Here is a report on tonight's monthly Chicago Police Board Meeting. The entire police board was in attendance. Aldermen Arena and Cullerton were present, too.
Superintendent of Police, Garry F. McCarthy was not present. First Deputy Al Wysinger gave "The Report of the Superintendent".
The report was three minutes in duration. 1st Deputy Al Wysinger announced there were no homicides in the last 24 hours; the first complete day in over a year someone hasn't been killed by violence. He acted as though we should celebrate that stat, but no one clapped.
He said the Chicago Police Department wants to "work with the community, this year". 1st Dep Sup Al then said the Chicago Police Department will be working on "faith based initiatives". I thought that was rather odd, given the whole separation of church and state thing written in the constitution. And, that was all Al had to report - nothing else. I can't believe the police board didn't demand more of a report, but they all sat there and said nothing. Here's the prayer that came to my mind during the meeting: "God help us all".
One question from the public. The question came from an officer asking the board if they were going to recommend standardization of discipline for officers. He claimed discipline is now determined arbitrarily. He was referred to the IAD officer in the back of the room.
That was it.
|Chicago Police Board Meeting 19 January 2012|