Friday, December 09, 2016

"Professor" Protess the Pimp

  • In a decision that could have far-reaching impact on the thirty-year wrongful conviction narrative, a federal magistrate last week granted attorneys for two accused Chicago detectives the right to pursue a defense theory based on the claim they are the victims of an ongoing conspiracy by wrongful conviction activists.

    Federal Magistrate Sheila Finnegan stated last week that accused “Burge” detectives can pursue discovery from former Northwestern University professor David Protess and several students who worked with him in an effort to exonerate a convicted rapist by claiming the detectives coerced a confession.

    According to Finnegan’s memorandum, the detectives, who arrested Stanley Wrice for the brutal gang rape and severe burning of a woman in 1982, can pursue depositions and discovery in an effort to assert that Protess and his students “have a playbook for obtaining false affidavits,” which includes allegations of “using female students as bait to induce witness statements and cash payments.”
Anyone with half a brain can see that Protess, abetted by media shills, manufactured evidence, coerced false confessions and pretty much sprung guilty monsters free upon society in furtherance of a leftist political agenda. Northwestern University, Lib-tard Central, discovered this and cut Protess loose once they became fully aware of the scope of his malfeasance. A significant monetary award against the involved parties would be completely justified.

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Video Thanks

  • The Chicago Police Department on Wednesday released a tribute video thanking the many officers who worked to help Cubs fans celebrate the team's World Series win.

    The more than 5-minute video thanks the "thousands of officers and partners who worked countless hours in front and behind the scenes to ensure America could celebrate our World Champion CUBS safely."
Amusingly, Special Ed appears in the video about 82 times. Rahm, a few dozen. Actual officers are filmed for, literally, tenths-of-seconds, as the Cubs buses rush by. There were a couple of personal thank yous from players and some of the crowd shots were interesting.

We know it's the thought that counts, and we were certainly thinking of the Cubs when were were laying out cash for our Gremlin. But it was sort of obvious the boys and girls at the Video Services were writing a love letter to the brass to save their spots in some future budget cutting move.

Check your Department e-mail if you want to see this thing.

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Nuclear Physicist Beats 94 Year Old

We don't know how much of a threat a 94-year-old woman is, but some of those elderly people can be cantankerous:
  • Police are looking for a man who allegedly beat a 94-year-old woman, stole her purse and took off in a stolen vehicle before crashing it in Chicago's Garfield Ridge neighborhood.

    The victim's daughter, Judy Dusk, said her mother, Josephine Regnier, is a World War II Navy veteran.

    Dusk said she was waiting for one of her daughters outside her building in the 5100-block of South Long Avenue to pick her up to go to the dentist when she was attacked around 11:50 a.m. Wednesday. Police said a man pushed Regnier into the hallway of her building.

    "This man just came in the gangway and assaulted her, beat the **** out of her, took her purse and ran," Dusk said.
Channel 7 breaks with tradition and actually describes the suspect, probably because there was video and they couldn't think of a good reason to suppress it. A local restaurant is offering a $5,000 reward.

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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Shot Fired at Police Again

Hasn't hit the media yet, but our comment section says it happened in 012 about 0200 hours. Offender in custody, weapon recovered, cops okay.

When Special Ed heard about it a little while ago, he called it "concerning," and stripped himself so he could take a shower. Discipline forthcoming on everyone else.

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"Fetal" Politicians?

  • How bad is the bloody violence in Chicago, where more than 700 people have been murdered so far this year and thousands have been shot in the street gang wars?

    The gangs keep shooting, the survivors mourn, police morale is down, anti-police sentiment is up and the mayor says some cops have gone fetal.

    And the politicians do nothing in the bloody city. Street gang violence in Chicago is as bad, if not worse, than the record-setting death years of the 1990s.

    But there is no penalty for Democratic politicians who sit back in the Democratic city and do nothing to compel tougher sentences for gun crimes to keep the most aggressive shooters off the streets.

    Some say this a gun issue. But that's a con job. There are many guns in the suburbs, yet suburbanites aren't slaughtering each other.

    This is a street-gangs-with-guns problem, on the South and West sides of Chicago. And calling it anything else is a distraction to give cover to the politicians.

