Wednesday, March 21, 2018


  • A Chicago Police officer was ordered held on $200,000 bail Tuesday after he was charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault and official misconduct.

    The alleged victim was a man suspected in a misdemeanor whom Carlyle Calhoun and another officer were assigned to guard at St. Bernard Hospital on Feb. 3.

    Prosecutors said that, as the victim was shackled to a bed, the officer sucked the man’s toes, grabbed his penis and took a photo of the victim as he tried to use a portable urinal. Once the two were in a bathroom, Calhoun forcibly performed a sex act on the man, prosecutors said.
If you want an actual play-by-play, go read the link up top. It's stomach turning, and even the Keesing Bandit would have trouble believing the entire episode, even after half-a-dozen of his famous white wine spritzers.

This goof made it though psychological screening? And background checks? And field training? But then we remember who dear old dad was and how he skated on some pretty heavy accusations for years. The media could have a field day with those IAD files.


It's Still Over

  • A coalition of community groups, including Black Lives Matter, now has a legal voice in negotiations over proposed federal court oversight of the Chicago Police Department, the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois announced Tuesday.

    The city and Illinois attorney general’s office have been negotiating a consent decree that would give a federal judge power to enforce police reforms recommended in a scathing report by the Obama administration’s Justice Department.
If this doesn't tell you exactly whose side everyone is on - including politicians, you're delusional.


Another Bat?

Baseball bats are really getting a bad reputation in this country nowadays:
  • A Florida teenager allegedly beat a 15-year-old boy to death with a baseball bat Monday afternoon, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.

    During a news conference, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Dillen Murray, 16, was angry and jealous that the victim had relations with a girl he liked. Deputies said they were called at about 2:45 p.m. to a wooded area near Lake Wales.

    Investigators said Murray asked Giovanni Diaz to play with him in the woods, where he beat the boy.
Maybe he ran him over with a car, never know.

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Another Lawsuit

It's almost like in order to advance, you have to be connected or something:
  • After acing an aptitude test three years ago, veteran Chicago police Officer Maureen Bresnahan thought she was well-positioned for a promotion to the department’s elite Bomb Squad, even though the 11-member unit hadn’t included a woman for years.

    But her superiors had other ideas, a federal lawsuit alleged. After a round of interviews, they rejected Bresnahan’s application, writing in an evaluation form that she was “best suited for clerical” work, according to the suit, filed Monday.

    Meanwhile, two male officers who had the same score on the written test were put on the promotions list, even though one had been accused of beating his fiance and another received only tepid reviews in the in-person interviews, the suit said.
And if this part is true....:
  • In his interview, one of the male officers who’d scored the same as Bresnahan on the written exam — identified only as Candidate 53 — was asked to describe a time when he “had to make a quick decision based on information available at the moment” — a key criterion of the bomb technician position, the suit alleged.

    The officer, who had spent the previous five years in a desk job with the police News Affairs office, cited his arrest for domestic violence against his then-fiance, saying that “in hindsight, (he) would have reacted in a different direction and had ‘learned from the incident,’ ” the lawsuit said, quoting from the interviewer's notes.
You're in a do-nothing clout position at News Affairs, and you're asked about a time you had to make a "quick decision" and you bring up a domestic violence arrest? Are you fucking insane? And then the bosses recommend this Einstein for promotion?? Are they fucking insane? You might as well write the check right now.


de Blasio Logic

  • A teenager armed with a handgun shot and critically wounded a girl inside a Maryland school on Tuesday and the shooter was killed when a school resource officer confronted him moments after the gunfire erupted. A third student was in good condition after he was shot.
Big difference from the Parkland, Florida shooting where the sheriff hid outside. But get a load of what the mayor of New York did last week:
  • Police officers were pulled from New York City public schools after the massacre in Florida, prompting outrage from some parents and teachers.

    The NYPD officer assignments were eliminated by Mayor Bill de Blasio because he said the new community policing units will go into schools instead, while patrolling neighborhoods.
These "community policing units" are, of course, unarmed. Because taking every single gun out of a school makes it safer and a pile of dead kids is easier to campaign on.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Nice Crime Spree Rahm

  • Police recovered a car Monday afternoon in the Rogers Park neighborhood that was wanted in connection with 15 armed robberies overnight across the North and Northwest sides, according to Chicago police.

