|Chicago's police superintendent is denying a news report that officers in his command are working the streets less aggressively out of fear of being second-guessed by him.Jody Weis told reporters Saturday that despite what some people may say, he sees officers who are well supported by their superiors and highly motivated.According to statistics provided by police and an internal document obtained by The Associated Press, serious crime is up but arrests are down in Chicago. Officers are also seizing fewer guns and frisking gang members less often than they did before Weis arrived.Police have denied that any deliberate "slowdown" is taking place. But some members of the department have blamed low morale and fear of investigation by Weis.|
Arrests are down, contact cards are down, parkers and movers are down and, yes, coppers aren't being aggressive because any officer with a shred of intelligence can see that Weis is gunning for coppers who "step on their baton." It seems that he relishes throwing his officers under the bus because it scores points with King Shortshanks, and deflects criticisms that would otherwise be directed toward him. They took "Quick stats" away from the rank & file so we couldn't see - in real time - the numbers that show guns confiscated, and the number of calls for service we're seeing.
The rumor is that the city council will, by the end of the year, move forward with a general vote of "no confidence" against Superintendent Weis. While I can't lay all the faults for CPD morale at the feet of Weis, I can say that he could certainly elevate police morale very easily - just give us the 10 hour shifts, get us the equipment that we need to do our jobs effectively, and start standing up for the guys & gals under your command. Weis' commentary about parental responsibility after a shooting in Logan Square earlier this year, were quite refreshing. We'd like to see more of that.