Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Acting FTO's Again?

Wasn't Rahm hiring a boatload of FTO's to handle the 1,000 hirees?

The WC's are reading this at Roll Call again in a desperate attempt to get people to teach the new kids because no one wants the FTO spot. At least you get to stay in your District of Assignment if you do the "temporary" thing, but you can't bullshit coppers - they know the FTO program is a failure and aren't buying into it, and these new kids are losing out due to the poor quality of the training.

Shot Fired

  • One person was injured in an exchange of gunfire involving Chicago Police Monday afternoon in the Burnside neighborhood on the South Side.

    Officers were responding to a home invasion around 3 p.m. at 90th and Ellis. There were reports of shots fired, but police say they did not strike the offender.

    A sergeant on the scene said officers were chasing multiple offenders. Multiple are now in custody.

    One of the suspects suffered a dislocated knee but was not shot, as was initially thought, by police.
Watch yourselves. An e-mailer thought that there was another set of shots fired at the police this weekend in 015, but we can't find any reports of it.


Movin' On Out

  • Illinois, New Jersey, and New York were the top states in the nation for outbound moves in 2017, according to data from United Van Lines.

    United Van Lines, which tracks state-to-state migration patterns, found that Illinois was the top state for outbound migration with 63 percent of moves going out of state.

    "The Northeast continues to experience a moving deficit with New Jersey (63 percent outbound), New York (61 percent) and Connecticut (57 percent) making the list of top outbound states for the third consecutive year," the report states. "Massachusetts (56 percent) also joined the top outbound list this year."
Why would everyone be leaving these mismanaged, corrupt, broke, democrat-run shitholes?



From the national scene:

When Dick "Les" Durbin is your primary accuser, a healthy dose of doubt is a necessity.


Monday, January 15, 2018

Another "No Bond" Debacle

  • Authorities said a Northwest Side man with 12 felony convictions claimed to be a Chicago police officer when security guards at a Walmart stopped him as he tried to leave the store with more than $90 in cigarette lighters tucked inside his coat.

    Police said Cristobal Villarreal was inside a Walmart in the 4600 block of West Diversey Avenue around 2 p.m. Thursday when a cashier saw him stuff several packs of Bic lighters into his coat and walk past the last point of sale without paying for the items.

    When three security guards approached him and asked whether he paid for the items, Villarreal — who was dressed in a Chicago Cubs cap, a Chicago police shirt and coat adorned with police patches and an empty blue bulletproof vest cover — told the men he was "the police" and kept walking, according to Cook County prosecutors and police.

    Two of the guards then told Villarreal that they were also Chicago police officers working security at the store and all three guards tried to take him into custody after noticing several items concealed under his clothing, according to an arrest report.

    The 57-year-old Villarreal insisted that he was a four-year member of the department, prosecutors told a judge Saturday at the Leighton Criminal Court Building.
Twelve Felony CONVICTIONS along with something like forty misdemeanors, in a slapdash police uniform, claiming to be the police, and what's his bond?
  • Judge Stephanie K. Miller released Villarreal on a personal recognizance bond, but gave him a curfew from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Boy, that curfew is sure going to deter this asshole.

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Interesting Video Series

This was e-mailed to us yesterday:

So far, parts 10 (Back of the Yards) and 9 (Greater Grand Crossing) have been released, with the remaining coming out over the next few weeks. The videos we've seen so far give a short historical background of the neighborhood before delving into how and why it headed downhill. There is also extensive crime scene footage.

It will certainly be an interesting series to say the least.

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Comedy Break

Funny commentators making us laugh:
  • Yah, squad I'm a F/2 with long blonde hair chasing an M/1 juvy with a gun. Are my characteristics ok to continue the chase?

    Negative, 2644, according to the 'characteristic table' you may offend the Community. Terminate the chase.

    '99 squad, have 2610 meet me at the termination point to download my BWC and ICC.

    Hold me down reviewing the footage with the WOL while I do my FPR. (Foot Pursuit Report-- CPD 11.915)
It's getting this bad.


