History Of Chicago May 3, 2012 Documentary Review: Poverty In Chicago Poverty in Chicago is a full-length documentary that takes a raw look at the conditions experienced by Chicago's estimated 110,000 homeless inhibitors. The film tracks the director Brian Schodorf's personal exploration of the overwhelming urban homeless problem Schodorf began to learn about upon moving to Chicago from his former home in Wichita, Kansas. Schodorf takes the viewer into the lives of nearly 15 homeless men currently living on the streets, concentrating around Chicago's South Loop. This film is an exploration of how the drug afflicted homeless population affects society as a whole with exclusive interviews from many of Chicago`s most respected experts and lawmakers. Those interviewed include Senator Jacqueline Collins, Alderman Toni Preckwinkle, Director of Chicago Recovery Alliance Dan Bigg, and well as professors from Columbia College, University of Chicago, and Chicago State to name a few.
Many protests were peaceful, however, the police applied tear gas against citizens. These actions showed that police have disregarded for the safety of residents. Therefore, citizens do not feel that the police are doing a good job. According to Republican Senator Rand Paul, the images we have seen resemble war more than police standard procedure. Police are more like soldiers, who have become unstoppable.
Boyz N The Hood Boyz N The Hood is a story about one man, Tre Styles, trying to make it out of the rough streets of South Central Los Angeles in the early 90's. By the end of the movie, we learn that him and his girlfriend end up going to Morehouse and Spellman in Atlanta, Georgia, while two of his closest friends, Doughboy and Ferris, have been violently gunned down two weeks apart of each other. The movie depicts the hardships of being a black male in society during that time period. Some of Doughboy's last words that we hear are him talking to Tre, asking why America "don't know, don't show, or don't care about what's going on in the Hood." The one of the focuses of the film is to convey to its audience that living in the ghetto, like south central los angeles, is an unbelievably tough, but some people don't know what its like to live there.
It turns out that people not only careless, but also rude and label homeless as “undesirable” or even “trash”. “Untouchables” shows how homeless people survive while others are trying to get rid of them or evict from the streets. There are many thick and gruesome examples try to play with the guilt of people. In addition, they do not have any compassion because they do not understand what the homeless people are going through. "Attitudes towards the homeless have gone from indifference to pitying to hatred," says Kozol.
Word Count: 316 Unsafe Neighborhoods Living in a safe and secure neighborhood is every American’s dream. Unfortunately, many neighborhoods in America became unsafe due to the increase of gang activities, drug activities, and violent crimes. These three elements are the causes of unsafe neighborhoods. Ten years ago, several well-known gangs had started recruiting teen-age boys and girls in my neighborhood. All day long, you could see these recruits hanging around on the street corners and sitting on the steps of vacant properties.
Participation in gangs is highest at fourteen or fifteen years of age (Klein and Maxson 41). This is an age where many children attempt to define their identity in some meaningful way. In the absence of a clearly defined family structure many young males turn to gangs as a replacement for that structure. In a study done on members of a Hispanic street gang in New York City called the Latin Kings many gang members reported “a lack of comprehensive authority that their parents exercised over them” (Barrios and Brotherton 216) as a significant cause of their decision to join the gang. The parents of these children do nothing to reign in their kids and will often define their children’s criminal activity as simply acting out in an attempt to deny their children are involved in gang activity
The governor and other state officials were enthusiastic about using foot patrol as a way of cutting crime, but many police chiefs were skeptical. (The Police and neighborhood safety George L. Kelling March 1982) Foot patrol, in their eyes, had been pretty much discredited. It reduced the mobility of the police, who thus had difficulty responding to citizen calls for service, and it weakened headquarters control over patrol officers. Many police officers also disliked foot patrol, but for different reasons: it was hard work, it kept them outside on cold, rainy nights, and it reduced their chances for making a “good
Other officers will cover up these actions when filing reports. Police officers do not treat suspects with dignity in many situations. When officers witness the actions of others, they do not report these cases to superiors. The ethical dilemmas that these conflicts can cause include the public not trusting the police force patrolling their communities. The citizens feel they are guilty until proven innocent.
The authors of the Broken Window Theory state that in the 1960’s there was a high sense of fear and disorder. The communities felt they had no direct way to protect themselves and did not or could not move, it was not an option for most people in underlying crime ridden neighborhoods. More and more people started to protect themselves by purchasing guns and knives or other means of defense. Riots and disorder were taking place therefore people focused on these things and more and more of it became prevent. The portion of society that chose not to by weapons would lock themselves in their homes and only leave when absolutely needed.
Police officers never know if the citizen they are about to confront is armed, high on drugs or alcohol, or plan to engage in a relatively recent phenomenon known as “suicide by cop”. Police patrol have to endure long periods of monotony, yet react quickly and effectively to problem situations observed on the street or to orders issued by the radio dispatcher. A great deal has been written about stress and policing and about the fact that police officers who are experiencing personal and family problems are not likely to reach out for help. Because they do not develop constructive coping mechanisms for dealing with the various stressors of police work, negative methods inevitably surface that tend only to make matters worse. Although each officer deals with these stressors differently, destructive coping strategies will eventually have negative consequences for the officer.