    If there is a downside, it is only for the dead and the maimed and their families.

    And there is a downside for police, too. Because if something goes wrong, the cop is the headline.

    Yet what of the politicians who do nothing? They really have nothing to lose. And they're doing just fine.
Of course they are. They have their scapegoats - the cops, the guns, the cops, the president-elect, the cops, etc. Not a word about teens "raising" the next generation of welfare dependent super predators, destroyed family structure, no punishment or responsibility assigned for misbehavior. Just demands for "more money" for "programs" that do nothing but buy votes and perpetuate the spiral of destruction.

Business as usual.....and the bodies stack up.

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New Lieutenants

Hey look, assignments for the new guys and gals:


011 got four new lieutenants, so it looks like half of the Johnson v Johnson Homicide Race is chasing out the previous leadership.006 got three. A smattering of others here and there.

Amusingly, we got an e-mail or two from people in the know - it seems the new lieutenants were given a list of places that were open for assignment and they ranked their choices. 018 wasn't on the list, but somehow, someone landed there. Odds are he makes commander within 12 months.

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Humor Break

This is amusing, especially as Chicago crossed into 700+ homicides for the year:
  • Promising that every effort would be made to limit the impact on residents’ day-to-day lives, Chicago officials announced Wednesday that a fleet of plows was working around the clock to clear more than 18 inches of fresh bullet casings that had blanketed the metropolitan area overnight.

    Sources at the city’s Department of Streets and Sanitation confirmed that over 250 ammunition-removal vehicles had been deployed to deal with the knee-deep layer of spent cartridges, which have been steadily accumulating on Chicago’s streets, alleys, and pedestrian walkways since the previous evening.

    “Our crews have been out there all night trying to make our roadways passable, but given how quickly the handgun and semi-automatic shells have piled up, it’s going to take some time,” DSS commissioner Charles L. Williams told reporters, thanking the public for its patience while crews made their way across the stricken municipality. “We’re making good headway, but as you can imagine, it’s not an easy job, especially with casings continuing to fall throughout the city.”
The picture accompanying the article is hilarious:


Supposedly, Charlie Williams is towing cars in the "2 Inches of Brass" zones, even if the brass is only 1.5 inches.

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016 Gets....Rookies?

  • Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson will assign an additional 12 police officers to the Jefferson Park District by the end of the month, fulfilling his September promise to beef up the force, according to Ald. Nicholas Sposato (38th).

    A total of 230 officers will report to the city's most expansive police district by year's end, up from 192 over the summer, Sposato said.

    The district saw 10 new officers added in October, then another 10 in November, the alderman said. On Tuesday, Johnson told district Cmdr. Bill Looney he'd get another 12 this month.

    Johnson "kind of dribbled along with his promise there for a while, but now it's complete," Sposato said. "I'm thrilled, the commander's thrilled. ... This was very much needed."
Well, we're happy for you 016. Anyone have the totals for 008 or 022 now?

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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Shots Fired....Again

  • Shots were fired at Chicago Police officers Tuesday night in the South Side Auburn Gresham neighborhood, marking at least the fourth time officers have come under fire in about a week.

    About 7:30 p.m. shots were fired at officers in the 1100 block of West 86th Street, police said. No one was hurt, and a person of interest was being questioned, police said.
Does anyone know how many times shots have been fired at the police this year? We know we've missed instances, but it has to be higher than previous years given the state of things.

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A Bad Penny

Keeps turning up:
  • Uh-oh word is leaking out that Rerun has been visiting quite a lot with a certain Captain who was a former Commander regarding her becoming a Commander again. 1st stop for her is Area North and then a couple of quickies with Rerun and back to Commander. Watch it weezie, there is a new hen in the office.
Seriously? This joke? With her history of stalking boyfriends and ex-boyfriends? How much did the Department pay that mailroom guy for the hell she put him through? Maybe someone could find out that amount of money? And that was only when she was actually arrested:


Not to mention the investigation regarding abusing her own child. And the numerous bat-shit crazy incidents when she was running around the west side, berating police officers, walking into the line of rifle fire, showing up at crime scenes without a gun.

