- Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been trying desperately to coax Chicago Police officers out of their defensive crouch.
Their reluctance is believed to have contributed, in part, to a 50 percent surge in homicides and shootings.
But coaxing is not working, according a story Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson told at Thursday’s annual police and fire awards ceremony in the City Council chambers.
Johnson talked about something that happened Wednesday after officers responded to what he called a “simple traffic accident” that turned ugly.
“A subject who was under the influence of PCP attacked a female officer. Viciously pounded her head into the street as her partner was trying to get him off of her. This attack went on for several minutes,” Johnson told the assembled dignitaries.
“As I was at the hospital last night visiting with her, she looked at me and said she thought she was gonna die. And she knew that she should shoot this guy. But, she chose not to because she didn’t want her family or the department to have to go through the scrutiny the next day on national news.”