Wednesday, March 01, 2017

No Shit Fran

  • It looks like Mayor Rahm Emanuel may well be on his own — without court oversight — to implement the sweeping police reforms recommended by the U.S. Justice Department in the waning days of the Obama administration.

    In media interviews Monday and a speech delivered Tuesday to the National Association of Attorneys General, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions criticized the Obama DOJ’s scathing indictment of the Chicago Police Department as “pretty anecdotal and not so scientifically based.” That’s even though Sessions acknowledged that he has only read the summary of the 161-page report.

    To the cheers of the police union, Sessions sent his strongest signal to date that he was more concerned about supporting demoralized police officers than he was about negotiating a consent decree culminating in the hiring of a federal monitor to make certain police reforms are implemented in a timely fashion, no matter what it costs local taxpayers.
The Sun Times Editorial Board (staffed by Mope-rah) immediately started in with their "fake news:"
  • Jeff Sessions is wrong.

    The troubles of the Chicago Police Department go beyond a “few bad actors,” contrary to what the U.S. attorney general said Monday. Rejecting that well-documented fact just makes it harder to reform the department and better fight crime.

    We agree with Sessions that the Chicago Police are working less aggressively because morale is down, and this likely is a reason violent crime has soared. But the solution is not to back off making department-wide improvements in training, supervision and accountability, as Sessions would do.
First up, Sessions didn't claim the troubles of the CPD was "a few bad actors." That was a statement regarding the NATIONAL state of policing:
  • “Unfortunately in recent years, law enforcement as a whole has been unfairly maligned and blamed for the unacceptable deeds of a few bad actors."
But god forbid the Slum Times and Mope-rah accurately quote the Attorney General when there's an agenda to be pushed.Then they go on with this:
  • Sessions deplores the way the Justice Department has gone to court to force reforms on urban police departments, saying its investigative findings usually are nothing more than an unconvincing collection of “anecdotes.” The Justice Department’s report on the Chicago Police Department, he said Monday, is “not so scientifically based.”
We direct the attention of Mopey to Heather MacDonald's superb dissection of the DOJ boilerplate report, footnotes and all at this link here. She absolutely destroys the DOJ. But again, why believe actual scientific research?

Finally, the Slum Times relies on this feeble attack:
  • Our first thought is that if Sessions really wants hard numbers, he should consider this: From 2004 through 2015, according to a Better Government Association study, Chicago spent $642 million on court settlements, legal fees and the like because of alleged misconduct by the police.
We are forcibly (uncomfortably) reminded of the days of J-Fled, when he decided to actually fight nuisance lawsuits instead of settling them. Payouts dropped by tens of millions of dollars and plaintiff attorneys were reduced to begging candidate-Rahm to promise to settle lawsuits again or they wouldn't be able to contribute so heavily to his campaign. Rahm won, J-Fled wasn't renewed, and Corp Counsel started paying out "settlements" based on the proven fallacy that it saved money. As painful as it is to admit it, J-Fled had the right idea - if you want to stop frivolous lawsuits, you fight them, tooth-and-nail, and you go after the losing side for costs and fees.

But don't expect the Slum Times to admit that when it's so easy to "blame the police" for Rahm's giving away taxpayer money to his campaign contributors.

So Rahm is going to have to go it alone - with no federal funding and no one to blame but himself, his lame policies, his aldercreatures, his "merit" picks and his mis-allocation of taxpayer money when the whole thing crashes and burns.

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So Who's To Blame?

  • A murder suspect on the loose, but he didn't run from police. Instead, he walked right out of jail. Garrett Glover, 29, is an accused murderer. He is supposed to be locked up at Cook County Jail, held on $2 million bond.

    Glover spent the last two years serving time for attempted armed robbery and is accused in the 2012 murder of a man shot and killed on the Dan Ryan Expressway. Late last week, a Cook County judge sentenced Glover to four years in state prison for the attempted robbery charge. On Friday, he was transported to state prison. Authorities there determined Glover had already served enough time to be eligible for parole. He was released.

    Cook County Sheriff's officials said Glover should have been sent back to their custody. The time he'd served only counted for the separate armed robbery charge. In a statement from the Illinois Corrections Department, officials said they "did not receive any additional documentation or information indicating he should be held beyond his February 24th, 2017 release date."
In the meantime, the community is calling 24/7 with tips and clues about this murderer's whereabouts....

Just kidding!

UPDATE: A single rumor in the comment section....subject apprehended in 018...with a gun of all things. Anyone have info? As we said, simply a rumor, so take it with a grain of salt. Comment rumors are not always accurate.

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"Exile" Redux?

  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday to “increase prosecutions of gun-law violations” so that suspects know they will pay a price for using guns in crime.

