Sunday, October 04, 2015

Another Delayed

Word is the 014 District is going to take a beating at CompStat over this one:
  • A man died Thursday night, nearly six years after he was shot in the head while walking with his mother in the Northwest Side Logan Square neighborhood.

    An autopsy Friday determined Jeremy Gonzalez died from complications of a gunshot wound to the head, and his death was ruled a homicide.

    Gonzalez was 14 when he and his mother were walking in the 3400 block of West Armitage shortly after 9 a.m. on Dec. 8, 2009, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Garry will claim that CompStat could have prevented this if only he had been here a few years earlier.


This Nonsense Again?

  • Faith and community leaders say they want Chicago police and Mayor Rahm Emanuel held accountable for police brutality in the city.

    About 150 people gathered for a rally Saturday outside the Chicago Police Headquarters at 35th Street and Michigan Avenue, where they set up a simulated crime scene.

    They want Mayor Emanuel to establish an "independent police auditor office."

    The same group plans a vigil Monday afternoon outside the mayor's office.
More oversight? You mean besides IAD? And IPRA? And Anita's Task Force? And the feebs? And the ACLU, People's Law Office, Loevy and other plaintiff attorneys? A hostile City Council and State legislature? And a friendly US Attorney General with a direct line to the White House looking to railroad any copper they can?

But not a word of the nearly 400 minority deaths at the hands of their own congregants.


Da Underdogs...Again

Three point dogs with a 44.5 over/under - which happened to be the over/under on overdosing junkies this weekend. What a coincidence.


Saturday, October 03, 2015

Stop Saving Junkies

  • By Friday afternoon, 14 people had been rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago in the previous 24 hours to be treated for heroin overdoses, some with the needles still stuck in their arm, according to hospital officials.

    In all, nearly 75 people have overdosed in Chicago since Tuesday afternoon from dangerous batches of narcotics, possibly heroin laced with the painkiller fentanyl, according to city health and fire officials. Police were investigating if at least one recent death was caused by a heroin overdose.

    "We suspect what is happening is the same thing that happened in 2006 when people were getting heroin that was cut with fentanyl, which is a very strong narcotic," said Diane Hincks, a registered nurse and emergency room director at Mount Sinai on the West Side. "That's what we think is happening."
Our sources say it isn't fentanyl, but just purer heroin necessitating the double doses of NarCan, but we'll leave that for the scientists to determine.

What we want to know is why are we spending scarce police and fire resources on a self-solving issue?

Junkies die - who cares? You know who ought to be ordering everyone to stand down? The CompStat king himself, McCarthy - less junkies means less burglaries, less thefts, less stick-ups and eventually, less junkies, meaning less dope dealers, less shootings, less competition for territory - It's the Circle of Dumbassery.

Even better, more dead junkies means more hiring by the body removal services, so it's a net job creator, which is more than president Sparklefarts has done.


Detail Lawsuit Moves Forward

  • A lawsuit alleging the hiring of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's security detail was tainted by racial bias and violated city rules against political hiring will move forward after a federal judge ruled there were indications that politics improperly played a role in how the team was selected.

    In his 17-page decision, U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber found "sufficient" evidence that Chicago police officials who assembled Emanuel's security team after he took office 2011 relied on a list compiled by a mayoral aide that included the names of six officers who volunteered in his campaign.

    The judge also found merit to claims that Terry Hillard, who at the time was the interim police superintendent, and Brian Thompson, the head of the security unit, improperly assembled the new team based on race.

    While Hillard and Thompson were the main decision-makers, the allegations surrounding one of Emanuel's first hires as mayor seemed to clash with the image he has tried to cultivate of taking politics out of city hiring.
Of course politics played a role - it always did. These guys had cushy jobs based on politics. None of them were security specialists prior top being appointed to serve Shortshanks. They got $20,000-to-30,000 per year raises based solely on politics. And then they lost the appointed job....on politics. Such is the way the cookie crumbles if your guy leaves. You aren't entitled to these spots. If you had actually taken a test and earned a spot, then they can't take it away on a whim. But this? Ridiculous.


Friday, October 02, 2015

More Lies from McCompStat

  • While overall crime is down since last year, Chicago saw a big increase in fatal shootings last month, which was the deadliest September in more than a decade.

