before they pass. It’s a message. A very scary one.
“Then there are the kids walking State Street five times in a row and bumping into people walking down the street – and the swarms of 10-15 kids who walk into a store and steal stuff and aren’t chased so it’s less than $ 1,000. “
The reality is that “the only ones who understand the police are the other police officers. Absolutely the truth, ”the source said.
“This is probably one of the biggest problems: how do you understand what it is like to live in a nightmare unless you live in it? “
Records of profound decisions made under stress are now picked up by lawyers, media and politicians.
“Police officers and women are disgusted by the specter of every profound decision made under stress that is analyzed and analyzed to death,” said another member of the top police.
“And, yes, it’s about taking a step back instead of risking their family’s future on a one-moment honest mistake.
“Would a surgeon allow that… or a therapist… or even a city councilor?” The police are the tip of this razor, the tip of this spear, ”said the former police adviser.
“They operate in turbo time. Decisions are made in a fraction of a second on the street. Now every action is called into question. Therefore, an extra layer of fear puts you in an organic state ready to go code red. “
Is the city going to get the police service it deserves?
Needles. . .
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