Chicago PD commander pats himself on the back, boasts about crime drop – but independent team proves crime went up

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Chicago, IL: A Chicago police district commander is patting himself on the back for what he calls a drop in significant crime in his area of responsibility. However, statistics tell a much different story- one of rising crime rates.

Commander David Harris went on a local talk radio show to discuss the crime situation within his assigned districts. Harris wasted no time taking credit for what he considered a ‘huge’ drop in crime.

In a bold statement, Harris told the radio host, Steve Cochran of WLS-AM radio that his leadership is a big part.

According to the CWB Chicago news column, it stated:

“When talk show host Steve Cochran asked Cmdr. David Harris what he credited the incredible statistical improvement to, Harris replied, ‘Well, I’m gonna have to brag a little bit. One, my leadership.’”

The first issue here is that humility is a hallmark attribute of real, effective leadership. To simply take credit for something is quite the opposite of humble.

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YouTube screenshot, courtesy of CBS Chicago

A real true leader would have given the credit to his subordinates and all the great things they are doing. A simple statement of ‘the officers are responsible for the success; they’re walking the beat every day’ would be the best response and prove real leadership. Patting oneself on the back is clearly poor leadership.

Second problem, no one can effectively judge themselves as a good leader. That opinion must come from others who fall under their supervision.

The red flags are already bright enough to indicate that are some serious issues.

This self-proclaimed success story didn’t get by readers of the article. Below are a sample of the first few comments submitted by online users:

Brad Kort:The CPD and the mayor constantly pick pieces of the data to make it look like crime is going down. It’ll be even worse after the so-called Safety Act kicks in.”

Newsweak: “From a LOT of CPD sources: One of these worst supervisors, managers and people on CPD. One of Chief Brown’s worst picks for promotion. An absolutely horrible human being.”

Don Pavichevich: “That’s because they keep letting people go before they are convicted of a crime. Therefore a criminal can break law 5-6 times but only one is being reported through conviction. Look into it !! You will see the truth. They are not telling the entire truth and that puts our lives in danger.”

Vito Ferrier: “yeah… he’s definitely in cahoots with Lie foot, how convenient that it drops around election time.”

Baxter: “Not even close to an honest mistake. Blatant lies just like Lightfoot.”

Chicago PD commander pats himself on the back, boasts about crime drop - but independent team proves crime went up

The Misleading Crime Stats

According to the CWB column who put together real statistics, it stated:

“From June 1 through November 21, crime reports in Harris’ district are not down 44%. They’re up 30%.

Harris tossed out some specifics: ‘Robbery is down 55%. Our aggravated batteries are down 41%. Burglaries are down 42%.’

Every one of those claims is categorically and provably false.

Robberies since June are not down 55%. They’re up 2.3% compared to the same time last year. Aggravated batteries are not down 41%. They’re up 2.7%. And burglaries are not down 42%. They’re up 1.5%.”

Chicago PD commander pats himself on the back, boasts about crime drop - but independent team proves crime went up
City of Chicago Data

Another one of Harris’ reasons for the fantasy drop in crime is his reward system.

Harris touted his fabulous reward system and heroic leadership style by giving officers professional wrestling belts when they perform well while on duty.

That’s a bit over the top.

Most people simply want to feel appreciated for their work and given credit when they perform well. Harris dropped the ball on that opportunity when he took the credit for the success on the radio talk show.

Chicago PD commander pats himself on the back, boasts about crime drop - but independent team proves crime went up
Taken from the cpd01district IG page

The statistics will continue to be monitored by local groups who became fed up with the lack of transparency with the CPD leadership.

According to the column, it stated:

“CWB Chicago was founded in 2013 by a group of people who became frustrated by false information the Chicago Police Department consistently provided in community meetings and the media. Since then, we have regularly called out CPD leaders who mislead the public, and we will never stop doing that.”

Harris, and others like him, need to be more honest with the public. As it stands, the CPD leadership looks more like extensions of the city’s politicians than they do real crime fighters.

Chicago residents deserve better.

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Chicago PD commander pats himself on the back, boasts about crime drop - but independent team proves crime went up

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