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sheriff Blog

We've linked to a few stories at this Cook County Sheriff blog. Some recent headlines (that the mainstream media has barely covered, if at all):
  • Inmates attacking jail personnel
  • Fights inside the Markham Courthouse
  • A child rapist released on Electronic Monitoring, rearrested within hours when it was discovered there were multiple other victims
  • A missing EM subject who is currently taunting the Sheriff via social media
If the media covered even half of these stories, Dart wouldn't even be mounting a re-election campaign. Don't be shy about spreading the word about this site.


Another Unworkable "Solution"

  • In a bid to crack down on car crashes caused by people texting while driving, Chicago aldermen on Thursday discussed the concept of arming police with devices to tell how recently drivers had used their cellphones.

    So-called “textalyzers” could allow officers to scan phones and tell whether they were in use at the time of an accident, Ald. Edward Burke said.

    “In many ways it’s the digital equivalent of a Breathalyzer,” he said. While a handful of government agencies around the country are looking at incorporating textalyzer technology in police investigations, none has done so yet, he said.

    The 14th Ward alderman, however, did not propose that the Chicago Police Department start using the devices, nor was a vote taken. Burke, the longest-tenured and most powerful alderman, sometimes holds hearings merely to discuss headline-grabbing ideas.
Maybe this goof should keep his bullshit to himself for a year or two and see if actual problems get solved.


Foxxx Quid Pro Quo

  • In August, nine months after she took office, her staff struck a deal with Burke’s firm: It settled three lawsuits, agreeing that various local governments Foxx’s office was representing would refund nearly $2 million in property taxes that AT&T had paid between 2013 and 2015 on a 105-acre campus in Hoffman Estates that now sits vacant.

    That is the biggest tax settlement that Foxx’s staff has approved during her first 11 months as state’s attorney, according to a Chicago Sun-Times review of data released by her office in response to a public records request.

    It’s a fraction of the $16 million in refunds that Burke was seeking when he filed those lawsuits, asserting that Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios and the Cook County Board of Review had overestimated the value of the AT&T campus for three years.
It's never ceases to amaze how politicians managed to get other politicians elected to spots that benefit the original someone's side business.


CCL with a Knife?

  • A 35-year-old woman stabbed a man who was trying to sexually assault her Friday afternoon in Chicago's Austin neighborhood, the Chicago Police Department said.

    Police said at around 4:10 p.m., the 30-year-old man was attempting to sexually assault the woman when she took out a weapon and stabbed him in the forehead.

    The attack happened in the 1000-block of North Lawler Avenue, police said.
It is a rare human being who can plunge a knife through someone's forehead. She probably should have stabbed a bit lower and would have prevented a repeat offense one day. Nicely done though.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Changes

  • Anthony Riccio from Chief of OCD to First Deputy
    Noel Sanchez from Cmdr 004 to Chief of OCD
    Michael Pigott from Capt 001 to Cmdr 001
    Elizabeth Collazo from Lieutenant 025 to Cmdr 004
    Susan Moss from Lieutenant 012 to Cmdr 017
    Elias Voulgaris from Commander 017 to Cmdr OEMC (lateral)
    William Clucas from Lieutenant 001 too Capt (XO) 001
    Carlos Mostek from Lieutenant (???) to Capt (XO) 022
And maybe some more on the way. Rumors getting stronger of Special Ed prepping his exit speech.

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Follow This Money

Not shocking, but disturbing if true:
  • Would the media care to investigate this tasty morsel? [...] here's a low hanging banana for ya:

    Applicants who fail any portion of the Power Test can - FOR A FEE - register for a PE class at one of a few of the local City Colleges.

    There, they (ostensibly) receive additional physical conditioning from gym instructors/personal trainers until they (in theory) "pass" the power test under the watchful eye of City College employees. Now here's where it gets good...

    These applicants get a certificate saying they passed the Power Test to bring back to the Personnel Division and get right back where they left off in the hiring process line WITHOUT HAVING TO PASS THE POWER TEST AT THE ACADEMY.

