Thursday, July 28, 2016

Rumor Comes True

  • The Chicago Police Department’s second-in-command and the department's chief of internal affairs have applied for the top police job at Northeastern Illinois University, a university spokesman said Wednesday.

    First Deputy Superintendent John Escalante was named interim Chicago police superintendent when Garry McCarthy stepped down from the post last year in the wake of the release of the video of Laquan McDonald’s killing. Escalante was passed over for the permanent job for another department veteran, Eddie Johnson, but Escalante remained in the department in the first deputy job. Chief of Internal Affairs Eddie Welch III heads the police bureau responsible for internal investigations of allegations of misconduct against police officers.
What is it they say about rats abandoning ships? The rats always seem to know.

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Spotted at the Academy

It's coming:


This was a Police Academy sequel, right?

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Baltimore Railroading Derails

  • Charges have been dropped against all the officers who still faced trial in connection with the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray last April.

    The prosecutors’ decision was announced at a pretrial motions hearing for Officer Garrett Miller, who faced charges of second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.

    Four Baltimore officers already stood trial in connection to Gray’s death. Three were acquitted by Judge Barry Williams
The fourth was a hung jury and would have been an additional acquittal upon retrial.

Looking at the big picture though, we wonder if this was intended as yet another boost to the "outrage" wing of hte democratic party. Hillary needs a massive minority turnout to win. What better way to motivate than to drop charges against three clearly innocent cops, blame the system and then run commercials to stoke the fires of the low-information voter?

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Lambs Lined Up

  • Chicago's police oversight agency has recommended that three officers be fired for shootings the agency ruled unjustified, officials said.

    Last week, the Independent Police Review Authority ruled that officers in two separate cases shot into vehicles even though the officers were in no serious danger.

    The agency's recent rulings — made as city officials continue to cope with public outrage over police practices — represent a shift for an agency that had previously justified almost every shooting by an officer. IPRA has ruled more shootings unjustified over the past 1 1/2 months than it had in the previous nine years.
That tells us that this is a political move, "mob justice" if you like. The first shooting is from 2013, the other from 2015. Both involve vehicles.
  • In one of the cases the agency ruled on last week, [the officer] shot Ryan Rogers to death in East Hazel Crest in 2013 while the officer was on a special assignment investigating robberies in the city and suburbs, records show. [The officer] told IPRA investigators that he shot four times because Rogers drove an SUV at him, records show, but IPRA's ruling said the evidence showed that he fired at least one shot after he was no longer in peril.
So three shots were justified, but the fourth wasn't? Because someone who showed no hesitation about aiming a ton of metal at an officer wasn't a fleeing felon who would have run down anyone else in his path to get away?
  • In the other case, records show, [Officer A and Officer B] shot and wounded a man who drove off in his SUV as the police tried to stop him after an alleged drug transaction on the South Side in 2015. In its ruling, IPRA noted that the bullet trajectories indicated the officers were standing alongside the SUV during the shooting, not in its path.
General Order 03-02-03, II-A:
  • A sworn member is justified in using force likely to cause death or great bodily harm only when he or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary:

    1. to prevent death or great bodily harm to the sworn member or to another person, or:
    2. to prevent an arrest from being defeated by resistance or escape and the sworn member reasonably believes that the person to be arrested:

    a. has committed or has attempted to commit a forcible felony which involves the infliction, threatened infliction, or threatened use of physical force likely to cause death or great bodily harm or;
    b. is attempting to escape by use of a deadly weapon or;
    c. otherwise indicates that he or she will endanger human life or inflict great bodily harm unless arrested without delay,
Forcible Felony - like the attempted murder of a Police Officer? Deadly weapon - like a car? Will endanger human life - like driving a hunk of metal at a human being? We just tore this apart with almost no effort. Imagine what a lawyer could do.

These are crap-tacular efforts to find something administratively to fuck coppers on, because they know legally there is as little evidence as the Baltimore prosecutor had railroading six cops. IPRA is looking for scalps - don't be their trophy.

The next move is up to Special Ed - a guy who can't even keep his lies straight about his girlfriend cheating her way to a crooked promotion along with Wysinger's wife and half of IAD. Anyone think he's going to do the right thing? Or the thing that keeps the spotlight off his own dirty house?

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Homicide Rate Surges for...

  • Chicago's per capita homicide rate climbed over the last decade, and the chances of an African-American being killed in the city spiked drastically, according to a new report.

