Chicago Cops Blame ‘ACLU Effect’ for Increase in Gun Violence

Drown the police in paperwork if they make a street stop, and what do you get?  Fewer stops and more violent crime, including a near doubling of the murder rate.  At least that seems to be the case in Chicago, where violence has gone viral over the past few weeks. Plagued with allegations of excessive police shootings, the police department cut a deal last August with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to submit two full pages of information for each stop of a suspect instead of a two-sided, three-by-five-inch "contact card." The long form contains at least 50 more boxes to be checked off, including various racial categories, plus several lines each for "narratives" concerning the reason for the stop, whether the suspect was patted down, and "all the reasons that led to the search" if a search "beyond a protective pat down" was conducted. The aggregate information will be assessed by former U.S. magistrate Judge...(Read Full Article)