Maybe the times have changed, or maybe Chicago is really located in Bizarro World. But there is definitely some serious weirdness going on when the Chief of Police has a summit with the leaders of the city’s gangs.
CHICAGO — The idea seemed simple though bold: Call reputed gang leaders to a meeting with top police and federal prosecutors and deliver an ultimatum to end killings in the nation’s third-largest city.
My college professors will be offended when I say that I really don’t think that members of a criminal gang are legitimate stakeholders when it comes to public safety. If we have to stick labels on people, let’s call them, the enemy. That might just be my insensitivity shining through, or perhaps I really am a dinosaur.
“What are we doing negotiating or having a sit-down with urban terrorists who are killing with guns and drugs on the streets?” Chicago Alderman Bob Fioretti said. “Gangs are not to be coddled.”
Hey Bob, you and me are on the same wavelength.
The only thing you negotiate with an enemy are the conditions of surrender.