Thursday, September 20, 2018

Prosecution to Wrap Up Today?

  • Testimony is proceeding faster than some anticipated. The prosecution could rest as early as Thursday. So far, jurors have heard from 21 prosecution witnesses over three days. Still on deck to testify is the state’s ballistics expert. If this brisk pace continues, the defense may begin its case Monday. Lead defense attorney Daniel Herbert promised the jury in his opening remarks that the defense would call experts to show Van Dyke’s use of lethal force was justified.
So far, the prosecution hasn't proven even the barest hint that racism played any part in this shooting, even though in opening statements they declared that it was sole motivating factor. This brings to the fore an interesting question that was e-mailed to us just last night:
  • Is the prosecutor attempting to hang the jury?
Our letter writer expressed a thought that Herbert took the jury because Herbert thinks he can hang it based solely on the racial and personal backgrounds. Now the prosecution, after a lofty promise to pin this whole thing on racism, hasn't made a convincing argument to back it up. Is McMahon trying to hag the jury, too, knowing that Alvarez screwed up the charging?

The defense made some good points today pointing out that even the prosecution's "expert" couldn't determine what order the shots occurred and whether the "fatal shot" was fired first, third or sixteenth, nor if it was fired while the offender was upright.

And once again, Jesse Jackson had to add his .02 cents with his usual uneducated nonsense:
  • After listening to hours of graphic courtroom testimony and viewing dozens of autopsy photos of McDonald’s injuries, Jackson said he was struck by how intentional Van Dyke was when he opened fire.

    Each shot drew blood,” Jackson told reporters.
So now Jesse wants the police to indiscriminately spray gunfire at offenders, with lead flying all over the place, wounding innocent passersby - you know, like Jesse's congregants do.

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RIP Jon Burge

A convenient Boogeyman for all sorts of crooked reporters, lawyers and professors.

Used to smear an entire Department, 99.9% of whom never worked for him.

May you find the peace that eluded you in life.

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Youi're On Your Own

  • The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) recently filed a complaint that accuses Chicago’s SWAT team of having a shortage of manpower that endangers the public and police force.

    Unlike SWAT teams in other major U.S cities, Chicago’s team has no on-call system in place that guarantees a minimum recommended number of officers will respond to the taking of hostages, the threat of a suicide or other emergencies during off-duty hours, according to the FOP complaint.

    The complaint, a copy of which was obtained by Chicago City Wire, was filed on Aug. 29.

    “The situation has been addressed by members of the SWAT team with their supervisors on countless occasions in debriefs over the years,” the complaint states. “As of this time still nothing has been done.”
Of course nothing has been done. This is the Chicago Police Department. We lurch from one disaster to another with band-aids being the order of the day and "we hope nothing happens" being the current operating policy.

With the current CO only worried about not rocking the boat and jeopardizing his next "merit" promotion, is it any wonder that shit like this goes on?
  • More swat folllies. Ass clown swat sgt was involved in a road rage incident in Lake County. Or should I say “roid rage?” Didn’t know he was so special that he could drive his take home car to Lake County. Yep, that right. Driving a take come home Dept Vehicle and involved in a serious altercation. Then he tried to punk the responding units. IAD investigating which means nothing, since they are to scared to touch this guy. Goofball was bragging on how he went down to IAD and demanded answers on CR#.
We're pretty sure taking a city vehicle outside of actual city limits requires the approval of a Deputy Chief at the very least along with an insurance authorization letter on file with the Department's Legal Affairs. And it better be on a Department authorized event.

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What a Bargain!

  • The foundation behind the planned Obama Presidential Center in Chicago has a tentative agreement with the city to pay just $10 to use 19.3 acres of city park space for 99 years, according to a report.

    The accord is described in legislation that Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration will send to the City Council on Thursday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

    If approved, the proposals will bring the estimated $350 million project closer to reality.
And again, this ISN'T the "official" presidential library:
  • The foundation said in May 2017 that Obama’s official presidential library will not be housed at the Jackson Park campus. A permanent location for the Obama Presidential Library is still being determined.
Which will be yet another monument to an oversized ego.

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Section 8? Move to Hawaii!

  • Maui Hawaii Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his staff.

    Aloha Mayor,

    Q: I was awarded a Section 8 voucher for Maui for me and my son. We live in Rockford IL. I was very excited about being able to live in paradise just to find out that there aren’t any homes or apartments available. Why are you giving out Section 8 vouchers if you have nowhere for people to live?

