Friday, August 22, 2014

Someone is Flipping

  • The alleged bagman in a $2 million bribery scandal over Chicago's red light camera contract is cooperating with federal authorities and has testified in the ongoing grand jury investigation, the Tribune has learned.

    Martin O'Malley, 73, the Chicago-based consultant for Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. since the contract began in 2003, has admitted that much of the $2 million he was paid by the company was used as payoffs to a top city manager who oversaw the traffic camera program from the beginning, according to sources familiar with the investigation.

    Asked about O'Malley's cooperation agreement in an interview this week, his attorney acknowledged that O'Malley has testified before the grand jury and admitted his role in the alleged decadelong conspiracy. O'Malley, who is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bribery, is expected to eventually plead guilty in the case.
Seventy-three and looking at the remained of your life behind bars far from home refreshes a lot of memories and loosens the tongue. Besides, confession is said to be good for the soul. So who is he sweating?

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Street Sign Dedication

Remembering their sacrifice (click for larger view):


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Can't Miss That Tee Time

After a guy with a British accent cuts off an American reporter's head, this is what the British Prime Minister does:
  • “U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer vacation to return to London and chair urgent meetings on the threat posed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, calling the video ‘shocking and depraved.’”
The British citizen wasn't harmed - he was doing the head chopping. Over on this side of the pond?
  • President Barack Obama got down to business Wednesday afternoon, flooring it to the golf course after giving a speedy statement on the beheading of an American journalist and a threat from the Islamic State to spill more blood.

    Obama sported a grin the size of Mount Rushmore as he sat behind the wheel of a golf cart in Martha’s Vineyard, where he’s currently vacationing.
Laading from behind we suppose.

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This Sounds Familiar

  • Illinois needs to cut penalties for marijuana use and boost them for gun offenses if it's really going to curb street violence, according to Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez.

    At a hearing of a special legislative panel today, the county's top prosecutor conceded that what she called "a shift in philosophy" might not be popular with everyone, but is needed if officials are to keep neighborhoods safe with limited resources.

    "Our criminal sentencing policies should target those illegally carrying firearms who pose the greatest safety threat to our communities, and right now our unlawful use of a weapon penalties do not go far enough," Ms. Alvarez said.

    “Gang members themselves tell us that our gun laws are 'a joke'. They are not a deterrent, and if we do not take action those criminals will continue on the path of gun violence and retaliation that has unfortunately become the norm in too many neighborhoods."
Oh, she got the idea from gangbangers. That's cute.

Meanwhile, nine years of posts and comments by the readers of SCC pointing out that the penalties for murder are around five-to-seven-years on average and gun charges result in boot camp have no impact on anything.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cue the Outrage in 3...2...1...

  • A 9-year-old boy was killed and four others were wounded in separate shootings on the city's South and Northwest Sides, officials said.

    ...... [the] 9-year-old boy was shot on the 1200 block of East 71st Street in the city's Grand Crossing neighborhood, said police.

    The boy was in a backyard near train tracks when he was shot in the chest, hands and arms, police said.

    The boy was taken to Comer Children's Hospital in critical condition where he was later pronounced dead, said police.
"...chest, hands and arms..." Anyone want to bet that this was a message? Nine-year-old don't get perforated to this extent unless they were deep into some crazy shit.

And no, Eric Holder isn't on the way to town.

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Anyone Heard of "Due Process" in MO?

A funny thing happened on the way to the railroading:
Yesterday's revelations include multiple threats by the "New Black Panthers" to murder police officers and the the astounding fact that the person conducting the autopsy for the family doesn't even hold a medical degree - he's a secretary who takes the doctor's notes and he's presenting "magic bullet" theories to the press (who prints 'em):
  • “I am a forensic pathologist assistant and medical investigator,” Parcells told FOX 4’s Shannon O’Brien.

    However, that’s something of a dubious title according to forensic pathologist Dr. Erik Mitchell.

    “That is a degree that does not exist in my knowledge, except in the mind of Shawn Parcells,” Dr. Mitchell said.

    Dr. Mitchell takes issue with Parcells’ title. “You cannot claim the title, because it is a formal, licensable position. You can assist somebody; in this way I can say, for instance, I have paid my taxes, so I am an assistant President of the United States,” Dr. Mitchell said.
This is turning into a farce that no decent police officer should be standing for. It's past time for the National FOP and related organizations to step in, start making statements and initiating action.

We have stated time and again here that cops aren't above the law - but we aren't under it either. This guy isn't just under the law, he's under the bus, and it's time to stop.

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Brutal Takedown of a Suckass

The Missouri State Trooper Captain "in charge" in Ferguson, MO is on record turning on a fellow law enforcement officer without the benefit of any sort of investigation what-so-ever. Gulf Shores, AL Chief Ed Delmore, himself a former St. Louis area Officer, rips the shit out of this jackass:
  • I have to call you out.