    He also redirected the DOJ to take a harder stance against “violent crime” in general.

    [...]

    WSJ noted that Sessions’ posture toward harsh penalties and increased prosecution “represents something of a shift from Obama administration efforts to reduce sentences for low-level nonviolent drug offenders.” But it also seems to be exactly what leaders in some cities, such as Chicago, are seeking.
And the complete Holden/Lynch/Sparklefarts abdication of gun prosecutions in Chicago, leading to untold bloodshed.

How about 5 years to start, 10 for repeat offender, full sentences to be served at United States Penitentiary, Administrative Maximum Facility in Colorado?

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Another Outsider?

  • The independent police auditor for San Jose, California, said Monday he agreed to take a “small” pay cut to accept a job he called the “biggest policing challenge in America” — as Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s point-person for public safety.

    Walter Katz, 50, will become Emanuel’s $165,000-a-year deputy chief of staff for public safety and chief liaison with the Chicago Police Department. He replaces Janey Rountree, who left on the day the U.S. Justice Department released its scathing indictment of the Chicago Police Department.

    Katz will be asked to help turn an agreement in principle with the Justice Department into a detailed consent decree that culminates in the hiring of a federal monitor to ride herd over the Chicago Police Department.
You have to wonder what all these people have on Rahm that they get hired here at astronomical salaries with absolutely no frame of reference to Chicago.

And all with the prospect of no federal assistance from Washington DC.

Oh, and if you're an exempt, be prepared to sit and eat shit for Rahm's cameras:
  • After hearing from a “startling cross-section” of Chicagoans who view police officers as racist, Lightfoot has made the case for “some kind of racial reconciliation” that would allow Chicagoans who have felt harassed or disrespected by police to publicly air their grievances across the table from police brass.
That will certainly be interesting - we'll be able to pick out the next two or three superintendents by how big their grin is as they gobble it up with a knife, fork and spoon.

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Not Up to Strength

  • More than 100 new detectives will hit Chicago's streets this spring and fill all of the department's vacant positions, officials said Monday.

    The 131 new detectives — who began their training Monday after being lauded by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Supt. Eddie Johnson — will be charged will solving the more than 100 murders already recorded in Chicago in 2017.

    Johnson called the fact that the department only solves less than 30 percent of murders terrible, and said it was one of the reasons he asked Emanuel to hire more detectives and fill positions that had been vacant for months.
All 130 aren't going to be tasked with anything close to that - you don't graduate Detective school and go right out to solve homicides. You might be assigned to a group of detectives that are already working on the homicides, but don't worry - there will be plenty more this year...probably another 50 or 60 by the time they graduate.
  • After completing the eight-week training, the officers will join the 135 detectives promoted last month, officials said.

    Emanuel has promised to add 970 positions to the Police Department over the next two years: 516 police officers, 200 detectives, 112 sergeants, 50 lieutenants and 92 field training officers. The department also will fill 500 vacant positions.
And again, 200 Detectives, 112 Sergeants, and 92 FTO's come from the ranks of patrol (mostly), so that'll be 300 more vacancies. That's not even including the 10 ET's or 12 Traffic Specialists or any other small classes the Department makes in a given year. Then there's the few hundred retirements coming up before May. Those 500 "vacant spots" are barely going to keep up with attrition and promotions.

That isn't to say it should happen - the D-Unit has been neglected for most of the past decade, along with a lot of specialized spots (forensics, ET, Traffic, etc) and the DOJ says we're under-supervised, so these things are going to happen. Congrats to the deserving. But the media (no doubt at Rahm's insistence) is downplaying the fact that these things don't happen in a vacuum - one spot here doesn't mean everything is all filled up to strength. That spot being filled came from somewhere else, and now has to be filled.

But Rahm is facing a tough re-election year, so you know he's calling every newsroom to push his numbers.

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Big Oops

  • A man charged with murder for a shooting on the Dan Ryan Expressway in 2012 was mistakenly released from prison last week instead of being returned to custody in Cook County.

    “Earlier today, the Cook County sheriff’s office was notified that inmate Garrett Glover had been released from the Illinois Department of Corrections,” a statement from the sheriff’s office said.
And of course, he hasn't been seen since. Click the link above for a picture - he's probably at home.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

PBPA Vandalism

The Sergeant Union had their offices spray painted and vandalized:


Because the police are the problem.

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Pharmaceutical Desert

Someone commented this would create a "Pharmaceutical Desert" on the west side. We couldn't stop laughing for about three minutes:
  • Politicians are pushing back against the planned closing of a CVS pharmacy within the next month on the west side of Chicago.