    A: I have to admit that I was a little puzzled at first as to why out-of-state residents were being given Section 8 vouchers for housing in Maui County, especially since our housing inventory is very low. But after checking with our departments, I was reminded that this is a federal program, and by law, it is open to any eligible applicant no matter their state of residence. But although that is true, it is also true that just having a voucher does not guarantee you housing. This is unfortunately the case for voucher holders all over the United States, not just here on Maui.
But if there was an actual Section 8 house in Hawaii, who pays for the relocation?

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

How Many Places?

Once again, our spies deep in the bowels of HQ, have come up with the list that shows exactly how many spaces the clouted had to skip over in order to steal their promotions (click for larger versions):



So hey, don't worry if you score at #2998. As long as you work for former Commander Kenneth Johnson, recently ordered to retire due to an upcoming investigation of some sort, you, too, can command nearly 3,000 other men and women who scored better than you did.

Remember - "Earned, not Given."

UPDATE: Does everyone notice that the higher the number of places skipped, the nominator is almost always:
  • a boss whose is known as an incompetent, politically connected moron OR
  • mentioned in connection to a particularly nasty scandal?
These nominators are not particularly competent at their jobs....and they're proving that they aren't particularly good at picking out capable test takers.

Q.E.D., they are picking the next generation of morons, who will be picking the next generation of morons, and so on.

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Day 2 Review - Day 3 Today

  • FBI forensic examiner Mark Messick made a slowed-down version of the dashcam video with arrows pointing to where he believed the bullets hit. But later he said on the stand he was not an expert in ballistics and that the arrows could only really indicate where he saw puffs of smoke. After a tense cross-examination, Gaughan ordered that his testimony be stricken from the record, so that jurors cannot consider it as evidence at all. “He has no background in what the smoke means,” Gaughan said.
Gee, an FBI "expert" making up evidence and explanations as they go along? Passing off "enhanced" video as actual bullet impacts? Being unable to tell puffs of "smoke" from the "debris clouds" that occur when bullets ricochet off pavement?

And on the protest front, a grand total of 10 malcontents showed up at various points of the day.

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This Will Work GREAT!

  • Chicago’s new Amazon Go store, marketed as “just walk out” shopping, drew curious downtown workers and passersby with its novelty and cashier-less convenience on Monday, its first day of business.

    To shop, customers first had to download the Amazon Go app — a process made easier with free wi-fi provided by the company.
From the pictures and the stories, we didn't see any security staff on hand and the "gates" were two panels of plexiglass about thigh high that Granny Clampett could push through in a pinch. Sure, there are cameras, but under the current regime, we don't expect them to be used for prosecution.

We might be cynical as Hell, but we are already thinking of these things as "Food Divvy's."

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$16 Million

  • Aldermen gave the go-ahead Monday for a $16 million payment to the family of a woman fatally shot by a police officer who was firing at a teenager carrying a baseball bat, after the city’s top attorney said the “tragedy” of her death could have prompted a jury to award even more money if the case went to trial.
Although the vast majority of the blame lays with the criminal who threatened responding officers with a baseball bat and the family who neglected and enabled him for years, he's dead, and the City has deep pockets. An innocent woman paid an incalculable price.

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Liberal Contradiction

  • Fifth-grader Henry Klucznik has a lot to look forward to this school year, his last in elementary school at St. Benedict’s Preparatory School on the North Side.

    Though he’s only a few weeks into the new year, the 10-year-old is already involved in cross country and will be part of the school’s math club. He’s also learned what to do in the event that an armed intruder shows up at the North Center parochial school, which recently spent nearly $90,000 on a security system designed to quickly notify police if an active shooter is on church or school premises.

    The more than 700 students enrolled at St. Ben’s this year were greeted by 30 new bright blue pull boxes on the walls, fixtures installed because of concern about the possibility of a deadly school shooting. The school also spent $40,000 on new security cameras.
  • (12 Sept 2017) Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich has issued a decree banning guns in all parishes, schools and other facilities across the archdiocese.

    The decree, effective Thursday, echoes statements the cardinal has made over the past two years in support of banning guns from churches. It stipulates that anyone found with a gun on archdiocesan property will be asked to remove it from the premises and won't be allowed to return until it's gone. Clerics and staff members also will face disciplinary action.
So did the parishioners over at St. Ben's get ripped off? No one would dare defy the decree of a Catholic Church Cardinal, right? That would be like, we dunno, covering up for a bunch of pedophiles or something.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Day One into Day Two

No one landed any significant body shots.

