Jodi Weis is Not the Problem

Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis is scheduled to be grilled publicly in City Hall by aldermen hungry for a scapegoat over the recent surge of violence in Chicago. City Council is up in arms, pun intended, over what Ald. Isaac Carothers (29th) called “unprecedented violence” at this year’s Taste of Chicago.

From the Sun-Times:

Embattled Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis will face the music this morning about the surge in homicides and other violent crime that boiled over at Taste of Chicago — and it probably won’t be pretty.

Aldermen and their constituents are angry about the gang and gun violence that has killed and injured so many young people. They want answers from a rookie superintendent who, they fear, has spent more time fighting police corruption than fighting crime.

They’re angry because it happened at the Taste. But it happens EVERY DAY on Chicago’s South Side! Where has this outrage been hiding?  There are deeper questions here about violence in America that continue to go unasked and unanswered.

Today is a day for sanctimony. This evening, there will be more shootings in Chicago, and the aldermen and mayor will barely take notice.