Chicago, IL—Chicago’s politicians and their appointed bureaucrats are dismayed by the decrease in traffic fine revenue. The outgunned, undermanned, demoralized and endangered Chicago cops can’t protect Chicago’s citizens but city officials want cops to bring them bags of cash.
The Chicago Sun Times released internal city documents that detail the decrease in traffic fines and stepped up efforts to threaten the jobs of cops that seem reluctant to become full time revenue agents.
Traffic law and parking enforcement was never intended to become a tool of extortion but rather a way to reduce accidents and insure the orderly and unobstructed flow of traffic. Instead it’s only about an out-of-control criminal municipality extortion racket.
Chicago’s politicians want to increase the amount of money forcibly taken from the unemployed along with thousands of people doing all they can to keep from losing their homes to foreclosure.
To be effective police need to be trusted by their community and simple cooperation is necessary. Turing cops into extortionists on a mission to take food from the mouths of citizens, is horrible public policy. The resentment of police over this kind enforcement of can easily endanger the very lives our cops.
This style of enforcement keeps people from wanting to conduct any business within the city’s borders. This despicable attempt at governing drives productive people and their money out of Chicago and that can’t be good for anyone.
Chicago’s politicians want solutions for the fiscal crisis as long as it does not affect their own over-bloated budgets along with their own corrupt and wasteful ways.