Sunday, February 19, 2017

Detective Pfleger on the Case!

  • A 26-year-old man has been charged with murder in the triple shooting that killed a two-year-old and his uncle on Valentine's Day in North Lawndale.

    Devon Swan, 26, was charged with first degree murder is the shooting that killed 2-year-old Lavontay White Jr. and his uncle Lazaric Collins, 26. A third victim, a 20-year-old woman who is pregnant, was also wounded in the shooting that was recorded live on Facebook.
This however, made us choke on our whiskey:
  • Additional arrests are expected in the case, said Anthony Guglielmi, CPD spokesman. Police Supt. Eddie Johnson, CPD detectives and Rev. Michael Pfleger are expected to provide additional details on the the charges at a noon press conference Saturday.
Um, who now?The phony pfather? Who bad mouths the CPD every chance he gets? Who provides no support, no solutions, and nothing but racial animus because he unhappy in the skin he was born in?

Correct us if we're wrong, but this crime happened in the 010th District, far from the south side shithole pfleger flings his poo in. Does Special Ed ever get tired of all the ball-licking he's required to do? Rahm, Rush, pfleger, the list goes on.

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Get Ready for Some Theater

  • Work will start in earnest next week on how to reform the Chicago Police Department after federal investigators found that officers routinely used excessive force against minorities and tolerated "racially discriminatory conduct" by officers.

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday that officials from the U.S. Justice Department will arrive in Chicago next week to begin negotiating a legally binding agreement — known as a consent decree — to ensure that reforms are implemented under the authority of a federal judge.
Rahm was in Washington last week, ignoring the deaths of three children, and meeting with anyone he could - but not the President. He did meet with Sessions, who has made no secret of his disdain for Consent Decrees and that his DOJ won't be spending much time on them.

We don't know about you, but that seems to mean no Federal dollars for what will undoubtedly be an expensive undertaking. Rahm doesn't have the money, nor the political capital to impose another tax increase on tax weary Chicagoans. Rahm is more suited to being Trump's foil for all that's wrong with "big city democratic politicians." Plus, he's getting zero support from Prickwrinkle's machine - she smells blood, and a chance to run Cook County and Chicago all at once if she gets her tool into the 5th floor.

So what's up? Was Rahm begging for non-iterference from DC? Is he going to create some sort of political theater? Say this, say that, do something completely different, divert funds, pretend reforms, political moves, attack the Contract, etc, etc? We have no idea, and the tame media bouncing up and down on Rahm's lap can't be trusted to ask the real questions and come up with real answers.

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End the Signs

This has been a bunch of crap for years now - remember the Hampton sign:
  • A man whose father was killed at a New York City restaurant bombing for which the militant Puerto Rican nationalist group FALN claimed responsibility lashed out at Chicago aldermen Thursday for approving an honorary street designation for FALN leader Oscar Lopez Rivera.

    At the behest of local Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th), the City Council’s Transportation Committee voted without a word of debate to designate a three-block stretch of North Luis Munoz Marin Drive as Oscar Lopez Rivera Way.

    Maldonado did not attend the meeting and could not be reached for comment. Last month, he participated in what turned out to be a successful demonstration outside the White House to plead for now-former President Barack Obama to commute Lopez Rivera’s 70-year sentence.
Maldonado has always been a turd, and it shouldn't be surprising he'd support a terrorist group that planted bombs across the United States that killed numerous people. This street sign practice should have been done away with years ago, never more so when it was used to reward campaign contributions by some guy, then rescinded in a fit of political pique by people who thought Hillary was going to win an election.

It ought to be used only to honor the dead, and then, someone who actually made a quantifiable contribution to the betterment of the City. That would leave out aldercreatures and most political hacks. And exceptions for those who gave their lives defending the City.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

FOP Ballots Are Out

And what a cast of characters.

We've been attempting to remain quiet on this front, seeing as how the last few elections, everyone and their brother used our comment sections to spread all sorts of nonsense and stories about the other tickets. We got sick if it early this year and clamped down most of it.

That being said, we've had a lot of beefs with the current occupants and more than a few with most of their opponents, who happen to be previous occupants of the top offices. It's turned into a clusterfuck of immense proportions and it plays into Rahm's hands any way you cut it.