    Officers from the Rogers Park district recovered the car Monday afternoon in the 7600 block of North Rogers Avenue. Two juvenile suspects are in custody, according to Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesman for the Chicago Police Department.

    In a community alert issued Monday afternoon, police tied the string of robberies in the Albany Park, Magnolia Glen, Rogers Park and other neighborhoods to one in the Old Irving Park neighborhood the day before.
Thankfully, detailed descriptions were available for immediate release:
  • The robbers were last seen driving a 2005 dark-colored Nissan Sentra with a spoiler on the back. Its license plate was Q817490, police said. The Sentra was reported stolen this past Friday in the 6100 block of North Broadway in the Edgewater Glen neighborhood, Chicago police said.

    The robbers were described as males in their late teens or early 20s; police did not release detailed descriptions of any of them.
Seriously, there was a better description of the car rather than the robbers.

And technology pitched in!
  • Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said officers on patrol were using devices that automatically read license plates to try to find the robbers. The robbers appear to be targeting random victims, and it was unclear to police why the incidents took place in Albany Park, Johnson said.
Um, because there aren't any police around up there? And the plate reader technology is great if your driving around and have no idea what might be stolen. How about you look out the window and look for a dark-colored Nissan for starters? If you happen to run across a few vanilla steals in the meantime, recover them as you go. Your eyes should be looking for a Nissan with guys with guns. Don't rely on the computer.

And Special Ed wants to be an FTO?

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Federal Judiciary Infected

One of the more heinous executions in history brings a lot of heat - Federal heat. And that means Federal charges:
  • Federal authorities have accused a Chicago man of helping bring to the city the weapon used in the execution-style killing of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee.

    Anthony Morgan, 31, faces four gun charges in a federal indictment filed last week.

    He appeared Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Cole, where a prosecutor revealed the connection to the child’s killing.

    Authorities said Morgan paid for seven illegally obtained firearms that were shipped through the mail by an unnamed associate in New Mexico. Assistant U.S. Attorney James Durkin said one of those, a Smith & Wesson .40-caliber pistol, was used to kill Tyshawn — an act he called “one of the most heinous crimes we’ve seen in this city in years.”
No argument there. But then why this?
  • The prosecutor tried to convince Cole to keep Anthony Morgan locked up Monday, but [Judge] Cole put him on home detention. He also agreed to let Anthony Morgan go back to his job at the U.S. Postal Service, where his mother also works. The judge assigned Morgan’s mother to act as a third-party custodian.
This jagoff is a gun-runner who brought at least two murder weapons into the city, probably more. And he's on "home detention." Does this home have concrete walls? Bulletproof glass? Underground parking? Because we wouldn't give a nickel for his life expectancy right about now, and the gangs have long memories.

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Streets and San Workers Killed

  • Two workers for the city of Chicago were shot dead and a third was wounded during a violent weekend that pushed the number of homicide victims in the city this year to 100, according to police.

    “These are the types of incidents that keep all of us up at night,” Chicago Police superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference Monday. “And I promise you, we’ll do everything that we can to bring these individuals responsible to justice.”

    Darnell Simmons, a laborer for the Streets and Sanitation Department, was shot around 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the South Austin neighborhood on the West Side, police said. He was coming out of a store in the 300 block of North Central Avenue when he was hit in the chest by gunfire not intended for him, Johnson said.

    The night before, another Streets and Sanitation laborer was killed in an apparently road rage incident in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side, police said.
And the media is back on "violence watch" for 2018:
  • Chicago recorded its 100th homicide this year a month later than in 2016 and 2017, but a month earlier than other recent years, according to data kept by the Tribune.

    At least 454 people have been shot in Chicago this year, again lower than 2016 and 2017 but higher than 2015, 2014 and 2013, according to Tribune data.
All downtown cares about this year is the number 500.

499 dead = success. 501 dead = failure.


Blame Suburbanites

  • While most of his City Council colleagues play it safe (and dull) on social media, the 42nd Ward alderman lets it all hang out, often going after the president himself.

    But Reilly took a break from his criticism of Trump on Sunday to pick on a new target: “suburban kids” who can’t handle their booze.

