August 10, 2018

Leftism’s dire consequences, Chicago edition

Dana Mathewson

From Power Line:
With the possible exception of Baltimore, there is no city where the consequences of leftist policies in terms of law and order are more dire than Chicago. Most of our readers are aware, I’m sure, of the wave of murders sweeping through the Windy City. Consider these numbers: Between last Friday afternoon and Monday morning, 74 people were shot in the city, 12 of them fatally. In one seven-hour span, from about midnight Saturday to about 7:00 a.m. Sunday, 41 people were shot. Five of them died.
Jack Dunphy at PJ Media ties Chicago’s ongoing killing spree to the liberal policies of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Dunphy explains:

If the city is plagued with a cohort of dangerous young men, what’s to be done about them?. . .The short-term solution is well known but politically fraught: You encourage your police officers to identify and arrest the lawbreakers, and you encourage your prosecutors to bring appropriate charges and seek appropriate sentences.

To those who are troubled by the specter of "mass incarceration,” a question: Given the blood running in the gutters of Chicago’s streets last weekend (and most weekends, especially in summer), are there too many people in jail or too few?

Liberal dogma holds that there are too many. Mayor Emanuel either subscribes to that dogma or is a slave, politically, to it. Either way, his policies are to blame for the killing sprees.

Excellent article. If you are familiar with Jack Dunphy (the pseudonym of a retired policeman), you always look forward to his explanation of police matters -- and the politics surrounding them. He does not disappoint in this article, where he is quoted extensively.

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