Saturday, March 28, 2015
People, Read the Tags
See these little tags at the bottom of the article?
Ladies and Gents, we get trolls here. They post nonsense to provoke. It's a hobby to them. They post nonsense to get you to over-react to Rahm things or Chuy things or Department things or whatever. We catch some, we allow some, we miss some. Some are just so over-the-top, we use them as a convenient foil to attempt a little levity with you the readers, especially during the slow new days...the banner says, "Sarcasm and Silliness."
This was one of those times. If we really thought it was something, we would probably have posted the "un-fucking-believable" tag.
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Well This is a Little Ironic
- The manager of Chicago rapper Lil Durk was fatally shot early Friday in the Avalon Park neighborhood.
Uchenna Agina, 24, was sitting in a car in the 8400 block of South Stony Island Avenue when a gunman walked up and opened fire about 1:50 a.m., authorities said.
A friend drove Agina, of the 7900 block of South Karlov Avenue, to Advocate Trinity Hospital where he was declared dead at 2:04 a.m., authorities said.
Earlier Thursday, Agina had attended an event with Joakim Noah for his “Rock Your Drop” anti-violence movement, said DJ Bandz manager Devin Jackson. Lil Durk and DJ Bandz also attended the event.
Decapitated Body in 017?
Friday, March 27, 2015
Say It Isn't So
- I've been detailed to the academy for about 2 months now. I was floored to learn of the new stress free work place program they run. When a recruit is feeling overwhelmed or like they are being singled out, they can hold up a red card. They are then excused from that activity, and the instructors can't talk to that recruit for at least 2 hrs. If the recruit holds up the red card twice in a day, they are allowed to skip the next class and stay in a "stress free zone" and take a nap or relax until they feel better. What is going on with this department?
Edgebrook Ice Cream Shop
Here are some pics sent by a reader:
Evidence Techs Test
Not only that, it's supposed to be at Whitney Young High School, where parking isn't just at a premium, it's damn near impossible - oh wait, there won't be any recruits or Detectives-in-training there by that time.
Check the AdMin fax messages for details. Or our comment sections after a few hours.
Thanks From St. Baldricks
- Hard to believe with the snow that’s falling this evening that I’m sending out a thank you for the 2015 St. Baldrick’s event, hopefully none of the snow sticks. It seems like it was just a short time ago we sent out the first save the date message when the first snowfall of the season was coming down, let’s hope this is the last snow for the year.
There are some checks and other late donations still being tallied but as of this writing the two CPD events had 171 shavees and volunteers who have raised over $80,000 to go towards funding research through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation!
None of this is possible without the spirit and efforts of those who agree to have their heads shaved, or the tremendous volunteers who work tirelessly to organize the day to go as smoothly as possible, starting several months before the big day. Thank you one and all, I can’t possibly name everyone but especially want to say thanks to Anne Zamzow for again organizing the event at 025. And thank you SCC for your help in getting the word out as well.
We are already making notes for how to improve for next year and will start getting the word out in September or October, but it will most likely be the Friday before or after St. Patrick’s Day again so start planning accordingly.
On behalf of the children who are the direct beneficiaries of all of your generosity, thank you all for another successful event. And if you meant to make a donation and haven't yet, it's not too late. Just go to the St. Baldrick's site and search for the participant you wish to donate to, or pass it off to the person you are sponsoring
Until we find a cure!
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Less Police and Detectives? Less Solved Crime!
Less Detectives? Less solved crime? Who are these reporters and where have they been lurking for years now?
- In his reelection campaign, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is taking credit for a slight decline in the city’s homicide rate. But a WBEZ investigation raises a question about the murders that are still happening: Is the city doing enough to put the killers behind bars?
Emanuel has allowed detective ranks to decline during his term even as internal police records show some of the lowest murder clearance rates in decades. Our story explores those rates through the eyes of city detectives and a mother who lost her 18-year-old daughter in an unsolved case last October.