    “My thanks to Streets & Sanitation for cleaning-up the disgusting mess St. Patrick's Day brought to downtown Chicago,” he tweeted Sunday morning. “No thanks to the thousands of drunk suburban kids who used our neighborhoods like a giant toilet bowl. Never ending cab horns from 1A-5A were a nice touch as well.”
Simple answer Brendan - cancel it all like the Southside did when it got too stupid to control.

One pressing question though:
  • On Monday, Reilly was busy campaigning for Chris Kennedy, among the Democrats hoping to win his party’s nod in the Democratic primary, and did not respond to requests for comment, meaning we do not know how he identified the downtown drunkards, or their excretions, as suburban.

    We suspect the explanation would be amusing, if not entirely reliable.
As reliable as any other number coming out of City Hall we suspect.


Monday, March 19, 2018

No One Paid the Bill?

Another great job by Lewin and his IT people (click for larger version):

This is what many people got Sunday across various platforms when they attempted to access the Department web page. Someone else bought or picked up the domain name Well done.

UPDATE: And speaking of bills, some Department car wash locations are refusing service because once again, the City hasn't paid the bill.


This "Affordable Bail" Thing

It isn't really working as the CrimeInWrigleyvilleAndBoystown blog is reporting:
  • Just under a month ago, 20-year-old David Phipps starred in our weekly “Monday Gunday” feature. Now, he’s back in jail. When last we heard from Phipps, he had been released on a recognizance bond after cops arrested him in Uptown. He had stolen credit cards in his possession and a 9-millimeter handgun and ammunition in his car, police said. Prosecutors charged him with possession of ammunition without a Firearms Owner ID card, felony identity theft of two or more persons, two felony counts of unlawful possession of a credit card, and burglary.

    Judge Sophia Atcherson, carrying the torch of "affordable bail" in Cook County, released him on a recognizance bond.

    So, what’s the Hazel Crest resident been up to since his CWBChicago debut? Well, it looks like he got his hair done. Everything else is pretty much the same. Police arrested him on Sunday after a Lincoln Park resident reported seeing Phipps breaking into a car in the 1400 block of West Shakespeare.
  • It’s probably just a coincidence, but three days after a man charged with possessing a stack of skimmed debit cards skipped bail, police today recovered a skimming device from an ATM in Lincoln Square.

    According to police records, today’s was the first skimming device recovered by police on the North Side since suspected skimming guru Marius Manolache was arrested February 11.

    The skimmer was found around 1 o’clock this afternoon on an ATM at Walgreens, 4801 North Lincoln, police said. An evidence technician was seen retrieving the device a couple of hours later.
This particular individual was caught with 17 fraudulent debit cars and over $3,000 in new twenties. He paid his $500 bail with the cash and subsequently disappeared - imagine that.

And just for kicks, here's their annual report on the St Patrick's Day parade mayhem in their neck of the words. Always entertaining.

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Messy Weekend

  • Four people were killed and at least 12 others have been wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday afternoon.
As Chicago closes in on 100 homicides for the year....whoops, passed it already.

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Forced to be FTO?

Is there an actual order or AdMin Fax Message about this?
  • Message is out. Each watch, each district, is to "nominate" at least 3 officers for the act-up FTO.

    Put another way, at least 3 officers are about to get strongarmed into the job.

    If the city is allowed to do this, then they will have no reason to make any Permanent FTO's from this point on.
So the unwilling are going to be "nominated" to train the unknowing to do the impossible for the ungrateful?

Should be a wonderful experiment for everyone.


Did We Miss It?

Was there a promotional class of lieutenants announced this Friday?


What Stupidity is This?

  • With the character of the Chicago Riverwalk and millions of dollars in tourist revenue at stake, a behind-the-scenes battle has broken out over an ambitious plan to construct an aerial tram that would link two of downtown’s most popular attractions, Navy Pier and the Riverwalk.

    In recent weeks, the proposal has been quietly shopped to civic organizations by its chief backers, Chicago hotelier Laurence Geller and Lou Raizin, president of Broadway in Chicago. They say it will give Chicago an iconic tourist attraction on a par with the London Eye wheel along the River Thames.

