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John Andrews interviewed by Fox News in Chicago.

John Andrews interviewed by Fox News in Chicago.

 

CHICAGO / Besides getting walloped in news articles published in local and national media outlets, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is now getting it from his own team. A Chicago police officer fed up with the manpower shortage on the force complained about it on his personal blog and for breaking ranks he’s now under investigation by Internal Affairs. 

The story about the IA investigation of this office is front-page news in the Chicago. 

“While Chicago has been under attack with its people fearful and hiding, its police department was twisted into paralysis by organizational decimation, incompetent leadership, self-serving politics and corruption,” writes Chicago police Lt. John Andrews on his blog.  “We are sickened that our world-class police department has deteriorated into ruin in only a few short years. We are tired of a leaderless department. We are angry at an unsupportive mayor.” 

(Visit Chicago police officer’s blog

Andrews has become a hero of sorts to many of his fellow police officers because they share his feelings yet have remained quiet.  

Top brass at Chicago P.D. are speaking out, however, critical of Andrews.   

“I think leaders in today’s times should look to inspire, motivate and look for solutions to challenges,” Jody Weiss, superintendent of Chicago Police told Fox Chicago News. “I don’t think leaders should throw rocks at their respective agencies, at those who are actually trying to address the challenges.” 

Now that Andrews has taken a stand, he refuses to back down.  He has talked to the local news media about his gripes and the entry he wrote remains front and center on his website. 

“Homicides, shootings and gang related crimes are sucking the life out of this city. Daily, people are shot and killed on our streets over conflicts with gangs and drugs. Our children are not immune from the victimization as they too are targets or suffer as collateral damage from stray gunfire,” writes Andrews. 

Ironically, say media experts, had Mayor Daley and the police department ignored the blog, the story would likely have never gotten attention. 

“It’s an obscure blog that no one had ever heard of until Mayor Daley and his administration reacted by launching and internal affairs investigation,” says Stephan Lipinsky, a former news editor who’s now a consultant.  “It’s Daley’s reaction that made this a news story.  Had they ignored it, the public might never know about the blog or what the police officer ever said.”  

Political consultants say Daley’s reaction may be a sign of his growing frustration over the crime rate and the political fallout it is causing.

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