I remember when crime was the conservative's issue. Now ex-Harold-Washington-aid and Mayoral Candidate Bill Dock Walls is telling me Mayor Daley is letting killers go free citing a Pam Zekman story.
From my latest Walls email.
According to Pam Zeckman, WBBM Channel 2 Investigative Reporter, over the past several years the City of Chicago Police Department has classified far fewer deaths as homicides than the Chief Medical Examiner of Cook County has found and recorded. Daley's police initially classify murders as "Death Investigations" and later insist strangulation and stabbing victims died of natural causes. Despite the efforts of police personnel to dispute the Medical Examiner's findings, Dr. Edmund Donoghue insists his findings are accurate.
If Dr. Donoghue is correct, Chicago Police are allowing hundreds of people to get away with murder. These killers, who are not being sought by police, need not fear ever being caught, accused, tried or convicted. In fact, these killers are free to roam the streets and possibly kill again.
Although Police Superintendent Cline has indicated he will assign one of his top deputies to examine the cases in question, I am not satisfied that this investigation will be done in good faith, nor in a timely manner. I am concerned that during this election season the Daley administration will attempt to stall this investigation or sweep the ugly truth under the rug.
Mayor Daley should immediately appoint a blue ribbon commission to reconcile the last 6 years of city homicide statistics. Furthermore, Daley should not announce any re-election plans, nor should he submit Nomination Papers, until this matter is satisfactorily resolved.
This apparent systematic underreporting of murder to bolster the Mayors image is serious. Daley shoulders the responsibility for placing all Chicagoans at risk. It is another example of Daley administration corruption with great potential to hurt average people. Daley should get no satisfaction or reward from putting people at risk.