    From 2005 to 2015, the city went from 17.3 homicides per 100,000 residents to a rate of about 18.8, according to a report from the Injury Prevention and Research Center at the Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

    But the report held particularly troubling news for African-Americans. The rate for blacks in Chicago jumped from 36.1 homicides per 100,000 residents in 2005 to 46.5 a decade later. Other studies have shown steep drops in the city's African-American population in recent years, but crime figures remain stubbornly high in many largely black neighborhoods.
Well, if the decent law-abiding community scrimps and saves enough money to move out of the crime ridden neighborhoods, who's left for the police to shoot? Oh wait. The police have shot exactly 0.5141388% of those catching bullets in 2016 - one-half-of-one-percent.

Meanwhile, on the west side:
  • Neighbors turned their heads at the sound of screeching tires in the intersection of Lavergne Avenue and West End Avenue in the Austin neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.

    A woman frantically parked her minivan in the middle of the road behind orange crime-scene tape. Her sandals flew off as she ran into the street where her 18-year-old son had been shot in the chest.
18-year-old dead, 17 and 13-year-old wounded. Typical Tuesday we suppose.

And in Florida:
  • What started as a beach-themed teen party at a Florida nightclub ended early Monday in a shooting, with a 14-year-old and an 18-year old killed and more than a dozen others injured.
And the three shooters were all cops. Just kidding! They weren't cops at all. But in keeping with the mainstream media's habit of not identifying offenders who don't fit the narrative, we'll keep quiet about it, even though all three have been identified and are currently in custody.

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Anti Police is DNC Platform

Tonight was the Night of the Narrative. Philly PD was not happy and let people know, though the media barely covered it:
  • Philadelphia’s police union is blasting Hillary Clinton for inviting relatives of victims of police shootings to speak at the Democratic National Convention next week, but failing to include relatives of slain police officers.

    John McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, said the union was “shocked and saddened” by the planned choice of speakers at the convention, which opens Monday in Philadelphia.

    “The Fraternal Order of Police is insulted and will not soon forget that the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton are excluding the widows and other family members of police officers killed in the line of duty who were victims of explicit and not implied racism,” Mr. McNesby said in a statement.
They released this letter:


Little to no coverage though. Hillary needs a huge push to turn out her husband's core constituency, and the lives of a few cops (or a few dozen) are just a stepping stone to the presidency.

UPDATE: The always spot-on AceofSpades blog calls it "Cop Killin Night"

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DNC

Night One at the Democratic National Convention ought to tell everyone quite a bit:
  • Guess who filled in for Wasserman Schultz yesterday

    If you said Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, you understand the modern Democratic party very well.

    Rawlings-Blake formally opened the proceedings in place of the deposed Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

    Readers will recall that, as rioting commenced in Baltimore, Rawlings-Blake stated:

    It’s a very delicate balancing act because while we try to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well, and we work very hard to keep that balance and to put ourselves in the best position to de-escalate.
    (Emphasis added)
Mayor "Space to Destroy" representing the face of the DNC.

Mayor "Stand Down the Police."

We're surprised she didn't bring her sidekick, "Railroad the Police" Mosby

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

OT Boycott Gets Media Coverage

WBEZ had something, but we can't find it.

The Sun Times followed:
  • The Fraternal Order of Police is urging its members to turn down all requests for “non-mandatory overtime” over Labor Day weekend to protest “continued disrespect of Chicago Police officers and the killing of officers across our country.”

    “This is a time when very few people have come out and supported police officers. Very few people have spoken out against the murderous attacks or non-stop, anti-police rhetoric. No one is taking into account the spouses and children of police officers and the heightened concern they have for what their loved ones do every day,” FOP President Dean Angelo said Monday.

    “We’re asking our members to consider not participating in secondary employment to spend time with their families. They deserve it. They’ve earned it. They should take advantage of it. This is not a job action or to put pressure on anybody at the city. This has got nothing to do with what is or isn’t going to be discussed in 2017 [contract talks]. It’s for our members to spend time with their families.”

    The decision to declare Sept. 2, 3, 4 and 5 “FOP Unity Days” was communicated to rank-and-file police officers in a union flier.
That seems kind of.....well, weaselly. It is not a job action as it is voluntary special employment, but it is most certainly is a message to the administration - "Hire more cops!" seems to be what we're reading. And that's a perfectly appropriate message to be sending to the city - the Department is badly understaffed. But Dean is calling it something else.

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CPD Civilian Shooting

  • A civilian Chicago Police Department employee shot a man who tried to rob him at gunpoint a few blocks from Douglas Park on the city's West Side, police said.