    [...] State Representative Melissa Conyears-Ervin and other elected officials stood in front of a CVS store at Madison and Kedzie Sunday morning to denounce the move. Her husband, Alderman Jason Ervin, said the case was a travesty and that it amounts to theft.

    “We have enough challenges and problems in this community, and we don’t need to have the fact that our seniors cannot get their basic medicine anywhere in East or West Garfield Park,” he said.

    Ervin said Chicago gave the drugstore $1 million in tax breaks to open at the East Garfield Park location about five years ago. He added that he’s having the city’s lawyers look at any reimbursement the company may owe Chicago.
We're pretty sure the corporate lawyers at CVS had some sort of "sunset" provision in the tax breaks - they do that sort of thing for a multi-billion dollar corporation. You know, like the lawyers probably did for the Whole Foods in Englewood. Once economic reality sets in, corporations are mostly profit/loss orientated. And when you're trying to run a business in the heart of murder/robbery/shoplifting capital of Chicago, it's difficult to justify sticking around.

Pharmaceutical Desert.....hahahahahahaha.

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Charges Approved

Attempted Murder for shooting at the police last week - we saw no mention of this anywhere. We guess it's only news when cops shoot at offenders and not when offenders shoot at the police.

Here's the radio traffic.

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More Promotions

This time, 11 Traffic Specialists. Congratulations.

Who knew we had enough manpower for two classes of Detectives, one of Sergeants, Evidence Techs and Traffic Specialists? What's next? K9? Or Mounted?

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

...and There Goes 100

  • Two men were shot to death early Saturday in the Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side, bringing the number of homicides in Chicago this year to 101.

    Just before 1 a.m., two people in hooded sweatshirts opened fire into a crowd at a party in the 6500-block of South Drexel, hitting a 20-year-old man in the face and torso, and a 37-year-old man in the chest. They died at the scene, according to Chicago police.
Just maintaining the current rate of killings, 600 would be a lock for the year. And that's without taking into consideration the summer killing season rapidly approaching.

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Rounding Up Killers

  • Bond was denied for the three men charged with murder in the shooting deaths of a toddler and his uncle; the man’s pregnant girlfriend was wounded in the Valentine’s Day shooting in the North Lawndale neighborhood.

    Bond was denied Saturday for Jeremy Ellis, 19, who faces charges of murder and attempted murder, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

    Bond was denied Friday for Doniel Harris, 19, charged with one count of murder, the state’s attorney’s office.
    Another man, Devon Swan, 26, was ordered held without out bond last week after he was charged with two counts of murder and a count of attempted murder.
Good job.

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Gangs Upgrading

  • The shooting was one of at least 33 in Back of the Yards and Brighton Park over the past nine months that police believe are tied to semi-automatic rifles as several gangs boost their firepower. At least 46 people have been shot in the attacks, 13 fatally.

    Police say this is the only area of the city where rifles styled after AR-15s and AK-47s are regularly used, a menacing new development in the gang fights.

    It's unclear how many of the high-powered rifles are on the street, but police suspect they are being passed around by members of four Hispanic gangs in the Deering police district, which covers parts of the South and Southwest sides.
"only area of the city"? Not likely. We've posted dozens of comments of rifles being recovered at a number of traffic stops citywide and casings at numerous west side scenes.Is the Department still slacking on training for rifles? And delaying qualifications so as to have less rifles on the street, thereby making officers less safe and unable to protect the public?

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Imagined Racism Again

Can someone explain how the Contract is racist? Because these pinheads are making all sorts of claims that don't stand up to the lightest of scrutiny:
  • African-American aldermen on Wednesday called for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to remove clauses in the city's police contract that they contend foster racist misconduct in the Chicago Police Department, an assertion the police union swiftly rejected.

    The City Council Black Caucus' demands come as the mayor negotiates a new police contract, talks that have been handled by the administration and union representatives, and not aldermen.

    The "contract has been serving and protecting the culture of cultural racism and violence in our Police Department for far too long," said South Side Ald. Roderick Sawyer, 6th, the group's chairman. "Now is our chance to change this."
And then the Tribune glosses over the entire accusation - not a single example of racism in a Contract that has been approved near unanimously for decades now.
  • Dean Angelo, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Chicago Lodge 7, noted that aldermen signed off on the current police contract.

