Chicago Buried Under So Many Murders That Police Now No Longer Respond Immediately To Burglaries, Vehicle Thefts, & Simple Assault
CHICAGO(CBS) – Starting this week, Chicago police are changing their responses to 911 calls. They’ll no longer come right away to reports of things like criminal damage to property, vehicle thefts, garage burglaries, or other crimes in which the suspect is no longer on the scene, and the victim isn’t in immediate danger. The move will free up the equivalent of 44 police officers a day for patrol duties. CBS 2′s Jim Williams spoke to some Chicagoans who think it’s the wrong move for the police. On the block where burglars broke into a home on Christmas Day, Carmen Curio has a strong opinion on the city’s new 911 response plan. “I think that’s ridiculous. I think if there’s a burglary, they’ve got to come. It’s what we pay for. They have to come,” she said.
This is the kind of stuff that angers me as a Philadelphian and a Philly fan. There are places in this country that are legit crazy. Places where people get stabbed in stadiums for wearing the wrong color jersey, places where psychos do scary amounts of laboratory street drugs and eat people’s faces, and places where the murder rate is so high the police no longer have time to respond to burglaries and stolen cars. Sure our city has got its share of major issues, but police that schedule you in like the cable company in a city where it’s illegal to own a nail clipper? That shit is major.
Best of luck to you, Chi Town. Lock your doors and call the Slomin Shield.