    Another slickster money grab hatched by crooked ass scum for a crooked ass job in the crookedest city in the USA.
This is from commentator IFIYGD, who has posted some other connected stories before. Sounds exactly like something Rahm would sanction.

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Even CSA Goes Unpunished

  • A Cook County judge sentenced two teenage boys Wednesday to five years of probation and ordered them to register as sex offenders for the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl broadcast live on Facebook last March.

    Judge Patricia Mendoza, assigned to the juvenile division, had signaled she would impose the probation sentences when the two pleaded guilty in November to a single count of child pornography.
And the justification?
  • Prosecutors had sought sentences for both boys, now each 15, in prison facilities for juveniles.

    In court Wednesday, the judge noted the serious nature of the crime and its impact on the victim but said a potential lifetime as registered sex offenders would have more repercussions for the teens than spending several more months in confinement.

    “It’s time for you gentlemen to start adjusting to your new life,” Mendoza told them.
Really? A "potential" for being inconvenienced one day a year to register as measured against the very real damaged and broadcast humiliation they inflicted on a 15-year-old is a "repercussion"? And she called them "gentlemen."

Liberalism is truly a mental disease.

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COPA Again

  • Two Chicago Police officers have been recommended for termination for firing at a car as part of traffic stop just before the fatal 2016 shooting of an unarmed black teenager, Paul O’Neal.

    Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson “concurred with the findings” of investigators with the now-defunct Independent Police Review Authority, and in November 2017 recommended officers Michael Coughlin Jr. and Jose Torres for firing, CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

    Two other officers involved — including the one who fired the fatal shots — were not recommended for firing by IPRA, Guglielmi said.
Readers may recall that the videos of this incident were disturbing to say the least. One of the involved officers is seen firing across the car toward where his partner was standing, then firing downrange where bullets hit an approaching squad car. This led directly to the officers in that car to assume they were being shot at by occupants of the fleeing vehicle and eventually shooting and killing the unarmed subject.

There's no getting around that this was ugly on many fronts and ran counter to numerous orders. The process grinds forward.

Open Season on Everyone

  • A candidate running for Illinois attorney general was robbed at gunpoint while he was taking promotional photos for his campaign Thursday afternoon in the Northwest Side ward where he’s also the Democratic committeeman, according to his campaign manager and authorities.

    Aaron Goldstein, 42, and several members of his campaign team were in the middle of taking publicity shots when the robbery happened, according to Goldstein’s campaign manager. The robbery took place about 3:25 p.m. in the 4600 block of North Albany Avenue in Albany Park, when three men in their early 20s approached them, according to a law-enforcement source. One of the men flashed a handgun and demanded the camera equipment and other personal belongings from the team, according to police.

    The gunman and two other men robbed Goldstein and four others of camera equipment and their cellphones before they ran away, the law enforcement source said. As of Thursday evening, no one was in custody, police said.
And then the usual media reporting:
  • Police described the three suspects as between 20 and 24 years old. They did not release a detailed description of the suspects.
So if you see anyone between the ages of 20 and 24, call the police!

Thursday afternoon the temperature was well above 50 degrees. The chances of one of the multiple victims not noticing something as obvious as clothing or exposed skin tone is next to zero. Therefore a description exists. And if a description exists, it was broadcast in some form over the radio and in the form of a press release, especially with a political candidate being stuck up, unless the candidate asked it not be for some unknown reason.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Foot Pursuit Bulletin

Ask and you shall receive:

This seems like common sense. But who knows what they're teaching in the Academy nowadays? The restrictions on everything along with a complete lack of direction and an all-too-obvious absence of political will just demonstrate that the cemetery plot for proactive police work is filled and the daisies are growing.


More Trends

Don't listen to the "crime is down" mantra this year like the bosses did all last year, comparing 2017 to 2016. Look at the multi-year trends - like these (click for large versions):

A 21% increase in robberies over four years.

A 41% increase in homicides over the same four years.

A 209% increase in car-jackings? Over four years.