Anyone wonder why VRI is so fucked up lately? Where they have to re-bid entire days and reassign supervisors to the places they actually work? That would be Henny Penny's last assignment. We say "last assignment" because it looks like she got moved to the D-Unit again, where she has a previous history of Battery to Detective in the locker room.

Hey media? You want to know why this Department is so fucked up? Because Fuck-Up / Move Up. These types keep their jobs, get promoted after being demoted, and are even considered for further promotion even after being a disgrace to the job.

On the bright side, we'll have tons more to write about if Special Ed makes this truly stupid decision a reality.

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Totally In Control

Special Ed has got this!
Well thank goodness for that!
  • Chicago's top cop says he's personally upset by public perception that the city is overrun by murder and other violence, even as a deadly November pushed homicides overall here to the highest level in nearly two decades.

    "The truth of the matter is Chicago is not out of control. There's certain parts of the city that we have to address the violence," Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Tuesday at a downtown City Club of Chicago breakfast. He and Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart told the room full of civic leaders and others gathered at Maggiano's restaurant that they continue to push for new legislation to toughen penalties for repeat gun offenders.

    Johnson's comments serve as pushback on President-elect Donald Trump's comments earlier this year, when he described violence in Chicago as "out of control" and said Chicago cops weren't being tough enough on crime.

    While Johnson said, once again, that the state needs harsher penalties for repeat gun offenders, Dart said Cook County Jail detainees often tell him they're more concerned with being confronted unarmed on the street than being caught with a weapon by authorities.
First up, good to see Special Ed not missing the most important meal of the day. A growing boy needs a lot of calories.

Second, who are these "inmates" Dart talking to? The jail is empty. They're tearing down three buildings. Prickwrinkle has declared everyone will be I-bonded so they can spend Christmas with their families.

The only smart thing to come out of this is the need to sentence gun criminals to harsher penalties - EXILE-type penalties - to cut down on violent crime. The police are doing their part, seeing as how we've taken how many more guns off the street than in years part. The system isn't doing its job.

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"Experts" Weigh In

  • Proposed changes by Chicago police to its policy on use of force fail to spell out that deadly force should be a last resort and fall short of other key goals such as limiting Taser use and improving transparency, two leading police reform experts say.

    In comments submitted to the department Monday, Sheila Bedi, a professor with Northwestern University's MacArthur Justice Center, and Craig Futterman, a law professor at the University of Chicago, said the overhaul doesn't go far enough in spelling out clearly when officers can use force, particularly deadly force.

    The policy should begin with the premise that physical encounters with civilians are appropriate only when there is probable cause for arrest or a public safety emergency, Futterman and Bedi said. The policy also needs to be clear that the department's highest priority is the sanctity of life and that deadly force is "a matter of last resort" used only to protect the lives of officers and citizens, they wrote.
These liberals have zero law enforcement experience, except where it comes to criticizing and suing the police for doing a highly dangerous and unpredictable job, imagining their 20/20 hindsight is applicable to an endless number of scenarios.

The so-called "sanctity of life" has always been a hallmark of the Department's Use of Force paradigm, seeing as how it has always been more restrictive than state law, and continues in this new permutation, not to mention that Deadly Force has always been "a matter of last resort" except where dictated by the criminal/offender/assailant who is already using Deadly Force. Police work is necessarily reactive in nature - 100% of the time, the police react to the situation presented to them, be it a call they respond to or an incident observed on the street.

Perhaps the so-called "experts" would do better educating the community as to what sort of behavior is expected of them, by the police and by the law, to prevent tragedies from unfolding due to their own misbehavior.

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Bias? What Bias?

You mean this bias?
  • [...] When Black Lives Matter protesters planned to demonstrate in the neighborhood after a black man was gunned down by an off-duty Chicago Police officer on Nov. 5, someone in the girls’ text conversation shared a tweet claiming protesters were going to bring along gang members to kill white residents in retaliation, the suit says.
You mean this black man?


That one waving that gun-shaped object around in the middle of a busy Mount Greenwood street? NEWSFLASH to NBC - that will get you shot on most Chicago streets, even if you're purple.

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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

And Here it Comes

  • The Chicago Police Department should revamp its psychological exam and forgive minor drug offenses to attract minority police officers at a time of high crime and deep distrust, an influential alderman said Monday.

    Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th), chairman of the City Council’s Black Caucus, urged Mayor Rahm Emanuel to embrace at least some of the recommendations of the Obama administration’s Advancing Diversity in Law Enforcement initiative.

    At issue is a report from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to push the recommendations made by Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

    The report suggests that police departments across the nation should disregard minor criminal offenses of candidates from “underrepresented communities,” revise the controversial psychological exam and lower the bar for written and physical exams.
Again, we thought that it was a selling point that a police department was staffed by non-criminals. Criminals serve on City Councils on the Cook County Board. Sure, you get your occasional criminal slipping through the screening process, but that's usually because they were sponsored by an aldercreature or other political entity. And once they get on the job, sometimes they're protected and promoted via the corrupt "merit" process, like certain members of the past and current command staff.

And that's not even taking into consideration the test cheaters who are an entirely different classification altogether.

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"Reshaping" the Office


  • Newly elected Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx detailed her plans Monday for shaping the second-largest prosecutor's office in the country, including creating a gun crimes unit and revamping the team that reviews potentially wrongful convictions.

    [...] In an interview with a Chicago Tribune reporter in her corner office on the 32nd floor of a Loop high-rise, Foxx said her office is looking at its authority to investigate police shootings and not wait for months or years while the Independent Police Review Authority completes its investigation.
Danger!!! BIG DANGER!!!
  • "We're looking at our authority to go in immediately like with the other cases, collect evidence and do a parallel investigation so ... that we get results in a timelier fashion," she said. "Waiting for secondhand information to come after the completion of an investigation by another agency and then reviewing their work months later, I don't think necessarily gives us the best results."
Best results? Or best political result?

You think we're joking?


It's already here.

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An "Earful"?

  • Members of the tony East Bank Club might want to give the gym's locker room a wide berth if they spot former police Superintendent Garry McCarthy> and Mayor Rahm Emanuel getting changed at the same time.

    The frosty relationship between the two macho men might cause anyone caught in the middle to catch a chill.

    "I haven't spoken to the mayor since last December 1st," said a visibly upset McCarthy in an interview with WGN-TV Ch. 9. "I ran into him a couple of times at the East Bank Club."

    Asked if he wanted to speak to Emanuel, he said, "Um, that's a great question. I'm not sure how to answer it. You stumped me because I'm really angry about what happened, and I'm very angry about what is happening.
You got that? He's angry!
  • "Where is the black caucus screaming?" he added. "When they were calling for my resignation we had the lowest murder rate in the city since 1965."
Notice, he said "murder rate." To be fair, he and Tracey were better at hiding "death investigations" than Special Ed is, probably because NYPD was where people codified the practice so as to deflect media attention from it. Special Ed couldn't even hide a crooked exam that managed to promote five people from IAD, all good friends of McCompStat's First Deputy's wife.

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Monday, December 05, 2016

What Could Go Wrong?

  • In a push to hire minority police officers, the Obama administration is asking the nation’s 18,000 law enforcement agencies to forgive drug use, disregard the criminal records of candidates from “underrepresented communities” and lower standards on written and physical exams. It’s part of the administration’s Advancing Diversity in Law Enforcement initiative following a string of officer-involved shootings involving African Americans. Key to the mission is the racial diversification of local law enforcement agencies so that they “better reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.”
The article is about a month old, but correct us if we're wrong....
  • we thought cops were supposed to represent....you know....law and order types, seeing as how we enforce the laws duly passed by the legislature
We might be misunderstanding part of the job, but not that part.

And we're thinking, once again, someone in DC hasn't been paying attention to what happens when you lower the requirements. For reference, we'd suggest they look at the history of the DC police after they lowered requirements.

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Snowflakes Unite!

OEMC story:
  • Too funny not to share: Last night my friend got a call at the station. The caller was very distraught that Trump would pick a guy named Mad Dog for Secretary of defense. Dead serious. The officer had to explain that it was a nick name, not his real name. This woman from Hyde Park actually called the police! Lol
Anyone have the event number on this call?

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Not KING 810??!!

  • A metal band has had its upcoming Chicago show canceled over its “excessive use of guns and violent imagery” on stage.

