Firepower battled with fireworks to ring in New Year’s with a combustible combination of bloodletting and retaliation premixed last year erupting with undiminished frenzy in the new year.
January is considered “the door to the year” taking its name from Janus, in Roman mythology, “the god of the doorway”. What then Opposition Leader Perry Christie described in 2011 as “the tsunami of violence” surged through the doorway of the new year threatening another bloody 12 months.
“Chicago’s Police Department said Wednesday that after leading the nation in homicides in 2012, recording more than 500, the city last year listed the lowest number of killings since 1965, and saw its overall crime rate fall to a level not seen since 1972 …
“In Chicago, the police also said the number of shootings fell 24 percent from 2,448 to 1,864 between 2012 and 2013, and the number of shooting victims dropped from 3,066 to 2,328 for the same period.
What a difference a year can make. Still, in battling crime, one must be careful in extrapolating from one jurisdiction to the next given the variables and differences between various contexts.
“This government has been paralyzed, unable to lead on this crucial issue.”
AP reported what Chicago officials believe contributed to the significant double-digit decline in various violent crimes.
While there are many components to addressing the causes and the responses to crime, the state has a central role.
The government has failed on several fronts, with much of the failure that of the prime minister, who continues to pass the buck, throwing words and rhetoric at the cycle of violence, instead of mustering common sense and workable responses.
Now, “as prime minister”, nearly two years in office, it is the police who are seemingly mostly at fault. Is this prime minister prepared to be held responsible for anything, ever, including a wasteland of promises he has never fulfilled?
The same bluster, over-promising, incompetence, poor leadership and blah, blah, blah nonsense that characterizes Christie’s leadership in other areas is now adversely affecting the crime fight.
The very public and stinging criticism of the police by the head of government is a serious affair in terms of governance and public confidence.
Differences and disagreements between the civilian and police leadership should be settled privately. The public feud between these leaderships has escalated, with the prime minster openly undermining the Commissioner.
“To the extent that I am leader of the country, I am going to be intrusive in ensuring that the system that we are operating under is accountable to the people of this country ... ”