(Chicago, IL) — April 25, 2010. Woe. Here’s something that doesn’t round bend everyday.
State Rep. John Fritchey (D-Chicago) and LaShawn Ford (D-Chicago) today called on Governor Pat Quinn to call out the Illinois National Guard to battle the surge in violent crime in Chicago that has claimed 113 lives so far this year, equal to U.S. military losses in Iraq and Afghanistan combined, according to Chicago Tribune reporters Kristen Mack and Daarel Burnette II.
“Is this a drastic call to action? Of course it is,” Fritchey said. “Is it warranted when we are losing residents to gun violence at such an alarming rate? Without question. We are not talking about rolling tanks down the street or having armed guards on each corner.”
Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis, sounding a desk-jockey bureaucrat, opposes the idea because the military and police operate under different rules.
If the military were brought in to help with city violence, they wouldn’t answer to police command — creating a “major disconnect” in mission and strategy.
Weiss should explain the “major disconnect” in mission and strategy management theory to the 113 families of the dead. That should comfort them and sooth the concerns of those Chicago residents caught in the murderous cross-fire that Weiss and his cops can’t seem to stop.
Fritchey and Ford are showing leadership. Good for them.
Weiss and his boss, Mayor Richard Daley, should listen to the lawmakers.