    But opponents contend that the tram ride would be an eyesore and that it would crowd the narrow Riverwalk. It could also compete with tour boats run by the Chicago Architecture Foundation and companies like Chicago’s First Lady Cruises and Wendella.
Just our opinion and all, but a bunch of metal towers lining the river? Maybe if they passed it off as a "crime fighting measure"? It would be difficult for the ne'er-do-wells to attack tourists if they were fifty or sixty feet in the air. Maybe make it interesting by giving the tourists cinder blocks to drop periodically.


Saturday, March 17, 2018

Alderman Sees the Future

  • Crime will spike and police morale will plummet—to the point where veteran officers will lay back and “nobody will want to take this job”—if a civilian oversight board is empowered to fire the police superintendent and establish police policy, a former cop-turned alderman is warning.

    Northwest Side Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41st), the City Council’s champion for Chicago Police officers, condemned the fundamental change in police oversight proposed by the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA) after 18 months of public hearings.

    Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham has argued that “policing is becoming almost impossible in Chicago” because of redundant layers of oversight by the FBI, the Illinois State Police, the state’s attorney’s office, a Civilian Office of Police Accountability that has officers “under virtual siege” and an “exceedingly biased media.”

    Even more oversight would bring about “chaos mislabeled as reform,” Graham has said.

    Napolitano made a similar argument — even more forcefully.
On the bright side, Rahm would get his wish of a lot more higher paid veterans retiring as soon as humanly possible.

Thanks to Napolitano for speaking up.


There He Goes

  • Former Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy plans to announce next week that he will run for mayor in 2019, a source close to his campaign said.

    The announcement making it official will come via a video, the source said. The former top cop has been inching toward entering politics for months. Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired McCarthy in the wake of the Laquan McDonald shooting video going public in late 2015.

    McCarthy declined to comment Friday, and his campaign exploratory committee released a statement on his behalf Friday that stopped short of confirming he would run.

    “It’s no secret that for the last several months literally thousands of Chicagoans have asked me to run for mayor,” statement says.

    “I have taken those calls to heart because I know the city is badly in need of genuine leadership and real change,” it reads. “At some point next week I will be making my final decision and sharing that with my supporters and the citizens of Chicago.”
Let's see if the media starts asking difficult questions of "McCarthy - the Candidate" that they refused to ask when it was "McCarthy - Rahm's Instrument of Deflection." Fun times ahead.


Almost Unanimous

  • The vast majority of NYPD cops hate Mayor de Blasio, according to a police-union survey.

    An overwhelming 96 percent of the 6,000 cops who responded to the poll have unfavorable opinions of Hizzoner, with 88 percent holding “very unfavorable” opinions of him, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association survey found.

    As for specific complaints against the mayor, 97 percent said de Blasio has created an environment where criminals feel emboldened, while 95 percent said he has established an environment that is combative to police.

    When asked what they liked “most” about de Blasio, 66 percent responded, “nothing.”

    Eight-five percent of cops gave City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito an unfavorable rating, and 96 percent are dissatisfied with the City Council in general.
Any guesses as to what an FOP survey of the rank-and-file might find?


Friday, March 16, 2018

More Clouted Lawsuits

  • A Chicago police lieutenant who rose to become the first woman to ever command the department’s Marine and Helicopter Unit filed a federal sex discrimination lawsuit Thursday alleging she was harassed by a sexist boss and ultimately demoted because he didn’t want to see a woman in her post.

    Lt. Allison Schloss alleged in the 19-page complaint that at the time of her appointment in May 2014, she was among only a handful of women assigned to the Police Department’s so-called Special Functions Division, which includes the bomb squad, SWAT team and mounted patrol in addition to the Marine and Helicopter Unit.

    In fact, as of May 2016, only eight of 175 positions available in Special Functions were held by female officers — and only one of those was assigned to the marine unit, according to the lawsuit.

    The “abominable” record also included no women on a SWAT team of nearly seven dozen members, the suit alleged.
If only the media knew.....

Old timers be warned - we will be monitoring the comment sections very closely.


Protesters Gone Wild!

  • Chicago, IL – A crowd of students swarmed a south side strip mall during Wednesday’s National Walkout Day demonstration, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake.

    “They pretty much trashed this whole area,” GameStop manager Robert Owens told Blue Lives Matter on Thursday.

    The nationwide demonstration, touted as a demand for gun control legislation, was slated to last for exactly 17 minutes, in remembrance of each of the 17 people murdered during the Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the Chicago Sun Times reported.

