Chicago mom told ‘no units to send’ after calling 911 over home invasion, advised to call alderman

A Chicago mother was forced to wait for hours for a police response after someone broke into her home last Tuesday.

According to the homeowner, Michelle, she left her front door open around 12:30 pm after letting her dog out when two men suddenly entered her home.

“I saw two men wearing masks standing inside my house,” she later recalled to local station WMAQ. “I screamed ‘I am calling the police’ and they bolted.”

After trying to run after the goons with a neighbor, she eventually called 911, who in turn told her to wait outside for the police to arrive. And so she waited. And she waited. And she waited.

“Michelle said she waited and waited and waited some more. She called 911 multiple times, and on the sixth call, she asked for a supervisor,” according to WMAQ.

“A gentleman got on and said sorry to say we have no units to send you … then there was an awkward pause,” Michelle recalled. “He also recommended I call my alderman, and I said why, and he said encourage him to hire more police. The dispatcher also asked me if I would consider defending myself … if I had a weapon or considered getting one.”

Four hours later, the police finally arrived — and thankfully, they were nice.

“The officers who did show up cared and were apologetic it took so long to get them there,” Michelle said.

The Chicago Police Department later told WMAQ that the lengthy, four-hour delay may have been the result of Michelle’s case being low on the police’s priority list for routine dispatch calls.

“If there’s no immediate threat to life, it may be considered a lesser priority for dispatchers,” WMAQ  notes.

1st Ward Alderman Daniel La Spata was nevertheless not pleased by all this.

“It is awful that our neighbor experienced this,” he said in a statement. “Everyone deserves to feel safe in their home. My staff alerted me to the issue as soon as they heard, and I am in contact with 12th District Police leadership.”

“I will continue to support any resources our districts request, and I will continue to work with the City on a proposed satellite location within West Town for the 12th District police,” he added.

Michelle said she called La Spata’s office and is now waiting to speak with him. She told WMAQ that she doesn’t blame the police for what happened.

“I don’t think it is the police department’s fault they are overstaffed and overwhelmed,” she said.

Indeed, if anyone deserves the blame, it’s leftist Mayor Brandon Johnson and his fellow Democrats, critics say:

This incident comes months after Mayor Johnson cancelled a contract with a company that had been helping police fight crime.

The company, SoundThinking, operates ShotSpotter, a savvy technology that alerts police to nearby gunfire.

Despite the technology’s usefulness, pro-criminal leftists complained that it somehow had a disproportionate effect on black communities, and so Johnson promised while campaigning for mayor that he’d ax it.

But instead of outright axing it, he eventually decided to extend the contract until right after the Democrat National Convention, which is scheduled to occur in Chicago in late August.

Meanwhile, Johnson continues to call for more so-called “community policing” versus traditional policing. Indeed, appearing on CBS News after being elected to office last year, he offered leftist idea after leftist idea on how to deal with the city’s raging crime epidemic.

Johnson stressed that his policy was all about making so-called “critical investments.”

“The way we [keep everybody safe] is by investing in people. There’s a direct correlation between youth employment and violence reduction. There’s a tremendous correlation between providing mental health care services and reducing crime,” he said.

“You know, this notion that the only way in which, you know, we can protect the people of Chicago and the people of our country is this notion of being tough, you know. What is required in this moment is for us to be smart about our investments, to be critical in our thinking, and then to make sure that what we’re doing actually works,” he added.

Critics were very doubtful at the time that his plan would work. A year later, it seems they were right to be concerned.

Vivek Saxena


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