    Police said the 57-year-old man was trying to get on his motorcycle around 6 a.m. Monday when two male suspects, a 31-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy, walked up to him and announced a robbery near West 13th Street and South Sawyer Avenue.

    The older suspect pointed a gun at the CPD employee while the younger suspect went through his pockets, police said. When the teen tried to take his licensed concealed weapon, the victim shot man in the neck.
Nice shot there. But we don't understand this part:
  • Both suspects are in custody. Charges are pending. Area Central detectives are handling the investigation and the Independent Police Review Authority responded to the scene, police said.
IPRA? Why? They investigate and review police actions, not civilians. Hopefully, he told them to go fuck themselves. Again though, nice shot. More concealed carry, less criminals.

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Another Lovely Weekend

  • Forty-seven people were shot in Chicago over the weekend, five of them fatally, as the pace of gun violence in the city has pushed the number of victims to nearly 2,300 this year, according to data kept by the Tribune.

    So far this year, the number of people shot in Chicago is at least 740 higher than last year at this time, the data show. The city has had at least 268 homicides so far this year, which is about 105 more homicides than this time last year.
Overachievers.

UPDATE: That number in the second paragraph should be 368 - even though HeyJackass puts Chicago at 381. And the "nearly 2300...." Chicago passed that milestone in early July.

The massive difference in the "official numbers" and the HeyJackass numbers is pretty much "The Department is lying to you."

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Witness Getting Grief

This is what people who do the right thing have to put up with when they don't toe the line of the prevailing narrative:
  • A violent confrontation on the Near South Side that left a man dead and a police officer wounded began when a woman walking her dog became suspicious as the man sat drinking in a park.

  • [the witness] said some comments on the Internet have blamed her for Love's death.

    “It’s not my fault what happened. I just reported something that I saw that was worth being reported," she said. "That’s what police are there for. If you can’t tell them, then I don’t know what you’re supposed do."
Of course, she's not from around these parts, so she doesn't understand how dangerous it might be to go against the "community" that wants nothing to do with actual law and order:
  • [the witness] moved to Chicago last year and is working on her master’s degree in public policy at the University of Chicago. She was born and raised in Lebanon, and received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English literature before switching career paths.

    "If you feel like you’re seeing something suspicious that could potentially put other people in danger, the way you should respond is, to get the people there out of harm’s way and report it and let professionals deal with it,” [the witness] said. “Clearly I didn’t walk up to the guy and ask him, 'Hey, why are you here? Why are you drinking?' I just made sure the park was cleared and the girls went home. And I told the cops because figured it’s their job to deal with it.”
And educated? That's a no-no among the perpetually aggrieved people. Who does she think she is?

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Vigil Coverage

Surprisingly, the media covered it:
  • (Tribune) A few dozen police officers and family members gathered for a short prayer vigil Sunday morning for a Chicago police officer shot Thursday night, as well as for several law enforcement officers shot and killed nationwide in recent weeks.

    The Chicago officer, who was assigned to bike patrol, was shot in the leg in an exchange of gunfire with a 50-year-old man in Battle of Fort Dearborn Park in the Prairie Avenue District neighborhood.

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DOJ on the Prowl?

Is this for real?
  • I sure hope that the DOJ have their hands into the Detective's promotional exam, once the city gets the scores back from the private company. My brother told me that the DOJ removed the refrigerator from the 001st District's CAPs office. They said that the officers were stealing electricity from the city. No refrigerators allowed without a CPD inventory number on it.
Which supernintendo was it who figured that Officers would eat better if they brought lunch from home? We seem to remember that the boss they'd be able to store their healthy veggie snacks and such in the refrigerator located at the desk.

That's out now? We guess that officers shouldn't expect to use the station washrooms as that would be stealing water from the city. The new stations equipped with weight rooms? Better exercise in the dark lest the DOJ say that electricity is stolen also. And don't even think of using the showers afterward.

That television in the Tact Office? Or the one in the Watch Lieutenant's office? Or the commander's office? The one with the "satellite hookup? Yeah, not any more.

Guess we won't be siphoning gas out of the pool cars for our lawnmower this year either.

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Airport Nonsense?

Someone wrote in the comment section that there is an order, currently posted in the O'Hare C.O. Book, that Officers are forbidden from using the "family" restrooms at the airport, but must instead use the regular public washrooms.

As the commentator said, that isn't really that intelligent, given that a full duty rig down around one's ankles is an invitation to someone in the next stall grabbing hold of things and wreaking havoc. There aren't any "employee only" restrooms that might be single use? Or something similar out of the public eye that doesn't mean a trip back to the substation?

