The Department of Justice launched two initiatives this week that could potentially resolve Chicago’s violence epidemic, assuming liberal politicians don’t interfere.
Announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday, the first initiative involves funneling additional law enforcement resources to Chicago to enhance “public safety, security and order.”
These resources include five additional violent crime prosecutors who will serve on a still-to-be-formed Gun Crimes Prosecution Team that’ll be dedicated to “investigating and prosecuting gun cases from the most violent neighborhoods in Chicago,” according to a DOJ statement.
“Working with state and local law enforcement, this new unit will help ensure that Chicago’s most dangerous criminals are charged quickly after arrest and prosecuted, disrupting the cycle of violence in the neighborhoods most in need.”
Attorney General Sessions Announces New Chicago Gun Crimes Prosecution Team, Files Brief to Stop Dangerous Consent Decree https://t.co/a9uMhkrUBH
— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) October 12, 2018
The second initiative pertains to a widely criticized “consent decree” reached between the city and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois in 2015 that forced local police to restrain their activities and halt “stop-and-frisk” patrols on the basis that enforcing the law was abusive and racist.
“At a fundamental level, there is a misperception that police are the problem and that their failures, their lack of training, and their abuses create crime. But the truth is the police are the solution to crime, and criminals are the problem,” Sessions said Friday.
“The results of the ACLU settlement in November 2015 established this fact dramatically, conclusively, and most painfully for the City of Chicago. When police are restrained from using lawfully established policies of community engagement, when arrests went down, and when their work and character were disrespected, crime surged.”
True. A study by two University of Utah researchers published last spring revealed that homicides in Chicago spiked by 60 percent from 2015 to 2016 because of the “consent decree.”
“We conclude that, because of fewer stop and frisks in 2016, a conservative estimate is that approximately 236 additional homicides and 1115 additional shootings occurred that year,” the researchers wrote.
“A reasonable estimate of the social costs associated with these additional homicides and shootings is about $1,500,000,000. And these costs are concentrated in Chicago’s African-American and Hispanic communities.”
When then-U.S. Attorney in Chicago Zachary Fardon resigned from his post last year, he penned an open letter that seemed to confirm these findings.
“So cops stopped making stops,” he wrote of the decree’s aftermath. “And kids started shooting more — because they could, and because the rule of law, law enforcement, had been delegitimized. And that created an atmosphere of chaos.”
Yet despite these findings, leftist politicians and news leaders in Chicago remain fervently opposed to rolling back the Obama-era changes that had caused violence in the Windy City to escalate.
“Chicago doesn’t need or appreciate your drive-by assessment,” the editorial board of the Chicago Tribune wrote condescendingly to Sessions in an op-ed this week, adding that his initiatives would “sabotage” the trust that’s allegedly been built between local cops and minority neighborhoods because of the decree.
The facts on the ground and common sense both point to the board being wrong. So does the limited assessment on social media:
Yeah, Chicago’s politicians have everything under control here!
— Johnny Welfare (@loosechange1058) October 11, 2018
The people in the ‘hood don’t snitch on gang muderers because the gang will kill them too. The Trib narrative that they “don’t trust the police” is not the issue. The consent decree helps the gangs by tying the hands of the police. The killings will continue.
— T. G. Mac (@tmacnam) October 12, 2018
You don’t speak for Chicago.
— KP Scan (@Markitan8dude) October 11, 2018
The assessment on social media is limited because barely anybody has actually read the column. The reaction to the DOJ’s announcement, on the other hand, was loud and unequivocally positive, save for a few select haters:
— Glen Wilson (@lespaulplayer01) October 13, 2018
— Anne-Marie O’Neil ☀️👣🇺🇸 (@a912m430o) October 12, 2018
that is a great move. Good job!
— Legal.immigrant (@legalimmigran18) October 13, 2018
Thank you, AG.
— Judith Sherwin (@JudithSherwin) October 12, 2018
About damn time someone steps in to help Chicago. @ChicagosMayor has destroyed my city
— Theresa Kudia (BLUE CHECKMARK HERE) (@TheresaKudia) October 12, 2018
I think this is dead on right of Sessions! I’m from Chicago; I have family that are CPD & federal agents, both state and federal prosecutors, and both state and federal judges. Rahm has made a mess of Chicago. It needs help and the Trump admin am help. It’s needed.
— CharlieP✝️🇺🇸🇮🇱🏝🏄♂️🍻🍔 2A (@CharlieP673) October 13, 2018
And just like that. He did more than Obama in 8 years
— Space Case (@spacec8se) October 13, 2018
Where all the haters at talking about “Trump hasn’t done anything”… this administration has done more with THIS statement than previous did in 8 years. Hang on Chi-town!! US hears you & is tired of the bloodshed!!
— Cathy Park (@muttmomof3) October 13, 2018
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