A few notes about the data (charted below): Regarding the detectives, the number on the payroll is down by about 19 percent since Emanuel took office, according to records obtained by WBEZ under the state Freedom of Information Act. The ranks of evidence technicians and forensic investigators have thinned by even larger proportions.
Mitchell Makes Sense?
- Chicago’s segregated housing pattern and the race of persons accused of committing most gun crimes make it likely that the Chicago Police Department will bump heads with the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois.
That happened on Monday when the organization released its analysis of stop and frisk arrests.
The ACLU found that the controversial policing strategy is “disproportionately concentrated in the black community,” and that African Americans were “subjected to 72% of all stops, yet constitute just 32% of the city’s population.”
[...] When you look at these numbers, it certainly seems to suggest that Chicago police are targeting black people without reason for the invasive and humiliating treatment.
But I don’t believe that to be the case.
Chewie, Stop Spending Money
- Mayoral challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia joined the Chicago Teachers Union in a call for a $15 minimum wage for public schools employees and contractors on Wednesday, but did not say how the cash-strapped school district could pay for the expense.
[...] The teachers union said it would request language in a developing labor agreement that would require CPS to pay district workers and union members a minimum of $15 an hour. CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey said the union believes a number of subcontracted workers, including employees hired to provide for the district’s Safe Passage program, do not make a $15 an hour.
And stop pandering Chewie - that's Rahm's schtick.
Labels: money questions
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Nice Job Officers
- Two Chicago Police officers on bike patrol are being credited with saving an elderly tourist’s life along the Magnificent Mile on Tuesday afternoon.
About 2:20 p.m., the two officers were on patrol when they were flagged down near Michigan and Walton, according to a statement from Chicago Police. Citizens led them to a man “drained of color” lying on the ground and not breathing.
The officers began performing chest compressions and saw the 75-year-old man’s airway was blocked, but they were able to clear it, police said.
Seriously though, good job.
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Good Point (And Another)
- All of the politicians and reverends want more police service in their districts. Guess what, you got it. This means more stops by police. Not so fast, now the ACLU says there are too many stops by police. Seriously. So lets get this straight you want more police In minority districts because that's where the violent crime is happening, but you dont want the police to conduct any police work? So what do you want? Why don't you think about that for a while and when you figure out what the f*ck you want you let us know.
Robbing Peter to pay Paul and then Paul bitches he's getting too much of what he demanded while Peter foots the bill for services he isn't getting. Makes perfect sense.
UPDATE: And another good point by a commentator:
- So in 2011 the ACLU complained that there were not enough police in minority communities:
Now when police are disproportionately assigned to minority communities, they complain that the police are doing what they were sent there (at the request of the ACLU) to do. Typical lawyer logic.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
About that "Profiling"
- Blacks in Chicago are more likely to be subjected to a "stop and frisk" by police than any other race, a report by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois indicates.
The report, released Monday, also says officers in the Second City used the controversial technique far more often than did officers in New York City.
The ACLU said Chicago officers last summer conducted more than 250,000 stops of people who weren't arrested. The ACLU also said that almost three-fourths of those stopped were African American, though they make up about a third of the city's population.
First up, the population stats. The report uses this graphic:
Next, where's the breakdown of neighborhoods? Chicago is still one of the more racially divided cities around. If you were to take a survey of say...the 003rd District, you'd be hard pressed to find someone who wasn't Black. Same for 006, 007 and a few other places. Any given spread of street stops is going to trend toward a darker skin color. In fact, being pale in those locations is going to attract a lot more attention.
Now, where's the breakdown of Officers at the District level? Dirty little CPD secret - there are certain districts in the city where the vast majority of officers working there are of a certain skin tone and a lot of that has to do with politics. How is a District with 70-to-80% Black officers supposed to be racially profiling a District that is 85-to-90% Black? Actually, how can a White officer working in a District that is 90%-plus Black racially profile?