The prosecution showed that they are going to make this all about race. How that plays to a jury that has a lone black woman on it is anyone's guess.

The defense had a few hiccups, but no major errors. They even extracted a major concession from a prosecution witness regarding what we think of as "fish eye" lenses distorting distance and exaggerating movement.

Before the trial opened, the prosecution dropped four of the Murder counts, pretty much validating the common thought that this was overcharged for political reasons, but you'll never hear that from the courtroom or the media.

Protestors were minimal, running from under ten to almost twenty-five at one point.

.....

On a completely unrelated note, does anyone remember what years and what superintendents L. Flores served as lieutenant and commander? Asking for a friend.

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Prickwrinkle to Run

This is going to suck the air (and the fundraising) out of just about every minority candidate out there:
  • Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will announce her run for mayor this week, the chairman of the City Council’s Black Caucus said.

    Ald. Rod Sawyer (6th) told the Sun-Times he talked to Preckwinkle on Monday and the veteran County Board president told him she plans to enter the crowded race.

    Another alderman, who asked not to be identified, also said they’d been told by Preckwinkle she is in.

    A spokesperson for the Preckwinkle camp, however, would not confirm any plans. Other sources said Preckwinkle’s announcement is scheduled for Thursday at 3 p.m.
Prickwrinkle could have wiped the floor with Rahm last election, but she decided to stay out for whatever reasons. Supposedly, if she wins, she's going to keep both jobs - a feat not too dissimilar to Richard J keeping his position as the (A) Ward Committeeman, (B) Chairman, Cook County Democratic Party, and (C) mayor. It enabled Daley to run the slating committees and therefore, the Machine itself.

History doesn't repeat itself but it often rhymes.

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Shots Fired at Police

Robbery gone south?
  • On 15 Sep 2018 a PPO was the victim of an armed robbery in the 8900 S. Blk Blackstone Ave in the early morning hours. There were shots fired at the PPO too.  This was reported under JB436092.
There was a comment or two about the offender discovering the badge before opening fire. Officer is unhurt, but one comment said the officer's weapon was in the trunk...that's not smart and hopefully, not true.

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Gee, Really?

  • Two fresh hires at City Hall will help steer Chicago through the most momentous legal issue the city has faced in decades: reforming the Chicago Police Department.

    Tyeesha Dixon and Katie Hill this summer joined Chicago's 280-attorney Law Department. Hill, 39, who most recently was policy director for Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, will hold the department's No. 2 job and report directly to Corporation Counsel Ed Siskel.

    Hill, who oversees all 15 of the department's divisions, has dealt with criminal justice issues for much of her career, including as a litigator at Loevy and Loevy, a plaintiffs firm that rose to prominence winning multimillion-dollar verdicts against the city for police misconduct.

    Dixon, 33, is taking on a newly created role as deputy corporation counsel for public safety reform. She previously was a senior associate at Washington, D.C., law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, on the team of lawyers representing the city during the U.S. Justice Department's probe of its policing practices.
A bottom-feeding Loevy graduate and another bottom feeder who negotiated with Sparklefarts' DOJ. We can hardly wait!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Day One

As you can imagine, the events at 26th Street will be occupying quite a bit of the spotlight for the next few weeks.

As you might deduce, updates here will be contingent on Department whims and events. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

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Why the Courts are F#$%ed

Here's how the Cook County Court System operates....and probably 99% of people don't pay attention enough to realize what's going on:
  • Michael Gentry has received two year’s probation for burglarizing a Wicker Park home in August 2017. Notoriously, Gentry was located by police because he took time to stop and masturbate in a nearby gangway after breaking into the home, according to prosecutors.

    Judge Lauren Edidin approved the plea deal that reduced Gentry’s charge to attempted burglary. His sentence will run concurrent to another two-year probation term that he received for head-butting a glass window in the Leighton Criminal Courthouse last year.

    A Wicker Park resident called police around noontime August 13, 2017, after he saw Gentry enter his home and steal an iPad in t But instead of he 2000 block of West Le Moyne.
That isn't "attempted" anything. He successfully entered a dwelling and successfully completed a theft, i.e. Burglary. But instead of getting prison time, where he might actually be deterred from committing additional crimes, he gets probation... and is free to commit more "attempted burglaries."

