Friday, April 28, 2017

Scapegoat #1

  • O’Hare Airport security chief Jeffrey Redding was fired Thursday from his $118,020-a-year job for failing to fully disclose the sexual harassment allegations that prompted the Illinois Tollway to get rid of him.

    Redding has been on the hot seat ever since three of his aviation police officers boarded a United Airlines jet on April 9 and dragged a bloodied and flailing Dr. David Dao down the aisle for failing to give up his seat for a United crew member.

    The incident is the subject of dual investigations by Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans and Inspector General Joe Ferguson.

    But Redding’s firing has nothing to do with the viral video that has damaged Chicago’s reputation as an international tourist destination.
You know what else "damaged" Chicago's reputation? 1,000 people shot in under 120 days.

The viral video also seems to have nothing to do with someone (anyone!) in the media actually looking into city hiring practices, whereby clouted problem children are shunted from one taxpayer-funded job to another when they do something stupid to bring heat down on the Machine and themselves. We still don't believe for a second the story being spread in our comment sections about this guy leaving IAD on his own, especially in light of the corruption we've been pointing out there for years, up to and including the testing scandal.

This guy is shit-canned after a seven day investigation? Odds are there's something else in the background that Rahm doesn't want exposed, and Redding being front and center only increases the odds of it leaking.

He'll land another government job before Christmas.

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Chicago Values

  • A 79-year-old man who sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl on a CTA bus in Logan Square was able to escape, even after the bus driver locked the doors, when another passenger told him to pull the emergency handle over the back door, according to prosecutors.

    Carlos De La Torre ran away, but police were able to track him down after recognizing him on the bus surveillance video, prosecutors said in court Thursday. The bus driver also identified him in a photo lineup, they said.
Assist the sex offender in escaping the bus - was the passenger charged? Or was the passenger just another "social justice warrior" assisting an oppressed illegal alien in evading the INS?

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FOP Victories

  • The newly elected president of the Fraternal Order of Police claimed victory Thursday in two early skirmishes with the city, likely to set the tone for contentious contract negotiations.

    The battles stem from what FOP President Kevin Graham called the “unilateral expansion” of body cameras to all Chicago Police officers, and the Chicago Police Department’s proposed “disciplinary matrix” for “complaints registered” against officers.

    Graham’s predecessor, Dean Angelo, filed a pair of unfair labor practices complaints stemming from those actions before losing to Graham in a runoff election for union leadership.

    The Illinois Labor Relations Board could have dismissed the complaints after reviewing evidence presented by both sides. But instead, the board ordered an administrative law judge to conduct a formal hearing to determine whether the city violated state labor laws when it unilaterally implemented two new policies and failed to negotiate them with the FOP.
One has to admire how Rahm's media knob-gobblers describe the city having to follow the Contract as paving the way for "contentious...negotiations." There isn't going to be anything "contentious" for at least another year as the City will refuse or reschedule negotiating sessions like they have the past four or five contracts.

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Again, Nice Jail

  • Two Cook County sheriff's officers were stomped and seriously injured Wednesday night by three prisoners in the maximum security section of the County Jail, according to a spokeswoman for the office.

    The attack happened about 8:30 p.m. while two officers tried to secure a patio space on a Division 9 tier, according to Cara Smith, policy chief for Sheriff Tom Dart.

    "As they were securing that door, the detainees sort of rushed at the officer — appears to be to try and prevent them from shutting the door, a little hard to tell," Smith said. "That’s when it started."
We heard Dart ordered a Division 9 pizza party and checked to make sure the new microwave for the prisoners was working properly immediately after the attack.

Best wishes to the injured and hoping that some sort of spotlight can be thrown on the under-staffing issues.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

As Heard on the Blog

Rumor? Or truth?
  • Hey SCC,

    You wrote about the Academy stopping classes all summer in order to train everyone on the new "Use of Force" model a few weeks ago?

    The announcement just came down - the next four months of hiring has been frozen to "facilitate" training. No idea how this will affect Rahm's numbers, but someone told us 250 more cops are retiring by 15 May.
Confirmation?

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Is There a Policy Yet?

  • Body cams are on the way to becoming as common equipment for police as batons and bullets. They’re sold to the public as a tool to improve accountability. But community activists are increasingly pushing back against police department policies that allow officers to view their cop cam video before writing their reports, even when force is used.

    “They may look for some reason to make the interaction within policy or a legal interaction in the first place,” said Fe Lopez, executive director of the Seattle Community Police Commission.

    [...]

