Increasingly, Chicago is a dangerous place to live and the city’s police are paying the price. According to reports, police suicide rates are higher in Chicago than the national average.
A recent federal report by former Justice Department official Christy Lopez found that among Chicago’s law enforcement, between 2013 and 2015, the suicide rate was 29.4 per 100,000 department members. Meanwhile, the Chicago Police Department puts the rate at 22.7 suicides per 100,000 members.
“Both estimates were higher than the national average of 18.1 law enforcement suicides per 100,000,” said Lopez, adding that suicide and alcohol are killing officers “at a far greater rate than ambushes” and there is little sense of “urgency around this issue.”
“Chicago’s homicide rate in 2016 soared to levels not seen since the mid-90s when gang wars plagued the streets of cities all around the nation,” reported Zero Hedge.
And in 2017, things are not looking much better…
The death of 30-year-old rookie officer Scott Tracz tells the sad story of what police face. One day he reportedly “sat in a black sports car outside his girlfriend’s suburban house, … put a gun to his head and took his own life.”
Per Reuters, “Working in the violence-stricken Chicago Lawn district, [Tracz] came face-to-face with the city’s violent crime. The area accounted for 58 of the city’s more than 760 murders last year, as well as 228 shootings.”
He would say, “You can never imagine what the human race is capable of doing,” said his cousin Maciaszek, 46.
Adding insult to injury, because of Chicago’s “onerous gun laws that permanently prohibit anyone who has been involuntarily committed for inpatient mental health treatment from carrying a gun – a requirement for cops – the folks working for the Chicago PD generally refuse mental health services out of fear of losing their job.”
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