    Compared to the first nine months of last year, murders were up 21 percent through the end of September. Shooting incidents were up 19 percent, and the number of shooting victims was up 14 percent. Overall crime – including robberies, burglaries, and thefts – was down 7 percent.

    The rise in murders so far this year is due in large part to an especially violent September. At the end of August, murders were down 7 percent compared to the first eight months of 2014.
Really? Let's just look at those numbers that Channel 2 swallowed without doing any fact checking - Here's a monthly running total of homicides from 2014 and 2015:
  • 01/2014 - 20     01/2015 - 29 (+9)
  • 02/2014 - 41     02/2015 - 49 (+8)
  • 03/2014 - 64     03/2015 - 81 (+17)
  • 04/2014 - 101   04/2015 - 115 (+14)
  • 05/2014 - 142   05/2015 - 162 (+20)
  • 06/2014 - 178   06/2015 - 210 (+32)
  • 07/2014 - 216   07/2015 - 262 (+46)
  • 08/2014 - 264   08/2015 - 312 (+48)
  • 09/2014 - 310   09/2015 - 372 (+62)
That August 2015 number sure doesn't look 7% smaller than the August 2014 number. Just more bullshit coming out of CompStat and the media just prints it without even running it through a calculator.

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The Return of Brown?

So Masters Masters Masters left the Cook County terrorism task force.

Rumor has it that Downtown Ernie Brown is coming in to replace him.

Anyone have a scoop?

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Overdoses Again

Hope you didn't need an ambulance Thursday:
  • Police are investigating a spike in drug overdoses on the Chicago's West Side.

    At least 23 people have been taken to area hospitals in the last 24 hours after using heroin, police said.

    Dr. Tarlan Hedayati at Stroger Hospital is alarmed because the standard treatment for heroin overdoses isn't immediately working.

    "Typically if it's given by the paramedics, we may not need to give it again in the emergency department. But we're noticing we were giving more in the emergency department to these patients," Dr. Hedayati said.

    The DEA is helping police try to track down the source of the bad batch of drugs.
Sure, if the DEA is on the case, they can just wrap-up the entire heroin network! No more drug problem.

And the Channel 7 headline was priceless:
One of these brainiacs want to tell us exactly what "good" heroin looks like?


CPS CompStat

  • Chicago Public Schools acknowledged Thursday that its graduation rate – heralded by Mayor Rahm Emanuel during his re-election campaign because the number of students finishing high school was reportedly rising – was overstated.

    The school system was forced to make the embarrassing revision following a Better Government Association/WBEZ investigation earlier this year that found thousands of students were being counted as transfers when they should have been counted as dropouts. Transfers aren’t factored into the graduation rate, but dropouts are.

    CPS previously claimed that 69.4 percent of students who started high school in 2009 graduated by the summer of 2014. But on Thursday, officials revealed that the rate is, in fact, 66.3 percent.
It must be the Revenge of Chuy. All of Rahm's lies are coming to the fore.


Thursday, October 01, 2015

Missed This One

  • As summer waned in recent weeks, bringing to an end what is often the most violent season of the year, New York City officials tallied 239 people killed in homicides. Los Angeles police counted 201 killed in about the same time period.

    But in Chicago, a city whose population is dwarfed by both major coastal cities, the death toll is far more grim, with 325 killed in homicides by Sept. 6.

    The numbers tell a tragic, nagging story for Chicago: Violence here far outpaces the nation's two larger cities, and has for more than a decade.

    Tribune reporters recently spent time in both New York and Los Angeles to try to understand what led to their steep reduction in violent crime and how those efforts might apply here. The answers are complex. Not even criminologists agree.
Hey, some reporters got a free trip! But the attached articles are sort of interesting in that you can see the bastardized versions of NY and LA style policing that has been cobbled together here in Chicago and how the short-sighted and half-assed on-the-cheap efforts have doomed each of the efforts.

Maybe it's time to bring back a citywide response unit....oh wait, we're 3,000 officers short of what we were in 1999. Guess that isn't happening.

And the countdown to 400 killings continues.


Way to go Media

  • A man was charged Wednesday after leading police on a high-speed chase through the streets of Chicago Tuesday.

    Desmond Henry, 25, of the 100 block of North Laporte Avenue in Chicago, was charged with one felony count of aggravated fleeing police at a rate of more than 21 mph, aggravated assault on a police officer and four counts of felony unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. His bond was set at $500,000.

