Monday, May 02, 2016

A "Decrease" in the Increase

  • There was one more murder in Chicago in April than the same month last year.

    Sunday, the Chicago Police Department released the overall crime statistics for April 2016. Overall for the month, there were 36 murders, 253 shootings and 311 shooting victims.

    That’s a 3 percent increase in murders from April 2015.   The police department says the homicide rate is in a downward trend for the year, with an increase of 75 percent in January, 126 percent in February and 29 percent in March.
So, for the learning impaired (yes media, we're looking at you):
  • Apr 2016 +3%
  • Mar 2016 +29%
  • Feb 2016 +126%
  • Jan 2016 +75%
So the rate is still going up, but since it's going up "slower," that's a win? In what world? And what happens when it finally warms up in May?

And the media just publishes this without questions like, "What's the yearly increase in homicides?" or "What's the total increase in homicides?" or "What is the mayor doing to stop all this bloodshed?"

Nope, they just move on to the "feel good" stats in the next paragraphs:
  • CPD reports an increase in police activity compared to this time last year, including an increase of murder arrests by nearly 10%, an increase of gun recoveries by 30%, and an increase of investigative stops by roughly 10% compared to the month of March.

    Officers have taken more than 2,800 guns off the streets since the start of this year.
That's it. Nothing for comparison. Murder arrests are up 10%! Well golly, the clearance rate for all of last year was something like 26%. With more murders this year, if CPD kept the same clearance rate, then there's your 10% increase, but the needle hasn't budged from the "3-out-of-4 murders walk" statistic.

More smoke, more mirrors.

Note: The Sun Times has a much better breakdown than WGN did. They must have hired someone with a calculator.

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Assphincter Says What Now?

An article in the Tribune tells of a new technology initiative that will make Chicago the most wired-in city in North America:
  • Come late June, city electricians are expected to start strapping beehive-shaped sensor boxes to municipal light poles — environmental Fitbits for neighborhoods, essentially.

    How's the air quality? Where does rainwater pool? Where do air temperatures spike?

    The 14-inch-high cylinders filled with sensors and cameras — developed by computer scientists and designers at Argonne National Laboratory, the University of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago — should shed light on stubborn urban problems — everything from asthma clusters and flood-prone intersections to so-called "heat islands," densely developed corners of the city that trap heat. Ultimately, the data should lead to affordable, energy-efficient solutions to those problems and others.
And this will miraculously enable the tinkerers to fix crooked contracts that provide Chicagoans with substandard roads, corrupt parking meters and promotional exam cheaters.


But as we read further, this paragraph stands out - hell, it leaps out and hits you in the head with a two-by-four:
  • But already the city's nascent efforts to collect environmental data are sparking concerns about further erosion of individual privacy in a city already outfitted with police cameras, red light cameras, in-store cameras and public transit cameras. And, perhaps most critically, some observers question whether the collection and analysis of data will lead to meaningful improvements to urban life, as advocates suggest, or just enrich big tech vendors.

    "How do we connect these abstract, big-picture, big-data initiatives to the needs of the residents of Chicago who are struggling under a failure to fund education and under a police force that thwarts the will of the people?" asked Daniel X. O'Neil, executive director of Smart Chicago Collaborative, a civic group that aims to improve residents' lives through technology.
Well, firstly, of course the purpose is to enrich vendors. This is Chicago, duh.

Second of all....what the hell was that bullshit? A police force that thwarts the will of the people? We missed that memo somewhere. Was there a training class? A General Order? Something? Because we're all about thwarting. We wake up every morning wondering, "Who can we Thwart today?" We want to be that old-timer who used to come into to Roll Call half in the bag and regale us with war stories about all the Thwarting he had done in years past. Someone got out of line? Thwart! Some lead foot speeding in a School Zone? Oh, someone was getting a Thwarting. Some piss-ant gangbanger giving you the fish eye? You just knew, some Thwart was dished out to everyone wearing colors that night.

Who the hell stuck a quarter in Poindexter over there with all his "thwart" talking?


Those Files are Still Around

All those disciplinary files that aren't supposed to exist? They got a stay of execution:
  • The federal investigation into the Chicago Police Department has slowed a push by police unions to destroy decades of disciplinary files on officers, a labor arbitrator ruled on Friday.

    Unions representing rank-and-file officers, as well as sergeants, lieutenants and captains each filed labor grievances after a 2012 court ruling that would have turned over to activists and journalists files on police officer misconduct cases dating back to 1967. The unions complained that their contracts with the city stipulate that records should be “purged” or destroyed outright, a stance a pair of labor arbitrators initially had backed.

