Friday, November 22, 2019

Good Lord, Slow Down

  • Five Chicago police officers were hurt Thursday when two CPD vehicles crashed into each other during a pursuit in East Garfield Park on the West Side.

    The officers were pursuing a car wanted in a shooting when the two police vehicles collided about 10:30 a.m. at Jackson Boulevard and Francisco Avenue, according to Chicago police and fire officials.

    Photos show an unmarked squad car crashed through a fence and into a tree on the lawn of the John Calhoun North Elementary School.

    Police initially said two of the officers were seriously hurt, but later said all of their injuries were not life-threatening. They were taken to Stroger and Mt. Sinai hospitals, and only one of them needed to be moved with a stretcher.
We're told this vehicle was wanted for a series of high profile crimes across the city. We're also told at least one of the occupants has been released by Crimesha on multiple occasions at a low-to-no-bail status for more than a few violent crimes.

Best wishes to all the injured for quick recoveries.

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Get Behind the Vest

Late notice, but there's one more day left this week to get sized for a vest in the 022 District.
  • Friday: 8am - 12pm
We're told interest has been spotty - it's a free vest people (upgrades will cost a little bit). You're supposed to replace it every five years or so.

Stay tuned for a location up north shortly after the new year.

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Sentencing Recommendation

  • A former Chicago police commander who was caught pilfering more than than $360,000 in Social Security payments should be imprisoned for 18 to 24 months, federal prosecutors say in a memo filed Tuesday evening ahead of sentencing next month.

    Kenneth A. Johnson, who led the Englewood patrol district for two years ending with his 2018 retirement, pleaded guilty this year to collecting the payments — intended for his mother — for more than two decades after her death.

    "For over 23 of the 32 years that Johnson was employed by the Chicago Police Department to serve the public and enforce the law, Johnson was committing a federal crime every single month," the memo says. "Johnson betrayed the public trust and stole from a program designed to assist the most vulnerable members of our community."
But hey, he got a nice car out of the deal.

We heard the plate said "THX MA RIP"

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Priceless

  • McDonald’s Corp. was accused Thursday of opening the door to an “epidemic of violence” against its Chicago-area employees with mandatory store redesigns and late-hours without adequate training or security.

    Seventeen McDonald’s employees filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court accusing the fast-food giant of failing to protect workers from risks it was aware of and chose to ignore. They work at 13 different stores in Chicago, including the showcase restaurant at McDonald’s global headquarters in the West Loop.

    Three workers claim they were assaulted or sexually harassed by customers while cleaning restrooms that are a “magnet for crime” because 90 percent of restrooms are isolated and “not in the line of sight of the main customer service area.”

    The lawsuit also contends McDonald’s dictated a store redesign tied to its so-called “Experience of the Future” program that split counters, allowing unruly customers and would-be assailants to walk through the opening and attack workers.
Hey, it could be worse. At least there isn't shit dripping from the ceilings.

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Great Great Program Dart

Who's running against Dart? McCompStat? Whoever runs has our vote already:
  • Since being paroled in late August, an eight-time convicted drug dealer last month was arrested twice for selling narcotics in Chicago. Judges released him both times, once on electronic monitoring. Now, police say he escaped from the home monitoring program and last week robbed two people in the downtown area.

    Four people called 911 last Wednesday evening to report that a similarly described man either robbed or tried to rob them in the Loop and West Loop neighborhoods. One woman reported that the man asked her for directions on the 500 block of South Jefferson and then threatened to kill her if she didn’t give him money around 5:15 p.m. The man left after she handed over a credit card, the woman said.

    Another alleged victim flagged down police near the Greyhound bus terminal at 630 West Harrison after a man tried to rob them while implying that he was armed. Then, around 6:50 p.m., a woman reported that a man implied that he was armed as he robbed her at an ATM near Wells and Van Buren in the Loop. About ten minutes later, police who were searching the area found a man matching the offender’s description standing outside a convenience store across from City Hall on the 100 block of North LaSalle.

    Multiple victims identified 31-year-old Devin Wilder as the man who either robbed or tried to rob them, police said.
What's the point of having a jail to hold criminals if no criminals are ever held there? We think Prickwrinkle and Dart could zero out a lot more of the jail budget in short order.

