Shorty Lee Lowe | Chicago Reader

I'm a high school teacher in CPS, and I'm a proud Union Delegate of the CTU.

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Re: “Cops slammed for ticketing black cyclists: ‘It’s about the police harassing people’

"Except that the north side doesn't have the same underlying violent crime problem."

That's a fact, but that wasn't my point. What does issuing tickets to people riding their bicycles on sidewalks have to do with violent crime?

"[The north side] doesn't have the same issues of poverty, of course, so that's the real question. . . ."

I wholeheartedly agree. The quick fixes our elected officials are always promoting are costlier in the long-term than the costs of addressing economic inequality in the short-term, but then again, if we were to seriously address economic inequality, all the parents of those Chads and Trixies wouldn't be as happy.

"At some point the conversation also needs to be had that Chicago as a sanctuary city may be a factor in the sky-high unemployment rate for black males. It's a competition for entry-level jobs, there's just no getting around it."

Judging by all the Russiagate nonsense, I don't believe we're capable of having that conversation.

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Posted by Shorty Lee Lowe on 07/20/2018 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Cops slammed for ticketing black cyclists: ‘It’s about the police harassing people’

Has anyone here read Cathy O'Neil's Weapons of Math Destruction? In one chapter, Civilian Casualties: Justice in the Age of Big Data, O'Neil makes a compelling argument that data services like CompStat, which is what I believe CPD uses, create "pernicious feedback" loops that lead to the types of policing we see in so called high-crime neighborhoods: CompStat identifies high-crime areas; CPD sends more officers to those areas; more officers necessarily leads to more arrests; those arrests are fed back into CompStat; and CompStat, once again, identifies the area as needing more officers because of the area's high crime rate. The only way I can see to break this negative feedback loop is to do what CPD does on the north side, stop policing low-level crimes.

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Posted by Shorty Lee Lowe on 07/18/2018 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Father Pfleger, top cop Johnson, and a tinge of hope for the city’s future

"Why? Because things don't always work perfectly and bad things happen?"

"From 2010 through 2016, Chicago financed $486 million of the $936 million in cop-related settlements, judgments and legal expenses over that timea little over halfwith bonds. In 2016, for the first time in years, the city covered the entirety of the $116 million in legal costs without resorting to debt. In 2017, the city issued $274 million in taxable bonds due in 12 years and six months, at an interest rate topping 7 percent. Most of that$225 millionis covering the cost of judgments and settlements (http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/201…).

Your system is broken, IAC.

"I don't think you believe the logic you are using should apply to the school system."

Teachers and police officers work in vastly different environments, but we both are being called upon to somehow magically fix the problems produced by late-stage capitalism.

"So the fact that the police department has also had problems shouldn't mean that everything should be radically changed to the degree you are suggesting with rather than simply major improvements being made within the system that exists."

We're talking about violating people's civil rights, not "problems."

"What's false? . . . It explicitly argues that there should be an 'overthrow' of the police."

No, it doesn't: "Ultimately, no system of injustice will consent to its own overthrow and the system will never indict itself." The authors are talking about a system, which is probably why they chose to use that word twice. Basic reading comprehension.

"You seem extremely convinced that many police shootings are unjustified."

I don't want to step on irighti's toes, but you're completely missing the point--purposely, most likely. According to The Chicago Reporter's excellent coverage of criminal justice in Chicago, the Chicago Police Department has had 943 lawsuits filed against it for police misconduct since January 1, 2011, and as of April 20, 2018, the CPD has fully implemented only 20 of the Department of Justice's 99 recommendations. Look through the list of the types of misconduct (http://projects.chicagoreporter.com/settle…). These aren't merely "problems."

Posted by Shorty Lee Lowe on 07/16/2018 at 11:48 PM

Re: “Father Pfleger, top cop Johnson, and a tinge of hope for the city’s future

"There already is complete civilian control of the police department. The citizens elect the mayor and the city council. The mayor appoints the police superintendent and the city council provides oversight of the police."

I think the evidence clearly shows that the system you outlined above does not work.

"The Chicago Reporter piece you linked to, by the way, is even more radical than that. It wants to destroy the police department. Obviously, a suggestion like that is not worth paying attention to."

This is false.

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Posted by Shorty Lee Lowe on 07/16/2018 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Rauner showers praise on Mike Pence, leaving no doubt how he feels about gay marriage

"At first, back in the 1990s, Obama was for itwhen he was running for state senator from liberal Hyde Park. Then he was against it, when he was running statewide for Senator in 2004. And then, once he was safely reelected as president for his final term, he was for it again. But Ill give Obama this. He finessed the issue to try to get elected so he could do something noble, such as pass an universalif watered downnational health-care plan."

This is absolutely ridiculous and hypocritical.

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Posted by Shorty Lee Lowe on 07/16/2018 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Father Pfleger, top cop Johnson, and a tinge of hope for the city’s future

irighti, I want the community to do the purging through complete civilian control of the police department.

Effective community organizing can lead to real change: https://theintercept.com/2018/03/20/larry-….

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Posted by Shorty Lee Lowe on 07/16/2018 at 12:10 AM

Re: “Father Pfleger, top cop Johnson, and a tinge of hope for the city’s future

For a different perspective of Pfleger's Dan Ryan protest, I recommend "Why the Dan Ryan shutdown was not an act of civil disobedience" (https://www.chicagoreporter.com/why-the-da…).

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Posted by Shorty Lee Lowe on 07/14/2018 at 12:29 PM

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