Trump Debunks 60 Minutes’ Anti-Cop “Crisis in Chicago” Story With One Single, Epic Tweet

On Sunday, 60 Minutes aired a segment called “Crisis in Chicago” which suggested that the record-setting spike in the city’s murders/shootings was the fault of the Chicago Police Department.

“Gangs, guns, and drugs have caused chaos in Chicago for years,” begins the 60 Minutes story by correspondent Bill Whitaker, “…But we were astonished by data we obtained from inside the police department. It revealed that as killings rose, police activity fell. In August of 2015, cops stopped and questioned 49,257 people. A year later those stops dropped to 8,859, down 80 percent. At the same time arrests were off by a third, from just over 10,000 to 6,900.”

The suggestion is that the massive spike in black-on-black murders was the result of a reduciton in policing—and in a sense that is true, but not for the reasons 60 Minutes concluded.

In fact, if you want an answer to the problem, President-elect Donald Trump provided it today with a 139-character tweet:

Yes indeed: if there’s anything Chicago needs, it’s more policing, especially considering that even 60 Minutes described the city as akin to a “war zone.”

The truth is that while Bill Whitaker does suggest that a lack of policing is partly responsible for the spike in violent crime, he fails to realize that his prescription has come too late: part of the reason cops began policing Chicago less in the first place was because of the hostile anti-cop atmosphere pushed by the mainstream media (including CBS) as well as the Black Lives Matter movement.

As the 60 Minutes report itself revealed while interviewing Garry McCarthy, former superintendent of the Chicago Police Department, police felt they were under attack for doing their jobs and thus began to lessen policing:

The cop who killed Laquan McDonald is awaiting trial for murder and the U.S. Justice department is investigating the Chicago PD. We wanted to talk to Mayor Emanuel, but he declined. Within six weeks of the shooting scandal, investigative stops fell by nearly 35,000. That’s when the violence began to surge.

Bill Whitaker: How can a police officer who has taken a vow to protect and serve defend stepping back from taking proactive action. How can you not–

Garry McCarthy: Officers are under attack. That’s how they feel, right. That’s how they feel in this environment, and they’re not going to put themselves and their families in jeopardy.

Garry McCarthy, Chicago’s former police superintendent. SOURCE: CBS News

Frustration among cops deepened with a new order to be more selective about who they stopped, and write a two-page detailed report for every one. It was the result of a threat by the American Civil Liberties Union to sue the department for racial profiling.

Bill Whitaker: It doesn’t seem that filling out a two page report is that onerous.

Garry McCarthy: Oh, sure it is.

Bill Whitaker: It is?

Garry McCarthy: It could take you up to 45 minutes and one of the things in policing that we’ve been trying to do is knock back the amount of time that officers spend doing paperwork and get them out doing more proactive things to prevent crime.

And so, yes: a reduction in policing is partly responsible for the spike in violent crime in Chicago, but the point is: can you blame the police?

When attempting to address the city’s record-setting black-on-black crime rate, cops are continuously vilified by the media whenever one of them shoots and kills a black teen under somewhat murky circumstances.

So Trump is absolutely right: if Chicago is, in fact, akin to a “war zone” as Bill Whitaker reported, then maybe it is time for some “Federal help”:

By the way, be sure to check out my video rant on the 60 Minutes report, titled “White People Aren’t Doing Enough to Save Blacks From Themselves, Says 60 Minutes”:

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