Saturday, March 25, 2017

Not a Deadly Weapon

Good thing she was carrying a gun so the Tulsa police were justified in using Force below what she was threatening to use against them.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. But remember this when Kimmy and Toni and everyone else says a car isn't a deadly weapon. Ask anyone in Nice, France or London, England or even OSU.


You're Doing it Right

  • Most of the stops that police officers made in Chicago during the first half of 2016 appeared to be by the book, according to a long-awaited report released Friday by a retired federal magistrate judge.

    Arlander Keys found what he termed a “good stop rate” of about 90 percent of the stops that he and his researchers reviewed. “This good stop rate, in isolation, certainly represents an excellent start by the CPD to documenting investigatory stops,” Keys wrote.
Of course, since stops are down 90%, it's that much easier to read all those ISR's. But this report, once again, gives lie to the ACLU contention that CPD was out of control, stopping people who were innocently walking down the street in high-crime areas, minding their own business. And even the 10% that aren't "good," might actually just be documented poorly.

But the report wouldn't be complete without throwing in some racial element - this is Chicago after all:
  • But Keys noted that blacks and Hispanics are more likely than whites to be subjected to “bad stops,” in which officers failed to articulate probable cause for stopping someone. Minorities also are more likely to be patted down by officers, the retired federal judge found.
What made the stops "bad"? Was the Articulable Reasonable Suspicion not properly documented? That's a training issue. And did the intrepid Sun Times "reporters" ask how many of the pat-downs were based on consent? We didn't think so.

So we can safely guess that upwards of 95% of the stops are actually fully and legally compliant, just like with the Blue Cards that have lasted over a decade past their actual study time, that STILL haven't found any evidence of racial profiling.

So can the ACLU finally pack and leave town?


Good Question

Anyone have the number to the Inspector General?
  • Anonymous said...SCC does that mean WeeZee will be charged on each question she cheated in The Lt exam , if so they'll lock her up and throw away the key!!
Does Special Ed want to weigh in on this one? What's good for the goose.....

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Piling it On

As the First Degree Murder case falls apart (lack of intent), Kim Foxxx fires her Grand Jury Shotgun at the wall, hoping that something will stick:
  • The Chicago police officer who fatally shot Laquan McDonald in 2014 was indicted this month on 16 counts of aggravated battery — one for each bullet fired at the 17-year-old.

    Officer Jason Van Dyke, 38, was indicted in 2015 on six counts of first-degree murder and one count of official misconduct. Those charges still stand.

    But the new charges point to possible worries that prosecutors won't be able to convict Van Dyke on the more severe charges, according to Chicago-Kent College of Law professor and former public defender Richard Kling.

    "There are myriad possibilities," Kling said. "Are they doing it because they realize there's a problem with the murder charge? Do they think aggravated battery is a more appropriate charge than first-degree murder? Knowing he's a police officer, do they think there's a good chance he won't get convicted?"

    Kling, who has handled hundreds of murder cases in his career, said the 16 aggravated battery charges could mean prosecutors are worried the original murder indictment won't stick — or they could simply signify a new legal strategy.
This new "strategy" better cut both ways. Every pull of a trigger, every swing of a fist - it all better be charged as individual crimes against everyone when it happens. We've said it dozens of times here - cops aren't above the law, but they aren't below it either. This looks like Foxxx has no clue as to what she's doing, so she's taking direction from her political masters.


No One Likes Chicago

  • Among the 19 largest metro areas in the United States, the Chicago region was the only one that did not grow in population between 2015 and 2016, according to new figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

    In fact, the Chicago region lost 19,570 residents, or .2 percent, more people lost than in any other metro area in the country, according to the data. At the other end of the scale, the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington region saw its population jump up by 143,435 people, or 2 percent, according to the data.

    The Chicago region includes Naperville, Elgin and parts of northwest Indiana and southeast Wisconsin. Despite the population decrease, the region remained the nation’s third most heavily populated, behind New York and Los Angeles.
And the reasons people gave for leaving?
  • Taxes, fines and fees
  • Real estate prices
  • 9.5 digit midgets
  • Crime
  • Corruption
Not really surprising.


