Friday, November 17, 2017

Perspective


Just a little reminder before Special Ed and Rahm take too many bows:


As our statistician tells us, since Rahm got elected in 2011:
  • - That's 8.2 people shot PER DAY for 8 years straight.
    - 24,000 is about the circumference earth in miles. (So drive around the globe at at every mile marker someone gets shot in Chicago).
    - There are 24,000 minutes in 16.6 days. (Imagine someone getting shot EVERY MINUTE for 16.6 days straight)
    - That's about 2.75 years in hours (imagine someone getting shot EVERY HOUR for 2.75 years straight)
    - That's about the ENTIRE seating capacity of the United Center (Next time you're at United Center, imagine a packed house plus about 600 more)
Kind of sobering.

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Looking in the Wrong Direction

  • Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on Thursday touted the department’s efforts in the Englewood patrol district, saying homicides and shootings have plunged this year in what has historically been among the city’s deadliest neighborhoods.

    Speaking at a City Club of Chicago luncheon, Johnson said both homicides and shootings have dropped by more than 40 percent over the year-earlier period in which violence hit levels unseen in two decades.

    "Today, and I never thought I'd say this after being a cop for nearly 30 years, Englewood is leading the city in violence reductions this year," Johnson told a couple of hundred business and civic leaders.
And who gets the credit?
  • Johnson credited the department’s use of “nerve centers” in Englewood and five other police districts for helping reduce violence.

    The nerve centers combine crime analysts with predictive crime software and use gun detection technology known as "ShotSpotter," as well as high-definition surveillance cameras.

    “These state-of-the-art tools allow officers and civilian analysts to work smarter and faster, monitor gang conflicts in real time and make changes to our strategy as the situation dictates,” he said.
And nothing to do with the 400-plus coppers tripping over each other in the few square miles that make up Englewood? Good to know we're all so appreciated. Meanwhile, 016, 017, 022 and a few other districts make do with about 170 cops each covering far greater mileage.

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Answer This One Rahm

This should be at the top of every FOP press release for the next few months or years:
  • From our leader at a luncheon at the City Club of Chicago.  Emanuel was long gone by the time Johnson fielded the most controversial question of the day.

    It came from a police widow who asked how the city “justifies stripping” police widows and retirees of health insurance benefits, which the unidentified woman said has lead to “widow homelessness in some cases.” She was referring to Emanuel’s now-completed, three-year phase-out of the city’s retiree health care coverage.

    Johnson said he “wasn’t aware of” the cut that saved Chicago taxpayers more than $100 million-a-year. “It’s an embarrassment to me that that question even has to be raised because that’s not right. I pledge to you I will look into that to see what we can do to stop that from happening,” he said.

    He wasn’t aware of this. Is he hiding under a rock. Has not retiree friends isn’t aware that po’s are retiring after 55 because of the health insurance. What else is he not “aware” of. Just how stupid does he think we are
Pretty stupid we'd say.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Body Cams Violate What Now?

  • The number of U.S. police departments outfitting their officers with body cameras increases each year, but the cameras can pose a threat to civil rights if the departments fail to set rules that govern when officers review footage from their cameras, according to a new report.

    The vast majority of the nation’s biggest police departments allow officers to watch footage from body cameras whenever they want, including before they write their incident reports or make statements, said the report, which was released Tuesday by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

    “Unrestricted footage review places civil rights at risk and undermines the goals of transparency and accountability,” said Vanita Gupta, former head of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and current head of the Leadership Conference, in the report’s introduction.
Gupta was part of the Holder/Lynch Department of Just-us that drove the body camera movement, authored cut-and-paste "consent decrees," and spent hundreds, if not thousands, of hours determining how cops should do their jobs without ever having once actually done the job, because they knew better. And now they are having a problem with Officers being....accurate?
  • Because an officer’s memory of an event may be altered by watching body camera footage, doing so will likely alter what officers write in their reports. That, in turn, can make it more difficult for investigators or courts to assess whether the officer’s actions were reasonable based on what he or she perceived at the time of the incident, states the report, “The Illusion of Accuracy: How Body-Worn Camera Footage Can Distort Evidence.”
Um, the entire point of cameras was to have an unbiased factual recording of what occurred. We, along with hundreds of other actual officers, pointed out it was a flawed presumption as a camera only records what it is pointed at, not what happens in the periphery, off-camera, from behind solid objects (shielding), and a million other possibilities that supposedly "intelligent" people thought about before imposing technologically limited solutions to an over-exaggerated problem.

