Cities run by liberal politicians are generally in pretty bad shape in a number of ways, but several left-leaning cities have been especially hard hit over the past year. Usually, the especially rough year has been caused by those leftist politicians who seem hell-bent on running the city into the ground.
One city that is having a rougher time than normal is Chicago, Illinois. Besides seeing a surge in shootings, besides trying to tax their citizens to death, besides being the most rat-infested city in the country (according to Orkin), the city is now experiencing an extreme rift between their mayor and their police.
It’s bad. Cara Ding writes,
Chicago’s largest police union on Wednesday issued a vote of no confidence against Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Police Department Superintendent David Brown.
The vote came during a Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) meeting where police officers vented their frustrations, new and old, with the mayor and and the police department, Chicago FOP president John Catanzara told The Epoch Times.
Emotions were running high, Catanzara said, and one member grabbed the microphone to suggest a vote of no confidence. All members present at the meeting, about 150 active and retired police officers, voted for it.
His members’ newest frustration with the city leaders, according to Cantanzara, is the cancellation of a eight-decade-old Chicago tradition—the St. Jude Memorial March—for the second year in a row. The march is an annual May event honoring fallen Chicago police officers and Gold Star families who lost loved ones in the line of duty.
Brown said he canceled the march due to COVID-19 restrictions in an online video honoring the St. Jude tradition. “We must never forget their sacrifices and the families they left behind,” he said.
“It was a slap in the face to every department member, especially the Gold Star families, who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and deserve that respect annually, period, no excuses,” Cantanzara said in a video update right after the meeting. His members managed to host a smaller-scale St. Jude march on their own.
There were additional issues causing frustration among police officers in the Windy City, but one thing is clear: those officers have no sympathy for Lori Lightfoot or David Brown.
Are we going to see a mass exodus of police officers from the Chicago police force? I can’t say, but this vote of no confidence doesn’t seem to indicate that it’s going to get better anytime soon.