    I don’t care what the media says. I expect them to get it wrong and they often do. But I expect you as a veteran law enforcement commander—talking about law enforcement—to get it right.

    Unfortunately, you blew it. After days of rioting and looting, last Thursday you were given command of all law enforcement operations in Ferguson by Governor Jay Nixon. St. Louis County PD was out, you were in. You played to the cameras, walked with the protestors and promised a kinder, gentler response. You were a media darling. And Thursday night things were better, much better.

    But Friday, under significant pressure to do so, the Ferguson Police released the name of the officer involved in the shooting of Michael Brown. At the same time the Ferguson Police Chief released a video showing Brown committing a strong-arm robbery just 10 minutes before he was confronted by Officer Darren Wilson.

    Many don’t like the timing of the release of the video. I don’t like that timing either. It should have been released sooner. It should have been released the moment FPD realized that Brown was the suspect.

    Captain Johnson, your words during the day on Friday helped to fuel the anger that was still churning just below the surface. St. Louis County Police were told to remain uninvolved and that night the rioting and looting began again. For much too long it went on mostly unchecked. Retired St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch tweeted that your “hug-a-looter” policy had failed.

    Boy did it.
And Delmore is just beginning the ass-whipping at this point. That's not even half of the letter.

Go read it all at this link. Then get in line to buy this guy a drink next time he's in town.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Assailant Shot, Killed by Police

  • A 21-year-old man was fatally shot by police on the Far South Side on Tuesday night, authorities said.

    Officers from a Calumet District tactical team had tried to stop the man for questioning when they saw him riding a bicycle in the 13300 block of South Forrestville Avenue about 9:45 p.m., according to Pat Camden, a police union spokesman.

    When officers trained a spotlight on the man, the man pointed a gun at the unmarked squad car, Camden said.
That was his second mistake. No word on scheduled outrage, rioting and looting yet. We'll update you if we get word. Well done Officers.

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Harvey Cops Wounded

  • Two police officers have been shot in south suburban Harvey and two suspects are holding a woman and five children hostage at the scene this afternoon, officials said.

    Harvey Mayor Eric Kellogg said one officer suffered a graze wound to the arm and was treated at the scene. The other officer was wounded in the elbow and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where his condition was stabilized, the mayor said.
Best wishes to the injured Officers. City or suburbs, something can blow up in a second. Stay safe.

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Looting as a Tourist Destination

More from Missouri.
  • Cop was confronted and attacked in his vehicle, shoved back into it, may have suffered orbital fracture(s), offender had marijuana in his system, offender charged back at officer, all shots to the front of offender's body.
It's amazing how all these facts start appearing once an investigation is allowed to proceed. Now Holder is flying out to Missouri to "direct" the investigation after ordering a THIRD autopsy on the offender.

And just when it couldn't get any weirder, agitators from Chicago arrive and so do looters from out-of-state:
  • Some of the men are from the area — Ferguson or surrounding towns also defined in part by the gulf separating the mostly white law enforcement agencies from a mistrusting African American public. Many others — it is hard to quantify the percentage — have arrived by bus and by car from Chicago, Detroit, Brooklyn and elsewhere.

    They will not give their names. But their leaders say they are ready to fight, some with guns in their hands. “This is not the time for no peace,” said one man, a 27-year-old who made the trip here from Chicago.

    He spoke after a small group of fellow militants held a meeting behind a looted store, sketching out ambitions for the days ahead.

    “We are jobless men, and this is our job now — getting justice,” he said. “If that means violence, that’s okay by me. They’ve been doing this to us for years.”
We're sure Holder is taking all these factors into play when making the decision to railroad the wounded cop who was attacked not once, but twice, Three times if you count the town. Four if you consider the State Police boss talking out his ass. Five including the media.

And St. Louis police killed a knife-wielding assailant a few miles away from Ferguson today. Look for riots there shortly.

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Old Time Ward Boss Rips Rahm

We hadn't thought about Ed Kelly in years, but he had the measure of any number of Chicago politicians, seeing as how he slated them for office much of the time. He speaks to domestic abuser Steinberg on a number of subjects - growing up in Chicago, serving in WWII, Richard J, Jane, Harold. He doesn't criticize Shortshanks (maybe he only speaks of those who can't fire back?) but he saves his harshest criticism for Rahm:
  • I feel sorry for Rahm, I really do. Rahm had no idea what he was getting into. Rahm’s not a Chicago guy. He’ll never be a Chicago guy. He’s not a street guy. He’s trying to be, but he’s not. He’s a suburbanite. He’s not a Chicagoan, he really isn’t. He’s smart, very smart. I think what he inherited is going to continue on, he’s going to find out more problems, money problems and things.
From a guy who not only knows where the political secrets are buried, but who probably helped rub them out, moved them in his trunk and dug the holes to bury them, this is a telling bit of insight. Rahm laughs it up in a follow-up interview:
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday laughed off former Chicago Park District Superintendent Ed Kelly’s simple but pointed analysis for why the mayor is having trouble connecting with Chicago voters: because he’s a “suburbanite” who will “never be a Chicago guy.”