    He also faces charges for possession of a controlled substance and manufacture or delivery of cannabis along with numerous traffic citations.
So all the charges resulted from the pursuit. The media then proceeds to blow the investigation:
  • At 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Henry was observed in a rental car with a suspect wanted for double murder, prosecutors said. They then switched rental cars to a black Cherokee in the middle of the day under the same rental agreement.

    Henry was arrested after officers attempted to make an "investigatory stop on his vehicle" around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday near Polk St. and California Avenue, police said. He then led police on a miles-long chase to the 200 block of North Central Avenue, where he jumped out of the car while it was still in "drive" and ran to a friend's apartment, prosecutors said. A girl and a 2-year-old child were inside that apartment.
So whoever this guy was riding with earlier now knows he was under some pretty extensive surveillance regarding a double homicide, and if he isn't in the wind, he might be now. But hey, it made great copy for the helicopter.


A Nice Story

In this age of instant communication, like Facebook Snapchat, Instagram and such, someone appreciates the police:

Sometimes it's the little stories that make the best impressions.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015


First, a bunch of numbers from the Tribune, numbers that ought to lead to a wholesale firing of brass at HQ:
  • The burst of violence follows two straight weekends when more than 50 people were shot in Chicago. That's the first time that has happened on back-to-back weekends over the four years the Tribune has been tracking shootings. In August, more than 40 were shot on four consecutive weekends.

    So far this year, at least 2,300 people have been shot in Chicago, about 400 more than during the same period last year, according to a Tribune analysis. Through Sunday, homicides have risen to 359, up 21 percent from 296 a year earlier, according to preliminary data from Chicago police.
Crime is down? Pardon our laughter - hahahaha.

A whole bunch of outlandish statements from Rahm:
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday addressed the shooting in Back of the Yards, saying he was angry and “enough is enough.”
Really? Because you certainly aren't holding Garry's feet to the fire. And we have yet to see a single exempt member of the command staff demoted over out-of-control shootings.
  • As he often does, Emanuel railed against the poor values of gangbangers. “Wherever you live, you should be able to get out of your car and go to your home,” said Emanuel, who attended the opening of a renovated Red Line CTA station at Clark and Division streets.
Um, that doesn't sound like he's railing against shit. Railing against "poor values" would be something like, "Parents, raise your kids with a strong base in moral decency. Raise them in a two-parent household. Teach them right from wrong. A gang isn't a parent. Teach them the value of hard work and delayed gratification." But that doesn't play into the "Give me that now" culture so prevalent today.
  • The mayor then returned to his oft-repeated themes of making all Chicago neighborhoods equally safe and calling for tougher penalties for crimes involving guns.
Really? Because we seem to recall Prickwrinkle complaining about too many black/brown folks (and people) in jail. Dart has been closing down entire Divisions at Cook County because the judges aren't housing people any more. Anita is undercharging like she's attempting to win an election. And the Parole Board is bending over backward to release cop killers with the full support of aldercreatures and state reps.
  • “You can say this happened in the neighborhood of the Back of the Yards, but everybody (who) woke up this morning, or heard it last night, felt a pain of anguish, and it’s time that our criminal justice system and the laws as it relates to access to guns and the penalties for using 'em reflect the values of the people of the city of Chicago,” Emanuel said.
Actually, the actions of the lawless seem to exactly and completely reflect the "Chicago values" we see daily. Add in the entire criminal subculture of the City Council and outright corruption prevalent in the mayor's office, we'd say it's pretty darn accurate.

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Car Chase on TV!

Someone actually let this go for a while - and let us apprehend a suspect!
  • A potential suspect who led police on a 30-minute high speed car chase on the West Side Tuesday evening may be in custody.

    Police started following a black jeep at Madison and Sacramento in East Garfield Park around 5:15 p.m. The jeep traveled around 70 miles per hour over a span of six or seven miles across the West Side.

    It appeared at least one car was struck during the chase.

    The suspect stopped the vehicle near 227 North Central and fled on foot. He or she then entered the building at that address, and more than a dozen police vehicles surrounded it.
So the chase went on for 30 minutes? Or the chase was going on for maybe three or four minutes tops, and then the foot pursuit and building search went on for 20 minutes? Because at 70 mph, you can cover a bit of ground, even on the west side. We're willing to bet that this guy fled because he pretty much knows that CPD isn't allowed to chase, and certainly can't chase for anything near 30 minutes, which of course, merely emboldens the lawbreakers and encourages more fleeing.

