Removing the shielding of abuse from the scope of bargaining. It is the General Assembly’s job.


Responding to the tragic gun deaths in our city this weekend, the Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara said yesterday:

“Until we start holding a little accountability and shame for the parents who are raising these kids — er not raising them, specifically — politicians are not to blame it starts at home, and we always know that part of the dynamic.”

While I don’t agree with the theory of the “bad apple” cop, Catanzara is a bad racist apple.

But the FOP is the barrel.

In fact, if memory serves he is repeating what former Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in 2018 in response to a similar rise in awful gun violence.

“This may not be politically correct, but I know the power of what faith and family can do. Our kids need that structure… I am asking…that we also don’t shy away from a full discussion about the importance of family and faith helping to develop and nurture character, self respect, a value system and a moral compass that allows kids to know good from bad and right from wrong.”

The thing is that every year 1,000 people are killed in police custody.

How, I wonder, does this involve the family and faith of the cops responsible?

Few are held responsible.

One reason that few are held responsible is that they are shielded from criminal prosecution by due process language in their collective bargaining agreement.

At least that’s what the Department of Justice says.

I repeat my question to leadership of Organized Labor at every level: Why do you not speak out on the misuse of the union label and a union contract by the FOP?

And I ask again of Illinois Democrats in the General Assembly: Why do you not remove from the scope of bargaining language that shields criminal behavior by members of the FOP?


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