Thanks to the CWB Blog for doing the actual reporting that the lamestream media refuses to do any more.

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Juicy Sues Chicago

  • Taking the offense for the first time since he was accused of faking a hate crime, actor Jussie Smollett turned the tables this week by accusing the city of Chicago and multiple police officers of malicious prosecution.

    Smollett’s lawyers filed their two-count counterclaim late Tuesday. They delivered it in a 49-page response to a lawsuit first filed by the city, which seeks to recover $130,106 for the investigation it conducted after Smollett made his allegedly false claim in January.

    The actor leveled his new accusations against the city, the Chicago Police Department, detectives Michael Theis and Edward Wodnicki, CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson, and bodybuilding brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo.

    His move raises the stakes in a case that already threatens to lead to an all-out court battle. The actor continues to insist on his innocence, while the city accuses Smollett of a hoax even though criminal charges against him have been dropped.
Anyone think this might nudge Webb's "impartial investigation" into the "Refile Charges" column? And if so, what sanctions are going to be leveled against Crimesha's incompetency? If there were any actual justice, she'd be stripped of her law license, which might cramp her reelection efforts:
  • Embattled Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx officially announced she is running for re-election Monday. She currently has four challengers who are vying for her job, as well as the Jussie Smollett case hanging over her head. The challengers are all raising a similar issue: trust.

    "Four years ago, I ran for State's Attorney to change criminal justice in Cook County. I'm running again because we're only getting started," Foxx said in an ad launching her re-election bid.

    Her challengers include Democrats Donna More and Bill Conway and Republicans Christopher Pfannkuche and Pat O'Brien. But her biggest nemesis could be someone not even in the race: Jussie Smollett. The dismissal of the case against the actor, who's accused of staging a racist homophobic attack, now has Foxx's office under investigation by a special prosecutor.
Smolletts needs to be a giant fucking anchor around her efforts. In fact, Dave Chappelle has cut an amazing campaign commercial for any of her competitors. You can see it here (NOT safe for work - Language Warning)

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Thanks Kid

  • A Wisconsin teenager is helping keep police officers in Chicago safe, and because of her generosity, she is being recognized.

    The 15-year-old recently visited Chicago and fell in love with CPD. Then, she heard the story of an officer using a tourniquet to help save his own life. Now, she wants to make sure all officers have the life-saving device.

    On a cold day in Chicago, there was a warm and heartfelt thank you inside the Chicago Police Union Headquarters. Taylor Pflum was being honored. She's a 15-year-old, small-town Wisconsin girl and loves police officers.
Here's to hoping for success for her continued efforts.

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About Damn Time

  • About 50,000 Cook County residents who receive food stamps are going to have to find jobs next year — or risk losing their benefits.

    Starting Jan. 1, food stamp recipients in Cook County who are able-bodied, under the age of 50 and not living with children or other dependents will be restricted to three months of food assistance in a three-year period unless they work at least 80 hours a month. They can also meet the requirement by participating in a work-related activity, such as job training or volunteering.

    The vast majority of Illinois’ 1.8 million SNAP recipients — most of whom are either elderly, children or people with disabilities — are unaffected by the change. But it will be a huge shift in Cook County, where 50,000 of the county’s 826,000 food stamp recipients will be subject to work requirements for the first time since the federal rules went into effect in the mid-1990s.

    State officials and social service groups worry people who struggle to find or keep jobs will be driven out of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as SNAP or food stamps, leaving them hungry and putting pressure on food pantries. They say there isn’t enough federal funding to help connect them with jobs.
Well then, as their numbers dwindle via starvation, taxpayers will save millions.

Win Win.

Now how about dope testing? We have to pass a whiz-quiz to stay employed and pay for the terminally lazy. How about a whiz-quiz to retain benefits? We don't care if they're picking up trash on the highways, raking vacant lots, or shoveling sidewalks.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Officer Shot

Gunfight following a bank robbery and chase.

Irving and Pulaski/Kostner area

Preliminary coverage here.

One report has the Officer listed as "responsive."

UPDATE: Bystander shot - critical.

Chase may have originated in suburbs

UPDATE: Officer is "talking" so that's good.

Bystander still critical.

Suspected robber/gunman also critical.