An excellent and professional job all the way around.



With Garry pointing out (correctly) that the courts are dropping the ball on charging and sentencing, you'd think that something like this might be a thing of the past - nope:
  • 2 people shot 3000blk of Lexington, car chase with offending vehicle 2 guns tossed out of car(great job of pursuing vehicle to see it and call it out, both recovered), 1 M4 still in vehicle after it crashes near ogden and California, 3 offenders bail and are taken into custody inside the park. Great response by police from 010 and 011. 3 weapons recovered from a vehicle and offenders who had just tried to add plenty of extra holes in some not so upstanding citizen(over 20shots fired from all three weapons). Great case right? Attempted murder? Agg discharge? Multiple AGG UUW charges for all involved? Not here in crook county! Each of the passengers only got 1 charge of AGG UUW, and the driver of the shit show only got a charge for AGG Fleeing and eluding. Funny thing is the driver will probably the only found guilty and do any time. Just as the media is calling for more action to stop the violence the beautiful people at Anita's office are afraid to do their part in putting the bad guys in prison.....
We realize the difficulty of putting a gun in each occupants' hand in terms of a court case, but really? Three guns, three heads. Even if the driver was only driving, they're all accomplices in an attempted murder of two individuals, regardless of the "victims'" rap sheets. The law allows everyone in the car to be charged with murder, why not attempted murder? Aggravated UUW? Pile the charges on and let them take their chances at court. If you can prove they're gangbangers and part of an organized criminal conspiracy, why not RICO them?


Quick Decision - Correct Decision

One bit of good coming out of last night's bloodbath - police heroism recognized:
  • Two Chicago police officers arrived to Monday night's chaotic quintuple shooting scene in the Back of the Yards neighborhood and were immediately met by a woman carrying a wounded baby.

    The baby, 11-month-old Princeton Chew, was losing a lot of blood. No ambulances were in sight.

    The Deering District officers, John Conneely and Michael Modzelewski, were left with no choice but to go against department protocol -- and drive Princeton to the hospital on their own.
There probably isn't an officer - or a decent human being - who wouldn't do the same under similar circumstances, and these cops rose to the occasion. We don't want to hear from the naysayers and trolls who have been whining about the severity or lack of severity of the wound - any hole in an 11-month-old child is severe, and the kid certainly didn't get to choose his parents.

An excellent job by the officers.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Redmoon Fire Burns Yacht Club

  • About 60 members of the Burnham Park Yacht Club on Northerly Island were sitting down to a surf-and-turf dinner to honor new club members Saturday when embers and ash from the nearby Great Chicago Fire Festival started to fall onto the club, several members told the Tribune.

    "All of a sudden, it was like a meteor shower," club commodore-elect Chris Edmonds said. "A number of people got so frightened they thought the building was on fire and started to exit."

    Thousands attended the fire festival Saturday night at Northerly Island to watch event host Redmoon Theater light a house on fire to celebrate the city's resolve following the Chicago Fire of 1871. Edmonds said thick smoke filtered into the club and ash fell onto some boats in Burnham Harbor from the spectacle.

    Redmoon representatives said in a statement provided to the Tribune, "Our first priority was always the safety of our festival attendees, staff, artists, performers and the surrounding area. We worked directly with the Chicago Fire Department to ensure we exceeded all safety requirements associated with the burning of the GRIT House and we regret any inconvenience that may have occurred at the Yacht Club or their members."

    A Redmoon spokeswoman said anyone affected by the fire should contact Westrec Marinas, which manages Chicago harbors and will coordinate with Redmoon.
Uncontrolled conflagrations are a bad thing.

Uncontrolled conflagrations approved by Rahm Emanuel, licensed by the ciity and torching $100,000 worth of taxpayer money must be good things.


Grandma, Mom Killed, Baby Maimed

  • Two people were killed and three others - including an infant - were injured in a shooting in the Back of the Yards neighborhood Monday night.

    Chicago police said an 11-month-old boy and four adults were shot by someone in a vehicle around 7:10 p.m. near 53rd and S. Aberdeen. One woman was pronounced dead on the scene, and another died at the hospital Monday night, police said.

