Let's take it as the honest-to-God's truth that everything in U.S. Justice Department's report that damned the Chicago Police Department (I'm not saying that it is; I haven't read the 164-page tome), the next question is:
Who has been in charge of this stinking mess?
For about three quarters of a century, it's been the Chicago Democratic Machine. A whole line of machine politicians, from City Hall's fifth floor on down. The practitioners of the Chicago Way. The ones who have put personal enrichment ahead of the public good. The ones who have turned the city into a leaking boat that's about to sink.
So, when the Justice Department says that Chicago cops haven't been given the proper training, that the instruction on use of force is outdated and doesn't conform to today's accepted practices, whose fault is that? The cadets in the police academy? Not hardly. The people who are running the show.
Who was responsible for not releasing the video of the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald? Someone in the bowels of the Chicago Democratic Machine. Maybe Mayor Rahm Emanuel who was facing a re-election challenge. Maybe someone in the Law Department, either on his own or Emanuel's instruction, the person who, before the McDonald family even filed suit, settled with his family for $5 million with the stipulation that the video not be released.
Who is responsible for making sure that police are equipped with body cameras, tasers and the rest of the required technology? Who is responsible for promotion and training in the Police Department?
Let's see. Let me guess. George W. Bush?
Maybe we should blame Chicago voters who year after year turn over the operation of the city to incompetent, dishonest or corrupt Democrats. People and businesses that are paying the price--in higher taxes and unsafe neighborhoods. Who are fleeing the city and state in impressive numbers.
There's a lot of sorting out to do about the particulars of what has gone wrong over the years that has led to Chicago's current state: a police department under assault for unconstitutional action, murderous gangland warfare, a fiscal crisis that could make Detroit's look small. There's a lot to study in The Justice Department's "Investigation of the Chicago Police Department," but let's not lose sight of the forest for the trees. That this cesspool has been created by Democrats.
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