UPDATE: Subject dead - let's see if Crimesha charges his accomplice with murder

UPDATE: Subject killed by Des Plaines police

No shots fired by Chicago.

UPDATE: Post moved to the top of the page today from 2041 hours last night

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No One Shot for 24 Hours

  • Chicago went more than a full day without one reported shooting-- from Sunday night into early Tuesday.

    There were no reported gunshot victims from 10:02 p.m. Sunday until 12:43 a.m. Tuesday, according to Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago police records.

    Fourteen people were shot Sunday, the last of which was a 17-year-old on the southwest side. The boy was inside a vehicle around 10 p.m. when an SUV approached and someone inside fired shots, striking the boy in the leg. He was taken to a hospital and is in good condition.
The last time this happened was 21 March, and this is only the third day all year that didn't have someone shot.

Take a bow.

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Bad Timing

  • Immanuel Asare flew from Germany to the United States two months ago to help rebuild homes that were damaged by hurricanes in New Orleans.

    But then the 20-year-old took a side trip to Chicago, where in less than 48 hours a bullet ripped through his arm.

    He was walking with a friend in Bridgeport over the weekend when two cars pulled up, someone shouted slang he didn’t understand and at least five shots were fired as the two scrambled away.
Thank goodness someone is keeping Bridgeport safe from tourists coming in to spend money and spread the word about what a welcoming city Chicago is.

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Call Takers Assist Fetality

This isn't the first time we've heard about this...and we've experienced it firsthand once or twice:
  • Chicago police issued a community alert on Monday night to warn residents about a series of robberies that unfolded across the North Side on Sunday evening. But one Old Town resident says a 911 operator did not connect the dots between her boyfriend’s “suspicious person” call and the quickly unfolding robbery spree.

    [...]

    ....an Old town woman says her boyfriend got an earful when he called 911 to report four teenagers acting suspiciously in an alley near their home as the robberies were breaking out.

    “Four teens ran down the street yelling and acting suspiciously,” the woman said in an email. But when he gave those details to a 911 operator around the time of the third robbery, the call taker gave him a lecture instead of a police response.

    “The dispatcher told him, “Sir, running and yelling isn’t a crime,’ and she refused to send any officers,” the woman said.
Anyone want to guess why the call taker refused to send cops? We know they're supposed to get pertinent info, but the decision to expend police resources isn't theirs to make - it's the job of the street supervisors. You see, we don't have the luxury (and haven't had for decades) of that phrase we used to hear daily on the radio - "Fire Refused." Nowadays, the dispatchers say "Advise Fire."

Eight or nine time out of ten, a car is getting dispatched to everything and is the direct cause of backlogs. That one time out of ten it isn't is usually for anonymous third party complaints where no victim is on observed on scene or traffic complaints where the car is traveling fast enough to be out of District by the time it's dispatched.

But if OEMC would like to alter this policy properly and get the Department on board, especially in light of the consistent non-prosecution of violent crimes/felonies by Crimesha, we're willing to get behind their efforts.

UPDATE: Post clarified to differentiate between call takers and dispatchers

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Whoops

  • A Chicago police officer was taken to a hospital Tuesday afternoon after accidentally shooting himself during a drill at O’Hare International Airport.

    The officer was participating in a drill about 2:15 p.m. at an administrative building at O’Hare when his firearm accidentally discharged and struck him, according to Chicago Fire Department and police officials.
This is why training drills are usually done with either unloaded/flagged weapons or red-man plastic guns.

Get well soon.

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Lieutenants Made

Ten promotions made:


An early Christmas present.

UPDATE: Two administrative sergeants and a CAPS sergeant?

For "merit"?

Wow.

Save us Obi-wan Beck. You're our only hope.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

WTF?

The is no fucking excuse for this:
  • There’d better be an exodus of 1 from O’Hare after an absolutely cowardly act Sun morning of a fellow officer standing and watching 2 co-workers fighting for their lives with a homeless maniac in which even the taser didn’t work. Useless Mr “Too Many Cameras” do the right thing and leave, you are a disgrace. FOP please please FOIA the video of this fool and insist on discipline. The bad guy guy TKO’D an innocent women just walking to catch an early flight and tried to kill 2 policeman all the while a 3rd PO...watched!
  • Get well wishes to the 2 injured CPD P.O.’S at O’Hare from the 10-1 with the HIV positive lunatic Sun. As for the 3rd Officer who stood by and watched and did NOTHING and told the Supervisors, that he didn’t because, “there were too many cameras” just leave. The big question is where is the CR# ?
Someone should be at Callback tomorrow awaiting 30 pending.

