Tuesday, September 25, 2007

When police are the problem

In Harvey, IL, a south suburb of Chicago, there were 12 murders in 2005. How many did the police there solve?


Such a low level of case clearance is almost unbelievable. The ineptitude on display implied either a lack of caring or actual cooperation with criminal enterprises.

With the continued lack of police enforcement, an overseeing task force had to step in to clean up the mess. On January 22 of this year, the records of the Harvey Police Department were raided for examination by this task force. Lo and behold, cases began to be solved. It became even more clear that the Harvey police had not done their job.

Today, two more alleged criminals were indicted as a result of this task force's work. If proven guilty, that's two more dangerous folks off the streets of Harvey.

In a town with criminal activity that needs to be cleaned up, it is downright sad that law-abiding citizens were left for a few years with a police department that didn't have their best interests in mind. How often is this the case around the country? I was raised to respect the police, but so many of the things we see push us in the opposite direction. It is little wonder that many residents begin to suspect the police may not always be fair.

1 comment:

Robby said...

Police naturally become corrupted by their power and have very little incentive to improve as they have been granted a monopoly without earning it on the business of security by the government. They will continue to be disrespected by those that they provide very poor service to (minorities).