Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Rubicon in the Rear-View, Pt. IV: The Chicago "Surge" (Will Grigg)

Will Grigg continues his excellent "Rubicon in the Rear-View" series with a look at the criminal gang known as the Chicago Police:

Chicago policeIn a fashion suitable to a city whose name transliterates an Algonquin phrase meaning "stink onion," Chicago's political system has always been redolent of criminal corruption. Among its most pungent institutions is the city's police, which was probably cleaner and less oppressive when Al Capone was running it.

Chicago has the nation's most notorious inner-city crime milieu. It has the country's second-largest municipal police force, with a well-earned and continually replenished reputation for brutality.

Those who live on the city's West Side can testify that the police are at least as dangerous to life, limb, and property as any of the private sector crime outfits; in fact, this might be one of those exceptionally rare cases in which government agencies consistently outperform their private sector competition.

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