    Relatives identified one of the victims as Patricia Chew, the mother of 11-month-old Princeton. She was two months pregnant, relatives said.

    "You have an innocent family coming home from a family outing. Somebody opens fire on two women, a child, and two adults, killing the mother of the 11-month-old and the grandmother of the 11-month-old,"
Chiraq indeed.


Pension Board Election

We're told (and our comment sections has reflected this) that there is a Pension Board Election coming up and it seems a bit contentious.

Anyone have a listing of candidates? And is this for all the elected positions?


Again, Over 50 Shot

Anyone held accountable? Besides the regular ass-chewing at CompStat we mean.
  • The violence in Chicago did not stop even for a minute during the beautifully cool weekend that featured a “Blood Moon” and first supermoon eclipse in over 30 years. With 53 wounded, including a ten-year-old girl, and four killed during the weekend, the moon was not the only place for blood in the Windy City.
Anyone demoted? Anyone fired? Anyone pointing out that "mission" based policing is a ridiculous failure? Anyone pointing out that we are shorthanded beyond belief, nearly 3,000 cops short of what we had back in the 1990's?

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Monday, September 28, 2015

NYPD "Receipt"

Here it is, the "stop and frisk" receipt that NYPD will be required to give to everyone they have a police interaction with:

You can bet ours won't be nearly so simple, seeing how it was written in conjunction with ACLU lawyers and Department pinheads. From the accompanying article:
  • The NYPD has formally introduced the “receipt” cops will now be required to issue to anyone they question during street stops, the Daily News has learned.

    Patrick Lynch, head of the largest NYPD union, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, called the new paperwork “another nail in the coffin of proactive policing” and predicted a rise in retaliatory complaints against cops.

    “Instead of improving community relations, these receipts will accelerate an increase in crime and disorder, which will damage the city’s economic health while hurting those crime-ridden communities who need our protection the most," Lynch said.
How bad will it affect policing in New York?
  • Street stops reached a record high of nearly 700,000 in 2011 but are on a pace for about 42,000 this year.
We expect similar reductions in contacts here, along with the accompanying rise in mayhem that New York is experiencing now, too.


Ladies and Gents - Here's Herbie!

There he goes again:
  • SCC:


    Herbie Pulgar Again !!!

    This is about his 15th Arrest!

    Event # 1527006781

    Arrested Sunday in the 014th District around 1200hrs for ONCE AGAIN, stealing a car!

    (At least none of the cars he steals have any of those fuckin' gangbanger city stickers that the liberals thought "had nothing to do with no gangs!" )
And just to show you what kind of judge of character is running Chicago:

We love this photo more and more following every arrest Herbie racks up. How soon until Rahm phones a judge and tells them to stick Herbie in the deepest hole they can find until he leaves for Washington DC?


Other Things Ed Burke Looks At

You didn't think it was all business in Council chambers, did you?

This one is kind of timely:

And we're pretty sure this is true:

Thanks to the reader who captured these images.


No More Training

  • Police departments across Illinois say the state budget stalemate has left them struggling to provide necessary training to officers on everything from how to deal with the mentally ill to proper use of force.

    Hundreds of classes are being canceled at a time of heightened tension between police and the communities they serve, and as officers are increasingly the first to respond when a person with a mental illness is in crisis, law enforcement officials say.

    It's also happening just months after lawmakers approved a bill requiring additional law enforcement training — part of a response to fatal police encounters in cities such as Ferguson, Missouri, New York City and Baltimore.
Well let's see - Ferguson was a completely justified shooting in response to an attack, New York was a legit arrest that devolved into a heart attack once the arrestee decided to fight the police, and Baltimore, from every available report, was a "death in custody" when the arrestee stood up in a moving transport van and managed to break his neck. So yeah, it's the police who need training and not the community who doesn't seem to want to accept any responsibility for their own behavior.

Since there's no training, can we empty the Academy for a few months? We've got some days off we'd like to take without getting static from the boss.


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Two Touchdown Underdogs

Any bets on when the Bears might win their first game?

14.5 point underdogs and the over/under is 43.5.

We're going to bet Seattle scores about 44 points.


Guilty Verdict in 2011 Shooting

  • A man who prosecutors said is a member of the Black Souls street gang was found guilty Friday of attempted murder in the 2011 shooting of two police officers in the West Garfield Park neighborhood.

