State Rep. Davis defends comments about constituents’ suspicions of police
BY BECKY SCHLIKERMAN Staff Reporter email@example.com July 20, 2013 4:40PM
Illinois Rep. Monique Davis on Saturday defended comments she made to a Detroit radio station about her constituents' suspicions of Chicago Police.
Updated: August 22, 2013 7:02AM
State Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago) is defending comments she made about her constituents mistrusting Chicago Police.
Davis, who represents a part of the city’s South Side, told a Detroit radio station some people in her district believe police are committing some of the murders in Chicago and that’s why they go unsolved.
“We were talking about the deaths in the community,” Davis told the Sun-Times Saturday, adding she told the radio station that “some of my community people say they think the police are doing it.”
But Davis was adamant that she does not believe police are committing murders.
“I don’t believe that. I don’t accept that,” Davis said. “I said that’s what the community people are saying because there are so many unsolved murders.”
But Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden fired back and said it’s “the most irresponsible statement” he’s ever heard. “She ought to be ashamed of herself.”
“The rank and file are livid that an elected representative would make such a comment,” Camden said. “It completely destroys the relationship that the police department is trying to build with the community.”
Adam Collins, a spokesman for the Chicago Police Department, said in an email: “The men and women of Chicago Police Department work tirelessly every day to keep our city safe. The comments were so outrageous and baseless that they do not merit any comment.”
Davis, for her part, rejected accusations that she was being irresponsible.
“As a state representative, I have every right to say what my community thinks,” she said.“It isn’t maybe something people want to hear, but I have a right to say what they’re saying to me.”
Camden said the lawmaker should be using her position to encourage residents to work with police.
“The people that commit these crimes don’t come from Mars — they’re from the neighborhoods,” Camden said.
Davis said she does encourage constituents to work with police, but a history of distrust and negative experiences have led to the current sentiment.
“I think it’s so important we resolve the issue. Officer Friendly should be back on the block. Officer Friendly should be in the schools,” Davis said. “They should not see the police as their enemy. They should see the police as their friend.”