Police leadership questioned
Denise Crosby's column praising new Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman for being excellent at communication would be great if true, but it's not true from what I've seen.
During last year's crime forums to try and convince us a 150 percent increase in shootings was just an "uptick," Ziman presented skewed information and would not answer requests to provide all data in an open and transparent manner so the public could determine facts over political smoke and mirrors.
The police department's Facebook page, which Ziman controls, is notorious for censorship or deletion of any person or comment that dares to criticize police or ask hard questions, while it posts propaganda and pro-police fluff, even unrelated to Aurora. Ziman, who egotistically changed her first name to "Chief" on social media, has used it for self-promotion and propaganda.
Many complain she refuses to answer questions and is unreachable. Perhaps she communicates with those who agree with her.
Aurora has chronic problems with crime and lack of accountability, so let's stop inflating Ziman's ego and start asking what she has done to stop crime.
Maybe the mayor should have selected a chief with proven results fighting crime instead of a person based upon gender and connections to friends in politics and police.
Aurora needs police leadership we can trust, a leader who communicates on difficult issues and priorities rather than trying to twist us with "upticks" and social media tricks.
Beacon-News, March 2016
The preceding was a letter to the editor published in the Aurora Beacon-News.
Kristen Ziman has personally benefitted from and is under investigation for corruption against the people of Aurora, Illinois.
A $100,000 reward is offered for information that leads to her arrest, conviction and imprisonment.