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Six Robberies

Crime is down! Or at least crimes involving bodies....property crimes aren't:
  • Six people were attacked in back to back robberies in South Loop and Hyde Park Friday night and early Saturday morning.

    According to police, the offenders are a group of two to four men between the ages of 18 and 25 traveling in a gray four-door vehicle. Victims told police one of the suspects has dreadlocks.
But hey, we're sure Hyde Park residents don't mind the forcible redistribution of their property.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Spotlight on Suicides

  • [...] One took his life while on duty in his squad car, the other two in the parking lot of the Calumet District station on the Far South Side. The cluster of deaths has brought renewed attention to the Chicago Police Department’s mental health services — an area criticized in a 2017 U.S. Justice Department report [...].

    A proposed consent decree filed last week requires the department to reform its mental health outreach and counseling services. It must staff 10 clinicians for its employee assistance program by 2020 and ensure that officers have access to non-emergency counseling within two weeks of a request, and emergency counseling within 24 hours.

    The department says it has already hired additional clinicians and undertaken a campaign to educate officers on options for seeking help.

    Still, law enforcement and mental health experts say meeting the terms of the consent decree is just a start to addressing the needs of roughly 12,000 officers and their families. Ten clinicians is likely not enough for one of the largest police forces in the country, they say.

    And adding more mental health professionals doesn’t address the problem if the department doesn’t lessen the stigma of seeking therapy and doesn't reach out to officers.
We've debated this here and elsewhere many times. Obviously, the Department-wide email isn't accomplishing much. Even our feeble efforts and pleas to just call someone (links provided on the right hand side of the blog) aren't reaching those determined to hurt themselves. We've tried to think of something different to do, something to trip that urge to seek help somewhere, anywhere.

And we realize that we can't.

That isn't to say we aren't going to keep trying. We're not about to write off fellow coppers. We're just saying that we need a better tool or a better message to stop this runaway train. We're open to suggestions.

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Well Lookie Here

  • Attorneys for the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) threatened a defamation lawsuit against an attorney and his clients for claiming that police shot and killed a youth on the West Side this summer.

    In a letter authorized by FOP President Kevin Graham, FOP attorney Tim Grace warned attorney Andrew M. Stroth from the Action Injury Law Group that statements made by Stroth and his clients claiming the police shot Steve Rosenthal on August 17 are defamatory.

    [...] Grace attacked these statements in his letter to Stroth. Grace warned that if Stroth or his clients continue making such statements, Grace will take legal action on behalf of the officers.
You want to shut some of these loud mouth agitating assholes up and take back control of the narrative? You file the slam dunk cases and hit them with a couple of multi-million dollar judgements when they out-and-out lie. Hit them where it hurts.

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Wait a Minute....

  • The Chicago Police Department provides no clear directives on how it selects, trains and evaluates officers assigned to patrol public schools, according to a report released Thursday from the city inspector general.

    CPD doesn’t even have up-to-date staffing rosters and legal agreements with the Chicago Public Schools system for its school resource officers, Inspector General Joseph Ferguson’s office said.

    The department’s lack of guidance and structure over school resource officers underscores what Ferguson’s office describes as a “high probability” that students get unnecessarily entangled in the criminal justice system. The IG said it urged authorities to immediately create formal standards and responsibilities for school-based police officers by the start of classes this fall.
Students usually get "unnecessarily entangled" in the courts because they're breaking the law, not because cops are doing their jobs. Aside from that, is anyone really surprised there's no training records, no staffing rosters and no legal agreements with the CPS? You have two gigantic bureaucracies operating under two completely different sets of rules and (to be quite frank) two completely different aims:
  • an institutionally conservative CPD enforces the law
  • an institutionally liberal CPS teaches typical leftist bullshit
Is it any wonder there are problems?

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Meet the Leeches

  • On Thursday, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Mayor Rahm Emanuel filed a proposed consent decree for the Chicago Police Department in federal court. Absent any major changes from Judge Robert M. Dow, Jr., who still has to approve the proposal, this 227-page document will chart the course for CPD reforms for years to come.

    Neither Madigan nor Emanuel are running for re-election, so they both will be out of office by the time most of the consent decree’s mandates take effect. As with most cities, Chicago will be placed under the authority of an independent monitoring team to ensure the city makes the changes required under the consent decree.