The trouble is that the cameras aren't showing what the left wanted, to wit - police misbehavior.

What it is showing is completely the opposite - criminal misbehavior. And this is obviously cutting into (or about to cut into) lucrative "civil rights" settlements, so Gupta does what any lawyer/whore-for-money does - attack the system they put in place to get paid coming and going.

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Oops

  • The 88-year-old man had been to the gym and had just parked in front of his Englewood home when the two masked men walked up Wednesday morning.

    One of them pulled a gun and asked for the keys to his silver Lincoln.

    “They got him in front of the door,’’ said the man's 89-year-old wife. “He was kinda scared but he agreed when they said to give him the keys and they didn’t hurt him."

    They sped off from the 1000 block of West 61st Street around 9:45 a.m., but it wasn't long before they were spotted by police headed north on Aberdeen Street, then north on Wentworth Avenue. At 49th Street, the carjackers struck a semi and slammed into a retaining wall, according to police.

    "Squad, he just crashed," an officer radioed around 10:20 a.m. "Send an ambulance ... 49th and Wentworth."

    A dispatcher responded, "49th and Wentworth, an ambulance, 10-4."

    "Get that ambulance over here right now," another officer is heard saying on the radio
Of course, the police will be to blame, after a weekend that saw nearly twenty car jackings and unprecedented media coverage of what a broken judicial system can inflict absent any punishment for wrongdoers.

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Fantastic

New rumor out of HQ:
  • SCC, the promotion classes previously set to begin on 20 November and now delayed until 27 November? You'll never guess what they delayed them.

    They don't want the blog to be right.
Wow. And here was J-Fled telling everyone the blog was "insignificant."

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Retiree Hearing

Hearing later today on Health Care:
  • As you’ll recall, Judge Cohen’s ruling has been that the Funds have a primary responsibility to provide plans for their annuitants.

    Since none of them are doing anything about that, and the City “sponsored but not subsidized” Blue Cross Plan is so expensive (even Judge Cohen has expressed the thought that the Blue Cross rates are crazy), and so, following up on his repeated statements in the past that he wasn’t going to tolerate everyone leaving all of you without coverage in 2018, we had moved for a preliminary injunction to force the Funds to actually provide plans to cover you annuitants.

    It was initially tabled while the judge was on vacation and he encouraged all of us to meet, which we did without much progress,

    The City was supposed to respond by November 15 to our motion for preliminary injunction, with a hearing on November 29 (still late in the game, but before the December 7 and 15 cutoff on applying for Medicare or ACA coverage).

    Last Friday, at 5pm, the city filed a motion saying that their appellate division thinks that the Supreme Court will rule on whether it will take our case on either November 22 or 29, and that the judge should defer the city having to respond until a week or so after that.

    From our view this makes no sense at all, because the purpose is to order the Funds and the City to provide a cost-feasible plan for 2018 while the case is pending, and until we get a final resolution. And despite Judge Cohen’s view that people should sign up with the ACA, none of those plans provide the coverage that the City and Blue Cross plans provide.
The hearing:
  • Regardless, whether it was the validity of my argument, or the City and Funds’ disavowing any obligation to do anything, he eventually went back into his case file, and finding that he had ruled that the funds have such an obligation, came around to at least directing the city to respond by next Tuesday on the issue of his jurisdiction to enter a preliminary injunction, us to respond on Wednesday and a hearing next Thursday, November 16 at 11:00 a.m., 50 W. Washington, Room 2308, on the jurisdiction issue, and we’ll see what he does from there.
Short notice, but every appearance is important.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Suck It Rahm

  • An administrative law judge has recommended that the Illinois Labor Relations Board throw out the Chicago Police Department’s new disciplinary guidelines, dealing an early defeat to the city as it attempts to standardize the punishments of an erratic and often toothless police disciplinary system.

    The finding in favor of the city’s largest police union, the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police, determined that the department violated labor law by failing to bargain with the union over the new guidelines.

    The recommendation from Administrative Law Judge Anna Hamburg-Gal calls on the state board to force the Police Department to rescind any discipline imposed under the advisory guidelines since they were adopted in February and reassess the punishment to be imposed under the more informal system in place before the guidelines existed. While it is unclear how many cases could be affected, the city closes hundreds of disciplinary cases in a typical month. Through the first five months of this year, for example, the department had closed more than 2,000 disciplinary cases, though historically the department has found misconduct and levied punishment only in a slim percentage of cases.
That didn't stop the media from attempting to cast the FOP in the worst light possible (probably to provide cover for Rahm's colossal fuck-up):
  • In the case of the disciplinary guidelines, the administrative law judge sided with the union in finding that the department had made a unilateral change to a mandatory subject of bargaining. The city argued that the guidelines resulted in limited change by simply putting in writing the department’s informal process for formulating discipline.

    The union challenged the new guidelines before elections in April swept in new FOP leaders who have been vocal in their opposition to the city’s efforts to revamp discipline and make other changes in the Police Department.
The union wasn't fighting discipline and the FOP ought to be calling out the bought-and-paid-for media types who keep writing this. The FOP has merely asked for a seat at the table - something denied to them in the formation of the new COPA and every other "reform" Rahm is pushing. And Tuesday, ILRB agreed - the FOP gets a seat at the table. That's how Labor Law reads.

Now if only Rahm would learn to read...and comprehend.

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Car Jacking Arrests

  • Two West Side carjacking suspects who led officers on a chase on the Eisenhower Expressway that ended with a police car crashing have been charged, police said.

    Police said the two, Davontae Jones and Jason Dortch, may be linked to at least a dozen carjackings in the last couple of days but have been formally charged with only one - in the 800 block of North Racine Avenue on Monday night.
A dozen carjackings? Seriously, if these two put half that effort into something legal, they might be running a Fortune 500 company in short order. Of course, they'd probably be doing a stint at Club Fed for insider trading or something, but then they go the Martha Stewart route and all is well.

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Investigation Ends

  • A Cook County special grand jury has been disbanded without charging any additional Chicago police officers, including department higher-ups, for their handling of Laquan McDonald’s fatal shooting by an officer.

    At a hearing Tuesday at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, special prosecutor Patricia Brown Holmes said the grand jury that convened to look into the controversial shooting has completed its investigation.


    That means no other officers — including higher-ups who signed off on allegedly false reports of the shooting — will be indicted.

    The only indictment brought by the special grand jury charged just lower-level cops — a detective and two patrol officers — stopping short of criminally charging department higher-ups in the alleged cover-up, even though several had been recommended for firing by the city inspector general’s office for their actions.
All the bosses were permitted to retire with full benefits and pensions including the exempt who ordered the District supervisors and detectives to push through an incomplete (and uninvestigated) TRR so he could finish his portion of the report and go home. The Round Table the next day included Special Ed, who hasn't answered a straight question since then about the entire incident - probably because to break ranks might jeopardize a certain cheating investigation.

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Close the Courts?

This is an interesting rumor from a long time reader:
  • Meanwhile, reliable sources are saying Preckwinkle will close all misdemeanor courts in the City and combine them into suburban courthouses. No more Belmont and Western, Harrison and Kedzie, etc. If this occurs, CPD officers will not make misdemeanor arrests, and if possible they will just issue citations. One hour and a half round trip travel time, is not worth it to appear in court.
No Branch Courts? This sounds like a Prickwrinkle game of chicken to force some budget issues. Closing Branch Courts would eliminate numerous judge spots, countless sheriffs in court, transport personnel, etc. Probably upwards of fifty people per location plus support personnel in other places.

Frankly, we like it. Painless to taxpayers, ball breaking to Dart, and pretty much less work for CPD, too, because arrests are going to crater overnight. Go for it Toni! People will be buying a lot of personal defense ammo - out of county though.

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Nice College Rahm

  • Two violent robberies happened just blocks and days apart in the Loop sparking campus safety alerts to go into effect at Columbia College and Roosevelt University.

    One of the robberies happened on November 9 near Michigan and Balbo. A mob of seven teenagers attacked two female victims.

    The other robbery took place on Sunday night near Michigan and Congress. A large group of teenagers wearing sweatshirts and dark colored hoodies targeted two 18-year-old women and a 20-year-old man.

    They attacked the victims around 8 p.m. on the 500 block of South Michigan Avenue. They knocked them down and took their belongings. At least one of the victims attended Columbia College.
No descriptions once again, but one arrest - a juvenile, so no picture of the offender because that might accidentally lead to her accomplices.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Truth

Here's a guy about to get his butt chewed for telling the truth (right around 00:30 seconds):



  • "What happens with juveniles is that they don't get...any real time. They kind of get released back onto the street and they commit the crime again.

    [dumb question from a member of the tame media]

    What it tells me is that they aren't being held accountable
    ."
Wow. So the failure isn't at the police level? It's at the courts? Specifically the juvenile courts?

Of course, Chicago is all about avoiding accountability - hiring, contracting, voting, promoting, parking meters, bribed red light camera companies, Lieutenant testing, etc.

Rahm isn't going to like this.

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Everywhere!

The media has discovered car jacking - suburban:
  • A mom and her two young children were carjacked and taken more than 20 miles away against their will after someone jumped inside their vehicle as they sat outside a suburban Walgreens Sunday afternoon, according to authorities.

    The vehicle and family were later found on Chicago's Northwest Side in the 4700 block of West Belmont -- roughly 22 miles from where they had been taken, police said. The mom and children were not harmed, but the woman's cell phone was stolen in the process.
  • About 3:33 p.m., a man left his white Jeep Cherokee running in the 600 block of North St. Clair while he loaded the trunk, according to Chicago Police.

    While the vehicle owner was placing items in his trunk, a man walked up, got into the Jeep and drove off, police said. The man was described as a black man in his mid 20s with dreadlocks.
That one will be downgraded to a theft.

Twilight:
  • A SUV was hijacked from a gas station Monday afternoon on the Near North Side.

    A male was pumping gas just before 4 p.m. in the 1200 block of Halsted when a teenage boy got into the Ford Edge SUV and sped off, according to Chicago Police.
  • Three overnight armed carjackings, which occurred in a four-hour period, have all been linked to the same men, who appeared to go back and forth between Cicero and the city's West and Northwest sides overnight, alternately relieving people of their vehicles and then using those stolen cars to commit other crimes.
What could possibly have emboldened the criminals to commit so dastardly a deed?

Channel 2 - See B.S. News is even running a spot on how to avoid being carjacked. We can think of one way to avoid being carjacked twice.

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This Guy Again?

  • Bob Fioretti announced Monday he’s challenging Toni Preckwinkle in the Democratic primary for Cook County Board President.

    Fioretti kicked off his candidacy at the Sun Aero Building at the Lansing Municipal Airport. Owned by the Village of Lansing, the airport has to pay a leasehold tax — something similar to a property tax for companies that are located on public property. According to Fioretti, this has resulted in money lost for the airport in recent years.

    “We don’t invite people in here, we tax them out,” Fioretti said. “When Cook County is the only county to impose tax after tax — whether it’s an extra sales tax, a soda tax, or a special leasehold tax — the disastrous results are predictable.”
That's the right tone to set for this election - the anti-tax guy. Now, is it a serious candidacy or just something to split away certain voting blocs? Like republi...oh wait....Cook County. So it's split the white people with Bob, Chewy leeches away the hispanic vote, Prickwrinkle runs as the black candidate.

The next declared candidate will reveal more.

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Well Said Mom

  • It’s all too common for people in bad situations to blame others. This is especially true in situations where the police are forced to defend themselves, and the media seems to love a good “blame the cops” story. While groups like “Black Lives Matter” point fingers at law enforcement and act as if the thin blue line is nothing but racist and evil, not everyone has bought into that narrative.

    A mother in Cleveland is now dealing with a sad and unfortunate situation, but is refusing to blame the police. Instead, she’s calling for personal responsibility and asking others to think about their actions.

    According to WOIO News in Ohio, a 33-year-old man named Antonio Levison pulled a gun on officers on Oct. 25. They responded with lethal force — and now Levison’s mother has strong words for other people living his criminal lifestyle.

    “It’s not worth it. It’s not worth losing your life running from the police, shooting at the police, you’ve got family — stay with your family,” Cyrida Levison said. “You run up on a police officer, you might as well expect to die,” she continued.
Kind of ruins the narrative....for this shooting at least.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Crime is Down

Just kidding - it's up (click for a larger version):


You want to see a really shocking set of numbers:


Look at 2017 compared to any of the previous years. In fact, add up 2015 and 2016. You end up with almost 2017 numbers. Crime (aside from homicides) is trending upward at an alarming rate.

And even if you look at 2014, 2015 and 2017 homicide numbers, the trend is headed upwards. 2016 was a hiccup, but a disturbing direction to any jurisdiction.

(All numbers are 01 January through 31 October for each year.)

UPDATE: A couple of people are telling us there were five armed carjackings just last night.

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Nice Public Transit Rahm

  • Reports of so-called “non-index” crime on the CTA in Chicago are on pace this year to surpass each of the past two years, including the number of cases of “criminal sexual abuse” such as “inappropriate touching” and “sexual harassment without physical contact.”

    There have been 145 instances of criminal sexual abuse reported on the CTA in Chicago since the beginning of 2015, with the number of such incidents rising from 44 in 2015 to 60 in 2017 as of Oct. 27. That’s according to a Chicago Sun-Times analysis of Chicago Police Department data on “non-index” crimes — those regarded as less severe than “index” crimes such as murder, robbery and rape.

    The L system, in particular, has seen an uptick in those sex crimes, which can be classified as either a misdemeanor or felony. There have been 2,003 reports of non-index crimes on the CTA in Chicago in 2017 through late October, ranging from fights to gambling, drug use to vandalism.

    By comparison, there were 2,006 such reports for all of 2016 and 2,036 the year before.
How badly undermanned is the Mass Transit Unit again? And how does the percentage of manpower assigned compare to somewhere else, like New York City?

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More Rifle Murders

Has Ed "foie gras" Burke scheduled any more rifle classes for the under-gunned CPD?
  • Two men were killed in a rifle shooting in the Brighton Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side while five other people were wounded in city gunfire between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, Chicago police said.

    In the fatal attack, the men, both 29, were pronounced dead on the scene in the 2400 block of West 47th Street about 1:55 a.m. Sunday, according to police and law enforcement sources.

    More than 20 .223-caliber shell casings, which are typically used in AR-15 rifles, littered the street and sidewalk, sources said. The gunman, who was wearing a mask, jumped out of a gray Toyota Corolla and opened fire before getting back in the car and fleeing east on 47th.
But hey, be proactive boys and girls. The chances of actually finding and actual rifle are.....small. Just don't pull over any easily boost-able cars with single or multiple occupants of a certain age, certain description, at a certain time of day and you'll be perfectly safe from injury....or an ACLU lawsuit.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Dashcam Video

We suppose this type of video is going to be the norm nowadays. One upside (of very few) is showing an unaware public just how quickly (and messily) situations unfold:
  • Police oversight officials released case files Thursday from their investigation of an officer who fatally shot a 19-year-old man after being pinned against his police SUV earlier this year in Hanson Park on the Northwest Side.

    The cache of documents provided by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability includes dashcam footage of Juan Flores backing an SUV into the officer, who then opens fire.
The video is disturbing to say the least. The Officer ended up with a broken leg, the assailant ended up dead and COPA couldn't think of anything to charge the Officer with yet, though they have years to go over the tape as opposed to the Officer who had barely half-a-second.

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Where the Guns Come From

  • One of the FBI’s top Midwest counterterrorism investigators had his gun, Rolex and a wad of cash stolen from his North Carolina hotel room after a night of drinking this past summer.

    It happened early on July 10, when Special Agent Robert Manson met a woman at the Westin hotel bar in downtown Charlotte and took her back to his room, according to Jessica Wallin, a spokeswoman for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

    By 6:30 a.m., Manson noticed the woman was gone — along with his $6,000 watch, .40-caliber Glock and $60 in cash, according to the police report — which was filed by fellow agent Kevin Thuman because Manson was incapacitated by alcohol, the report says.

    Manson, an FBI unit chief in the counterterrorism division, oversees terror investigations in the Midwest and Carolinas. FBI spokesman Andrew C. Ames said an internal investigation was underway but to declined to comment further.
Frankly, we're surprised this ever saw print. Hopefully, the feds aren't doing this on purpose like the ATF used to do.

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Not Just Short Police

  • When you need an ambulance, every second counts. But two paramedics tell 2 Investigator [Troll] help might not be there when you need it.

    It was a typical afternoon in the city. The dispatcher on the radio pleading for ambulances: “Anybody? … Anybody else available out there? … Anybody available out there that can take a run?”

    [Troll] asked a paramedic how often this type of thing occurs. “Daily,” came the response. “Sometimes several times a day.” The instances are so alarming the two paramedics agreed to talk with CBS 2 if they could remain anonymous.

    The standard for response time for an ambulance is six minutes. That day in question, there was a 19-minute response for an overdose; a 20-minute response for a child hit by a car and a 23-minute response for a high-risk pregnancy.
This makes the LEMART training that much more important, and maybe even that "Stop the Bleed" program isn't too far fetched as Rahm's Chicago slowly breaks down.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Veterans Day


To all Veterans, past, present and future.

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Jail Out of Control

  • Three female corrections officers at the Cook County Jail have filed a lawsuit claiming that Sheriff Tom Dart has not done enough to protect them from inmates who threaten and grope female guards and “brazenly masturbate” in front of them.

    [...] The lawsuit also alleges supervisors have discouraged the women from filing complaints about the behavior, telling them witnessing the behavior is “part of the job.”

    “They really do fear for their safety,” said attorney Marni Willenson, who represents the three officers. “Women have a right to go to work without looking over their shoulder fearing they’re going to be raped or aggressively exposed to genitalia.”
This is in addition to the other lawsuit by Public Defenders filed earlier this week.

So basically, no difference between the inmates and slimeballs like Harvey Weinstein, Louis CK, Kevin Spacey and any of the other sixty or seventy named sex offenders on the left coast. And just like the left coast, connected supervisors are discouraging women from bringing the complaints to light.

Does Dart know about this?

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Great Use of Manpower

  • Chicago police said they responded to a large fight outside a high school that involved as many as 100 students and parents Wednesday afternoon.

    Police responded to Dunbar Vocational Career Academy in the 3000-block of South King Drive at about 3:30 p.m. Officers responded to reports of a large fight as classes let out, involving possibly dozens of people.

    The Chicago Fire Department said one officer suffered a minor leg injury and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment. A girl was also injured when she was kicked in the face.

    Witnesses tried to break up the fight, which was predominantly among 20 to 30 girls, but things spiraled out of control.
The trouble here is this wasn't the first fight of the week at Dunbar.

It wasn't even the second.

On Wednesday, it was the third fight in as many days, necessitating a call out of officers from THREE separate districts and resulting in exactly ZERO arrests.

So why bother sending the police at all?

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No Consequences

  • A parolee who battered an off-duty police officer into unconsciousness near Wrigley Field in June 2016 has been sentenced to time served plus 8 days by Cook County Judge Earl Hoffenberg.

    The 28-year-old officer announced his office as he tried to break up a dispute on the corner of Clark and Addison at 12:40 a.m. last June 26. According to witnesses and audio recorded on a nearby webcam, the off-duty officer intervened when a disturbance between two men and one of the men's girlfriend escalated on the southeast corner of Clark and Addison.

    Tremaine Wilson, 30, blindsided the officer, knocking him out, according to witnesses and a police report. Wilson fled the scene and was arrested nearby. He was charged with six counts of aggravated battery to a police officer and two counts of aggravated battery in a public place.
Six counts of Aggravated Battery - six felonies. And he was allowed to plea out to one count - amounting to the year already served.

And to add insult to injury, he was on parole. But the parole violation was rolled into his guilty plea and he walked out the day after the plea was entered on the single count.

Now run out and get the bosses some numbers!

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Gee, Why is Crime Going Up?

  • A 23-year-old man has been charged with a felony after Cook County Sheriff’s Police officers found him with a stolen pistol in unincorporated Melrose Park, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.

    At approximately 2:45 p.m. on Nov. 3, Sheriff’s officers responding to another complaint in the 2300 block of North Mannheim Road, learned that Jovantae Withers was in the area and carrying a gun. Withers was subsequently located nearby and found with a loaded 9mm pistol in his waistband. The gun had a full 14-round clip.

    Further investigation found that Withers, a Hillside resident, has a previous felony conviction and does not have a Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card or Concealed Carry permit.
Throw the book at him!!!
  • Withers was taken into custody and charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, a class 2 felony.
Hooray!
  • During a bond court appearance on Saturday, Withers received an I-bond and was released on his own recognizance.
Uh....what now? He's got a record. And it's a stolen gun.

And Dart publishes this shit on his own web page....like he's actually proud of it.

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Promotions Coming

Via e-mail, Special Ed tells readers that the Department is making "at least" 72 Sergeants and 18 Lieutenants. 

The rumor mill says classes start 20 November.

It'll be a Merry Christmas most certainly.

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Thanks Again Helen

The aldercreature who did more to destroy Uptown than most aldercreatures do in a lifetime. Her legacy lives on on the crime numbers:
  • Residents of Chicago's Uptown neighborhood should be on guard after reports of three separate muggings that occurred in just 15 minutes Wednesday night. Police have confirmed two of the three incidents.
We suppose these citizens voted for their own demise though...as most of Chicago seems determined to do.

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Thursday, November 09, 2017

More Big Brain Thinking

Another brilliant idea from the brain trust of Ed "foie gras" Burke:
  • Pedestrians texting or using a cellphone while walking through a Chicago intersection would face fines under a proposal introduced by two key aldermen.

    The proposal, which would still have to pass the full City Council, calls for fines of $90 to $500 for each incident of using a mobile device while crossing a street or highway.

    “The goal of the introduction of this measure is to reduce pedestrian deaths and injuries, especially at crosswalks,” longtime Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, said in a news release.

    Burke is co-sponsoring the proposed ordinance with South Side Ald. Anthony Beale, 9th, who predicted it would “increase safety by eliminating distractions for pedestrians.”
And what, pray tell, led to this unaddressed need crying out for immediate attention?
  • Burke and Beale cited statistics showing 27 pedestrians were killed in the first half of 2017 — an increase of one death from the same period last year. The aldermen did not present any data or information on how many of those deaths involved a pedestrian using a mobile device.
And increase of.....one? With no accompanying data to show that cell phones, which have been around for over a decade now, contributed in even the smallest manner?

No doubt this will enhance CPD popularity across the board.

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Poor Granny

  • Oakland’s police chief is facing an internal affairs investigation, a formal complaint by a city commissioner and questioning by furious City Council members --- all because she—perhaps unwittingly—helped federal authorities arrest an illegal immigrant in a sanctuary city.

    Anne Kirkpatrick, who was widely heralded as a seasoned progressive reformer when she became Oakland’s top cop early this year, has acknowledged that she sent police officers to assist federal agents for a human trafficking investigation at an Oakland home Aug. 16.

    Two adults were detained during that investigation, and federal authorities have commenced civil deportation proceedings against one of them....
So in the process of assisting those enforcing FEDERAL law, Granny ran afoul of the lib-tarded Oakland "sanctuary city" rules. And that isn't the worst of it:
  • Kirkpatrick insisted at a town hall in September that she told federal agents the day before the August operation that her officers would not participate in any arrests, the East Bay Times reported. Oakland police merely blocked the streets during the federal agents’ operation, Kirkpatrick said in a written response to City Council members, SFGate reported.

    [...]

    Oakland police described the operation as a sex trafficking investigation on Aug. 16, before later calling it a human trafficking probe, according to SFGate.
So sex traffickers (or human traffickers) have carte blanche to operate in Oakland, California, lest the police offend the delicate sensibilities of the lib-tards. Has anyone let Harvey Weinstein know this might be his get-out-of-jail-free card? Kevin Spacey, too.

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Hey Moron

Can't even get the terminology correct:


If you're going to be a dumbass, you might as well be a politically connected inside, house-mouse, high capacity dumbass spouting the words of your anti-gun master.

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Taxi! Taxi!

Evidently, the Department has chosen the new sticker layout:



We guess that's the least hideous of the bunch. Anyone have the full layout?

UPDATE: Here's a wide shot:

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Continuing Corruption

This has to be the worst deal ever concocted by a Chicago pol, bar none (this is an archived DNAInfo.com link - DNAInfo is now out of business):
  • The city will pay $20 million in 2018 to the private firm that leases the city's parking meters — in addition to all of the revenue from the meters — under the terms of the much-loathed 2008 deal, officials said.

    The city must make "true-up" payments to Chicago Parking Meters to compensate the firm for lost revenue when meters are removed, temporarily taken out of commission with the city's permission or used by motorists with disabled parking permits, according to the terms of the deal.

    Despite changes made by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2013 designed to make the deal better for city taxpayers, the 2018 "true-up" payment wil rise 16.3 percent from last year, said Molly Poppe, a spokeswoman for Emanuel's budget office.
And Shortshanks spent just about every dime from a 75-year lease within three(?) years - all of $1.2 billion. And which law firm was it representing the parking meter people? Who got hired by them?

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Dart Accusations

Someone wants a scalp


Lots of accusations going back and forth at the link. Supposedly, one hundred protestors showed up at Daley Plaza Monday handing these out. Comments say under seventy. Other comments say they were all homeless people paid to show up and pass out the handbills. The race for Sheriff is getting ugly.

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