Every year, for the past 11 years that I have taught in Chicago Public Schools (CPS), Chicago claims it doesn’t have enough money to properly fund its public schools. And every year there is some “justification” for not giving our students equitable funding.
In 2010, CPS didn’t have enough money and threatened to and non-varsity sports.
In 2013, it was “necessary” to close more than , the most schools ever shut down at one time in our country体彩官方app’s history.
Now, every year our students watch as librarians, counselors, social workers, support staff, security and teachers are cut. They see how special education has been . They wonder why the technology in their school does not work, why paint is peeling off their classroom walls, why their track is unusable, why their heating and cooling vents spew out white clumps of powder, or why there are in their classrooms.
Yet through all of this, Chicago always finds money for policing.
Throughout my time teaching in CPS, I have heard stories of the abusive nature of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) from my students. At first, , I had a hard time believing my students, because what they were telling was so different from my own experiences. For me as a white person, the police are at worst a minor annoyance. But for my black students, the police can mean danger, abuse, harassment, brutality and death.
It has been well documented that CPD has been terrorizing Chicago’s black and brown communities for generations, going back to the 1960s, with the while he slept, to the 1970s, with acts of torture led by Commander Jon Burge.
This year, Chicago Public Schools students will be learning through the of the standard torture practices during the . For about a 20-year period, Commander Jon Burge and his officers would pick up innocent black men and force them into confessing to crimes that they did not commit. His standard methods of getting forced confessions was torture, which included suffocation, putting loaded weapons into mouths and electric shocks to the genital area.
Although the Burge torture era has ended, the corruption within the Chicago Police Department has not.
CPD has and continues to operate using a , with secret detention sites like , the planting of evidence, and killing people of color in our city. All of these standard operating procedures are .
Through all of this, the “union” representing the CPD ― the (FOP) ― proudly continues to justify these practices. This is the same FOP who is upset about the Reparations WON curriculum, because they want the curriculum to tell . Both sides of torture?
Instead of working to improve policing to make sure acts of police torture, abuse and murder come to a stop, the FOP is working to make sure the mandates in the FOP contract . Over the years, the FOP has negotiated that allows the police to make up stories and intimidate people who might file complaints against them, to name a just a few.
Now, Mayor Emanuel thinks the police are deserving of a new $95 million training facility. Just another example of Rahm using taxpayer money for anything and everything besides our students. Rahm will fund River Walks, Navy Pier, basketball stadiums and hotels while from the neighborhoods and schools that need them. His policies lead to the cutting of librarians, social workers, counselors, teachers, and support staff. School budgets continue to be cut. Parents go on to keep schools open. Still more schools are
You must survive on less.
At the same time schools and our students are having to operate with less, in conditions the mayor would never tolerate for his own children, Chicago is increasing funding to systems, like the police, that harshly punish black and brown children and families.
The Chicago Police Department costs taxpayers $4 million a day in operating costs, which makes up and totals up to $1.5 billion dollars per year. Police brutality cases in Chicago have cost our city more than . To put this spending on policing in perspective, :
“… more than the city spends on the Departments of Public Health, Family and Support 体彩官方app, Transportation, and Planning and Development combined. Mental-health spending receives $10 million per year, and only $2 million per year is allocated to violence-prevention services.”
Just recently, a case involving a Chicago police shooting and killing of shows once again CPD planted evidence, showcasing continued corruption. Ronald was shot while running in 2014. It was claimed that he had a gun and, according to an image put out by CPD, it showed he had a gun. This was a claim his family has disputed. The officers weren’t charged. But now, after a the image, it has become evident that it is a false image.
Meaning Ronald didn’t have a gun. Meaning there is no justification for his death.
Before Rahm gives any money to the CPD, he should follow all of the recommendations of the . In case you missed it, the DOJ investigation was the largest civil rights investigation into a police department in history. The DOJ findings included that CPD was responsible for the use of excessive and deadly force against people who pose no threat, use of force in health crises, exhibit racially discriminatory behavior, having officers with no accountability and who are poorly trained.
On top of addressing the DOJ concerns, Rahm should also have a democratically elected (CPAC), as many community organizations have been advocating for years. (While he is at it, he should have an , too.)
Until the Chicago Police Department cleans up its act, it should not receive additional funding to build a new cop academy. Police can improve their training methods in their current training facilities. You don’t need a new building to teach police how not to be racist or why they should not kill innocent people.
If Rahm can’t find money for the education of our students, then there is no way he should find money for the incarceration of them. #NoCopAcademy
Here is more information about the proposed and here are our elected officials to not support the cop academy.
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