    Nine teams responded to a request for proposals to become CPD’s independent monitor. Most of the teams are led by attorneys—including former federal prosecutors, former judges, and a former mayor. Many of them include retired police executives as full team members or subject matter experts. Three of the nine lead monitors are based in Chicago, but the others are spread across the country, from Oakland to Cleveland to New York.

    Over the past two decades, as the number of police consent decrees has increased, a cottage industry has cropped up to serve as monitors. Some of the teams that applied to be Chicago’s monitor include well-known players in this field. Others are relatively new. All teams have experience conducting government or corporate audits.
You can read all about the firms at the link up top.

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Another Daley?

  • Former U.S. Commerce Secretary Bill Daley will announce Monday that he’s going to run for a job once held by his brother and father — mayor of Chicago.

    Daley would mark the first big-name candidate to officially jump in the race since Mayor Rahm Emanuel made the stunning announcement earlier this month that he would not seek a third term. Daley, whose nascent campaign confirmed Friday he would run, succeeded Emanuel as then-President Barack Obama’s White House chief of staff after Emanuel left the job to run for mayor in 2010. He also worked as commerce secretary for more than three years under former President Bill Clinton.
Our initial opinion is that Daley is running to suck the oxygen out of the room and drive out the lesser funded campaigns to clear up the field. How long he stays in is another matter entirely and could skew the race. We might be seeing some internal Machine grudges being settled here and a full scale effort to keep McCarthy and Vallas from garnering a runoff spot. Time will tell.

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DV Scandal Wraps Up

  • A dozen years ago, five financially strapped city of Chicago pension funds invested $68 million in a shaky real estate deal put together by a former boss of President Barack Obama and a nephew of Mayor Richard M. Daley.

    It was a high-risk investment. Allison S. Davis — a longtime Daley ally who once headed a small Chicago law firm that gave Obama his first job out of Harvard Law School — and Daley nephew Robert G. Vanecko even warned in the prospectus that the pension funds could lose their entire investments.

    But, with Daley in office and three top officials in his administration in on the decisions, the city pension funds agreed to give Davis and Vanecko’s DV Urban Realty Partners the money, which they said they would use to buy and develop properties in struggling Chicago neighborhoods.

    Eleven years ago, the Chicago Sun-Times exposed the deal, which quickly turned sour. The mayor publicly distanced himself from his nephew, whose pension deals created friction in the Daley family.

    Vanecko pulled out of the partnership with Davis and his family in June 2009 — 12 days after a federal grand jury issued subpoenas for DV Urban’s records.

    Three years later, the pension funds dumped Davis and seized control of the real estate portfolio DV Urban had put together, with lawsuits filed in Illinois and in Delaware.
No one is going to prison? No money is forthcoming? Is there a "Vanecko Cat Food Company" where we can get some snacks? The article outlines many of the local property deals that enriched the connected few. Maybe somewhere we can camp out in our retirement years?

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Brotherhood Raffle

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Cicero Officer Shot

  • A Cicero police officer was shot during an exchange of gunfire near the border between Chicago and the west suburb late Thursday afternoon that left a suspect in serious condition and at some point involved a citizen with a concealed carry license, authorities said.

    The shootout happened near the Cicero exit on the Stevenson expressway around 5:05 p.m. during the evening rush hour commute, Cicero police said.

    Cicero police officers tried to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation in the 3900 block of South Cicero Avenue when the driver took off, according to Cicero police superintendent Jerry Chlada, Jr.

    Officers boxed the vehicle in on the southbound ramp of the Stevenson, Chlada said, and the male driver got out and fired multiple rounds at officers.

    Officer Luis Duarte, 31, was hit multiple times, officials said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital and his condition was stabilized.
The Chief over in Cicero was very appreciative of the assistance:
  • The alleged shooter then ran north on Cicero, and fired at another officer that chased him, Chlada said. A man with a concealed carry license driving south on Cicero in heavy traffic exited his vehicle and fired at the suspect, Chlada said.

    “We were lucky enough to have a citizen on street that is a concealed carry holder and he engaged in gunfire with this offender who was struck one time,” Chlada said.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery Officer.

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More Magic Money

  • On his way out of office, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is set to create a task force that would consider whether to make monthly no-strings-attached payments to a group of Chicago families to help them make ends meet.

    “Universal basic income” is an idea that has been gaining traction recently among progressives, and North Side Ald. Ameya Pawar introduced a resolution in June calling on Emanuel to launch a program to pay 1,000 families $500 every month.

    Now, Pawar, 47th, says he will be part of a panel Emanuel will convene to figure out whether such a program can be implemented in Chicago.
So two assholes, neither of which will be facing the voters again, are going to figure out how to spend $6 million on a social experiment that has failed every single place it has been tried. How about that $6 million goes toward the widows and retirees Rahm screwed with Pewar's help.

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Only 25?

  • A Chicago police officer who admitted to paying for sex with girls as young as 14 — including one with braces on her teeth — was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in federal prison.

    U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall also ordered 62-year-old William “Willie” Whitley to pay $240,000 into a trust fund for his four victims, one of whom faced the 26-year CPD veteran at a hearing last week.
He's going to be really popular in prison - fired cop, short eyes - belle of the fucking ball.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

What Is Going On?

  • A Chicago police officer committed suicide in the parking lot of a Far South Side police station early Wednesday.

    The officer, a 54-year-old woman described by police as a “veteran” of the department, is the second member of the Chicago Police Department to take her own life in that parking lot since early July and the third Chicago police officer to commit suicide in the last two months.

    She was found in her personal car and her name was not released as of Wednesday afternoon, according to police. The department said it was making counselors available to officers in the Calumet District, where the deceased officer was found.
We have no words.

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J-Day Thursday

A jury might be seated by the end of the day, so it's decision time:
  • It’s the most crucial strategic decision so far for Jason Van Dyke’s defense team — and his lawyers could be forced to make it as early as Thursday.

    Should they put the fate of the indicted Chicago police officer in the hands of the jurors they’ve spent two days questioning? Or should they ask Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan to decide whether Van Dyke murdered Laquan McDonald?

    That decision looms because 10 of the 12 jurors who would hear the case have now been chosen. Five were picked Wednesday — a black woman, who is the first African-American on the jury, a white man, a white woman and two Latina women, one of who is applying to be a Chicago police office and wanted to be a cop since she was 12.

    On Wednesday, when Dan Herbert pressed the judge about their deadline to make a decision, the judge told him, “when we get to 11, you’d better make a decision.” The judge soon relented, and said he’d give the defense team a night to think about it.

    They fell one short of 11 jurors Wednesday, but one more pick could put Van Dyke’s lawyers on the spot — especially if it comes early Thursday.
The Department is also finally making some decisions. An order came out that from 24 September onward, all elective time off must be approved, not by a Deputy Chief as has been past practice, but by an actual Bureau Chief. This is on top of the manpower counts that every District and Unit had to submit this past week for the remainder of September and all of October.

Definitely an interesting jury being seated so far though.

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Election Fix

  • The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners on Wednesday upheld a hearing officer’s finding that a petition to hold a referendum on term limits for Chicago’s mayor was legally invalid.

    The referendum will not appear on the November ballot, the board ruled.

    Former Gov. Pat Quinn and his Take Charge Chicago group, which gathered signatures in an effort to get the referendum on the ballot, promised to take the matter to court.

    Quinn argued the Chicago City Council should not have been allowed to crowd the binding referendum on term limits off the ballot by approving three advisory referenda questions, which he described as a deliberate “sabotage tactic.”
God forbid the actual voters have any sort of say in how their government is run. Voters might disrupt the rampant corruption and cronyism.

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Property Tax Disaster

  • This one was so easy to see coming we can only say, “Duh,” instead of our usual “Told you so.” Last year, Chicago lawmakers wanted a way to soften the blow of the city’s recent property tax increases, or at least make it look softer. Singling out the city wasn’t workable, so they got Springfield to pass increases in the homeowners and senior exemptions for all of Cook County.

    The Chicago Tribune last week detailed the actual results. The broadened exemptions merely shifted the tax burden to to other properties. Many properties were taken off the tax rolls entirely, leaving the remainder to pay the bills. The levy — total taxes raised — didn’t drop. The consequence has been a “perfect storm,” the Tribune says, for many communities already in a property tax catastrophe.

    We weren’t the only ones who saw that coming. The Daily Herald and Illinois News Network, among others, wrote about it. We said it was a wonderful illustration of rampant idiocy in the Illinois General Assembly.

    The actual effect of the stunt has been particularly pronounced in Chicago’s south suburbs, which are largely working class and African-American.
And the exodus of decent middle class, tax paying families continues.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

"Free" Library

  • Projects relevant to the forthcoming Obama Presidential Center in Chicago’s Jackson Park will cost taxpayers $224 million, according to the Washington Examiner.