    “My grandfather came to Chicago in 1917 fleeing the pogroms. My uncle was a police officer here in the city of Chicago representing the 17th District. My father had a practice here. I was a congressman from Chicago,” the mayor said, reciting his familiar family history.

    “And the [Illinois] Supreme Court has even ruled on this decision.”
Ed Kelly got it right we think. The old Machine would have chewed Rahm up and spit him out. A smarmy arrogant carpetbagger like Rahm never would have been allowed near the levers of power in the old days.

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This is an Amusing Turn

The thing keeping most people out of public office is that's is just so damn expensive to run. Rahm has a war chest of several million raised from all sorts of sources in and outside of Chicago. Someone else just tapped into a pool of cash though:
  • The head of the American Federation of Teachers says the national union is ready to spend $1 million to help Karen Lewis unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel if the Chicago Teachers Union president decides to run.

    “I did say privately to Karen and at our executive council meeting that if Karen was to run, we would be all in,” AFT leader Randi Weingarten told the Chicago Sun-Times in an interview Tuesday. “In a race like this, spending $1 million would not be unprecedented for the AFT.”

    Weingarten said Emanuel “has shown a deep disrespect for what public education is all about.”
Might this be the boost that pushes Lewis into the race?

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cops Shoot Dog, No One Snitches

  • A South Side family is angry because police shot their dog and then failed to catch an armed robber even though he was hiding out just feet from where they were standing, reports CBS 2 [...]

    “I said why’d you shoot the dog?,” said neighbor Aaron Thompson. “He said I didn’t shoot the dog, the assailant shot the dog.” The dog is Castro, an Italian Mastiff who’d been in the Taylor household for ten years.

    “It’s like I lost a family member…very difficult,” said Terry Taylor, the dog’s owner.

    The assailant is an armed robber who had held up a man early this morning in Washington Park. Police responding to the 911 call spotted the suspect and chased him until they believed they lost him in the yard.

    “The police ran in my yard, opened the gate and shot my dog,” Taylor said.
OK. Bad timing. Dog does what it's supposed to do, cop kills dog, one of those things that everyone regrets but a minor tragedy nonetheless. Then it got a bit frightening:
  • But it turns out the robber never made it into the yard. Taylor’s son found that out some three hours later when he got the surprise of his life.

    “He came from under the porch. He had the gun in his hand, he was backing up talking to me like this, and he is telling me ‘I apologize for the police killing your dog, I seen the whole thing.’ He put the gun back on his hip proceeded down the street,” said DeMarkus Southern.

    But not before the robber ditched his clothes in the garbage can and abandoned his baseball hat under the stairs.
Great. Gun-in-hand, the robber turns up mere feet from where the coppers were standing. This could have been bad on any number of levels. Very bad.

And finally, it gets......typical:
  • What makes the story even more bizarre is that Southern says while they were all sitting on the stairs his sister pulled up in a car. She saw a man through a crack underneath the stairs with what looked to be a hammer in his hand. That hammer was the gun.

    The sister didn’t say anything because everyone seemed so calm she just assumed the guy was actually working on the stairs and had no idea he was an armed robber hiding from the police who were just steps away.

    “It was shocking because it had been three hours,” Southern said. Now Southern is just glad he and his family members weren’t hurt.

    Southern says the armed robber is now free because the police botched their investigation. He was last seen getting on a bus with the gun in his waistband.
Riiiiiight. The sister saw the guy under the stairs, assumed it was a "worker," but in the absence of hearing any hammering and seeing police standing feet away, just kept her mouth shut? Sorry, we call BULLSHIT on this one. Once again, "no snitching" rears its head and of course, the police are supposed to be mind readers with x-ray vision so it's all their fault.

We're left trying to decide if Channel 2 is really this ignorant (likely) or they posted this story to get a chuckle out of everyone else who actually reads between the lines. We don't think they're that deep - they just want to rile up everyone because the cops shot a dog and left a suspect under a nearby stair.

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Um...Based on What Exactly?

  • A new poll reveals that Illinois' new concealed carry law, introduced in January, makes a majority of Chicagoans feel unsafe.

    According to the Chicago Tribune, 55 percent of poll-takers said they felt "less safe" with the law permitting licensed gun owners to bear hidden weapons in public. Meanwhile, 15 percent said they felt "more safe" and 30 percent said they were indifferent.
If you read the rest of the article, there isn't a single reason given, a single question that was asked, a single statistic quoted that might cause anyone to believe Concealed Carry weapons have made anyone "unsafe."