    But the landscape changed when the U.S. Department of Justice began a probe of the police department earlier this year, and issued a “document preservation notice” to the department, arbitrator George Roumell Jr. wrote in a letter handed down Friday. Roumell in January had ordered the city and union to set a timeline for destroying those same files.
How about, at the minimum, a career destruction date? You retire and there are no open investigations and the statute of limitations has passed, everything with your name on it from OPS, IPRA, IAD, whatever, all gets incinerated. There's nothing from 1967 that should even exist right now. Everyone is retired, pensioned or dead. What possible purpose is served by these files?

It was a different time, under different rules, evaluated by different standards and morals. By different people, too, in most cases, a bit more intelligent than the morons currently in government.


Call Someone.....Please

Another day, and we hear of another suicide.

We post this every so often and we'll post it again. Boys and girls, if you are so far down that dark and disturbing path that you can't see any direction, exit, sunlight, call EAP (Employee Assistance Program).

They do good work - we've seen it first hand for a few coppers in trouble. It's confidential, it's 24-hours, it will not affect your job and might just save your life.

And officers, if you know someone looking into that abyss, intervene somehow. Get a friend, get someone to help. Make the call and see what EAP can do in terms of guiding you to a resolution that doesn't involve you second-guessing and wondering, "What else could I have done?"



Sunday, May 01, 2016

Nice Timing

When confronted by a scandal, watch the rats flee:
  • There's a fax message released today announcing the cake and coffee retirement reception for Gene Williams. Good riddance, Gene, and may your legacy be that of a stupid and incompetent cheater. Maryet, Davina, and Nakia will keep the memory of you alive on the CPD.
This serves to bolster the truth behind the story and the information coming to us from assorted sources.

IAD should be gutted over this, top to bottom, given that they deep-sixed this investigation and promoted people for covering things up.

Here's an amusing game to play at the retirement "Cake and Coffee" - who's wearing the wire? Because with an actual complaint signed and Gene running away, you know someone needs a seat before the music stops playing.


Rumor II Gets Addressed

  • The former president of Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police has obtained a $100,000 legal settlement from the state FOP in a lawsuit he filed accusing the union of removing him from office in retaliation for exposing corruption, a source told the Chicago Sun-Times.

    Michael Shields was suspended as the head of Chicago’s police union in December 2013 after he sent a letter to City Hall Inspector General Joseph Ferguson charging that two prior police contracts and a sergeants’ contract were fixed.

    The Sun-Times first reported on the explosive letter, which said the former FOP president engaged in “backroom-deal” arbitrations with the city.

    The next day, the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police suspended Shields, barring him from negotiating with the city, accusing him of violating his oath of office and calling him a “dictator.”

    Shields sued both the Chicago and state FOP lodges, claiming retaliation and demanding pay for the remainder of his three-year term as well as for the term of his successor, Dean Angelo, elected Chicago FOP president in April 2014.

    The state FOP settled with Shields in December, after former state union president Ted Street was deposed, said Shields’ attorney Michael Leonard.
So Street was deposed and a settle offered forthwith? Sounds like the State Lodge did something very wrong and paid a hefty price. It also looks like Lodge 7 will be paying the piper shortly and then claiming the settlement is "confidential" to cover up the smell of it all.

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Sneed Plays Catch-Up....Again

Someone posted about this on 22 April......oh yeah, our readers. We spread the word on 23 April. Sneed catches up a week later:
  • Sneed hears a recent recall of cop ammunition is causing concern amongst the Chicago Police Department rank and file.

    Word is the recall is for ammunition which was distributed to police officers after they had gone through their annual firearms inspection, which is required once a year.

    The department supplies 50 rounds of ammunition a year to each police officer after they qualify on the range.


    “The Academy is currently doing an ammo swap. A few weeks ago CPD received ammunition and a small amount of rounds within the shipment didn’t meet our minimum quality assurance standards. The range staff brought this up to the manufacturer and they offered to swap the entire 100,000 round shipment with new ammunition. Per the range staff, there was never any safety risks for officers or academy staff and CPD only found a small amount that didn’t meet our specifications.”
So Sneed is a week behind getting clearance to publish information that's been out there for a while now.

100,000 rounds? At 50 per, that's.....2,000 officers.

The Department is shorter than we suspected.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Investigation Update

Anyone else find this ""interesting"?

The media, which has been howling for weeks/months now about how the Department is "out of control," "racist," or "fetal," and will spend hours of coverage about this, yet not a peep about how a completely corrupt examination has promoted inept, incompetent and clout-heavy people into positions they don't deserve, can't perform and essentially stole from other test takers?

