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124 people have been killed so far this year. One per day. About the number of Americans killed during the same period in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.
Chicago Democrats John Fritchey and LaShawn Ford said they want Quinn, Mayor Richard Daley and Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis to allow guardsmen to patrol streets and help quell violence. Weis said he did not support the idea because the military and police operate under different rules.
The Sun-Times investigation began when a reporter on his way to work passed by an abandoned gas station, the home of a single red truck that bore a sign saying it was leased to the city of Chicago's Hired Truck Program. The reporter eventually staked out a city water crew for five days, watching four Hired Trucks sit idly during each eight-hour shift. Each truck cost taxpayers $50.17 an hour.
The scandal eventually sparked a Federal investigation into hiring practices at Chicago City Hall, with Robert Sorich, Mayor Daley's former patronage chief, facing mail fraud charges for allegedly rigging city hiring to favor people with political connections. On July 5, 2006, Sorich, 43, was convicted on two counts of mail fraud for rigging city jobs and promotions.
The city of Chicago currently has the highest total sales tax of all major U.S. cities, which was a major reference point as the rate was voted down to 9.75% as of July 1, 2010. It is also one of the most complex. 10.25% is levied on all non-perishable goods purchased, while 2% is levied on qualifying food, drugs, medicines and medical appliances.
The Illinois Department of Revenue collects a 3% Chicago Soft Drink Tax and a 1% Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) "Food and Beverage Tax", on prepared food and beverage purchases in the downtown area (These "downtown" boundaries are: Surf Street on the north, Ashland Avenue on the west, Stevenson Expressway (I-55) on the south, & Lake Michigan on the east. Furthermore, O'Hare and Midway airports also fall under the 1% MPEA tax district). In addition, the Chicago Department of Revenue collects additional sales taxes on items such as fountain drinks, bottled water, liquor, and cigarettes.
Originally posted by TheMythLives
This reminds me of New Orleans, especially! A cop here is doing the duties of 10-15 cops. Many neighborhoods and people do not trust the police and these are not bad neighborhoods either. The police have been corrupt for a long time here. However, with out new Mayor and the new police chief I am sure things are bound to change very soon. Hopefully, the same happens up there!
And yes sometimes the National Guard needs to be brought in to help out the police force that is greatly outnumbered by gangs and hostile environments. I remember we brought them in on a few occasions for Mardi Gras and the Super Bowl, because it was going to be crazy. However, they were not needed at all. But there presence ensured that in case something happened there would be a necessity. What bothered me was the crime percentage of solved cases dropped a RIDICULOUS numbered. Of course crime can easily be over come by ensuring good insurance for cops, a good retirement and more pay. Increase the number of cops and if that cannot be done, put National Guard out walking beats until the cops have enough recruits.
Starred and Flagged.
Originally posted by conspiracy nut
i just moved back to the chicago burbs from chicago, i actually lived in blagojevichs neighborhood. there were gangs there too! people are getting killed left and right, just last week there was a murder/suicide in the middle of downtown chicago. the majority of the murders being chicago public high school students! the cops do need help, like the OP mentioned they are over worked and over stressed, they are at war. there are a lot of bad apple cops in chicago, they are starting to get as notorious as the lapd. if they had some help maybe they wouldnt be as prone to that sort of thing.
CHICAGO — Police in Chicago say two people were shot to death in an apparent murder-suicide at the Old Navy clothing store in the heart of the city's Loop retail corridor.
Chicago Police Officer spokesman John Mirabelli says details are sketchy about Friday's shootings but that it appears the deaths were part of a domestic dispute.
Originally posted by ProtoplasmicTraveler
Here is the problem my friend Jakes51, Police can not solve social problems and this is a social problem.
Police can typically only respond to a problem, once it manifests itself into a incident where a crime has occurred or is occurring, and that is pretty much the way it should be.
Who can solve this problem? Corporate America! The captains of industry who have for decades been looking to squeeze a few pennies more out in profit by exporting jobs and economic opportunities out of the country, or handing the jobs to automated machines and robots, that are likewise most often manufactured abroad.
Originally posted by ProtoplasmicTraveler
The reality is there are just not enough jobs, and real opportunities to sustain the population, and the hardest to employ segment of society, are young people, ages 16-25 who lack real world work experience, and must vie for what are often poor paying jobs with people two and three times their ages, who are much better qualified to work those positions.
When times are relatively good, traditionally those who can’t find work, or fit into the system at the entry level will turn to the black market for employment.
When times are bad though, those rackets turn much more competitive just as legitimate enterprises do. Fewer black market customers, with fewer dollars to spend, are then viciously fought over in turf wars, by organized criminal elements looking to establish and maintain a portion of an ever decreasing market and revenue stream.
They become all the more willing to use violence to gain or maintain a piece of the pie.
Originally posted by ProtoplasmicTraveler
The problem is Jakes51, the American Pie is growing smaller and smaller, at a steady and alarming pace, while the people who by necessity of survival that need a slice of that pie to sustain themselves is growing larger and larger.