2016 was the aberration. The trend is four years of increasing crime.


Tribune Amazing Discovery!

  • Over the last 17 years, at least 75 women have been strangled or smothered in Chicago and their bodies dumped in vacant buildings, alleys, garbage cans, snow banks. Arrests have been made in only a third of the cases, according to a first-ever analysis by the Tribune.

    While there are clusters of unsolved strangulations on the South and West sides, police say they’ve uncovered no evidence of a serial killer at work. If they are right, 50 murderers have gotten away with their crime.
Wow. A 66% chance of getting away with strangling someone in Chicago. Who would have thought it was that easy?

Meanwhile, at HeyJackass.com, this graphic has been up for almost half-a-moth now:

Almost 9 times out of 10, a killer gets away with murder. But that fact might be embarrassing to someone running for re-election while he is desperately filling Department spots with a rainbow of political hacks who couldn't find their way out of a wet paper bag.


Federal Complaint

If you want to read the actual complaint for the promotion lawsuit, head over to this link. They summarize the allegations.

The lawsuit can be read here.

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No P.O.W.E.R. Test?

That's kind of a stretch - it seems that you still have to pass the POWER test to get into the Academy. That's a rule set forth by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board. You don't pass, you don't get in.

However, Chicago actually had a good idea at one point, making recruits pass the test at intervals during training and to exit, meaning a recruit had to maintain some modicum of health while proceeding through training.

But now, it's one and done if our comment sections are correct.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Foot Chase Policy?

A couple people commented that the Department released a new Foot Chase Policy training bulletin around 1000 hours on Monday....and rescinded it by 1300 hours the same day.

We can only imagine what a glorious example of cluster-fuckery and utter ignorance it must have been for someone to (A) author it and (B) have to pull it in under three hours. Their combined street time must be measured in minutes.

We didn't manage to grab a copy, but someone must have one. E-mail address is in the top right column. A hundred Tact Teams wait with bated breath.


Cleveland - A Rough Town

Someone wrote to us with something that appeared on social media - it has to be a joke. We mean, it sounds like a joke - something made up. We certainly hope it's BS:
  • Future of CPD....I heard the mommy of a recruit came to the academy and spoke with a supervisor to complain that her son was sore after a "welcome to the gym day" and they need to tone it down on the physical stuff......anyone with inside academy knowledge confirm?
It has all the hallmarks of a joke and a few elements we've seen in other supposed, "It's TRUE!" stories. And with recent "snowflake" stories, it's most likely the culmination of a well-played troll campaign.

This came over in our e-mail a day or two ago and it is so opposite of the above paragraph we have to wonder if they're connected somehow:
  • Eight Cleveland police cadets were hurt last month during a hand-to-hand combat training exercise at the Ohio State Highway Patrol's police academy in Columbus, officials said.

    Six of the cadets -- four men and two women -- went to a hospital for treatment. One cadet dislocated a shoulder and five cadets suffered concussions, said Cleveland Police Det. Steve Loomis, who was president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association when the incident occurred Dec. 12.

    One recruit remained at the hospital because of a previous injury but was released less than a week later. The other five recruits were treated and released, Ohio State Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Robert Sellers said.

    Two other recruits suffered concussions during the training but were not taken to the hospital, Loomis said.
Geez, did Marsh start running the Cleveland Academy? Maybe a few other sadists from years gone by? Marsh would deck recruits in the hallways who weren't sufficiently aware of their surroundings. Frost was an amateur boxer who would rattle teeth given half a chance. There were others but we'll leave them to the comments sure to roll in. Still, you don't want recruits damaged before they hit the street - that will come with the career.



  • Two Chicago police officers were named “Officers of the Month” after helping deliver twins at a CTA train station.

    Officers Lucyna Murawski and Therese Puchalski responded to a call for help at the Roosevelt Red Line station on the morning of Nov. 1.

    The officers were patrolling the train station when the young mother went into labor. Both babies were delivered at the station before paramedics could take the mother to the hospital.