Wisconsin Shooting

Lost in the shuffle yesterday, another Brother in Blue lost his life:
  • A man angry after a domestic dispute opened fire in a Wisconsin bank, killing two longtime employees, then killed an attorney at a nearby law firm and a detective trying to set a perimeter outside his apartment complex before he was finally captured, police said. His wife was unhurt.

    The man, whom police would not identify, was hospitalized Thursday under police guard with nonfatal wounds, police said.

    Citing an ongoing investigation, police released few other details of the shootings on Wednesday, including why the attorney was targeted and where the man's wife was. They said investigators had worked through the night to process multiple crime scenes and had more work ahead.
Condolences to the families north of the border.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Not My Pants!

Truth is stranger than....well, truth actually - we've heard this excuse on the streets twice ourselves:
  • ANDERSON, Ind. -- A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Madison County man after cocaine was discovered in the pocket of his pants, which his son wore to school, police say.

    On March 9, police were called to Erskine Elementary School when a teacher said one of her students approached her, saying another student had powder in a bag. The teacher asked the student, and he showed her two bags of white powder in them.

    She asked the child where the bags came from. The student said he wore his father's jeans to school and the bags were in a pocket.

    The student also said his father sells the white powder and keeps in a box in his closet. He told his teacher he has seen his father take it out and weigh it.
Shut up kid - take your weight!

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Early Release = More Crime

This popped up in the comment section a day or so ago regarding the Wrigleyville rapist:
  • To summarize 31-year-old Jarqueese Henigan's adult years:
    2004: Sentenced to 4 years for burglary
    2006: Released early
    2006: Sentenced to 10 years for firearms charge
    2011: Released early
    2011: Sentenced to 6 years for possessing a firearm in a robbery
    2014: Released early
    2017: Charged with raping, kidnapping, robbing Wrigleyville woman
But hey, keeping criminal s locked up is racist or something, which we're sure is a great comfort to the most recent victims of Illinois' broken system.

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London Terror

Once again, it's everywhere, especially in places where an un-assimilated and un-screened population refuses to live by the laws of the land:
  • A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage in the heart of Britain's seat of power Wednesday, plowing a car into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament. Five people were killed, including the assailant, and 40 others were injured in what Prime Minister Theresa May condemned as a "sick and depraved terrorist attack."

    Lawmakers, lords, staff and visitors were locked down after the man was shot by police within the perimeter of Parliament, just yards (meters) from entrances to the building itself and in the shadow of the iconic Big Ben clock tower. He died, as did three pedestrians on the bridge, and the police officer.
Deepest condolences to our British counterparts.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Aldercreatures are "Troubled"

  • Some Chicago aldermen seem dismayed by the way police are informing local residents about sex offenders and gun offenders living on their blocks.

    Aldermen from two city council committees worry that not enough people are informed when such offenders move into their neighborhoods.
And how would the "distinguished" aldercreatures propose to remedy the situation? Perhaps they and their staff could go door-to-door and let everyone know? Maybe take the $1.5 slush fund money and send out a flyer via the Post Office? Maybe a public access show?

They're "dismayed" at something that they have the power to remedy - except that costs money they could spend elsewhere, like crooked contracts, feathering their nests, hiring relatives, etc.

Burke takes the cake though:
  • Finance Committee Chairman, Ald. Ed Burke said he is “incredulous” that the city has registered only about 1,500 gun offenders, with another 500 who are supposed to register.
Um, they're criminals Ed. They didn't read the law to start with, and probably had no intention of obeying it even if they could read it. You expect them to suddenly register with the authorities....why? They're making bail on murder cases and walking on gun charges. Toni and Tommy don't want them in jail, so even if they get tagged for a non-compliance violation, they're shown the door within hours.

This surprises Burke for some reason.