    After a four-day trial, Alvis Holley, 28, was convicted of two counts of attempted murder of a police officer, according to court records and a news release from the Cook County state's attorney's office.

    Prosecutors said that in the evening hours of July 18, 2011, the officers saw a narcotics deal in an alley on the 4000 block of West Wilcox Street. When they approached the alley, Holley, who was involved in the transaction, walked up to the passenger side of the police car, prosecutors said.

    Holley could not tell the officers what he was doing or where he lived, so he was told to put his hands on the hood of the police car. Instead, he began to fight with the officers, prosecutors said.

    During the fight, Holley pulled out a .22-caliber pistol from his waist and shot one of the officers in the left bicep and grazed his left temple. When the officer fell to the ground, Holley shot the other one in the head, prosecutors said.
Both officers still carry the bullets in their bodies, one may never return to the streets. Sentencing is late next month and hopefully, he gets the maximum 90 years.


He Cocked Back the Gun....

  • Police shot and killed a man on Chicago's West Side Friday night.

    Police say officers were responding to a domestic call in the 900 block of N. Central Park Ave. around 9:00 p.m. when they came across a man with what appeared to be a knife or a sharp object in his hand.

    According to police, the man refused to put the weapon down. Police say officers attempted to taser the man twice, but it had no effect.

    Police say the man then attempted to approach officers and that's when an officer shot him.
    The man's mother identified him as 34-year-old, James Anderson.

    Pamela Anderson says her son had mental health issues and that she had previously called police for help with her son.

    Anderson says she called police Friday night hoping someone could come take her son to Loretto Hospital for psychiatric help.

    When officers arrived, Anderson says she asked officers to take her son to the hospital. Anderson says the officers asked if her son had a gun or knife on him. Anderson said she told officers that her son was not dangerous, but that he did keep a box cutter in his pocket.

    Anderson contradicts the police account saying officers did not taser her son before shooting him.

    "When he pulled his gun out and cocked it back, I said 'sir, you don't have to pull that gun back, you don't have to cock it back. He's not going to hurt you,'" said Anderson.
Make that Exhibit A in the defense's refutation of the inevitable lawsuit - Chicago hasn't authorized a weapon that is "cocked" in over 20 years now. So Mama's story is complete bullshit right out of the box.

Cops go home safe. Good job Officers.


Retiree Killed

Survives a career in Chicago only to get killed during a home invasion in Arizona:
  • Tragedy has struck a former Chicago police officer who was one of the department's first Native Americans.

    He was killed in a home invasion in Phoenix, and now, his family is looking for answers.

    The deadly home invasion is also puzzling Phoenix police officers.

    The victim is Native American icon Jess Sixkiller. The 78-year-old was one of the first Native American Chicago police officers, and his family says he studied at Yale and fought for Native American civil rights his entire life.

Yale to CPD to Phoenix - and you can't even retire in peace any more.


Saturday, September 26, 2015

More CompStat Questions

Going over yesterday's top post, a number of commentators mentioned this:
  • 002nd District Commander T Williams proves to all in attendance at COMPSTAT this a.m. that the Burger Queen was not the dumbest Commander ever. Paraphrasing the exchange.

    Tracy: "Go on to the next shooting".

    Williams: "I have to admit, this is a murder that we should have prevented! We failed. My officers failed to stop this.
Um, really? As we've stated here and many other places (namely the bar....Shirley Temples for everyone! We swear!), if someone needs to get killed, the killers are going to find a way to kill that person. Step one usually involves picking a spot where the police aren't, which in Chicago means you've just increased your chances of getting away with it by nearly 80%.

More interesting would be a couple plaintiff attorneys we'd like to introduce Commander Williams to who would just LOVE to get that statement on the stand under oath.
  • So, former-Commander Williams....what's that? Oh, sorry, Twice-demoted-former-Commander Willams, you're saying the agent of the City of Chicago, namely the Chicago Police Department, who "meritoriously" promoted you how many times again? You, as a duly appointed leader of that Department were able to prevent this homici...sorry, "killing," by what means again? And you failed to do so?

    Your Honor, we'd like to enter for a Directed Verdict against the plaintiffs Williams, McCarthy, Emanuel, the Chicago Police Department and the City of Chicago. $100 million would do nicely, thank you.
And this moron made it twice.


