Interested why it is taking so long for the Chicago Police  to ‘effect ‘their part of a consent decree civil rights contract?

The Chicago Tribune article titled: Yes, police reform has to go deeper than a simple checklist, reported:

“Constitutional and effective policing and the Consent Decree require more than a simple checklist,”

The Purpose of This Post

Is to relate an ancient wisdom verse, and a definition of a contract, and an idiom as clues to this conundrum.

King Solomon – 1 Chronicles 29:23

So, Solomon sat on the throne of the LORD as king in place of his father David. He prospered, and all Israel obeyed him.

Home » Law Dictionary CONTRACT Definition

THELAW.COM LAW DICTIONARY & BLACK’S LAW DICTIONARY 2ND ED.

“A contract is a legally binding agreement involving two or more parties that sets forth an exchange of promises of what each party will or will not do. A contract requires two competent parties to have a meeting of the minds where there is (I) an offer by one party, (ii) an acceptance of that offer by the other party, and (iii) the consideration for the mutual promises must be something of value.” 

Idiom – it takes two to tango – The Free Dictionary

Meaning – Two parties involved in a certain action or situation, especially a wrong that has been committed, are usually both responsible in some way (as opposed to it being the fault or responsibility of one alone).

What’s My Point?

For a legal contract to become enforceable in a court requires two parties to agree to the terms of the contract in writing.

If one party refuses to obey the contract terms, the courts will determine which party was broke the agreement and voided the contract.

In other words, same as it takes two to tango in a dance, it takes two to agree and abide by the terms of the contract.

In My Opinion

I read a Citizen Tom Post opinion titled: Blaming the Victim, about the recent shooting that occurred when a policeman lawfully pulled over a car and the victim resisted the police lawful commands which contained this following statement:

“Apparently, we are just supposed to jump to the conclusion that the policeman executed Loyal because of a misdemeanor. Yet the police officer did not shoot Loyal until after he resisted arrest (Michigan Resisting Arrest Laws (findlaw.com)).

If one party in a contract, namely the policeman gives a lawful order to another party who does not obey the lawful command and resists and arrest, flee, or assaults the policeman, they are in effected breaking the law same as a contract.

The sad result of the incident when reported by the press made no mention that it is unlawful to not obey a lawful police command which when the incident winds up in a court, a jury may decide to agree with the mob that resulted to protest against the policeman/

The policeman who is in effect one party in a contract that was broken by the other party by not obeying the officers’ lawful commands

If interested,

Read the article and Citizen Tom post and comments.

You Decide

If after reading, while there is a difference in civil law and contract law, should we consider that the police consent decree is basically a contract that is taking longer because the community is not fulfilling it part of the agreements?

Would it help if the press, and community was included in the ‘checklist’ to fulfil a ‘deeper’ part of their contract and obey and report news objectively to present both sides to fulfil what is taught in school the purpose of in journalism. “ to obtain the information we need to be free and self-governing,” instead of article reporting in a manner to create “socially destructive effects.””

Regards and goodwill blogging.

Chicago Tribune April 18, 2022

https://www.chicagotribune.com/opinion/editorials/ct-editorial-cpd-consent-decree-laquan-mcdonald-maggie-hickey-page-20220418-zk4hi3z3zbbddnv344uzmglcr4-story.html

Citizen Tom Post Blaming the Victim