For months, tensions between law enforcement, politicians, and citizens have intensified. And in some cities, protesting and rioting continues to be a daily problem.
This includes Chicago, which has suffered through a period of serious unrest in recent weeks. However, perhaps it wouldn’t have been so bad if the city wasn’t afraid of prosecuting the guilty.
This is what Chicago Police Superintendent David O. Brown believes.
Brown held a press conference on Sunday night, and he blasted city authorities for making it far too easy for criminals to get away scot-free.
He claims this “emboldened” rioters and protesters because they knew “there would be no consequences for their actions.”
Brown says the problem was, his officers made lots of arrests in May and June, but “not many of those cases were prosecuted to the fullest extent.”
Via the Superintendent’s Twitter page:
The criminal acts we saw last night will not be tolerated. This was an act of violence against Chicago and I refuse to let these individuals get away without any accountability. pic.twitter.com/L9b50k52dh
— Chicago Police Superintendent David O. Brown (@ChiefDavidBrown) August 10, 2020
A few of his quotes clearly showed his frustration with how the city has handled those who break the law.
He claims that the unrest has spiraled out of control, due at least in part to protesters who have no fear of reprisals.
Brown made it plain that there must be consequences. If there aren’t, his officers face an even greater threat on the streets.
We have to have consequences for the arrests that Chicago Police officers make, through great threat to their own safety, they’re being shot at to make these arrests.
And these looters, these thieves, these criminals are emboldened by no consequences in the criminal system. They get released, many charges get dropped.
The police boss added that he “refuses to let these individuals get away without any accountability.”
Later, the Chicago Police Department spoke about the continued bravery of their officers, saying the CPD recently made over 100 arrests the previous night.
However, as Brown says, if these arrests result in little to no punishment, it’s likely the protests and riots will continue.
Law and order is definitely under fire in many towns and cities around the country — the question now is, how will police officers continue to do their jobs effectively?
We don’t want them crossing the line. But those who protect us must be able to do so, and those who break the law should face the consequences.
That’s what Superintendent Brown believes and it’s likely many Chicago residents agree with him.
- Chicago Police Superintendent David O. Brown blamed city authorities for being far too lenient with protesters and rioters.
- He says there are “no consequences” right now, and this puts his officers at further risk.
- Brown claims that too many times, charges against lawbreakers are dropped. This leads to the “emboldening” of more protesters.
Source: The Daily Wire