    Among the changes aimed at improving officer conduct and transparency, every officer will be outfitted with a body cam. But the city and its court-appointed police monitor are battling in federal court over Seattle’s policy to let officers view the video before writing reports in all but the most serious use of force cases. In a court brief, monitor Merrick Bobb wrote: “Officers may get an inappropriate opportunity to ‘get their story straight’”

    Harlan Yu of Upturn Research has been studying body cameras and says they are not living up to the public’s expectations. “What Seattle and other police departments across the country are doing right now is creating an uneven playing field where officers get a structural advantage where they get to view footage and other eyewitnesses don’t,” Yu said.
God forbid you actually see a recording before making statements that might be used by armchair quarterbacks to judge an encounter that unfolds in tenths-of-seconds. Here's the issue we see with cameras:
  • the camera is pointed in a fixed direction - it doesn't swivel around like your head would in a dynamic situation;
  • the camera will be used to skew your interpretations of events - any deviation from something interpreted months later will be used to Rule 14 you and fire you;
  • anything missed by the camera will automatically be called a "cover-up" and used to impeach testimony, recollections, interpretations and the bottom feeding lawyers will claim every omission was deliberate, thereby smearing you and tainting all future testimony.
 We see that all the time already with in-car cameras - why believe, even for a second, that body camera footage (or lack of) will be treated any differently?

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What's in a Name?

  • The union representing Chicago aviation police officers is accusing the city of violating its contract — and jeopardizing the traveling public’s safety — by stripping the word “police” from the force’s uniforms and vehicles in response to the dragging of Dr. David Dao off a United Express flight at O’Hare Airport.

    The rebranding of the Department of Aviation police department began in full force last week, with its SUVs being repainted so they say “security” instead of “police.” In January, aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans ordered the department to remove the word “police” from its uniforms — but the order was never enforced.
We suppose this has more to do with the possible disbandment or re-structuring of the DOA and the resultant Federal dollars and how they're spent / accounted for.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Conviction

  • Cook County prosecutors say that Officer David Blake had trusted his girlfriend's brother, showing him his extensive gun collection locked up in a safe inside his South Side condo.

    But for weeks, Bernard Williams, then 18, plotted to kill the officer in order to steal and sell the guns, prosecutors alleged.

    On Nov. 22, 2010, Williams lured the off-duty officer to drive him to a secluded spot on the Southwest Side known as "Dead Man's Alley," where Williams shot Blake six times in the head at close range inside the officer's Dodge Durango, prosecutors said.

    Six and a half years later, a jury deliberated less than 3 1/2 hours on Tuesday before convicting Williams, now 25, of first-degree murder and armed robbery.
Six years is a long time to wait for resolution. We certainly wish there was still a death penalty around for scumbags like this. Good work by all involved bring the killer to justice.

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Rahm Loses Big

  • Thanks to an apparent loophole in the contract Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s staff signed with the police sergeants union, a sergeant facing a year’s suspension over the handling of the David Koschman case can bypass the Chicago Police Board and have an arbitrator decide his punishment, a judge has ruled.

    Cook County Circuit Judge Anna Helen Demacopoulos ruled Monday that the contract allows sergeants to have an arbitrator, rather than the police board, rule on any suspension of more than 11 days. The police board, whose members are appointed by the mayor, can not only uphold or dismiss disciplinary action recommended by the police superintendent, but it also can issue a harsher punishment.

    On Tuesday, an attorney for Sgt. Samuel J. Cirone — one of six Chicago cops who faced firing or suspensions in the botched Koschman investigation — moved to dismiss the police board case.
This is rather a big deal - it takes the most politically charged cases out of the hands of Rahm's appointees - who will do exactly what benefits Rahm - and places it in the hands of an outside party not beholden to the Machine. It's brilliant, and it's amazing that only the Sergeants have it. Who negotiated that and why aren't they on the FOP payroll also?

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Statewide Soda Tax?

  • A penny-per-ounce state tax on sugar-sweetened beverages could raise $561 million a year in new revenue for Illinois, while also saving millions in health care costs associated with obesity and diabetes, according to a new study released Tuesday by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

    Such a tax would likely would face tremendous opposition from Big Soda, particularly given the recently passed penny-per-ounce tax on both sugar- and artificially-sweetened beverages in Cook County that goes into effect July 1. The Harvard study's revenue projection factors in an expected drop-off in sales once the county's tax kicks in.
Chicago proposed and passed a water tax, resulting in a business boom for surrounding suburbs mega-stores.

Philadelphia saw shoppers flee the city and experienced layoffs when they started taxing soda at the retail level.

Prickwrinkle is about to provoke another such exodus in two months when her county-wide soda tax takes effect.

Now Illinois is going to create a black market for soda as hundreds of small businesses start shopping over state lines the way they do for smokes and gas in just about every state surrounding the black hole that is Illinois.

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Another Tax?

Rahm campaigned on ending the "head tax," yet here it is again, popping up at what works out to be a 1650% increase:
  • Chicago aldermen introduced a proposal April 19 to charge employers $33 for each employee on staff to drum up revenue for Chicago Public Schools, or CPS, budget shortfall.

    [...]

    Chicago had a head tax from 1973-2012 until Mayor Rahm Emanuel phased out – and ultimately ended – this job-killing tax. The employer’s expense tax was a $4 per employee tax levied on employers of more than 50 full-time workers in the city of Chicago. Mayor Emanuel made it a centerpiece of his election in 2011 to eliminate the head tax entirely. By 2012, the tax was reduced to $2 per employee, and the tax was completely repealed by 2014. The tax applied to companies with 50 or more employees.
It's a proven job killer.

