You know how just over a year ago Jim King was running for mayor and proposing the restoration of LMPD’s gang squad/street crimes unit?
At a press conference in the West End this morning, Jim King – part of his mayoral campaign – will announce plans to restore LMPD’s gang unit, revitalize the street crimes unit and identify more funding for the Metro Narcotics Unit. Joining him at the presser will be former FOP President David James, community activist Mattie Jones, Councilman George Unseld, et al.
Yeah. A Kentucky Newspaper and everyone under the sun was on the attack, claiming the idea was ignorant and short-sighted. Then, bam, it front page yesterday:
We couldn’t believe our eyes. Particularly because the paper’s editorial board used that very issue as a springboard for calling on King to exit the mayoral race.
And check this from WDRB:
“It creates stress,” he says, “but it’s what I would call good stress.” Chief White believes the stress and changes ultimately help reduce violent crime — but how? He says, “Because now everybody has to raise…their level of responsibility, and the level of aggressiveness because they don’t want to fail.”
Despite the decrease in violent crime, Chief White admits they have seen an increase in another areas such as home and car break-ins: “This year, we’re going to probably have a 9 to 10 percent increase in property crimes.” But the chief says the changes will help address that increase.
What was that, again, about the idea being a bad one a year ago? I mean, now that the new crew coming in is doing exactly what they criticized.
Talk about coming full circle.