Thursday, May 05, 2016

Black Lives Matter To Whom?

  • In the most sweeping study of its kind, police were more reluctant to shoot black suspects than their white counterparts, contradicting the widely accepted “racist cop” narrative driving movements such as Black Lives Matter.

    Instead, the Washington State University research, which was conducted before the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, lends support to previous studies pointing to a “reverse racism” phenomenon in policing.

    “We need to move beyond the post-Ferguson atmosphere where all use of force against a racial/ethnic minority person is considered biased and unreasonable until proven otherwise,” concluded the study, published in the May edition of the academic journal Criminology & Public Policy.

    “We need to move beyond this atmosphere that leads officers to put their lives in danger to avoid the significant-to-dire consequences of using force even when it is justified,” the report said.
So cops base their actions on....criminal indicators and societal behavior? Golly, can you imagine that. An entire movement based on non-existent "facts," bald-faced lies and media hype.

The line for apologies will start over at 35th Street and can run south down Michigan Avenue, probably ending in the vicinity of New Orleans.


Rahm, Mrs Lucas Switch Tactics

  • With Los Angeles and San Francisco breathing down Chicago’s neck, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday made one last stab at keeping movie mogul George Lucas’ museum in Chicago: an end-run around a federal judge that experts called a legal long-shot.

    Emanuel asked the federal appeals court to issue a writ of mandamus — ordering U.S. District Judge John Darrah to dismiss a Friends of the Parks lawsuit that Darrah kept alive. The lawsuit challenges the mayor’s original plan to give Lucas 17 acres of lakefront land near Soldier Field.
Rahm, being a ballerina and not a lawyer, is intent on wasting more taxpayer dollars on an Ego Monument, not just for George, but for himself, and his inability to actually run something successfully. Legal experts have already declared this a "long shot" and pretty much dead on arrival.

Mrs Lucas is trying for the guilt trip approach:
  • Hobson said the museum would bring more than $2 billion in economic benefit to the city, thousands of jobs and education opportunities for children.

    "As an African-American who has spent my entire life in this city I love, it saddens me that young black and brown children will be denied the chance to benefit from what this museum will offer," she said.
Wow. We had no idea that the only black and brown children interested in Star Wars lived in Chicago! Did you know that? Man, do we feel guilty that a billionaire won't be able to buy himself a massive ego boost by dumping a building that looks like a giant albatross dropping on the lakefront.

George should look at this as being better off anyway. Anything built in Chicago in the past two or three decades is falling apart, collapsing, leaking, polluted, and generally crappy in design and function.

Plus, the amount of payoffs due to Chicago pols would make Obi-Wan have to reevaluate his pointed criticism of Mos Eisley Spaceport.


Eddie Gets This...Sort Of

  • A 24-year-old man was charged Wednesday in a Northwest Side murder that police Supt. Eddie Johnson has pointed to as a glaring example of the need for the justice system to hold gun offenders with extensive felony records more accountable for their crimes.


    Court records show Martinez has gone in and out of prison and violated his parole conditions over and over between 2011 and 2016. He served about half of his three-year prison term in 2014 for being a felon in possession of a gun.


    “CPD will continue to use tools like our Strategic Subject List to identify and work with the less than 1 percent of residents who are driving the violence in Chicago, while at the same time demanding more from the criminal justice system to hold these individuals accountable, so they cannot continue to torment our communities,” Johnson said.

    Several pieces of legislation are pending in the General Assembly to get tougher on gun offenders. For years, the mayor’s office, the Chicago Police and the Cook County state’s attorney’s office have pushed for tougher gun laws, only to get rejected in Springfield.
We'll repeat this again as we preach to the choir - it isn't the so-called "lax" gun laws. Criminals have proven time and time again that they don't care about how much paperwork gets filled out for a gun purchase, because they don't purchase guns legally. They steal them and buy them from others who steal them.

But we have a feeling they'd care if they ended up on the right end of a "Project Exile" type sentence - a five year sentence served at a federal facility far from home and we'll guarantee a measurable drop in gun violence within six months. Read the link.

A drop big enough to win elections.


Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Someone to Verify?

FOP? Weren't you staking your futures on this?
  • Seriously Need your help. Senate Bill ( SB-777), was passed last May 2015, and it extends Chicago’s payment (of 515 million dollars) into the Police and Fire Pension for another 10 to 15 years. The money is presently due by 31 Dec 2016.

