“Restore trust between Chicago’s black community and the Chicago Police Officers who patrol their neighborhoods.” This is the stated goal of the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability.

 

POLICE MUST RESTORE THE TRUST BETWEEN THE COMMUNITY AND THE POLICE!

A Chicago police officer is wrestling with an offender while pinned on his back in the middle of the street. His partner is fending off 4 to 5 other offenders who are surrounding the officers, attempting to attack them.

A call for assistance was put out and incoming sirens are heard in the distance.

The offender is now on top of the prone police officer and is attempting to disarm him. His partner turns and kicks the offender twice. That allowed the officer to gain the needed advantage of the combative arrestee. He maintained a secure grip on his weapon. Backup quickly arrives and the deadly situation is under police control.

 

POLICE MUST RESTORE THE TRUST BETWEEN THE COMMUNITY AND THE POLICE!

Police officers were responding to a radio dispatch of a possible robbery in progress. They guided their squad car to the curb. They were met with a hail of gunfire from the suspect’s vehicle which had been described by the dispatcher.

After a short pursuit, the robbery offenders crashed their vehicle and were taken into custody.

 

POLICE MUST RESTORE THE TRUST BETWEEN THE COMMUNITY AND THE POLICE!

Two beat officers were in a marked patrol car. They were stopped at a red light and soon, they were taking fire from unknown offenders. While sitting at the intersection, bullets began cutting into the squad car’s metal sides and blowing out the rear windows. A fast thinking cop quickly removed the officers from the onslaught of bullets.

 

POLICE MUST RESTORE THE TRUST BETWEEN THE COMMUNITY AND THE POLICE!

My introduction to working the Cabrini Green Housing Project was an eye-opener regarding respect and trust. I had been warned to keep my head on a swivel. On my first call, I began to walk from my parked squad car to the front entrance of one of the project buildings.

Feeling uneasy, I looked up and, with astonishment, saw a refrigerator tossed from the sixth floor. I was the intended target. At that point, I had received my inauguration to life in the projects. I resolved that once I left the squad car – for any reason – my Colt Commander was automatically in hand.

 



 

POLICE MUST RESTORE THE TRUST BETWEEN THE COMMUNITY AND THE POLICE!

‘The Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA) is a broad-based coalition of community organizations committed to making our neighborhoods safer, improving police practices and accountability, and transforming the relationship between the Chicago Police Department and the communities it serves.’

This is an elaborate way of saying that this group wants full control over the hiring, firing, and tactical operations of the Chicago Police Department.

Baltimore, Detroit, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and New York are examples of the Progressive Social Justice sought here in Chicago. Look at the respect and the trust the police officers in those cities are receiving from the citizens that the police do something.

 

POLICE MUST RESTORE THE TRUST BETWEEN THE COMMUNITY AND THE POLICE! 

  • In Baltimore, a certain group of people are ambushing police for simply patrolling their streets.
  • In New York, some street thugs are throwing buckets of water on uniformed police officers while the mayor stands idly by.
  • Chicago has seen unprovoked attacks on officers while making arrests, from a small segment of Chicago’s mainstay.
  • San Francisco is firing officers who have the audacity to enforce unpopular laws which are on the books.
  • In Philadelphia, physical attacks on the police are rising to record numbers.
  • Detroit is a desert where police are not allowed to patrol in certain areas.

 

POLICE MUST RESTORE THE TRUST BETWEEN THE COMMUNITY AND THE POLICE!

Forty years-ago, when I walked into Cabrini Green Housing Project, the stench of hate filled the air. This hate was directed at me, the new Chicago Police Officer.

I did not know hate, but I soon learned it.

There was never any respect or trust offered by the principally black segments of the city’s population. Saying otherwise infers that the speaker is naïve, stupid or a flat-out liar. It has been long known that successful police work requires mutual trust and respect with the community.

In some neighborhoods, trust is present because the citizens who live there were taught respect in early childhood. In other parts of this city, disrespect and hate are commonplace because that’s what they are taught in place of trust and respect.

 

POLICE MUST RESTORE THE TRUST BETWEEN THE COMMUNITY AND THE POLICE!

Ask yourselves, is this approach working?

Do the demands of Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability bringing about improvements in public safety in Chicago for you – a law-abiding citizen?

 

My advice to our good and honest citizens: take the future direction of all police departments out of the political and the activists’ hands. That unquestionably includes the academics.

Allow the police to control the criminal element of the city because they have expertise and experience needed to get the job done.

Ignore the phony cries for RESPECT and TRUST. There never was respect or trust in the relationship between the police in the troubled neighborhoods of Chicago or in any of the other cities mentioned above.

Trust and respect are synonymous in police work.

In my thirty plus year career, I never strived for respect. I attempted to achieve fairness. I knew that once I achieved fairness, I could earn respect and trust from the citizens. The fundamental problem is that fairness is defined differently by various segments of society.

Universal trust and respect are simply not achievable in police work today.

To all my brothers and sisters in blue, lock and load and protect each other. And as always, stay safe.

 

“Above all, it’s about going home at the end of the shift … “

We couldn’t agree more.

 


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