Police Superintendent Jody “Fancy Pants” Weis held another press conference yesterday. Another discussion on crime, something he knows nothing about. What stands out is this quote:
If the Chicago Police Department was battling gangs, why aren’t there blazing headlines about the gang leadership being arrested? Why aren’t there articles about how the police department is dismantling the major street gangs- destroying them, eliminating them. In truth, Chicago has not made any serious effort to battle gangs for almost twenty years. Now, a terrible price is being paid. In body counts and victims wounded.
The fault lies on the door step of Mayor Malaprop. He does not want to offend the Black and Hispanic communities. He does not want to anger the ministers, political preachers and priests, and community activists and organizers who support, abet, and enable the gangs. Bad publicity, you see. It did not help that he hired Superintendent Fancy Pants to run the police department. A guy so far out of his league, he couldn’t find the ball park if he was standing in front of it.
Mayor Malaprop also does not want developers, who are gentrifying areas near the gang turfs, mad at him. Bad economics. Now the gangs are as big as some armies. They are well armed. They are brazen. They have also changed the criminal dynamic. There is now a new root cause of crime. It is now the only root cause of crime. The root cause of crime is the fact that you will not get caught. You can get away with it. For twenty years, the gangs have gotten a free pass from Mayor Malaprop. Now, they are getting away with it. So are the major drug dealers.
Traditional organized crime was almost decimated in this city. It took a lot of work and cooperation. Between the Feds, the Police, and the media. Mayor Malaprop will not use the same efficient, tough, and very public methods to destroy the organized street gangs. For twenty years he has stopped all progress. How many more people must be shot, wounded, or worse, killed?