R.I.P. Chicago: 1833-2021

The Chicago Police Department took another hit after Mayor Lori “Groot” Lightfoot and Superintendent David Brown have effectively banned all police foot pursuits. The defunding of the policy – both monetarily and procedurally – continues apace.

Chicago police will be adopting a new foot chase policy that looks to limit when an officer can engage in the tactic. This comes after two cases of policy killing someone they were in pursuit of on foot.

Well, that’s extraordinarily vague. Were the shootings justified, or were the suspects murdered?

The new policy, which goes into effect on June 11, prohibits foot chases in connection to minor traffic offenses or for criminal offenses less than a Class A misdemeanor, “unless the person poses an obvious threat to the community or any person.”

The policy says that foot pursuits are now “appropriate only when there is probable cause for an arrest or it is believed an individual has committed, is committing or is about to commit a crime.”

In nearly twenty-seven years on the job, I can tell you 95% of foot pursuits fall into the above category. No one is chasing people for public urination or spitting on the sidewalk.

Foot pursuits are to be discontinued if someone requires medical attention, if the officer loses the suspect’s location, if the officer believes they wouldn’t be able to control the suspect in the case of a confrontation, and “if the need to apprehend the subject is not worth the risk to responding officers, the public or the subject.”

And there it is. Mayor Groot’s new policy effectively eliminates all foot pursuits, because the Superintendent and the Internal Affairs investigators will claim chasing that homicide suspect wasn’t worth the risk.

9 thoughts on “R.I.P. Chicago: 1833-2021

  1. And I’m willing to bet that da mayor will try to push off the blame onto the police when one of these fine citizens kills someone & the surviving family members tries to sue the city.

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  2. So all bad guys have to do is run?
    That’ll stop crime!

    It’s sorta funny how lefties screech every loosening of gun laws will be the wild west but when feel good laws actually create what they mean by wild west, you’re the jerk for pointing it out.
    It’s only funny cuz I don’t live there.

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  3. Kitty – Absolutely correct, and it’s working. We have nearly 900 officers on the early retirement list, and the city will not hire a large academy class until 2022. The city voted for this, so they can wallow in it. We’re approaching 250 homicides already.

    MelP – Absolutely correct. Let the murderers go. What could possibly go wrong?

    Veeshir – I live in a city that does this, and I also think it’s funny. Most of the people in my division are ecstatic the criminals are being released, so why would I care when something happens to them?

    Gary – I’m all for that. Gladiator games on PPV. Chicago knows what it’s doing, and this is the result they wanted. Anyone who still lives there is a fool.

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  4. I don’t really care about anything Shitcago does, but it sets precedents for smaller cities run by other stupid leftists to try. I wonder how long the few law abiding citizens that are left will say enough is enough? Probably never since they are the ones who elected the morons who run the place.

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  5. RG – I’m all for defunding the police. You want the Road Warrior, you got it. Just don’t be surprised when people take the law into their own hands.

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  6. Chicago has become a scary place. My daughter and I used to go there every few months and stay at The James and see a couple broadway shows and shop at the Magnificent Mile stores. Not any more. The city is not safe anywhere these days.

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