But the media (and Rahm) want you to feel unsafe, so they come up with this poll to tell you just how unsafe you are - without any reasoning or proof. And Rahm has McPuppet out there touting a drop of 22 killings over last year as the results of the greatest crime fighting strategy ever developed and by golly, isn't Chicago safe as can be?

We'd counter that the drop of nearly two dozen homicides coincided directly with the implementation of Concealed Carry, therefore Concealed Carry works wonders. We offer no proof since NBC and Rahm offer none to their reasoning and everyone knows statistics don't lie and numbers can't be fudged.

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Concealed Carry Holder Arrested

  • A concealed carry permit holder and another man burglarized and shot up a home in south suburban Dolton, police said today.

    Aaron Whirl, 22, of south suburban Riverdale was charged with home invasion, aggravated discharge of a firearm and residential burglary, said Dolton police Chief John Franklin.

    Whirl, who had a concealed carry permit at the time of the Aug. 11 incident, was ordered held in lieu of $300,000 bail Aug. 14, according to Franklin and court records.
Just for shits and giggles, what does this pillar of society have in his background?
  • In 2012, Whirl pleaded guilty to resisting a police officer, a misdemeanor, and was sentenced to 12 months court supervision which he successfully completed and was ordered to pay a $199 fine.
And what about Quinn's and Madigan's vaunted safety net that supposedly allows Dart to put the kibosh on those of "questionable character" from obtaining Concealed Carry permits? Especially those with instances of ... oh, we don't know ... fighting the police? Wasn't that one of Dart's demands? And Garry's?

We imagine that they'll be answering lots of questions from a curious media about how they're falling down on the job. Right?

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Hey Look - Corruption!

  • Contractors facing scrutiny in an ongoing federal investigation of Concept Schools have been paid nearly $1 million over the past three years for work at three Chicago Public Schools-funded campuses run by the Des Plaines-based charter operator, records show.

    In June, the FBI raided 19 Concept Schools locations in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, including the group’s Des Plaines headquarters. Search warrants showed they were seeking records concerning Concept’s use of the federal “E-rate” program and companies hired under that program, which helps pay for high-tech upgrades.

    The agents also were looking for records regarding top Concept officials, the Chicago Sun-Times reported last month.

    No one has been charged. The FBI has said only that the investigation is a “white-collar criminal matter.”
Keep digging.

History tells us you won't - Greylord, Silver Shovel, Gambat, etc. None ever went farther than scratching the surface, otherwise we'd have as many mayors in prison as we've had governors lately and the number of judges behind bars would rival City Council members by at least double. The worst secret in Illinois is you guys were told to pull the wire on Blago before it got something bigger.

But try for once.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Whoops Again

If the neighborhood around HQ isn't safe, is there anywhere safe?
  • Chicago police say a 33-year-old woman was robbed around 1:45 a.m. on the 4200-block of North Hermitage, the same block on which Mayor Rahm Emanuel lives.

    Police said the woman was approached by a man who took her purse in a "strong arm robbery."

    Police said the offender fled in an SUV. The investigation is ongoing.
Let's see - two man car in front, two man car in back, roving patrols, heavy weapons car nearby, people just walking down the block have been stopped for Field Interviews, yet someone can park an SUV in the hood, strong arm a victim, get back to the vehicle and escape with nary a trace.

Hopefully, they didn't take the tomatoes.

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At Least 32 Shot

  • Five people have been killed and at least 27 others wounded in weekend shootings across Chicago.

    Police said a 16-year-old boy was found with a gunshot wound to the head around 1:15 a.m. Sunday in the city’s Humboldt Park neighborhood.

    Police were responding to a report of a person shot in the 900 block of North Karlov Avenue and found the teen on the sidewalk. He was transported in critical condition where he was later pronounced dead.
Among the casualties:
  • Early Saturday, a 16-year-old girl was fatally shot in a possible drive-by shooting in the city’s Englewood neighborhood.

    Police said the girl was standing outside around 12:45 a.m. with a man when a car drove by and someone inside fired shots. She was shot in the head and was found unresponsive at the scene and a 20-year-old man was shot in the back and taken in stable condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Janel Sedevic.

    Family members said the teen girl, identified as Shaquise Buckner, was a “straight A student” and planned to become to a doctor. She was expected to start her sophomore year of high school this week.
Mr. Sharpton? "Rev" Jackson? Hello? Is anyone there? Bueller? ECHO Echo echo....

How very odd.

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Darwin Again

  • A Park Manor man who prosecutors say sped away from police before crashing his car Thursday night, killing a teen riding in the back seat, was ordered held today on $1 million bail.

