Alderman wants move of police to violence stricken neighborhoods permanent
Chicago police are doing overtime and boosting their numbers in the city’s most violent areas after a shockingly violent weekend. However, that is only temporary. A local alderman says it needs to be the new normal.
Tuesday, CPD announced more than 600 officers will be hitting the streets temporarily to try to stomp out the bloodshed in some of the worst districts for it. Alderman Anthony Beale is calling that “the path of least resistance.” He believes the better move is to permanently reassign all of the officers until the violence ends.
The 5th, 6th, 10th and 11th districts are the ones that have seen the highest uptick in violent crime. That is the target of the new extended shifts and reassignment of officers. Beale argues that in Northside neighborhoods, officers can always be seen. He doesn’t believe the Southside and Westside get the same police attention.
No details have been released on plans to make the move permanent.