    The police and fire accepted this bill because there was to be a bill providing for a casino in Chicago, and all the profits from that casino would go into the police and fire pension for 5 years or until both were 90% funded.

    This bill, (SB-777) was sent to the governor on the 31st of March this year. THERE IS NO CASINO BILL ATTACHED NOR IS THERE ANY RECORD OF ONE BEING PROPOSED. The governor can sign the bill, or leave in on his desk and in 60 days it will automatically become law.

    We need you and your friends to call Governor Rauner in Springfield at 217-782-0244 and request that he VETO SB-777. Please do this as soon as possible. All you are required to do is to tell the person who you are and that you want the governor to veto SB-777.

    You can also contact your elected state official and asked them to also contact the governor with this request.
Someone want to tell the class what the heck is going on? We certainly hope that the FOP wasn't sold a bill of goods for a decade-plus grace period for a "casino" that isn't going to happen?

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May Heats Up

So is this the alleged "will of the people" that Rahm's buddies have been claiming the police are thwarting?
  • A 13- and a 16-year-old boy were killed in two separate shootings that occurred only three hours apart in Chicago Monday night. Both victims were identified Tuesday.

    Karina Betancourt can't comprehend that her little brother is dead.

    "He would have turned 14 in September. Yes. But did they let him? No," she said.
We're assuming that the "they" who didn't let him reach fourteen are the police - that's the media spin lately, right?
  • Leo's family said the seventh grader earned As and Bs in school and was a good soccer player.

    His family said they have wanted to leave the neighborhood because of gang violence, but now it is too late. Alderman Raymond Lopez of the 15th Ward said he has asked for help.

    "A month or so ago, we asked Sheriff Tom Dart to come down and assist police officers with stabilizing the community and bringing some security. We've had some good reports so far. We've had a lot of positive feedback from the community. Obviously the events of last night show us we have a long way to go in changing the culture of violence in these neighborhoods," Lopez said.
Oh, the aldercreature is blaming Dart. And it looks like this might be an actually decent kid who got killed by the hood rats infesting the 15th Ward.

And while certain media types were singing the praises of the "declining" homicide rate increase in April and pointing out that May began with 25-homicide-free hours, Chicago didn't disappoint as a string of four ended up getting killed in the next day, bringing the month into line with previous years.


So, Who Was Legally Correct?

What happens when a couple of known criminals, armed in violation of the law, decide to hash it out in the parking lot?
  • An 18-year-old man was denied bail Tuesday after prosecutors said he fired the first shot in a shootout on the South Side that left a 36-year-old man fatally wounded.

    Kashai Jones, of the 1700 block of East 70th Street, was charged earlier with first-degree murder in the death of Deitrick Stogner, of the 4600 block of South Prairie Avenue, officials said. The fatal attack happened about 1:20 p.m. Saturday, in the 100 block of West Garfield Boulevard.

    According to court documents, Stogner and three of his friends drove to a Currency Exchange at 148 W. Garfield Blvd. Stogner and two of the friends went inside and afterward, began walking  to the car that was parked in a lot.

    Jones and three of his friends who were in a vehicle, pulled into the same parking lot. Jones got out of the passenger seat and started firing a Glock 9 mm semi-automatic handgun at Stogner and his friends, prosecutors said.

    Stogner and his friends tried to flee unscathed, but one of the bullets struck Stogner in the abdomen. Before falling to the ground, Stogner grabbed his 9 mm handgun and fired back at Jones, prosecutors said.
Stogner died, Jones was wounded. Both guns recovered, one transported to the morgue and one in custody. So who should suffer the consequences for this blatant and obvious violation of the gun laws of Chicago, Cook County, Illinois?

If you answered, "Why, law abiding gun owners SCC!" then you might be a long time resident of this backwater.


Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Page May Arrested

Did everyone see the NFL Draft this weekend? Yeah, neither did we.

Did anyone see any of that supposed $100 million supposedly generated during the event? Maybe in the form of a property tax rebate or a waived garbage collection fee or maybe even a pension payment?

We did see the coverage of the protests on the last day though:
  • Seventeen women who were protesting and blocking Lake Shore Drive near Jackson Drive have been arrested and the street has been reopened Saturday afternoon in the Loop, city officials said.