We still haven't received an adequate answer to the golf outing money. Big problem. The previous president is running a solo campaign, and quite frankly, we haven't gotten over the letter issue when egos got the better of a whole bunch of people. Some of the other characters who thought it was more important to go after an insignificant blog than to represent the members are among the roll call of bitter losers.

We have no advice aside from the following:
  • Incumbents are bad
  • Active members over retirees (or soon-to-be retirees)
  • Patrol over Detectives/Units (but not Dougherty)
Take it any way you want it. Impoliteness will be deleted.

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More Payouts

We're sure the usual suspects will add these to the totals bandied about for "payouts for police misconduct:"
  • Chicago taxpayers will spend $250,000 to compensate a drag-racing motorcycle driver injured in a 2011 collision with a police vehicle driven by First Deputy Police Superintendent Kevin Navarro.
So the injured party was drag racing (illegally) and collided with the then-Captain's SUV, causing the airbags to go off, giving the then-Captain a concussion, and launching himself through the air (physics) and is therefore entitled to a quarter-million for his stupidity?

And that isn't the worst of the payouts:
  • Also Tuesday, the Finance Committee is expected to sign off on a $370,000 settlement with Hugo Holmes, a former field service supervisor for the Chicago Department of Transportation. His lawsuit against the police department claimed he was the victim of a false arrest after getting caught up in a prostitution sting.

    At 8:30 a.m. on April 25, 2008, Holmes stopped at the corner of 47th and Washtenaw. According to Holmes, undercover officer Michelle Acosta was posing as a prostitute and approached his pickup truck when she said, “$20 for a b—job?”

    Holmes said he ignored the solicitation with disgust and a dismissive gesture, telling her, “I’m working.” Acosta told a different story. She claimed Holmes offered $20 in exchange for “h—d” and to “lick her t—y.”

    Acosta signaled to her undercover partners, who “swiftly accelerated” out of a nearby alley into Holmes’ path. They arrested him and searched him and his truck.

    Prosecutors dismissed the case against Holmes, but not before he was subjected to “great embarrassment, public humiliation and hate mail that ultimately led to his suspension,” his lawsuit said. Holmes said he suffered from shingles brought on by the stress of the case.
He claims entrapment, but anyone who has ever worked an "Angel" sting knows that isn't the drill - the Johns line up to buy some affection. There's no need to "entrap." And furthermore:
  • In a separate investigation, the city’s inspector general concluded the 2008 prostitution allegations against Holmes should not be sustained. In 2005, though, Holmes was given a 29-day suspension after an earlier inspector general’s investigation found he had lewd photos on his Department of Transportation computer.
So he's a known pervert who has used city equipment before in furtherance of his perversion. And he's going to get $370K? Where do we sign up for his job?

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Serious Question

So Special Ed sends out a notice that he intends to make another 130 or so Detectives before summer time. So if we have this straight:
  • 135 or so Detectives already this year
  • 140 or so Sergeants
  • another 130 Detectives before summer
400 promotions out of the blue shirts.

Just asking - do we have 400 recruits in the Academy due to come out before summer?  Because we know there aren't 400 FTO's to teach them - they're already asking for anyone eligible to sign up for the "FTO-lite" program, and those being taught aren't even able to work unsupervised until after this autumn.

It just has a bad feel to it all, especially as it goes against just about everything in the DOJ report regarding training.

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Jail Justice

  • The 19-year-old man charged with firing the stray bullet that struck and killed 11-year-old Takiya Holmes was beaten by a Cook County Jail inmate while awaiting his bond hearing at a county courthouse.

    The beating was captured on video and released Thursday by the Cook County Sheriff's Office.

    The surveillance video captured an inmate approaching a dozing Antwan Jones while he was handcuffed to a chair in street clothes before his bond hearing Wednesday at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse on murder charges in Holmes' shooting death.
The guy doing the punching is himself, inside for murder, so he's got nothing to lose and all sorts of reputation to gain. Amusing to say the least.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

MidWeek Bloodbath (UPDATE)

  • 11 people have been killed and 11 wounded in shootings over a 48-hour period in Chicago from Tuesday afternoon to Thursday morning, Chicago police said.

