Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy on Tuesday. Emanuel threw McCarthy under the bus over the Laquan McDonald imbroglio. An imbroglio the mayor is responsible for.
What does throwing McCarthy under the bus accomplish? A symbolic act to make smug people feel better about themselves? Powerful symbolism that ineffectual people accomplished something?
More likely, it satisfies the blood lust in Chicago, the City of Hate. People are screaming with acrimonious joy over the firing. There is jubilant malice in many quarters today. Before the end of the day McCarthy will be symbolically tarred, feathered, lynched, and left out as the cause of Chicago's problems.
Forget the Bears, Sox, Cubs, Hawks, or Bulls. Hatred is Chicago's favorite past time. It is Chicago's own blood sport. You see hatred in protesters and activists. Blow dried coifed clergy spew hatred from the pulpit, at protests, and on social media. Whites, blacks, Hispanics, and others do not hold back on hatred.
When they are not hating each other they band together in mobs hating the establishment.
To paraphrase Mike Royko, maybe McCarthy was not the best Superintendent of Police in Chicago, but Chicago is not the best people a Superintendent ever protected.
Garry McCarthy is not responsible for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald. He is not responsible for the 14 month stall to release the video, charge the officer, or other politico-legal machinations that occurred over the time period. Those were decisions made by elected officials and high level bureaucrats. The people McCarthy worked for.
McCarthy is not responsible for the logomachy created by local politicians, activist groups, community organizations, clergy, and out of town newspapers.
McCarthy is not responsible for the violence, bloodshed, murder, and mayhem that continues to grow in some Chicago neighborhoods. That is a legacy of the Daley administration and the career aldermen who tolerate crime as an alternate economy.
Garry McCarthy inherited a demoralized police department. Morale was low, esprit de corps was lacking, and there was an unhealthy distrust of the command structure. His predecessor, Jody Weis, created that atmosphere.
Weis knew nothing about policing. He knew little about police officers. He knew nothing about Chicago neighborhoods and communities.
Weis did not know how to handle a domestic disturbance, a public drunk, a badly decomposed body, make a traffic stop or write a parking ticket. He would not know how to handle problems with the elderly, bar fights, handling mentally ill people, getting heat or electricity turned on, babies found in odd places, and any of the myriad non-criminal activities police officers encounter on a daily or hourly basis.
Jody Weis left the Chicago Police Department in a shambles. He was the worst Superintendent of Police in modern history.
Garry McCarthy had to instill trust in the police leadership, improve morale and esprit de corps, and do it with a shortage of manpower. A legacy left over from the Daley administration.
McCarthy also had to deal with Chicago politicians, treading in their murky waters. They had their own candidates for Superintendent. They had their own concerns. They had their own corrupt interests to protect from the outsider.
McCarthy had to deal with the various diverse communities that make up Chicago, each with its own set of problems and concerns. Most are trivial quality of life issues. Yet, to the inhabitants, they are primary problems they want the police to resolve.
Michael Sneed had it right when she wrote, the only reason a Superintendent of Police is hired is so he can be fired. McCarthy was not just fired. He was humiliated. He was allowed to be cast as the scapegoat for all of Chicago's policing problems.
One of the nice things about being an elected official in Chicago is never having to take responsibility for your failures. Mayors and aldermen are not responsible for anything. It is always someone else's fault.
Chicago is a "City of Scoudrels". They inhabit City Hall, the County Building, churches, non-profit organizations, executive suites, and lead so-called activist and community organizations.
The Scoundrel in Chief is the mayor. The Man on Five. The minion scoundrels are the fifty aldermen who rule their fiefdoms like medieval nobles.
Rahm Emanuel protected himself. He protected Anita Alvarez. He protected the interests of the aldermen.
Rahm Emanuel did not protect the people of Chicago.
Firing Garry McCarthy allowed the haters and scoundrels to win. It gave Emanuel and Alvarez room to breathe. It was an act of self survival. Self survival is the first law of nature.
Rahm Emanuel proved Damon Runyon's adage. "After me, everyone else comes first."
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