    Traffic is being allowed through that intersection as of about 1:05 p.m., according to the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications spokeswoman Melissa Stratton.

    At 12:42 p.m. police were notified that people who were protesting near the NFL draft were obstructing traffic, said [...], a spokeswoman for the Chicago Police Department.

    The demonstrators caused Lake Shore Drive at Jackson Drive to be closed....

    Seventeen women were arrested and charges are pending, according to [...] a spokesman for the Chicago Police Department.
And among the seventeen? Karen Lewis's follow-up act, Page "Fuck the Police" May. So Karen's hench-weasels are making enemies all over the place, among the cops and among the citizenry who just wanted to see the future of the NFL.


Investigation Expanding Again

Word from a few places that now, a few sergeants have been or are being served with papers regarding the IG's investigation into the cheating scandal.

Curiously, at least one of the sergeants being served is from :::GASP!!!::: the Internal Affairs Division, the very people the Department "trusts" to investigate the original allegation of a secret study group....the ones who closed the first investigation without finding anything.

So who's going to talk first? Is someone wired? Are the phones tapped? Are promises being made to ensure silence? Or cooperation?

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Media Picks up on Doubts

That "Chief Resilience Officer" spot is raising eyebrows among the press:
  • What the heck is a “chief resilience officer” anyway? And how in the world did Chicago ever get along without one?

    After announcing and filling the new job bankrolled by the Rockefeller Foundation, Mayor Rahm Emanuel struggled to explain just what it is that former Deputy Water Management Commissioner Aaron Koch would be doing in the newly created job.

    The only thing we know for sure is that somebody other than Chicago taxpayers is paying Koch’s salary.

    “When we used to make investments as a city — we’re making ’em in the water and sewer area or paving or playgrounds — we would see that playground” in an isolated fashion, Emanuel said.
Um....ok. Glad to see he's wasting someone else's money, but what was that crap that just exited Rahms mouth? It made no sense at all. And it gets better:
  • “When we used to make investments as a city — we’re making ’em in the water and sewer area or paving or playgrounds — we would see that playground” in an isolated fashion, Emanuel said.

    “Now, thinking about how you make those investments . . . in a way that’s also an environmentally smart way to retain water and do it in a way where you’re not just creating runoff. [It’s] a way to see things in a more kind of integrated way,” he said. “Holistic would be another way to put it. From environmental to social policies to educational policies.”

    Resilience is defined as the ability to bounce back from major setbacks.

    That means the new chief resilience officer will focus on helping Chicago recover more quickly from “shocks like flooding or blizzards” and better planning development projects to minimize the environmental impact.

    “The foundation is supporting this individual to help us think . . . from a holistic, more of a global approach. Rather than addressing that issue, seeing it in the context of a set of other both opportunities and challenges,” the mayor said.

    If that sounds as clear as mud, Emanuel tried again to explain his marching orders to Aaron Koch.
Mud is an understatement. And we can only imagine that at some point, wheelbarrows full of taxpayer money are going to be wasted maintaining or expanding this "program."

But then Fran Spielman lets slip something that, while not surprising, ought to piss off taxpayers:
  • He pointed to his newly created task force on homelessness. It brought together the 13 agencies that deal with the problem “so we have a more thoughtful, integrative approach” and “nobody’s falling through [cracks because of] the siloed wall approach.”
Thirteen agencies? For dealing with homelessness? Thirteen? How about you point that fancy "resilience officer" over at that direction and see if you can't "resilient" some of our tax money back, you twit.


Monday, May 02, 2016

A "Decrease" in the Increase

  • There was one more murder in Chicago in April than the same month last year.

    Sunday, the Chicago Police Department released the overall crime statistics for April 2016. Overall for the month, there were 36 murders, 253 shootings and 311 shooting victims.

    That’s a 3 percent increase in murders from April 2015.   The police department says the homicide rate is in a downward trend for the year, with an increase of 75 percent in January, 126 percent in February and 29 percent in March.
So, for the learning impaired (yes media, we're looking at you):
  • Apr 2016 +3%
  • Mar 2016 +29%
  • Feb 2016 +126%
  • Jan 2016 +75%
So the rate is still going up, but since it's going up "slower," that's a win? In what world? And what happens when it finally warms up in May?