Problem Funerals

We don't know how these asshats whine when they're the ones accepting money to bury problems:
  • June Williams, director of a Gresham neighborhood funeral home, worries about getting shot at work.

    In the last two years, Golden Gate Funeral Home has seen several acts of violence, including an instance where a staff driver was shot.

    In the past, Williams said she’s had to turn over to the police funeral home guest books signed by gang members who were attending funerals of their rivals. Among grieving families and friends mourning their lost loved ones are revenge-seeking guests that compromise the safety of everyone at the funeral home, 2036 West 79th St., Williams said.

    “Regardless of what caused the death of a loved one, I have mothers and grandmothers that are standing with me. ... We deserve to be safe at a funeral,” said Bishop Larry Trotter, senior pastor of the Sweet Holy Spirit Church, 8621 S. Chicago Ave., in the South Chicago neighborhood, where a Tuesday press conference was held calling for legislation to keep violence out of funerals.

    Chicago funeral home directors and activists at the conference said they are working with Sen. Napoleon Harris, D-Harvey, on writing a bill that proposes tougher consequences for offenders who commit crimes involving a weapon at funerals. The bill will mirror the stiffer penalties for certain gun crimes near schools and along designated Safe Passage routes, Trotter said.
Because gun and drug laws work so well. Because people (or folks) aren't getting shot leaving or going to 26/Cal. Because the city isn't spending tens of thousands most weeks assigning Tact, Gang and Saturation teams to monitor gang funerals. Because out-of-control funerals though peaceful neighborhoods never result in gunfire.

How about the funeral homes be required to remit a bond to the city to cover the expected costs and misbehavior from a portion of society that can't even muster up a modicum of peace for the dead? Start the number at $100,000 for the first gang funeral they host, $250,000 for the second.


The New Fad

  • As a 15-year-old girl was apparently sexually assaulted on Facebook Live, about 40 people watched the video — but none reported the attack to police, police said Tuesday.

    Ald. Michael Scott Jr. (24th), who said he was briefed by police on Tuesday afternoon, said a suspect was in custody, but that could not be confirmed with police.

    A Chicago Police spokesman tweeted Tuesday afternoon that police were “making good progress in identifying persons of interest” in the assault, but that no suspects had been named.

    Scott said police believe the girl knew her attackers and that they are all minors.
This comes on the heels of the kidnapping/beating/hate crime of the mentally challenged suburban kid, along with dozens of other crimes that pop up from time to time - the guy who broadcast his own shooting, the auntie who live-streamed her boyfriend and nephew getting killed while she got shot, at least half-a-dozen pursuits off the tops of our heads.

We would blame Worldstar, but they're just a symptom of a larger problem that no one will address.


It's for Safety - Not Money

  • Some red light cameras in Chicago are coming down—but they’re also going up in new areas after an independent study found they demonstrate “significant safety benefits,” the city announced Monday.

    The study, conducted by the Northwestern University Transportation Center, suggested the city continue the program after after it highlighted benefits such as a 19 percent reduction in serious crashes and 10 percent reduction in injury-producing crashes at intersections where cameras were present. The city says, per the study’s recommendation, it will immediately extend the grace period in which drivers are not ticketed when passing through a light that has just turned read to 0.3 seconds—up from 0.1 seconds.
This "Northwestern" place - the same establishment with the disgraced journalism program?

So where are these cameras that are coming down?
  • 95th Street and Stony Island Avenue (two cameras)
    Western Avenue and 71st Street (two cameras)
    Western Avenue and Pershing Road (two cameras)
    Grand Avenue and Oak Park Avenue (two cameras)
    Irving Park Road and Kedzie Avenue (two cameras)
    Peterson Avenue and Pulaski Road (two cameras)
And going up?
  • Wacker Drive and Lake Street (two cameras)
    Michigan Avenue and Jackson Boulevard (two cameras)
    Dearborn Avenue and Grand Avenue (two cameras)
    Central Avenue, Foster Avenue, Northwest Highway and Milwaukee Avenue (two cameras)
    Pershing Road and Martin Luther King Drive (two cameras)
Anyone have the dollar amount generated by the cameras coming down? And the traffic volume numbers for the intersections? And the per capita income by zip code where the cameras are going up, which has to be taken into consideration since the bribery scandals have tainted any hint of legitimacy that camera "enforcement" might have.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

