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Photo of cops sleeping in vehicle after violent weekend in Chicago spurs outrage

August 22, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Photo of cops sleeping in vehicle after violent weekend in Chicago spurs outrage

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Photograph of cops sleeping in a police vehicle after a violent weekend in Chicago spurs outrage

Two police officers in Chicago are in hot water this week after a photo surfaced on the internet showing them sleeping on the job.

The picture showed two officers in a Chicago Police 6111 patrol car slumped over and sleeping. Both were sporting bulletproof vests.

The picture surfaced on Saturday and has been shared on Facebook over 20,000 times, including by mayoral front-runner Ja’Mal Green.

Green, who has been active in the Black Lives Matter campaign, blamed the sleeping issue on mandatory overtime required by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

“In light of all of the violence last week, Rahm decided to deploy 600 MORE officers & make officers work overtime! This picture proves WHY this was a bad idea. Officers get fatigued which prevent them from reacting to crime,” Green posted on his Facebook.

Former Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, who is also a candidate for mayor, referred to the situation as “inexcusable.”

“It’s a big deal,” he said in an interview with WGN-TV.

The Chicago Police Department pushed back on allegations that the sleeping pair were overworked and burned out. “Office welfare, health, and safety are our highest priorities. The officers involved were not on overtime and worked minimal amounts of overtime since July 1st and didn’t work overtime this week or weekend.”

Police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi indicated that the CPD was notified of the picture over the weekend and that the Bureaus of Patrol and Internal Affairs have launched an investigation.

“Officers will face discipline,” Guglielmi stated.

The embarrassing photo surfaced at a time when crime in Chicago has been on a steady increase. Fifty-nine people were shot in Chicago over the weekend.

Six were killed and 53 were injured, including a 3-year-old child who was struck in the leg.

On Saturday, three people were hit at a back-to-school picnic at a playground.

A fourth victim was beaten up at the event that was held to support peace and community in the area.

Discussing the crime spree last week, Emanuel, a Democrat, said: “I know the power of faith and family. … Our kids need structure. … I am asking … that we don’t shy away from a discussion about the importance of family and faith helping to develop and nurture character, respect, a value system, and a moral compass that allows kids to know good from bad.”

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