Zero Tolerance for Infractions
Newly appointed Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis vowed Monday to overhaul the Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division, hold “roundtables” to investigate police shootings only after all of the facts are in and punish even the most minor police infractions to “set the tone” of zero-tolerance.
Weis said his No. 1 priority is to strengthen training and implement a system of punishment that’s fair, consistent and swift to restore public confidence shaken by allegations of excessive force, barroom brawls involving off-duty officers and an ongoing scandal in the disbanded Special Operations Section.
On the hot seat for nearly five hours at his City Council confirmation hearing, Weis promised to fire any officer accused of “lying, cheating, stealing, corruption and brutality.” But, he also talked about sweating the small stuff — by punishing even the most minor infractions.
“All too often, a sergeant or lieutenant may say, ‘That’s not a big deal. We’ll let that go.’ It may be a very minor violation. But, that does sometimes set the tone that . . . misconduct is gonna be condoned or accepted. . . . People will then feel free to . . . keep getting a little more bold and a little more bold,” said Weis, 50.
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