26/Cal Shooting

  • A 22-year-old man was shot Monday morning while walking to the Leighton Criminal Courts Building in the Little Village neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

    About 9:30 a.m., he was walking to the courthouse in the 2500 block of South California when someone fired shots from a white van that was driving by, according to Chicago Police.

    The man suffered six gunshot wounds to the groin area, and was taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, police said.

    Two off-duty police officers saw the shooting and pursued the shooter, who was taken into custody, police said. Charges were pending.

    A weapon was also recovered from the area, police said.

    Police initially said the man was entering the courthouse in the 2600 block of South California when he was shot.
Shots from a white van....but police chased it on foot? Weapon recovered....hidden in a garbage can nearby? Sloppy reporting. Amazingly, Special Ed didn't strip anyone.....yet. But everyone who was late to Court can expect to get a day.

That's the second shooting associated with a court appearance recently. Are the gangs keeping tabs on court/bond dates for people they want to eliminate?

(UPDATE: Court Deviation joke added after our comedians lit up the comment section)

UPDATE II: Six shots to the groin of a running man, from a moving vehicle, over Rahm's moon-crater surface streets. Who's doing the shooting? Annie Oakley?


There Goes the Funding

  • President Donald Trump's Department of Homeland Security issued a list Monday of counties in which law enforcement agencies have refused to comply with immigration officials in deporting illegal immigrants who have been charged with crimes.

    Clark County, Nev., and Nassau County, N.Y., are the top two on ICE's list. Between Jan. 28 and Feb. 3 of this year, law enforcement in Clark declined 51 detainers while those in Nassau declined 38. The other counties listed declined less than fifteen.
Cook County refused a mere 13 requests - and for those 13 illegal aliens, Rahm is risking untold millions, perhaps a billion dollars in total over a decade.


Monday, March 20, 2017

The Dirty Election

So the FOP election has fallen into the "dirty tricks" category with Dean Angelo, a guy who spent 10 years on disability, came off of the disability roll when he was safe from the streets and ready to retire this June, openly questioning his opponent's residency via a media tool:
  • Chicago Police Officer Kevin W. Graham once picketed with the Fraternal Order of Police carrying a sign that called for ending the residency requirement for Chicago cops: “If the city wants to save money, lift residency requirement,” it read.

    In 2013, he and his wife sold their split-level house in Edgebrook on the city’s Northwest Side — and bought a more expensive four-bedroom house in Lincolnshire, about 25 miles outside the city limits in Lake County.

    Now, Graham wants to head the city’s largest police union, aiming to unseat FOP President Dean Angelo in a high-profile runoff that ends March 29.

    And even though Graham has a suburban address, he insists he’s renting his sister’s Chicago condo, living there in full compliance with police department rules.
So is this a big deal? We can name 20 coppers right now who moved their families out of the city for assorted reasons and who maintain residences in two locations with relatives, friends or co-workers. It's nothing hundreds of our readers haven't advocated, attempted and accomplished in one form or another. Shortshanks, Rahm, Prickwrinkle, their henchmen, schools, tax policies, etc have made it undesirable (and less affordable) to reside in the city and county. And if you have a working spouse who makes decent coin, it makes economic sense, too. Coppers have won this in court. Hell, Rahm established "residency" with a wedding dress he hadn't worn in years.

