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- THB' CHICAGO POLICEr t 1
It appears to be a Chicago
habit to jump on some particular
officer or cop when anything hap
pens that puts the police in bad.
And the newspapers are quite
unanimous in picking out the
The plain truth is, however,
that Chicago's police department
won't be any better or any worse
than the mayor wants it to be, or
He has all the power any man
needs to make the police depart
ment exactly what he wants it
' Both officers and men are
taught to obey orders, and to car
ry out the policy of the -head of
the city government; for the chief
is but a lieutenant of the mayor.
While we have a so-called civil
"service commission, the mayor
appoints the members; and pol
itics has too much to do with all
appointments, whether on that
commission or on the force itself.
We don't know either Capt.
Mahoney or Lieut. Burns from a
load of hay, and either of them
may be all the newspapers are
'trying to make them out to be,
but they are entitled to a hearing
and a square deal before they are
condemned by the public; es
pecially on newspaper editorials
But the newspapers probably
won't go to headquarters and
jump on thehead of the city gov
i ernment.so long as the mayor per
mits them to use the police force
to beat up newsboys and helpr the'
putlisTftrwinT theTf TdcKduY and
fight for the open shop in Chi
cago. The Chicago police force will
be a model force when the mayor
insists on it; and not before.
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