Friday, October 7, 2016

Savagely beaten Chicago cop didn't draw gun for fear of media uproar: chief

Via Billy

A Chicago police officer who was savagely beaten at a car accident scene this week did not draw her gun on her attacker -- even though she feared for her life -- because she was afraid of the media attention that would come if she shot him, the city's police chief said this week.

Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson said the officer, a 17-year veteran of the force, knew she should shoot the attacker but hesitated because "she didn't want her family or the department to go through the scrutiny the next day on the national news," the Chicago Tribune reported.

Johnson's remarks, which came at an awards ceremony for police and firefighters, underscore a point law enforcement officers and some political leaders have pressed repeatedly as crime has risen in Chicago and other major cities: that police are reluctant to use force or act aggressively because they worry about negative media attention that will follow.

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