    This includes $174 million for roadwork in and around Jackson Park and $50 million for renovations to the Garfield Green Line station, two miles from the presidential center. Illinois taxpayers will be on the hook for $199 million of the total cost, with $25 million of the Garfield station renovations funded through a federal grant, according to the Washington Examiner.

    Unfortunately, Illinois taxpayers would have no way of knowing this money was flowing to the presidential project from looking at the state’s 1,245-page budget, which makes no mention of the Obama Presidential Center. That spending is hidden, but has been confirmed by political figures such as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
But wait! There's more!!
  • Illinois’ state budget might not be the only source of taxpayer money for the center. Chicago residents may face a property tax add-on, as the General Assembly amended the state’s Museum Act in 2016 to permit such a tax to help finance the center. Alterations to the Museum Act also allowed lawmakers to grant the parkland transfer to the Obama Foundation. That transfer is the subject of a federal lawsuit filed by the nonprofit Protect Our Parks. Protect Our Parks claims the city and the Chicago Park District broke state law through their transfer of the parkland, and also argues using tax money for the center’s construction is compelled political speech and a violation of the First Amendment.

    Hidden money for the Obama Presidential Center is a consequence of the state spending plan’s opaqueness. The negotiating process in drafting of the budget took place outside of public view and state senators were given five hours to read the massive document before taking a vote. By the Illinois Policy Institute’s estimate, the spending plan exceeds realistic revenue estimates by as much as $1.5 billion.
Remember, Illinois is over $100 Billion in the hole right now. This will only get worse.

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Detective List

Here you go (click for larger versions):





To those wondering, 25 "merit" divided by 126 total equals 0.1984. Multiple that by 100 (to get a percentage) and you have 19.84%. The City is NOT ALLOWED to round "merit" percentages upward so this falls at the 20% agreed upon.

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LAPD Shooting Video

  • The Los Angeles Police Department on Monday released graphic video footage of July 28 shootout that occurred during a routine traffic stop that resulted in the injury of an officer and the death of the suspect.

    The police officers seen in the video were not identified and the events leading up to the shooting appeared routine. The female officer-- who approached from the drivers' side-- worked in the gang unit and apparently knew the suspect.

    The officer asked the driver to exit the car, at which point he could be seen pulling out a .380-caliber handgun and firing just inches from the officer. She could be seen falling to the ground and her partner-- who was at the passengers’ side-- returns fire, mortally wounding gang member Richard Mendoza, 32
Full video here.

The officer was wounded, but survived. It all went down in about 2 seconds.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

9/11


Where has the time gone? Seventeen years.

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Special Ed's Special Math

Remember when Mr. Fenner promised that a majority of "merit" promotions would come from Patrol seeing as how Patrol was the "backbone" of the Department?

Special Ed lied....again:
  • 3 "merit" lieutenants - 2 from units, 1 from a  District 
  • 30 "merit" sergeants - 19 from units, 11 from Districts (6 were FTO's)
  • 25 "merit" detectives - 12 from units, 13 from Districts
And one of the Detectives from the District was detailed FROM a unit, so even that razor-thin majority is actually not a majority at all.

Without a doubt, the worst superintendent in Department history.

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"Removing"

  • Two local legal scholars who examined thousands of police misconduct allegations have determined that taking those complaints more seriously “could substantially reduce the most serious incidents of police misconduct.” Northwestern University law professor Max Schanzenbach and Kyle Rozema of the University of Chicago examined 50,000 misconduct complaints lodged against members of the CPD between 2002 and 2014.

    They found that “citizen allegations are a valid predictor of serious misconduct” by police officers.

    In a soon-to-be-published paper, the two write that, when it comes to racking up misconduct complaints, an officer’s assigned district does not matter. Schanzenbach and Rozema found that officers who were the subject of misconduct complaints in more violent areas of Chicago were just as likely to be the subject of complaints in safer parts of the city.
The solution?
  • The two concluded that “removing the worst 1 percent” of Chicago Police officers — about 120 people — and replacing them with “an average officer” would have saved Chicago taxpayers more than $6 million in payouts between 2009 and 2014.
Interesting wording - "removing."

How about "removing" the clouted who get away with misconduct, again and again and again and again?

Keep an eye on this report.

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