I wonder what effect lying to the black community that racist cops are going around murdering black people has on the black community's cooperation with the police and thus on the solve rate.
Who's "lying" about this? The CPD do
go around murdering Black people. This is not disputed by reasonable people[*].
Yasna wrote:I wonder what effect demonizing police officers as white supremacist pigs has on their job performance and the solve rate.
It's almost as if holding onto the ideology of "police = bad" takes priority over actually saving black lives.
Or, alternatively, that the police actually are bad.
How bad? I suggest you read this: http://chicagopoliceconsentdecree.org/
. What is it? It's a consent decree signed between the US Federal Government and the City of Chicago because--to quote the document--"The...CPD has a history of serious problems endangering the lives of both residents and police officers
." (My emphasis.) If you don't have time to read the entire document, at least read the "About" section, which gives a capsule history of the issues which led to its creation.
Only someone far removed from the daily realities of policing in Chicago would think hatred of the police here was something ginned up by agitators as opposed to a reasonable response to a long history of brutality and misconduct.
[*] I'm reminded of that quote of C.K. Chesterston's: “If it be true (as it certainly is) that a man can feel exquisite happiness in skinning a cat, then the religious philosopher can only draw one of two deductions. He must either deny the existence of God, as all atheists do; or he must deny the present union between God and man, as all Christians do. The new theologians seem to think it a highly rationalistic solution to deny the cat.” I'll leave it to you to figure out who in this case is analogous to the atheist, the religious philosopher, and new theologians, respectively.
"Richmond is a real scholar; Owen just learns languages because he can't bear not to know what other people are saying."--Margaret Lattimore on her two sons