Last week, all hell broke loose in Cincinnati. City Manager Milton Dohoney wants to fire 138 police officers.
We need to make budget cuts. Just like other cities, the recession has hit us. That’s the reality.
What isn’t reality is all the freaking out and the lack of rational debate over this issue.
I want to make it clear that I don’t want to see anybody lose their jobs and that includes police officers. Still, some points need to be raised.
The Dean of Cincinnati is asking a good question: These officers who might lose their jobs, what do they do? How come this question isn’t being answered? The Cincinnati Police Department is stating that neighborhood patrols will not change, so why are we stomping our feet?
Year after year, we keep adding police officers to the city payroll to keep Cincinnati safe. Really, how safe are we?
Just a few months ago, in the 25 most dangerous neighborhoods in America, Cincinnati topped the list. With this bit of news, I have to ask the question—how have those extra cops on the beat helped us?
They haven’t. Our reputation as a dangerous city gets worse year after year. Would it make sense to look into how Police Chief Tom Streicher is running his department? Additional cops have done nothing to make this city safer. Should that be rewarded?
I think it probably will be. I know how this city operates.
Yes, things will get ugly. The police will be in court to save those jobs. The “fear factor” will continue to spread. We’re putting the city in danger if these cops are dismissed.
Please, let’s just cut to the chase. Enter Mayor Mallory.
My thinking is at the last minute, a rabbit will be pulled out of a hat and those 138 jobs will be saved at the expense of other city workers who will be let go.
Why will this happen? Because Mayor Mallory wants to be re-elected. It’s as simple as that.
That’s how we are here—simple with blind faith when it comes to our cops and their leadership. Once again, reality is hard to face here in Cincinnati.
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