Unfortunately, their language tended to the scatological, so we "flushed" it.... in a manner of speaking.

But this is yet another example of Department shortsightedness - outdoor roll calls set up in conjunction with aldercreatures and "community"groups, many of whom wish us ill; DUI checkpoint locations advertised weeks in advance; day-glo vests at outdoor events, that make picking out targets as simple as ABC; promoting unqualified girlfriends and wives by feeding them test answers; etc, etc.

It's almost like safety is a secondary (or worse) concern.

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By Popular Demand

People asked, so here's a little something for the collection plates:


Write your message on the back so word gets to Blase.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

"New" Crystal Ball Unit

  • When a few police cars pulled up outside Daniel Alcantara's West Side residence last summer, the gang member dashed into his home.

    From outside his window, the officers asked him to come out and talk. They weren't there to arrest him, they explained, but to warn him: They believed he was at a high risk to go to prison — or to the grave. It was time to give up the gang life, and they were there to help him, they said.

    The warning proved prophetic. Last month, Alcantara, 20, was gunned down in the Logan Square neighborhood, another victim of escalating gang wars.
After all that effort, he still managed to get killed. You can lead a gang-banger to safety, but you can't make him drink. And so the "Strategic Subject List" was reduced by one.

Here's some amusing math:
  • After taking office in March amid one of the most tumultuous times in department history, Superintendent Eddie Johnson bluntly said, "We know who they are." He was referring to the approximately 1,400 individuals, many of them gang members, whom the department put on a list of those they say are most likely to commit or be targeted by violence. Those on that list, Johnson said, are driving the killings and shootings.

    Indeed, officials said 85 percent of the more than 2,100 people shot so far this year had been placed on what police refer to as the "strategic subject list."
85% of 2,100 is 1,785. The SSL is "only" 1,400 names, which means that 385 of those 1,400 have been shot twice this year? We can think of half-a-dozen who have been shot twice, but 385? We'll even leave out that 2,100 is at least 197 short of HeyJackass.com's totals as of yesterday.

The article does point out that citywide units seemed to play a part in keeping the homicide totals under 500 - and that the totals began to climb once these units were disbanded. And that coincided with Rahm's and McCompStat's to gut the manpower numbers - cutting budgeted spots by 1,200, slowed hiring, retirement attrition, etc.

We're trying to figure out what this love letter to Lewin is about - is he up for De-Escalante's spot?

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Bella Explains

This was forwarded to us - it has the Recording Secretary's name attached to the header as author, though he wasn't the one forwarding it to us:
  • The Chicago FOP is asking the membership not to volunteer to work any type of VRI over the Labor Day weekend.

    How does it affect you?

    You might get one day of VRI from Friday to Monday. If not working VRI impacts manpower the City will cancel your day off and you will make the money anyway.

    What does it prove?

    The media will have to report on the manpower shortage and it will prove that Rham and the Department have been lying about manpower for the past 6 years. Every cop out there complains they can't get time off, can't get off on holidays this will bring that fact home.

    What will you gain?

    You will prove to [Rahm] that we are united, we will do what it takes to fix the problems. We are sick and tired of being screwed. We are the ones being hospitalized, suspended, shot and yes killed.

    We deserve better and the worst that happens is that you have a nice BBQ with your family. Take the time to hug and kiss them because that is worth more than the time and a half pay.
As many know, the FOP, indeed, any member of the FOP, advocating a "job action" is subject to sanctions, charges and termination. An overtime initiative is a voluntary endeavor, and therefore is not a job action, and this essay pretty well explains why everyone ought to consider and adhere to the FOP's direction.

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Prayer Vigil

Planned by some CPD spouses:
  • PRAYER VIGIL TO SUPPORT LAW ENFORCEMENT

    Sunday July 24th @ 10:00 AM
    1718 S. State St, Chicago

    In front of the 001 District Station

    We are having a prayer Vigil to support all of our brave men and women in Law Enforcement. Please wear blue and feel free to make signs to show support. This is going to be a peaceful vigil to show we stand behind our police.
The party forwarding this along apologized for the short notice. Apparently this was just planned.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Well This is Something

The FOP actually discovering some form of testicles (click for a larger image):


Time to make Rahm feel some pain. One suggestion for the FOP though:
  • You need to have a penalty for anyone working these days. Otherwise, some jerks are going to sign up for it and just say, "Screw everyone else - I'm getting mine."
Therefore, to put some teeth in there with your newly-found nuts, we respectfully suggest anyone found to be working this day will be expelled from the bargaining unit and denied the benefits of the bargaining unit.

