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Posted on 10/22/2020 6:57:21 PM PDT by robowombat
Mayor Proposes Cutting 614 Positions From Chicago PD If Federal Stimulus Doesnt Get Approved
Chicago, IL Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has proposed a budget plan that includes eliminating over 600 positions within the citys police department as part of an effort to offset the unprecedented $1.2 billion shortfall anticipated for next year.
Lightfoot said that eliminating 1,921 vacant positions within city government would save a total of $106 million, WBBM reported.
Over half of the jobs she plans to slash would be tied to the Chicago Police Department (CPD), which would see a loss of 614 positions under the proposed $12.8 million budget plan the mayor unveiled on Wednesday.
Her proposal included 350 citywide layoffs, but Lightfoot said she would hold off on letting anyone go until she knows whether or not there will be a new federal COVID-19 stimulus package that might provide funding to local and state governments, WBBM reported.
We will continue to advocate vociferously for such a stimulus, she said. This economic downturn has had a bipartisan impact and there must be a bipartisan solution. So, Congress, do your job, dont leave us cities and towns all across this country high and dry. Do your job that we sent you there to do.
Lightfoot said that if the need for layoff comes to fruition, they wont be affecting the police department, WBBM reported.
If we cut current jobs, we would be compelled to cut the youngest, most diverse, and well-trained officers in the department, and that is not in anyones interest, she said.
The mayors budget plan would require all non-union city employees to take five days of unpaid leave next year.
I will lead by example and take those five furlough days myself, Lightfoot noted, according to WBBM.
The mayor also proposed hiking residents property taxes by $94 million and raising the gas tax by three cents per gallon, WBBM reported.
For the average Chicago home valued at $250,000, you will pay just $56 additional dollars for the whole year, Lightfoot said during her budget address at City Hall on Wednesday. Thats right, just $56 new dollars per year.
According to Lightfoot, Chicago has experienced a 48.5 percent decrease in gas taxes, a 35 percent drop in sales tax revenue, a nearly 50 percent loss in amusement and transportation taxes, and a 77.5 percent drop in hotel tax revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WBBM reported.
She said the city must make shared sacrifices to offset the shortfall.
Lightfoot also refused to cave to demands that she defund CPD, and said during the address that law enforcement officers are not the enemy, the Chicago Sun Times reported.
In this moment in Chicago we cannot responsibly enact any policies that make communities less safe, the mayor said, according to WBBM. Yes, I agree that the police cannot be the first and only responders on every call for help from our residents. That is precisely why in 2021, we will launch a pilot program borne of real research from subject matter experts that looks at a co-responder model that starts the process of building the infrastructure for alternative means of response.
Lightfoot warned that the co-responder model will not be a magic wand, and that it will take time to build and test on the streets, the Chicago Sun Times reported.
The mayor also said that it is time to openly acknowledge the complicit role law enforcement agencies have played in brutally enforcing racist, Jim Crow laws, depriving Black and Brown people of their full rights as citizens, according to the paper.
In breaking down these barriers, we must also continue to closely scrutinize all policing practices and policies to eliminate any and all bias, Lightfoot added.
Dismantling the police department is not an essential component in being committed to establishing bias-free policing, she said.
The mayor further noted that Chicago police have been shot, stabbed, suffered broken limbs, been hit with fireworks, and have been targeted in various other attacks, including 10 officers being struck by bullets so far this year alone, the Chicago Sun Times reported.
Our police officers are not our enemies. They are someones sons or daughter, husband or wife, brother or sister, Lightfoot said. They are as complicated and imperfect as all of us
They are our neighbors and an important part of who we are as Chicagoans.
Why should the good people of New Hampshire have to pay for cops in Chicago?
Oh yeah cut the police department instead of all of the goodies everyone gets WHAT A MORON!!!
Demonrat Mayors ALWAYS threaten cuts to public safety instead of cutting the pork and corruption to their ultraleft political allies. They’re doing it here in Nashville, too. Demonrat-run since Grover Cleveland’s 1st term in the 1880s.
God forbid she cut welfare RATS from using EBT cards for booze, sneakers, etc
Well, they want to defund the police! Here it goes!
The liberals always argue that they need the money to fund the police, roads and any similar popular programs. Then, when they get the money, they spend them on some pet projects.
E.G. Tucson AZ is always short of money. When they want to rise the taxes they always need to fund the police and roads. When they get them, they spend the money on buying ranches around the city for some environmental improvements. And then they ask for money for police again!
So now its the federal government is defunding the police. Nice try, you own this clubfoot
...and not one of those positions will be cut from her protective detail.
The Chicago Slum-Times is a worthless propaganda rag.
The Chicago Slum-Times is a worthless propaganda rag.
EBT (TANF) benefits shouldn’t be used for shoes? What’s wrong with that? If they want to blow the whole thing on a pair of shoes that’s their problem.
Don’t pass it!
Let Chicongo become like Baltimore, Detroit, St. Louis, etc.
It’s going to look like Vegas in Blade Runner 2049 - without the charm.
All they need is 10 people to count the dead bodies.
Oh yeah, co-responder model.
Cops are going to LOVE dragging unarmed civvies around with them and then putting those cops’ lives in danger to protect thise civvies.
Coos will tell you, EVERY encounter is potentially deadly. By the time cops have ensured the scene is safe, thay can refer people in need to welfare, health, mental, etc. services WHICH IS WHAT THEY DO NOW.
If you want the river of cops headed out the door to become a tidal wave, implement co-responding.
And you can count in minutes the time between co-response plan and the first shrink ridealong’s injury, probably fatal.
>>I will lead by example and take those five furlough days myself, Lightfoot noted, according to WBBM.
If Betelgeuse REALLY wanted to improve things, she should take 365 days of unpaid leave next year.
Chicago priorities. South Chicago must be partying.
Leave for better positions in Texas.
Chicago cant let Seattle beat their city for whos got the smallest, ineffective police force and highest crime rate.
Dey got their reputation to keep ya know
Glad I sold my condo near the Hancock building, this mayor is a complete idiot. Is she really in a race to make Chicago the worst shit hole in America?
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