It sort of looks like the Mayor is throwing his Police Superintendent “under the bus” when it comes to explaining lower numbers but more shocking crimes.
Murders have dropped sharply the past two decades, yet fear of crime remains high amid the daily violence in Chicago. At a Tuesday news conference, Daley put police Superintendent Jody Weis on the spot when asked about the disconnect.
"Ask him," said Daley, who then stepped away from the microphone.
Weis dutifully took his place at the lectern, the fourth day in a row he has stood before reporters as the Daley administration tries to quell public concern in the wake of three separate slayings of police officers. A Chicago Tribune/WGN poll last month showed nearly half of respondents living in the city think crime is getting worse and nearly 7 in 10 said crime is hurting the quality of life.
Weis reiterated his view that news coverage makes people think there's more crime than there actually is. "I would never stand here and say the violence we're suffering in Chicago is acceptable. It's not," Weis said. "But I do think it's important to frame things."
The remarks illustrate Daley's difficulty in dealing with the crime issue ahead of the February city elections in which he could seek a record seventh term. Daley is trying to knock down fear of crime while simultaneously acknowledging that violence is the "most immediate and pressing challenge" facing the city.
Folks, there is no question that constant and rapid-fire news stories does create the perception in the minds of many that the City is under siege, that said citizens shouldn’t expect the government to prevent crime, that belongs to us. No, I do not mean vigilantism. I mean prevention. That is a far more systemic approach to decreasing crime and creating a safer City for all of us.
Have you ever wondered if there is a correlation between levels of literacy in society and crime?