Tax Money - Up In Smoke

  • Join us on September 26th as thousands gather at Northerly Island for a spectacular urban ritual that celebrates Chicago's people, history, and unique neighborhood culture.
Remember, this is a fire that left a swath of destruction nearly four miles square, totaled over $200 million in damages and, oh yeah, killed over 300 people. Now it's an "urban ritual" even though it was rained out last year.

Come watch as nearly $100,000 in taxpayer money gets burned, yes burned, into ashes, releasing who knows how many toxic pollutants into the air and particulate matter into the "global warming" blender. Your taxes are going up, but it's so you can enjoy festivals like this pyro maniacal extravaganza celebrating the deaths of 300 fellow Americans.

By the way, our baby has "asthma," and when she gets a whiff of that smoke, you can be sure we're going to sue the crap out of Redmoon and the city - and you know the city always pays.


Has Rahm Looked Into This?

No, we didn't apply there and get turned down - we have zero desire to work there. No, our ex doesn't work there. No, we don't golf the outing.

We're genuinely trying to help Rahm streamline operations and save money that we are going to need one day in our pensions.
  • Why not arm the Aviation Police and move CPD out of the airports?
You'd gain some dozens of coppers, over one hundred. Dozens of supervisors, too. You could eliminate an entire command structure. Aviation police are already sworn officers, they are eligible for gobs of federal money, they have enough toys to do the job, they know the territory - they just can't be armed on airport property for some unknown reason, even though they can carry anywhere else in the State. Which essentially makes them targets without guns at the place they're supposed to be working.

And while you're looking at this proposal, look at this one, too:
  • CPD out of the high schools.
CPS has hundreds of security officers on staff. They work school hours, school events, school games. The schools even have a "mobile citywide force" to go to problem schools when trouble is expected, which puts them one up on the Police Department. Most are already off-duty coppers/sheriffs earning Social Security credits.

And they are supplemented by one or two CPD officers per high school - for what exactly? The schools aren't looking to start their students down their life paths with criminal records. Most offenses are disciplinary in nature and the schools would rather have "in-house suspensions" than jail a kid. So get the cops out and you'll suddenly see another hundred cops on the least on paper.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Wanted: Bus Mechanics

Someone has to untangle all the dead careers that went under the bus at CompStat Thursday:
  • 002nd District Commander T Williams proves to all in attendance at COMPSTAT this a.m. that the Burger Queen was not the dumbest Commander ever. Paraphrasing the exchange.
    Tracy: "Go on to the next shooting".

    Williams: "I have to admit, this is a murder that we should have prevented! We failed. My officers failed to stop this. My officers failed to take any action. They were called there three times, coded out the job twice and the third time issued an ANOV". I wrote up the officers"

    McCarthy: "you should have written up the supervisors too,"

    Williams: "OK, I will do that later!"

    McCarthy: "no you won't. You're not making me the asshole".

    A little bit later on. . .
    Williams: "these conflicts are originating in the Districts surrounding 002. (Implying not his fault but that of those surrounding District Commanders) This one here is right across the Dan Ryan, in007. "

    McCarthy: "Did you communicate with those commanders, Larry did you know about this?"

    After a pregnant pause! Watson "nope, Don't know what he is talking about!" (Exchange heavily paraphrased)
Word is that McCarthy was none-too-pleased at the meeting, but gleeful afterwards - he has the exempt staff doing his dirty work, turning on each other, and it only took four years for them to begin cannibalizing one another. Years of incompetence and politics has finally bent the Department beyond any hope of repair. 


Life Plus 115

Death would be preferable, but we're biblical that way:
  • Wearing a blue and white dress, the widow of slain Chicago police Officer Thor Soderberg walked to the front of a packed Cook County courtroom Wednesday and poured out some of the pain from her vast loss.

    "I lost everything," Jennifer Loudon said, at times dabbing the tears from her eyes as she spoke of the couple's plans to become foster parents, buy a house and live abroad. "I had no idea it was possible to lose so much in a single lifetime, much less in a single moment."

    Sitting nearby at the defense table, Bryant Brewer, convicted last month of Soderberg's slaying, mocked Loudon. He put his head down and rubbed his eyes with his fists as Loudon wept on the witness stand. Then he lifted his head and laughed.

    Moments later, Judge Timothy Joyce cited Brewer's "malignant heart" as he sentenced him to life plus 115 years in prison for "executing" Soderberg with his own service weapon and then shooting at three other officers and a civilian in 2010.
We probably haven't heard the last of this piece of waste, and that is truly unfortunate.