    KING 810 was booked to play Thalia Hall on Dec. 18 but the venue’s promoter has told the band he was having a tough time defending the gig in light of Chicago’s gun violence epidemic. There were 701 murders in the city through November.

    KING 810 has appeared on stage with masked characters dressed in black and armed with automatic weapons. Their first album includes "Killem All" and Murder Murder Murder."
What's next? Banning rap acts? Oh, the humanity!

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Sunday, December 04, 2016

Rookies? No Kidding? (UPDATE)

  • Faced with a surge in killings and a breakdown of trust in law enforcement, the Chicago Police Department is sending its least experienced cops to neighborhoods that see the most violence.

    The six police districts with the highest total of murders and shootings this year have the most rookie officers, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis of police deployment data found.

    Those districts — all of them on the South Side or the West Side — also have some of the least experienced supervisors, on average.
Yeah, because as soon as you get this little thing called "seniority," you tend to want to get out of the crappiest neighborhoods (i.e. high crime) and head to someplace that actually appreciates the police. Where you aren't subject to taunts, spit and solving the problems of people (or folks) who refuse to take responsibility for their lot in life.

Certain aldercreatures feel like they have to force veterans to work where they don't want to be and are going to be pushing for that when the Contract expires, which will make a happy and productive workforce - just like when they let the ACLU and #blm run things.

We'd think about doing it for an extra $20,000. And after we got the suitcase full of money to think about it, we'd probably still say no. But it'll cost them $20,000 to hear us say it.

UPDATE: Someone in the comment section had a good point/idea - why doesn't the City experiment with moving the veteran teachers back to places like "Fenger, Kelvyn Park, Bowen, Bogan, Douglass, Tilden, CVS, VOISE"? After all, the children are our most important resource, right? And they deserve to be taught by the most experienced teachers so that they can be successful astronauts and physicists and doctors, right?

This sounds like a great idea, and it's all "for the children," so Rahm can get behind it and feel he's still supporting the Hillary Agenda.

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Hypocrites

So as a wise reader pointed out....
  • “We know that holding people in jail destroys lives. Even a short period of pre-trial detention can result in the loss of your job or your home,” Preckwinkle said. “Every effort needs to be made to be sure that people can keep working, attending school and caring for their families as they await trials.”
And just how much was Van Dyke's bail?
  • $1.5 million
Good thing he had all that money lying around so he could keep working, attending school and caring for his family, right?

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Money for Illegals?

No money for retirees, raises, vehicles, equipment, training.

But lots for this:
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday kept up his postelection push to position himself as a protector of immigrants against President-elect Donald Trump, announcing the creation of a $1 million "legal protection fund" to help those fighting possible deportation.

    The fund was created in partnership with the National Immigrant Justice Center to "provide immediate legal information, screenings, consultations and representation to individuals who may be at risk for deportation," according to a news release from Emanuel's office.
And just where is he getting the money?
  • The money will come from the $20 million the city set aside for Emanuel's property tax rebate program, according to city spokeswoman Jennifer Martinez. That initiative fell flat, with just 12,000 households applying for tax relief to the tune of about $1 million, leaving ample leftover money to pay for immigrant defense
Um, that isn't "leftover" money. It's already been collected and tasked for rebates. Rahm shouldn't be able to just redirect it to something that is in violation of Federal Law. If residents were overtaxed (which is just about always), then the money ought to be returned.

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What Happened to Downtown Brown?

  • A top Cook County official was fired last month because of his work as a Chicago police commander, WBEZ has learned.

    County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced Nov. 18 that Ernest Brown was no longer the executive director of the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Preckwinkle has remained tight-lipped about why Brown left, but sources close to her say she dismissed him after reading an article that argued a code of silence protected corrupt cops working under him.

    Brown commanded the Chicago Police Department’s Public Housing Section from 2000 to 2002. During that time, there were several investigations of his officers.
"several"?

Dozens. Not to mention the endless parade of sexual harassment beefs. But somehow, all of these red flags were missed by the background checks Prickwrinkle had done before she hired Downtown.

What? She didn't do any background checks? What kind of government is this, not checking on who is being hired? Is this some sort of den of cronyism and phone-call-hiring where there are no standards?