So it's time to evaluate this election, not on the dirty tricks, but on the realities we see on the ground:
  • Dean is the invisible president. That isn't good in the upcoming negotiations;
  • Dean gave away too much - duty availability for the youngsters, tuition reimbursement limits. And asking for vehicles in a labor contract?
  • The failure to advocate heavily for the casino. The unilateral extension of the pension bailout, giving Rahm hundreds of millions to spend on pet projects. Unforced errors that jeopardize an already broken system;
  • Dean is mandatory retirement age this year. That means in addition to the 9 of 17 trustees being retired (and a tenth retiring this year), 2 of 3 sergeants-at-arms retired, the Recording secretary retired and Dean about to retire, 13 of 27 elected spots will be retirees, and not a single one of them can have a hand in the upcoming negotiations. How is that representative of the active membership?
That isn't to say we don't have questions about Graham:
  • His roll in the Shields debacle that cost the membership legal fees and a payout;
  • The end of his tenure with the state lodge under unexplained circumstances;
  • The sale of his Edgebrook property to Rahm's retired sergeant uncle - that sort of thing isn't coincidence;
  • His close relationship with Donahue, Dougherty and Aguilar. Two of those three shouldn't be anywhere near an inside spot ever again due to negligence, incompetence and an inability to focus on their actual job - to protect the membership and the Contract. And the other one endorsed Rahm.
We'd like to see one of the candidates confirm that those we elected are those that will serve in the office. Failing that, we're going to end up falling back on our previous advice - Patrol before Detective, active before retiree - and we'll push hard for amendments that allow the elected representatives to serve those that elected them.

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Imagine That....

  • Prosecutors on Sunday detailed how a recent parolee kidnapped a woman in the Wrigleyville neighborhood, sexually assaulted her, then took her on a nightmarish journey in the trunk of her car that ended only after the kidnapper crashed the car in a high-speed police chase.

    Jarqueese O’Brian Henigan, 31, was charged with felony aggravated criminal sexual assault; aggravated kidnapping; vehicular hijacking aggravated with a firearm; robbery armed with a firearm; armed habitual criminal, and possession of a controlled substance.

    Cook County Criminal Court Judge Laura Sullivan ordered Henigan held without bail, calling him a “real and present danger.”
End day-for-day credit. Truth in sentencing is the only way.

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FOIA Request

Via an e-mail:
  • SCC

    just got word that the Sergeants Association filed an FOIA request for the Inspector General's findings regarding the cheating scandal. The only way they can get the IG's report is if there is a concluded investigation, so they must know something is in the works. Maybe a PBPA lawsuit to tear down the entire list?
Very interesting.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Seriously? SERIOUSLY???

  • As Chicago police ramp up their ticketing of bicyclists, more than twice as many citations are being written in African-American communities than in white or Latino areas, a Tribune review of police statistics has found.

    The top 10 community areas for bike tickets from 2008 to Sept. 22, 2016, include seven that are majority African-American and three that are majority Latino. From the areas with the most tickets written to the least, they are Austin, North Lawndale, Humboldt Park, South Lawndale, Chicago Lawn, West Englewood, Roseland, West Garfield Park, New City and South Chicago.

    Not a single majority-white area ranked in the top 10, despite biking's popularity in white areas such as West Town and Lincoln Park.
And then the supposed "reporter" uses this as an example:
  • African-American cyclist Patric McCoy, 70, said he's experienced the heightened enforcement firsthand.

    McCoy had just left his Kenwood condo on a frigid January evening to go to dinner when he was stopped by two Chicago police officers in an unmarked car. The white officers told McCoy repeatedly that he could be ticketed for riding on the sidewalk and even arrested, and McCoy said he waited in the cold while they ran his driver's license to check for warrants. Eventually, they let him go without a ticket.

    McCoy, who said he was only on the sidewalk in front of his own building and a neighboring building and already off the bike when he was stopped, supports enforcing the rules but said it cannot be "arbitrary and capricious." isn't "arbitrary and capricious" if you were breaking the law. We don't have Chapter and Verse, but it reads pretty much anyone over the age of 12 (?) who rides a bicycle on the sidewalk is breaking the law.