    On Tuesday, a 30-year-old man was shot and killed in the North Lawndale neighborhood, police said. He was a passenger in a vehicle when another vehicle approached and someone inside fired shots at about 9:30 a.m.
Those are summer weekend-type numbers...in February...where the temps were in the 40's.

Guess what's coming up?
  • A long, unseasonably warm weekend is ahead for Chicago neighborhoods that already are coping with levels of violence that are more common to the warmer months of spring and summer.

    Forecasters are calling for a sunny weekend, with temperatures hovering in the 50s from Friday to Monday’s Presidents Day holiday, a weekend that comes after a week that already has seen 13 homicides, including the deaths of three children under 13.

    The correlation between warm weather and violence has been documented by criminologists — though the extent and cause of the connection is debated — and the city so far this year has already seen 77 murders, trailing the pace of 88 during the same span last year. In both 2015 and 2014, there were two murders over the Presidents Day weekend.
Chicago is down 11 murders? Really? Oh wait, those are CPD numbers, the only numbers less trusted than Hillary Clinton polling results.

In any event, it's going to be a very pleasant 60 degrees for the weekend into next week. Who knows what fresh Hell the west and south sides will inflict upon the citizenry. We predict that Special Ed will be "concerned."

UPDATE: 13 and 13 if you add in the next day.

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War on Police Continues

Channel 7 again - is there anything they do that isn't anti-police?
  • The ABC 7 I-Team uncovered a stunning number of domestic violence complaints against Chicago police officers and an overwhelming lack of disciplinary action.

    In the investigation, the I-Team uncovered thousands of domestic violence complaints against Chicago police officers.

    In a database obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, the I-Team found 5,280 domestic violence complaints filed against Chicago police officers since the year 2000. That's more than 340 complaints filed every year and on average, nearly one per day
And how many are filed by bitter spouses, exes, domestic partners and  boyfriend/girlfriend types who know the easiest way to cause problems for a cop is to make up some story and run with it? the complaints die when (A) people make up, (B) people get over it or (C) people realize they have to sign an affidavit swearing under oath that the misbehavior actually occurred, and they realize that a perjury charge and conviction could hinder their futures in some manner (though seldom in Cook County.)

We were over at the Invisible Institute website recently and just for fun we typed in a completely random name to the database. And golly, a Domestic beef and a Conduct Unbecoming complaint, and this person suffered no untoward disciplinary actions. In fact, the sergeant was allowed to keep her spot in IAD, where she investigated many dozens of complaints herself, meting out discipline and sitting in judgement over people who had histories far less then hers. She even ended up in a special study group with all sorts of other IAD cronies and, if the open investigation is to be believed, the answers to a promotional exam. Does this prove anything?

But Channel 7 is determined to make hay out of raw numbers without even the most cursory investigation into what the numbers entailed. That might take actual work, and the Department isn't going to bash itself.

(We know we're going to get a bunch of people saying that we're ignoring a persistent problem yada yada yada. We're not. We know domestic abuse happens. We also know the flip-side where what is said doesn't match what actually occurred. We just don't go off half-cocked with horseshit numbers that can be twisted to fit a media agenda.)

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Indiana Chase Goes Bad

  • The northwest Indiana police chase that ended in a fatal crash that killed an innocent 13-year-old girl started with a report of a woman shoplifting beer, police revealed Thursday.

    East Chicago Police said an officer was dispatched to a parking lot in the 4700 block of Indianapolis Boulevard for a shoplifting complaint Wednesday afternoon. A woman who matched the description of the alleged shoplifter was seen by an officer at the scene carrying a case of beer, authorities said.

    The officer told the woman to stop but she ran toward a Dodge SUV and told the driver to "Go, go go," according to police.

    The driver then exited the parking lot at a high rate of speed and traveled into the southbound lanes of Indianapolis Boulevard, nearly striking several vehicles on the roadway.
They eventually ran into a 57-year-old grandmother driving her 13-year-old granddaughter. The child died. Hopefully, the shoplifters get charged with murder - in Indiana, they'll probably do significant time.