    The officers say they were just doing their jobs.
We can think of a lot of places we wouldn't want someone to give birth and a CTA platform ranks among the top three. But the Officers, in the right place at the right time, stepped up and did what needed to be done. Again, a very good job.


Military Service Safer than Chicago

Not only did Trump reduce homicides by over 100 without setting foot in Chicago, he reduced military deaths to under 100, something that doesn't reflect well on Rahm's policies:
  • If you’re a young man, you are safer in the military than you are in the most dangerous neighborhoods of Chicago.

    In 2017, in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago, which has roughly 98,000 residents, there were 467 people killed or shot. In the city of Chicago in 2017, over 3,500 people were shot, and 675 homicides were committed.

    Meanwhile, guess how many military members were killed in the U.S. military in 2017? According to data from the Chicago Tribune and from the Department of Defense’s press office, 37 service members, as CNSNews reported.

    Among military deaths, some were combat-related; some were non-combat related. As CNSNews pointed out, Chicago citywide had 17.9 times more homicides than the U.S. military worldwide in 2017.
Time for Rahm to go.

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Uh Oh

  • Five people were killed and seven others were wounded Tuesday in shootings across Chicago.

    The five people gunned down were the latest of 13 shooting deaths in the city in the first nine days of 2018, according to Chicago Sun-Times data.

    The violent night wrapped up with a spate of shootings that left seven people shot — three fatally — over the span of four and a half hours.
How many of those shootings were in VRI "boxes"? 

Is downtown going to bring it back now?

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Promotional Lawsuit

  • A longtime Chicago police sergeant is suing the city of Chicago and others, including Supt. Eddie Johnson, challenging the lieutenant’s promotion system as rigged on behalf of favored candidates.

    A formal investigation by the city’s Inspector General found no evidence of wrongdoing, but Sgt. Hosea Word alleged in the suit that actions took place which enabled competing sergeants to be promoted “who had not fairly and honestly earned that right.”

    “It became common knowledge in the ranks that the chiefs decided to scrap the 2006 test results, in order to administer a new test so they could secretly give their wives and girlfriends the test answers, which helped them to get high scores, promotions, pay raises, and pension increases that they didn’t deserve,” Word said in a statement. “I and others feel cheated and betrayed.”

    In his lawsuit filed Monday, Word alleged Johnson, former first deputy Al Wysinger, and former Chief Eugene Williams, intentionally leaked answers to the test to benefit their wives or girlfriends.
The worst kept secret in the history of the CPD is that certain people have access to either:
  • the test
  • the answers
  • or the people who develop the test
Any one of these or combinations thereof give a decidedly unfair advantage to those taking the test. And the unfair advantage translates into tens of thousands of dollars in salary and even more tens of thousands in unearned pension bumps. Taxpayers are't getting the "best and brightest." They get the connected, corrupted and cheaters while the morale of the rank and file is driven into the ground as it becomes painfully obvious that any chance at legitimate advancement approaches zero.

This is different from the Inspector General's report that was pretty much a whitewash and covered up wrongdoing by the simple expedient of placing Rahm's hands over his eyes and saying, "I don't see anything!"

This part of Ferguson's report was as laughable today as it was when he released it:
  • “Overall, the analyses did not reveal any trends supporting the allegations of fraudulent behavior,” he wrote.
Would Joe like a list of the "trends" that fully support "fraudulent behavior" being the only logical conclusion? We're sure our readers can come up with a few.

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CCL Again

  • A 23-year-old man was fatally shot Monday evening by a 58-year-old man he was trying to rob in the South Side Austin neighborhood.

    Shaquille Gales, 23, of Bellwood, walked up to the older man about 5:45 p.m. in the 5500 block of West Thomas Street, pulled out a gun and demanded his property, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

    The 58-year-old, a concealed-carry permit holder, pulled out his own weapon and shot the attempted robber, police said.

    Gales was taken to West Suburban Medical in Oak Park, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.
And take a look at this part of the article:
  • An autopsy Tuesday found Gales died from a gunshot wound to the chest through his arm, according to the medical examiner’s office. His death was ruled a homicide. Police initially reported that Gales was shot in the back of the head.

