Monday, March 23, 2009

Glorified Rent-A-Cops

While the city and its police union continue the two-year fight of contract negotiations, Mayor Richard Daley likes the idea to glorify Rent-a-Cops, and give them the right to issue tickets.

Currently only Chicago police officers can issue citations, the mayor is considering armed security guards who patrol business districts in their wards to have the3 same authority. Daley said allowing the guards to ticket people for graffiti, parking violations and other minor infractions could free Chicago officers to concentrate on combating violent crime. The move could also generate revenue for the city while enforcing minor ordinances.

In a city where our police are constantly the subject of inflecting physical abuse, unlawful shootings, and corruption we expect these guards to do a better or equal job? What are these rent-a-cops backgrounds and training? I certainly hope these security guards don't have itchy trigger fingers.

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