Be careful chasing boys and girls. We hear it far too often on the radio lately. We all know they're going to run - don't let them run away with your career, too.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Really Ed?

  • Chicago’s police superintendent said criminals view Cook County’s judicial system as “a joke” when it comes to holding gang gunmen accountable for their violence.
    Supt. Eddie Johnson, at a Wednesday news conference to announce murder charges in the fatal shooting of an 11-year-old girl, said criminals simply have no fear of the system.

    “They think the judicial system in Cook County is a joke. They just don’t fear it, and until we create that mental accountability to them to not pick up a gun, we’re going to continue to see this cycle of violence, and it’s just silly, it is,” Johnson said. “It’s silly on their part, but even more tragic is the leadership doesn’t listen. If you are in charge of these communities, and you have something to say, or you can do something to prevent this, and you don’t, then that’s a failure on you. Shame on you, because you should be.”
We've only been highlighting the inanity of day-for-day sentencing every time a hardened criminal shoots or gets shot while on parole or when they're out halfway through a twenty year sentence for nearly 11 years now.

Start calling them out by name Ed - Madigan, Rahm, Evans, Prickwrinkle, Foxx, the Black Caucus, assorted "revrunds."

Police work isn't rocket science. Neither is superintendent-ing.

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February Catching Up

  • Five men were shot -- three of them fatally -- Wednesday afternoon in Chicago's Brighton Park neighborhood, police said.

    The shooting happened inside a two-story, multi-unit residential building in the 3900-block of South Albany Avenue just before 3 p.m. Wednesday. The victims were inside the home when an unknown male walked inside and began shooting, police said.

    A police source said the shooting appeared to be related to drugs. No one was in custody Wednesday night.
On the other side of things, an arrest in the killing of one child:
  • The 19-year-old charged in the shooting death of 11-year-old Takiya Holmes opened fire because he saw people he didn't think belonged in the neighborhood, police said Wednesday.

    Takiya was struck by a stray bullet Saturday night and died Tuesday.

    Prosecutors say 19-year-old Antwan Jones was aiming at rival gang members selling marijuana in his neighborhood when 11-year-old Takiya Holmes was hit in the head by a stray bullet.
But, as one commentator pointed out, selling weed is a "non violent" so this can't possibly be true.

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Please No

Someone want to confirm or deny this?
  • Special ED has a flunky calling around trying to get {Jedediah's] gun and phone released from inventory. The commander doe not want to sign release of the weapon because the kids is a space cadet! Commander trying to put release of the weapon on Detectives division.
How about someone call ISP and get his ability to own or carry a gun revoked?

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Two? Seriously, TWO?

  • A man and a 2-year-old boy were shot and killed and a pregnant woman was wounded Tuesday afternoon in North Lawndale.

    The woman was on Facebook Live at the time of the shooting, which occurred in an alley in the 2300 block of South Kenneth Avenue.

    They were in a car in the alley about 1:30 p.m. when another vehicle drove past and someone got out, pulled out a weapon and fired shots, according to Chicago Police.
So cue up the outrage....that'll last maybe two news cycles. There were two 11-year-old shot this weekend. One has already been removed from life support, the other is probably hours or days away from the same fate. One aldercreature is talking about a march for all the good it'll do.

Gun laws go unenforced - see our post directly below. Offenders are routinely released or sentenced to minimal time, so there's nothing to fear from the judicial side of things - no consequences. No one in the "community" is willing to step up. Shame doesn't work, appealing to a higher morality doesn't work, humiliation doesn't work. We guess it's time to blame the police again.

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Low Charges

  • Chicago police say they found a stolen handgun, several magazines, and nearly 100 rounds of ammunition when they stopped a south suburban Lansing man near Clark and Elm streets.

    But, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office refused to pursue felony charges against the man, citing “insufficient evidence” that he knew that the firearm was stolen, according to a police source.

    Police stopped 23-year-old Tarik D. Coleman outside of Table 52 restaurant around 3:40 a.m. on January 26 because the Mercedes he was riding in had expired plates, according to court records.