Is this not Theft? Corruption? Scandal? What the media supposedly thrives on?

Don't they see that this is directly tied into their supposed findings by Rahm's Task Force? The Department leadership is rotten to the core, and only DNAInfo is keeping this thing alive:
  • City Inspector General Joseph Ferguson has notified Chicago Deputy Police Supt. Eugene Williams and two lieutenants that they are the subjects of a probe into allegations of cheating on the police lieutenants promotion exam, sources told DNAinfo.

    The city watchdog's investigation advanced this week when a Police Department employee signed his name to an official misconduct complaint alleging Williams shared privileged information in a study group about the most recent test used to promote sergeants to lieutenants, sources said.

    Police union contract rules state officers are not required to answer questions about administrative misconduct allegations made by anonymous Police Department employees.

    The whistleblower, who had been anonymous, agreed to be identified in the complaint at the urging of investigators who told him the probe would otherwise die.

    DNAinfo is not naming the officer who signed the complaint; he has asked for anonymity because he fears reprisal from the department's top brass.
We also have independent confirmation that there are three lieutenants (not two) who have been notified of the investigation along with Gene Williams. We have read here and heard other places that damning e-mails are already in the possession of the Inspector General with actual files of the test attached; that charges of Rule 14 violations are almost a certainty; that a civil action might be forthcoming due to the breach of contract involving certain Subject Matter Experts sharing confidential material; and the biggest bombshell, that this investigation may shortly turn criminal in nature due to the allegation of money changing hands.

And it's tied directly to one of Lori Lightfoot's finalists (Williams) and Rahm's hand-picked former First Deputy (Wysinger) and his hand-picked Superintendent (Johnson), along with one of the most prestigious (and connected) ethnic organizations of police.

But the mainstream media remains silent. Why?

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Trigger warning!

The below article contains words that might trigger "boo hoo" feelings in those with thin skin:
  • A DePaul University student was brutally attacked for her iPhone on a CTA Blue Line train on Thursday, and she said witnesses stood by and did nothing to help her.

    Jessica Hughes, 19, was left with a black eye, bruises to her head, and a bite mark on her hand.

    Hughes said she was riding the Blue Line just after 10 a.m., heading home to Berwyn. Most of the passengers on her car got off at the UIC-Halsted station, but one man moved to the seat in front of her, and looked her in the face, and she knew something was wrong.

    “He jumps up from his chair, and goes on top of me, and asks me for my phone, but my phone was in my pocket, and I had my headphones on, so he was yanking at my headphones, and then he pushed me to the floor, and then started beating on my head,” she said. “He bit me on my left hand.”
Two supposed "men" were on the train and did nothing to assist her as she was beaten and bitten...even knowing it would have been two-on-one, they sat by and didn't do a thing.

And what do you call a "human" who bites another? The victim's dad knows:
  • “I just pray that they find these animals,” [her father, Richard] Amador said.
And guess what's missing from Channel 2's "report"? If you speculated that it was any mention of what the attacker looked like, along with his female accomplice, give yourself a pat on the back.


Rumor I is Addressed

From the comments:
  • It's all true. P.O.'s to be replaced by civilians on the desk and other administrative duties in the station. Commanders will be allowed to retain a P.O. secretary and one other P.O. in the office. Audits will be forthcoming and Inspectors will be monitoring administrative personnel in districts to ensure no one is hiding. They've tried this a number of times in the past but this time they're playing for real. I believe one (1) P.O. will be retained for desk duties / watch secretary on each watch. Most of the time it didn't work before is because they couldn't find enough civilians to fill spots like timekeeper, etc. Now they do. It will take almost a year to replace P.O.'s but they're full steam ahead with this one.
We've heard this song and dance before. Let's see how it plays out.


Friday, April 29, 2016

Bad Luck....Or Good Luck

Don't play the lottery Officer - you've used up a lot of luck:
  • A suspect fleeing police tried to throw his gun onto a roof, but it hit a wall instead and went off, hitting an officer in the shoulder, prosecutors said Thursday.

    The officer's partner kept chasing Rafael Martir-Ubiles, 25, Monday afternoon and cornered him in a gangway in the 2300 block of South Trumbull Avenue, where the officer used a Taser twice to subdue him, prosecutors said.

    Martir-Ubiles appeared in court Thursday, charged with aggravated battery to a police officer, aggravated assault of a police officer, resisting an officer and unlawful possession of firearm by a gang member, police said.

    Judge Peggy Chiampas ordered him held without bail.
Thank you for the no-bail Judge. It's greatly appreciated.