And the media just publishes this without questions like, "What's the yearly increase in homicides?" or "What's the total increase in homicides?" or "What is the mayor doing to stop all this bloodshed?"

Nope, they just move on to the "feel good" stats in the next paragraphs:
  • CPD reports an increase in police activity compared to this time last year, including an increase of murder arrests by nearly 10%, an increase of gun recoveries by 30%, and an increase of investigative stops by roughly 10% compared to the month of March.

    Officers have taken more than 2,800 guns off the streets since the start of this year.
That's it. Nothing for comparison. Murder arrests are up 10%! Well golly, the clearance rate for all of last year was something like 26%. With more murders this year, if CPD kept the same clearance rate, then there's your 10% increase, but the needle hasn't budged from the "3-out-of-4 murders walk" statistic.

More smoke, more mirrors.

Note: The Sun Times has a much better breakdown than WGN did. They must have hired someone with a calculator.

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Assphincter Says What Now?

An article in the Tribune tells of a new technology initiative that will make Chicago the most wired-in city in North America:
  • Come late June, city electricians are expected to start strapping beehive-shaped sensor boxes to municipal light poles — environmental Fitbits for neighborhoods, essentially.

    How's the air quality? Where does rainwater pool? Where do air temperatures spike?

    The 14-inch-high cylinders filled with sensors and cameras — developed by computer scientists and designers at Argonne National Laboratory, the University of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago — should shed light on stubborn urban problems — everything from asthma clusters and flood-prone intersections to so-called "heat islands," densely developed corners of the city that trap heat. Ultimately, the data should lead to affordable, energy-efficient solutions to those problems and others.
And this will miraculously enable the tinkerers to fix crooked contracts that provide Chicagoans with substandard roads, corrupt parking meters and promotional exam cheaters.


But as we read further, this paragraph stands out - hell, it leaps out and hits you in the head with a two-by-four:
  • But already the city's nascent efforts to collect environmental data are sparking concerns about further erosion of individual privacy in a city already outfitted with police cameras, red light cameras, in-store cameras and public transit cameras. And, perhaps most critically, some observers question whether the collection and analysis of data will lead to meaningful improvements to urban life, as advocates suggest, or just enrich big tech vendors.

    "How do we connect these abstract, big-picture, big-data initiatives to the needs of the residents of Chicago who are struggling under a failure to fund education and under a police force that thwarts the will of the people?" asked Daniel X. O'Neil, executive director of Smart Chicago Collaborative, a civic group that aims to improve residents' lives through technology.
Well, firstly, of course the purpose is to enrich vendors. This is Chicago, duh.

Second of all....what the hell was that bullshit? A police force that thwarts the will of the people? We missed that memo somewhere. Was there a training class? A General Order? Something? Because we're all about thwarting. We wake up every morning wondering, "Who can we Thwart today?" We want to be that old-timer who used to come into to Roll Call half in the bag and regale us with war stories about all the Thwarting he had done in years past. Someone got out of line? Thwart! Some lead foot speeding in a School Zone? Oh, someone was getting a Thwarting. Some piss-ant gangbanger giving you the fish eye? You just knew, some Thwart was dished out to everyone wearing colors that night.

Who the hell stuck a quarter in Poindexter over there with all his "thwart" talking?


Those Files are Still Around

All those disciplinary files that aren't supposed to exist? They got a stay of execution:
  • The federal investigation into the Chicago Police Department has slowed a push by police unions to destroy decades of disciplinary files on officers, a labor arbitrator ruled on Friday.

    Unions representing rank-and-file officers, as well as sergeants, lieutenants and captains each filed labor grievances after a 2012 court ruling that would have turned over to activists and journalists files on police officer misconduct cases dating back to 1967. The unions complained that their contracts with the city stipulate that records should be “purged” or destroyed outright, a stance a pair of labor arbitrators initially had backed.

    But the landscape changed when the U.S. Department of Justice began a probe of the police department earlier this year, and issued a “document preservation notice” to the department, arbitrator George Roumell Jr. wrote in a letter handed down Friday. Roumell in January had ordered the city and union to set a timeline for destroying those same files.
How about, at the minimum, a career destruction date? You retire and there are no open investigations and the statute of limitations has passed, everything with your name on it from OPS, IPRA, IAD, whatever, all gets incinerated. There's nothing from 1967 that should even exist right now. Everyone is retired, pensioned or dead. What possible purpose is served by these files?

