One of the toughest jobs in the city of Chicago is being the superintendent of police. He is the highest paid city official (300,000), even more than Mayor Daley (215,000). But Daley believes Jody Weis is worth every penny.
“This man could go anyplace within the FBI,” Daley said of Weis. “He could go outside [to the private sector]. I am very responsible paying him that much money.”
“When you want to get the best, you get the best,” Daley said. Weis' career has 22 years law enforcement background all with the FBI.
I am sure he now knows his days at the FBI were a piece of cake compared to running Chicago's police force. After seeing the murder rate go up by 18% since he came aboard, he immediately came under criticism. Now he faces a new criticism for not turning over the names of officers who have repeated complaints against them.
Weis was ordered this week to produce the list by U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman. Weis said Friday he still disagrees with the judges order, but he says he thinks it was time to do what the judge ordered. This after he was found in contempt of court.
Earlier, Gettleman and Magistrate Judge Maria Valdez ordered Weis to turn over the names in a lawsuit filed by a Chicago woman who claims an off-duty officer beat her children up in 2007.
Weis had argued that releasing the list would hurt morale in the department as well as brand some officers as "repeaters."
I am on the side of the officers on this one. I know there a lot of bad cops on the streets, but getting a list of names will hurt those who are just doing their jobs. Police will get complaints on them for everything, I know this because I work around a lot of them in my field of work. These are just honest cops who want to make the streets safe.
Outing everyone just because of a number of complaints, will brand them as dirty, racist no good cops, when the majority of them are really there for you and me.