- The Chicago Police Accountability Task Force held the first of a series of forums to hear from the community Tuesday night. The group was formed in response to public outcries on the deadly police shooting of Laquan McDonald.
Frustrated residents offered dozens of suggestions, including: track and punish officers accused of wrongdoing, fire cops who lie, and diversify the department.
Notice the phrasing - "track and punish officers accused of wrongdoing." Not actually officers found guilty of wrong doing, just those accused. It's as if no one there has ever heard of the Constitution, Due Process, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, etc etc. This must be why they so often make dope dealers, murderers and assorted felons their heroes.
Firing liars is a good idea, but proving the lie is the issue. Just because "he said, she said" is in conflict, doesn't always mean a lie took place. Interpretation is a big deal, and how one party interprets the actions, words, facts doesn't mean they are wrong in their interpretation.
Diversity is a noble goal, but at what cost? Lowering the standards across the board? Overlooking some unsavory backgrounds? Dumbing down tests? Promoting the criminally incompetent? The Chicago Police Department already does that and more.
- The room was half empty, but Chicago's new police accountability task force got an earful Tuesday night. Many pointed directly to the video of police officer Jason Van Dyke shooting Laquan McDonald 16 times.
"If Jason Van Dyke went to jail that would scare some of these policeman from just gunning our innocent grandkids down," another attendee said.
Um, that's why there's a trial dumbass. And again, "innocent" while under the influence of illegal narcotics, armed with a knife, committing numerous instances of property damage - your "hero" doesn't just have a dirty halo there Brainiac.
- "At the heart of this is racism and racist officers and their behavior," attendee Pamela Hurt said.
Prove it. Seriously, prove it. You make this tired old accusation, but there isn't a shred of anything to support it. Are there individual racists here and there? Sure, and in your community, too. But a blanket accusation like that needs to be rebutted and proof needs to be presented, immediately, so as to nip it and end it right now.
- A former Chicago police officer told the task force race matters, saying: "What you need is people who look like you to work in your community,"
You know what? We're going ask Dean Angelo and the FOP to support this proposal wholeheartedly. We hear it constantly from the community, from the "revrunds," from so-called "former cops." You know what? It's time to embrace this proposal fully and unconditionally. Black cops for black communities, white for white, brown for brown. At the very least, the pale sections of town will get something closer to the number of cops they're paying for. At best, you'll expose these morons who keep saying it for the ridiculous dumbass racists that they actually are.