Chicago and LA Police Promise Not to Follow NY Example on Muslim Spying Scandal
In contrast to New York, where Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Mayor Michael Bloomberg are defending their police department’s religious-profiling and spying scandal uncovered by the Associated Press, the police chiefs in America’s next two largest cities are charting a different course.
This week, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy Chicago made his department’s policy clear during the annual banquet of the Council on American Islamic Relations-Chicago:
He said police would follow leads in criminal cases, but the department “does not and will not conduct blanket surveillance and profiling of any community in the city of Chicago.”
“We are deeply committed to respecting the civil rights of all Chicagoans,” McCarthy said.
And last month, Los Angeles Police Deputy Chief Michael P. Downing explained the importance of community outreach while drawing a contrast with New York:
“When the going gets tough, we come to the table and have these difficult conversations about issues,” he said. “That’s what makes us good partners. On the other hand, NYPD is presenting a model of, they are buried in their departments and they do not engage communities.
“It doesn’t help fight crime,” he said. “Nobody wants to cooperate with a police department like that.”
Photo: Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy