The problems of the Chicago Police Department are well-known— a history of brutality and corruption and problems at the top—but, hey, that doesn’t mean they can’t make educational videos!
This one—entitled ‘Gaining A Better Understanding of Judaism Educational Video’—was uploaded to YouTube with the following description:
Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Assistance. Diversity Series: Religions, Cultures and Communities (NCJ 212664). The Chicago Police Department. Producer: Chicago Police Department. usdoj.gov. Creative Commons license: Public Domain.
I guess it’s better than racially profiling Muslim neighborhoods, like the LAPD proposed, but it raises a few questions:
- Are Chicago Jews so exotic they need a National Geographic travelog about their obscure customs?
- Are Chicago cops so uneducated about the world around them that they need a video like this?
- Who else got the special Chicago treatment; the Police Chaplain narrator mentions a total of three—Muslims? Sikhs? Hindus? Mormons? What are they like?
On the other hand, maybe it was a good idea, especially after cops questioned a man davening with tefillin on a train to Chicago because they thought he might have been wearing an explosive device on his head.
Update: The rest of these USDOJ-funded videos can be found here, covering the mysterious worlds of Sikhs, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and the Eastern Orthodox.
I love the Eastern Orthodox chanting. Puts the Gregorians to shame! ;-)