    Gabriel E. Johnson, 18, of the 6800 block of South Champlain Avenue, faces a felony reckless homicide charge among others in connection to the incident, which took place in the 600 block of West 80th Street and ended in the death of 16-year-old Wally Flex, who was riding in the back seat of the Monte Carlo that Johnson was driving, according to court records.

    Dontrell Reese, 20, who prosecutors say was in the car’s passenger seat at the time, faces an unlawful use of a weapon by a felon charge and was ordered held on $100,000 bail today in Cook County Bond Court.

  • Reese, of the 7500 block of South Eggleston Avenue, was holding a gun and attempting to climb out of the passenger window as police approached, he said.

    Reese dropped the revolver and police recovered it, according to Mack.

    Johnson was trapped in the driver’s seat and had to be extracted from the car by the fire department, he said.

    A loaded handgun was found in Johnson’s waistband as he was being extracted, Mack said.
Two guns recovered, two in jail, car totaled and one in the morgue. Now that's a good night.

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Super-vouchers Ending

  • Chicago Housing Authority voucher recipients will no longer receive enough assistance to place them in the city's most luxurious high-rise buildings under a new policy, the agency announced Sunday.

    The policy targets "super vouchers" that allow low-income recipients to receive up to 300 percent of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Fair Market Rent, which for the Chicago area is $826 for a one-bedroom apartment. The new limit will be 150 percent, according to the release.

    [...]The new policy will affect about 260 families, the CHA said, and all of them will have a least one year to move.
Crain's Chicago Business had this original story. Well done exposing this corrupt use of tax dollars. Now if only the rest of the media would pitch in. Crain's and The Reader can't carry it all.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Whoops

Now they'll have to draw a Violence Zone around HQ:
  • A man was shot and killed about one block away from the Chicago Police Department Headquarters in the Bronzeville neighborhood Friday night.

    Walter Neely, 25, was found shot in the abdomen about 11:35 p.m. in the 3400 block of South Indiana, according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

    Someone had approached on foot and fired at him, police said.

    Neely was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:55 p.m., authorities said. His home address was not known Saturday afternoon.

    The shooting happened about one block east of police headquarters at 3510 S. Michigan Ave.
Maybe some enterprising boss can count the people walking to Starbucks as "foot patrol."

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It's the Crime Stupid

As we've said so many times, it isn't the crime stats per se - it's the perception of crime:
  • Violent crime in Chicago has been on the decline for two decades, yet as Mayor Rahm Emanuel looks to re-election next year, the scourge of shootings and gang murders still defines the conversation in many neighborhoods across the South and West sides.

    Part ugly reality, part perception, the rate of violence in impoverished, mostly black areas of the city has helped shape negative impressions of the first-term mayor as ineffective when it comes to problems afflicting the urban poor, a new Chicago Tribune poll has found.

    Voters disapprove of Emanuel's job performance on crime by a nearly 2-to-1 ratio — 30 percent approve, while 57 percent disapprove. That's a drop in support of 15 percentage points from a year ago, when 45 percent approved of the mayor's efforts and 47 percent disapproved.
Crime might be down according to McNumberFudger's bullshit reclassification schemes, and homicides are trending down (2012 being the outlier). But the appearance of crime in formerly "safe" areas of the city and the deliberate media blackout on crimes of opportunity (wildings) downtown lends itself to a perception of "unsafe." Combine that with the more brazen child murders this year and Rahm isn't looking like a law-and-order mayor by any stretch of the imagination.

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Stop-and-Frisks Down - Shootings Up

This keeps popping up in the New York media as if it's some big surprise or something, and we guess it is - to New York liberals:
  • Cops in two of the city’s toughest precincts recorded 99% fewer stop-and-frisks during the first half of the year — part of a staggering decline in the polarizing police tactic from the same period just three years ago.

    Officers assigned to the 75th Precinct in East New York and the 73rd Precinct in Brownsville stopped just 126 people in the first half of 2014, compared to 10,540 stops between January and June of 2011.

    The nearly eye-popping decrease is no misprint — and it comes as shootings in those neighborhoods are on the rise.

    Shootings are up in East New York from 34 to 43 through Aug. 10, a spike of about 27% compared to last year. In Brownsville, shootings are up from 38 to 56, an increase of about 47% over the same time period.
Cause-and-effect is completely lost on these folks.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Guess What Message We're Hearing?

Cop shoots "unarmed" teen in Missouri. Media runs with it.

Riots ensue. Four days worth. Sharpton et al arrive to stoke the fire.

Teen turns out to be a 6'04" 300 pound behemoth and had committed a robbery minutes before. "Anonymous hack-tivists" get involved.

At least one shot fired inside the squad car.If one of the holes in this offender has powder burns around it, then there was obviously a struggle over the gun. Copper is identified by name.

Now the Missouri State Police have "relived" the local cops of their jurisdiction and some are marching with the crowds, whether or not under orders, we have no idea.