No cowering behind, "Well, we can't make them not sign up." That's going to be Rahm's hope. Sure you can. How do you think the dems and repubs maintain party discipline? Denying the benefits of their party - committees, chairmanships, fundraising, election support. Crack the whip or Rahm is going to walk all over you and the membership, which already doubts where you stand, will de-legitimize the entire organization.

Get the PBPA behind this, too.

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A Good Deed

  • Two Chicago Police Officers helped a woman in need Tuesday after a call came in that she was wandering around her neighborhood for hours.

    Officer Haro and Officer McDonald found the woman, who was lost and disoriented, near the intersection of 95th and Halsted. When they asked her if she needed help getting home, they realized she was non-verbal, so they started writing on a piece of paper to ask her questions.

    They discovered that her home was just a few blocks away and helped her walk back home. At her house, the officers noticed that she lived alone and that she had very little food, so they made a run to a local grocery store to stock her pantry and fridge out of their own pockets.

    The officers said that when they came back with the food, they were thanked with tears and a hug from the woman, before they went on to their next job.
Very well done Officers.

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This is Farcical

Instead of actually canvassing the area, IPRA pulls this rabbit out of their collective asses:


IPRA can't be bothered to do an actual investigation at the scene, contemporaneous with the events, but rather solicits any information from passersby who might happen to see a flyer posted in the neighborhood.

We guess they didn't want to get wet in the rain.

UPDATE: Aren't there some sort of ordinances about "Post no Bills"? Perhaps a few ANOV's for the "investigators" might be in order.

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Openings!

The City posted District openings Friday.

The sergeants have 57 openings - every district except 015 and 017.

The Patrol Division has exactly 10 openings, all in 003.

What a joke.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Officer Shot

(This post has been moved up from 2152 hours last night when it originally appeared.)

18th and Calumet.

Officer at Northwestern.

Offender dead.

Prayers for the officer - last report was positive.

UPDATE: Officer released from hospital and is resting.

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Mounted Graduation

Congratulations to the graduates:
  • A new group of mounted Chicago police officers has hit the streets, after completing what they said was some of the most difficult training of their lives.

    The officers ran their equine partners through a demonstration that included a police SUV barreling into the training arena at the South Shore Cultural Center.

    The horses stood perfectly still as the SUV circled them, tires spinning, horn and sirens blaring, and a capgun blazing – all noises the horses might encounter on the job.
And some new uniforms were unveiled at the ceremony:



Nowadays, even the horses need all the possible protection available.

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Hire 1,000

Remember those 1,000 cops Rahm promised? The "community" is remembering, too:
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday unleashed a familiar emotional tirade in response to the shooting of a 6-year-old Englewood girl caught in the crossfire between rival gangs, but the mayor’s words rang hollow to the local alderman.

    After three shootings this week in a gang-ridden South Side ward that includes Englewood and Back of the Yards, Ald. Ray Lopez (15th) is demanding that Emanuel finally make good on his 2011 campaign promise to hire 1,000 additional police officers.
And Lopez wants "reinforcements" for CPD:
  • In the meantime, Lopez wants Chicago Police officers now working in pairs for their own safety to get reinforcements from the Illinois National Guard, the Illinois State Police, the Cook County Sheriff’s office or all of the above.

    “The police are now forced to be reactionary. They’re forced not to be pro-active and engaged. … We’re pulling them back because of the safety concerns we have for our officers. But that hurts our ability to bring stability to the neighborhoods,” Lopez said
Rahm sticks with his scripted stupidity:
  • “There is no sense by somebody behind that gun pulling a trigger that they are responsible. There are too many guns, too few values and not a sense of consequence to the actions you take…. The ability to have guns—and any type of type of gun. The ability to use `em without a sense of consequence. And a criminal justice system in which those who are using guns are repeatedly put back on the streets.”
So, guns, guns, no values, guns, guns and the courts. Got it.

And the ones he's working on? Well, he isn't hiring. He's paying lip service to values (which is a family problem, not a government problem). And he isn't backing the police or bringing political pressure on judges to make consequences stick. So, pretty much nothing.

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Understaffing = Escapes

The major media outlets are ignoring this since so many of their relatives work for Dart:
  • The prisoner who led authorities on a three-hour manhunt after fleeing the Rolling Meadows courthouse Wednesday is being held on $1 million bail after Cook County prosecutors Thursday filed a felony escape charge against him.

