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Kerik: How Trump Can End Chicago's Savage Crime Wave

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By    |   Tuesday, 03 Jan 2017 11:30 AM

Chicago's crime statistics are in for 2016 and the numbers are staggering: 4,331 people shot, 762 dead.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's sanctuary city, the nation's third largest, saw 1,100 more shooting incidents last year than it did in 2015, and homicides compared to 2015 (485) is the most substantial increase in 60 years.

Chicago's former top cop, Garry McCarthy, has charged that the actions of the radical group, Black Lives Matter, has led to more black deaths and prevented the Chicago Police from doing their jobs.

His controversial claim falls right in line with public statements made by FBI Director James Comey, who blamed the "Ferguson effect, where police officers are hesitant to confront suspects for fear of getting hit with excessive force or brutality."

Both McCarthy and Comey are right, but the real blame lies in the failed leadership of Rahm Emanuel, a mayor who has stood by and watched one person after another slaughtered in his streets, and has done virtually nothing.

In the summer of 1993, crime was rampant in New York City with mothers putting their children to bed in bathtubs to protect them from gunfire. It was a war zone. Close to 2,000 homicides that year.

After Rudy Giuliani was elected mayor in 1994, the NYPD implemented one of the most aggressive and comprehensive policing strategies in the country that focused on real time crime data collection, the immediate placement of police personnel in high crime areas, and an aggressive accountability program to ensure that police supervisors and management were succeeding in their goals.

Successes were acknowledged and rewarded, and those who failed, were forced to find another career.

Over the next eight years, for every percentage point violent crime and murder decreased, there were increases in economic development, real estate values, and tourism. New York City became the safest large city in America, and in the world.

In communities of color, there were reductions in violent crime by 70 to 75 percent, and reductions in a homicide, by close to 85 percent. 

This is living proof that with the right leadership, management and accountability, cities could be made safe and secure, which is why I find it incredibly sickening that Chicago gets worse with each passing day.

Mayor Emanuel has called for tougher gun laws, when in fact, Chicago already has some of the toughest in the nation.

Advocates and local political leaders are blaming the lack of jobs and opportunities for violence, and gang and gun activity.

You would have to be either extremely naïve or just plain stupid to believe that the creation of jobs is going to reduce the number of shootings which are predominantly done by gang members — this year, running at about a 48 percent increase over last year.

Gun-toting gang members aren't interested in jobs, and, they're not going stop doing what you're doing, until the police shut them down.

If I were the former chief of staff to the president of the United States like Mayor Emanuel was, I would pull every string I could to get added assistance from the federal government to address the crime and murder in my city.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF),  FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. marshals, for starters, and then I would go to the governor and ask for help from the state police and National Guard.

What about using the Guard in administrative and other positions to free us police personnel for patrol? Your streets are like a war zone with your citizens under attack, and your police need help. The National Guard can be a part of the solution.

President-elect Donald Trump has expressed his concern about Chicago's murder rate, and rightfully so. Perhaps, things are about to change.

The president-elect should establish a blue ribbon violent crime commission of local and state crime fighters with records of success, state and federal prosecutors, and federal agents (DEA, FBI and ATF), to look at cities like Chicago, Baltimore and others, and establish long term crime reduction strategies in these local and state governments that are otherwise useless.

Reducing shootings, gang violence and murder in Chicago and these other cities are not impossible. It just takes real leadership and aggressive management and accountability. It takes long term strategies, courage to implement those strategies, and resources to ensure that they can be carried out.

Without these simple, but equally important basics, gang violence, shootings, and murders will increase and more people will die.

I think the answer is easy.

Bernard Kerik was New York City's 40th Police Commissioner.
 

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