He was justifiably stopped because he WAS BREAKING THE LAW, not because he was black. You break the law, you attract the attention of the police, who are tasked with.....enforcing the law! If you ride a bike, you are a vehicle and you are supposed to use the road and obey the Rules of the Road - that's why Rahm has been wasting million of dollars on bike lanes.

Perhaps there some sort of correlation between obeying traffic laws and certain communities? Would the media like to cover that? Because we seem to recall other "studies" that show a prevalence of traffic enforcement in those listed communities and Rahm just unveiled some plan we mentioned last week about trying to cut down on fatal accidents in...(wait for it)...those listed communities, too.

Tell you what Rahm, Special Ed, Tribune "fake news" reporters - we will ask once again, for a list of laws and ordinances that certain people (or folks) don't have to bother to obey. Just let us know, and we'll be sure to post it here so everyone can know exactly what is and isn't expected of the community. Because obviously, the cops don't know their jobs.

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This sounds like the Crystal Ball Unit reborn:
  • SCC:

    Sorry for posting comment not related to the topic. But I just gotta bring this "HunchLab" bullshit that's going on in 009 to daylight and hopefully get some attention to it.

    We are now checking out a mobile phone everyday along with radios, taser, and bwc. And the mobile phone has this app call the HunchLab, which pulls up a map and real time gps of your location. It shows you boxes in the beat where you should go down on either a "high visibility car patrol" or "foot patrol" mission for the duration of 5 min of each box. On top of that, you are suppose to log your activity during the 5 min on a sheet of paper.

    What exactly does this BS technology accomplished besides making POs a sitting duck inside a box area (sometimes it's LESS than a one block radius). Is it so hard to hand out mission sheets at roll call and just draw an ev# and log it with paper and pen? I am open to technology to make the job easier, but this is such a drag and literally taking attention away from POs. This is like playing pokemon Go with a stupid phone while you are driving to hit those mission boxes. It suppose to make your job easier, not making it more complicated.

    In addition, we now have 2 POs sitting in that room , taking manpower OFF the street. What we need are SECURE RADIOS CHANNELS that the gangs can't listen to. I am ranting because this job is getting stupider and stupider everyday with this non-sense "predictive" technology dragging our feet. Gangbangers can always fool the shotspotter by firing off a couple round on one spot and commit to hit the actual target on another, while we are being send to the decoy location. 009 is already short on manpower, and with 2 POs sitting in the "situation room" daily, we can only hope that on one will get hurt. At least not by being thrown under the bus by the brass.
First up, why do paper for something already tracked by computer? Seems wasteful for our "green" mayor.

Second, pulling PO's off the street? This would seem like a perfect opportunity to staff an off-the-street spot with light or limited duty individuals, like Dean Angelo.

Third, is this "real-time" stuff? Because we're getting into some weird "Minority Report" type stuff, which was our main complaint with the Crystal Ball Unit. Who is determining where the "hunch" areas are? A computer? Old time gang guys with actual names and memories for what happened and when? Are they singling out individuals on the street via some sort of "algorithm" that might violate some unknown ACLU edict?

Lots of questions, not so many answers, which Special Ed might find "concerning."


Saturday, March 18, 2017

This is "Progressive"?

Everyone pretty much agrees aldercreature Arena is a scumbag. Following a contentious meeting with his constituents, he issued this statement via Twitter:

  • Insults hurled by 45th Ward Alderman John Arena at both the state of Indiana and his own constituents have triggered a detailed response by a group that studies the economic climate of Illinois and Indiana.

    In reaction to growing local opposition to a planned subsidized-housing development in his ward and citywide tax increases, Arena told constituents in a Facebook post, "Go ahead ... Move to Indiana and live in a Third-World economy with shit schools and low wages."

    Michael Lucci of the Illinois Policy Institute, a Chicago think tank, said his accusations about Illinois' neighbor were not only false, but that Indiana's economic climate is better than that of the Prairie State.