    The Cook County sheriff's office said it is launching a thorough investigation into how Jonathan J. Scott was able to escape. As part of the inquiry, they say they will conduct a comprehensive review of staff and procedures.
Dart's people were quick to deny the obvious:
  • The escape was not the result of a shortage of guards at the courthouse, [sheriff's spokeswoman Kara] Smith said.

    "There is no suggestion that this was related to staffing," she said.
Could Miss Smith explain why this is the fourth such escape at a Dart run facility just this year then? We were just wondering.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Channel 7 Strikes Again

Once again, the media alters a story without noting that they "corrected" it, because that would mean that the agenda was exposed (again) and they'd have to explain how their multiple layers of "fact checking" failed once again in the face of a few phone calls.
  • Version #1 - But on Tuesday, a judge agreed to lift Green's curfew after his lawyer submitted letters from several supporters including Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Father Michael Pfleger.

  • Version #2 - But on Tuesday, a judge agreed to lift Green's curfew after his lawyer submitted letters from several supporters, including Father Michael Pfleger.
Something is missing in that second version.

The FOP provides this bit of information:
  • What we have learned thus far is that the media might have reported a crucial aspect of this story incorrectly. When we pushed City Hall for a copy of the alleged letter, we received a letter dated June 10, 2015 which we were told was mailed out to numerous volunteers who worked on the city-sponsored, 'Put the Guns Down' anti-violence campaign. We were also informed that the original letter was in no way intended to be used as support of any kind concerning this person's recent arrest; nor to help him to be removed from electronic monitoring or to assist him to once again use social media. If we are to believe this explanation, it could be construed that the Court was misled.
So a lawyer misrepresented a letter from thirteen months ago to alter the bail restrictions on someone who attempted to disarm an officer, spit on another officer, threatened the physical safety of a number of officers and told another he would "have his badge." That would appear to be an invitation to sanctions and/or disbarment.

We also don't see Rahm's lawyers (Corp Counsel) going to Court to correct the misrepresentation so that the judge had a complete picture of what was going on.

And finally, Channel 7 made the changes to their article without any notice of what had actually occurred. This is journalistic malpractice at its most blatant. Channel 7 has been rightly described as "thieves" by us on more than once occasion. Now they can rightfully wear the jacket of "hacks," "agenda driven" and "lying by omission motherfuckers."

(Aside to the unpublished asshat who said Channel 7 got their lead from us and we ought to check our sources, that isn't our job - that is the media's job. They're supposed to be at Court following cases, not stealing from blogs. We're cops (unlike you) who blog part time. They're "professionals" or so we've been told)

Someone ought to be fired over this, but they won't be. They won't even be identified by the management pulling the strings. The mask is slipping more and more.

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Time to Close the Beaches!

Higher temperatures predicted the rest of the week - topping out at almost 100 degrees on Friday (heat index well over 100). In order to avoid problems and prevent untoward violence, Rahm needs to use the Summer Mobile Force to immediately shut down the beaches. All that cool water only provokes people (and folks) to act out. We take you back to June 2011:
  • Police have been blaming hot weather on Monday for the sudden evacuation of North Avenue Beach.

    But as CBS 2 [...] reports, two days later, a lot of residents and beachgoers still are not buying the city’s version of events.

    They want to know, why weren’t all the beaches closed on Monday?

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel is now asking for a report on what went down, but he’s standing by the decision to close.

    Meanwhile, city officials are sticking to their story about collapsing beachgoers who were sick from the heat pushing people to close North Avenue Beach around 6 p.m. on Memorial Day.

    “You had public safety and you had public health,” Emanuel said. “There’s no Monday morning quarterbacking.”
    “There was no gang activity that was involved in the commander’s decision to close the beach,” said police Supt. Garry McCarthy.
We wonder if anyone in the media actually followed up on that report. CBS, you want to answer that one?

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Call a Crackhead

  • A billboard in Indiana has caused some controversy in the wake of the high-profile police killings and officer-involved shooting deaths of African-American men.

    The electronic billboard in Muncie caught the eyes of plenty of people around the town Saturday and one person described it as “vulgar” and “discriminatory.” It read “Hate cops? The next time you need help call a crackhead.”

    Megan Thomas told The Star Press on Sunday that she noticed the sign while walking with her niece. She said she was offended by the message, which she alleged was "vulgar, discriminatory to many different classes of people in our city.” She said it also seemed to have been up ahead of a police brutality protest.


Vulgar? Hardly.

Discriminatory? Because it made libtards butthurt?

Ahead of a protest? Seems timely.

You don't want the cops around and you got to call someone, why not a crackhead? They probably know where the crime is happening - they probably committed it or can direct you to where your TV ended up.

