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Posted By: Imright, 6/9/2020 10:20:33 PM

Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Tuesday embraced the idea of licensing police officers as she strives to appease those clamoring for reform after George Floyd’s death, but without defunding the Chicago Police Department.Five years ago, then-state Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, tried to push a police reform package through the Illinois General Assembly that included licensing for police officers after the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.Last week, Raoul, now Illinois attorney general, took himself to task on WBEZ-FM (91.5) for backing off that effort amid opposition from law enforcement.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: 4Justice 6/9/2020 10:32:34 PM (No. 439169)
What good would licensing do?? Police already have to go through hoops to get hired as is. Just stop hiring cowboys with power issues for the job and go back to hiring public servants, like they did when my grandpa was on the job.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: KanCreeper 6/9/2020 10:35:35 PM (No. 439170)
Licensing Cops: Begs the question: Where do they hand the license plate? If the politicians want to have the cops licensed, why niot the politicians? Law-making politicians are seeming more dangerous to a larger share of the population, than the individual cop is?
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Reply 3 - Posted by: RedWhite&Blue2 6/9/2020 10:41:12 PM (No. 439174)
Lightfoot..”You’re full of sh**”! Alderman..”F you”! Saw this on Tucker and Laura See who they are?
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Reply 4 - Posted by: john56 6/9/2020 10:50:24 PM (No. 439180)
You mean Chicago hires folks to be cops off the street on Monday and puts them on the street with a gun on Tuesday? Every decent size city I know has their own police academy, smaller towns use the police academies of larger cities or hire experienced, trained police from other communities or the military. Here in Texas, you are required to hold a Texas Peace Officer License to be a policeman, jailer, or corrections official. Maybe Chicago and the idjits up north need to stop watching Police Academy movies and thinking that's how it's done.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: mc squared 6/9/2020 11:10:44 PM (No. 439195)
Waters, Jackson Lee and now Lightfoot.. The Dems sure have a monopoly on textbook stupid.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: shalimar 6/9/2020 11:11:14 PM (No. 439198)
Licensing is designed for people who "hang out a shingle" and offer services directly to the public. That she doesn't understand this is bizarre.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: MDConservative 6/9/2020 11:23:30 PM (No. 439207)
#6 - When is the last time you saw a "shingle" for a wastewater plant operator, for example? You know, the public workers that clean up filthy water before discharged into rivers? I have no issue with police licensing. It will dissuade a number from ever going into the work, and there is a dearth of acceptable applicants already in many places. In a sense, the badge itself is a license, given by authorities after vetting and successful training. Chicago is reputed to have a fine process. Won't that do?
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Reply 8 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 6/9/2020 11:41:57 PM (No. 439228)
How ignorant. The tests and training you have to go thru to become a cop is surely enough.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: MindMadeUp 6/10/2020 12:12:06 AM (No. 439256)
Sounds like even they realize defunding police is idiocy and they are trying to come up with a relatively harmless alternative to attempt to placate the idiots. It won't work. What would help a lot would be to get rid of police unions. Hire and fire cops on the basis of individual competence and performance. Sadly, that won't happen either. Not with Democrats in charge.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Trigger2 6/10/2020 12:48:33 AM (No. 439276)
That's a novel way for demonrat mayors to gin up more money for their bankrupt finances. What's the license fee going to be? $2,000 every 6 months?
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Nimby 6/10/2020 3:00:54 AM (No. 439325)
Does she have a functioning neuron in her head
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Reply 12 - Posted by: DynomiteThings 6/10/2020 3:53:55 AM (No. 439331)
Get rid of police unions. They are what keeps bad cops on the job.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Albatross 6/10/2020 4:01:06 AM (No. 439334)
Police officers in Minnesota have been required to have a state-issued license for more than 40 years. I just read that 2 of the officers in the Floyd incident had taken their required training through the University of Minnesota's Sociology Department, and the Department was telling its people not to talk to media about it.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: hershey 6/10/2020 7:43:45 AM (No. 439401)
She needs to be licensed, and then have the license revoked...I think police officers have more police training than old 'light in the pants' does, or even knows about...and their education is ongoing to satisfy state mandates. speaking from experience here...
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Reply 15 - Posted by: paral04 6/10/2020 8:32:22 AM (No. 439457)
Maybe she could get more fees by licensing criminals instead.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: MickTurn 6/10/2020 8:37:33 AM (No. 439469)
Really, like licensed hair dressers? Give us a break. How about allowing them to DO THEIR JOB and clean up your pathetic filthy city? AND, get rid of the Unions, Have strict sane policies that if Police break them there is no good old boy deal, they go down!
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Yuban 6/10/2020 8:58:33 AM (No. 439505)
They are not looking to get rid of the police. Their aim is to make sure all cops are Leftists and will be on their side.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: HotRod 6/10/2020 9:02:15 AM (No. 439510)
Police are required to complete background screening, training, qualification, and certification. They are issued a badge to confirm this. How about politicians? They are required to be a warm body, hopefully malleable and crooked. Attendance to an institution of advanced programming and indoctrination, such as an Ivy League university, is a plus!
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Reply 19 - Posted by: Laotzu 6/10/2020 9:04:15 AM (No. 439518)
With the anti-union rulings coming down from the Court every term, the Democrats need to replace their cash cow of union dues.
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