    A weapon was recovered at the scene, police said.
There's a big difference between being shot in the back of the head and being shot in the chest. We have a hard time believing that any officer on scene would tell the media that, so that leaves a either a blatant disinformation attempt by Media Affairs to smear a Concealed Carrier or (more believably), a media lie to do the same thing at the behest of Rahm and the anti-gun agenda. And they get to blame the police for being incompetent enough to think a body shot is a head shot.

After all, an "execution" is a better sell to the lib-tarded crowd.

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This Guy Makes Sense

  • When Sheriff Tom Dart’s office announced last month that the Cook County Jail population had dropped below 6,000 inmates for the first time in a decade, the media was all over it. The Tribune. CBS. NBC. They all reported Dart’s chief policy officer’s talking points without any counterpoints. NBC even said there was "uniform support for bond reform by the head of the county’s court system, the sheriff and prosecutor, as well as County Board President Toni Preckwinkle."

    Oddly, not a single outlet seemed able to locate anyone with reservations about the jail story. Like the police chief in west suburban Riverside. He's more than happy to offer his thoughts. “I have been telling our state and county elected official that criminal justice reform, including bond reform, is not protecting our citizens,” Riverside Chief Tom Weitzel told us today. “My concerns fall on deaf ears.”

    Weitzel issued his own press release about the jail population. We could not find any media outlets that have reported on it. “Our elected officials in Cook County and the state keep calling me an ‘alarmist,’” Weitzel said today. “After 33 years in law enforcement I know I am telling the truth!”
Thirty-three years in law enforcement. That sounds like more than Dart, Prickwrinkle, Foxxx and Evans combined.

Maybe he ought to run for something.

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Unaccounted OT?

How true is this?
  • Off-topic: there was much made about the list of personnel from HQ of not swiping in and out. But what wasn't mentioned is that list also had the amount of overtime registered and not paid. Not only does the system calculate the hours worked, it also calculates hours of overtime worked. The city is required by state law to compensate emoloyees when the city is aware of who worked overtime. No one has been compensated yet because it's a test run, but the law doesn't exclude test runs. There are many people in HQ owed overtime by the city.
We don't know about everywhere else, but many places we have worked, officers stay the extra 15 or 30 minutes (or even an hour sometimes) it takes to finish a report, arrest, inventory, whatever. And instead of dropping a slip, their sergeant or lieutenant tells them they'll take care of them tomorrow with a late lunch. If administered fairly, the system works pretty well and the city actually ends up ahead in most cases. Think about it - a 30 minutes late lunch as opposed to 30 minutes of OT at time-and-one-half cash.

Swiping doesn't allow for that option. And nickel-and-dime accounting could end up costing more than expected. We doubt anyone from HQ is going to raise a stink because they'll get dumped. But others?

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  • Two Chicago Police officers were among four people hospitalized Monday night after a West Englewood neighborhood crash on the South Side.

    The officers were pursuing a suspected robber in a Hummer SUV when the vehicles collided about 8:30 p.m. near 67th Street and Marshfield Avenue, according to Chicago Police and the Chicago Fire Department.

    The two officers were taken to a hospital in serious condition, authorities said. Two other people were also at hospitals in good condition. None of the injuries were thought to be life-threatening.
Some comments said they had to be extracted from the squad. No further word. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.


Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Secret COPA Hangout

Thanks to a reader, we've been clued in to where COPA hangs out:

It's over on Clybourn, so if you're looking for a good time....


Whoa Whoa Whoa...What's This

Who hired this snowflake?
  • Stay safe and be careful around these new recruits. Remember, they have been brain washed, and many are like Rahm, not even from "Shitcaga". They talk about "Change", but since they are new around here, they do not even know what they are changing from. Change to them may include getting rid of the Evil Cops who are the Real Problem. Don't forget the recruit who was assigned to 019 who went on line to check if the FTO he was assigned to had CRs. When he saw that the FTO had CRs, he "demanded" a Different FTO, because he felt the one assigned could be bad for his career!
We remember getting all sorts of advice from coppers with CR numbers. What not to do, how to write tight paper, how to answer the BS drama that came with OPS taking every single complaint that got called in without evaluating it for veracity, reality or even legality. We wouldn't want to be taught by someone who hadn't been around the block at least a couple times.