Oh wait.....yeah it is. Sorry.

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Saturday, December 03, 2016

No One is Immune

  • SWAT teams swarmed a home in the city's South Chicago neighborhood after shots were fired at a police district commander late Thursday night. A five-hour standoff with the suspects ended early Friday morning.

    Police said five suspects were taken into custody around 3:30 a.m. Friday without incident and several weapons were recovered from the scene.

    The commander was checking out a suspicious person in an alley in the 8800-block of South Saginaw Avenue around 10:20 p.m. Thursday when one or more people opened fire on his unmarked patrol car, police said.
Just to be on the safe side, Special Ed stripped the commander for taking fire.

All is well that ends well, but let's be serious - until these offenders and other gun offenders start getting real prison time, extensive prison time, far from here, things like this are going to keep on happening.

Minimum five year sentences in federal prisons far from home has worked wonders in the past in other states (look up Project Exile and similar sentencing). Ten year sentences would likely cut the homicide rate by half if politicians had the guts to stick up for the law abiding instead of catering to the criminal underclass.

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Fort Worth Hiring

And all you have to do is out shoot this recruit:



Good luck!

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Thank You Cubs

The Cubs overtime check hit the other day. We've been counting on that money to fulfill a desire of ours we've had for quite some time now:


It's been over 40 years, but we finally got it.

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Friday, December 02, 2016

It's Over as of.....Now

  • Promising “transparency” and building trust with the community, Kim Foxx was sworn in Thursday as Cook County’s first African-American female state’s attorney.

    Chief Cook County Judge Timothy Evans swore in Foxx before a crowd that included Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, police Supt. Eddie Johnson, former Gov. Pat Quinn and several Chicago alderman.
We can't make it any clearer - police work is over, dead, finished, done. The actions you take from here on out will be scrutinized with a magnifying glass a hundred different ways. And if there is the slightest gray area, you will be stripped by Special Ed and indicted by Foxx.

Stay Fetal - Stay Employed.

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How Empty is the Jail?

  • Cook County is demolishing three divisions, representing close to a half-million square feet of cell space, as the jail population has hit the lowest level in 25 years.

    Cook County officials stood in a muddy yard behind the razor wire and walls at the jail complex as demolition started on the first building. WBBM [...] reports.

    “Jails are for violent people,” said Sheriff Tom Dart, “and we have a lot of violence in our society.”

    “We are always going to have places for them here,” Dart said. “But for the non-violent people, for the mentally ill, they don’t need to be here and through a lot of the work we’ve been doing for the last few years we have been able to get a lot of those people out of here.”
This non-police lib-tard (along with Prickwrinkle and the media) doesn't seem make the connection that the rising violence in Chicago just might be directly connected to the jail being empty. Because we've noticed in our decades of policing that when the jail is full and people are held in a secure environment, they don't seem to victimize the rest of society.

We can't prove it, but it must have something to do with the razor wire, twenty-foot high walls, regulated atmosphere and sniper towers. We're hoping to get funding for a study soon.

Prickwrinkle has this laughable take:
  • “We know that holding people in jail destroys lives. Even a short period of pre-trial detention can result in the loss of your job or your home,” Preckwinkle said. “Every effort needs to be made to be sure that people can keep working, attending school and caring for their families as they await trials.”
No word on the families destroyed when their "screening process" fails miserably.

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One Year

We forgot that yesterday was the one-year firing anniversary of McCompStat.

Who misses his New York arrogance? His ham-handed attempts to play the political game? His keeping the brass's assholes puckered at the "accountability" meetings.

Not us.

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More Good News for Chicago

  • The housing market in the Chicago area is expected to be the weakest of any of the nation's 100 largest metropolitan areas during 2017, leaving opportunity for people to buy homes at affordable prices while perhaps frustrating home sellers.

    Both prices and sales will increase, but at a stunted rate compared with other areas, according to a forecast by Realtors.com, a website for the National Association of Realtors. The prices of homes throughout the Chicago metropolitan area are expected to climb just 1.95 percent, and sales of new and existing homes are expected to increase 2.27 percent.