And now we can see where a taser would be appropriate if the partner saw the gun being tossed.

But how much freaky bad luck is that? Dude half-ass pitches a gun and you still get shot? Thank the Fates, Lady Luck, Dame Fortune, whoever, that a cheap pistol didn't end up costing us an Officer's limb or life. Speedy recovery Officer.


Rumors III


Actually, this could work...for a little while at least.

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Rumors II

This one has been popping up for months. Now a resolution to part of it?
  • Speaking of ninnies . . .. while we are getting our collective asses handed to us by the media and Rahmbo has his bus parked on our heads. Nothing to see here. . . FOP State Lodge has agreed to pay Shields $100,000 to get out from under his lawsuit. The battle with Lodge 7 continues. So that's 100K of our money paid by the State (wasn't it the State Lodge President that removed him?) and now how much more from L7??? I think the members should at least be informed about what is going on with this and who admitted to what!

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Rumors I

From the comment section:
  • So, I'm not sure if anyone else's district has had this yet, but we were surprised yesterday by the sudden arrival of a civilian employee working behind the district desk without fore warning, handing out radios, being trained on AIRA, having I-clear access, not to mention the equipment, old shotguns, rifles. This person has access to all of our computer systems, employee information, leads, ect. All the access we have. No badge, no oath taken. A 3 week stint in the academy. Doing more with less I guess. Did they not learn their lesson three years ago when police officers homes were being burglarized and weapons taken, turns out the source was a civilian with login credentials?! In this current era of no accountability and police hatred, we now have people that have unabated access to not only the computer systems, but the actual police station. Un-fucking believeable.
Anyone care to chime in? We haven't heard about any sort civilian class going through the Academy and we assume that's where there would be some training.

And there would be more than a little noise from displaced bid personnel. Those are Contractual spots that will be manned by sworn officers. So while Rahm might cream of such a thing, we're calling bullshit on it.


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Redefining "Use of Force"

We had a bunch of fun with the term "deescalating" earlier this year. It gave rise to the "De-Escalante" nickname foisted upon the interim Supernintendo.

Then we heard Eddie "Never saw nuthin" Johnson praising the officer who used a Taser to take a police shooter into custody. If the officer was aware that the subject had dropped his weapon, then the Taser would be a viable option, but you better be damn sure to have a copper with a gun backing you up to drop the assailant if he wasn't following directions.

But then this was brought to our attention. A concerted effort to rewrite the entire Use of Force paradigm, starting in that bastion of leftist thought and action - California:
  • Government is looking at a proposal for creating a statewide “use of force” policy for law enforcement. The creator of this project is talking to politicians and the media, special interest groups—but REFUSES to talk to law enforcement officers, to hear their concerns. This is an attempt to politicalize law enforcement—to make them an arm of the State instead of protection for the public.

    “Ironically, one key PERF’s proposal on use of force calls for peace officers to “consider how the public will view the action” before deciding to employ force. Let’s apply that PERF concept to our invitation for Mr. Wexler. “How will rank-and-file peace officers view Mr. Wexler’s refusal to discuss the PERF guidelines before audiences of rank-and-file deputies and police officers?"
That underlined portion right there - that is going to get police officers killed. And PERF (the Police Executive Research Forum) is obviously a bunch of ninnies who pretty much never spent any more time on the street than they had to. Otherwise, they'd be taking input fro the people who are going to have to live, or die, with their stupid uninformed crap.


More Political Correctness

  • In an effort to help young people involved in the justice system find jobs and housing, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced $1.75 million for Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) and nonprofit legal service organizations to address the challenges justice-involved individuals face when trying to find work and a place to call home.
"justice involved individuals"

Not troublemakers. Not hoodlums. Not miniature gangsters, delinquents, punks of ruffians.

We've even moved beyond juvenile delinquents and "Y-numbers."

God forbid you use the term criminal.

Nope - justice involved individuals.


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Ramsey's Parting Thought

  • Three months ago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel defended the $350-an-hour fee he had agreed to pay Charles Ramsey to help guide the Chicago Police Department through a federal civil rights investigation triggered by the police shooting of Laquan McDonald.

    The Justice Department investigation is expected to drag on deep into 2017. But the show will go on without Ramsey.

    After billing the city for $37,490 in consulting work, Ramsey is bowing out as a paid adviser.

    “Chief Ramsey originally agreed to act as a consultant on a limited basis, but because of his own commitments can no longer play that formal role. However, he has agreed to continue serving the new superintendent as an informal adviser free of charge,” newly-appointed Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was quoted as saying in an emailed statement.
Free of charge? That's a bargain then, after $37,000.