The Ed and Melissa Show

Another one of those "merit" people with a skyrocket attached to their ass:

From the February 2017 class with a graduation date of March - guess who's headed to the D Unit?
  • Who is Sgt. Tom Crain? Merit? With less than a year in grade as a Sgt? What happened to Special Ed’s hard rule about moving newly promoted Sgt’s?!  Must be pretty special for Staples to move him to 620, on the Homicide Team, demand Commander RB put him on days and move another seasoned Det. Sgt off the team. This guy can’t stop running his mouth about how tight he is with Staples and how quickly he’ll ascend once she’s Superintendent. 
Must be nice to be able to parade your connections around and brag about it so everyone can see them. 


Crooked CPS?

  • Chicago Public Schools employees “stole or misappropriated” thousands of dollars worth of school-purchased gift cards that were intended to be used as incentives for students and families, according to an annual report from the district’s inspector general.

    In one case, a principal of a school for vulnerable students stole presents of at least “$500 in gift cards that were donated to the students and were intended to help address their specialized needs,” Inspector General Nicholas Schuler’s office found. The same principal gave to an acquaintance 30 new backpacks filled with school supplies that had been donated, according to Schuler.

    The misuse of gift cards was among a long list of alleged wrongdoing by teachers, principals and district families in the IG’s annual report, which was released Wednesday.
Who would have thought that in a monumental bureaucracy there might be a scandal or two lurking?


Monday, January 08, 2018

Crime-Free Zones

  • Immediately upon Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s recent declaration of the entire city of Chicago as an official “crime-free zone,” every criminal in the city suddenly and miraculously left the urban area, according to a statement released by the city council.

    “We declare every part of the city of Chicago a crime-free zone,” Emanuel announced in a Thursday appearance on CBS This Morning. “It is now physically impossible for any crime to be committed in our great city, because we declared it a zone of peace and harmony and criminals have no choice but to abide by our new rule.”

    Emanuel claimed he didn’t want to resort to such extreme legislative measures, but as the crime situation in Chicago didn’t seem to be getting any better, his hand was forced.

    “I finally decided to use the strongest weapon at our disposal: declaring things illegal,” he said.

    Stunned onlookers claim the second the legislation banning any criminals from the city was signed into law, dangerous gangsters, conniving drug dealers, and thieving hooligans fled the city on foot, as though compelled by some kind of strange, alien force.
Property values promptly tripled in some of the harder hit areas of the "community" so all those lots Daley and Rahm sold for a dollar are worth.....three.

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Fifty-three? Stand Back!

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Sunday 53 new police officers have been deployed to their first district assignments as part of the plan to grow the Chicago Police Department by nearly 1,000 officers.

    “We are putting more police on the street — from the far north side to the far south side to the west side and neighborhoods in between — and we are getting gangs, guns and drugs off the street,” the mayor said. “Each of these men and women who are hitting the street today know that they can make a difference, and each of them will help us all achieve a better tomorrow.”
Rahm must have needed some timely positive press. The ones in our District have been here a month, maybe more. There must be a wave of retirements in the offing that are going to leave the Districts strapped for manpower again. Or maybe a giant Airport bid? In the meantime, NYPD graduated it's smallest class in recent memory - 400 Officers.

Rahm seems to be falling a bit short (again) of his promise to hire "nearly 1,000" officers because those pesky officers keep retiring or moving on to other jobs. All of this, while those in charge of "screening" potential candidates manage to disqualify a disturbingly high number of applicants based on god knows what.


Where Did They Go?

