In Chicago, as reported in the Sun-Times:
Interim Chicago Police Supt. John Escalante said Tuesday he hopes to counter a severe downturn in street stops by responding to cops’ complaints about the “burdensome” reports they’ve been filling out since the beginning of the year.Meanwhile, in New York, stops are down and reported crime this year to date is basically steady. Homicides are down 25 percent. Shootings down 30 percent.
Escalante told the Chicago Sun-Times that officers will start using a new, streamlined form on March 1.
Street stops plummeted 79 percent in January compared with the same period of 2015. Meanwhile, murders and other crimes have skyrocketed this year in Chicago, which many cops have attributed to the slowdown in street stops.
The city and the ACLU agreed last week on the streamlined form.
Subway crime is reported up. Or so I hear. I'm not certain because I can't find any actual data on subway crime.
I did see this video of a guy been egged on to assault a Chinese food delivery guy. The delivery man decided to fight back, got in a few punches (hee), and lived to tell about it. But what's interesting is that this took place in the lobby of public housing, exactly where cops are patrolling less aggressively since they were accused of harassing poor innocent tenants hanging out in lobbies. While this is just one incident, it is exactly why police do need to patrol lobbies of public housing. And no, it's not just a matter of people who don't live there. It's about maintaining order.
According to one resident of public housing I spoke to, things are getting slightly worse in terms of people up to no blocking the way of people coming and going. But "it's not nearly as bad as it used to be [years ago]. But it's swinging in that direction."