But this paragraph made us laugh out loud:
  • Ramsey could not be reached for comment.

    But sources described Ramsey as troubled by the degree to which the mayor’s office attempts to micromanage the Chicago Police Department — so much so that he urged top brass to “man up.”
You mean like not stripping officers for clearly reasonable actions five years ago as a political favor to a mayor who suppressed an politically inconvenient video? Or providing cover for the wives, girlfriends and significant others of assorted exempt members? That kind of "man[ning] up"?

Don't hold your breath.



Just before the summer rush.

Eighty-eight sergeants.

Thirteen Lieutenants.

And how many from IAD this time?


Please Identify

If you know any of the parties involved, please contact Eddie Johnson immediately so he can strip and suspend them ASAP:

311 will direct your call to his office or voicemail.


Police Like a Samurai

  • A newly translated 19th-century book, written by samurai, describes martial arts techniques designed to help police officers of the time. The highly guarded practices included how to tie suspects up using paper string and fighting techniques that allowed officers to defeat suspects without killing them.
Sounds perfect!
  • The book, which contains illustrated instructions, was published in 1888, a time when the samurai class had lost many of its privileges and the formally secretive martial art schools that taught the samurai were willing to divulge their secrets.
Ropes instead of handcuffs. A primitive form of CPR taught to resuscitate drowning victims.

We won't mention the swordplay though.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Lost in the Shuffle

The "Hey look over there!" strategy means everyone has already forgotten about this:
  • Six people were killed and at least 39 were wounded in shootings across Chicago in one of the more violent weekends the city has seen since last fall, according to police.

    Among the victims were five people who were on a porch in West Englewood when someone fired shots from a vacant lot across Damen Avenue on Sunday night. Two men were pronounced dead on the scene. Three others went to area hospitals.

    It was the third attack in less than a week that wounded four or more people in Chicago.
You have to love the writer - " of the more violent weekends the city has seen since last fall..." No mention of the warm weather. No mention that it's still April, merely springtime. No mention that Lord only knows what going to happen when school is out for good, the temperatures soar and the killing season gets fully underway.

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Gee, What Could it Be?

  • Davon Barrett gathered at a home in West Englewood on Sunday to celebrate and remember. A friend had just gotten out of jail, and it was the birthday of his younger brother — who was slain seven years ago, according to family and police.

    As he sat on the porch in the 2000 block of West 68th Place, someone fired shots from a vacant lot east of Damen Avenue shortly after 11 p.m., police said.

    Barrett, 38, was hit in the head and died at the scene. Another man, 26, was hit in the chest and killed. Three others were wounded and taken to hospitals, where they were stabilized, according to police.

    Police sources said some in the group on the porch may have returned fire. It was the third attack in a week in Chicago where four or more people were shot. Police reported no one in custody.
How many of those four were shot by the police again?

We don't recall anyone ever doing a scientific study on the propensity of certain neighborhoods to celebrate the birthday of someone who was killed in gang violence.

And the habits of those "celebrations" being marred by gunfire.

Not to mention the genetic disorder that causes certain families to have an unexplained attraction to lead.


A Suggestion for Readers

From our e-mail, from someone who knows the system: 
  • SCC?..please ask your readers to get themselves an account so they can file witness slips to oppose these screwed up anti police bills put forward in Springfield. Its easy as hell. Any time a bad gun rights bill comes up, Illinois Carry sends out an urgent request to file witness slips either opposing or supporting bills. Here is a link for people to create an account. Once you log in and find the bill or amendment you can file a witness slip. Time to start organizing the troops to stop some of this shit.
Seems pretty straightforward. We don't think you actually have to appear in Springfield - the Witness slip is your "appearance." But it lets Springfield know that you're following something closely, and the more witnesses, the more weight that is given to their consideration.

At least, in theory. A bought politician is probably going to stay bought. But others, not so much.


Monday, April 25, 2016

Officers Shot, Cut

  • A Chicago police officer suffered a gunshot wound and another suffered a cut to the hand in the Little Village neighborhood Monday afternoon, authorities said.

    The Ogden District officer who was shot about 4:15 p.m. apparently was hit by a bullet that went through the shoulder, and he was expected to survive, an official said. He was shot near Trumbull and 25th Street while chasing an armed suspect, said Anthony Guglielmi, a police spokesman, said in a Tweet.

    It was not clear how the other officer cut his hand. A gun was found at the scene and was being taken into evidence, a source said.