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Nice Police Station Ed

Just three days ago, we posted about all the toilets in 005 were out of order. Guess what closed Monday? The entire lobby of the 005 District was shut down due to raw sewage seeping through the ceiling. We have a single picture of closed lobby, but we can't seem to upload it at the moment. We'll try again shortly.


Here's the picture finally.

So who's to blame for this? The Facilities Director retired abruptly a few months ago (Bonnie) and the guy currently running it is (A) not versed in actual facilities management and (B) hamstrung by backed-up work orders and other unions' work rules.

We don't know if this falls under "irony" or "epitome."

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Hey Look!

  • Mayor Lori Lightfoot agreed Monday to raise the annual aldermanic expense — from $97,000 to $122,000 — to appease aldermen demanding more staff for their ward offices and build support for her 2020 budget.

    Instead of budgeting $4.85 million for the annual aldermanic expense allowance, the city will spend $6.1 million — about a 26% increase. The additional $1.25 million will come from unspecified spending cuts and revenue increases, officials said, as the City Council’s Budget Committee approved the mayor’s $11.65 billion spending plan.
We've lived here well in excess of four decades and we can tell you with 100% accuracy that when anyone in city government says "revenue increases," check your wallet. Because they have no fucking idea where the money is going to come from. The west side isn't going to start buying city stickers, the south side isn't going to start paying parking tickets at a higher rate, and god only knows how many north side people are going to put their houses on the market next year.

And if you read the linked article, Groot's "hiring freeze" is obviously a joke with more than a few six-figure starting salaries included in her budget.

FOP, you taking notes?

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Save the Date

It's early next year, but a good cause:


(informational post only - comments closed here)

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Heads up From the Jail

A sheriff supervisor writes to us:
  • ....I work in receiving.

    Today, my superintendent gave us the order going forward to send back and prisoner we find with contraband (dope, weapons, phones, etc.)

    Normally we just inventory the narcotics, and write a report.

    This change came because CPD admin contacted Sheriff admin, and wants to generate discipline against your coppers for not searching.

    So heads up to the arresting officers, lock up guys, and wagon guys our hands are tied due to the number of cameras in the jail. I don’t want money taken out of anyone’s pocket and this is bullshit.
This, of course, is a reversal of long-standing policy and it's put in place simply to fuck with CPD.

Does anyone know which dickhead in Administration came up with this crap? Because unless we're suddenly authorized to strip prisoners down to their underwear and perform cavity searches, each and every time we have to answer this bullshit, it's going to be that "the prisoner must have secreted the contraband in his/her (chose a bodily orifice) where R/O is not allowed to search."

Of course, if you don't arrest anyone, then you don't have to worry about this - once again, Fetal is Good!

Thanks to our friends at the Bridge.

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Exodus Beginning?

Let's see if the trickle becomes a flood:
  • OT...Deputy Chief Deveraux (PATROL) and Betts (CAPS) put in their papers, last day 15 December...it's starting, lets see who is next.....
Nagode is gone too if the rumors are correct, and someone says Riccio was seen packing boxes after Groot's vote of No Confidence in her command staff.

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We Hadn't Thought of This

Someone is a big thinker....and a heckuva shit-stirrer:
  • Don’t worry because there is talk that Beck will be staying on for some time. The Mayor is trying to see how to keep him on as Director of Public Safety. He will be in charge of CPD, CFD and OEMC. She can eliminate the $260k of the Super, $200 of the cfd commissioner and the $175 of the Director of OEMC.
Now that would be something, and we're chagrined we hadn't thought of it especially in light of the PSHQ designation for 35th and Michigan rolled out in the not-to-distant past.

Is there any actual ordinance against it?

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Seventy-four Percent

That's the percentage of deadlines Special Ed and Groot have missed for the Consent Decree:
  • The city of Chicago failed to meet most of its deadlines and obligations for enacting court-ordered police reforms during the first months of the lengthy process of overhauling the Chicago Police Department, according to a court report filed Friday.

