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Friday, September 19, 2008


Chicago cops say they are rebelling against chief
Associated Press
September 18, 2008
[Excerpts] Serious crime is up but arrests are down in Chicago, and some police officers say they are working the streets less aggressively out of resentment toward their new chief and fear of being second-guessed by him... some members of the police department, both publicly and privately, blame low morale and fear of investigation by Weis, a former FBI agent who took over in February... The 5,600 guns recovered is roughly half as many as police seized in the same period in 2007, internal documents show... "It is de-policing," said city Alderman Isaac Carothers, who heads the committee that oversees the department. "They do their jobs, but they don't do their jobs as aggressively"... Brought in with a mandate from Mayor Richard Daley to repair the reputation of a department, Weis shook things up almost immediately. The first outsider to run the department in decades, Weis replaced 21 of 25 district commanders. He created a new Bureau of Professional Standards, which oversees the Internal Affairs Division, the unit that investigates officers... The mistrust grew after the department announced recently that every police car would be equipped with electronic tracking devices and officers would be asked to submit DNA samples at crime scenes... "If you don't feel your bosses support you, are you going to stick your neck out?"... [Full article here]

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