This isn’t a police problem, this is a societal problem, this is a management problem, and the kind of problem that does not cease being a problem simply by hiring a few more police officers or turning entire urban zones into armed police encampments.
Desperate times breed desperate actions and the clichés often employed where an honest man can always find an honest day’s work are belied by the actual unemployment numbers.
Job growth incentives, educational programs, community outreach programs and creative proactive solutions are required to correct, minimize and eventually eliminate these problems.
Nothing is going to completely eliminate the problem, as long as the government tries to regulate morality by regulating vices, and creating a vacuum where black market enterprises are the only organizations poised to deliver such goods and services.
However the truth is that the average street corner drug dealer will earn on average 350.00 per week, in a very risky and often deadly trade.
This is about 100.00 dollars more than you would earn working 40 hours a week at an entry level job at Wal-Mart or a fast food outlet.
So if such people could make 500.00 a week legitimately through readily available employment opportunities, many of them would forsake the trade.
It really is simple math, and the artificial scarcity paradigm where the government and corporations deliberately provide less work, and less pie, than the numbers of people, is designed to create this kind of chaos, which is presented in such a way that you turn to the government in the same way you would turn to the mafia, for protection, instead of solutions, to eliminate the problem.
Cops won’t eliminate the problem, it just grows the government and gives it more control, and along with that, the ability to provide less and less in the way of work and pie.
Citizens shouldn’t be reacting like the government reacts or the police react, they should be responding with protests for demands for jobs, education, and genuine economic opportunities and a legitimate chance for a quality life that makes a life of crime less attractive in comparison.
Quote from : Wikipedia : Posse Comitatus
The Posse Comitatus Act is a United States federal law (18 U.S.C. § 1385) passed on June 18, 1878, after the end of Reconstruction, with the intention (in concert with the Insurrection Act of 1807) of substantially limiting the powers of the federal government to use the military for law enforcement.
The Act prohibits most members of the federal uniformed services (today the Army, Navy, Air Force, and State National Guard forces when such are called into federal service) from exercising nominally state law enforcement, police, or peace officer powers that maintain "law and order" on non-federal property (states and their counties and municipal divisions) within the United States.
The statute generally prohibits federal military personnel and units of the National Guard under federal authority from acting in a law enforcement capacity within the United States, except where expressly authorized by the Constitution or Congress.
The Coast Guard is exempt from the Act.
The state's budget woes could cause the already understaffed Chicago Police Department to be spread even more thin. As Illinois State Police face layoffs, the CPD will have to take over patrolling the city's 53 miles of highway if Governor Pat Quinn's budget passes.
The Sun-Times reports that the possible switch could not come at a worse time:
In year No. 2 of a hiring slowdown, the Chicago Police Department is 700 officers short of its authorized strength and more than 2,100 officers short each day, counting those on medical rolls and limited duty.
Past crackdowns by the police had created a shifting landscape in the world of street gangs; as an older generation of gang leaders was put behind bars, the sociology of gangs changed, spawning fragmentation and turf wars.
With no leadership to enforce discipline, once-petty arguments over dice games or girlfriends quickly escalated into violent and even fatal attacks, making enforcement particularly tough.
Even Mr. Weis admits that the department has arrested and jailed so many gang leaders that it has become, in a sense, a victim of its own success.
(CNN) -- The federal government will give $1 billion in grants to law enforcement agencies in every state to pay for the hiring and rehiring of law enforcement officers, Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday.
The money comes from the stimulus bill -- the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 -- the officials said. The law is designed to help pull the U.S. out of its recession by providing and saving jobs, and helping those most affected by the downturn in the economy.
According to City of Chicago bean counters, the city will get a little over $1 billion from the federal stimulus plan, which is aimed to jump start the economy.
General William Devereaux: The Army is a broad sword, not a scalpel. Trust me, senator - you do not want the Army in an American city.
Originally posted by xstealth
If they wanted to reduce the crime rate they would legalize guns and give them out to the heads of the households with no criminal records.
The problem is when the criminals have the guns, and the good citizens don't.
See what stupid liberals do when they outlaw guns, this is a prime example...
Quote from : Transparency (Behavior)
Transparency, as used in the humanities and in a social context more generally, implies openness, communication, and accountability.
It is a metaphorical extension of the meaning a "transparent" object is one that can be seen through.
Transparent procedures include open meetings, financial disclosure statements, freedom of information legislation, budgetary review, audits, etc.
In politics transparency is introduced as a means of holding public officials accountable and fighting corruption.
When government meetings are open to the press and the public, when budgets and financial statements may be reviewed by anyone, when laws, rules and decisions are open to discussion, they are seen as transparent and there is less opportunity for the authorities to abuse the system in their own interest.
In government, politics, ethics, business, management, law, economics, sociology, etc., transparency is the opposite of privacy; an activity is transparent if all information about it is open and freely available.
Thus when courts of law admit the public, when fluctuating prices in financial markets are published in newspapers, those processes are transparent.
When military authorities classify their plans as secret, transparency is absent.
This can be seen as either positive or negative; positive, because it can increase national security, negative, because it can lead to secrecy, corruption and even a military dictatorship.