    Cops say Coleman removed a Glock 27 .40-caliber handgun from under his seat during the stop.

    Coleman was detained, and police reportedly found a 9-millimeter handgun in the vehicle’s glove compartment.

    “Those guns are mine. The Glock and the nine. I bought them at Cabela’s in Indiana,” Coleman allegedly told police. “Don’t put them on anyone.”

    An investigation found that the 9-millimeter had been reported stolen from Mooresville, Indiana. Coleman changed his story to say that he bought the stolen gun “on the street from some guy in Chicago Heights,” police said.
Bought it on the streets? That would appear to run afoul of 430 ILCS 65/3(a-10) which, if we're reading it correctly, is a felony, though of varying degrees depending on other factors.

And while Possession of a Stolen Firearm is a felony under 720 ILCS 5/16‑16, knowledge (intent) appears to play a role in the charging - though as the offender's story changed from "bought it in Indiana" to bought in "on the street," a halfway decent interrogation might solicit information that he knew it wasn't on the up-and-up.

Too bad Kim Foxxxxxxxxxx isn't a law-and-order type of States Attorney.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

More From Jed

The ghetto drama doesn't stop:
  • The story gets funnier. Staredown boy aka Lamon Reccord somehow was allowed to move the vehicle and promptly drives it to the hospital and somehow gets jedidiah and they escape the hospital. Of course all on facebook livestream. Cops with sirens chasing him,, why in the fuck wasnt he handcuffed to a gurney?
So he never even got evaluated. He just up and left the hospital after his buddy Lemon "borrowed" the car Jed was holding himself hostage in.
  • I was on scene with the family. They were all talking shit about the police and trying to draw officers into an argument. They were talking to officers like they were above them as well as making racial comments about some of the whit officers s on scene and even about the black officers being traitors. And the best part is, they had the Superintendents phone number and were talking to him directly!! Nothing but ignorance and drama on display. Watch them sue the swat guys for wrecking his car when they pinned it in after he started making attempts to drive into the lake.
So it was all an act, intended to provoke some sort of response from the police. This is what we deal with day in and day out.
  • J'Mal Greeeeene got a personal call from S(t)upEd letting him know his "guy" was "LIVE" at BF attempting/faking suicide. J"Mal then asked the Sup to wait for him to get there and have SWAT stand down - hahahahahahahahahahahaha! The nerve of this a**hole.
And they're directing Special Ed via cell phone to have SWAT "stand down."

Hey Ed, any regrets about giving these idiots your direct number? Personally, we find it "concerning."

Don't worry - we'll strip ourselves on the way out.

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Happy St Valentine's Day Chicago


We certainly hope Rahm had a nice day trip to DC yesterday.

(post was mis-dated, so it went up late)

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Federal Charges on the Horizon

  • After calling out rising crime in Chicago six times since taking office, President Donald Trump moved to make assaulting a police officer a federal crime.

    In a series of executive orders signed by the president just after former Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions was sworn in as attorney general, Trump ordered his new top law enforcement officer to figure out how to use federal laws to "prosecute individuals who commit or attempt to commit crimes of violence against ... law enforcement officers."

    In Chicago, a similar proposal — known as the "Blue Lives Matter ordinance" — has languished in the City Council since being proposed in July by Ald. Edward Burke (14th), a former police officer who is considered the dean of the City Council, serving as alderman since 1969.
Charge it simliar to a Civil Rights statute and they can serve 85% of their sentence in a Louisiana shithole like Bill Cozzi did.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

SWAT "Saves" Idiot

  • A man surrendered to police after officers negotiated with him while he sat in his car, causing Lake Shore Drive near Buckingham Fountain to be blocked downtown for more than an hour.

    Authorities were called to the 500 block of South Lake Shore Drive about 5:05 p.m. because of a man in a vehicle parked on Queen's Landing, east of the road, according to police. Police received calls from people concerned about the man after he started broadcasting live on social media.

    A SWAT team negotiated with the man, who police said had a gun and was threatening suicide, for more than an hour, and he gave himself up about 6:40 p.m.
Guess who?
  • Guess who it was that shut down the lake front and Lake Shore Drive at Queens Landing for several hours tonight in his Facebook Live feed of his promised self termination . . . yep that infamous Mount Greenwood BLM protagonist Jedidiah Brown.

