In “The Purge” movie franchise, cops take a day off and society has a free-for-all. With the Jason Van Dyke murder trial wrapping up, Chicago Police have a plan to bolster the numbers of cops on the streets to handle any potential outbreak of (more) violence. If you haven’t been following the action, Van Dyke is the first Chicago police officer in decades to face a murder charge (for the shooting of Laquan McDonald) for an on-duty incident.
However, their plan has a big hole: the morning and evening shift changes have no overlap. That means no police coverage for a time, leaving residents virtually on their own twice each day. In other words, criminals will enjoy a real-life free-for-all thanks to no police presence on the mean streets of Murder City USA.
For weeks now, the media have eagerly covered the Jason Van Dyke trial. In part, the attention comes from certain people shamelessly using the case to promote their particular ugly political agendas. We all know how Chicago already has a violent crime problem. Obviously, the locals will suffer even more if protests following a verdict turn violent.
Seventeen-year-old aspiring career criminal Laquan McDonald was shot and killed in October 2014. Nobody disputes that then CPD officer Van Dyke pulled the trigger. Instead, this trial focuses on whether Van Dyke’s actions met the legal standard for the justifiable use of force. Cook County’s prosecutors have no love for the police and are seeking a murder conviction.
On that fateful morning, callers reported seeing a teenager breaking into cars. Police responded and were directed toward McDonald. Police found him carrying a knife, acting erratically and violently. McDonald, armed and high on PCP, ignored police commands for several minutes. McDonald attacked a responding police cruiser, slashing a tire and damaging a windshield with his blade.
He continued to act menacingly toward police and bystanders alike. All the while, he kept walking as if police should simply let him go and he ignored police orders. A short time later, the knife-wielding suspect died in a hail of Van Dyke’s police gunfire.
The department initially ruled the shooting justifiable.
The family sued, seeking a big payout. City fathers gave them a $5 million to go away in 2015.
Meanwhile, community agitators succeeded in making the incident a political football. Murder City Mayor Rahm Emanuel, trying to save maintain some portion of his constituency in the black community, became more and more desperate. Finally, he threw the police superintendent, Garry McCarthy, under the bus.
In the end, it didn’t work. Ironically, McCarthy (above, right) now leads the field of candidates vying to replace the failed Emanuel who has announced that he won’t run for reelection.
A lot of folks expect unrest and even rioting if former officer Van Dyke is acquitted. In fact, over at The Federalist, one jackwagon named Robert Tracinski even wrote that Chicago deserved rioting at the release of the video.
Chicago is bracing for riots after the release of a video of a black teenager, 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, being shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer.
And you know what? I have a lot of sympathy for the protesters’ grievances. If any city government deserves to be torn down brick-by-brick over its contempt for the rights and well-being of the majority of its subjects, it’s Chicago’s Democratic Machine.
So just imagine what people like this would say to an acquittal of the cop who shot the drug-dealing, gang-banging, high on PCP, 17-year-old who was armed with a knife. Not only that, but the deceased teen’s family have called for protests, no matter the verdict.
The Chicago Police plan to keep residents safe
At shift changes, the professional sheep dogs across America hand off their equipment – including TASERs, body cameras, radios, patrol rifles, phones and yes, vehicles to the fresh officers. Usually, departments of any size will stagger at least some of their officers at shift changes so the sheep don’t have to graze unprotected.
Yes, plenty of folks expect “unrest” and violence at the end of the Jason Van Dyke trial. And the Chicago Police have come up with a plan to minimize the chaos. Here’s the gist of Chicago’s crisis management plan, per Second City Cop:
- 1st and 2nd watch will be on 12 hour shifts in the Districts;
- Hours at 0730 to 1930 and opposite for 1st/3rd;
- 3rd watch is a mobile force, deploy-able citywide;
- Hours are 1330 to 0130 for 3rd
The plan will go into effect Monday, September 24th or shortly thereafter.
How long do you think it will take criminals to figure out that the CPD will all be in their station houses at 7:30am and again at 7:30pm? Criminals can act with impunity, knowing a delayed law enforcement response will give those same bad guys a chance to get away scot-free.
And how much longer after that will criminals decide to take advantage of the lack of police presence? Knowing that across the city, at 7:30am, the entire city will have, at best, a delayed law enforcement response? Without a doubt, a potential free-for-all without police will prove all too tempting for the city’s criminal class.
Once again, no matter the time of day, the only thing that stops bad people with evil in their hearts is a good guy with a gun. If Chicago’s professional good guys with guns are all in a shift change, Chicago’s residents better tool up. Otherwise they may become the latest victims of Chicago’s active and opportunistic criminal culture – even further emboldened by a near complete lack of police at certain hours.