A Chicago Crime Fighting Plan Comes To A New City

Baltimore Police squad cars
via Pixabay
William Anderson
February 13, 2020

Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young and Police Commissioner Michael Harrison have all embraced the idea of modeling the city’s policing style after Chicago. But when you look at the long list of problems both cities have had, such a move doesn’t add up.

Baltimore is looking for ways to lower its crime rate. Young and Mosby visited Chicago to learn about its policing strategies since crime has been dropping there. Now, the city wants to invest way more money into policing and surveillance to be more like Chicago

But … the Windy City has a HUGE police problem!

To name a few of Chicago’s past issues: the infamous police murder of a teen then subsequent cover up that went up to the mayor’s office, court supervised reforms, the firing of the police chief, and HALF A BILLION DOLLARS in payouts over police misconduct.

Baltimore has had its own widespread police corruption problems, from police brutality to multiple cases of planting evidence and misconduct payouts of its own. So, it’s strange they would want to model themselves after Chicago, a city ALSO dealing with these issues!

Investing in policing doesn’t mean less crime, which research has shown repeatedly. Policing doesn’t need more investment. Community resources like healthcare, housing, and education do. 

That’s a proven way to reduce crime and make us stronger.

We have a quick favor to ask:

PushBlack is a nonprofit dedicated to raising up Black voices. We are a small team but we have an outsized impact:

  • We reach tens of millions of people with our BLACK NEWS & HISTORY STORIES every year.
  • We fight for CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM to protect our community.
  • We run VOTING CAMPAIGNS that reach over 10 million African-Americans across the country.

And as a nonprofit, we rely on small donations from subscribers like you.

With as little as $5 a month, you can help PushBlack raise up Black voices. It only takes a minute, so will you please ?

Share This Article: