Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Meme of the Day

From readers too numerous to count:

Thanks to everyone who sent this one in.

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Manufactured Protests?

Our old blogging friend Jack Dunphy turns his eye (and his national platform) to Chicago:
  • Will anyone in Chicago be embarrassed by this? Will any of the perpetually and professionally outraged say, “Gosh, maybe we were too quick to judge”? Will any of them look at the police body camera footage and say, “Yes, the guy had a gun and was trying to pull it out on the officers, so they had to shoot him”?

    When Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., nearly four years ago, the fable quickly spread that he had presented no threat, that he had said to the officer, “Hands up, don’t shoot” just before he was mercilessly cut down. Investigators learned this was false within an hour of the shooting, yet the myth of Michael Brown as martyred hero was allowed to persist, and even when it was proven false beyond any doubt by the local investigation and that conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice (headed by Eric Holder, remember), the roots of the myth had grown so deep that, sadly, there are many who still believe it.

    Despite the myth’s foundation on a lie, riots and protests continued for months in Ferguson and throughout the St. Louis area, with similar protests occurring across the country. Those protesters, I said at the time, were deluded fools, and I pointed out that a march in downtown St. Louis passed along a route that took them within a block of the scenes of two recent murders, both of which had claimed the lives of black victims. In St. Louis, it seemed, the only black lives that mattered were those taken by the police.

    Which brings us to recent events in Chicago, where foolish delusion appears to have reached new heights (or lows, if you prefer). On Saturday, Chicago police officers on foot patrol in the South Shore neighborhood approached Harith Augustus, whom they suspected was carrying a gun. What happened next followed a script that has been repeated over and over, with only the details changing from one incident to the next. Augustus refused the officers’ commands and ran away while trying to pull the gun out of a holster. To protect [him]self and [his] partners, an officer shot and killed him.
Which brings us to this "tweet" by Tribune reporter Will Lee (reader screen shot):

You can see another Tribune reporter - Peter Nickeas - "retweeted" it. Maybe the Trib reporters are discovering the "protests" aren't as grassroots as they're meant to be viewed?

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Where Are These "Protests?"

  • Weekend gun violence left five people dead and at least 22 others wounded in Chicago, including a man who drove himself to a gas station before dying of a gunshot wound on the South Side.
The HeyJackass stats tell a slightly higher story - 7 dead, 23 maimed. And Chicago will pass 300 this week.

And not a single protest scheduled for any of these shootings, aside from the justified one.

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Uniform Complaint Filed

Make the untouchable live by the same rules:
  • A Chicago Police officer who is a Fraternal Order of Police trustee has filed a complaint with the Civilian Office of Police Accountability accusing the commander of the South Chicago District of being out of uniform during a tense stand-off between citizens and police that followed Saturday’s police shooting of Harith Augustus.

    Police Officer Fernando Flores said Commander Gloria Hanna endangered herself and her fellow officers by showing up at the protest unarmed without any of the equipment she needed to make an arrest or protect herself.

    “Any time you’re in the public, you’re supposed to be in uniform,” said Flores, a police officer assigned to the unit that protects O’Hare Airport.

    “She’s out of uniform. She doesn’t have a uniform shirt on. She doesn’t have her duty belt, which consists of a firearm, handcuffs, possibly some mace and a baton. She doesn’t have what she would have to affect an arrest. Not only did she endanger herself in a near-riot situation. But, the people now have to look out for her to make sure that she’s safe.”

    Hanna could not be reached for comment.
You can bet Special Ed and Rahm are hiding her until shit blows over. Perhaps they ought to have a special review session at the Academy?

Earned not given.


Groundhog Day

So pflakey saw the shadows of dollar bills the other morning.

Six more weeks of highway protests.

Or this:

Go for it Mikey.

If you want to see Mikey get his ass handed to himself, check out this video over at Fox where our old friend Todd Vandermyde dismantles the phony pfather, gets in a hilarious "pfaker" mispronunciation and goads Mikey into mentioning the blog. Mikey denies denies denies, but that doesn't make all of our information 100% accurate.


Out on Bail, Out of State

  • An Uptown man who has been awaiting trial for multiple weapons cases in the North Side neighborhood has died in rural Calaveras County, California, after he jumped from a moving SUV that had been used in the robbery of a large marijuana shipment, according to media reports.

    Donter Essex, 29, was free on bond while awaiting trial in Chicago for two separate gun charges in Uptown. Now, it looks like he took his criminal show on the road while Cook County’s wheels of justice turned.
Correct us if we're wrong, but one of the conditions of bail is to not leave the state, especially in the case of a felony charge. You'd think with Class X felony charges, bail might be a tiny bit high, but no.

The California report is a marvel of understatement:
  • The robbers sped off in the pot-filled van and several other vehicles, including a Range Rover that was driven by Essex. Minutes after the robbery was reported, a local deputy saw a caravan composed of vehicles matching those used in the robbery.

    When the deputy and the California Highway Patrol tried to pull Essex over, the Chicagoan accelerated and then “exited out of the Range Rover while it was still traveling at a high rate of speed,” according to the report. Essex was pronounced dead at the scene, and robbery evidence was found next to his body.
We certainly hope there is in-car camera video of this event and it ends up in a highlight real somewhere. But how did he even make bail on these charges?
  • Back home, Essex has been awaiting trial for throwing a gun onto the roof of an Uptown Dunkin’ Donuts while being chased by police. He was charged with Class X felony armed habitual criminal; felony unlawful use of a weapon by a felon; two felony counts of aggravated battery of a police officer; two felony counts of resisting police; and misdemeanor resisting arrest. A “friend” posted $10,000 for him to go free awaiting trial.
Nice system you got there Tommy, Timmy, and Toni.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Isn't It Ironic?

So the protestors were getting ready for a third night of protesting the police stopping and shooting a feloniously armed individual around 71st and Chappel. You'll never guess what happened:
  • Police are responding to shooting in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood.

    The incident happened near 71st and Chappel around 5:30 p.m. Monday, about one block away from where a fatal police-involved shooting happened over the weekend.

    Police say a man was shot, possibly hit in the leg. It is unclear what happened or if anyone is in custody at this time.

    There is no reason to believe the incident is related to the shooting over the weekend.
Sure there's not. A shooting, just two or three blocks from where there was just a shooting.Can't be related at all. Maybe they can have a two-for-one protest march?


FOP Calls Out Media

This and other examples of bias ought to be Tweeted, Facebooked, blogged, and press released every single day:
  • The Fraternal Order of Police is accusing an “activist, one-sided” Chicago media of “ramping up every angle they could muster to paint” the police shooting of Harith Augustus as “unjustified,” even though the shooting was “text book legitimate.”

    “This shooting by the police was entirely justified,” FOP President Kevin Graham was quoted as saying in a post on the police union’s blog.

    “The offender refused to obey the lawful commands of the police.”
We would further attach examples of Terry Stops, ILCS excerpts, Supreme Court decisions and precedent, even CCL information about what is taught to and expected of Concealed Carriers and how the dead lawbreaker failed to adhere to even a single one of these examples.

We would start with our oft-cited example of the media calling a dead OFFENDER a victim. The VICTIMS are the police officers and the media already lays the liberal groundwork for a bent narrative by not clarifying that immediately.

Look at the reporters biases. Like this fool:

In October of 2014 when McDonald was shot, this goof was a sports writer/editor at the Loyola college newspaper. Sports. But here he is bringing his supposed "expertise" to what turned out being a completely justified shooting of an armed individual attempting to draw a gun on police. Then he himself ignored numerous lawful orders to vacate a parking lot that was being used as a staging area for numerous aggravated batteries of police and got moved out of the area. Typical millennial red-diaper baby.

Destroy the media narrative. It won't appear in print of course - the media isn't going to point out it's own biases - but it might get out to people at large via social media and word of mouth. And maybe people will start wondering why the media is always so anti-police when the police are the ones acting within the rules.

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P.O.W.E.R. Test Returns

It used to be you had to pass the POWER test to get into the Academy, then pass it four other times during the training, including to graduate.

That rule was suspended and a whole bunch of classes only had to pass the entry POWER test.

Now the test is back multiple times.

Multiple comments and more than a few e-mails claim this is related to a certain high-ranking member's son finally graduating and not having to strain himself.

Earned, not given, unless you're related to someone.

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Forty-What Now?

  • A 63-year-old father of 43 children was found beaten to death Sunday afternoon in his home on Chicago's West Side.

    The body of John Hearring -- known as Nicholas -- was discovered with head trauma in his upstairs apartment in the 1000-block of North Leamington Avenue in the South Austin neighborhood.

    Multiple family members confirmed that he had 43 children.
Yeah, we had to read it twice to make sure, too.

We can just barely afford the couple that we've got and this guy had forty-three? He must have held down four jobs, nine-days-a-week, 385 days a year without a single vacation or break just to afford the first 30 kids. He surely had all sorts of time for them and their Little League games, birthdays, play dates and eventual church weddings.

Or are we missing something?


Where's the Outrage?

A sharp eyed reader pointed this out:

He was about to violate Rahm's "No Handguns" placard!!!

Alert the media! Alert Phlakey!!


Children's Fund

A fund has been established for the children of Officer Krueger who recently took his own life. No matter what you may have heard and no matter your feelings one way or the other, the kids didn't ask for this burden. Info is as follows:
  • Chase Bank
    C/O Brandon.Krueger Children’s Fund
    12657 S. Ridgeland
    Palos Heights, IL 60463
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Monday, July 16, 2018

Ed, Shut Up

  • Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson released body camera footage Sunday that shows a CPD officer fatally shooting an armed man less than a day earlier in the South Shore neighborhood.

    Calling the shooting a “tragic lost of life,” Johnson said “if we expect neighborhoods to cooperate with police, we need to do our part to remain transparent.”
No Ed, it wasn't a "tragic loss of life." It was a criminal refusing to follow (a) the Law and (B) lawful police orders to comply with a completely legal and justifiable Terry Stop.

We expect neighborhoods to cooperate because it's the correct thing to do...part of the Social Contract that makes America work. The fact that some neighborhoods seem to ignore this is why they can't break the cycle of poverty.

This is ridiculous though:
  • Earlier Sunday, Johnson said the department showed the video to some of Augustus’ family members, including his mother and stepfather.

    Johnson said he offered his “sincerest condolences” to the family, but then added he recognizes the incident has been tough on officers and the department is supporting them.
Anyone know if Special Ed called on the involved officers? Visited the other cops injured by flying urine-filled bottles, rocks and other debris? Or send Commander Bangles to tell them that their actions were completely justified and not to worry about COPA and lawsuits? Or isn't Rahm allowing you to do that? It would be bad visuals we suppose - supporting the police who are acting in a completely legal and justified manner. Can't have that now can we? The "community" might get ideas.

Time to resign Ed. Tell Rahm he lost the "community" vote and just leave.

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RD Number Generated (Update - and Gone)

So an police report was generated naming Jesse Sr., the pfake pfather and Special Ed as offenders in a Criminal Trespass to State Supported Land. The officer involved is taking credit, here and elsewhere:
  • It was a Criminal Trespass to State Supported Land JB346816
    OFFENDERS: Eddie Johnson
    Jesse Sr

    Yes it's TRUE because I'm the one who filed it
    John Catanzara 008
So let's break this down for a second. The Superintendent has been named as an offender. The still pictures and video pretty much prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that he did in fact trespass on the expressway and marched with protestors. He is guilty. Period. End stop.

Will Kim Foxxx follow up with a slam dunk case? It only improves her conviction rate, which is what pretty much all States Attorneys run for reelection on. Special Ed isn't facing any jail time since it appears to be his first offense. He should most certainly get Administrative Charges for a number of Rule violations.

If nothing happens, we're going to say that IAD, COPA and the CCSA Office have lost all legitimacy concerning any attempts to discipline officers for anything - city stickers, court deviations, even CR numbers. The inability or political unwillingness to proceed forward with a case in which there is zero doubt would mean anything with reasonable doubt is cannot be fairly investigated.

And if, on the outside chance, something actually does happen, Special Ed should resign immediately in disgrace as he has lost all authority (moral and actual) granted to him by Order, Ordinance and Law and betrayed his Oath to uphold each.

  • Anonymous said...Rd # has since been canceled and it says due to violation of department rules and regulations when you search it
So now it's a violation of Department Rules to report wrong doing of a co-worker - which seems to be in direct violation of all sorts of findings, laws, ordinances, Rahm statements and at least one Department of Justice report. It would definitely seem to imply there is some sort of "code of silence" or something.

The only route left is to file a report with the Illinois State Police. Perhaps they don't consider criminal acts caught on video to be a "violation" of their department rules.


Commander Bangles

Isn't there some rule about uniforms?

That doesn't appear to be a regulation shirt.

Nor hair length.

Certainly not earrings.

And the arm jewelry? She's not going to be much help in a melee.

Where's the flood? Are those regulation pants?

Check out the reflection on those sneaks.

Anyone seen her gun? Because she ain't wearing it.

She has just shown up at a police shooting in her District, possibly by members of her command. She is the person in charge until a Deputy or higher shows up. She might be tasked with making a statement to the media.

"Earned, not Given."


Non Violent Car Jacking

  • An attempted carjacking turned into a homicide Sunday morning, killing a 59-year-old woman in West Humboldt Park, police said.

    About 7:15 a.m., police were called to the 900 block of North Kedvale Avenue on the city’s West Side on a report that a woman was shot. Authorities learned that a 71-year-old man, a 70-year-old woman and the 59-year-old woman all were in a vehicle when a short, thin black man in his 20s wearing a red hoodie walked up to the driver’s side of the vehicle and pulled a gun on the driver in an attempt to steal the vehicle, according to a statement from police.

    The man who was driving continued on and the would-be carjacker began firing at the back of the vehicle, police said. The 59-year-old woman was shot in the back of the head.

    She was rushed to Stroger Hospital in critical condition and later was pronounced dead, police said.
Anyone here when the protests are scheduled? Is Mikey allowed to travel that far west or do his handlers not want him seen in rival territory?


FOIA Numbers

Our Sometime-Stat-Guy has come up with a few new charts:

And property crime clearance rates are falling, too:

We're thinking that needle isn't going to move until the Department doubles the size of the D-unit and spends a bit of money on actual professional evidence collection and processing.

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Body Cam Footage

This is a picture of a gun, holster and magazine rig:

And this is a picture of an OFFENDER with a shooting grip on said pistol:

Here's a link to the body cam footage over at the Tribune:
Anyone know when the community is going to start lining up to offer apologies to the Officers and the Chicago Police Department for their lies, slanders, assaults, batteries, and generally being assholes flying off the handle based on incomplete and pretty much wrong information?

And more than a few reporters need to be in line to apologize, too.

UPDATE: We know the media isn't going to apologize - they have an agenda to push. So we'll settle for them re-interviewing each of the assholes they broadcast and printed yesterday and today with the people (or folks) who said the offender was unarmed, a concealed carried licensee or just minding his own business before he went and cured cancer or something.

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Shooting - South

  • A man has died after police shot him Saturday evening in the South Shore neighborhood, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

    Paramedics responded to the 7100 block of South Chappel Avenue shortly after 5:30 p.m. and took the victim, an adult male, to Jackson Park Hospital, where he will be pronounced dead, said Larry Merritt, a fire department spokesman.

    No police officers were injured, said head police spokesman Anthony [Google-me], who used 2098 E. 71st St. as the address of the shooting.
You have to wonder about a fire department spokesman predicting someone will be declared dead.

No cops injured. Keep all sworn members involved in your thoughts.


Nice Airport Rahm

  • The deputy commissioner for Chicago's Aviation Department has been forced out of his post, officials confirmed Thursday, a day after reports he received a five-day suspension.

    "Mr. Manzano no longer works for the Chicago Department of Aviation," a department spokesperson said. "We do not comment on personnel matters."

    NBC 5 first revealed in May that Juan Manzano, the point person for the city's concessions at O'Hare and Midway airports, faced five complaints of harassment and bullying from male and female aviation employees.

    The allegations of threatening behavior surfaced days after Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled a new anti-harassment campaign tied to the #MeToo movement.
Rahm would keep a serial killer on staff if it would help him garner votes, so a serial harasser isn't hard to imagine. Hell, we see who he keeps in the upper echelons of CPD, and their antics would embarrass anyone with a functioning conscience.

So with Ginger leaving, this guy being forced out and the assorted rumors of mismanagement and misappropriation, one has to wonder if a few chickens aren't coming home to roost.


Ride to Remember

Thanks to the e-mailers who sent this in:

Before you know it, it'll be time for "Toys for Tots."

Ride while you can.

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DNAInfo Returns?

With a new name and now with advertising as it isn't cheap to run an actual news organization:
We shall see if this ends up like the first version - a mostly independent news site that tries to cover smaller local stories the mainstream media won't - even if they leaned a bit to the left - or just another pipe in the Rahm organ. Lord knows another outlet that Rahm can't control would be a welcome addition to the landscape.


Saturday, July 14, 2018

Too Much Politics

Who has heard anything about this? Because it sounds like fun, but obviously a lot of "behind-the-scenes" type stuff:
  • SCC, OT, but could you look into last week's FLOP board meetng? Please. Maybe get a copy of the minutes.

    It took a cuple guys on the Board well over a year of trying to get the FLOP to finally intervene in the "consent decree" lawsuit that Lisa Madigan brought against the City. Rahm and Lisa has been working feverishly with the "community" to get to a agreed consent decree to fuck CPD over. FLOP lawyers Fioretti and D'Alba did not support the FOP intervening. WHY IS THAT??????

    Anyhow, FLOP finally grows a pair and votes to intervene and files a motion to get into the case. Lisa Madigan, who earlier would not even discuss the case with FLOP, now offers all kinds of concessions and carve outs.

    Rahm is enraged at FLOP for likely derailing his consent decree, but the City offers concessions too because Rahm has to have a consent decree. Politics, you know.

    Then, at last week's board meeting, three Board members (and the lawyers) want to take the "deal", drop the court intervention and jump right in bed with Rahm and Lisa. Who, you ask? Why, none other than the vertically challenged threesome of "disappearing lawsuit" Greg Bella, "Teeny" Deany Angelo, and the Squire of Lincolnshire himself, Kevin Graham. What......the........fuck? One term, Graham. That is all you are getting. Just like your buddy Dean.
Anyone on the Board with actual knowledge want to comment? Because it's sounding like a serious effort to de-certify would be in the cards if any consent decree "negotiating" with Rahm and Madigan is being undertaken, especially at the behest of connected lawyers.

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Memorial Ride

Riding season:

Always a fun time.

We know the Area 4 Ride to Remember is coming up, too. Any posters?

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Talented Feet

A tourist FROM Chicago experiencing something tourists TO Chicago haven' least to our knowledge:
  • A homeless South Florida man with no arms has been charged with stabbing a Chicago tourist.

    Miami Beach police say 46-year-old Jonathan Crenshaw held a pair of scissors with his feet and stabbed 22-year-old Cesar Coronado just after midnight early Tuesday. The Miami Herald reports that Crenshaw is a popular fixture in the area, known for painting on canvases along a trendy spot in South Beach.

    According to the arrest report, Crenshaw says he was lying down when Coronado approached him and punched him in the head. Police say Crenshaw stabbed Coronado twice and fled. A friend who was traveling with Coronado said they asked Crenshaw for directions when he suddenly jumped up and stabbed Coronado in his arm. He was taken to the hospital.
Might be self-defense if the homeless guy is telling the truth. The alleged victim should be embarrassed to admit a homeless guy with no arms stabbed him though, especially if he had just punched him in the head.

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New York? Again?

  • An assistant inspector general riding herd over the New York Police Department has been chosen to serve as Chicago’s deputy inspector general for public safety. Joseph Lipari replaces Laura Kunard, who resigned from the $137,052-a-year job in January after just six months on the job.

    Kunard’s sudden resignation was a setback to the ongoing and monumental effort to reform the Chicago Police Department after the police shooting of Laquan McDonald. It was also an embarrassment to Inspector General Joe Ferguson, who chose her after a painstaking search. It forced Ferguson to conduct yet another nationwide search. On Thursday, the inspector general announced he has found his man in Lipari, who must be confirmed by the City Council.

    [...] Lipari’s background appears to make him uniquely qualified to bird-dog the Chicago Police Department, particularly at a time when Chicago is still struggling to decide what form civilian review should take.

    Ferguson said his choice led investigations into NYPD’s “Use-of-Force reporting, Crisis Intervention Team training and dispatch procedures, and inefficiencies in NYPD’s complaint tracking system.” Lipari was also responsible for supervising staff, and coordinating with the investigations unit.
Another carpetbagger comes to town.


Friday, July 13, 2018

Baltimore De-Policing

A pretty well written article - which is surprising considering it's from USA Today:
  • Just before a wave of violence turned Baltimore into the nation’s deadliest big city, a curious thing happened to its police force: officers suddenly seemed to stop noticing crime.

    Police officers reported seeing fewer drug dealers on street corners. They encountered fewer people who had open arrest warrants.

    Police questioned fewer people on the street. They stopped fewer cars.

    In the space of just a few days in spring 2015 – as Baltimore faced a wave of rioting after Freddie Gray, a black man, died from injuries he suffered in the back of a police van – officers in nearly every part of the city appeared to turn a blind eye to everyday violations. They still answered calls for help. But the number of potential violations they reported seeing themselves dropped by nearly half. It has largely stayed that way ever since.

    “What officers are doing is they’re just driving looking forward. They’ve got horse blinders on,” says Kevin Forrester, a retired Baltimore detective.
The entire article is extensive, covers both sides of the debate, and interviews a bunch of retired cops who have devastating insight into the political and social consequences of the "de-policing" phenomenon. Heather MacDonald did it first and more in depth, but for a USA Today article, it is deserving of a read.


Pfleger Pfailure

  • Six people were killed and eight others were wounded by gun violence between about 2 a.m. and 11:45 p.m. Wednesday across Chicago.

    The most recent fatal shooting happened at 11:44 p.m. in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side.
Old timers might remember the politically incorrect comedian Sam Kinison and his joke about how to solve hunger in Ethiopia - "Move to where the food is!!!"

Perhaps Mikey ought to take a page from that book and "March where the violence is!!!" and leave the weekend commuters on the Dan Ryan alone.

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Overtime Down 30%

  • Overtime spending in the Chicago Police Department dropped 30 percent during the first quarter, thanks to tighter controls to rein in, what Inspector General Joe Ferguson called an “unchecked culture of abuse.”

    From January through April, police officers were paid $29.7 million in overtime, down from $42.1 million during the same period a year ago.


    Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said the effort to rein in overtime has been helped by strategic deployment centers now located in “half” of Chicago’s 22 police districts.

    They use predictive analytics, ShotSpotter technology and new high-definition surveillance cameras to stop crime before it occurs.

    “It helps us to be more proactive and streamline where we’re going. We know where to put the officers to be proactive to stop some of the violence,” he said.
Special Ed has officially jumped the shark. Shotspotter does nothing to "stop" crime. It is a passive system that detects when a crime (firing a gun within city limits) has already occurred. It has prevented nothing. The hi-def cameras are nice - if they're up, working, recording, and pointed in the right direction. Otherwise, you have something like a 30% chance of actually catching crime when it's set on a random search pattern.

On a sarcastic note, we heard that homicide shooting clearance rates are down 30% from last year's abysmal 20% clearance rate.



For real?
  • Hey SSC,

    There is an PPO F/3 from second watch who recently had roll call weapons inspection. Lt. find out there is no ammo in her magazine, nor one in the cWTFhamber. She admitted she didn’t carry her ammo on her because she didn’t want to have to shoot anyone. She’s almost off status and has been riding around with officers for months. Instead of sending her back to the academy to fire her, the practically give her a promotion and throw her in [...] Caps office. She’s a 39 y/o and has no clout. 
Honest to....look Snowflakes - if you don't want to do the job, then don't accept the job. You're cheating taxpayers out of the cost it takes to train you and you might be cheating whomever you happen to be working with if the shit hits the fan.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

What Shortage?

  • Chicago City Wire has learned that Chicago Police (CPD) routinely has only two members of its SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) unit on duty in the city overnight.

    The source said that from 2 to 6 a.m., CPD SWAT officials "on call" might show up for an incident, say, of domestic terrorism in Chicago. Or they might not.

    "There are volunteers on standby, but they are not required to respond," the source said.

    The source said that the CPD has a total of 60 full-time deployable SWAT members as part of its Special Functions Division. But they perform other duties as well.
This isn't truly a "new" issue. The old HBT Unit never had more than a few officers overnight and that was based on actual call-outs and event histories. The fact was that between 0200 and 0600, not much actually happened, so the decision was made to have one undermanned overnight team. 9/11 should have altered that thinking a bit, but much of the time, the first units to get cut and lose funding during a budget crunch (real or manufactured) are the specialized units.


Be Aware

In production and shipping nationwide:

  • The Ideal Conceal smartphone handgun is now in production and shipping to dealers around the country.

    On March 20, 2016, Breitbart News reported that Kirk Kjellberg created a handgun that looks like a cell phone. The main difference between the handgun and a smartphone is that the former fires two rounds for self-defense while the latter only allows you to dial 911 after you have been attacked and need first responders.
Careful out there.


Arguments of Venue Change

  • Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke cannot get a fair jury trial in Cook County because of highly prejudicial and extensive news coverage, a consultant hired by the defense has concluded, saying the officer’s fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald “remains seared in the public’s consciousness.”

    “Neither the size of Cook County nor the passage of time have ameliorated the prejudicial impact of pervasive media coverage surrounding the McDonald shooting on the jury pool,” Bryan Edelman was quoted as saying in a newly filed memo seeking to move the upcoming trial from Chicago. “As prospective jurors reported, the defendant would have a difficult time convincing them that he is not guilty of murder.”

    The long-awaited report by the California-based trial consultant was not made public, but references to his findings were included in a memo filed Tuesday...
When you hear the word "murderer" chanted at you a couple times a week, and dozens of stories about similar incidents, you can bet that the jury pool has been irrevocably tainted.


Wrong House

  • A man was fatally shot while trying to break into a home Tuesday night in the Gage Park neighborhood on the South Side, police said.

    The man, thought to be in his 40s, was trying to break into a home in the 5700 block of South California when he was shot by a resident, according to Chicago Police. He then ran away.

    Officers responding to a call for the burglary at 10:17 p.m. arrived to find the man lying in the backyard with a gunshot wound to the neck, police said. He was taken to Christ Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
He won't be doing THAT again.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Oh This is Priceless

  • A veteran Cook County judge was hit with a misdemeanor gun charge after sheriff’s deputies saw him drop a pistol last week in the lobby of the county’s main criminal courthouse, authorities said.

    Judge Joseph Claps, who has presided over felony criminal cases at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, was reassigned last week to “nonjudicial duties” pending a meeting Wednesday of the circuit court’s executive committee, a spokesman for Chief Judge Timothy Evans’ office said.

    Claps was walking in the lobby of the courthouse at 26th Street and California Avenue on July 3 when two deputies noticed a handgun fall out of a jacket draped over the judge’s arm, according to a sheriff’s incident report.

    Security cameras captured the gun tumbling out of Claps’ jacket as well as the judge picking up the silver pistol and putting it in his pants pocket, the report said.
What does a judge need a gun for? In court especially? Can't he just leave it in his car like Rahm and Toni expect everyone else to do? And now that he's been charged, does that negate him hearing a gun case ever again in the Cook County system?

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Nice CTA Rahm

The CTA needs some of these:

  • A female was killed and a man critically injured after the two stabbed each other following an argument that began on a CTA bus on the South Side, Chicago police said.

    The pair were arguing on the bus in the first block of East 63rd Street in the Washington Park neighborhood around 7:30 p.m. when the female stabbed the man, 37, in the upper right side of the shoulder.

    The man then got off the bus, and the female followed, police said.

    They struggled, and the man took the knife and stabbed the woman.
IF knives weren't allowed on the CTA, then this never ever would have happened.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Political Post (Big Post)

You can't really trust polls commissioned by candidates. They have every reason to lie - but they're fun to speculate about:
  • In late March, the Democratic pollster to whom Rahm Emanuel once sent a dead fish delivered the political version of a dead fish to the mayor: a poll that, Alan Secrest claimed, showed Emanuel was unelectable.

    That poll, conducted for mayoral challenger Garry McCarthy, pegged Emanuel’s job performance rating at just 32 percent and the mayor’s favorability rating at 36 percent. Emanuel’s campaign tried to discredit the McCarthy poll by smearing Secrest.

    Now, a poll conducted for another mayoral challenger — Lori Lightfoot — shows similar numbers, making the results more difficult for the embattled two-term mayor to ignore.

    The telephone survey of 800 Chicago voters deemed “likely” to cast ballots in the February 2019 mayoral election was conducted April 23 to April 26 by pollster Jason McGrath.

    It showed that just 31 percent said they would vote to re-elect Emanuel. When respondents were asked to choose between Emanuel and someone new — without mentioning a specific alternative — 62 percent of those surveyed said they wanted to try someone else.
31% is more than enough to get Rahm into the runoff, especially with none of the other candidates breaking the 20% mark. McCarthy has the big name recognition, but when more and more lies are told about Lightfoot's "qualifications," her numbers rise up at or near McCarthy's.

McCarthy is trying to pull away from the pack by peeling off a bunch of the "protest Rahm" vote:
  • Mayoral challenger and former Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Monday he’ll tackle the city’s crime woes largely by removing politics from the Police Department, alleging that Mayor Rahm Emanuel has meddled far too often in the city’s policing strategies.

    McCarthy made the remarks as he rolled out his campaign’s crime reduction policy during a news conference outside the Chicago Police Department’s Bronzeville headquarters, where he criticized Emanuel for increased homicide numbers since the mayor fired him as the city’s top cop in December 2015. If elected in the February 2019 election, McCarthy pledged to run a policing strategy guided by “fundamental fairness” with better community relations, improved public trust and less interference from City Hall.
Garry has promised to nix the new Police Academy, pandering to a wide expanse of anti-Rahm sentiment. Garry also seems to (still) read the (insignificant) blog:
  • McCarthy also pushed back against Emanuel’s assertions that Chicago homicides are down this year, noting that they are still higher than 2013, 2014 and 2015. To make his point, McCarthy stood by a chart showing homicides through the first six months of those years compared to 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Someone must have whispered to him about "trends."

Paul Vallas is making waves, appealing to disgruntled retirees:
  • “Mayor Emanuel’s decision to remove retirees and their spouses who are not yet eligible for Medicare from the City’s healthcare program and remove healthcare subsidies, without even considering providing an affordable alternative healthcare option, has been extremely harmful to many. This is especially true for widowed spouses and their dependents and other City employees with modest and often inadequate City pension income.

    “The insensitivity to the financial hardships was fully demonstrated when the attorney for the retirees highlighted the mayor’s cavalier reply to an October 2015 email from venture capitalist Henry Feinberg in an Illinois Appellate Court brief that pushed for preliminary injunction that sought to compel the city to restore the benefit. ‘Since when did Rahm Emanuel let a judicial ruling get in his way and not find a creative work-around solution?’ Feinberg wrote then. Emanuel replied, ‘Never! Which is why I eliminated retiree health care. Only elected official to eliminate-not cut or reform-a benefit. Thank you very much. A $175 million saving!’ Emanuel later said he “wasn’t bragging” as much as he was “acknowledging how we stabilized” skyrocketing healthcare costs. Attorney Clint Krislov didn’t buy the mayor’s argument. His brief branded Emanuel’s email ‘boasting.’
We don't doubt that Rahm or his people are nudging things one way or another to fracture voting bases. We think that Rahm is hoping for the most radical opponent (Lightfoot) so that he appears "moderate" in comparison. It's definitely heating up.


It Happened Again

  • A Chicago Police officer fatally shot himself in the head at a Far South Side police station Sunday evening.
We don't have the actual statistic in front of us, but the CPD suicide rate is obscene, double-digits over the national rate. CPD is top ten, perhaps the very top, of this sad category. It was so obvious to the Department of Justice that they cited it their hatchet job report.

We're paraphrasing here, but you think we're short-handed on the street? You ought to see the EAP. People say they perform miracles? Well, they have to what with they're given.

We have the EAP link on the right hand side, directly under the FOP in the "Police Related Websites" category. Please use it if you are so far in the dark you cannot see a way out. These people will help, will listen, will get you anything within their power.


Can CFD Confirm?

A couple e-mailers sent this:
  • Hey SCC, let your co-workers know that CFD just took delivery of six new ambulances and in each of the ambulances are six cameras - on in the driver compartment to keep an eye on traffic, one in the back to look in on the patient, and the rest pointing outward to view the scene around the ambulance. We know you guys and gals are aware of bus cameras, stoplight cameras, speed cameras and every pedestrian with a camera. Just thought we'd warn you about the ones on our ambos now.
Good to know.

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Another Angle

Lots of photos rolling in:

Is Jesse expecting a lightning strike from God?

Because we could get behind The Almighty in that case.


Monday, July 09, 2018

Discipline Time

Remember when Rahm and Google-me said this? (click for larger version)

"...rules prohibiting officers from making political staements while in uniform will be applied consistently."

Let's see if this happens. Though as the supposed "leader" of the Department, punishment should be a little harsher as he is the example we all strive to......


Sorry, even we couldn't tell a whopper that big.


Peace Dividends

  • The shooting caused a stir outside the High Noon Saloon but did little to disrupt the lively Wicker Park bar scene even as closing times approached.

    Music continued to flow outside from the many bars with open windows or doors, blending in the air along with the chatter of revelers congregating on the sidewalks.


    He was one of at least 11 people shot in Chicago from Saturday through early Sunday, including one man who died. Others wounded included a 62-year-old man who was barbecuing in the Little Village neighborhood.
Great job there Mikey.

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That's More Like It

Hooks is still a stroke of extraordinary renown, but this was a bit more in line with the crime:
  • A man involved in the beating of a mentally disabled Chicago man that was streamed on Facebook Live pleaded guilty on Thursday, according the state's attorney.

    Jordan Hill, 20, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated kidnapping and one count of a hate crime, according to Cook County state's attorney Tandra Simonton. Both crimes are felonies. He was sentenced to eight years in prison, Simonton said.
One more to go.


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