    "This is the same rhetoric we've been listening to ever since the anti-police movement began, and we're expecting these type of statements to be coming out of the chambers of the City Council," Angelo said. "When we ratified our contract in October of 2014, we got a standing ovation (from aldermen) and we went back in November of 2015, they wanted my head on a stick, and we did absolutely nothing. We were thrown under the bus. They are deflecting and blaming the FOP, but this is the same populace that has ratified every agreement the union has had with the city since 1981."
Imagine that - thrown under a bus for political expediency. Who'd have thunk it?
  • There are 18 black aldermen on the 50-member council, but a number are close allies of the mayor, so it's unclear if they would vote against a contract that did not include the provisions Sawyer outlined. Ald. Jason Ervin, 28th, said would not vote in favor of any police contract that does not include the changes.
Ervin also won't vote for a Contract that doesn't include at least two boxes of Dunkin' Donuts assorted.
  • The recommendations call for eliminating the requirement for a sworn affidavit by a citizen before a complaint can go forward, removal of a restriction on investigating anonymous complaints, and deleting the requirement that the name and address of a complainant be disclosed to the officer against whom it's filed.

    Changing the requirement for a sworn statement involves more than just negotiating a deal with the FOP because the provision also is enshrined in state law. And getting the FOP to give that up without something significant in exchange will be a tall order.

    Other recommended changes included deleting the provision that gives officers 24 hours before they are required to give a statement after shooting somebody and another giving officers a chance to change their statements after seeing video of the incident.
And as we pointed out, most other jurisdictions have 48-hour down time before giving a statement. The feds have a full 3 days. And then the accusations of racism pop up again:
  • "They found that racism was rampant in our Police Department, and so was misconduct," said Bryce Colquitt of the Workers Center for Racial Justice, which is part of the coalition seeking the changes. "The thing is the contract is being negotiated right now. We cannot miss our moment to make real change."
And again, apocryphal stories of racism ARE NOT proof of systemic racism throughout the Department. The DOJ report was just as substantial as a fart. What was it Special Ed said a few days ago, something about a Commander with 90-plus complaints and close ties to a guy doing 20 years in prison?
  • The fact that you have an allegation doesn’t mean you’re automatically guilty of something. That’s why it’s investigated. So, because they are not sustained allegations, that should should not hold him back. That’s why you have due process.
Unless you're a Chicago alder-asshole looking to score points.

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Congrats ET's

There was a class of ten ET's made this week. It's long overdue as in many cases, we're waiting hours to get ET's to shooting scenes and there isn't even a Crime Lab to speak of that processes homicide scenes.

If the Department wasn't wasting time having fully trained ET's answering phones and never hit the streets, that shortage might be alleviated?

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A Load of Bull

  • There was an unusual candlelight memorial Wednesday night in front of a slaughterhouse in Queens.

    They're remembering the bull who escaped certain death Tuesday and took over the streets.

    Cops couldn't exactly get him to heel so they shot him with tranquilizers and he died.

    The people at the vigil wonder if the bull could have been saved.

    "No one deserves cruelty, abuse, torture or murder," a protester said.
Pardon our confusion.....escaping certain death.....the bull dies anyway? What's the issue? It escaped from a slaughterhouse. At least he died high as a kite from all the tranquilizers. We heard the Animal Control people might have utilized some fetanyl to boost the lethality of the darts.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Your Welcome - Again

  • Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson has quietly changed the rules governing merit promotions, casting another cloud over a process condemned by officers interviewed by the U.S. Department of Justice as a “reward for cronyism.”

    City Inspector General Joe Ferguson and Fraternal Order of Police President Dean Angelo aren’t happy they weren’t informed about Johnson’s decision to allow members of the five-member Merit Board to nominate their own candidates, provided they don’t interview or vote on their own nominees.

    Also troubling, they say, is the fact that Johnson made the change in a “verbal order” — and applied it to the last two waves of promotions — even though the change has yet to be finalized in writing.
The writing touches on the improprieties we've noted, the nominators having their nominees appear before the Board, the oft-repeated lie about "merit" being used to boost minority representation in the supervisory ranks (when it's so much easier to give girlfriends the test).

This part was highly suspicious though
  • Johnson’s new rule applied to the two latest waves of promotions — one for officers who were promoted to detective on Jan. 2 and the other one for officers promoted to sergeant on Feb. 6.

    Starting with the merit promotions to sergeant, Johnson decided to make public the names of those who get merit promotions along with the names of the supervisors who nominate them, Guglielmi said.

    [...] Guglielmi refused to release the list of officers who received merit promotions to detective on Jan. 2, saying that promotional class was selected before Johnson decided to make merit-promotion nominations public. A total of 136 officers were promoted to detective, records show.
So why conceal the Detective "merit" people, especially as this "change" supposedly took effect two lists ago? We can think of one reason right off the bat:
  • one of the names has some connection that would be embarrassing and/or humiliating should it become general knowledge. Perhaps the nominee was telling people how badly he did on the exam? And then through some miracle, began telling people how well he did, hoping that they'd forget he already told people he had done poorly enough that promotion was a distant (and fading) possibility. Someone whose relative would shortly be standing for re-election and then sitting in close contact with the City during the most important Contract negotiations in FOP history.
And that's just one theory - this is Chicago after all. Perhaps an FOIA request could pry the "merit" portion of the list out as it has in the past - but not before the FOP ballots were counted.