Finally, the uncomfortable part - hop over to HeyJackass.com and look at this graphic:
So yet another bullshit, slanted, slanderous study that points the finger directly at the police, and the ACLU thinks more "oversight" and "checkboxes" and Consent Decrees will solve everything, all while blood fills the gutters.
Labels: info for the police
Looks like we were on to something - from our e-mail:
- A disheveled looking Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart called an emergency news conference last week to discuss the “heart-breaking” dire situation at his jail. Low-level offenders were flooding his jail due too outrageous decisions by Cook County Judges. His highlight case example was this poor man who has been housed in his jail for 114 days for merely swiping eight bags of Snickers bars and a pair of scissors. Sheriff called this "stupidity of the highest order." The Chicago media ran with this story and named this pour soul the Snickers Bar Bandit which even conjured some national attention. It appears Sheriff Dart may have picked the wrong guy to use as his posterchild for unjust incarcerations. Yes, the Snickers Bar Bandit has 61 prior arrests but don't expect to read that in the local newspapers
Monday, March 23, 2015
Rahm by 16%?
- A new weekly mayoral poll ahead of the April 7 runoff election shows Mayor Rahm Emanuel is continuing to gain further separation from his challenger, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.
The Ogden and Fry poll conducted Saturday among 951 likely voters shows Emanuel getting support from 48.5 percent of those polled, while Garcia comes in at 32.1 percent. A large number of those polled — 18.4 percent — say they’re still undecided. The poll has a margin of error of 3.24 percentage points.
We know we've been doing our part, lying to two different pollsters who managed to call. But everyone is going to have to vote, and polls open for early balloting tomorrow. Time to make Rahm sweat.
Another Exempt Leaving
Word is that the Chief, who has served in assorted capacities for years and knows which end is up, is fielding a lot of information that things in 005 aren't going as well as every one is attempting to portray it. McCompStat is bound and determined to roll out the 10-hour day by next year citywide and told him "get on board or get out."
"Get out" won. You know, if so much middle and upper management was leaving in the private sector, stockholders would be asking, "What the heck is going on?" Not here though - damn the icebergs, full speed ahead!
Nice Weekend There, Gar
- Chicago suffered a deadly weekend as four people were killed and at least 13 others injured in violence throughout the Chicago area.
A 30-year-old man was shot to death at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the 8800 block of South Wood in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood. Alexander Colon was standing on the back porch of a home when he was struck by a bullet in his chest, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner's office. Colon, who lived in the same block, was pronounced dead on the scene.
A 23-year-old woman has died after she was shot in the head while riding in a car at about 7:05 p.m. Saturday. Delia Colunga was shot near 109th Street and Green Bay Avenue, police said. Colunga was transported to Advocate Trinity Hospital where she died Sunday morning, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
A Tale of Two Parents
- Two Maryland parents being investigated because they allow their children to walk around their neighborhood unaccompanied were found to be responsible for unsubstantiated child neglect, the family said Monday.
Danielle and Sasha Meitiv say they will appeal the ruling.
[...] Maryland Child Protective Services began investigating the Meitivs on Dec. 20 after someone called police to report that their children — Rafi, 10, and Dvora, 6 — were walking home from a playground about a mile from their suburban Washington home. Another caller alerted police when the children were walking from a playground two blocks from home.
- Did a cop do a good deed or not? Well, that depends on who you ask. A South Philly mother wants answers after her two daughters ended up in the back of a police car.
Two little girls got an unexpected ride in the back of a 1st District Philadelphia police car this morning. They didn't do anything wrong. Now, one police officer's concern for the kids has their mother looking for answers.
They certainly don't look like criminals. So how did they end up in the back of a police car? That's what their mom wants to know.
"They are saying they did me a favor by taking them to school and not notifying me," said mother, Contessa Taylor.
Hey Eric Holder, you want to get involved here? Discussions about how some parents are hassled for letting their kids walk to the park and another lets them walk to a bus stop and then to school after missing the bus?
Labels: we got nothing
Sunday, March 22, 2015
- Chicago police officers with the Mounted Unit have been warned by the department to stop dumping fresh horse manure in Jackson Park on the South Side.
