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No Quick Fix For Chicago Crime Epidemic, Bratton Warns

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By    |   Sunday, 23 Jul 2017 07:10 PM

There is no quick fix for the crime epidemic in Chicago, and it is going to take some time to solve the problems there, former New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said on Sunday.

Speaking on "The Cats Roundtable" radio show on AM 970 in New York with host John Catsimatidis, Bratton said that "Chicago and several other American cities are having horrific years once again" regarding crime, and "it is going to take a while to work on them. And it is not going to be inexpensive. And it is going to take a change in culture. It is going to take a change possibly in the political situation out there."

Bratton, who also has served as commissioner of the Boston Police Department, as well as chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, said that "Chicago has a number of special sets of circumstances. It is a department that has really cut back on its assertive policing. It is a department that has had a long troubled history with its minority community, particularly its black community.

In addition, he said, "The Chicago Police Department has had more than its share of problem issues over the years: corruption, brutality, lack of training… even lack of numbers. They lost quite a few officers through attrition over the years," emphasizing that another problem in Chicago is that "it is a politically problematic environment that the police find themselves in."

Bratton also stressed that the public needs to stay focused on the threat of terrorism.

"We should not be fearful of it, but we need to be aware of it," he said. "Even while we are getting better at dealing with serious crime, terrorism is still something to be stay aware of."

He also cited other serious issues that need to be taken seriously, such as the opioid epidemic and the issue of mental illness, which he explained "has by grown leaps and bounds and has now reached a tipping point where there is a need to be fearful of the levels of mental illness in our society and the current lack of resources and commitment to address that."

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There is no quick fix for the crime epidemic in Chicago, and it is going to take some time to solve the problems there, former New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said on Sunday.Speaking on "The Cats Roundtable" radio show on AM 970 in New York with host John...
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