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Special Ed Fixes Something?

Besides a Lieutenants Exam we mean. This was posted as an open letter on a social media forum calling out Special Ed for a rather shortsighted decision:
  • Superintendent Johnson,

    I am a sergeant assigned to [...] watch in the [...] District. It has recently come to my attention that the department has, without any administrative notice of this new policy, not been allowing any officer with an open CR to attend award ceremonies at police headquarters.

    I find this decision abhorrent, and a figurative slap in the face to every hard working police officer whose actions have gone above and beyond the call of duty. It is no secret that CR investigations, more often than not, have been taking years to complete--most often with a determination that the allegations against the officer are unfounded. But, in the years this process takes (a process that the rank and file have been promised time and time again will be expedited), CPD officers who have earned commendations (commendations approved by exempt members) are mailed their awards and banned from any public recognition of their efforts, as if the department is ashamed of them. Receiving awards at monthly ceremonies, with the officer's family in attendance, is but a small token of appreciation the city can bestow on officers to continue to do good work, especially considering the current political climate and great personal risks that proactive policing brings. It seems that the department is taking preemptive measures that are, in essence, judging these officers as guilty of rule violations without due process.

    Defending your recent promotion of a commander with 90 misconduct complaints, you were quoted as saying "The fact that you have an allegation doesn’t mean you’re automatically guilty of something. That’s why it’s investigated. So, because they are not sustained allegations, that should should not hold him back. That’s why you have due process."

    In light of your own comments, I ask that you reconsider the message this policy sends to those under your command. Barring good officers from attending award ceremonies is perhaps worse than "holding them back". It negates their bravery and persistence at a time when the city needs it the most.

    Thank you for your consideration.
    Respectfully Submitted,
We are further informed that last night, Special Ed called the Sergeant personally and told them that he was unaware of this being done by the Awards people and he was taking steps to ensure that officers who earned awards were being permitted to receive the rare public accolades that come with these honors.

So a salute to the Sergeant for calling out the dumbass-ery and kudos to Special Ed for doing the right thing.

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ACLU Smoking Crack Again

  • The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has now demanded that the Portland Police Department stop using riot gear in response to protests and potential riots.

    Sarah Armstrong, spokeswoman for the ACLU of Oregon, said that when police show up in riot gear, it escalates the situation and that police policies should aim for de-escalation, according to KGW. These comments come on the tail end of when police showed up in riot helmets to the illegal Portland Resistance protest on Monday. That protest was partially sponsored by Black Lives Matter PDX.
Well gee, if the "protestors" didn't show up all dressed in black, with masks to conceal identities, weapons to wreak havoc, gas masks to counter dispersal agents, not to mention the extensive historical record of misbehavior and criminality.....

Perhaps if the ACLU showed up naked as an example to all?

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January - Up, February - Almost Up

Remember last week? When Chicago was down over a dozen homicides for February? Not any more:
  • Seven people were killed and another six were wounded in shootings Wednesday on the South and West sides of Chicago, marking the deadliest day of gunfire across the city so far this year.

    Four other days this year have seen five fatal shootings, including last Tuesday and Wednesday, according to Chicago Sun-Times data. The other bursts of killings happened on Feb. 5 and Jan. 21, when 25 people were shot — the highest single-day toll of gunshot victims.
February 2017 totals stand at 44 - just two short of February 2016.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

So There's This Order.....

If you were raised with any sort of moral compass, you'd think that people are supposed to know the rules....and obey the rules, not flout them like some two-bit chiseling criminal.

We direct you, dear readers, to Employee Resource Order 04-05, specifically Section III, Subsection B-1-b which states in full:
  • Merit Board members will not be allowed to participate in the nomination process. [emphasis added]
Not "should refrain." Not "might want to think about not participating." It says "WILL NOT."

We now direct you to the "Merit" Board as it is currently constructed:


A fine upstanding bunch of Deputies, none of whom ever passed a promotional exam on their own and at least one that should have been facing criminal charges years ago.

Finally, we present the most recent Sergeant list from about three weeks ago:


Golly. Three of the "Merit" Board nominators have nominees who were made "merit" in direct and egregious violation of the written directives of the Chicago Police Department. And Special Ed, sitting around waiting for a kidney (and hoping for a spine), does nothing in the face of what can only be described as blatant corruption, malfeasance and....well, cheating we guess.