    But one has to ask a couple questions of the players in this little charade, first of which is where did Jedidiah get the .45 that he was waiving around throughout the video? I highly doubt he carries it legitimately.

    And second, how is it that when mama showed up with her entourage they were only showing desperation and concern for her little angel Jedidiah when they had an audience but as soon as they were on their own they were laughing and joking around like they were at da club on a Saturday night. At one point mama joked she was just to damn cold to be standing around waiting while the poleese did their thing so she went to sit in her car which just happened to be parked right next to the TV cameras and crew. What a complete farce!
It sure looks like some sort of "set-up" to either keep himself relevant or provoke a response.

Special Ed immediately stripped the SWAT Team.

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Nice Parking CongressCritter

We'll just leave this here:


Evidently, Fire Hydrants and the yellow lines around them are racist, too.

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Again with This Crap?

Evidently, stops being down 85% and homicides being up nearly 80% aren't enough:
  • The number of street stops by the Chicago Police Department has plummeted by 85 percent in a year, but African-Americans continued to account for the vast majority of those detained and frisked, a Chicago Sun-Times investigation has found.
Really? And why is that do you think?


Whoops - how did that get there?
  • That’s the case even though African-Americans were no more likely to be found with weapons or drugs than people of other racial backgrounds, the Sun-Times found by analyzing data on stops collected by the department for the first time in 2016.

    The police reported stopping thousands of people because they fit the description of a criminal suspect, were found near the scene of a crime, or acted in a manner deemed “indicative” of drug dealing.

    In most cases, officers checked a box on their reports for “other” to explain the justification for the stop. The department hasn’t released records to show whether further details were provided.
Well if the ACLU isn't bitching, you can probably guess everything is A-Okay with them.
  • “It’s kind of a double-edged sword,” says Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th), chairman of the Chicago City Council’s Black Caucus. He says many of his South Side constituents would like the police to be more aggressive in searching for guns.

    But Sawyer says he’s concerned the police continue to stop people without a “reasonable suspicion” of a crime, which is required for an investigatory stop to be constitutional.

    “Were the reasons legitimate?” the alderman says. “Or is it still ‘walking while black?’ ”
You mean like certain CongressCritters profiled for "driving while black"? Oh wait - those cops were cleared after a politically charged investigation and not a single scrap of evidence could be located to railroad them.
  • Police spokesman [some guy] says the department tries to safeguard rights as it protects the public: “Good policing and civil rights are not mutually exclusive.”

    [some guy again] notes that “most of CPD’s investigatory stops occurred in high-crime areas, primarily on the South and West Sides, precisely in the districts driving violence.”
Which are predominantly......go ahead spokesweasel.....you can say it.....they all know.

So evidently, the Sun Times is trying to drive that remaining 15% down into single digits, thereby increasing the homicide count and giving Mope-rah another few years of semi-relevancy.

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Weekend Surpasses Previous 3 Years

HeyJackass.com has the Butcher's Bill:
  • Stupidity Tally as of 4:00p: 6 killed, 17 wounded
    2016 weekend tally: 7 killed, 14 wounded
    2015 weekend tally: 2 killed, 7 wounded
    2014 weekend tally: 2 killed, 2 wounded
And the total may climb with a couple of children caught in the carnage.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Federal Sweep

Looks like the "Trump-effect" is impacting the federal side of things already. They're pulling down wires and issuing indictments - something we heard far too little of the last eight years:
  • Chicago Police and federal prosecutors said Friday they’ve arrested 15 people involved in a heroin operation that included buyers first calling a hotline to set up a meeting spot.

    And that hotline was so busy, the feds say it rang about 1,000 times a day.

    U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon said at Chicago Police headquarters, 3510 S. Michigan Ave., that the prosecutors believe the 15 people arrested were selling more than 11 kilograms of heroin every six months through a single phone line investigators dubbed “the Vanna White line.”

    He said investigators tapped the phone line and estimated 193,000 phone calls were made in six months to that one land line in an apartment in Wentworth Gardens, the public housing complex between 37th Street and Pershing Road on Wentworth Avenue.

