Transparency, Or Lack Thereof
Posted on October 30, 2014
We’re of the opinion that we are being lied to, everyday, about pretty much everything. Today was no different. First we have G-Mac yammering in front the city’s most frequent and often worst liars, the City Council:
“According to McCarthy, through September the Police Department had recorded eight straight quarters of reductions in murders, going back two years. Over that time, the department registered 500 fewer shooting incidents and 123 fewer murders than in the two years preceding.
McCarthy added that robberies, burglaries, car thefts and overall crime are all down this year.”
Homicides are down, but we’ll take issue with “shooting incidents”. There may be fewer “incidents” but there’s been a lot more people shot as in there’s been a shitton of multi-victim shootings. Also remember that there is no crime unless it’s reported, hence less cops = less crime.
Next up is the unfortunate incident of an off-duty cop getting beaten in a downtown parking garage:
“The off-duty officer was in the 100 block of West Madison about 3 p.m. when multiple people walked up, repeatedly hit him and then stole his personal belongings, police said.
Police declined to say how the robbers fled the scene.”
So little information for the masses, yet the scanner traffic was a goldmine in comparison. Why not say that the offenders fled in a red Mercury Mountaineer with temporary Indiana plates that happened to leave its front bumper behind? Or why not mention how those personal belongings included some rather important police ‘stuff’?
UPDATE: The Tribune published the full story. Good.