But wait, it gets better:
  • Eighteen aldermen signed on to legislation that would introduce the “head tax” to Chicago employers with 50 or more employees. However, employees who reside in one of approximately 30 neighborhoods would not be subject to the tax. These neighborhoods were chosen based on being in the top 20 in violent crime or the top 20 in hardship index.
We're guessing these neighborhoods not paying the tax aren't in your typically zoned "light industrial" areas of the city, but somewhere else.

Has anyone in the City Council actually ever run a business? Or taken Econ 101? We're betting the answer is "No."

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

1,000 Shot (so far)

  • The number of people shot in Chicago this year is nearing 1,000 after a violent weekend left seven dead and 31 others wounded, according to data kept by the Tribune.

    As of Monday morning, at least 992 people had been shot in Chicago this year. Last year, the city passed the 1,000 mark on April 20 and had reached 1,054 by this time, the Tribune data show.

    The pace of homicides is virtually the same as last year. There have been at least 179 homicides so far this year compared with 180 this time last year, according to the data.
179 versus 180 - down a single homicide from last year. And that doesn't even count a bunch of "death investigations" that might still be reclassified, half-a-dozen on life support that we know of, and at least one expressway homicide that Special Ed's people say didn't take place in Chicago because the Illinois State Police are investigating it.

Crime is down!!! Because Rahm's and Ed's trolls say so.

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Coming Soon!

  • BART police are beefing up patrols at Oakland stations after dozens of juveniles terrorized riders Saturday night when they invaded the Coliseum Station and commandeered a train car, forcing passengers to hand over bags and cell phones and leaving at least two with head injuries.

    The incident — the first of its kind in recent memory — occurred around 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Witnesses told police that 40 to 60 juveniles flooded the station, jumped the fare gates and rushed to the second-story train platform. Some of the robbers apparently held open the doors of a Dublin-bound train car while others streamed inside, confronting and robbing and in some cases beating riders.

    “At least two victims suffered head/facial injuries requiring medical attention,” said a police summary prepared after the incident.

    Alicia Trost, a BART spokeswoman, said Monday that seven people were robbed — with the victims losing a purse, a duffel bag and five phones. Six people were robbed inside the train car, with a seventh confronted on the platform, she said. Police received no reports of guns or other weapons being brandished.
BART has an extensive network of cameras, so there ought to be hundreds of pictures of offenders circulating in the media and in the "community" to apprehend these law breakers, right?
  • The images cannot be shared publicly, she said, because the attackers appear to be minors.
Oh....and the cameras? Many of them are fake. Decoys. They don't record anything because they're empty boxes that give the impression of making citizens safer. You know what might stop a brazen mass robbery like this? Armed citizens, but you can't carry a gun on CTA property lest you interfere with these boisterous youths turning their lives around.

Any bets on how soon this starts in Chicago? One CTA conductor/driver and no Mass Transit cops? We'll guess sometime by July.

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It Must be Warming Up

  • Thieves made off with several items during a smash-and-grab burglary early Monday at the Louis Vuitton store on the Magnificent Mile.

    Just after midnight, a dark-colored car struck a vehicle driving north in the 900 block of North Michigan Avenue before repeatedly smashing into the revolving doors of the upscale retail store, according to Chicago Police.

    Five males then got out of the vehicle, broke into the store and took several items of merchandise, before jumping into a dark-colored SUV, which sped away, police said.
No descriptions, probably because there are no working cameras on a high-traffic, high-tourist, high-end street like North Michigan Avenue.

Anyone know what time Michigan Avenue Special Employment runs until?

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"Dad of the Year" Candidate

  • A reputed gang member hid a loaded handgun under the car safety seat his 8-month-old son was riding in Friday in the Roseland neighborhood, prosecutors said Saturday.

    Arron Woods, 24, of the 10100 block of South Yale Avenue, faces charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm by a street gang member, child endangerment and marijuana possession. He was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bail after a hearing at midday Saturday.

    Police stopped the gray 2003 Toyota Camry in which Woods was a passenger just before 6 p.m. Friday when they noticed the driver wasn't wearing a seat belt.

    After curbing the car in the 100 block of East 111th Street, police say they noticed the two rear-seat passengers, one of them Woods, take the child out of the baby seat, place a black, wrapped T-shirt into the car seat and then saw the baby put back into the seat, authorities said.

    During a search, police found a Smith & Wesson firearm loaded with 14 live rounds wrapped in the shirt and one bullet in the seat itself, authorities said. Police also confiscated $63 worth of marijuana and $440 cash from Woods, whom they identified as a member of the Gangster Disciples.
Figure it's only a matter of time before the little one catches a bullet intended for dear ol' Dad. Dad is packing heat because he knows someone will put a bullet in any available body part if they can, and he's using the baby for cover. But hey, don't worry about junior - if he gets kilt-ed, ol' Dad will just make another.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Good Job

  • An Englewood man fatally shot a man driving on a Dan Ryan Expressway ramp before making off with $600 cash, but was caught nearby by police, including an off-duty officer who saw part of the robbery in his rearview mirror, according to police reports.

