Rahm’s Lies and Failures
- Has used CPD as a pawn for his own personal and political well-being, through his rhetoric and scapegoating, allowing for the police to be vilified, which has created a divide between communities and police
- He purposely withholds the inconvenient truth. How could he not know the circumstances about the Laquan McDonald shooting?
- He heartlessly closed 12 city mental health centers, and he never cared to understand the consequences of such “budget cut” actions nor provide the CIT training officers need to properly manage conflicts involving mentally ill subjects (*see below)
- Refusal to maintain and provide working equipment and non-lethal tools prior to major public incidents is prime example of his narrow mindset and lack of appropriate management
- He has repeatedly failed to provide these crucial resources, while micromanaging the Chicago Police Department to the detriment of serving the community
- He decimated the front line supervisor rank, and allowed officers to dwindle down to dangerously low levels
- He has failed at all aspects of accountability to the community, and nothing is going to change as long as he is in charge because he will never embrace the personal responsibility necessary to be the leader this city needs
* When he flooded the streets of Chicago with individuals who desperately needed mental health care and had nowhere to turn, it became a police responsibility to help triage these folks. And again, Mayor Emanuel failed to provide the Chicago Police Department and 911 Operators with the Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) and non-lethal equipment necessary to respond to such situations.
As Alexa James, the Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Chicago, stated in response to the Bettie Jones and Quintonio LeGreier shooting: “If 911 was better equipped and had a system in place where they could decipher somebody experiencing a crisis, it would have been different….if they had labeled that call a mental health crisis instead of a domestic, the outcome might have been different.”