You know what we're hearing, loud and clear?
  • Don't get out of the car. Ever. Indianapolis Metro Police Deptarment be damned, if you get out of the car, the media will run half-truths, the community will riot, the brass will turn their backs and the politicians will run the bus over you, again and again and again in a constant loop.
In the urban centers, police work is done and the Law of the Jungle prevails. Protect yourself and your job. We never thought we'd have to type that.

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More Safe Passages

  • A group of parents and community members gathered in the quiet auditorium of Penn Elementary School on the West Side Friday to hear how Chicago Public Schools officials are going to work to keep their kids safe this upcoming school year.

    After all, a man was shot in May across the street from the North Lawndale school.
During school hours? In front of school children? No? Because we recall the schools and department bragging about how no one was shot, maimed or killed on a safe passage route all of last year. Just a student raped and strangled within sight of a Safe Passage route, but again, the city doesn't count anything that's "near" a parade route, why count a crime?

So as predicted, this idea is expanding this school year. Rahm can't afford to have a single child catch a bullet before the election. And if it costs a million additional taxpayer dollars, who are we to argue against it?

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Quinn Fires Lottery Firm

  • Bowing to a lackluster bottom line, Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration moved Friday to terminate the state’s contract with Northstar Lottery Group, the private vendor that manages the Illinois Lottery. “The administration has had serious concerns with Northstar’s performance. The governor demands every state contractor be held accountable for their performance,” Quinn spokesman Grant Klinzman said.

    The company is running $238 million short in projected earnings it had promised the state this fiscal year.

    And during the past three years, the company has underperformed by roughly $480 million, prompting calls from some lawmakers for the Quinn administration to pull out of what had been a 10-year contract with the company to run the day-to-day operations of the state’s $2 billion lottery.
Chronic mismanagement.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

All the Economy's Fault

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday blamed the economic squeeze on the middle class for his 35 percent showing in a Chicago Tribune poll that also shows him trailing Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis.

    The Tribune’s findings are similar to the results of a Chicago Sun-Times poll that showed the mayor with 29 percent support overall and only 8 percent from African-Americans. The Sun-Times also did a more recent head-to-head poll that put Lewis in the lead in a one-on-one race.

    “There’s tremendous economic stress in people’s lives, which is why I’ve pushed for the minimum wage, which is why I’ve pushed for policies to make sure our small businesses have a fair chance and an equal chance with big companies,” the mayor said.
So Fran takes a Tribune poll and uses it in the Sun Times for Rahm to blame the economic squeeze for his shitty poll numbers. Fran was one of Richie's biggest cheerleaders for years. We suppose to maintain that all important "access" to City Hall, she has to give Rahm some sort of platform to attempt to salvage his reelection try.

Whatever happened to the supposed independent media? Have the Trib and Times finally merged?

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All Daley's Fault

  • Far more Chicago voters believe former Mayor Richard M. Daley is more responsible for the city's ongoing financial woes than his successor, according to a new Chicago Tribune poll.

    At the same time, a strong majority of those surveyed continue to believe the city is about the same or worse off under Mayor Rahm Emanuel than it was when Daley ran City Hall.

    Daley remained a popular mayor for much of his record 22 years leading the city. But his popularity fell during his last term, in part because of dissatisfaction with a controversial lease of the city's parking meters. Since Daley left office, criticism of his financial stewardship has only grown.
The Trib and the Times were kind of quiet during Shortshanks' days of heavy spending. Seldom a discouraging word was spoken. But now that Rahm is in trouble, they can't wait to blame Daley for years of mismanagement. But if they had been doing that through the 1990's and 2000's, maybe Chicago wouldn't be on the verge of default.

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Disgusting Allegation

We don't even want to link this crap, but then some will accuse us of ignoring the story. Then others will jump in and accuse us of rushing to judgement. 
Something bad happened. A cop is involved somehow. We have no use for dirty cops. We have less use for short-eye predators. Innocent until proven guilty applies, but dear lord, what the hell?

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

More Feebs

  • Sneed has learned that the feds plan to dispatch 65 FBI agents to the streets in high-crime areas on the South and West Sides in an all-out battle against gang crime.

    The 65 feds are part of a group of 100 Chicago agents already assigned to curb gang and violent crimes.

    “This is a new tactic the FBI is using in fighting crime,” an FBI spokeswoman said, “by working in a concentrated area and a concentrated time on the street — although the FBI has been working hand in hand and day in and day out with the police department."

    A top police source tells Sneed the FBI agents, who will be working in tandem with the Chicago Police Department, will be assigned to do gang suppression missions on Thursdays and Fridays for at least the next three to four weeks.

    “It’s mind-boggling,” the top police source said. “It’s almost unheard of.”

    “I thought the mayor and the police superintendent had said they don’t need more police on the streets,” the source added.
Always remember, a feeb will give 20 gangbangers a pass to jam up one police officer. Be aware ladies and gents. Be very aware.