    Jeremiah Holt, 20, of the 7300 block of South Aberdeen Street, was ordered held without bail Saturday in the shooting death just after 5 p.m. Wednesday of Jeremy Scullark, 28, on the northbound Chinatown exit ramp from the Dan Ryan Expressway. Scullark’s family on Friday held a vigil at the site of the shooting and said he was an entrepreneur.
"entrepreneur"? Five bucks says no one in the family can even spell "entrepreneur." Or define it.
  • The off-duty officer, who was stopped in traffic on the same exit ramp farther north, heard about seven gunshots, looked in his rearview mirror and saw Scullark fall to the ground, as the 19-year-old ran south on the ramp, according to the reports. Several other people saw Holt fire the shots, both into the car and after Scullark got out.

    The officer saw Holt, who had a gun in his hand, “quickly rummage through the driver’s seat area” of the Mercedes, then saw him run west toward Wentworth Avenue, according to a police report. The officer drove after Holt, calling 911 as he drove and requesting backup.
Good heads-up work by the off-duty and responding units from CPD and ISP. Word is it was a planned robbery, with the shooter stalking the deceased for a bit before making his move. It was just his bad luck the off-duty was nearby. Very good job.

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More Pension Bad News

Most people check out the front page of the paper, then move on to the sports section. Others go through the entire paper...editorials, comics, and the business section. Then they forward us stuff like this:
  • Millions of Americans are expecting to receive a pension from the city or state that employs them. Many will be in for a terrible surprise, according to the nonprofit organization Truth in Accounting.

    It surveyed 237 municipal pension plans across the country, using newly required reporting data about pension underfunding. Although it has taken decades for many of these pension funds to get into such bad shape, only now are the details being revealed, says Sheila Weinberg, president of Truth in Accounting and a CPA who has dedicated her life to requiring full and useful disclosure of federal, state and local debt obligations. (I am a board member of Truth in Accounting.)

    This newly collected data should be frightening to those counting on a state or municipal pension. The latest numbers are available at http://www.statedatalab.org/pensiondatabase. There you can search by state to find both state and local pension statistics. The report for each city and state includes the amount of pension plan assets, the amount of plan promises, and the dollar amount and percentage of pension underfunding. Every plan also receives a letter grade, from A to F.
You'll never guess what city is in the biggest trouble.

The article is written by Terry Savage, who from our previous knowledge, has a halfway decent handle on financial matters. Prepare accordingly.

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And it Begins

  • The Justice Department on Friday took its first steps to strip Chicago and Cook County of some crime-fighting grants as part of a drive to deny federal money to so-called “sanctuary cities” shielding illegal immigrants.

    Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle were two of nine local officials sent a Justice Department letter setting a June 30 deadline to declare compliance with federal laws or risk losing $3.2 million in Justice Department grants.

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel remained defiant: “Neither the facts, nor the law are on their side,” he said.

    Besides Chicago and Cook County, letters were sent to officials in New York City, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Miami, Milwaukee, and California.
Actually, Rahm, the law is on their side. It's a Federal law that Sparklefarts refused to enforce, but never actually got rescinded in Congress. You remember Congress, right Rahm? Laws and stuff are passed there. Usually.

And the facts are that illegals cost cities, states and the nation far more than they "contribute." And they are about to cost Chicago/Cook County taxpayers another $13 million plus in much-needed crime-fighting dollars...unless there's been some unnoticed drop in crime we haven't noticed.

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Rhode Island

  • Backed by social justice warriors and civil rights groups, the Providence (Rhode Island) city council unanimously approved the “Community Safety Act” on Thursday, which makes their community significantly less safe. The new law places restrictions on police actions which are much more strict than the law otherwise allows.

    Civil rights groups have been following a trend recently where they are less concerned about defending people’s actual constitutional rights, and more caught up in trying to secure additional rights for criminals. Legal and ethical investigative techniques used by police officers are more commonly becoming prohibited by police department policies in order to avoid lawsuits which improperly claim that police officers are violating people’s Constitutional rights.

    It is already the job of state and federal courts to make rulings on what police officers are legally allowed to do, and what they are not allowed to do. Unfortunately, because the Constitution doesn’t afford criminals the level of protection that these groups would wish, they are now trying to pass laws which place those additional restrictions on police officers. In Providence, they succeeded.
Go read the entire laundry list of prohibited actions along with the actions that will get coppers sued if they fail to do them. It's extensive.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

More Handcuffs on Police

  • When the police pulled over the white Buick Regal he was riding in, Roderick Franklin told them he “was just getting a ride to have Easter breakfast.” The officers didn’t dispute that. They arrested him anyway.

    The cops — members of a “saturation” team working to suppress violence in West Humboldt Park — said they pulled over the car in April 2014 because its taillights weren’t working. But when the police checked the names of everyone in the car, they learned that Franklin, a 45-year-old who struggled with a heroin habit, was on parole for drug possession. And they said one of the other passengers was a “self-admitted” member of the Four Corner Hustlers street gang.