    The two were being taken to area hospitals for treatment, according to the Chicago Fire Department. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was expected to make a statement about the shooting later Monday evening at Stroger Hospital.
Hopefully, Johnson isn't going there to strip them of their police powers. Maybe he'll slip them the answers to the Detective exam instead?

Best wishes to the injured for a speedy and full recovery.


Well, Fuck You Very Much

  • Perhaps surprisingly, the deadliest jurisdiction is patrolled by the least experienced officers. Seasoned and better-connected officers tend to work the safer neighborhoods on the North, Northwest and Southwest sides. This is the result of an unusual “bidding” system negotiated by the police union in 1980, which allows officers to use their seniority to claim shifts with better hours or in low-crime neighborhoods.

    Approached at a police-community meeting, the commander of the 11th, Deputy Chief James Jones, acknowledged that the deployment of the least experienced cops in the most dangerous neighborhood is a problem. “They know how to play video games, they know how to tweet, they know how to Facebook,” he says. “They don’t have any personal skills. They never learned.”
But they just learned a hell of a lot about their supposed "leader," didn't they? Young coppers who don't have any seniority to leave the west side just got kicked in the teeth by their "boss."

We're told this jackass has got the personality of a wooden door and during his previous stint in the 011th District as Tact Lt, he called the entire team a "bunch of savages." Needless to say, he didn't last long in that spot as numbers dropped off, but it didn't stop him from commanding three different Districts.

Fuck up, move up we suppose. This is supposed to be a leader, yet he denigrates the entire District. You think this tool has anyone's back? That he'll support you if a citizen complains? Or if you justifiably shoot a gunman who confronts you in an alley?

Or will he talk shit about you behind your back and to the media? Like now.


A Real Chief Rips Agenda Media

A little background: (Note: VIDEO LINK IS NOW DEAD - seem the media was shamed into taking it down given the Sheriff's epic dismantling of the media.)
  • Three habitual car thieves with extensive records, continued their crime spree in Florida recently. They were pursued in a stolen car and missed a turn, plunging into a pond where all three juvenile females drowned. Poetic justice. Video was released and the media there began making hay out of it, claiming the deputies argued about whether or not to rescue the miscreants or let them drown.

    This blatant misreporting has inflamed the low-information segment of society and the usual bottom-feeders are popping up making noise.
Now here's how a real police chief dismantles the media trolls - Ed, take some notes, you might learn something instead of giving Rahm that reach-around and fucking decent coppers:

Bravo Sir.


Victim Supports Police

An unbelievable piece from Channel 7, actually supporting the police:
  • A day after dashcam video of a violent confrontation between a woman and Chicago police in 2011 was released, a woman who witnessed the robbery who led to the confrontation spoke publicly with ABC7.

    Martha Osborn was in a McDonald's in the Portage Park neighborhood on May 25, 2011 when Floyd May allegedly robbed the restaurant. He then jumped into a vehicle driven by Tiffani Jacobs.

    Osborn then called police and gave them a description of the vehicle.

    Police pulled over the vehicle driven by Jacobs and dashcam video shows the officers throwing her to the ground as they arrest her.

    CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson called the arrest "concerning" and has ordered a new review of the two officers, who were previously cleared of wrong-doing five years ago. The officers have been relieved of duties pending an investigation.

    Osborn said police did the right thing. In recalling the robbery, she said that May grabbed her to use her as a pawn while he robbed the McDonalds, telling the cashier "If you don't give me the money I'm going to shoot her." She said he had a gun in the left side of her back and said, "Gimme the money, gimme the money, the cash, the cash in the drawer."
She also comes up with this amusing quote:
  • Meanwhile, Osborn is reliving the robbery and is haunted by the image of the man who robbed her.

    "The girl had a gun, my wallet and the money from this restaurant when she was stopped," Osborn said. "Her mother is spoon feeding a banquet full of bologna to the general public."
Ms. Osborn is too kind describing it as "bologna." We would have said it was a heaping steaming pile of horseshit, but the other media outlets are eating it up with two hands because Rahm told them he needs cover for the cheating scandal that might ensnare most of his current command staff.

A commentator raised an interesting point - why isn't the Superintend-tool out telling everyone what exactly is "concerning" about the video? What policy was violated? What law was bent? What training is necessary to correct some perceived transgression of the Use of Force paradigm that necessitated the stripping of two officers FIVE YEARS after being cleared?

Shouldn't this be an educational opportunity, not just for the public, but for officers as well? Or is the lesson being taught something along the lines of "Don't do shit lest Rahm and Eddie stick in up your ass to cover for a lot of exempt girlfriends and IAD cheaters."?

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

What the Hell is This?

