Chicago, IL – Chicago gang members now outnumber cops at least nine to one as crime rates continue to skyrocket throughout the city.
That ratio could be even more dire due to the fact that a staggering number of Chicago police officers are resigning or retiring, depleting the agency’s 13,000-member force even further, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Chicago Alderman Ray Lopez revealed on Sunday that the Chicago Police Department (CPD) is currently on track to witness “one of the highest retirement numbers in the city’s history” by the end of the year.
According to the Chicago Police Pension Board, 363 officers left CPD between Jan. 1 and June 30, easily surpassing the 339 officers who left the force in all of 2018, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Another 56 officers are slated to wrap up their CPD careers this month alone.
CPD had 475 retirements in 2019 and 560 in 2020, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Conversely, Chicago’s 55 known gangs boast membership of approximately 117,000, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said last year, according to the New York Post.
Lopez said the mass police exodus has been spurred on by politicians like Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who he claimed has perpetuated the anti-police rhetoric that has demoralized the city’s officers, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
“Many of our officers are not choosing to leave law enforcement as a profession but are retiring early to go to other departments because they don’t feel appreciated and respected in their home city of Chicago,” Lopez said.
Many younger officers with less than 10 years on the force are leaving CPD to go work for other departments because they are “absolutely miserable” with the canceled vacation, mandatory 12-hour shifts, and the constant threat of potential putative action they face in their current positions, Chicago Police Union President John Catanzara told the Chicago Sun-Times.
“You are literally treated like a rented mule and ridden until you can’t go any more,” he said. “Today’s hero, tomorrow’s zero.”
So far, 2021 has been Chicago’s deadliest year in more than a decade, according to WFLD.
But according to Lightfoot, crime “is not out of control” in the Windy City.
Lightfoot made the bizarre statement during a press conference late last month following a bloody weekend during which 77 people were shot and at least five killed, WFLD reported.
The mayor appeared to lose her temper at Newsmax reporter William Kelly when he asked her about the “off-the-charts” violent crime in the city.
“The premise of your question, which is it’s chaos everywhere, the fact of the matter is, sir – which you also didn’t point out, but I will so we get this straight – is we’re actually seeing a decline in homicides and shootings, yes sir,” Lightfoot replied, according to Newsmax.
When press aides tried to stop the Newsmax reporter from asking a follow-up question, Lightfoot got snarky at the podium.
“No no, no no no no,” the mayor interrupted. “Let him ask his follow-up question so he doesn’t claim that somehow we’re being biased and slighting the guy from Newsmax.”
Then Kelly asked her if she owed an apology to the victims of the skyrocketing violent crime in the city.
“So once again sir, I ask you to get your facts right,” Lightfoot corrected him. “Crime is not out of control in our city. In fact, crime is on the decline. All of our major indices show a decline in crime and our homicides and our shootings, year after year, are down.
“And sir,” the mayor continued, “I was polite and allowed you to spew your rhetoric that is offensive to me and others but I’m trying to be polite and professional and answer your question.”
“But if you want to write your own narrative and irrelevant to what I’m going to say and what the facts are, then we’ll just move on to another reporter,” she said and summarily dismissed him.