    To the officers, that meant Franklin had committed a crime just by sitting in the car: “unlawful contact” with a gang member while on parole. In Illinois, that’s an offense punishable by up to a year behind bars, even if no other crimes or gang activity occurred.
Kim Foxxx is already refusing to file this charge, and IDOC almost never issues a warrant for parolees caught violating the terms of parole - which is something you never see in the media. Ever.

So this is on the political radar, and 'lo and behold, a Soft-on-Crime democrat has already taken up the cause for those poor parolees who are just trying to turn their lives around by associating with other felons/gang bangers:
  • “It’s like a trap,” says state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, a North Side Democrat who has proposed changes to the law.

    Cassidy says the law restricts the movements of people trying to find work and turn their lives around after leaving prison. She says she’s heard of people concerned even about accepting a ride to work with a member of their own family for fear that could result in their arrest.

    Cassidy also says the law does little to hinder gangs. “It doesn’t make us any safer because it doesn’t take anyone off the street who was doing a crime,” she says.
Evidently, Bleeding-Heart Cassidy doesn't realize that upwards of 80% of crime is committed by repeat offenders, and something like 90% of homicide victims are previous offenders and/or known gang bangers.

But hey, take away a useful tool for taking criminals off the street - you see how well the ACLU "fixed" the Contact Card situation.

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Loud Mouth

  • A North Park man who followed a Chicago police officer from court and shouted “We’re going to get you!” had more than 20 pounds of marijuana, 1-1/2 gallons of liquid THC, numerous other drugs, more than $14,000 in cash and 20 silver or gold bars at his home, police said.

    Reggie Catayong, 44, of the 5100 block of North Troy Street, was arrested Thursday in the alley behind his home after he followed the officer from open court, according to a news release. Lincoln District tactical officers who were tipped off about drugs at Catayong’s home later executed a search warrant there and found the drugs, cash and other valuables. He faces charges of harassing a witness and numerous drug-related charges, and was ordered held without bail in a hearing midday Saturday.

    The officer left Cook County Municipal Court, 2452 W. Belmont Ave., about 2 p.m. Thursday, and was followed to about 2800 W. Catalpa Ave., where Catayong, who was riding in a car driven by someone else, shouted “We’re going to get you!” at the officer as the two vehicles were in traffic, according to police.

    Officers called to the scene arrested Catayong in his alley, according to the release. The driver of the car, Jack Artinian, 42, of the 2200 block of West Farwell Avenue, also is charged with felony harassing a witness and is being held in Cook Count Jail in lieu of $1 million bail after appearing in court on Friday, according to police and jail records.

    When the tactical officers executed the search warrant, they found about 20 pounds of marijuana, about 200 ounces of liquid THC (the primary chemical that causes the marijuana high), about 13 ounces of narcotic mushrooms, 3 ounces of cocaine and almost 20 ounces of liquid steroids, according to a police spokesman. Other drugs included 153 miscellaneous pills, 46 steroid pills and 17 MDMA or ecstasy pills.
Hopefully, the stash wasn't all his, and his "employers" take it out of his skin. They'll have longer memories than Kim Foxxx's office will.

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Any Retirees Busy?

  • May 22: Questions for Kim? Join us!

    Kim Foxx is the first African-American woman to lead the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office – the second largest prosecutor’s office in the country. She took office in December 2016 promising to transform the office to one that is more transparent and accessible and helps rebuild trust with the community.

    Join us for a conversation on her plans to tackle Chicago's gun violence and reform the criminal justice system. There will be many opportunities for questions from the audience.

    This event is free and open to the public but an RSVP is required. For more information, call Annum Haider at (312) 821-9031 or email at ahaider@bettergov.org.
We're sure it involves emptying the jail and refusing to prosecute. It's been a rousing success so far.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Unwanted Attention

Just when you think a scandal has run its course, something else pops up:
  • Chicago's inspector general has issued a subpoena to the Illinois Tollway regarding a top airport security official whom the tollway fired after a female employee accused him of sexual harassment, several sources familiar with the situation told the Tribune on Friday.

    Inspector General Joe Ferguson subpoenaed the tollway, the sources said, before the Tribune reported Friday that Jeffrey Redding, a point person in the city's investigation of the United Airlines passenger-dragging debacle, was terminated in 2015 for what tollway officials called "multiple violations of Illinois Tollway personnel policy and procedures."

    The female tollway employee had alleged that Redding sought sex and money in exchange for work-related favors.
So we have definitive evidence that someone who is accused of a substantial breach of workplace rules doesn't really suffer the lose of a job in Chicago, they just get shuffled to another spot.

Our readers have long memories, too:
  • So here is a guy who did not make 20 years on CPD was working for the inspector general, and iad reporting and and maligning coppers they gets a big job at tollway huge salary bump, but says he is not guilty yet leaves the tollway takes a pay-cut at aviation and yet he is in charge of aviation security? this would be laughable if not true! attention media here is low hanging fruit from where you get your news look into who is this guys clout, talk to the women that made the complaints they deserve a nice amount of money after what bouncing ball guy cannot hold a job is moved?

