Police in Chicago are not happy with their mayor. While dealing with the metropolis’ notoriously high crime rate, they feel they’re not receiving the support they need from the city’s leader as they put their personal safety on the line every day to keep others safe.
After 200 members of the Fraternal Order of Police marched in protest of Mayor Rahm Emanuel last week, President Trump tweeted his support of them, writing, “Chicago Police have every right to legally protest against the mayor and an administration that just won’t let them do their job. The killings are at a record pace and tough police work, which Chicago will not allow, would bring things back to order fast...the killings must stop!”
The officers in the Windy City have more than one grievance with Emanuel. One, they feel they’re being unfairly blamed for some of the incidences between police and civilians that have gone south, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Two, they disagree with the mayor’s support of an Obama Administration recommendation that allows a federal judge to enforce police reforms.
According to Fox News, Fraternal Order of Police vice president Patrick Murray told Emanuel, “You are more concerned with consent decrees, settlements, pandering to police-hating groups than negotiating a contract with us. Our members are starting to believe you have no intention of negotiating a contract with us until after the next election.”
Emanuel, a Democrat, is campaigning for a third term in office. The election will be held Feb. 26, 2019.
The union’s second vice president thanked Trump for his tweet, saying, “We 100 percent agree with that statement and appreciate the president’s support. The police would like to be able to do their jobs.”