But he's used to that last one.

This has been brought to the attention of the FOP and the Inspector General. You'd think a slam-dunk case of numerous Exempt members violating policy would be the subject of some sort of investigation, what with the DOJ pretty much slamming the "business as usual" practices around here, but all we're hearing is crickets.

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Get the Popcorn!

  • Sandi Jackson’s own comments helped convince her estranged husband’s lawyers that they need to question former Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy and two other former cops in the couple’s contentious divorce case.

    That’s the argument lawyers for former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. made this week, disputing former Ald. Sandi Jackson’s argument that the subpoenas her husband issued to McCarthy and the other two men were harassment and “a fishing expedition.”

    Those three subpoenas were issued last month because of “admissions made by Sandra to Jesse, statements made to Jesse by multiple family members, close friends and former colleagues of both parties, and other information in his possession,” the former congressman’s attorneys said in a Tuesday filing in Cook County Circuit Court.
Another reason McCompStat is keeping a low profile?

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The List

With nominating supervisors:





Congratulations to the deserving.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Another Asshat Heard From

Mark Brown, part of the media cabal that has spouses working for Tommy Dart in exchange for friendly, ball-washing newspaper/television coverage, has an opinion on the upcoming Contract - but then again, opinions are like assholes:
  • A coalition of groups concerned with police accountability are teaming with the City Council’s Black Caucus to pressure Mayor Rahm Emanuel to publicly endorse specific changes in police union contracts to make it easier to investigate officers.

    The Coalition for Accountability in Police Contracts — which includes ACLU of Illinois and the Better Government Association among others — has drawn up a list of 14 recommendations it wants to see recognized in new police contracts.

    These include everything from removing the requirement that citizens sign sworn affidavits when making complaints against police officers to removing restrictions on the use of past disciplinary records in the investigation of current complaints.
Well first of all, the Sworn Affidavit provision is a State Law, and not subject to negotiations.

Second, this is part of a concerted effort to deny Police Officers their Constitutional Protections. pfather pfelcher is another portion of this effort, the ACLU and assorted other bad actors, too. You are to be presumed guilty without being able to question witnesses, without being able to view any evidence, and soon to be without the benefit of counsel.

You think we're joking? Check out the part of the proposal where you aren't even allowed to view video of an incident that may exist before giving a statement. You are expected to relate verbatim what may be the most stressful incident of your life, in under 24-hours, without the benefit of a video you yourself may have recorded. A video that we've seen time-and-again, sees only what it's pointed at and not what you may see peripherally by merely turning your head 20, 30, 45 degrees left or right.

And when you deviate in the slightest from what an armchair quarterback determines to be the politically correct actions of the day, made in the air-conditioned comfort of an easy chair, with water and snacks and the REWIND button handily at their side, you will be crucified in the name of political expediency, jobless, pension-less, un-hireable, and god forbid, imprisoned.

Whoever gets elected next month ought to seriously consider forgoing any sort of negotiations with the City for the foreseeable future. There is no way that the FOP (or the PBPA) can or should consider the City as negotiating in good faith. It just isn't possible in this atmosphere. Figure out something else - perhaps the National Lodge to come in and run things on the Contract end.

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This Could be Interesting

Guess what turned up?
  • ALSO, spring cleaning in Englewood... a truly (rare as it may be) upstanding citizen on a certain block that had an OIS'ing over the holiday season uncovers a weapon lodged in between branches of a heavy bush. The residential location being within throwing distance and directly on the path of the chase the good/dumb (you pick) Sgt took. Here's to praying some DNA, finger prints or any other form of identifiers are traced by the I.S.P. lab to this shitbag. Good luck Sgt and great work by 007 (and many others) keeping this investigation alive for this guy.
Indeed.

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No One Noticed Before?

  • Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson has a busy West Side district under the command of a cop with a long history of misconduct allegations, a WBEZ analysis of police records shows.

    Cmdr. James Sanchez has been a subject of at least 90 formal complaints since joining the force in 1985, according to the records, obtained through the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. Most of those complaints alleged excessive force or improper searches.
And a very close association with SOS's most famous miscreant - they were partners.

But none of this raised any eyebrows back when he rocketed up the promotional ladder. Funny how that works out. Not a single investigative reporter was able to put two and two together and you know - hold politicians accountable for the mess they've made of the Department.

Notice how the first line blames Special Ed? That tells you everything you need to know.

But hey, it doesn't matter - he's maxed out. He'll get a six-figure pension.

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016 Going to Hell

Another shooting (murder?) within a mile of the last killing - within half-a-mile of the station:
  • A 17-year-old boy was shot in the head on Tuesday afternoon in the Jefferson Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

    The attack happened about 4:45 p.m. near the intersection of Higgins and Linder avenues, according to Chicago Police.

