Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she has a “thousand percent confidence” in the city’s police superintendent after an inspector general report suggested the department was not equipped to handle 2020’s summer riots.
Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson’s office reported Police Superintendent David Brown and his staff were “outflanked and underprepared” during the riots . . . .
“The challenges in responding to large-scale protests and unrest amidst a global pandemic were daunting, but the efforts of CPD and the City to stem unrest were marked, almost without exception, by confusion and lack of coordination in the field, emanating from failures of intelligence assessment, major event planning, field communication and operation, administrative systems and, most significantly, leadership from CPD’s highest ranks,” according to the Chicago inspector general’s office.
The report described mistakes made by CPD leadership as having “failed the public” and cited that rank-and-file officers were left to “high-stakes improvisation without adequate supervision or guidance.”
A story of a man in over his head hired by woman in over her head.
Lightfoot, however, backed her superintendent, saying Brown brings “integrity and legitimacy” to the role. [Big flabby words when competence is the issue] The mayor also disputed a claim in the report that said she rejected Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s early offer to call on the National Guard to help Chicago police officers manage the unrest.
“There was never a time that it was offered and we rejected it. That’s simply not true. I don’t even know where that came from,” Lightfoot told reporters on Friday.
Has she taken it up with the Inspector General? Picked his report apart for all to see? Not that we know of.