    Questions to ask:
    A) Why did he leave iad? was he involved in something?
    B) why did he leave inspector generals office?
    C) How can a patrolman rank get this huge pay boost and job at tollway?
    D) Says he was not guilty but gets another great job no experience in this type of work and takes tens of thousands of dollars in a pay cut?
    E) How did ginger interview him and miss this? Who put him in and pulled gingers strings?
Golly, another IAD scandal that was covered up maybe? That entire Bureau seems to be populated by a lot of shady characters - almost like a culture of corruption that might lead to.... exam cheaters.

Corruption is never "rooted out" in Chicago - it's just moved around. And the media won't put two-and-two together lest they upset their "access."

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Make a Deal Rod

  • Things looked bad for Rod Blagojevich from the start this week.

    Before a word even was uttered in a courtroom, it was announced his appeal would be heard by the same three justices who said in July 2015 “it is not possible to call 168 months unlawfully high for Blagojevich’s crimes.”

    And now, in a stunningly swift decision, those three judges have affirmed the 14-year prison sentence that Blagojevich was handed last summer by U.S. District Judge James Zagel. It took the judges only three days after hearing arguments to reach their decision. Last time around, it took the same panel nearly two years to give their answer.
Blago still has around five years to go on his sentence. Five years of missed family birthdays. Five years not seeing children's graduations. Five more years without hair dye. Five more years of sitting on information that could have brought down a presidency before it even began.

Does he really think the Machine is going to give him any sort of post-incarceration employment when he gets out? Certainly nothing that would pay close to a governor's pension. His name is mud in Illinois, so his best hope is a book deal and whatever money Patti is thrown by her Machine connections. Unless he's saving himself for Patti's continued employment?

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It's International

  • The Paris prosecutor's office got a tip in January that the gunman behind a shootout on the Champs-Elysees that left one police officer dead and two others wounded was amassing an arsenal and that he had made death threats against law enforcement.

    There was good reason to investigate 39-year-old Karim Cheurfi — he had already served 11 years in prison for trying to kill another police officer, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said Friday.

    [...] Now, a day after Cheurfi ambushed a trio of police officers and was shot dead while trying to escape, police are questioning his mother and two other relatives. Authorities are trying to determine how he got his hands on the Kalashnikov rifle he used in the deadly shooting, Molins said.

    Cheurfi, who was a French citizen, was convicted in 2005 of trying to kill a police officer and sentenced to 15 years in prison, said Molins. He was released in 2012, despite a history of violence behind bars that included a conviction for "violence on civil servants" and beating up a cellmate.

    But a year later, Cheurfi was back in prison for violating parole and wasn't released until October 2015, after which he was required to regularly report his whereabouts to police, Molins said.
Parolees committing crime worldwide.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

But it's So Quiet Here

  • A woman was shot early Thursday during a robbery on the Northwest Side, near O’Hare International Airport.

    The 55-year-old was walking home about 12:20 a.m. in the 5400 block of North Chester when two males walked up and demanded her purse, according to Chicago Police.

    A struggle ensued, and one of the suspects pulled out a gun and shot the woman in the abdomen, police said. The males then took the woman’s belongings and ran to a waiting vehicle, driven by a third suspect. A description of the vehicle was not available.
It sure used to be a quiet neighborhood....before the Section 8 buildings popped up and police manpower dwindled. Kind of like what that Arena character is attempting to import up north again.

History repeats.

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Nice Pistol There Tex

Search Warrant served in 010 the other day:


Much hilarity ensued:
  • A Chicago Police Department tweet showing off the spoils of a drug and gun bust — including a long, antique pistol — launched a series of Twitter jokes about the shared photo.

    The guns have a, shall we say, "vintage" look about them, and the tweet set off a storm of dozens of people questioning whether Jesse James, Jack Sparrow or Billy the Kid had been captured.

    The tweet ended up getting more than 300 responses, most of them jokes.
Still, people have been killed with guns just like these and other objects you wouldn't necessarily think of as "deadly." Even an ugly gun can kill, and two guns less is two guns less.

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Corrupt Practices Continue

  • City Hall's top watchdog on Thursday took aim at a program treasured by aldermen, recommending the city stop letting each of them control $1.3 million a year spent on construction projects in their wards, but the idea was swiftly rejected by Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration and City Council members.

    Instead of allowing the 50 alderman to decide how to spend the so-called "menu money," the Chicago Department of Transportation should determine which street, alley, sidewalk, street light and bike path projects are needed, Inspector General Joseph Ferguson concluded in his audit of the program.
Each aldercreature gets something like $1.3 million with which to bribe connected companies, reward precinct captains and pretty much spend as they see fit without oversight. That's not going to go away easily.

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Sounds Familiar?

Family calls, tells dispatcher that the family member is armed, guess what happens? Of course, this is in DuPage, not Cook County:
  • No charges will be filed against a DuPage County sheriff's deputy who fatally shot a 17-year-old boy near Villa Park after responding to calls that the teen was threatening family members with a knife and destroying their home, the state's attorney for the county said.

