Those realignment blues

Two mayors ago, in July of 2008, the talk was of moving cops to where the gangs are, etc. . . .

Blithe Spirit

Hoo boy, am I dumb. When Mary Mitchell called for more cops in black gangsters? neighborhoods ? ?on the South Side where most of the shootings have occurred? ? I simply asked, rhetorically, To do what? Can they get aggressive, or is that what causes riots (smaller things have caused riots), as Mitchell said, agreeing with Daley?

?[T]he mayor is right about one thing,? she wrote.

Community activists would have gone berserk had Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis ordered police to stop every white T-shirt, cap-cocked-to-the-side, medallion swinging, pants-sagging black and brown youth in and around the Taste.

“You have to be cautious. You can’t just send a hundred policemen and — say if it’s Gang X African-Americans — and start grabbing every African-American [in the area]. You’d have a full-scale riot,” the mayor said on Tuesday.

Had police harassed even one person who fit the profile of…

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