Chicago Violence Brings Response From City Hall, Self-Defense Experts

Shootings are up 11 percent from a year earlier in Chicago.

Homicides are up 36 percent.

And as I noted yesterday, the wildings (or flash mobs/mob actions as some also call them) are back.

City Hall’s response?

Hire more police officers?

Nope. Even though rank-and-file Chicago police officers have vented their frustration about a manpower shortage for some time now in such gathering places like the unofficial Chicago Police Department blog Second City Cop, and Fraternal Order of Police spokesperson Pat Camden pointed out on the Chicago Tribune website today:

We’ve had 1,000 officers retire in the last two years. They’ve (the department) hired 150.

Instead, the City of Chicago will pay out overtime to police officers. Jeremy Gorner, David Heinzmann, and Peter Nickeas wrote on the Tribune site this morning:

With homicides soaring so far this year and another bloody weekend in the books, Chicago police intend to announce at roll calls that overtime will be paid to officers working their days off beginning this weekend, according to a department-issued memo obtained by the Tribune.

The communication from First Deputy Superintendent Alfonza Wysinger makes clear that the initiative is targeted at curbing the growing violence. It comes at a time when the city is struggling with budget woes…

Time will tell if this strategy works.


“Victim describes mob attack”
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In the meantime, for those readers concerned about the wildings/mob actions/flash mobs in Chicago (and elsewhere, as 2011 showed it just wasn’t confined to the Windy City), advice from two well-known personal defense personalities in dealing with such life-threatening acts comes to mind.

Gabe Suarez, a decorated veteran of Southern California law enforcement and president of the personal safety training outfit Suarez International, addressed these threats in his Warrior Talk News blog back on June 26 last year. Suarez listed a number of recent incidents, then wrote:

These events have consumed the discussion at most self-defense focused websites in the last few weeks. Accompanying the discussion is the usual hand wringing regarding what to do if one is beset by a gang of thugs bent on your destruction. Well, I have my views on this which will no doubt shock the senses of the Doodley Doo Rights of the gun world.

First, this was not some group of young teenaged honor students. In all cases it was a group of urban thugs. Second, they were not there to practice for their debate on the ills of capitalism. Third, they understand only one thing…violence. So understand who they are and be ready to speak their language…

Suarez went on to prove “language lessons” in the post, which can be read in its entirety on Warrior Talk News here.

Then there’s Michael Bane- journalist, author, and host of a number of Outdoor Channel TV shows such as Shooting Gallery, MidwayUSA’s The Best Defense, and MidwayUSA’s The Best Defense: Survival! In episode #40 of The Best Defense, which aired on the Outdoor Channel on December 28, 2011, Bane, along with other self-defense personalities Michael Janich and Mike Seeklander, guided viewers through different scenarios and solutions to wilding/flash mob attacks.

You can watch the 5 minute 41 second segment on Bane’s DownRange.TV website here.

Stay safe…

Source:

Gorner, Jeremy, Heinzmann, David, and Nickeas, Peter. “Police authorize overtime to help curb rising violence.” Chicago Tribune. 12 June 2012. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-weekend-violence-20120612,0,284106.story). 12 June 2012.

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Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 Crime, Firearms, Government, How To, Public Safety, Self-Defense

2 Comments to Chicago Violence Brings Response From City Hall, Self-Defense Experts

  1. Hey Patty,

    Is this heresay or what you p.o.s.?

    Maybe you should “lunge” into a new line of work — retirement. You dont see, you archaic white-washed a$$ – that you put cops in danger by LYING and trying to spin the truth. Get it? Good. Time to go home, and let the next generation try and fix your generation’s deadly mistakes.

  2. callingoutaliar on December 1st, 2015
  3. Thanks for the comment callingoutaliar.

  4. Editor on December 2nd, 2015
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