No Response to 911 Calls: “Aint Nobody Got Time for That”
Violent crimes in Chicago are trending up. Every day there are multiple homicides. Living in the Chicagoland area people are exposed to Chicago media and their coverage of these violent crimes. In a Wall Street Journal article “Chicago Dials Back on 911 Responses,” Jack Nicas reports on this argument. He is trying to bring the issue to a national audience and let them know about the policies Chicago is putting in place about dealing with the homicide rate. The beginning of the article talks about the solution Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and Police Chief Gary McCarthy have for the cities increasing homicide rate. Chicago Law Enforcement’s solution is to not respond in person to non-violent Crimes. Some of the non-violent crimes include, burglary, robberies, car theft, and threatening phone calls. These are considered to be crimes that in which no one is in imminent danger. These non-violent crimes will be dispatched to desk officers who will fill out police reports by phone. Chicago will keep 44 more police officers on the streets trying to prevent the violent crimes from happening. Arguments continue to swirl on this recent issue. Many Chicagoans oppose. What are their tax dollars paying for? What about increasing the number of police officers in the city? Jack Nicas uses all three rhetorical appeals and uses statistics that have helped put the new policy in place. He quotes from Chicago Police Chief Gary McCarthy and other high rank law enforcement officials. Also Nicas touches on some of the non-violent crimes that will be dispatched to officers on phones. His audience is a national audience and does not direct the article towards the city of Chicago. From reading Jack Nicas’ article he opposes of the decision. Yet the way the article is written makes his argument not effective.
First of all in the year 2012, 535 people were murdered in the City of Chicago. That is up from...
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