    He was taken in critical condition to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, police said. No one was in custody for the shooting.
Hey, you know what would make all of this violence go away? A 100-unit low-income CHA building!

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Another Detective List Out

Send it if you got it.

131 names we heard - and Granny Clampett got her pick in, even though she left.

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And Once Again.....

Every time we see some talking dick with ears on TV, radio or the papers saying crap like "We can't arrest our way out of this [Chicago violence] situation," we just want to bitch slap them and say, "Have you tried?" Because we know that they haven't. They're caught up in this narrative that there's no such thing as a bad boy.

Guess what? There is. Many times over. And if they sit in a cage, far away from friends, family and gangs, they can't hurt other people.

Case in point - this piece of shit arrested for the shooting of the two-year-old. Run his name through the IDOC search function. He had a 6 year sentence applied to his worthless ass back in 2008. If he had served 100% of his sentence, he wouldn't have picked up PCS charges (felony) in 2012, 2013 and two in 2014. And if he had served 100% of the year each he got for those felonies in a secure downstate prison, he wouldn't have gotten a two-year sentence for Escape (EM) in 2014. And maybe, just maybe, if he had served 100% of that sentence in some hellhole, he wouldn't have been out on the street taking part in a double homicide that included a two-year-old child.

Supposedly, this isn't the only arrest upcoming in this case and it'll be enlightening to see how many more of them benefited from "early release," Electronic Monitoring, or "day-for-day" credit.

It's the sentencing stupid. And it's far past the time that Prickwrinkle and Dart should be run out of office for the nonsense they perpetuate about "too many" whatever's are behind bars. If they're in jail or prison where they ought to be, for the appropriately assigned sentences, they aren't out bleeding the neighborhoods.

It's far past time for a "Truth in Sentencing" law here in Illinois, and you'll see in short order, that you CAN arrest your way out of this situation.

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Interesting

  • Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson again called for tougher gun laws. “Enough is enough,” he said.

    Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner proposed sending state troopers to Chicago. Without being specific, President Donald Trump suggested sending in the feds.

    Tracy Cannon – once associated with the Vice Lords – says it won’t matter. “I don’t care how many police they bring in. It’s not going to stop, man.”

    Guys on the street say law enforcement made a bad situation worse. “They locked up these gang chiefs and everything went haywire,” says Charles Winters. Large organizations like the Gangster Disciples and Vice Lords subdivided over unresolved disputes. Absent leadership, cliques within the same gang will often do battle. “Ain’t like it used to be,” says Cannon. “Back then we had structure. Older guys would make us go to school. Even though we was gang banging, we would still go to school.”
And we'll bet the cops reading here know exactly where the problem lies - cops have only been saying it now for 40 or 50 years:
  • “We more like a family than a gang… brothers,” says Kevin Gentry – associated with the Vice Lords. In the gang, someone was kind to them. Their role models sold drugs, had money, clothes cars and girlfriends. “The gangs have become family for a lot of young men here in Chicago and across the United States. They gravitate toward the guys with charisma. They gravitate toward the guys that might protect them. But they really are not protected out there. Too many people are being killed, it’s a false sense of security,” says Tio Hardiman from Violence Interrupters, a group that attempts to predict and prevent gangland shootings.
Of course, Tio can't even interrupt himself from beating his old lady, and he's one of the "top" people (or folks?) in these "organizations" making excuses for decades of blood.

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SWAT Success

  • One man is in custody and another was found dead after a standoff with a SWAT team Monday morning in Little Village, police said.

    About 7:45 a.m., officers were called to the 3400 block of West 23rd Street for a "domestic disturbance" between two men, police said.

    There was a standoff until 12:24 p.m., at which point officers were able to get inside the home, where they found a 68-year-old man dead.

    The man had been shot in his head, police said, and a gun was found. A 37-year-old man was taken into custody.
No reports of SWAT having fired a shot, so this looks like another homicide - meaning the holiday weekend total goes up one, at the very least, matching last year, for those math wizards who couldn't read yesterday.

Nice job by the personnel on scene.

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ICE Sweep Finds Escapee

  • A man who escaped from an Illinois prison in 2003 has been arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Atlanta.

    An ICE spokesman says Jorge Soberanis-Rumaldo was taken into custody Friday as part of an enforcement operation targeting criminal illegal immigrants. Authorities say Soberanis-Rumaldo is a Mexican national who was in the U.S. illegally.

    Soberanis-Rumaldo was sentenced to eight years in Stateville Correctional Center on a felony charge of cocaine possession in March 2003. Authorities say he escaped while on work release in June 2003.