It was a different time, under different rules, evaluated by different standards and morals. By different people, too, in most cases, a bit more intelligent than the morons currently in government.


Call Someone.....Please

Another day, and we hear of another suicide.

We post this every so often and we'll post it again. Boys and girls, if you are so far down that dark and disturbing path that you can't see any direction, exit, sunlight, call EAP (Employee Assistance Program).

They do good work - we've seen it first hand for a few coppers in trouble. It's confidential, it's 24-hours, it will not affect your job and might just save your life.

And officers, if you know someone looking into that abyss, intervene somehow. Get a friend, get someone to help. Make the call and see what EAP can do in terms of guiding you to a resolution that doesn't involve you second-guessing and wondering, "What else could I have done?"



Sunday, May 01, 2016

Nice Timing

When confronted by a scandal, watch the rats flee:
  • There's a fax message released today announcing the cake and coffee retirement reception for Gene Williams. Good riddance, Gene, and may your legacy be that of a stupid and incompetent cheater. Maryet, Davina, and Nakia will keep the memory of you alive on the CPD.
This serves to bolster the truth behind the story and the information coming to us from assorted sources.

IAD should be gutted over this, top to bottom, given that they deep-sixed this investigation and promoted people for covering things up.

Here's an amusing game to play at the retirement "Cake and Coffee" - who's wearing the wire? Because with an actual complaint signed and Gene running away, you know someone needs a seat before the music stops playing.


Rumor II Gets Addressed

  • The former president of Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police has obtained a $100,000 legal settlement from the state FOP in a lawsuit he filed accusing the union of removing him from office in retaliation for exposing corruption, a source told the Chicago Sun-Times.

    Michael Shields was suspended as the head of Chicago’s police union in December 2013 after he sent a letter to City Hall Inspector General Joseph Ferguson charging that two prior police contracts and a sergeants’ contract were fixed.

    The Sun-Times first reported on the explosive letter, which said the former FOP president engaged in “backroom-deal” arbitrations with the city.

    The next day, the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police suspended Shields, barring him from negotiating with the city, accusing him of violating his oath of office and calling him a “dictator.”

    Shields sued both the Chicago and state FOP lodges, claiming retaliation and demanding pay for the remainder of his three-year term as well as for the term of his successor, Dean Angelo, elected Chicago FOP president in April 2014.

    The state FOP settled with Shields in December, after former state union president Ted Street was deposed, said Shields’ attorney Michael Leonard.
So Street was deposed and a settle offered forthwith? Sounds like the State Lodge did something very wrong and paid a hefty price. It also looks like Lodge 7 will be paying the piper shortly and then claiming the settlement is "confidential" to cover up the smell of it all.

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Sneed Plays Catch-Up....Again

Someone posted about this on 22 April......oh yeah, our readers. We spread the word on 23 April. Sneed catches up a week later:
  • Sneed hears a recent recall of cop ammunition is causing concern amongst the Chicago Police Department rank and file.

    Word is the recall is for ammunition which was distributed to police officers after they had gone through their annual firearms inspection, which is required once a year.

    The department supplies 50 rounds of ammunition a year to each police officer after they qualify on the range.


    “The Academy is currently doing an ammo swap. A few weeks ago CPD received ammunition and a small amount of rounds within the shipment didn’t meet our minimum quality assurance standards. The range staff brought this up to the manufacturer and they offered to swap the entire 100,000 round shipment with new ammunition. Per the range staff, there was never any safety risks for officers or academy staff and CPD only found a small amount that didn’t meet our specifications.”
So Sneed is a week behind getting clearance to publish information that's been out there for a while now.

100,000 rounds? At 50 per, that's.....2,000 officers.

The Department is shorter than we suspected.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Investigation Update

Anyone else find this ""interesting"?

The media, which has been howling for weeks/months now about how the Department is "out of control," "racist," or "fetal," and will spend hours of coverage about this, yet not a peep about how a completely corrupt examination has promoted inept, incompetent and clout-heavy people into positions they don't deserve, can't perform and essentially stole from other test takers?

Is this not Theft? Corruption? Scandal? What the media supposedly thrives on?