On any given day, Mounted Unit officers can be seen stopping in Jackson Park, and shoveling horse manure from their trailers onto Park District property along the golf course – on the street, curb, grass, and around trees.
“The amount of the manure was absolutely astounding,” said Lyletta Robinson, a woman who frequents the park.
Officers muck out their trailers while on their way to the stables at the nearby South Shore Cultural Center.
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Thanks Again Quinn
- Days after Pat Quinn lost the November election, Chicago’s busiest film studio asked the lame-duck governor for a hefty state grant to buy industrial land around its West Side campus, where “Chicago Fire” and other TV shows and movies are produced.
Three weeks before Quinn left office, Cinespace Chicago Film Studios got a $10 million check from the cash-strapped state of Illinois.
The check’s been cashed. But the studio has yet to buy any land, and the owners of six properties listed in the studio’s grant application say they have no plans to sell to Cinespace or anyone else. Nor does a seventh property appear to be for sale, according to a Chicago Sun-Times investigation....
Nice Letter Chief
- As the City has been through a lot over the past 10 days, an uneasy peace has settled in until we await the next seminal decision from the District Attorney’s Office. The tension on the streets is palpable and my officers are doing the best they can to remain pro-active and relational. Not an easy task given the various veiled and stark threats to police officers that have been made through various social media networks and on the streets. I have challenged my officers to stay true to our values, adhere to our training in situational awareness, and to resist the urge to adopt a “bunker” mindset. The women and men of MPD have done more than their share of risk taking for this community and it is high time you did yours!
In the course of a few days (from March 13-last night’s Common Council meeting), I have seen you muster to create a letter to the family of Tony Robinson as well as to hastily convene a public “hearing” for those who want to express their views. While the letter of condolences to the family of Tony Robinson was entirely appropriate (I did the same thing), there was no mention of support—either in that letter or in any corresponding letter which could have been circulated at the same time—acknowledging the exceptional steps taken by women and men of MPD in doing their part to maintain public safety while facilitating robust dissent. Last night, I sat patiently listening to people accusing MPD of everything from being sanctioned murderers to racists. Given the nature of the proceedings, I was left with no recourse to respond to any of these diatribes, falsehoods and shock value missives. One of my responsibilities is to defend those valued employees—sworn and non-sworn—that take pride in providing a premium service to the citizens and guests of our City. People can attack me all they want—I’m old and what service time I have left is not going to be deterred by fringe elements who foist themselves upon me with righteous indignation. But I have a duty to speak up when the good people who work for me have to contend with unchecked, unilateral attacks on them and the legacy of the MPD . . .and I failed them by not being able to go to bat for them under the constraints of the hearing protocols last night. In short, your collective silence is DEAFENING and that is why I chose to write to you today. Don’t think that I haven’t noticed or that my employees haven’t noticed—we have!
Saturday, March 21, 2015
- Mayoral challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia said Friday he’s offered a broad-strokes plan, with no specific revenue solutions to solve Chicago’s $20 billion pension crisis, in part because he has “good reason to think the books are cooked” by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration.
Garcia has punted the question of new revenues needed to solve the city’s pension crisis and the $10 billion in unfunded liabilities at the Chicago Public Schools to a post-election commission that would report back in 90 days, if he wins the April 7 runoff.
He won’t even talk about asking more of taxpayers until he orders “performance audits” of every city department starting with the largest: the Chicago Police Department.
But we don't believe Rahm is cooking the books so much as keeping two sets. It would certainly make for interesting reading.
West Side Nonsense
- Activists in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side have demanded a meeting with Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, to come up with solutions to violent crime in a community that has more murders than any other.
“It’s going to be a long, hot summer,” said Rev. Ira Acree, as he stood with a group of community activists on the 5800 block of West North Avenue on Wednesday. The street is where 23-year-old Andre Chatman and 28-year-old Carey Hollis were slain in a drive-by shooting in broad daylight this past weekend.