Now You See It....

Someone noticed this:
  • OT: Rahm was just on WTTW 11, Chicago Tonight. He was interviewed for about 25 minutes. The word "casino" never came up.

    Before his re-election he appeared several times on CT saying the casino profits would be dedicated completely to the police/fire pension. The casino would "solve" all the financial problems. He also said increasing property taxes would be the absolute last thing he would do.

    What happened to the casino???
So where has all the casino talk gone? Is the casino money out now? Wasn't there some sort of "gentlemen's agreement" with the FOP, PBPA and Fire unions about casino revenues going to fund pensions for a certain number of years? Is all of that gone now? Wasn't Rahm pushing to get the FOP endorsement of the casino deal so he could fire up McCormick Place with slot machines? Supposedly, Trump has an entire floor vacant in his hotel for high-roller gaming, primed for that casino bill that no one is talking about any more.

All we see right now is the Police and Fire pensions holding a $550 million trick bag while casino investors are dividing up the previously earmarked "pension dollars" among themselves.

Are we wrong?


Pssst. Media....Start Here

This might very well be what the old media guys used to call, "a tip:"
  • 005firefighter said...

    SCC, I just looked at our monthly house supplies order, and found something interesting. The city pays $17.64 for a gallon of bleach. That's one gallon. If only I had that contract.
Gee. We went to a big-box type store the other day and got a 3-pack of one gallon containers of bleach. Our cost? $8 and some change. That means we could have gotten 6 gallons of bleach for what the city pays for one for a single firehouse.

Anyone see a problem here?

We've explained it more than once - all purchases have to go through "approved vendors." Those vendors usually have a storefront in some downtrodden area so it looks like a minority owned company. Inside is a phone forwarded to somewhere else. The answering service takes the call, places the order and shops at the big-box store just like you and us, but they add in a sizable markup - in this single case, over $15 dollars per gallon of bleach. For how many gallons? For how many firehouses?

We pointed out years ago a storefront address on Madison Street that supplied a largish number of city contracts for all sorts of stuff - paper, bike chains/locks, printer parts, K9 Unit dog food, dozens of things we might label as "incidentals." And everything was at a markup of hundreds-of-percent. Seriously. Like maybe a $3 gallon of bleach supplied to the city by the approved vendor at a 600% markup. You think that doesn't add up?

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It Pays to be Connected

Just to refresh everyone's memory:

After being cleared by a Cook County judge (who found that she was connected to the Vrdolyak and Joyce political organizations), she was brought up on Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission charges and the day of reckoning has arrived!
  • Ms. Naughton, who was licensed in 2008, was suspended for 30 days. During a time when employed as an Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney, she entered a retail store with a companion after consuming alcohol. She engaged in disruptive behavior both inside and outside of the store. Police who were called to the scene handcuffed her and placed her in a police SUV. Thereafter, she repeatedly identified herself as an Assistant State’s Attorney and swore at a female officer, calling her derogatory names, and, after she was taken out of the SUV, sat on a curb screaming obscenities. The suspension is effective on October 13, 2015.
Wow....30 days. You don't see a hammer like that come out very often.


Where Did He Learn This Trick?

  • The Chicago Tribune filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that Mayor Rahm Emanuel violated state open records laws by refusing to release communications about city business conducted through private emails and text messages.

    The lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, asks a judge to order the mayor to comply with a state Freedom of Information Act request from the Tribune and produce the documents. The lawsuit also seeks to have Emanuel declared in violation of the Illinois Local Records Act for failing to preserve emails and texts he sent or received while doing city business.

    The lawsuit claims that, in recent years, Freedom of Information Act requests from the Tribune to the mayor's office "have been met with a pattern of non-compliance, partial compliance, delay and obfuscation." Emanuel's use of private phones and personal email, the lawsuit alleges, allows the mayor to do the public's business without scrutiny and contributes to a "lack of transparency."
Golly, it's a good thing there are laws at every level covering this sort of behavior and punishment shall be meted swiftly and ruthlessly against all who disobey. If there weren't consequences, why, a former Secretary of State could run a private e-mail server out of her house, conduct sensitive national business away from Congressional oversight, and allow foreign governments could steal all sorts of classified information. And that would never ever happen.


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