05 October 2010

Crime and the NY model

Heather MacDonald knows what she's talking about ... When NYPD started enforcing misdemeanor crimes and quality of life issues on the streets of NY, crime plummeted.

The difference was that the police chief, the mayor and the governor were all working in concert to support their officers and the results were impressive.

New York has enjoyed a 15 year boon of tourism and solid gold PR.

And Chicago? Chicago cherry picks what they'll use from the NY model. The brass thinks that all they need to do is track crime numbers vis-a-vis COMSTAT. Chicago brass, with the likes of Weis leading the pack, are NOT supporting their officers.

You need look no further than the Cozzi case. The rank and file officers in Chicago are attuned to crime and the courts, and they don't trust the process. The stories are legion and amount to a morale that is lower than the Marianas Trench.

A/5 detectives bring witnesses in to the station to be interviewed. After 50 hours in custody, two witnesses are charged with aggravated battery with a handgun. The criminals sue and the 2 detectives have to pay $60,000 each in punitive damages for violating the rights of the witnesses (who turned out to be the offenders anyway). That ruling also removed 24 hours from the charging rule. They used to have 72 hours to charge, but now it's only 48. Coppers were sued for signing complaints against gang-members when they'd catch them flashing gang-signs at rival gangs. The reckless conduct charge states that when someone engages in an activity which endangers the safety of the public (like getting caught in gang-crossfire), they can be charged criminally because their actions may result in the death or injury of innocent bystanders. But the courts and the Slip-and-Fall lawyers think differently. Dozens of officers have been sued civilly for arrests under the reckless conduct charge, because the Liberal activist judges dismiss such cases as not "worthy" of enforcement, thus leaving the officers open to civil litigation.

And what does that engender? Malaise. Officers aren't going to go out and do police work when they know that they're going to be tossed under the bus by the leadership of the department.

Officers will then just do the minimum. It's a shame that this city doesn't get it, and never will.

Chicago needs more officers on the streets, period. That will help but what will also help is to have a mayor who is pro-Police, and a governor who will push judges to enforce the law as written - and not at their personal whim.

Personally I don't think Illinois will ever be a Red State because we have too many people who are entrenched in the socialist model and refuse to think for themselves. Many more folks will suffer and die because of short-sighted, cowardly incompetents who run Chicago's government and courts.


Anonymous said...

Yet officers still persist in trying to use the Reckless Conduct charge as a catch all to lock anybody up who they cannot find another charge for.

Anonymous said...

I guess those Tact and Gang guys will have to stop planting dope and guns on these poor misguided youth. It's not their fault they hang out and join gangs, there's nothing else in thier community to do.

Anonymous said...

One BIG difference, NYPD has their own jail! They do not rely on the county to hold prisoners. They can lock up jagoffs and then hold them through the weekend. Big difference!

Anonymous said...

Well at least there's punitive damages awarded in lawsuits against these wayward cops. It makes them pay for their nonsense. Oh, and any money saved for Cozzi will be paid to all his victims.

Anonymous said...

Real policing has been dead for several decades.Its all about tickets and cornholing the working class man.

Rue St. Michel said...

Met a Ukrainian guy the other day and I asked him about life in the former Soviet bloc country, specifically what the police are like there.

"Police?" he said with a sneer. "They are not police, they are historians."

I couldn't help but laugh.