Whenever we post about low bails in Cook County or mention the hundreds of missing criminals on Electronic Monitoring, someone invariably says, "There ought to be a website that tracks all these missing criminals. SCC, get on that!"

(We find it amusing that people are willing to volunteer our already limited time for something they are unwilling to expend the effort on.)

But someone is making the effort - the Crime in Boystown and Wrigleyville blog:
  • About six months ago, we published our very first story about people accused of committing crimes in our area who had skipped bail and gone missing.

    Well, our list of bail-skippers has grown significantly since then, so it's apparently time for an update.

    With Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans ordering judges to lower bail amounts to something defendants can afford, we expect to continue seeing many more people going AWOL than in the past.

    The following information about persons missing on bail reflects court clerk information on January 5, 2018.
We aren't going to steal their content, so click the link up top and give them your internet traffic. Obviously, their efforts are centered around the neighborhoods they serve, which happen to be a politically active neighborhood with many willing to donate to causes and politicians. Hopefully the CWB blog efforts demonstrate to the citizens how poorly served they are by the Cook County criminal justice system.

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Sunday, January 07, 2018


  • Over 300 more Cook County employees were laid off Friday due to budget cuts, ABC 7 has learned.

    Officials with the Cook County Sheriff's Office said 77 people were laid off from the department, including deputies and high ranking department members.
Politics is raising its ugly head though:
  • Over 100 employees with the Cook County Courts are part of the layoff, but a temporary court order has put those layoffs on hold.
And guess what they blame?
  • In November, the Cook County Board of Commissioners approved a $5.2 billion budget that included the layoffs of 321 people and the elimination of 1,017 vacant positions to make up for the $200 million in revenue lost when the sweetened beverage tax was repealed.
The sweetened beverage tax was NEVER going to generate anything close to $200 million, just based on the receipts that leaked out from retailers. Not only that, it was costing the County tens of millions in additional sales tax revenue as people shopped elsewhere.

Furthermore, if Prickwrinkle hadn't spent the $200 million prior to actually, you know, collecting it, she might have had a better handle on her budgetary process.

And what's this "elimination of 1,017 vacant positions" to help balance the budget? If they were unfilled, then those salaries weren't being spent, right? Let's do a little math:
  • 1,017 spots, at an average salary of $50,000 is just over $50 million.
  • This being Cook County, the average salary is more likely in the $75,000 range, meaning over $76 million wasn't paid out.
  • A couple of websites we checked out says that salary is around 68% of the compensation costs - Insurance accounts for another 31%. That's another $36 million that wasn't paid in for insurance for non-existent employees.
$112 million in savings just by eliminating 1,017 spots THAT WERE ALREADY VACANT and not costing you a thing? So what was the purpose of a $200 million tax hike when $88 million would have been fine?

Welcome to the wonderful world of political accounting - where you spend money you haven't collected, save money you never spent, and charge the taxpayers almost 150% of what you "need" to get by.

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Nice Bar Scene Rahm

  • Hundreds of people spilled into the street and broke into fights outside of a River North bar early Saturday, according to witnesses and police.

    More than a dozen Chicago police officers flocked to 149 W. Kinzie St. at the Old Crow Smokehouse bar on the Near North Side around 1 a.m. to try to disperse the unruly crowd that spread across the block near Kinzie and LaSalle Street.

    Patrons of Old Crow Smokehouse said some customers grew rowdy in the bar, and people began fighting, until police officers flooded the establishment.
A dozen officers are now considered a "flood" to quell a riot of "hundreds."

If only there was enough manpower to have a citywide response unit.

Who are we kidding - they'd all be ducking at 1230.


Copper Injured

  • A Chicago police officer and two men were injured in a Near West Side crash after the officer was responding to shots fired Saturday morning.

    The officer was responding to a report of a person shot in the 2300-block of West Adams Street at about 2:49 a.m., police said. The officer was then involved in a three vehicle crash in the 2000-block of West Madison Street.

    The officer was transported to Rush Hospital, where he was treated and released.
Over 3,500 people got shot in 2017. Don't worry - there will always be plenty more.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery.


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