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Firefighters Sue

  • A group of Chicago firefighters has hired a lawyer in anticipation of a possible legal challenge to a city hiring policy that will give graduates of Chicago public high schools an advantage in an upcoming Fire Department exam.

    The firefighters say the preferential hiring practice that will affect the December exam should be extended to all Chicago residents, including those who, like the children of many firefighters and city workers, attended private high schools. Their legal fight is funded by a $20,000 donation from Firefighters Union Local 2.

    The situation points to the competing political constituencies Mayor Rahm Emanuel faces as he approaches his re-election bid in February. Emanuel doesn’t want to anger firefighters, especially so soon after announcing a new contract with the union that was passed overwhelmingly by rank-and-file firefighters and the City Council. He also is loath to pick a fight with voters who choose private schools for their children, among them many of the city workers who are required to live in Chicago.
You mean city workers like....Rahm Emanuel? Those kinds of people sending their kids to private schools? It's kind of weird how democrats always want to punish the people who are doing okay for themselves, yet never notice the beam in their own eye as they keep their progeny as far away from the common-folk as possible lest they become tainted by those who work for a living.

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More Red Light Indictments

Heaven forbid they actually shut this thing down completely until all the lawsuits/indictments/crooked contracts are straightened out:
  • The ex-CEO of Redflex Traffic Systems and the former head of Chicago's red light camera program were indicted today on conspiracy charges in an expansion of the federal investigation into an alleged $2 million bribery scheme.

    Prosecutors accused the former CEO, Karen Finley, of agreeing to enrich former city manager John Bills in exchange for his help securing the Chicago contract and growing it into the largest red light camera program in the nation. Bills was charged with bribery in a May criminal complaint.

    Bills' longtime friend Martin O'Malley, who was hired by Redflex as a Chicago consultant, was also indicted Wednesday on a charge that he served as the bagman for some $2 million in Redflex payments, much of it intended for Bills.
Business as usual, except someone must not have greased the correct palms.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

CompStat LA

  • Once police had Nathan Hunter in handcuffs, they tended to his wife.

    She was covered in blood. She told the officers Hunter flew into a rage that night in February 2013 because she hadn't bought him a Valentine's Day gift. He beat and choked her before stabbing her in the face with a screwdriver and throwing her down a flight of stairs at their apartment in South L.A., according to police and court records.

    Hunter, 55, was convicted of felony spousal abuse and sentenced to six years in prison.

    Under FBI rules followed by police departments across the country, the beating should have been counted as an aggravated assault because Hunter used a weapon and caused serious injuries.
Can you see it coming? Can you feel the tingle? The anticipation?
  • That's not what happened. The Los Angeles Police Department classified it as a simple assault — a minor offense not included in the city's official tally of serious crimes.

    It was no isolated case. The LAPD misclassified nearly 1,200 violent crimes during a one-year span ending in September 2013, including hundreds of stabbings, beatings and robberies, a Times investigation found.

    The incidents were recorded as minor offenses and as a result did not appear in the LAPD's published statistics on serious crime that officials and the public use to judge the department's performance.

    Nearly all the misclassified crimes were actually aggravated assaults. If those incidents had been recorded correctly, the total aggravated assaults for the 12-month period would have been almost 14% higher than the official figure, The Times found.

    The tally for violent crime overall would have been nearly 7% higher.
And there it is. CompStat has now been exposed as a fraud in the three largest metropolitan areas of the country. Chicago Magazine had their two part series on the falsification of the numbers. New York has two professors, one of them a retired NYPD Captain, who published a book on how the numbers get changed, and now the LA Times has uncovered a pattern of lies that shows a double-digit reduction in crime that is pure fiction.

Can we stick a fork in this crap yet? Can we finally end the careers of these morons who perpetrated this fraud on not one or two hick towns, but on entire cities across the nation. New York, Chicago, LA, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Newark, the list goes on and on. This is ridiculous.

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Angelo Reads the Blog

The FOP and Trooper Lodges are bucking Rahm on his recent announcement:
  • Police union leaders on Monday urged Mayor Rahm Emanuel to modify his plan to assign 40 state troopers on 30-day loan to Chicago to serve fugitive warrants to get known criminals off the street.

    Dean Angelo, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 representing Chicago Police Officers, and Mike Powell, president of the FOP’s Illinois Trooper Lodge No. 41, said it makes more sense to assign state troopers to traffic duty to free Chicago Police officers for the “real police work” chasing fugitives.

    “You’re taking troopers from rural areas out of their element and thrusting them into the big city. There should always be concern about that. That’s just a matter of geography,” Powell said.