Don't they see that this is directly tied into their supposed findings by Rahm's Task Force? The Department leadership is rotten to the core, and only DNAInfo is keeping this thing alive:
  • City Inspector General Joseph Ferguson has notified Chicago Deputy Police Supt. Eugene Williams and two lieutenants that they are the subjects of a probe into allegations of cheating on the police lieutenants promotion exam, sources told DNAinfo.

    The city watchdog's investigation advanced this week when a Police Department employee signed his name to an official misconduct complaint alleging Williams shared privileged information in a study group about the most recent test used to promote sergeants to lieutenants, sources said.

    Police union contract rules state officers are not required to answer questions about administrative misconduct allegations made by anonymous Police Department employees.

    The whistleblower, who had been anonymous, agreed to be identified in the complaint at the urging of investigators who told him the probe would otherwise die.

    DNAinfo is not naming the officer who signed the complaint; he has asked for anonymity because he fears reprisal from the department's top brass.
We also have independent confirmation that there are three lieutenants (not two) who have been notified of the investigation along with Gene Williams. We have read here and heard other places that damning e-mails are already in the possession of the Inspector General with actual files of the test attached; that charges of Rule 14 violations are almost a certainty; that a civil action might be forthcoming due to the breach of contract involving certain Subject Matter Experts sharing confidential material; and the biggest bombshell, that this investigation may shortly turn criminal in nature due to the allegation of money changing hands.

And it's tied directly to one of Lori Lightfoot's finalists (Williams) and Rahm's hand-picked former First Deputy (Wysinger) and his hand-picked Superintendent (Johnson), along with one of the most prestigious (and connected) ethnic organizations of police.

But the mainstream media remains silent. Why?

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Trigger warning!

The below article contains words that might trigger "boo hoo" feelings in those with thin skin:
  • A DePaul University student was brutally attacked for her iPhone on a CTA Blue Line train on Thursday, and she said witnesses stood by and did nothing to help her.

    Jessica Hughes, 19, was left with a black eye, bruises to her head, and a bite mark on her hand.

    Hughes said she was riding the Blue Line just after 10 a.m., heading home to Berwyn. Most of the passengers on her car got off at the UIC-Halsted station, but one man moved to the seat in front of her, and looked her in the face, and she knew something was wrong.

    “He jumps up from his chair, and goes on top of me, and asks me for my phone, but my phone was in my pocket, and I had my headphones on, so he was yanking at my headphones, and then he pushed me to the floor, and then started beating on my head,” she said. “He bit me on my left hand.”
Two supposed "men" were on the train and did nothing to assist her as she was beaten and bitten...even knowing it would have been two-on-one, they sat by and didn't do a thing.

And what do you call a "human" who bites another? The victim's dad knows:
  • “I just pray that they find these animals,” [her father, Richard] Amador said.
And guess what's missing from Channel 2's "report"? If you speculated that it was any mention of what the attacker looked like, along with his female accomplice, give yourself a pat on the back.


Rumor I is Addressed

From the comments:
  • It's all true. P.O.'s to be replaced by civilians on the desk and other administrative duties in the station. Commanders will be allowed to retain a P.O. secretary and one other P.O. in the office. Audits will be forthcoming and Inspectors will be monitoring administrative personnel in districts to ensure no one is hiding. They've tried this a number of times in the past but this time they're playing for real. I believe one (1) P.O. will be retained for desk duties / watch secretary on each watch. Most of the time it didn't work before is because they couldn't find enough civilians to fill spots like timekeeper, etc. Now they do. It will take almost a year to replace P.O.'s but they're full steam ahead with this one.
We've heard this song and dance before. Let's see how it plays out.


Friday, April 29, 2016

Bad Luck....Or Good Luck

Don't play the lottery Officer - you've used up a lot of luck:
  • A suspect fleeing police tried to throw his gun onto a roof, but it hit a wall instead and went off, hitting an officer in the shoulder, prosecutors said Thursday.

    The officer's partner kept chasing Rafael Martir-Ubiles, 25, Monday afternoon and cornered him in a gangway in the 2300 block of South Trumbull Avenue, where the officer used a Taser twice to subdue him, prosecutors said.

    Martir-Ubiles appeared in court Thursday, charged with aggravated battery to a police officer, aggravated assault of a police officer, resisting an officer and unlawful possession of firearm by a gang member, police said.