    “Arena shouldn’t describe it as a Third World country," Lucci told the Chicago City Wire. It’s ironic that he uses that phrase to describe Indiana when it’s not the case. Wages and income are growing faster in Indiana than Illinois.”
We're going to guess Arena hasn't attended a Chicago Public School in quite some time. He also seems to have failed basic economics and doesn't notice how many subcontracted employees and their vehicles seem to bear Indiana license plates nowadays.

If you had any doubts, get a load of his wife in this video, ripping on protestors and call them all......wait for it....RACISTS! for daring to oppose her husband's attempt to import an 8-story Section 8 project building across the street from 016.


Cubs OT Tab

  • As the Cubs made history last fall, the city of Chicago paid overtime — lots of it.

    The city spent more than $18.8 million on overtime for public safety, traffic management and street cleanup during the Cubs’ march to their first World Series title in 108 years, according to records released Friday afternoon by City Hall in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed months ago by the Chicago Sun-Times.

    [...] The vast majority of Cubs-related overtime also came in the police department: $17.2 million. The title run also cost the city about $840,000 in overtime for the Office of Emergency Management and Communications and $743,000 for Streets and Sanitation, which provided extra traffic management and garbage collection, records show.
And this includes shelling out a few million for non-clinching out-of-town games that shouldn't have even been on the radar, a legacy of the most incompetently run events we've ever seen.

That being said, we appreciated the check.


Friday, March 17, 2017

No Good Deed..... (UPDATE)

  • The Chicago Police Department is investigating one of its officers after he helped three young girls found living in an abandoned home. The officer set up a GoFundMe page for the girls who were known as the Englewood Angels. The police department said the officer violated its policy by helping the girls.

    Chicago Police Sergeant Charles Artz is learning that no good deed goes unpunished. After discovering the deplorable conditions the girls were living in, Artz launched the effort to raise money and supplies for the kids and the grandmother who agreed to take care of them. Dolores Anderson has a roof over her head and, for now, enough food and clothes to help raise her granddaughters who were found living in squalor just a few months ago.

    [...] Anderson said she would be homeless and the girls would be living in foster care if it wasn't for the generosity of 7th district Chicago police officers. With approval from his superiors, Artz spearheaded an effort to raise money through a GoFundMe page. Now, Artz is under investigation for violating police department policy.
So who are the "superiors" who granted the approval and why aren't they stepping forward to take their share of the hit? Are these teflon-superiors? Special lieutenants from some special units? The commander is one of the twins running the two worst districts in the city. It would seem that this one didn't get his fair share of testosterone in the womb.
  • "I believe it is waste of time, energy and money because he is a good man. I have good feelings about people and he is one of the best," Anderson said.

    Artz is accused of violating rule 52 which prohibits officers of seeking or soliciting contributions of any kind from anyone. The complaint against him was lodged by CPD Internal Affairs Commander Robert Klimas.

    Calling the policy obscure and outdated, Chicago police sergeant's union president Jim Ade said the investigation is just another nail in the coffin for police morale. "Take a guy running across the street saving someone from a burning building and three months later he gets a ticket for jay walking, that is what the department is doing," he said.

    And saving the three young girls is exactly what Anderson and Artz's supporters said he has done. Now the police sergeant has a complaint on his record. "He didn't discharge his weapon on nobody, he didn't beat nobody, he didn't curse at nobody, I mean, he stepped out to help some babies," Andrew Holmes, community activist, said.

    Holmes and the police sergeants' union said the Artz investigation sends the wrong message during a time when police superintendent Eddie Johnson is calling for more positive interaction between police and the community. Even if Artz is exonerated, he will always have a complaint logged on his record.
The grandmother isn't complaining. The community activist isn't complaining. No one in Englewood is complaining (which is a miracle in and of itself). The only one complaining is the Commander of IAD, a Bureau currently in the crosshairs of the biggest (known) promotional scandal in Department history.

And if Special Ed had a single hair on his sack, that commander would be back in a District working midnights by this weekend. You want "positive interaction" Ed? And this stroke files a complaint against the sergeant? You and he can both go fuck yourselves if this isn't remedied immediately.

