Ten years ago the Chicago Police Department announced that criminals have a code of honor and that a "no snitching" policy prevented them from solving murders. There is truth to that statement; there is a lack of cooperation between law enforcement and the black community, and it is mostly due to lack of trust in a political system that historically ignored, mistreated and been disadvantageous to people of color. The police target and profile black men illegally, but expect black men to trust them in a one-sided relationship.
Chicago is a city with three million residents, no gun shops and some of the toughest gun laws in the United States. Considering that residents of Chicago don't have direct access to guns, is it statistically feasible that a person is shot every two hours and someone is murdered every eleven hours? Ten days into 2016 there are already 19 people dead and 111 shot, in a city where a person can't readily purchase a firearm. As the number of shootings rises, so too does the unsolved cases involving those shootings; 501 of the 922 murder cases in Chicago went unsolved during 2012 and 2013. In 2014 Chicago saw its lowest murder rate since 1965, yet 50% of the murders still went unsolved.
Speculation about police officers involvement in shootings, crime, and coverups are nothing new; the general consensus is that police are able to get away with crimes because their supervisors and superiors cover them up, all the way to the top. Officer Jon Burge was accused of routinely beating, torturing, and profiling black men on the southside of Chicago from the early 70s up to the 90s. After 20 years of allegations, lawsuits, and reports filed against him, Burge was finally suspended and eventually fired. The city of Chicago never indicted or charged Burge or his cohorts, but federal prosecutors were able to get a conviction against him and Burge served over four years in prison for perjury. The statute of limitations had already passed on the torture charges, so it appears that the only lesson that came from the Burge case was the understanding of Chicago Police Department tactics. Burge will continue to collect a 4,000$ a month pension from CPD, while at the same time the city pays 5.5$ million dollars in reparations to his victims.
In 1990 a young man was tortured until he confessed to murder. After 25 years, Shawl Whirl was released from prison after his previous conviction of murder was thrown out and all charges were dropped. One can easily surmise that Whirl's case is not the only one in which officers crossed the line for a confession, but there is no way that we will ever know the total of those wrongfully convicted due to improper police tactics. The pressure to deliver an arrest and/or conviction in a city where murders are happening everyday seems to breed an aura of corruption and injustice.
Police are known for covering up their crimes and hiding behind the blue wall, usually covered by their fellow officers with lies and false reports. Chicago cops lying on the record in conjunction with the 2015 uncovering of a secret detention facility in Chicago known as Homan Square leads one to believe that there is more to Chicago's crime problem than just the guns and criminals. Over 7,000 victims were denied their constitutional rights, tortured, kidnapped, and sexually abused at Homan Square, and 82% of those were black males. It should come as no surprise that black males do not trust the power structure, and believe that structure is the culprits behind many of these unsolved murders. In Chicago there will always be a belief that the police are against black men, plant weapons and drugs on black men, and cover up their own wrongdoing because there are corrupt politicians, secret prisons, and cops who operate above the law. #News #Government