    Judge Peggy Chiampas ordered him held without bail.
Thank you for the no-bail Judge. It's greatly appreciated.

And now we can see where a taser would be appropriate if the partner saw the gun being tossed.

But how much freaky bad luck is that? Dude half-ass pitches a gun and you still get shot? Thank the Fates, Lady Luck, Dame Fortune, whoever, that a cheap pistol didn't end up costing us an Officer's limb or life. Speedy recovery Officer.


Rumors III


Actually, this could work...for a little while at least.

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Rumors II

This one has been popping up for months. Now a resolution to part of it?
  • Speaking of ninnies . . .. while we are getting our collective asses handed to us by the media and Rahmbo has his bus parked on our heads. Nothing to see here. . . FOP State Lodge has agreed to pay Shields $100,000 to get out from under his lawsuit. The battle with Lodge 7 continues. So that's 100K of our money paid by the State (wasn't it the State Lodge President that removed him?) and now how much more from L7??? I think the members should at least be informed about what is going on with this and who admitted to what!

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Rumors I

From the comment section:
  • So, I'm not sure if anyone else's district has had this yet, but we were surprised yesterday by the sudden arrival of a civilian employee working behind the district desk without fore warning, handing out radios, being trained on AIRA, having I-clear access, not to mention the equipment, old shotguns, rifles. This person has access to all of our computer systems, employee information, leads, ect. All the access we have. No badge, no oath taken. A 3 week stint in the academy. Doing more with less I guess. Did they not learn their lesson three years ago when police officers homes were being burglarized and weapons taken, turns out the source was a civilian with login credentials?! In this current era of no accountability and police hatred, we now have people that have unabated access to not only the computer systems, but the actual police station. Un-fucking believeable.
Anyone care to chime in? We haven't heard about any sort civilian class going through the Academy and we assume that's where there would be some training.

And there would be more than a little noise from displaced bid personnel. Those are Contractual spots that will be manned by sworn officers. So while Rahm might cream of such a thing, we're calling bullshit on it.


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Redefining "Use of Force"

We had a bunch of fun with the term "deescalating" earlier this year. It gave rise to the "De-Escalante" nickname foisted upon the interim Supernintendo.

Then we heard Eddie "Never saw nuthin" Johnson praising the officer who used a Taser to take a police shooter into custody. If the officer was aware that the subject had dropped his weapon, then the Taser would be a viable option, but you better be damn sure to have a copper with a gun backing you up to drop the assailant if he wasn't following directions.

But then this was brought to our attention. A concerted effort to rewrite the entire Use of Force paradigm, starting in that bastion of leftist thought and action - California:
  • Government is looking at a proposal for creating a statewide “use of force” policy for law enforcement. The creator of this project is talking to politicians and the media, special interest groups—but REFUSES to talk to law enforcement officers, to hear their concerns. This is an attempt to politicalize law enforcement—to make them an arm of the State instead of protection for the public.

    “Ironically, one key PERF’s proposal on use of force calls for peace officers to “consider how the public will view the action” before deciding to employ force. Let’s apply that PERF concept to our invitation for Mr. Wexler. “How will rank-and-file peace officers view Mr. Wexler’s refusal to discuss the PERF guidelines before audiences of rank-and-file deputies and police officers?"
That underlined portion right there - that is going to get police officers killed. And PERF (the Police Executive Research Forum) is obviously a bunch of ninnies who pretty much never spent any more time on the street than they had to. Otherwise, they'd be taking input fro the people who are going to have to live, or die, with their stupid uninformed crap.


More Political Correctness

  • In an effort to help young people involved in the justice system find jobs and housing, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced $1.75 million for Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) and nonprofit legal service organizations to address the challenges justice-involved individuals face when trying to find work and a place to call home.
"justice involved individuals"

Not troublemakers. Not hoodlums. Not miniature gangsters, delinquents, punks of ruffians.

We've even moved beyond juvenile delinquents and "Y-numbers."

God forbid you use the term criminal.

Nope - justice involved individuals.


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Ramsey's Parting Thought

  • Three months ago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel defended the $350-an-hour fee he had agreed to pay Charles Ramsey to help guide the Chicago Police Department through a federal civil rights investigation triggered by the police shooting of Laquan McDonald.