That didn't take long - Eddie has shown he is Rahm's tool to completely destroy the morale of the Department in order to deflect the spotlight hitting uncomfortably close to his bedroom and the bedrooms of all sorts of other cheating promotees.

This is a bullshit move:
  • When Chicago police officers stopped a Lincoln Town Car suspected of being used in a McDonald’s robbery in 2011, the female driver allegedly tried to run over one of them at a gas station on the West Side, police said at the time.

    The officer fired twice, hitting the woman in the chest and side, but she kept driving and came to a stop on an adjacent street. When she got out of the car, she was thrown to the ground, Tasered and handcuffed.

    On Friday, police Supt. Eddie Johnson released a video of the incident recorded by a dashboard-mounted camera. Although the shooting was deemed justified, Johnson is launching a reinvestigation to determine whether officers used excessive force during their arrest, said a department spokesman.

    In a statement, Johnson called the video “concerning.”
No Ed, what's concerning is your complete lack of something resembling a spine. Did the operation hurt?

This criminal attempted to kill police officers with a car for which she was justifiably shot. That she pulled over almost immediately has zero bearing on the officer's actions. She failed to follow verbal direction and was taken down with a move taught to each and every police officer currently on the job - the "emergency takedown." Any and every piece of clothing or limb or even hair is fair game, especially in a life-or-death situation on the street, to enforce compliance with lawful verbal direction given to an offender.

You can see her kicking and failing to submit to handcuffing, which means she was justifiably tasered. It's right there in the Use of Force model and in keeping with the training and directives taught to every officer currently on the job. She pled guilty to 12 years and her accomplice got 25 years.

The video is "concerning"? No, your willingness to reopen a five-year-old case already adjudicated as "Justified" to satisfy the political whims of a mayor who suppressed a video for his own political gain is concerning. There is nothing "concerning" in the video and quite frankly, it ought to be used as a training aid to show the immense restraint of the officers involved. But you're willing to put them in the Rahm-trick-bag in order to remove media attention from the promotion of your girlfriend and her buddies at IAD?

You're worse than a tool. You're an asshole.


The Reader Does Journalism

Here's what happens when someone actually reads the "Task Force" report - they discover there's a lot of bullshit in it:
  • A statistic recently cited from coast to coast: 74 percent of those shot by Chicago police from 2008 through 2015 were black, although black people make up only a third of the city's population.

    It's from the report by the Police Accountability Task Force, published last week. The statistic "gives validity to the widely held belief that the police have no regard for the sanctity of life when it comes to people of color," the report asserts.

    The New York Times agreed with that assessment in an editorial the day after the report was published. "The sense of injustice and grievance that pervades the black community . . . is borne out by the police data," the editorial said, citing the shooting statistic. The Associated Press News Service cited the stat in its story, which was headlined, "Report: Chicago police have 'no regard' for minority lives." Atlantic Cities ran virtually the same headline over a story that cited the "devastating" shooting disparity.

    The task force had to realize that its "no regard for the sanctity of life" assertion about Chicago police would dominate the initial media coverage and drown out most everything else that the 190-page report offers. And it offers a lot. But the report doesn't quite connect the dots on what else may be behind that shooting statistic.

    Poor black neighborhoods in Chicago are "ravaged by violent crime," the task force report acknowledges. In the west-side Austin neighborhood, there were 3,341 violent crimes in 2013 and 2014, including 67 homicides, 219 nonfatal shootings, and 725 armed robberies with guns. In such neighborhoods, there are bound to be far more stops, arrests, and confrontations with police than in more affluent neighborhoods where violent crime is much rarer.
All of which we've been pointing out for the past week and our readers have been saying for years now. But you don't even have to believe us - has a running counter of crime victims and offenders broken down by race for the past few years, and guess what it shows? Minorities are the vast majority of crime victims, perpetrated by a vaster majority of minority offenders.

But it's easier to blame the police that actually look in a mirror.

In any event, the Reader beats the mainstream media all to hell in the article. They quote major university studies, and what is allegedly happening in Chicago is no different than anything happening in anywhere else, even New York City. What's the word we're looking for again? Oh yeah - journalism.

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End of the Sworn Affidavit?

  • Amends the Uniform Peace Officers' Disciplinary Act.. Provides that a sworn affidavit or other legal documentation is not required to file a complaint against a peace officer (currently, a sworn affidavit is required). Removes a provision referring unsupported complaints containing false material information to the State's Attorney. Effective January 1, 2017.
So no sworn affidavit, a completely sane provision that cut down on false accusations by magnitudes.