In any event, the social-justice warrior couldn't take the implied criticism and and complained to the billboard company. The company removed the board from the rotation lest some other sissy-ninny started whining.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Garfield Ridge

There are pockets of support, here and there. Mostly the taxpaying areas of the city - who are being shorted police coverage on a daily basis:
  • With blue ribbons on trees and blue light bulbs, porch after porch in Garfield Ridge illuminated in the color of law enforcement, a way for residents to say to police, "We're leaving the light on for you."

    "It sends a message home. It's such a quick indicator, a very simple action, but there's a lot of meaning behind it. And we certainly hope it catches on," says Al Torres of Garfield Ridge.

    Torres is among many in the community bathing their porches in blue. The campaign was organized by residents of this southwest side neighborhood where many cops live. At a community meeting Monday night there were prayers for the safety of officers.

    "We just want to show them that, hey, you know what, in all the troubled times that are going on in the country and in Chicago, that, hey, we've got your back. We support you," says resident Al Cacciottolo.
All well and good. Now we need your voices - in the media, in the community meetings, and in the voting booth. Stop voting for the "same-old-same-old." Start a grassroots "law and order" candidacy and put the fear of a vocal majority in the asshole politicians.

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Seriously? Seriously?

We have a hard time believing that Rahm would be so foolish as to inject himself into this:
  • Scc. We went to the court hearing this morning for Ja Mal Green in 42. State is going to indict. However numerous people wrote letters of support go Ja Mal, Including the Mayor of the City of Chicago. We thought that was interesting. The Mayor, who Ja Mal always rips on and wears the Tahm failed us shirts, writes a letter for a show of support for Ja Mal. That is a slap in the face to every Chicago Police Officer. 
We're going to need some more information on this one. FOP, are you going to ask for the Court Reporter's notes?

UPDATE: 100% true - Rahm has declared himself to be solely on the side of the lawbreakers:
  • Chicago activist Ja'Mal Green is off electronic monitoring after a court hearing Tuesday. He is also allowed to post on social media.

    Green was arrested earlier this month at a demonstration against police shootings.

    He is charged with hitting a Chicago police officer and trying to take his gun.

    But on Tuesday, a judge agreed to lift Green's curfew after his lawyer submitted letters from several supporters including Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Father Michael Pfleger.
So FOP, now what? Dean-o, you still selling us all down the river for Junior's supposed "merit" bump? Is that what it costs for your soul? Because Rahm has pretty much declared where he stands.

Where do you stand?

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Another Day, Another Englewood Victim

  • A 6-year-old girl was shot and seriously wounded Tuesday afternoon in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side.

    The girl was in front of her home in the 6000 block of South Paulina about 1 p.m. when she was shot in the abdomen, according to Chicago Police.

    She was taken in serious condition to Comer Children’s Hospital, police said.
Not sure how the denizens of 007 are going to make this into the police's fault, but we're betting that her "What I did on Summer Vacation" essay is going to be quite the story.

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Another Day, Another Officer Down

  • An officer with Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department was in critical condition Tuesday afternoon after being shot while on-duty.

    The officer, whose identity has not been released, had responded to a report of person being shot at by several people in a vehicle. When he and other officers arrived on the scene, the three or four occupants of the car jumped out and ran away, police said in a news release.

    One officer took one suspect into custody at 1:39 p.m., but a second officer was shot at 1:57 p.m. when he tried to make contact with another suspect, police said.
Unfrtunately, this Officer has since died.

And earlier today, it was revealed that the Officer shot near St. Louis is paralyzed from the neck down:
  • A suburban St. Louis police officer shot in the neck during a traffic stop is paralyzed from the neck down due to what the Ballwin police chief calls "catastrophic damage to his spinal cord."

    Officer Michael Flamion was shot from behind on July 8 after stopping a man for speeding in Ballwin, a well-to-do St. Louis County town of about 30,000 residents. Antonio Taylor of St. Louis was arrested later that day and is jailed on $500,000 bond on several charges, including first-degree assault of a law enforcement officer.
Prayers for all of the fallen and wounded.

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Stop the Violence Rally Ends in....

  • Ohio police on Tuesday were investigating a shooting at an impromptu anti-violence rally that killed a 19-year-old man and wounded a 12-year-old boy.

    As many as 300 people filled a lakeside park Sunday night in Euclid, outside Cleveland, for the "Stop the Violence Beach Party" when the shots rang out.

    The Cuyahoga County medical examiner said Phillip Banks was shot in the head and died later in a nearby hospital.