    State's Attorney Robert Berlin issued a statement Thursday saying the shooting of Trevon Johnson by the deputy was justified.

    Berlin said that when the officer arrived at the home shortly before midnight on Jan. 1, dispatchers had received multiple calls from distraught family members who said the teen was armed with a knife and was threatening family member while trashing the residence.

    As he approached the home, the deputy heard the sound of breaking glass and drew his weapon before entering the home, according to the statement. After entering, he saw one of Johnson's relatives at the top of the second-floor landing and asked him to come down.

    While searching the relative for weapons, he heard the sound of footsteps and looked up to see Johnson leaping down the stairway toward him with "a pointy 3-4 inch, 1/2 to 3/4 inch wide dull grey metal knife-like object" in his raised right hand, according to the statement.
We guess the State's Attorney actually follows the written law out there.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Burke is ANGRY!!! (and a Hypocrite)

  • Whoa!

    Ald. Burke is still fuming over the way he claims the City Council was misled by the Chicago Police Department’s press office, which Sneed reported Wednesday.

    The Irish pol was so angry, he blasted CPD’s Director of News Affairs, Anthony Guglielmi, during a City Council meeting Wednesday, claiming the budget appropriation for his department was $343,746 — but the actual total expenditures for salaries was $2,535,468 because more than two dozen police had been dispatched to CPD’s press office.

    “I don’t know about you, but I frankly am embarrassed that I have been fooled in such a dramatic way,” said the alderman. “Why do we spend hour after hour, day after day, week after week, sitting here in budget hearings only to discover that we have been deceived and played for fools?

    “It is clear beyond any doubt that we simply can believe nothing that the police department tells us. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Henceforth, I will never agree to take testimony from witnesses unless they are placed under oath.

    “We should demand an apology from whomever presented this phony budget — we should demand that these police officers be sent back to the districts where they belong to fight crime, and if this press posse needs 28 people — which I do not believe — they should be civilian employees.
Remember, this is a guy who has been violating the Contract for years, detailing people to the airports in violation of the bidding process for years.

And if Sneed gets off Burke's junk for about five seconds to get oxygen, she might remember that up until 3 years ago. Burke had at least three full time CPD drivers who would drive him everywhere, including out-of-state for golf outings...in a city car. That could have been done by civilians, too.

Expect a bunch of News Affairs dollies to be sent back to inside spots away from Googlyme. Depending on his clout, Googlyme might be gone, too.

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What Could it Be?????

  • According to Chicago Police Department statistics obtained by Sneed, there were only 168 Chicago traffic citations for the improper use of mobile devices in 2016 — compared with 45,672 two years earlier in 2014! So what gives?

    “It seems hard to believe, but when we received these shocking statistics we were stunned,” said Ald. Edward Burke (14th), who said Chicago traffic citations and violations in 2015 had already started dropping dramatically to 26,092!

    “But the dramatic dip not only went down to 168 in 2016 — but as of April 2017, only 74 have been issued!

    “Something happened,” Burke said.
Yeah Ed, something "happened." If you can't figure it out (and obviously, Sneed can't either), maybe you ought to go read some headlines, some articles, ask New Affairs....oh wait, they lie to you.

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Cops Injured

  • Two people were wounded, one of them fatally, in a shooting in the Chinatown neighborhood Wednesday evening, while two police officers were injured in a crash not far south, while they were responding to the shooting, authorities said.

    Two people were wounded, with one of them dead on the scene and the other taken to a local hospital, in an attack near Cermak Road and Wentworth Avenue, according to a Chicago Fire Department spokesman. The shooting, which took place about 5:10 p.m., may have taken place on a feeder ramp to the Dan Ryan Expressway, and Illinois State Police were investigating the attack to see if took place on the expressway, according to Chicago and state police.

    Two Chicago police officers and two other people were injured in a crash that took place soon after near 31st Street and Shields Avenue, the spokesman said. The officers were being taken to Stroger Hospital, while the two other people were being taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, also initially in serious-to-critical condition. None of the injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, and their conditions were stabilized, according to fire officials.
Also no word if the homicide is being pushed off on the State Police and out of the Chicago stats. HeyJackass.com will place it into the correct totals as usual while Special Ed's special bean-counters will pretend highways exist in an alternative reality unattached to Chicago.

Best wishes to the injured for a speedy recovery.

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Rahm's #3!!!

  • Graft and felonious activity aside, we have ranked America’s worst performing mayors of the country’s 50 biggest cities. The factors we took into account are a combination of hard and soft data, including the rankings of the best-run cities across America, mayoral approval ratings, peer recognition, and the assessments of a panel of political consultants and media pundits of all political stripes. Note that this isn’t a list of the worst cities. Some very troubled cities, such as Detroit, have solid leadership in the mayor’s office.