And no referral of False Complaints to the State's Attorney for prosecution under the perjury laws.

The usual cast of police hating Chicago democrats are writers, sponsors and co-sponsors.

If it passes, any scumbag can level any accusation against you and IPRA will be investigating it, and when they "Not Sustain" a few, you'll be placed into the Personal Concerns program anyway and you'll have to do counseling, see a shrink, answer all sorts of questions because of the "red flags" put in place to dissuade you from doing anything proactive.

Is everyone getting the message yet?


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Check Your Ammo

From the comments - an explanation why all qualifying has been cancelled at the moment:
  • All p.o's after you qualify with your weapon check every bullet you are given in the box. Officers are finding defective and rusted bullets in what we are issued. from what we hear that is why qualifications have stopped. These bullets can misfire, jam or not go off at this writing there is no special memo or explanation for this from our department
Old ammo? Improperly stored? Something to do with the steel (or nickel steel) cases instead of brass?

Or crappy manufacturing?

UPDATE: A few Range guys have written to say it's was manufacturing problem. Seems a portion of the side of the cases were actually bent into the case, causing a sharp edge that could hang up a bullet upon ignition of the powder. They explained that this would be a very bad thing. Like very very bad.


Um, Duh?

  • The Chicago Police Department struggled Friday to explain why the third-highest ranking member of the Chicago Fire Department was neither tested for alcohol in his system nor charged with drunken driving after crashing his city-owned SUV this week near Lake Shore Drive in Lincoln Park.

    The Chicago Fire Department has concluded that John McNicholas, who ran the Fire Department’s Bureau of Operations, was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.

    But the Breathalyzer test was administered hours after the crash happened, at Fire Department headquarters at 35th and State, by the Fire Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau.

    Chicago Police officers were on the scene of the accident on LaSalle Drive just off Lake Shore Drive for up to two hours but never administered a field sobriety test or Breathalyzer test, sources said. Four squad cars were dispatched to the scene and were there from 30 minutes to two hours.
Anyone else think that there are a couple careers about to be sacrificed in order to give Eddie Johnson credibility as a "reformer"? You know he isn't going to take any action on the cheating scandal that involves his betrothed. That would point the spotlight at too many people in the past who "assisted" their minions into positions of power - the same minions who are currently picking the next generation of "merit" fuck-ups who will continue to drive this department into the ground.

Rahm has to be jumping up and down with glee - his handpicked superintendent who was already under a cloud for his proximity to this stinking exam scandal, is now obligated to hammer the involved officers, a sergeant or two, maybe even a lieutenant if one showed up. Voila! Reform! Burnished by a couple of hefty suspensions and/or firings.

And to the inevitable trolls who are going to blame the blog for this seeing the light of day, this was all over the Fireside Chat blog almost immediately after it happened - McNicholas is roundly despised among the CFD - and the interested parties had already e-mailed this with numerous photographs to every news outlet they could find. We were at the bottom of a long list of e-mails, so spare us the whining.



  • McNicholas was driving his Chicago Fire Department SUV west on La Salle Drive just off Lake Shore when another vehicle cut him off, police said. The SUV swerved to avoid a collision, went over a curb and struck a utility pole. No one was hurt, but the vehicle was heavily damaged.
With all the cameras at LaSalle and Lake Shore Drive, it should be immensely simple to verify the presence of this mysterious black vehicle.

Here's another tidbit that ought to worry a lot of people:
  • Instead of calling 911 and having the conversation recorded, sources said McNicholas called a “black phone” at the 911 center that is not recorded.

Actual verifiable proof of a mechanism in place to grant connected people a way to circumvent and bypass the protocols that are supposed to in place to prevent exactly this sort of thing from happening. The media should be having a field day.

This scandal has the potential to expose a shitload of the blatant corruption that has been part-and-parcel of this city since its founding.

Is the DOJ taking notes? You want patterns and practices? Here it is, gift wrapped.


Aldercreature Smacked

  • Chicago Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. was attacked as he was entering his office on the Near West Side Thursday night.

    One of his staff members said a man approached Burnett and punched him square in the face as he was arriving for "Constituent Night". The alderman suffered a cut but declined to be taken to a hospital.

    According to that staff member, the alleged offender had threatened the alderman earlier in the day. He came into the office and said he was going to kill Burnett as well as Mayor Rahm Emanuel. It's unclear what he was angry about.

    Burnett is currently serving his sixth term as alderman of the 27th Ward, which covers parts of the North and West sides.
You think Chicago might be short police now Wally? Or does a lack of police make it easier to get away with armed robbery, something we recall you have some sort of experience with.


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