    “The Chicago Police Department knows the city. They know some of the folks they’re looking for. They recognize them. They’ve dealt with them. [Using them to chase fugitives] would be a smarter, better use of resources.”
Rahm isn't budging - it's his idea and his election year. So there. But here's the story we and our readers have been pointing out for a number of years now:
  • Emanuel balanced his first budget by eliminating more than 1,400 police vacancies.

    Although the mayor has more recently done enough police hiring to keep pace with attrition, Angelo argued Monday that the Chicago Police Department is “anywhere from 1,500 to 2,500 officers down from where we should be manpower-wise.”

    Pressed on where the money would come from to bolster police hiring, Angelo said, “We have 50 aldermen. A lot of people would argue that’s too many. I took a pay cut. Maybe that’s something other people should do.”

    Angelo also set his sights on the $66 million-a-year aldermanic menu program that gives each of the 50 City Council members $1.32 million to spend on neighborhood infrastructure projects of their own choosing.

    “If everybody is so concerned about crime, let’s go to the City Council and ask, `Who wants to give back half of that money to hire more police and make our neighborhoods safer, and if they’re not, why aren’t they?’ You can't have it both ways,” Angelo said.

    “Let’s track some of that money. Is it all going to street lights, potholes and sidewalks? Or is it picnics, parades and T-shirts? If $1.3 million in every ward is really going to neighborhood improvements, God bless. Our streets should look like the Autobahn. And we know that’s not happening.”
Let's see....1,400 vacancies - CHECK. Too many aldercreatures - CHECK. Aldermanic menu program of $66 million - CHECK. golly, we could have written this platform three or four years ago - oh wait, we did. But this time, the media actually printed it. We don't know who fell asleep at the presses, but it's about time this saw the light of day.

UPDATE: A couple people are asking why we aren't praising Dean Angelo to the heavens for his statements.
  • First up, it's his job. We're glad he's doing it instead of what happened the last three years.
  • Second, if he ran for office solely to get praise from the blog, he's in the wrong business.
  • Third, as we listed in the last paragraph, none of these things are new to the readers of the blog - our readers and we have been saying this for years now. One of our readers even ran a table showing the proportional representation of Chicago ought to be about 17-to-18 aldercreatures, tops. Our people have done the research, Dean is merely using our stats.
  • Fourth and finally, we've told everyone that the FOP calls press conferences more often than you know. The media, with the able assistance of the mayoral press office, decides whether of not to send a camera and/or a scribe to take down the information. Most of the time, they don't, ergo no coverage.
So again, we're glad to see it in the media for however short a time and good for Dean for being Johnny-on-the-spot with the ready quote, but let's not pretend it was anything but what it was.

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Jobs are Back!

  • The U.S. has regained the 8.7 million jobs lost in the recession, but the average wage has dropped 23 percent, according to a U.S. Conference of Mayors study released today.

    The report, “U.S. Metro Economies: Income and Wage Gaps Across the U.S.,” also found a widening income gap between the rich and poor, with the highest earning 20 percent of households gaining the most. Chicago mirrored the national trend.

    “While the economy is picking up steam, income inequality and wage gaps are an alarming trend,” said Kevin Johnson, conference president and mayor of Sacramento, Calif. The organization expects the trend to continue.

    The average annual wage of jobs lost in 2008-09 was $61,637 nationally, while the average wage of jobs added through the second quarter of this year was $47,171, according to the report, prepared by research firm IHS Global Insight. Jobs were lost in high-wage manufacturing and construction, and replaced with jobs in lower-wage sectors such as hospitality, health care and administrative support.

    The 23 percent wage gap compares with 12 percent drop after the 2000-03 recession, the report said.
Elections have consequences - and we'll will be paying for the past few for decades to come.

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Lottery Loses Again

  • For the third consecutive year, the private firm hired run the Illinois Lottery has failed to bring in the profits it promised to raise for the state, even as its parent companies continue to be paid more each year to provide games and services.

    According to a Tribune review of preliminary year-end data, Northstar Lottery Group posted a net profit of $738 million – nearly a quarter billion less than it pledged to bring in for the 2014 fiscal year, which ended June 30.

    The figure is less than the company raised for the state in the 2012 and 2013 fiscal years after it became the first private company in the nation to take over day-to-day operations of a state lottery.

    After three years, Northstar is about $480 million behind what it committed to bring into the state’s coffers, prompting one of the company’s harshest critics to renew questions about why Gov. Pat Quinn has not fired the company.
In private practice, if you don't hit targets, you get fired.

In government, if you don't hit targets, you get subsidies.

What could possibly be keeping Quinn from firing these fools?
  • Northstar spokeswoman Avis LaVelle said the company would not have any response until the 2014 results have been audited, something that has yet to be completed for the two prior years.
You mean Shortshanks former press secretary Avis LaVelle? That explains it all right there.

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He's From Chicago, Right?

ALTERNATE TITLE: Mission Accomplished


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