    Police did not identify the 12-year-old boy. They said he was shot in the back. Paramedics rushed him to the hospital.

    Residents had organized the beach party on the shore of Lake Erie.
Yup, it ended in violence. Imagine that.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

It's the Courts John

  • Then blue and red lights flooded her block in Austin as police and paramedics pulled up close to midnight Sunday. Two men had been shot at a house party in the 5000 block of West Jackson Boulevard, the end of another violent weekend in Chicago that saw seven people killed and at least 52 wounded.

    The toll brings the number of people shot in Chicago this year to nearly 2,200. At least 329 of them have been killed, about 100 more than this time last year.

    The spike prompted the Chicago Police Department to form a new summer patrol unit last month to tamp down violence during months when shootings historically rise. First Deputy Superintendent John Escalante said commanders were meeting Monday "coming up with what else we can do for this week."
You can stop having useless meetings first of all.
  • "We added resources each day," Escalante told reporters at police headquarters. "Those commanders are here right now, meeting with the chief of patrol."

    But he said "the courts, our state legislators, other community activists" need to step up and help the police "hold people accountable for their gun violence."

    He cited the killing of Raygene Jackson, 38, who was shot around 4:45 a.m. Sunday in the 4500 block of West Maypole Street.

    "I don't mean to victimize this victim any further, this man lost his life," Escalante said. "But our frustration is, in 1995 he was sentenced to 46 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for a murder. In 1995. He was paroled last year. How and why he's on the street, I don't know.

    "But if he was still serving his sentence, he wouldn't be a murder victim right now," he said.
Or he was murdered, he'd be counted in some prison stats and not a Chicago statistic, which would make Special Ed very happy.
  • Escalante also mentioned a 20-year-old man who was killed in a double shooting in Austin shortly before 8 p.m.

    Carlos Harding and another 20-year-old man were found shot inside a black SUV in the 100 block of North Lavergne Avenue. Harding suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The other man was shot in the leg and was stabilized at Stroger, Quaid said.

    Escalante noted that Harding had a record of 61 arrests. "Sixty-one arrests at the age of 20," he said. "That's the frustration we deal with. He has, and I believe it is correct but we'll double check, he has 20 convictions. Now granted, most of them are low-level misdemeanors but he has 20 convictions at the age of 20 years old.
But we imagine cops are the problem for....for...well, for something we guess. Arresting some asshole 61 times before age 20 pretty much means you're doing something that attracts attention to yourself. So blame the courts and hte prison system for releasing these oxygen thieves back on the street, not the cops doing their part to keep the streets safer.

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Shortages on the Horizon

This popped up in the comment section a few days ago:
  • So drove a copper to the 4th floor to retire the other day. Came back with 2 gems.

    1) Payouts on CU are taking 16 weeks, instead of the usual 6. (Excuse was they had a lot of people retire in May/Jun

    2) Total number of coppers signed up (so Far) to retire in Jan 2017?? In excess of 1000. Yes, that's One Thousand! How many are presently in the academy? How much are our taxes going to go up to pay the pension fund with 1000 more retirees?
One-thousand retirees? By next January? Is that even possible? We're assuming it's because the "55 and out" provision expires, but do we really have a thousand cops at or over 55?

The Department has absorbed the loss of 2,000 coppers because it happened in small increments, so no one actually noticed until the cars started going unmanned and the days off were getting denied.

But one-thousand in the next five months? The Department will collapse. Literally.

Can anyone verify this at all?

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Zero-for-Three

This is what happens when you rush an investigation based on nothing but lies and "feelings:"
  • Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams has ruled that Lt. Brian Rice, the highest-ranking Baltimore City Police officer to be charged in relation to the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, is not guilty of all the charges he faced — involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. Gray died on April 19, 2015, a week after he suffered a severe spinal cord injury while being transported in the back of a city police van. His death prompted riots last year in Baltimore.

    Rice is the third officer charged in the Gray case to get a full acquittal from Judge Williams.

    “The judge decided that there was no proof of any of the charges yet again,” according to WJZ’s Mike Hellgren, who was inside the courtroom as the verdict was read.
The State's Attorney, who was assuring everyone that she'd indict everyone even remotely connected with the case, didn't even bother to show up for the trial or verdict, attempting to sidestep the damage she did to the process that is supposed to protect all citizens.

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Missed It

As someone pointed out, the media must have missed the "Days of Rage" that may or may not have been threatened last weekend. Rumor has it that 5,000 protesters were abducted and run through the wood chippers in the basement of the Homan Square "Black Site."

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