Chatman and Hollis were in a car headed east on North Avenue, when someone in another vehicle sprayed their car with bullets.
“If you can sit here and kill somebody in broad daylight with assault weapons, how are they getting into our communities?” activist Maurice Robinson said. “We hear it on a regular basis; how crime has dropped to all-time lows, but yet in this community, it has risen.”
Second, buy a fucking mirror and hold it up to the community.
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Rahm Hit by Leftists
- The city of Chicago and its public school system could recoup potentially billions of dollars in overpayments from complicated, unjust deals inked with Wall Street banks, if they pursued legal action or demanded enforcement from federal regulators. But Rahm Emanuel, the current mayor, has refused to chase this opportunity, despite the city’s drastic fiscal outlook and the effect on citizens. By contrast, his opponent in the April 7 mayoral run-off election, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, appears far more likely to take action against a powerful financial sector Emanuel has relied on for campaign contributions.
Beginning over a decade ago, Wall Street banks sold municipalities, school districts, water systems and public hospitals across the country on obscure financial instruments, pitching them as a way to borrow more cheaply than plain-vanilla municipal bonds. But just as homeowners were swindled into loans they couldn’t afford during the housing bubble, local governments suffered a similar fate.
- Chicago’s deep financial problems worsened Friday as a Wall Street bond-rating agency dramatically downgraded the credit of the city’s school system — triggering penalties that could come to more than $200 million.
Fitch Ratings dropped the Chicago Board of Education’s credit score by three notches. The plunge came two weeks after another agency, Moody’s Investors Service, also reduced its rating on the school district’s debt.
Chicago Public Schools is required to maintain a certain credit rating under the terms of complex debt “swap” deals with financial institutions. Failure to do so could activate termination clauses in the deals and CPS could have to make payments to the financial institutions.
Friday’s report from Fitch means CPS has dropped below the threshold for terminating the deals. According to Fitch, CPS could be forced to pay $263 million in penalties as a result.
Um, it doesn't look like we can afford Rahm either.
Labels: money questions
Friday, March 20, 2015
Wednesday Worse Than Thought
- Two men were killed and at least 12 other people were wounded in shootings across the city since Wednesday morning.
Most recently, a 20-year-old man was shot to death near a Marathon gas station in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, police said.
About 2:08 a.m. Thursday, police were called to a gas station in the 100 block of South Cicero Avenue and found the man unresponsive, police said.
Safe Passage Shooter
Labels: we got nothing
Houses - Cheap!
- Peering outside the office window of his tire shop, John Zisser grumbles about the pile of burnt rubble that lies on the opposite corner of a busy intersection.
“If you come here to my shop and you see that,” he says, as gestures out the window, “is that going to give you a warm, fuzzy feeling like you want to come back here to do business?”
“Short answer: no, no it’s not,” he says.
Zisser, 55, has owned and operated Zisser’s Tires in this city since 1987. He says the still-visible damage from the November protests that followed a grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown is hurting property owners. His store’s insurance is in the process of being cancelled after it was twice vandalized during the unrest, he says.
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Thursday, March 19, 2015
Eight, We Got Eight...Do We Hear Nine?
- At least eight people were wounded Wednesday in shootings in Chicago on the North, South, Southwest and West sides, police said.
The latest shooting occured [sic] at 9 p.m. in the 8000 block of South Carpenter Street, said Chicago police spokesman [...].
- At least nine people were wounded in shootings across Chicago Wednesday.
The most recent shooting occurred about 10 p.m. in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on the South Side.
No Guns in Schools
- No guns for officers inside Baltimore City Schools.
The proposed legislation caused a deep divide between supporters and opponents of the legislation.
A delegation of city leaders unanimously decided to table the legislation in the State House of Delegates on Friday.
This means that city school police will remain the only officers in the state forbidden to have guns in schools while classes are in session.
Now instead of allowing the officers to carry their sidearms to protect our most valuable assets (according to the giant thinkers of the age), Baltimore is considering disbanding the whole department.