Op-Ed: If big-city liberal policies spread into the suburbs, America as we know it will fall

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This is an editorial piece submitted by Simon Lewis, Executive Director of National Police Support Fund. 

The dangers of allowing Chicago’s big-city progressive and liberal policies to spread into the suburbs cannot be overstated.

The city of Chicago has run amok- with an alarming increase in crime, shootings, and attacks on police.

The Chicago Sun Times reported that “the number of shootings so far this year now stands at 345, a rise of about 21% from the 273 shootings recorded at this point in 2020.”

At the end of March, Law Enforcement Today reported that four cops had been shot in Chicago within two weeks.  Earlier the same month, two cops committed suicide within a week of each other.

At least 10 Chicago police officers have committed suicide since 2018, according to the same article.

These tragedies and loss of lives are indicative of larger issues facing Chicago law enforcement.

This steady rise in criminal activity and attacks against these officers, paired with the mental health crisis exacerbated by the anti-police sentiment, are creating astoundingly dangerous conditions for police officers in the city.

At the same time attacks on police and criminal activity are continuing to rise, police reform legislation has been passed to end cash bail, mandate the use of body cameras, and open police up to anonymous complaints.

Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzer signed HB 3653 into law at the end of February, which covers a large array of police and criminal justice reform measures from eliminating cash bail to a ban on all police chokeholds as well as new guidelines for “decertification” of police officers, among other changes.

Most provisions go into effect on July 1, and cash bail is expected to be fully eliminated by January 2023.

This legislation sets the stage for more drastic reforms like this to sweep the country. These new standards will endanger police officers and citizens of Illinois.

The new systems in place will be abused by criminals and citizens with anti-cop beliefs. The anonymous complaints that will be allowed on officers will be weaponized without a doubt. Careers and lives can and will be ruined by this new system.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and District Attorney Kim Foxx have made it clear that their priority is to let violent criminals roam the streets rather than support the hardworking men and women who dedicate their lives to keeping the city’s residents safe.

While there does not seem to be much hope for Chicago, and our thoughts and prayers are with Chicago police as they continue to try and do a dangerous job with no support from their elected officials, there is still hope in the surrounding suburbs.

Suburban residents can stop the sprawl of progressive ideology, by supporting their local police departments and voting against ballot measures and candidates that want to defund and delegitimize our police.

One such community coming together to do just that is Oak Park, which is located on the westside of Chicago. 

One of the measures that voters decided on during the April 6th municipal elections was whether to defund Oak Park’s police department.

The results of a controversial referendum appear to show a strong majority of Oak Park voters rejected the idea of defunding the village’s police department, according to unofficial election results posted Tuesday night.

Results will not be official until April 27.

It is not too late for communities to stand up and support their local law enforcement. Allow them to protect and serve effectively, to have enough resources to do their jobs.

By supporting law enforcement and rejecting the new progressive anti-police sentiments, we can make our communities safer for everyone.

Let’s use Chicago as an example of what not to do.

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Report: More than 60 expressway shootings in Mayor Lightfoot’s gun-controlled Chicago so far this year

April 13, 2021

CHICAGO, IL– Law Enforcement Today has continuously reported on the random shootings that take place on the expressways in Chicago. 

It is well known right now that the city of Chicago is a dangerous place to walk around in, but it has also become a dangerous place to drive around in as well. 

So far in 2021, there has reportedly been over 60 shootings on expressways in Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Democratically controlled city. 

 

This number already surpasses the 2019 report of 52 shootings on the expressways. In 2020, there were 128 shootings witnessed, however, as Fox News reported, 2021 is on track to surpass that record high number.

In an effort to try to combat the surge in gun violence, the Illinois State Police plan to spend $12.5 million to install high-powered cameras at 47 locations along the roadways that have seen the highest spikes in recent years. 

According to NBC 5, on Thursday, April 8th, one person was “seriously wounded” in a shooting on Interstate 57 on Chicago’s Far South Side. 

The shooting occurred at approximately 11:06 a.m. on I-57 northbound at Halsted Street, according to Illinois State Police.

Authorities said one person was transported to an area hospital with life threatening injuries.

The shootings are not just occurring on the expressways in Chicago, as the city continues to see shootings in the double digests week after week. 

 

Law Enforcement Today recently reported that since the city of Chicago chose to defund the police department, and side with radical rioters “demanding justice” in the wake of the death of George Floyd, Chicago, like many major cities who followed suit, has seen an increase in crime, especially shootings and homicides. 

On Monday, April 5th alone there were 16 people shot, two of them fatally across the city. Seven of those individuals were shot during an altercation that took place in Englewood on the South Side. 

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