Tales From The Great Stupid, Law Enforcement Division: “Forget it, Jack, It’s Chicagoland…”

The Chicago Police Department is establishing a new policy prohibiting its officers from chasing runaway suspects…not in cars, but on foot—you know, like NYPD Danny Reagan does just about every episode of “Blue Bloods.” Now suspects can run away from police, and the cops just have to stand there. Or as blogger Ed Driscoll deftly put it, now the police will have to say, “Stop! Or I’ll…have to tell you to stop again!

The policy also encourages cops to “consider alternatives” to pursuing someone who “is visibly armed with a firearm.” Yelling mean names sometimes works, I hear. Officers may give chase if they believe a person is committing or is about to commit a felony, a Class A misdemeanor like domestic battery, or a serious traffic offense that could risk injuring others, such as drunken driving or street racing. However, chasing a suspect because he or she runs away and appears to have a reason for doing so is out.

“People may avoid contact with a [police force] member for many reasons other than involvement in criminal activity,” the policy states. Good point. Like if the cop isn’t wearing a mask and social distancing. Or if the suspect suddenly realizes the he left the stove on. Sure.

This lunacy appears to be another “Barn Door Fallacy” operation, as Chicago tries to go back in time and save the lives of two young punks who ran from cops while armed. The two foot chases ended with cops fatally shooting 13-year-old Adam Toledo and 22-year-old Anthony Alvarez, both in March 2021. The time was when running from a police officers created a justification for the officers to shoot–remember Bert the cop shooting at George Bailey as he flees in an alternate reality panic?

Toledo and Alvarez were armed when they ran from police, Toledo was shot in the chest after dropping a gun and raising his hands, and Alvarez was shot in the back while still holding his gun. See, if they hadn’t been chased by cops when they refused a lawful command to stay put, Adam and Anthony would have run off to wholesome lives as law-abiding citizens.

I have no sympathy for anyone. 13 or 22, who meets his demise holding a firearm and running away from a police officer. Should I? Both deaths prompted anti-cop community protests.

Justice? The words, “you asked for it” come to mind. In the Age of the Great Stupid, the idea appears to be to avoid all negative consequences created by law-breakers’ deliberate actions, and to punish police for taking necessary steps to protect the public.  Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown told reporters that he expects the new rules will make the officers and the public safer. What he means is that it will make fleeing criminals safer.

The new policy lists a dizzying number of situations where even a chase allowed by the policy must stop, such as when officers realize they do not know exactly where they are, or are unable to communicate with other officers, because they’ve dropped their radios. But it’s OK, because the policy states that neither they nor their supervisors can be criticized or disciplined for not chasing a fleeing perp.

The incentive appears to be to have cops decide, “Oh, the hell with it. Let this guy be someone else’s problem.

And the Great Stupid rolls on…


13 thoughts on “Tales From The Great Stupid, Law Enforcement Division: “Forget it, Jack, It’s Chicagoland…”

  1. Many people want a consequence free life. They don’t really want mercy because they have become a different person. Many people just don’t want the consequences of bad behavior. You’re the bad guy if you say someone did something really wrong and needs to be held accountable for that.

    • I think you hit the nail right on the head except for one thing. People want no consequences or harsh consequences based on your color and your political alignment. There’s barely anyone who’s being held accountable for the riots of 2020 that killed over 40 people, did billions of dollars worth of property damage, and destroyed who knows how many lives. When folks are held accountable, they’re getting slaps on the wrist, like the attorneys in New York who threw a Molotov cocktail at police. The US attorney from the Trump administration was looking to hit them with 20 years or more, the new US attorney is now looking to give them no more than a year. But the folks from January 6th are sitting in solitary for over a year and prosecutors want to hit them with the maximum.

      Then there are the Soros district attorneys, who are more interested in putting police officers in jail then they are in putting criminals in jail. Yet none of this even sounds a little odd to the left. The left only becomes concerned when the violence comes to their doorstep. Otherwise, they’re perfectly content with this country sliding into mob rule enforced by thugs.

      • The riots depressed me. They revealed to me that a lot of people in my life are morally confused, and that the Democratic Party implicitly endorses violence for votes. Because of the craziness in the party, I would vote for a dumb Republican over almost any Democrat now because of how morally empty the Democratic Party has become.

  2. “The time was when running from a police officer created a justification for the officers to shoot…”
    That time still exists in many countries around the world and is sometimes referred to as “the law of flight:” if you flee, you get shot. When I was a young officer in the mid-1970s, a number of agencies had earned the dubious reputation of frequently shooting at fleeing vehicles, which is nearly unheard of today.
    Vehicle pursuits are becoming increasingly rare (for good reason, in many cases) but I didn’t dream they’d get around to outlawing foot pursuits. Good grief!

  3. Jack,
    So we equip CPD officers with semiautomatic sidearms, TASERs®, insist they be physically fit so they can run in pursuit (until now), but other than a command voice, there’s no way for them to stop a fleeing (presumably) felon.
    Perhaps CPD should equip their officers with bolas and train them in their use. I believe that they’re quite effective when used by hunters to bring down running pretty.
    Just spitballin’ here,

    • Using bolos makes too much sense. It will never be adopted because it does not require the department to spend money on ammunition for training.
      I can hear it he lawyers now screaming that the running subject broke some teeth as he fell and the officer should have used some other unidentified procedure to stop him.

  4. Back in 2008, TASER introduced a 12-gauge shotgun round that contained a TASER cartridge effective from 30 – 100 feet. It was a commercial failure, not because it didn’t work, but because the rounds cost about $125.00 each. They kept promising the cost would come down but the deice was taken off the market after a few years of dismal sales.

  5. If they’re in the business of making irrational rules an laws, why not make one that actually addresses the real problem at hand and says people can’t run away from the police, I’m sure that one would fix everything.

  6. Wait….so now I don’t have to ask “Am I being detained?” I can just start running to show I don’t desire to engage in conversation or answer questions?

    Also, is this policy ableist? Like, people in wheelchairs can’t run away. Will cops desist in pursuing someone who wheels away from them?

  7. One 1973 summer evening in my then home of student rental New Haven, CT, an athletic young man of color raced down our street with a television under his arm, no small feat given the configuration of television sets in the 1970s. Someone shouted “HEY!” at him as he passed by, to which he responded with a reassuring and well-schooled regard for the niceties of proper speech, “‘Hey’ is for horses!” and proceeded on out of sight without breaking his admirable stride.

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