    Not all of the protests were peaceful.
No mention either that quite a sizable percentage of the homicides in Chicago are actually perpetrated by.....CPS students. Why is that do you think?



  • Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says she does not condone speeding. She says any speeding tickets issued to her county car “are paid.” We found the truth to be a little different.

    There must have been quite a political emergency in the Austin neighborhood at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, February 25. That’s when Preckwinkle’s county car—captured on video above—went barreling along Central Avenue at 45 MPH in a 30 MPH park zone. (She’s lucky. On school days, the speed limit is 20 MPH.)

    The emergency lights on Preckwinkle’s car are flashing. In the video, you can even see an on-coming driver pull over to make room. The driver was probably wondering what terrible emergency the oncoming SUV with flashing lights was heading to.

    It was nothin'. The lights were on to get the peasants out of the way.
What possible reason could there be for Prickwrinkle (or Rahm for that matter) to need to speed, run lights, etc., ever? A political emergency? A pending federal indictment? Maybe being late for a deposition regarding some massive expenditure of taxpayer money?

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Again with a Bat?

  • A man was beaten with a baseball bat Tuesday night in the South Shore neighborhood on the South Side.

    The 33-year-old man was arguing with someone he knew inside an apartment when the person grabbed a baseball bat and began beating him about 9:28 p.m. in the 2400 block of East 78th Street, Chicago Police said.

    The two had been drinking alcohol, police said.

    The man was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with trauma to the head and eye and was in critical condition, police said.
"Critical" meaning he "might die."

Please forward to COPA.

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Combat Training

  • Konrad Poplawski, a 22-year old Navy hospital corpsman, is about to be deployed as a battlefield medic with the 2nd Marine Division, which has served in deadly battlegrounds in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    But first, he is making a pit stop at Cook County’s Stroger Hospital, which the Navy says is among few places here in the U.S. that provide experience treating the types of wounds he will inevitably see on the battlefield.

    For so long “the first time a corpsman got any trauma experience was when they were deployed, and some would just freeze up,” said Captain Paul Roach, a U.S. Navy surgeon at the Lovell Federal Health Care Center north of Chicago. “We don’t want that to happen anymore,” said Capt. Roach, who heads the program in the Great Lakes region.

    The Navy is working to formalize a pilot program that has been tested here for three years, rotating newly enlisted hospital corpsmen—the combat medics for the Navy and Marines—and those needing a refresher while they are back home, for six to eight weeks through Stroger Hospital’s trauma center. The 14-bed unit treats over 6,000 trauma patients yearly, many of them with penetrating, life-threatening wounds akin to those on the battlefield.
We don't know why Toni, Kim, Tim, Tom and Rahm don't advertise this more.

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Bring Chris Home

  • Some of you may know already but here's what's going on. May 2017 Chris was diagnosed with bi-phenotypic leukemia which only account for 5% of leukemia patients.

    October 11th he had a stem cell transplant but relapsed right before Christmas. The doctors said his last option was to look for a clinical trial at MD Anderson cancer center in Houston. After aggressive chemo in Houston, he wound up in the ICU due to septic shock. He was in a medically induced coma for 2 weeks and is now awake with a tracheostomy helping him breath and is fighting very hard to gain strength and recover.

    Chris has stated he wants to come back home. So let's bring him home!!! He requires a Air ambulance, which is 15000.00$. I ask you to o give any amount you can and please share this with friends and family. Chris has faught extremely hard and deserves to be back home.
The GoFundMe page is already one third of the way to its goal. Let's see what we can do.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Ed's Testicles Drop

Congratulations to Special Ed on the momentous occasion of his testicles finally descending into his scrotum:
  • Allowing a civilian oversight board to fire the police superintendent and set policy for the Chicago Police Department is “like telling a surgeon how to do his business,” Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said Monday.

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel tiptoed more softly, having promised — but not delivered — civilian oversight nearly two years ago. But the mayor’s carefully-worded response still threw up a cautionary flag.


    Johnson didn’t need political interpretation. He was flat-out against the idea of creating a seven-member civilian review board that would be empowered to set policy and strategy for the police department, fire the superintendent and choose three finalists for superintendent from which the mayor could select.

    “They don’t have the professional acumen to be able to develop policy and strategy for a police department,” Johnson said.