    The first progress report from former federal prosecutor Maggie Hickey says the city missed 37 of its 50 deadlines during the first six months of implementing a consent decree, a court order calling for changes to training, supervision and the way cops use force, among other areas.

    The decree contains 577 paragraphs that contain some requirement for the city in the coming years, and Hickey’s first report examined the 67 that held mandates for the first six months of the order. As of Aug. 31, the city had not complied with 52 of those paragraphs, she found.
Among the missed targets?
  • For example, she wrote that the Police Department had drafted a training bulletin on foot pursuits — which have often led to uses of force — but failed to “incorporate best practices from other jurisdictions.”

    Hickey also found problems with the department’s policy on whistleblowing, writing that it failed to mention protecting officers who report misconduct from retaliation. The city’s disciplinary officials also failed to create sufficient plans to train their investigators, she found.
We can't really bring ourselves to care much. They'll come up with "training." We will all go to the "training." The city will claim everyone is "trained." This will extend far beyond the scope of our careers here. The police will still the whipping boys and girls of the politicos. media and "community."

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Sounds Familiar

  • Explosions in Malmö, which is home to several no go zone migrant ghettos, are becoming commonplace, with the city suffering three blasts in the space of just 24 hours earlier this month.

    An alarming 29 per cent of residents in Malmö say they have been victims of of crimes against an individual. According to Wilhelm Agrell, professor of intelligence analysis at Lund University, the situation is so dire that it threatens the power monopoly of the Swedish state.

    The vast majority of the unrest is driven by rival drug gangs made up of second and third generation immigrants.

    Instead of taking bold measures to fight the gangs, Malmö police invited 12 gang leaders, 9 of whom turned up, to have a friendly chat over some pizza. The gang leaders were told that they were “most at risk of being injured or killed,” a sympathetic message which suggested police cared more about their welfare than that of their victims.
There was an article the other day that said Sweden was averaging three grenade attacks PER DAY. That is disturbing to say the least. But to follow Chicago's lead on inviting gang leaders to "meetings" and Dart's pizza idea, well....

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Weed Lottery

  • Long before the lottery to determine which marijuana dispensary companies would get to sell recreational pot in Chicago next year, the room in City Hall was packed, with business owners, company reps and executives filling every seat.

    [...] Though Mayor Lori Lightfoot has preached equity, the crowd was not diverse. It was an overwhelmingly white and male group decked out in business suits, casual sweaters with their company logos embroidered into the front, and hoodies representing elite Catholic high schools.
And guess who isn't happy?
  • As it all unfolded, Black Caucus Chairman Ald. Jason Ervin, 28th, stood at the front of the room, surveying the process and silently taking it all in. Not all of the people crowded in the room, taking copious notes and whispering to their team members, were actual dispensary owners.

    But with the exception of a few women and two African Americans in the room, most of the representatives for marijuana businesses were white and male, Ervin pointed out.

    “I wanted to see for myself how many applicants and where they were deciding to cite their locations. And it proved what I thought: Our communities are going to get left behind,” he said. “This will probably generate a billion dollars’ worth of sales in the city. With no African American participation, I just think that’s a problem that needs to be addressed.”
We'll just leave that "participation" comment alone for now.

There are piles of money to be made in political contributions and kickbacks on the horizon and goodness knows how many future FBI investigations. It'd be a shame if Ervin didn't get his chance at the federal pen, especially with all of the current members of the Madigan cabal under sealed indictments.

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Good Chase

  • A man was shot to death Tuesday in Little Village on the Southwest Side.

    Frank Aguilar, 32, was walking about 11:30 p.m. in the 3700 block of West 32nd Street when someone in a gray SUV drove by and opened fire, Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

    He was shot in the chest and taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital, where he died, authorities said. Aguilar lived in West Englewood.
The victim was a nurse, walking with a laundry basket, and it seems the victim was a casualty of the usual drive-bys that pop up on the southwest side.

The car turned up in a pursuit Friday:
  • Two people were arrested Friday after leading police on a chase in a vehicle wanted in connection with a fatal shooting earlier this week in Little Village.

    The pursuit started about 11:47 p.m. in the 2300 block of South Sawyer Avenue in Little Village, Chicago police said. Illinois State Police saw the vehicle at 11:52 p.m. in the southbound lanes of Interstate 94 at 47th Street, according to a statement.

    The vehicle crashed into another vehicle at 75th Street and Lafayette Avenue, and the driver and passenger were taken into custody for questioning a block away near 75th and Perry Avenue, authorities said.
The article isn't clear who was chasing - it seems like ISP picked it up - but this would be one of only two instances we'd agree with continuing pursuit, the other being someone who shot at cops.

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Swiping Exemptions

Interesting:


We also have an extensive database outlining the weekly swiping compliance from every single unit in the Department (via an FOIA request) and it's amusing, especially after someone said that everyone at HQ swipes in every single day, without fail and no one ever misses a swipe out.

Anyone have a specific unit in mind?

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Go 020!!!

This is why Groot wants all those teams west or south....and the house mice on the street:

  • 011: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx(lots more x's)xxxxx (68)

    006: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (42)

    007: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (41)

    015: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (35)

    005: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (31)

    004: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (29)

    008: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (28)

    003: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (27)
    010: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (27)

    009: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (16)

    002: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (15)
    012: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (15)
    025: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (15)

    022: xxxxxxxxxxxx (12)

    014: xxxxxxx (7)
    016: xxxxxxx (7)
    024: xxxxxxx (7)

    017: xxxxx (5)

    018: xxxx (4)
    019: xxxx (4)

    001: xxx (3)

    020: (0)
Can someone explain 011? How any one serving as commander over the past six years is considered even remotely competent at their job? And promotable? West, un-indicted Johnson, who else?

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Gotta Pee?

You can't go in 005:
  • This morning as I walked into the mens locker room on the 2nd floor of 005/area south, I noticed a sign on the door that all toilets are out of order. I thought no way all 6 are out of order. So sure enough all 6 are out of order. There is only 1 other locker room with a toilet for men to utilize.
Is it too much to ask to have a couple of functional bathrooms in a Police Area where hundred of officers and detectives work on a daily basis?


In the meantime, might we suggest an increase in fiber for everyone working the far south side?

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Great Job Officers

  • Two Chicago police officers were hailed as heroes on Thursday, credited with saving a child from a burning car last week. Officers Ramon Curet and Raul Sandoval were working the night shift in the 15th District last Friday, when they got a call for a crash in the Austin neighborhood.

    Police said a Range Rover was heading west on Washington Boulevard around 3:10 a.m. on Friday when it struck a Toyota sedan that was headed north on Cicero Avenue. The Toyota flipped onto its roof, and caught fire.

    Two adults and three children –ages 10, 11, and 12 – were inside. Everyone was able to get out, except for one boy who was stuck in the backseat.  Officers Curet and Sandoval arrived a short time later. “There’s people around the car, saying that there’s someone still inside,” Sandoval said. Curet said Sandoval went into the car to cut the child’s seatbelt and get him out of the burning wreck.
Fantastic job Officers.

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All Hands on Deck! (UPDATE!)

Once again, someone downtown found an idea to be recycled:
  • Full duty personnel from HQ will be deployed to Districts (006,011,015 & 007 we assume) for 2nd Watch.
    This will be every Friday (starting 15 Nov) going forward IN AN ATTEMPT TO KEEP THE MURDERS UNDER 500 FOR THE YEAR! Not one original crime fighting idea in the supposed brain trust at HQ. What’s even more amusing (than watching HQ people squirm) is the order was sent out at 1430hrs with no details or assignments information. As of this email (1550hrs) NO ONE KNOWS JACK SHIT about where to assign [personnel] from HQ
We don't know what is going to be more shocking to the house mice:
  • the "community;"
  • the end of "casual Friday" at HQ;
  • or the swipe-in, swipe-out full tour on a Friday 
Are they going to handle paper jobs or just sit on hot spots?

By the way - the HeyJackass.com count (which is the ONLY number that's even close to being based in reality) stands at 456.

UPDATE: Are all these HQ people being issued a camera? Because god forbid they get into something hairy and suddenly, there isn't any footage to help explain what happened. After the new year, they'll all be back in their spots and Patrol will be bearing the brunt of any protests that might occur because everything is "a cover-up" when video doesn't exist.