UPDATE: Comments are saying that this is the last of the feebs that J-Fled brought over to run the department, and he can't be demoted. That brings up a whole new theory. He isn't (and can't) get a pension from CPD, and he can't collect unemployment unless he's fired, so he did this to piss off everyone, up to and including Burke and Rahm, who already signed off on a City Council resolution saluting his "community interaction."

Voila! Fired....and an unemployment check! Is that plausible?


Training Bulletin

A new bulletin, just issued:

Thanks to multiple e-mailers for passing this one along.


Great Job Englewood

  • A 3-year-old boy was shot on Chicago’s South Side Thursday afternoon and was in critical condition, police and fire officials said.

    Police said the shooting appears accidental.

    The shooting took place on the 6200 block of South Aberdeen Street about 4:58 p.m. in the city’s Englewood neighborhood, according to police.
If only there were some sort of laws on the books regarding safe handling and storage of a legally owned weapon.


Johnson vs Sessions

  • Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson traveled to the nation’s capital Thursday to meet new Attorney General Jeff Sessions and discuss how the federal government can help combat violence in Chicago.

    A spokesperson for Supt. Johnson said he plans to ask AG Sessions for the following:

    *More federal prosecutors detailed to Chicago to focus on prosecuting felons in possession of illegal guns.

    *More ATF, DEA and FBI agents so additional CPD task forces can be created in active districts to focus on gangs and gun crime

    *Equipping Chicago ATF agents with lab technology that helps build stronger gun cases by processing evidence from shootings and tracing guns faster.

    *Refocusing the federal High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Agency around targeting gun crimes and violence.

    *Resources for programs to expand the Mayor’s mentoring, economic development and community building efforts.

    Supt. Johnson said the meeting was productive and that Sessions was receptive. The U.S. Attorney General said he learned a lot during the meetings with Johnson and other police chiefs from major U.S. cities.
Funnily enough, Special Ed didn't ask for more anti-corruption dollars - Rahm must have a handle on all that.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

No Representation for You!

Water cooler talk:
  • FYI - Fenner, Ward, Hall, Carter and others contacted their union for legal representation for the ongoing investigation into the cheating scandal. All were denied union lawyers because they were sergeants and cheating is outside the scope of official duties.
You really should check around the corners when you're chit-chatting. But this might also be part of the HQ buzz as the investigation winds up.

Any reporters have the balls to investigate? The blog and the readers have done all the heavy lifting for nearly a year now. Quick, swoop in and pretend you actually know what an Investigative Reporter looks like.



    Perhaps the off-duty coppers can start a Citizens Patrol?

    Four cars up. No supervision. But don't worry - as soon as that worthless aldercreature gets his Section 8 building installed, we're sure that calls for service will go through the roof and maybe 016 will have eight whole cars up overnight.


    Still the Sentencing

    • In June 2014, Roger Lakes and two other men beat and robbed a man in the 900 block of West Belmont, prosecutors said. He probably wouldn’t have been caught if he hadn’t returned to the scene of the crime two days later while observant police looked on.

      Lakes was sentenced to five years in prison for the robbery and four years for severely battering his victim.

      Now, sit down for this part: Lakes was released on parole last November and he’s been arrested again for robbing yet another victim in the 900 block of West Belmont—this time outside of Alderman Tom Tunney’s flagship Ann Sather Restaurant.
    We suppose if he's only robbing and beating Tunney's constituents, no one will pay much attention. It isn't like they are active politically or contribute millions to mayoral, aldermanic or statewide campaigns.


    Standoff Ends Peacefully

    • A "distraught" off-duty Chicago police officer surrendered to police late Wednesday morning after a 12-hour standoff with a SWAT team in the Edison Park neighborhood, officials said.

      Police were dispatched to the 6500 block of North Onarga Avenue just before 11:40 p.m. Tuesday, police said. The man turned himself in about 11:20 a.m. Wednesday.
    Again, EAP is a better option.


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