Escalation of violence in Chicago: By the numbers
A look at the growing violence in Chicago and what the legislators and the police are there to say about it
CHICAGO – Two Chicago police officers in hot water Monday after a photo of them sleeping on the job went viral.
The photo showed two officers in a Chicago Police 6111 vehicle slumped over and snoozing. Both wore black bullet-proof vests.
The picture was posted on Saturday and has been shared more than 20,000 times on Facebook, including by mayoral candidate Yes’Mold Green.
Green, who has been active in the Black Lives Matter movement, the fault of the sleeping situation on mandatory overtime ordered by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
“In the light of all the violence that happened last week, Rahm decided to deploy 600 MORE officers and officers working overtime! This picture proves WHY this is a bad idea. Officers fatigued, causing them to respond to crime,” Green wrote on his Facebook page.
Former Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, who is also running for mayor, the so-called sleeping on the job “simply inexcusable.”
“It’s a big deal,” he told WGN.
The Chicago Police department pushed back on the claims that the cream puffs duo were overworked and burn out. “Office welfare, health and safety is one of our highest priorities. The officers involved in this incident, not on an overtime initiative and worked minimal amounts of overtime since July 1 and no overtime this week or in the weekend.”
Police spokesman Anthony guglielmi said the CPD became aware of the photo in the weekend and that the Offices of the Patrol and internal Affairs has a research set up.
“The officers will face discipline,” Gugliemi said.
The embarrassing picture comes at a time when the crime in Chicago and is on the rise. Fifty-nine people were shot in the city in the weekend. Six died and 53 were injured, including a 3-year-old boy was shot in the leg.
On Saturday night three people were shot on a back-to-school peace picnic was held in a children’s playground. A fourth person was beaten on the event, which was held for the promotion of the peace and in the community.
In a commentary on the crime of last week, Emanuel, a Democrat, said: “I know that the power of faith and family can do. … Our children need that structure. … I demand … that we also don’t shy away from a full discussion about the importance of family and faith to help develop and promote character, self-respect, a value system and a moral compass that allows children to know good from evil, and between good and evil.”