Cure mobs with programming
06/08/2011 10:00 PM
Since Memorial Day, the city has been abuzz with worried energy over the recent spate of mob attacks and robberies around the downtown and in University Village.
The attacks are worrisome, to say the least. Being surrounded by a dozen teens with fists-a-flying (or baseballs, for that matter, as happened in at least one incident) is relatively terrifying. It doesn’t matter how big you are — unless you’re Jackie Chan, it’s going to be nigh-impossible to fight off an onslaught of caffeinated punks.
But as the talk turns to what the police can do, and whether they’re doing their jobs adequately, there’s a point that needs to be made: this is not solely a police problem.
As Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey said on his Twitter account Tuesday, the solution is broader than that.
“The long-term answer to youth violence isn’t just increased policing. It’s job opportunities and summer programs too,” he tweeted. “Job training and youth programs aren’t expenditures, they’re investments in our future.”
Bravo, commissioner. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.