    “The public should have some input on things. But I don’t think they should be developing policy and strategy for a police department. To me, that’s kind of like telling a surgeon how to do his business. We’ve been educated in what we do and there’s a reason for that. If you want it to be done correctly, you should have it done by people who are accustomed to doing that. Just to take a person from off the street and let them develop policy for a police department is just crazy to me.”
All of this after
  • his predecessor signed off on the ACLU agreement where a bunch of civilians came up with the most unwieldy form in CPD history,
  • the DOJ civilian lawyers came up with a copy-and-pasted boilerplate "consent decree" to regulate the Department,
  • the birth of COPA, an entity made up solely of civilians, cop haters, and communists (not a cop among them),
  • Kim Foxxx's re-opening numerous closed shooting cases with the sole intent of charging officers in events already deemed "justified,"
  • and the civilian Police Board, which already covers many of the duties proposed for the new bureaucracy.
Special Ed was part and parcel of most of these, or stood silently by while implemented. But the minute his position was threatened, by golly, he was right up there spouting Rahm's thoughts and objections to taking away any part of the political influence currently ruining the Department.

On a side note, we heard Rauner found his balls today also, vetoing a redundant and pointless gun shop "licensing" scheme passed in Springfield. There must be something going around.

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Bridgeport Shooting

  • A Chicago police officer shot a man armed with a large meat cleaver Tuesday morning, while responding to a domestic disturbance in the Bridgeport neighborhood.

    Shortly before noon, Deering District officers responded to a 911 call about a domestic disturbance involving a man armed with a knife at a home near 28th and Throop, Deputy Chief Kevin Ryan said.

    When police arrived, the woman who had called 911 helped the officers get inside the home, and told them where she thought the man was. When the officers went to the second floor, they found a man armed with a cleaver in one of the bedrooms, and he appeared to be cutting himself, Ryan said.

    The officers told the man several times to drop the knife, and when he didn’t, the officers used Tasers in an effort to prevent him from harming himself any further, according to Ryan. The Tasers appeared to have minimal effect, and when the man came out of the room, one of the officers shot him in the leg.
We can't remember - is a meat cleaver a "deadly weapon" under the COPA Use of Force?

In any event, the officers went home safe, which is all that matters in the end. Good job.


Another Challenger?

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel will face a furious political backlash if he refuses to empower a civilian oversight board to fire the police superintendent and establish police policy or attempts to stall a City Council vote until after the 2019 mayoral election, Police Board President Lori Lightfoot warned Tuesday.

    Sounding more and more like a mayoral challenger, Lightfoot embraced the sweeping proposal drafted by the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA) and warned Emanuel to get on board a “ship that is sailing.”

    “The mayor endorsed this process two years ago….Any effort to stall it and not let it see the light of day, not engage in the City Council process….will be met with extreme, extreme hostility. And it will be taken out on them in February of 2019,” Lightfoot said.
Wouldn't it be amazing to see Rahm come in third in the next election? Lightfoot has the potential to split a sizable portion of the black vote, this despite her having run the old OPS into irrelevancy. If McCarthy isn't bought off, he could take a chunk of the city workersand maybe some "revrunds" who remember so-called "lower crime" via crooked CompStat counting. One decent Hispanic candidate and Rahm is suddenly a lame duck with no identifiable voting bloc.

Hey, we can dream, can't we?


Don't Panic

A lot of people sending us this and commenting about it (click for a larger version):

When pictures are taken of vehicles speeding or going through red lights, the plate photos go to the company. All "M" and "MP" are automatically flagged and (as we understand it) sent to the Department for adjudication - meaning they are tossed in the garbage. This AdMin Fax message is supposed to be applied to coverts and exempt vehicles that don't carry the "M" or "MP" plates. This is per a highly placed contact who graces us with Department insight now and again.

If you happen to get tagged while driving a marked vehicle, we'd like to hear about it, but it hasn't happened locally that we've ever been informed of. Some people got tagged in suburban locations with marked vehicles, but were cleared when they proved they were on department business.

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Sergeant "Merit" Letter

The Department is soliciting for resumes for "merit" nominations this week. This ties into recent rumors of an April class. We've heard anywhere from 50 to 100.