    [...] Chicago's problem is a combination of slow growth in both population and jobs, said Jonathan Smoke, an economist at Realtors.com. The area's population is expected to increase only 1 percent next year. Given the size of Chicago, the city should be among the nation's top three markets for job creation, Smoke said. Instead, Chicago is ranked eighth, with job growth much stronger in areas such as Dallas and Phoenix.
Rising crime, rising taxes, rising unemployment, shrinking prospects.

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Indictment

  • A Cook County grand jury has returned an 8-count true bill against a man who allegedly beat an off-duty Chicago police officer during an altercation outside of Wrigley Field this summer.

    Tremaine Wilson was charged with aggravated battery of a police officer and reckless conduct in the June 22 incident.

    But criminal-friendly Cook County Judge Marvin Luckman threw out the case citing “no probable cause” two weeks later even though cops identified Wilson after reviewing footage from a nearby surveillance camera.

    Flummoxed prosecutors took their case to the grand jury.

    Wilson’s now facing six counts of aggravated battery to a police officer and two counts of aggravated battery in a public place.
So we've got that going forward now. Let's see if the States Attorney's Office stays on this one...or drops it.

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Thursday, December 01, 2016

Damn! This Guy is Good!

  • After a pair of gang shootings in the 15th Ward erupted minutes apart Monday night and left two dead, Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th) called on the Chicago Police Department to be more aggressive in its crackdown on gang violence.

    "The department needs to go from passively engaging these individuals to aggressively going after them," Lopez said. "These are the same individuals who are routinely at the center of these conflicts. We have to rout them out and remove them from our communities. My residents simply can't take it anymore."
Wow, what a great idea!!! Let's have the police go after lawbreakers, drug dealers, gang bangers and shooters! This is fucking brilliant!!! Why hasn't someone thought of this before 700+ got killed or 4,000+ got ventilated?

Rahm? Special Ed? Let's step up! Get this done! Why are you sitting around on your asses letting the gangs run the streets?

Lead the way!!!

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Winter Parking (UPDATE)

Despite the 50 degree weather....

Despite the lack of snow.....

Despite the lack of anything resembling winter, Winter Parking Regulations are in effect tonight!

That means that it's time to set the over/under for vehicles towed tonight. In years past, it's been right around 100 to 120 cars, depending on how much money Chicago needs.

We'll guess at 111 cars.

UPDATE: Unconfirmed report on WBBM NewsRadio 780 - 170 cars towed overnight. The tow companies get $48 per car towed, so you know they had a bit of an incentive to clear the streets.

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This Ass?

Someone who attempted to intimidate an entire organization based on an endorsement they never made:
  • Often tipped as a potential mayoral candidate, Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) is eyeing a different political office — Illinois governor.
Sure, a giant lurch to the left couldn't possibly do any harm to a city foundering under nearly a century of democrat rule.

This is truly amusing though:
  • "You create 'the other' and everyone is divided. We fight over scraps instead of looking at the top," he said. "That's the perfect strategy for maintaining the status quo."
You mean like when Pawar's "othered" the local police for an endorsement the National Lodge made, based on the non-responsiveness of Pawar's chosen candidate and his subsequent framing of future Contract talks being held as a club over the National endorsement?

Good thing Hillary won, right?

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Shoot Your Partner?

Special Ed is unhappy that everyone isn't contributing their opinion to the new Use of Force Policy:
  • It’s an old adage meant to fill polling booths: If you don’t vote, don’t complain about who’s in office.

    Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson, with noticeable frustration in his voice, used similar logic to urge people to share their opinions on a proposed overhaul of the department’s use of force policy.

    “I have to emphasize that if you don’t comment on it — and you don’t look at it, and you don’t comment on it — then don’t be upset with the policy that’s put in place because you didn’t help craft it,” Johnson said Tuesday at a breakfast at the Union League Club.
As we stated a while back, the number of comments submitted is under 150. Supposedly, 101 of them are from Jamal, Lemon and pfather Pfleger. Another 25 are Special Ed trying to order a pizza. So there are only something like two dozen actual comments, meaning that your comment might actually have some weight....if Special Ed, Granny Kirkpatrick/Clampett or Rahm really gave a shit what you thought.
  • Johnson announced the yet-to-be finalized draft in October, along with a 45-day window in which public comments would be accepted. The window shuts on Dec. 5.
On 06 December, Special Ed will ceremoniously strip 100 officers....just because.

