What is wrong with Chicago? Apparently a lot. Chicago recently went over the 700 mark with their homicide rate for 2016. It is hard for me to imagine more than 700 people killed in one year in one city. This sounds more like the Middle East than the United States. How in the world do we tolerate such a thing?
I do not believe it is unrelated that Chicago has been led by liberal Democrats for the last several decades. Liberalism has proven to cause more problems than it solves. For one thing, it is soft on crime. The Republicans are not perfect by any stretch of the imagination but they have always been the law and order party and they need to continue to be.
With the election of Donald Trump, we now have a chance to address the serious crime problems that are occurring in America. About 50 major cities in the U.S. have had a major rise in homicides in the last few years. Say what you want about President-elect Trump, he is definitely the law and order candidate. Trump is a big supporter of law enforcement. Every time he makes a speech he salutes the men and women in blue. I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to have a leader who supports the police. This is something that we have not had for the last eight years.
I was a police officer for 27 years. As such, I know a little about crime control. I believe the violent crime problem in America and in Chicago in particular can be improved. Here is what I would do in Chicago were I to be the Attorney General. I would introduce a three-pronged approach:
1.) Have the feds take over enforcement of all gun crimes in Chicago. Federal gun laws are stronger than local gun laws. The average sentence for carrying an illegal gun in Chicago at present is one year. The feds can push for much longer sentences.
2.) Use federal immigration laws to arrest and deport Hispanic gang members in Chicago. Hispanic gangs are responsible for much of the violent crime in Chicago.
3.) President-elect Trump and the Department of Justice can take steps to empower and support the Chicago Police Department so that they will resume strong law enforcement in Chicago. Under the feckless leadership of Rahm Emmanuel and President Obama, the CPD has been under siege for the past few years. Once they understand that they will be supported when they do proactive police work they will return to being an effective crime fighting force.
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Retired police captain, Aubrey A. Baker, is married with two grown children. He lives in Ohio with his wife and four four legged friends. Mr. Baker has 27 years of police experience having served in two states with agencies at the federal, state, and local level. Aubrey has served as a patrol officer, narcotics officer, patrol sergeant, detective sergeant, lieutenant, captain, acting chief, and task force commander. He has also served in state corrections as a corrections officer, parole officer, and case manager. Aubrey has three college degrees related to the criminal justice system. He has also attended numerous advance police training programs to include the FBI National Academy. Aubrey has an extensive training background having served as a head firearms instructor, drivers training instructor, and training coordinator.