Dan Proft presents “An Upstream Idea”. With the release of the dash cam video for Laquan McDonald, it is clear that with the Chicago Democrat power structure, justice is delayed so that political ambitions are not denied.
That is the chant of those protesting the shooting death of Laquan McDonald at the hands of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke.
They have a point but it's not the most important one.
If it is system change they seek beyond justice in the McDonald case, they should be chanting, "13 months!"
13 months is how long it took from the night of McDonald's death to the day of Van Dyke's indictment.
Were it not for a few seconds of video from a dash cam and a judge's decision to make that video public, you can be sure we would still be waiting for a dispensation of the case.
With the Chicago Democrat power structure, justice is delayed so that political ambitions are not denied.
The McDonald shooting occurred six weeks after Ferguson and four months before Rahm's re-elect.
The investigation was slow-walked.
Then came the hush money in the form of a preemptive $5 million check from the city to the McDonald family, a highly unusual move since no lawsuit had been filed, predicated on an agreement not to release the dash cam video.
But an independent journalist wouldn't play along. So Rahm's professional stonewallers battled a journalist's FOIA request for the video even though they knew it was a public record just as is a police report or a mugshot.
Then it was Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez's turn to dither as her re-election cycle, including a March primary challenge, was in the offing.
And every step of the way the panoply of Chicago Democrat pols and their corporate financiers spanning the racial spectrum were silent in support of Rahm.
Keep that in mind when you see the aldermanic feudal lords, the Mike Madigan roll call reps, and the cash-and-carry storefront ministers expressing outrage now that it is politically safe to do so.
Cops protecting cops is the myopic view of the last 13 months.
The discerning observer sees this properly as a textbook case of the Chicago Democrat power structure protecting the Chicago Democrat power structure.
This is not a conspiracy.
It is simply the Chicago political culture where it is the rule of men not the rule of law.
It is simply the Chicago political culture where people's lives are important only insofar as they may be means to the political ends of the Chicago Democrat power structure.
Perhaps instead of organizing another conference for speechifying, another candlelight vigil for praying or another protest for chanting, now is the time to distribute petitions for recalling.