This however, was pointed out by an e-mailer and is a bit concerning:
  • Proposed changes also would require officers to stop another officer who is engaging in misconduct when it comes to the use of force.

    “We are going to require officers to actually intervene,” Kirkpatrick said. “You must intervene and stop the misconduct, not just report it.”
So...if your partner is using, let's say, Deadly Force. And you, for whatever reason, decide that the use of Deadly Force is above and beyond what you would have used. You must intervene to stop the alleged misconduct. According to the Use of Force Model, Deadly Force is countered with.....Deadly Force.

So......shoot your partner?

We've worked with a lot of cops over the years. A few great ones, some not so great, most just honest guys and gals trying to get through the day, get home, drink a beer, see the kids' school play, get some sleep, whatever.

We can't recall ever wanting to actually kill them, but according to the Wicked Witch of the West Coast, we'll be required to "intervene" when witnessing misconduct, up to and including, shooting our partner to stop misconduct, disregarding the fact that two people can witness the same situation from different vantage points and come up with completely different interpretations of events.

FOP? PBPA? You strong silent types want to chime in on this before somebody in charge actually puts this bullshit into effect?

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Still Trying for Shortshanks

  • A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit can go forward accusing former Mayor Richard Daley of ignoring evidence that white Chicago police detectives working under disgraced former police Cmdr. Jon Burge tortured dozens of black suspects into murder confessions.

    U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve's ruling sets the stage once again for Daley to potentially be forced to give sworn testimony about what he knew of the painful legacy of police torture that first came to light when Daley was Cook County state's attorney and later exploded during his more than two decades as mayor.
"potentially be forced" means Rahm is readying the taxpayer checkbook once again instead of actually contesting one of these cases that would demonstrate what a shaky foundation of half-truth and bullshit so much of this is built on.

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Rahm Gets One Thing Right

The media slant continues to be "Police Out Of Control." Rahm points out the obvious:
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel cautioned Tuesday against trying to generalize about the recent spate of police shootings, saying "they're not all the same" and lauding Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson for his handling of the situations.

    Chicago police went through a period ending Sunday night where officers fatally shot four people in the past 10 days, a cluster of shootings that has drawn even more attention to the department as federal investigators continue their probe into its training and tactics prompted by the release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video a year ago.
In two of the shootings, police shot an individual who had just killed someone else.

In the third, the police shot someone who had just blasted his pregnant girlfriend, killing the unborn child, then shot at police not just once, but twice.

In the last, Special Ed has stripped the involved member due to a missing gun, disregarding the fact that if a gun bounces twice on the sidewalk in certain neighborhoods, the Pope would declare it a miracle. Special Ed brags about being a street cop, but any street cop knows guns, drugs, even hot cars disappear with amazing regularity when left unattended.

Rahm pointing out that each shooting should be judged on its own merits is disingenuous at best, seeing as he and his appointees are the ones who suppressed the one video and surrendered the streets to assorted "activists."

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Understaffing Everywhere

Chicago has been skimping on Public Safety for years - and now Health:
  • Less than 44 percent of Chicago restaurants and 24.8 percent of bars are being inspected as often as state law requires — undermining public trust and jeopardizing state funding — because the city’s Department of Public Health is “seriously understaffed,” Inspector General Joe Ferguson has concluded.

    State law requires the city to inspect high-risk food establishments twice a year. The category includes restaurants, hospital kitchens, day care centers and schools that prepare food on site.

    If the risk of food-borne illness is “medium” — a category that includes groceries, bakeries, delis and schools serving food prepared off-site — inspections are required once a year. Low-risk establishment — including gas stations, convenience stores and bars — need to be inspected only every two years.

    But after auditing 2015 inspections, Ferguson concluded that the Health Department is falling far short of those staggered standards and would need at least 94 food inspectors — 56 more than it has on staff — to abide by those state requirements.
But until someone gets sick, sues the City, or dies, don't expect much from Rahm.....he's running Chicago on the cheap. Look at how short we've been for years.

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