Who’s hold­ing su­per­vis­ing cops to ac­count in McDon­ald shoot­ing?

Chicago Sun-Times - - OPINION -

On Mon­day, a special pros­e­cu­tor look­ing into the shoot­ing death of Laquan McDon­ald stated that therewill be no fur­ther in­dict­ments of po­lice of­fi­cers. That leaves three pa­trol of­fi­cers and a de­tec­tive who have been in­dicted.

In re­cent months, cries for re­form have haunted the Chicago Po­lice Depart­ment, but the glar­ingly most im­por­tant part of re­form would be im­proved su­per­vi­sion and ac­count­abil­ity. With­out that, all the re­form in the­world is awaste of tax­payer money. Those four of­fi­cers had su­per­vi­sors, and those su­per­vi­sors had com­mand staff who should have been ac­count­able for the en­tire Laquan McDon­ald in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

If the four in­dicted of­fi­cers are be­ing held to ac­count be­cause of the video of the McDon­ald shoot­ing, it begs the ques­tion of how­many su­per­vi­sors and com­mand staff saw the same video and still signed off on ac­counts of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Are the four in­dicted of­fi­cers scape­goats or low- hang­ing fruit in this case?

If there is go­ing to be re­form, it must start at the top by hold­ing su­per­vi­sors and com­mand staff re­spon­si­ble for the ac­tions of sub­or­di­nates. Su­per­vi­sion sets the tone and leads theway. Iwas a Chicago Po­lice of­fi­cer for 33 years, in­clud­ing 19 years as a street su­per­vi­sor. It is baf­fling tome that no su­per­vi­sors or com­mand staff are be­ing held ac­count­able. Bob An­gone, Mi­ra­mar Beach, Florida

Oba­macare con­fu­sion

There is a lot of con­fu­sion and mis­in­for­ma­tion right now about the fu­ture of the Af­ford­able Care Act and open en­roll­ment for pur­chas­ing health care through Health­care. gov. Many solo en­trepreneurs and small- busi­ness em­ploy­ees rely on the ACA mar­ket­places for their health in­sur­ance, so it’s cru­cial that small- busi­ness own­ers learn about their op­tions and get cov­ered early.

It’s im­por­tant to know that open en­roll­ment is shorter this year, run­ning only from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15. Re­cent cuts to ad­ver­tis­ing and en­roll­ment as­sis­tance also may make it harder to find the in­for­ma­tion you need to en­roll, but­many or­ga­ni­za­tions are step­ping up to fill this gap. What’s more, con­trary to some claims, most cus­tomers won’t see huge cost in­creases; in fact, eight out of 10 en­rollees will be able to find a plan for $ 75 amonth or less.

The ACA is still the law of the land, and it’s im­por­tant for small­busi­ness own­ers, em­ploy­ees and self- em­ployed in­di­vid­u­als to learn about their op­tions now and make sure they are cov­ered for 2018! Geral­dine Sanchez Agli­pay, Illi­nois Out­reach Man­ager, Small Busi­ness Ma­jor­ity

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