And even when it does, actually.

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Another Domino?

  • Illinois Senate President John Cullerton on Thursday told his Democratic colleagues that he plans to retire in January.

    The Senate President’s office did not immediately confirm his retirement. But Senate Democrats said Cullerton, 70, made the announcement during a Senate Democratic caucus on Thursday, the final day of the veto session.

    Cullerton and his wife had discussed plans for his retirement for the last several years, his office said.

    The announcement comes as two Senate Democrats are embroiled in federal investigations — and the Chicago Democrat has come under fire for his handling of those investigations. Cullerton in August declined to say whether federal prosecutors have contacted him, when asked by the Sun-Times.
We'd be willing to bet substantial amounts of money that if Cullerton was asked that same question again and compelled to answer, it would be in the affirmative.

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Groot Said What Now?

  • A day after accusing Uber of offering to pay off a group of black ministers to get them to oppose her proposed $40 million rideshare tax hike, Mayor Lori Lightfoot changed her tune somewhat, saying the rideshare giant offered tens of millions in “investments” as part of a “divide and conquer strategy.”

    “My understanding, as I said yesterday, is that they offered up $54 million in, I’ll put in air quotes ‘investments,’” Lightfoot said Thursday morning. “They’re trying to divide and conquer, and pit one group against another. We’ve seen that happen historically in Chicago. We’re not going to tolerate that.”

    A day earlier, Lightfoot left reporters at City Hall stunned when she accused Uber of offering black ministers a payoff to help get the mayor to back off her plan to increase the congestion tax the city charges to rideshare services.
Not as stunned as Chicago taxpayers would be if they had to foot the bill for a lawsuit. Anyone know if a company has ever successfully sued a politician for intentional falsehoods?

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Sergeant Executive Development

What's this now?
  • How come nothing's been said about the sgt's executive development program? Sounds like a way to justify merit lt spots to the connected ones. 8 weeks spent being "mentored" by other merit picks. If Beck ends this now I'll give him a chance at turning this place around. If not, it'll be same old shit
So is this to "legitimize" future "merit" picks? Is everyone going to get a shot at it?

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Great Rumor

Every good rumor has a bit of truth to it - a hook to get everyone believing it:
  • From a very well placed source, expect “Black Friday” to be a massive purge of bosses late in the day. The headlines will be about shopping and nobody pays attention on a Sat. The dump list is supposed to be massive and expect loads of big bosses to be busted down and banished to the opposite sides of the city from their residence. Beck will have to take the heat temporarily then just be...gone. Bank on it.
We like this rumor. It ties in with the speculation that Beck is here as a hatchet man and that Groot is finally fed up with the Department brass lying to her constantly. If she'd open her eyes to reality, she'd see that decades of "merit" promoting relatives, the connected and the pin cushions, has left the Department wholly un-functional.

Her bringing in an outsider hints at some sort of awareness, though how much no one is sure. Start looking for resignations before demotions.

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Ask and Ye Shall Receive

In the comments earlier yesterday:
  • Anonymous said... Shit...watch bids are due tomorrow, and these jackasses refuse to tell us what the start times will be. That's beyond incompetence, that's intentional.
And late Wednesday, the previously released draft has become the new policy (click for larger versions):



The FOP promptly filed an unfair labor practice.

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Did They Get Madigan?

  • Federal authorities recorded phone calls of one of House Speaker Michael Madigan’s closest confidants as part of the burgeoning investigation into ComEd’s lobbying practices, two sources with knowledge of the probe told the Chicago Tribune.

    Recordings of phone conversations involving Michael McClain, who lobbied for ComEd and parent company Exelon before retiring in 2016, are part of the expansive probe that has rocked the Springfield political establishment over the past several months, the sources said.

    One of the sources said the recordings were made as a result of an FBI wiretap on McClain’s cellphone.
While we doubt that the feds actually got Madigan on tape (he's too wily), they are hammering on the inner circle. Is there any sort of charge for "constructive bribery" or "constructive extortion"? Something involving a RICO charge perhaps? Because with all of these indictments of the people surrounding Madigan, it's only a short hop to believing Madigan must have had direct knowledge of what was going on. How could he not?