    The Justice Department investigation is expected to drag on deep into 2017. But the show will go on without Ramsey.

    After billing the city for $37,490 in consulting work, Ramsey is bowing out as a paid adviser.

    “Chief Ramsey originally agreed to act as a consultant on a limited basis, but because of his own commitments can no longer play that formal role. However, he has agreed to continue serving the new superintendent as an informal adviser free of charge,” newly-appointed Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was quoted as saying in an emailed statement.
Free of charge? That's a bargain then, after $37,000.

But this paragraph made us laugh out loud:
  • Ramsey could not be reached for comment.

    But sources described Ramsey as troubled by the degree to which the mayor’s office attempts to micromanage the Chicago Police Department — so much so that he urged top brass to “man up.”
You mean like not stripping officers for clearly reasonable actions five years ago as a political favor to a mayor who suppressed an politically inconvenient video? Or providing cover for the wives, girlfriends and significant others of assorted exempt members? That kind of "man[ning] up"?

Don't hold your breath.



Just before the summer rush.

Eighty-eight sergeants.

Thirteen Lieutenants.

And how many from IAD this time?


Please Identify

If you know any of the parties involved, please contact Eddie Johnson immediately so he can strip and suspend them ASAP:

311 will direct your call to his office or voicemail.


Police Like a Samurai

  • A newly translated 19th-century book, written by samurai, describes martial arts techniques designed to help police officers of the time. The highly guarded practices included how to tie suspects up using paper string and fighting techniques that allowed officers to defeat suspects without killing them.
Sounds perfect!
  • The book, which contains illustrated instructions, was published in 1888, a time when the samurai class had lost many of its privileges and the formally secretive martial art schools that taught the samurai were willing to divulge their secrets.
Ropes instead of handcuffs. A primitive form of CPR taught to resuscitate drowning victims.

We won't mention the swordplay though.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Lost in the Shuffle

The "Hey look over there!" strategy means everyone has already forgotten about this:
  • Six people were killed and at least 39 were wounded in shootings across Chicago in one of the more violent weekends the city has seen since last fall, according to police.

    Among the victims were five people who were on a porch in West Englewood when someone fired shots from a vacant lot across Damen Avenue on Sunday night. Two men were pronounced dead on the scene. Three others went to area hospitals.

    It was the third attack in less than a week that wounded four or more people in Chicago.
You have to love the writer - " of the more violent weekends the city has seen since last fall..." No mention of the warm weather. No mention that it's still April, merely springtime. No mention that Lord only knows what going to happen when school is out for good, the temperatures soar and the killing season gets fully underway.

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Gee, What Could it Be?

  • Davon Barrett gathered at a home in West Englewood on Sunday to celebrate and remember. A friend had just gotten out of jail, and it was the birthday of his younger brother — who was slain seven years ago, according to family and police.

    As he sat on the porch in the 2000 block of West 68th Place, someone fired shots from a vacant lot east of Damen Avenue shortly after 11 p.m., police said.

    Barrett, 38, was hit in the head and died at the scene. Another man, 26, was hit in the chest and killed. Three others were wounded and taken to hospitals, where they were stabilized, according to police.

    Police sources said some in the group on the porch may have returned fire. It was the third attack in a week in Chicago where four or more people were shot. Police reported no one in custody.
How many of those four were shot by the police again?

We don't recall anyone ever doing a scientific study on the propensity of certain neighborhoods to celebrate the birthday of someone who was killed in gang violence.

And the habits of those "celebrations" being marred by gunfire.

Not to mention the genetic disorder that causes certain families to have an unexplained attraction to lead.


A Suggestion for Readers

From our e-mail, from someone who knows the system: 
  • SCC?..please ask your readers to get themselves an account so they can file witness slips to oppose these screwed up anti police bills put forward in Springfield. Its easy as hell. Any time a bad gun rights bill comes up, Illinois Carry sends out an urgent request to file witness slips either opposing or supporting bills. Here is a link for people to create an account. Once you log in and find the bill or amendment you can file a witness slip. Time to start organizing the troops to stop some of this shit.
Seems pretty straightforward. We don't think you actually have to appear in Springfield - the Witness slip is your "appearance." But it lets Springfield know that you're following something closely, and the more witnesses, the more weight that is given to their consideration.

At least, in theory. A bought politician is probably going to stay bought. But others, not so much.


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