    “That is, if my math is right, about a 1,000 calls a day,” Fardon said. “Think about what that means from the perspective of the demand and the heroin problem.”
And that's just the south side.

We have a hard time believing that there were only 15 people involved though. If this is just creating a power "vacuum" at the top, the south side could be in for a rough stretch as things sort themselves out with increased gun play.

Nice start though.

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Something is Working?

At last check, February is down over a dozen homicides from last year. There's some warm weather coming up next week, so things could change in a hurry, but at the moment, it's possible that the gangs have run out of people to kill.

How crazy is that?

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Ambiguous Reporting

This is from the Channel 7 report about the slander committed by Bobby Rush:
  • A spokesperson for Rush released the following statement:

    "Congressman Rush said he spoke with the police superintendent and he accepted his apology on behalf of the officers involved. It was never his intention to get the officers fired, he wanted to bring attention to the disparities in traffic stop. The officers contend they pulled him over after running his plates---however, his plates are the only one in the country that is registered in Illinois and to the 1st Congressional District of Illinois. His plates simply read with the numeral one, and United States Congress. With that said, he felt threatened as an African-American elder in the community, and filed the complaint to bring attention to what every citizens in his community experience with dubious traffic stops."
That is among the more poorly written paragraphs we've ever seen - and we've been writing novels for nearly 11 years now. This can be read two ways:
  • Version 1 - "Congressman Rush said [Congressman Rush] spoke with the police superintendent and [the police superintendent] accepted [Congressman Rush's] apology on behalf of the officers involved.
In which case, our question is, "Why isn't Rush apologizing in person to the officers? Oh yeah, he's a gutless pussy who can't be bothered to correct the record.
  • Version 2 - "Congressman Rush said [Congressman Rush] spoke with the police superintendent and [Congressman Rush] accepted [the police superintendent's] apology on behalf of the officers involved. 
In which case, we have two questions:
  • Who the fuck does Special Ed think he is apologizing to this turd for the completely legal, correct and exonerated actions of his officers?
  • How does Bobby Rush's dick taste Ed?
We need some clarification.

If it's Version 1, well, Rush is an asshole, and no one expects much from assholes - except shit - which Rush supplies on a near daily basis.

If it's Version 2, it's time for a "no confidence" motion by the FOP as Special Ed has obviously lost his fucking mind, and Special Ed needs to immediately resign as he's lost the entire Department.

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Shooting in North Center

Woman with a knife, ineffective Taser hits, advancing on police:
  • Chicago police said that a police officer was involved with the fatal shooting of a woman in 3900 block of North Western Avenue in the North Center neighborhood Friday evening.

    Police said they received a 911 call from the CVS on that block, saying a woman was inside the store threatening the employees with a weapon. When officers responded to the scene, employees told them the woman had gone to the bus stop outside.

    Police said when officers confronted her, she brandished a knife and made threatening statements. Police said officers used their Taser guns on her twice without effect. She continued to threaten officers and then lunged at them with the knife, which was when an officer shot her, police said.

    The victim was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. No information about the victim has been released, aside from her gender.
Special Ed promptly apologized to the assailant.

UPDATE: Note to media morons - the deceased is an Assailant. The victims in this case were the occupants of the store and the police, all of whom went home safely.

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No Charges

  • The Cook County State's Attorney's office said Friday that no criminal charges would be brought against the Chicago police officer who fatally shot a baseball bat-wielding teen and — mistakenly — a grandmother standing by him.
Just about the only good to come out of this entire event, aside from the copper being cleared, is an increased spotlight on the lack of training handling the mentally ill that has plagued the Department for generations. It still isn't where it needs to be, but improvements are being made.

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Can't Wait to Hear This One

  • The four people charged in the Facebook Live attack that drew outrage across the city and country pleaded not guilty at their arraignment Friday before Cook County Judge William Hooks.

    All the defendants’ assistant public defenders entered the pleas on behalf of their clients. Their next court date will be March 1.

