Chicago Police Committing Suicide. Did You Know?

Chicago Police Committing Suicide. Did You Know?

Chicago Police Committing Suicide. Did You Know?

Chicago police have one of the worst professions in the nation. They have to deal with gang-bangers, homicides left unsolved due to tight-lipped witnesses, and a new consent decree which ties their hands. Now they’re facing suicides in their ranks.

On Sunday morning, an off-duty police detective committed suicide at his home by carbon monoxide poisoning. That’s bad enough, but he was the fourth member of the CPD to take his life in less than four months.

Let that sink in.

Three other officers shot themselves between July and September.

Four police suicides in a single city within four months is shocking enough, but did you hear about it in national media? I didn’t. The only reason I knew of the most recent suicide is because I subscribe to a Chicago online newspaper.

It goes against the media’s narrative, you see, considering that Barack Obama’s BFF Rahm Emmanuel is the mayor. Plus Obama’s Presidential Library is currently being built on the South Side, and will open in 2021. Suicide among police don’t look too good for the narrative, does it?

However, the CPD have been grappling with the issue for a while now — so much that a former officer and counselor wrote a book about it. He says that suicide is the “elephant in the room” which no one wants to talk about.

But when you look at what the Chicago police deal with on a regular basis, it’s understandable why some of them may go over that brink.

Chicago police

Credit: TheeErin; flickr.com.

Consider, for example, the shooting spree which happened last weekend. On Sunday, 26 people were shot in an 18-hour period — and that was just Sunday. The entire weekend saw 42 people shot, five of them fatally. One was a 16-year-old boy.

Then consider that this was the second worst weekend of the year. The grand champion of shoot-a-rama weekends happened in August, when 74 people were shot, 12 of them fatally. But the year isn’t over, either.

And now police also have to do funeral duty, and no, it’s not escorting hearses to the cemetery. They’ll be part of a ‘Funeral and Cemetery Violence Task Force.’

I’m not kidding.

Two weeks ago, while friends and family were saying their final goodbyes to rapper Vantrease Criss, aka “Dooski Da Man” (I’m not kidding about that, either), gangs shot six people exiting the church. The church!

A CPD task force now has to patrol churches, funeral homes, and cemeteries, lest some gang-bangers disrupt the funeral for a rival gang member. It’s been happening more frequently, but the shooting at “Dooski’s” service was the final straw.

Then there was the 2014 Laquan McDonald incident, in which Officer Jason Van Dyke shot 17-year-old McDonald 16 times. A jury recently convicted Van Dyke of second degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery, and Van Dyke is to learn his sentence this week. Chicago dodged riots with the verdict, but if the sentence is less than what some in the community think he deserves, what will happen then?

Finally, there’s the proposed ‘consent decree’ facing Chicago police — which Attorney General Jeff Sessions worries will hamstring police in doing their jobs. Mayor Rahm Emmanuel told Sessions to sit down and shut up:

“Today Jeff Sessions praised Bill Bratton’s NYPD leadership, then attacked Chicago. Before the AG runs his mouth he should get educated on what he’s talking about. Bratton is America’s top police expert and yesterday he praised Chicago’s crime reductions over the past 2 years.”

Is it any wonder that some Chicago police officers are going over the edge? They face rampant lawbreaking for which they get little support from residents. Their city officials don’t support them. One of their brothers in blue was recently convicted of a major crime. And large swaths of the city hate their guts.

Even if you don’t live in Chicago, or have any sort of connection with the Windy City, you might still say a prayer or two for the beleaguered Chicago police. Suicides may also be coming to a police department near you.

 

Featured pic cropped from TheeErin, flickr.com.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

4 Comments
  • Mark says:

    I’m beginning to think that the original sin of this country was not slavery but the Democratic Party.

  • GWB says:

    Three other officers shot themselves between July and September.
    See? This is why we should take away their guns. /Shannon Watts

    The attitudes against police make their jobs that much harder.
    So do the attitudes of police.

    We have a problem best solved by citizens stepping up and taking care of their own communities (including police from that community patrolling that community), reducing the scope and size of gov’t (including a LOT of laws that should be eliminated), and restoring a moral backbone in that community.

  • Martin Eli says:

    Gun control? No
    Finger control? Yes
    It is impossible to legislate love and care for others. Our culture/ society is broken. What glue is needed to “fix” the hurt, the blame, the cause, the hate, the suicide? What is the very, very social root of our nation? It is not the individual, it is the family. The smallest unit of society is the family. Two people. If we read two people apart we have brokenness…..major brokenness in all matters. The erasure of trust. No trust,no life.
    A broken vow creates broken marriages create broken children create broken families create broken lives create broken communities producing broken culture….
    Religions have proven themselves to be hate-based.
    May we fully know that love cannot be legislated.
    Love is given to our within. Trust returns. No trust, no love.
    Shall we start over? It is a reformation day….today.

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