Well, that’s what he would have been called had he been a Republican and dared to blame Chicago’s increasing murder rate on the Ferguson debacle. Yes, Rahm Emanuel, as outlined by the Chicago Tribune, stands by his comments made at a DC mayors junket.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday stood by his contention that Chicago police officers are becoming “fetal” out of concern they will get in trouble for actions during arrests, blaming officers second-guessing themselves in the wake of high-profile incidents for rising crime rates in Chicago and elsewhere.
And, I don’t fault his reasoning. The point has merit, but it’s a point that needs to be discussed not with those officers doing good, community policing, but those officers that would abuse their power on a day to day basis and disrespect the community that they are charged with patrolling. Those are the officers who know that they cross the legal line every day and need to check their behavior, not the law-abiding officers who know right from wrong and legal from illegal. Patrol cops who pull over drivers for legitimate reasons shouldn’t be worrying as long as they obey the laws and respect the rights of citizens. It’s the illegitimate traffic stops, intimidation, and provoked(or unprovoked) escalation they should be worrying about. And believe me, it’s exactly those officers that are becoming “fetal”, like babies with body armor and high powered weapons that are curling up like newborn babies and crying to their mommas because daddy Emmanuel won’t let them shoot people first anymore and find the lawbreakers later.
“Officers themselves are telling me about how the news over the last 15 months impacted their instincts: Do they stop or do they keep driving?” Emanuel said at an unrelated news conference. “When I stop here, is it going to be my career on the line? And that’s an honest conversation. And all of us who want officers to be proactive, to be able to do community policing in a proactive way, have to encourage them, so it’s not their job on the line or that judgment call all the time that if they stop, this could be a career-ender.”
Actually, Rahm, these are EXACTLY the questions officers should be asking at EVERY interaction. They need to make sure their moral compasses are affixed properly at all times. Those in charge of the law must respect it and the rights of citizens that they affect during the course of their job. It’s called being a trained, competent professional. Something Rahm has never had to worry much about because he gets to do whatever he wants, rules be damned. How else do you get to be mayor of a town where you aren’t a resident? Rules are barriers to people like Rahm and others who would flout the laws of the people.
You see, “Pro-active”, to Rahm, is a code word for harassment and “instinct” is a code word for prejudice. If there is a legitimate reason for stopping someone, they should have nothing to worry about. Perhaps they need to be re-trained since their “instincts” have been curtailed. Maybe they are wrong and need to be taught new ones. I, for one, want my police officers to act on facts, evidence, and not make rash judgments based on his personal prejudices. You know, just like the NYC cop who tackled tennis star James Blake because his “instinct” told him to be “pro-active” and just tackle that black guy he just “knew” was a wanted criminal. Instead of assessing the situation and setting, analyzing the man’s appearance, or using some type of evidence to ascertain this guy’s identity, I’ll just tackle this bastard who has no rights and ask questions later. Emanuel would have called police work like this “pro-active” and not just tackling the guy as a “hesitation”.
Mistakes like that happen every day because police have been taught to do their jobs with overwhelming force instead of cunning and acuity. They are not police, they are a gang of thugs. Don’t get me wrong, there are times when we need to bring in the thugs to manhandle real criminals – but that comes after the “police” work is done. We don’t need to unleash the grunts on the majority of law-abiding citizenry. That would be crazy – and it would do nothing to stop the plethora of other problems and reasons why there is so much crime in the city of Chicago.by