From Beverly Review:
What is going on with the police patrolling the 22nd District?
Don’t we pay taxes for them to make our streets safe? I have been practically hit five times in the last few weeks by drivers who didn’t even bother to pause at a stop sign. There is no fear of getting a ticket in Chicago for breaking the law in a vehicle. When was the last time you saw someone pulled over in Chicago for a traffic stop that wasn’t a major accident? You’re going to have to think real long and hard to come up with one.
Now watch a whole lot of nothing being done by the people in charge in the 19th Ward—as usual. They get paid regardless. It’s time for a change—alderman, police chief, district commander, police officer, even the citizens (they are the ones doing the crazy driving in the first place).
Most of the article is police hating and calling them lazy. We obviously do not agree with those aspects of the article. Feel free to follow the link and read the whole article if you'd like.
What we are focusing on is that someone took the time to write a letter that points out a lack of police service. The article doesn't say where, just 22nd district. Hmmm, we have been saying that for a while. Our beefs are not with traffic as the writer focuses on, our beefs are with the violent and property crimes. What is happening is citizens are paying some attention and starting to make some waves.
The other thing that caught our attention was the blame this writer passes around. Alderman and police leaders were on the list. Although the alderman and police leaders cannot force a police officer (for the most part) to pull over and write tickets, they do have a say in the number of police on the street and the environment with which police are able to do work. Same argument for crime patrols in the neighborhood. Whether it is traffic citations or crime patrols, we are short police and we are aware of it. Hence our warning to the public at large to learn to protect yourself.