Tuesday, April 20, 2010

You Have Got to Be Kidding Me

I'm all for being optimistic, but plans of this nature should be close to reality, if not actually grounded in it. Chicago police outline summer crime plan
Chicago police Tuesday outlined their initiative to stop violence and keep city streets safe during the summer.
I guess this wording could be the reporters/editors fault. "Stop violence?" How about a plan to combat violence, or a plan to reduce violence? A plan to stop violence on the streets of Chicago has about as much hope as a plan to bring about world peace.
After 15 months in decline, Weis conceded there has been a recent uptick in violent crime. New data analysis, though, shows it is confined to a remarkably small area.
Meanwhile, CPD's ability to actually solve crimes erodes even further.

The code of silence is pretty strong. Police: Even while dying, teen won't talk :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Chicago Crime
Cop asks: Do you know who shot you? He replies: 'I know. But I ain't telling you. . .'
The closure rate on murders dropped from 58 percent to 54 percent in 2009.

Oh, and they really do have a long way to go. Wave of shootings leaves seven dead in 12 hours. That is a bad day, even by Chicago standards.

Good luck with those pie-in-the-sky plans.

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