Chicago Has Surrendered Its Police Department
Many years ago I learned a very valuable lesson during a management course: police officers will accept disciplinary actions in the form of punishment for violations of a department rule if it is dispensed in a fair and equitable fashion.
This concept has become foreign to the leadership in many police departments across the nation, particularly Chicago. The newly agreed upon capitulation of the Chicago Police Department is politically motivated and directly steered by attempting to garner the black vote in the next mayoral election.
A civilian board to oversee the workings, hiring, and firing of police officers is a product of the anti-police sentiment that transcends common sense and understanding.
A patient doesn’t direct a surgeon during an operation; a car owner doesn’t tell a mechanic how to put brakes on his automobile. It seems natural that the police oversight groups should have law enforcement experience. Empirical knowledge and street experience should be mandatory not optional.
It is very difficult to explain tunnel vision and instant reaction to a civilian who has never experienced it. These oversight committees have weeks and months to review video and audio while leisurely sipping coffee and eating croissants.
The targeted officer usually has seconds if not less time to acknowledge, decipher, and react to the threat. Non-law enforcement and non-military cannot understand this concept of immediate reaction.
I fear that for the sake of political considerations, police departments across the land will morph into insurance report writers, hospital transports, and traffic control specialists. Police work as I know it has been forfeited and proactive policing is a thing of the past. Citizens will protect themselves and civil attorneys will prosper.
To all my police brothers and sisters out there, lock and load, and protect one another.
As always, stay safe.
– Larry Casey, sergeant (ret.), Chicago Police Department, Criminal Justice professor, Wilbur Wright College