Chicago, IL—Twice in my lifetime rank and file Chicago cops have handed down a no-confidence vote on a police superintendent. That last time that happened was to former superintendent Matt Rodriquez, who was paling around with a notorious convicted felon.
The Fraternal Order of Police just took a vote and Jody Weis was invited to leave the department by the working cops of Chicago. This vote came after little more than a year on the job.
Jody Weis was a square peg in a round hole since the day the mayor appointed him. Weis was never a street cop and could not relate to them. His wearing a uniform he never earned was a big mistake as was his effort to model the department after weightlifting steroid using muscle heads.
The biggest problem Weiss had was the direction from City Hall. The mayor and influential members of the City Council wanted to give the more vocal local African-American reverends the ability to create police policy. Police work is difficult enough to do without creating a climate of fear causing officers to shirk their sworn duty rather than become whipping boys for police haters.
If Weis had any potential to be a good leader for the department City Hall obstructed any positive efforts. Weis is in a no-win situation. The people pulling Weis’ strings simply don’t want an effective police department.
Every cop knows if they avoid conflict with criminals they will never get fired, indicted or suspended over false allegations. There is little reason for cops to do more than to avoid all conflicts and actual law enforcement.
This no-confidence vote is really more about Mayor Richard M. Daley and Uber-Alderman, Edward M. Burke. Chicago’s ignorant voters keep reelecting these fellows and the voters got what they wanted and deserved.
These politicians relentlessly demand and promote unconstitutional gun bans that do nothing but reinforce the authority of Chicago’s armed criminals over the disarmed and defenseless, law-abiding citizens. They have managed to turn good cops into unresponsive props. The City Hall crime control program keeps the thugs, thieves and extortionists in power by design.
Chicago does not deserve the few taxpayers they have left. Many thousands of productive people just like me voted with our feet and left this once great city. Soon there will be nobody left in Chicago but a parasitic population feeding on itself.