Mayoral hopefuls agree solving crime is the answer — no matter what the question
Candidates often veered back to crime and public safety when answering questions on the CTA, businesses leaving the city and other matters at the forum, which was held on the Northwest Side.
The problem is that you can't just "solve" crime. Police by their very nature are reactive, not proactive. You can have more of them to hopefully solve crimes and catch suspects, but unless we want a China level police state, you will never "stop" crime with more police.
What we need is more long term solutions:
- More funding spent on social services and alternatives to police being sent out for every single call that comes in (some which might be better served by a social worker or someone other than a cop with a gun).
- More funding to help for education and job creation to give people an alternative to crime.
There's no switch to flip that will solve this.
Spoiler Alert. None of them will in fact be able to solve the crime problem
This article does not do justice to the pure madness of Johnny Logalbo. He’s like a cross between Marianne Williamson and the Tiger King and essentially argued for segregation. It was bonkers. People were booing and laughing openly.
"The practical reality is we are a crime city" - mayors probably.
Does anyone have a good video of the actual Mayoral Forum? There were a lot of news reports about it, and one low quality video I've found where everyone's barely legible, but nothing else.
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