Emanuel blames Chicago crime uptick on officers second-guessing themselves

by John Byrne |Chicago Tribune  |  published on October 13, 2015

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.

Last week, the mayor was part of a meeting in Washington, D.C., with Attorney General Loretta Lynch and a group of mayors and police officials from across the nation to discuss a spike in homicides and other crime.

“We have allowed our Police Department to get fetal, and it is having a direct consequence. They have pulled back from the ability to interdict … they don’t want to be a news story themselves, they don’t want their career ended early, and it’s having an impact,” Emanuel said, according to the Washington Post.

  • Graywolf12

    It is the progressive way. Destroy the police force moral, ability to do their job, and demean them on national TV by the person acting like a president. It helps when a communist mayor stops an effective program in NY city. It also gives a boost to criminals when the good people are not allowed to own a fire arm for protection, and are punished if they use deadly force against thugs.

  • ADRoberts

    He may have something here. Now if we can just get him to ADMIT that HE caused this. Him and his party of socialists who will not shut down #blacklivesmatter.
    Isn’t it amazing. When they finally hit on a bit of truth, they will not admit that THEY CAUSED IT.

    • Pam


  • AND, dear mayor who does NOT let a good crisis to go buy without taking advantage of it, what will you do?? The attitudes of city employees, to include the police department, are influenced by, in Chicago’s case, the LIBERAL/INEFFECTIVE leadership of the Mayor’s office and on down through ALL the ranks. So, you have to change your polices to allow the police to be more effective in stopping crime by allowing them to do their, sometimes less than PC, JOBS!

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