This also begs the question of how Rahm is going to fulfill his promise of 1,000 new officers on the street by the end of the year. We pointed out already how the total net gain is around 100 officers halfway to the "two years" promise. The only way he gets there at this point is blatantly lying, which isn't out of the realm of possibility.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

State Rep "Doxxes" Critics

So State Representative Martwick, who is allied with Alderasshole Arena and whose District will include the Section 8/Night Ministry housing project, has undertaken an effort to "DOXX" his critics:

Pardon our French, but what in the Hell is this crap? This is some 1984 Stalin-esque bullshit to be sure. Martwick or his people are scouring voting records of his social media critics and seeing what type of ballot they pulled in recent elections. Then he is attempting to shame them for holding a different opinion, ridiculing them for daring to vote republican.

And we hate to keep bringing it up because her opponent is such a scumbag, but what is judicial candidate Daly going to do now? Is she proud of Martwick's endorsement, now that we've demonstrated he is yet another "progressive" engaging in the politics of personal destruction of those who are engaging in thought crimes?

And where the fuck is the media? Too scared to criticize their fellow travelers?

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Well Lookie Here

There's a whole stack of these things at the Academy Range:

So why aren't these being used by the training staff?

Aren't bats dangerous weapons? Deadly weapons?

Rahm, you want to have Corp Counsel explain this?


Why Promotion Processes Suck

  • I have never been one to sugar coat or mince words. Sometimes these words have gotten me in trouble. The trouble always comes from those of rank. More specifically, above my own.

    Now all of us have heard or uttered the obvious “wow, he’s (or she) has changed since they got promoted”. I’m sure the same has been said about me. But we all know that one, or several cops, who become complete unbearable assholes once they get a couple of stripes or bars. Why does this happen?

    I recently saw a meme on a financial page with a quote that had me thinking for several days. The quote posed the following question,“does money or wealth change a person or does it bring out who they really are?”

    I believe the parallels are similar. With money comes a certain amount of power. The same can be said about those cops who chase rank. Now there is nothing inherently wrong with going up for promotion to better your organization (and make a few dollars) if your knowledge and leadership are ready for the next level. Sadly, many cops who chase after promotion have motives that are self-centered and completely self-serving.

    It is not leadership, responsibility, challenge or even money they seek. It is power. And they will step on the back of your neck to attain it.
Go read it all. Cops are cops the world over, and this gentleman has some pretty good insight that is applicable across jurisdictions.

The Salty Sarge is linked on the right hand side of the blog.



  • Mount Vernon, VA – A man who was fleeing from police ran over himself with his own car in Fairfax County (video below).

    Fairfax County police said they initiated a traffic stop on Isaac Bonsu at about 1 a.m. on Sunday morning for “apparent equipment violations,” KRCG reported.

    Bonsu, 30, failed to stop, and fled police. He led police on a chase that that included a trip through a Starbucks parking lot and an apartment complex.

    Eventually, Bonsu jumped out of his vehicle and took off on foot. However, he failed to put his car in park before he got out of it.

There ought to be highlight reels of this type of occurrence uploaded annually by Departments across the nation.


Monday, March 12, 2018

Look What Arena Wants (UPDATE - Fixed)

So not only does Arena's Section 8 project have over 6,000 feet of commercial space and not only is going to be rented out for DOUBLE the going rate up north, guess who's renting it? The Night Ministry:

Arena Plan on Scribd

And check out the political "sponsors" at the bottom. Looks like a north side housecleaning is in order.

UPDATE: After 4,000+ views on, someone over there took it down. We can only assume Arena's people have been surfing around making sure it didn't pop up anywhere. We've reloaded it. If it disappears again, we'll post screen shots.

UPDATE: Screw it, we'll head him off at the pass. Here's the screen shots - click for larger versions:

Anyone know where the media is as we have a situation here where a politician is suppressing and causing-to-be-suppressed Free Speech and stifling viewpoints that don't agree with their own?

UPDATE: The version is down again. Arena's drones are working overtime to supress free speech it seems.

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Arena Un-endorses

Evidently, we hit a few nerves. Not only did Alderasshole Arena remove Colleen Reardon Daly's name from his endorsed candidate list, Daly (or Daly's people) altered her "Daly for Judge" Facebook page (without attribution) from this:
  • I am honored to be endorsed by Alderman John Arena, and Representative Martwick.
to this:
  • I am honored to be endorsed by Representative Martwick.
Bravo for taking his name off of your Facebook page. That's a start, although Martwick represents an area that overlaps much of Arena's ward and should, therefore, have some influence over the alderasshole's attempt to destroy the neighborhood.

