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Friday, October 21, 2016

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The latest example of the Ferguson Effect.
Chicago Police Stops Down By 90 Percent As Gun Violence Skyrockets
CHICAGO — Police stops in Chicago are down nearly 90 percent as the Chicago Police Department continues to struggle with bad morale and incessant violence.

From the start of the year to last week, police made only 20,908 recorded investigative stops, said Anthony Guglielmi, a Chicago Police Department spokesman. Over the same period last year, there were 157,346 recorded stops. 
Police also are seizing fewer guns: just 1,316 so far this year, while 1,413 were seized over the same period last year, Guglielmi said. 
At the same time, shootings across the city are up 80 percent, a DNAinfo Chicago analysis found. In 650 shootings so far this year, 123 people have been killed and 652 wounded. County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez has warned the city is on track to have 700 murders this year… 
…In the wake of the Laquan McDonald shooting, sources in January said officers want to avoid ending up in a bad situation while making proactive investigative stops, which has led to less aggressive policing.

“Maybe they’re doing their job by some definition, but it’s the bare minimum. The data shows they’re not engaging in proactive policing,” a source who asked not to be identified said… 
Gee, you threaten your police force with politically charged persecution, you want them judged by a court of public opinion instead of a jury of their peers and you are shocked the cops say, "Screw this, I'll sit on my ass and if they kill themselves, tough shit!"

Mayor Rham, you've reaped what you've sewn.  Now live with it.  Hopefully (but not likely, I'll say) it cost you your job.

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