    The 58-year-old was arrested at his Atlanta home.
He was arrested at his home?

He owes IDOC 8 years, and ICE finds him at his home??

Anyone know why it took 13 years to locate him?

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Monday, February 20, 2017

How BS was ABC Report?

  • In the investigation, the I-Team uncovered thousands of domestic violence complaints against Chicago police officers.

    In a database obtained through a the Freedom of Information Act request, the I-Team found 5,280 domestic violence complaints filed against Chicago police officers since the year 2000. That's more than 340 complaints filed every year and on average, nearly one per day.
And how many per day does CPD respond to?
  • Chicago police respond to nearly 500 domestic related calls a day, according to the latest department data; calls for help at home from across the city.
So let's break out the slide rule - 500 per day, 365 days in a year....182,500 in a non-Leap Year. So 340 CPD domestics per year versus 182,500 citizen domestics per year is about 0.19% of the total...not even a full percentage. That's positively law abiding. Back to the numbers:
  • ...the I-Team found 5,280 domestic violence complaints filed against Chicago police officers since the year 2000.
Golly, that's fully half the Department! Unless there are duplicates. Guess what? There are. Hundreds. Many hundreds. Because once you're in a bad relationship, it follows you many times. One of you is stuck in a bad behavioral spiral, one of you is calling the police semi-regularly (or the neighbors are) and CR's are pretty much automatically generated, even if neither party wants to pursue it - hence the many closed investigations. What percentage of the 5,280 are those?

And we ran our names through the Invisible Institute database, and guess what? We're named in a series of "Domestic incidents." You know why? Because we responded to Domestics, someone wasn't happy and complained to IPRA, and now we have "Not Sustained" domestic beefs on our publicly accessible disciplinary history, even though we've never laid a hand on our spouse, roommate, significant other, etc. How many of those supposed 5,280 are those?

The Department says the following:
  • The Chicago Police Department takes any allegation against a police officer seriously, especially in cases of domestic violence. While a complaint or allegation against an officer is not an inherent implication of guilt, all domestic complaints against an officer are fully investigated by IPRA and officers are held accountable in cases of substantiated criminal or administrative misconduct.
Chuckles and his iTeam might want to review that underlined portion of the statement. An allegation is not indicative of guilt or a cover-up. Allegations need proof. Proof requires acceptable admissible testimony under oath according to the Rule of Law duly passed by the Legislature. It's a pretty basic concept for any grade-schooler taking a Constitution test. Not so much for a media in thrall to a midget mayor demanding "bad police" stories to deflect attention from three dead kids. Plus, as we just showed, twisting numbers until they get you the result you want just makes you look like hacks.....or more like hacks than you already are.

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Jed Domestic?

Rumor in the comments about the Lake Shore Drive fake "suicide" attempt-er Jedidiah was arrested late last week in 004 on a Domestic Battery charge.

Good thing he didn't still have his gun.

This goof is rapidly spinning out of control.

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And Still a Day to Go

  • Despite unseasonably warm temperatures that can lead to more people being outside — and, thus, more violence — the number of people killed and wounded in shootings citywide is slightly down from last year.

    Four people have been killed and at least 16 more wounded, including a 13-year-old boy, in South and West side shootings since 6 p.m. Friday, according to Chicago Police.

    Last year, six people were killed and 19 more wounded in shootings over the same weekend.
HeyJackass has last year at 5 and 28, so well within striking distance.

UPDATE: For the unpublished morons in the comment section, we underlined the phrase "HeyJackass has last year at 5 and 28" since you seem to have trouble reading and comprehending how the earth travels through time and stuff. Here's how part of that works:
  • 2016 is LAST year (the past)
  • 2017 is THIS year (the present, except for January and most of February - that part is PAST, too. And the stuff still coming up - that's the FUTURE)
  • 2018 is NEXT year
And since the HOLIDAY WEEKEND ends at midnight tonight, there's still a better than average chance Chicago will surpass (have more than) last year (2016.)

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Stolen Spot?

We certainly hope this isn't true - it makes a mockery of the process...well, more of a mockery we suppose:
  • Lots of crying going on at HQ on Thursday around 1430 hours when they were reading off the new D assignments. Only the heavy went North (and by heavy, I mean so many phone calls came into S.O.'s desk that he had to start prioritizing who's heavier. Some unlucky Commanders are going to have hurt feelings). Take a look at the names when the assignments come out and you'll see what Im talking about.

    On a side not: The CAPS guy from 018 in the D class withdrew and requested to be sent back to 018 instead of going to A/S
That's a bad move if true. You either deprived a rank order person of a spot, or you made your clout look bad.

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