It looks like Michigan Avenue continues to be generously coated with police officers tonight. There were 7 more groups of cops just like this one protecting a mere block and half of Boul Mich between Water Tower and Lake Shore Drive this evening. Correction. Not all of the groups of cops were exactly like this one. Some of the groups had four officers.
Meanwhile, here in Wrigleyville and Boystown, our district literally runs out of cops on a regular basis, sometimes with tragic results. And our alderman and police commander can’t figure out a way to commit a couple of cops to keep a lid on Belmont Avenue overnight.
Let’s be clear. This isn’t a beef with the officers in this picture or any street cop who’s doing what they’re assigned to do. Our problem is with our politicians and the department’s leaders who have allowed the department’s manpower to atrophy to dangerously low levels; who misappropriate the resources they do have; and who have created a disinformation factory to hide the consequences of their decisions.
One more thing. Unless you are a police officer with two more acting as lookouts, never use your phone in public like the guy on the right.
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