    Tanishia Covington, 24, Brittany Covington, 18, Jordan Hill, 18, and Tesfaye Cooper, 18, are accused of holding a schizophrenic white man captive in a West Side apartment last month, forcing him to drink toilet water and cutting his scalp with a knife while making him proclaim, “I love black people.”

    While the man was being tortured during the several-hour ordeal, one of his tormentors allegedly said on video: “I don’t give a f— if he is schizophrenic.”

    Someone in the apartment also said, “F— Trump” and “F— white people” and Hill, a classmate of the victim, called up the man’s mother and asked for $300 ransom for his safe return, prosecutors said.
Seems pretty open/shut, right Judge Hooks?

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Sue, Charge, Sanction His Ass

So.....

Bobby Rush wasn't profiled. Both officers were cleared of any wrongdoing.

So where's the charge for a False Affidavit? He had to sign an Affidavit to proceed with the investigation, right? Otherwise, any investigation is pretty much illegal and the officers ought to be suing. If the officers aren't suing, then the FOP should on their behalf for the improper investigation. Otherwise, this is precedent to undermine legal protections put in place to protect officers from false allegations.

Where's the apology? There should be a prompt and very public apology for this false accusation. We don't care who it is, how important he thinks he is, and what rules he believes he doesn't have to follow, he owes the officers an abject and groveling apology.

Where's the payout for damages for slander? Bobby went public with this in an effort to kick the Department when it was down. To further the schism between the police and the community by means of a false narrative - a hallmark of Bobby's since he was part of the black panthers. The video shows complete professionalism by the officers, and none by a sitting member of Congress.

Finally, where's the sanctions by the US House of Representatives? We're pretty sure they have some sort of Code of Conduct, even if it's a Congress-critters from Illinois, where the bar is set so low, it's underground. Isn't this bringing disrepute or something to the House (again, even if it's Bobby from Illinois)?

He lied, it's on tape, anyone with half a brain can see it.

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Economics 101

  • Whole Foods Market, facing its worst sales slump in more than a decade, is taking a step that would have been unthinkable in its high-flying days: shrinking the size of the chain.

    Though Whole Foods plans to open six stores during the current quarter, including two relocations, the company said Wednesday that it's shutting down nine. That kind of retrenchment hasn't happened since the last recession was underway in 2008.

    The company, which about 440 U.S. stores, also said it was abandoning its ambitious growth target and no longer plans to reach 1,200 locations as it tries to get expenses under control.
So with everyone else being charged more to subsidize Rahm's dream of ending a "food desert," how will this impact Whole Foods bottom line?

Social Justice Warriors meet economic reality.

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Vigilantes?

  • The shooting of a 17-year-old on Sunday might have been "street justice" for his attempts to break into a car, a police official said.

    Speaking at a meeting of residents Tuesday evening, Near West Police District Cmdr. Ed Kulbida said the shooting near Racine Avenue and Huron Street came about 5:35 p.m., after the teen and someone else were seen breaking into a car. They were followed, and the teen was shot in his leg, Kulbida said.

    "These people in the neighborhood, they didn't like that," said Kulbida of the break-in, adding of the pair, "I don't think they'll do that again."

    On Monday, some in a crowd of more than 250 residents in the basement of the Goldblatt's Bros. Building, 1625 W. Chicago Ave., laughed at the explanation while others appeared uneasy.

    After the gathering, Meaghan Thomas, a Humboldt Park resident, said she was "uncomfortable" with the implication that vigilante or street justice is acceptable.
Vigilantes might be a good thing - bring crime under control, free up the Courts, keep the jail empty. Hopefully, it wasn't for some unpaid gambling debts or similar.

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Granny Lands Softly

  • Oakland’s choice to head its beleaguered police department will get the highest base pay of any police chief in city history.

    Not only will incoming Chief Anne Kirkpatrick have the largest base salary of any top cop in Oakland — at $270,000 — her total compensation package includes a bump for various degrees and other premiums, dictated by an agreement between the Oakland Police Management Association and the city.

    Total compensation and benefits come to $299,675. Oakland has a force of 765 sworn officers.
Commanding a force the size of 007 and 011 combined for $300K. For that price, there ought not be a single homicide in Oakland the rest of the year.

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