Now to address some of the butthurt readers and e-mailers:
  • "Daly isn't endorsed by Arena." Well, that quote was from HER OWN Facebook page until a few hours ago. We don't know who we're supposed to attribute it to;
  • "Daly isn't a police hater." No shit? No one here said she was and neither did any comments. We just pointed out her bad choice of political associations;
  • "Leave her out of the alderman mess." We didn't inject her into it - she (or her people) did. Don't blame us for pointing it out.
  • "Daly is a good and decent person." Could you "straw-man" argue any more?
And for the twenty or thirty comments telling us about how Daly is married to a copper, has cop relatives, worked for FOP, defended more coppers than anyone knows, good for her. It gives her insight into the trials and bullshit we all face on a daily (pun intended) basis. We need our own in the system.

So why throw it away claiming (and later deleting) the endorsement of an asshole who caused complaints to be filed against almost two dozen firefighters and thirty-one cops - some of whom might have worked with her husband, family, or might even be her neighbors - that may potentially cost them suspension time, merely for expressing their opinions? Is the bench that important that you have to associate, however slightly, with someone who despises everything your husband and family stand for?

All of you idiots claiming she was never endorsed, the copied quote from yesterday's post was taken DIRECTLY from the Daly For Judge Facebook page - she CLAIMED the endorsement - and today it was magically rewritten. Amazing how a little bit of truth from an insignificant blog has everyone in a tizzy.

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Fioretti Endorsement

  • Just 10 days shy of the March primary, former Ald. Robert Fioretti bagged endorsements Saturday from the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police and other law enforcement unions in his bid to unseat Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

    During a low-key announcement at the Billy Goat Tavern on Madison Street, Fioretti said the endorsement signifies that “people who believe in law and order” want change.

    “For me to win the FOP’s endorsement is an acknowledgement that something is wrong with our system,” Fioretti said. “To have the sergeants and to have the other organizations that have endorsed me sends a message to those that have been complicit with a system that has let down our communities.”
That certainly is a "low-key" endorsement. It appeared on a Saturday? Does anyone even buy the Saturday paper? We didn't even see a news report. There isn't time to get the endorsements on campaign literature.

Don't get us wrong, we're in the "anyone but Prickwrinkle" camp, but this should have been a lot sooner and lot bigger. Unless Fioretti thinks the endorsement isn't worth much and might actually cost him votes among the low-information population.


Dodging Responsibility

  • The long-awaited third-leg of Chicago’s police accountability overhaul will finally be delivered Monday, but in a way that will trigger even more controversy.
Fran might want to go to and look up the definition of a "third leg." Then again, maybe she did and we aren't giving her enough credit for turning a phrase so to speak, but we doubt it.

In any event, the aldercreatures have come up with a truly asinine idea:
  • Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th), chairman of the Chicago City Council’s Black Caucus, and Ald. Harry Osterman (48th) will join forces in proposing an elected district council that would play a role in an entirely new system for investigating police wrongdoing, selecting a permanent chief of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, and hiring and firing Chicago’s police superintendent.

    The ordinance Sawyer and Osterman plan to outline for their colleagues during a series of briefings Monday is the product of two years worth of work by the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA).

    After consulting national experts and holding well over 100 meetings, the coalition of community organizations drafted an ordinance that, Sawyer said, calls for carving the city into 22 districts and electing one representative from each district.
Rahm has already signaled his displeasure and it probably won't see a vote. But don't we already have an elected board that is supposed to assist in selecting a chief of COPA and has all sorts of input into the hiring of a Superintendent?
  • Oh yeah, the City fucking Council
Instead of adding an additional lawyer of government and bureaucracy, how about doing your fucking jobs and perhaps standing up for your constituency rather than bending over and presenting your asses to the mayor every time he walks into the room?

The only thing we could possibly acknowledge as a reasonably good idea would be the 22 districts and have the number of aldercreatures reduced from 50 to those 22. It would finally realize our position that (A) Chicago has way too many politicians for the population and (B) redrawing the police districts so we can maybe see a beat car once in a while.

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