And yes, knowledge isn't proof (and certainly not proof beyond a reasonable doubt). But Madigan might be in a position to be forced out or convinced not to run.

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Another Bright Groot Idea

  • Arguing that Chicago’s cannabis enforcement laws have “disproportionately impacted” communities of color, Mayor Lori Lightfoot wants to end the city’s practice of impounding vehicles found with marijuana inside and dramatically reduce fines for those caught using pot in public.

    Even after Jan. 1, when adult use of pot is legalized statewide, people will continue to be fined for consuming marijuana in places where public use is not allowed or transporting unsealed cannabis in a vehicle or school bus.

    But the new ground rules Lightfoot plans to introduce at Wednesday’s City Council meeting would establish a far more lenient approach to enforcement.
Driving while buzzed still qualifies as a DUI and CPD still (so far) impounds for DUI's. Are we entering a new era where those who drive high are getting a bigger play than those who drive intoxicated?

And once again, where is Groot going to find the money to fill the next big gap in the budget? For years, the City has been increasing fines and penalties to feed the growing government monster. Now Groot is singing from the "social justice" handbook without even suggesting cutting services that are/were paid for with these fines and penalties.

There are economic realities at work here Groot. Start paying attention.

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Bow and Arrow Attacks

  • Authorities on Tuesday arrested a man suspected of firing arrows that injured two homeless men along the San Francisco Bay Trail in Richmond over the weekend, East Bay Regional Park District Police confirmed.

    Working with additional law enforcement agencies, the East Bay Regional Park District Police Department arrested 22-year-old unsheltered Albany resident Addae Preciado in connection with the attack that happened Saturday.
An "unsheltered resident"? That's hilarious.

The lower rungs of society reverting to bows and arrows though? That sounds like "cultural appropriation" of some sort.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Charlie Beck's Los Angeles

  • A California woman claims she was assaulted by a homeless man who pulled her out of her car, dragged her into the middle of the street and poured a bucket of hot feces on her head.

    Heidi Van Tassell described the disgusting incident to Fox News on Tuesday.

    She said she was getting into her car after grabbing dinner with some friends near the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles when a 6'2" man, who appeared to be homeless, attacked her a few months ago.
Some of the poop must have penetrated her brain though - get this:
  • The man who attacked her was identified in court records as Jere Blessings, a transient with "schizophrenia and psychotic disorders." Blessings was charged with battery and taken to jail.

    Van Tassell, though, said Blessings would be better off under psychiatric care.

    "He doesn't need jail time," she said. "He needs mental-health care. I have empathy for him because he needs help."  Blessings was found unfit to stand trial and released back on the streets, she said.
So he's out walking around, saving up more shit-in-a-bucket no doubt, ready to pour it over another lib-tarded victim in the near future.

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Falling Behind

This Department hasn't operated efficiently in forty of fifty years. They expect miracles now?
  • Chicago police officials in charge of implementing an array of court-ordered reforms in the department admit their first progress report, due to be released this month, will likely leave something to be desired.

    Their response: We’re committed to the process and we’re working on it.
Might this be part of the reason Groot doesn't trust the current crop of exempts to implement the Decree?
  • The report will examine the department’s progress in the development of a new use of force policy, its work to engage the community in the reform process and in training for officers as part of reforms the consent decree orders, among others.
Well, the Department is about to finish training each and every supervisor in which pronouns to use in today's politically charged atmosphere. At least, that what it says on paper. That's certainly an effective use of police resources, right?

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Chopping Block?

Call us when it's written down on paper:
  • Anonymous said.... I’m hearing from my little moles at HQ that they are seriously thinking of moving 025 commander for life Escamerit to 016 as captain. The thought process here is they will ding him a little with the demotion but they will also bring “experience” of a 4 year commander who, not of his own doing mind you, over saw steady crime reductions each year.
Every hour this ass stays in his spot is a slap to everyone who plays by the rules. Escamerit ought to have been in jail on at least two occasions and to our knowledge, remains
  • the only exempt who was taken out of a District in handcuffs as a PO, yet still got three different "merit" promotions;
  • and the only exempt who, after being recommended for firing, kept his spot.
We don't know what dirt he's got on the politicians, but it must be extra dirty.

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