    The consultants and pundits, many of whom requested that we keep their identities disclosed, were asked who they thought were worst mayors. Surprisingly, there was quite a bit of consensus among those surveyed.
Coming in turd....we mean third:
  • Chicago Magazine called Rahm Emanuel the “The Least Popular Mayor in Modern Chicago History.” With an approval rating that at one point sunk to 18 percent, the Emanuel mayoralty, now in its second term, has never been able to get on track.

    To be fair, the famously foul-mouthed Emanuel, former chief-of-staff to President Barack Obama and brother of Hollywood insider Ari Emanuel, inherited a city already teeming with problems; however, under his tenure, many of those problems have metastasized. The murder per capita has nearly doubled, and his handling of the aftermath of an untimely police shooting death sparked widespread anger. Adding fuel to the fire about policing tactics was the 2015 discovery by The Guardian that the Chicago police department was running a secret black site for interrogation.

    Meanwhile, with the pension system billions of dollars underwater and the city’s credit rating among the worst in the country, Emanuel has found himself immobilized amidst an intractable web of crime and continued financial shortfalls.
There's that "black site" lib-turd fantasy again, but hey, it's the "Observer." It's not like real journalism or something.

Perhaps Rahm will be able to move up to #2 in next year's rankings. Like we said, he's already #2 in our hearts.

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Once Again, It's Over

Observed with a gun.

Video existing of him tossing the gun, then going back to get it.

Nothing the officers did or said cast any doubt on these two facts.

And yet, $350,000 for managing to become worm food:
  • A Cook County jury awarded $350,000 in damages Tuesday in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the mother of a black teen fatally shot by a Chicago police officer during a chase on the Fourth of July nearly four years ago.

    In ruling the shooting of Christian Green unjustified, jurors found that Officer Robert Gonzalez did not "reasonably believe" that his life was in danger when he unloaded 11 shots at the 17-year-old from his police SUV, striking him once in the left side of his back.
So a jury of semi-intelligent human beings can somehow tell you exactly when your life is in danger without having a single shred of physical proof, video evidence or life experience? A shooting found to be completely justified and one that actually dragged Special Ed out of his hidey-hole to define and support the time-tested Use of Force model.

Stop chasing rabbits boys and girls. It won't end well.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

D.O.A. to be DOA?

  • Viral video of a bloodied man being dragged off a United Airlines flight underscores why the city’s aviation security officers should not be armed, Mayor Rahm Emanuel maintained Monday, saying he would await the outcome of a broader review to determine whether the city force should exist at all.

    In his first public comment about the embarrassing fiasco, Emanuel branded the incident involving Dr. David Dao as “totally, all-around unacceptable.”
And with United revealing none of their employees will face termination, that leaves only one group to face the hangman alone. That "private security" rumor that's been percolating for a few months here is looking more likely all of the sudden, even if it isn't the McCarthy group.

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Oh JJJr, You Tease

  • While on home detention in 2015 for looting his campaign fund, former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. told prosecutors of other possible crimes “by him and others” and offered to secretly record conversations as part of a federal investigation, according to a Justice Department letter obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.

    “Mr. Jackson has informed the government of potential violations of law by him and others,” reads the Aug. 16, 2015, letter from Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel C. Richenthal in Manhattan to Jackson attorney John Colette.

    Jackson “has indicated that he desires to undertake certain actions, including participating in monitored and/or recorded telephone and/or email conversations and meetings, with the intention of providing the government with additional information regarding these potential violations of law,” the letter also states.

    It wasn’t immediately known what the other investigation entailed, what possible crimes Jackson might have told prosecutors about or whether the cooperation deal was formally entered into.
Is JJJr still on parole? Pull him in, ask him some questions, if he refuses to cooperate, guess who goes back for another stretch in the federal system?

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Desperation?

  • The suspect in the random killing of a retiree posted on Facebook made his living mentoring teens in Cleveland, but his life appeared to be unraveling under the weight of gambling debts and trouble with his girlfriend.

    Rambling videos he shared showed his despair, saying he was out of options and wanted to kill as many innocent people as he could.
The Associated Press is attempting to make people feel sorry for an asshole who went out, confronted an old man, made the old man say his ex-girlfriend's name and then executed him, claiming it was her fault he killed and was going to kill again.

Seriously, what the fuck? Just when you think the media couldn't sink any lower, they find a way to do it. How about some sympathy for the dead guy, who had just finished Easter dinner with his grown kids? We're supposed to be sad about a guy who was running through a rough patch and decided to take it out on a complete stranger?

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Parolee Crime

  • A man on parole for armed robbery is accused of raping and robbing a Lakeview woman he followed home from a Wicker Park bar over the weekend.

    Alexander Carter, 46, was sentenced in 2005 to 25 years in prison for armed robbery, aggravated battery with a weapon and aggravated unlawful restraint, court records show. He was released on parole in June.

    Carter was back in court Tuesday — this time on allegations he raped a 24-year-old Lakeview woman he first met at Nick's Beer Garden late Saturday.
And word from the street is that one of the two homicides this past weekend was committed by....ANOTHER PAROLEE! That "empty the jails" and "don't charge anyone with crime" strategy is sure paying dividends.

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