Monday, June 25, 2018

I'm Going to Disney World!

Well, not Disney World.....Costco.

And he's going with his lawyer.

In Bolingbrook (click for larger version).


After spending a few well deserved years in prison (though not nearly enough) a murderous scumbag needs to get him some shopping done.

And before someone says, "You shouldn't be posting that," a few points. First, go fuck yourself. Second, these are public figures - one wants to be and one is being used by the other to push an agenda. If we have to put up with trailer-park trash filming us at work, on-and-off-duty, in our personal vehicles, then we feel perfectly fine posting any pictures we get of these two assholes in a public setting. Third, get bent if you want to whine about it. Go find your pussy hat and start marching again.

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More Number Games

The media publishes City Hall press releases just like the good little ass-kissers they are:
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson announced Sunday that over 100 new police officers were being deployed across the city.

    The new officers are being hired as part of the CPD’s plan to add nearly 1,000 cops to the police force, according to Emanuel’s office. More than 2,400 CPD members have been hired or promoted as part of the department’s hiring plan, which started last year. That includes 1,600 new recruits, 77 lieutenants, 214 sergeants, 370 detectives and 213 field training officers who have entered the police training academy.
Once again, providing smokescreens to Rahm's reelection efforts:
  • Where does the media think the lieutenants, sergeants, detectives and FTO's come from? It's not like there are all these unemployed cops wandering around waiting for the CPD to come offer them a job.

    FTO's and detectives all come from the blue shirts. So those 583 were already employed by the Department.

    Sergeants come from the detective, FTO and Patrol Division ranks. So a few of those new 214 sergeants were already counted among the previous promotees, and the rest were taken away from existing spots.

    The lieutenants ALL come from the sergeant rank, so those 214 "new" sergeants are actually only a net gain of 137.
You see where we're going with this. The media fails to just come out and ask, "How many sworn officers do you have on the payroll today as compared to this time last year? And how many officers of all ranks retired in the past 12 months?"

That might prove embarrassing to Rahm, especially as the Department is canceling days off for numerous units and teams along with offering overtime for five straight days in July (03, 04, 05, 06 and 07) for the expected holiday mayhem. If we were anywhere near full strength (such as it is), there wouldn't be massive overtime expenditures.

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A Recording Studio?

  • Just eight classes into a music education course at Cook County Jail, inmate D’Andre Morris already looked like a professional. Using an Apple computer connected to two subwoofers, Morris deftly cut and blended musical tracks at a new recording studio built in the basement of the jail’s medium-maximum Division 11.

    Long interested in songwriting and music production, Morris said he’s never worked on professional sound equipment like the kind inside the studio locked behind a large green metal door with a single square window. Morris, who’s spent more than a year behind bars awaiting trial on an attempted murder charge, said he’s grateful to be learning the technical aspects of sound engineering, even if he regrets that it took a stint in jail for this opportunity.
All of which will go out the window if he's convicted. Because we don't think any of the maximum security prisons in Illinois are as....."enlightened" as Fart tries to seem.

We're going to suggest something crazy here, so bear with us. How about encouraging some of these "at risk" youths to, you know, stay in school, learn something, explore opportunities afforded them at so many different levels of the educational system and maybe, just maybe, becoming a productive member of society and not a drag in jail?

Crazy talk, right?

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Another Way to Kill Crime

Prickwrinkle's people are already disregarding the law - might as well get rid of it:
  • The Cook County medical examiner’s office routinely fails to abide by a requirement that it send an investigator to the scene of every suspicious death, including all homicides and suicides.

    Now, saying it can’t afford to do that, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has come up with a Chicago-style solution: water down the county ordinance that requires the on-site visits.

    The ordinance says a medical examiner’s “representative shall go to the location of the body” and begin an “investigation with an examination of the scene” — though the agency and Preckwinkle dispute that that’s a requirement.

    Still, Preckwinkle is moving to change the ordinance so the office instead would be given “discretion” about whether to make “a scene examination,” based on “generally accepted guidelines for conducting medico-legal death investigations.”
So a failure to investigate sets the stage for downgrading all sorts of suspicious "death investigations."

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

What Took So Long?

  • The deaths of a husband and wife, both 90, whose West Garfield Park apartment burned in February, have been ruled homicides, officials announced this week.

    Aldonia White, a returned [do they mean retired? - SCC] nurse, died of multiple blunt force injuries from an assault with a contributing cause of death listed as heart disease, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said Friday.

    Her husband, Lewis White, a veteran, died of inhalation of products of combustion due to an apartment fire with heart disease also a contributing cause. Both deaths were ruled homicides, the office said.

    The fatal blaze on the second floor of a two-flat in the 4000 block of West Wilcox Street appeared to have erupted in more than one place, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said at the time of the blaze, which started about 3:10 a.m. Feb. 6.
Four-and-a-half months to determine blunt force injuries? What kind of operation are they running over there at the ME's office? So a murderer or murderers have had a walk for almost half the year with the investigation itself stalled? Unmoved?

And now HeyJackass.com has to go back and re-calculate all their numbers.

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Shooting in....Edison Park?

Correct us if we're wrong, but this is about the quietest neighborhood in Chicago due to the high concentration of cops, firemen, teachers and city executives just about everywhere?
  • Two teen boys are in custody after they drove away from Chicago police and crashed into a Niles police car, sending an officer to the hospital, Chicago police said.

    Minutes after midnight Saturday, Chicago officers saw an SUV driving north at a "high rate of speed” on Northwest Highway from Oshkosh Avenue moments after a call came in for shots fired nearby, according to an email from [...], a Chicago police spokesman.

    The officers saw an object thrown from the driver's side of the SUV, thought it was a weapon, activated their emergency equipment and tried to stop the car, police said. The driver drove away, ultimately crashing into two Niles police vehicles, one marked and one unmarked, at the intersection of Oakton Street and Milwaukee Avenue....
Anyone know where these assholes were from?

Best wishes to the Niles cop injured by these felons.

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Use of Force Proper

  • A police practices and use-of-force expert testified Friday that Officer Robert Rialmo had no choice but to shoot Quintonio LeGrier in December 2015.

    Emanuel Kapelsohn told jurors that a stun gun, pepper spray or a baton would not be appropriate responses to someone charging at an officer with an aluminum baseball bat.

    Kapelsohn said that Rialmo’s actions were “in keeping” with departmental policies on use of force.
This is a nationally recognized expert on Use of Force situations, appearing nationally numerous times and in at least nine other Chicago cases. Hopefully, there are a couple intelligent people on the jury watching and paying attention.

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

I-Bond

  • After more than 36 years in custody, an accused cop killer who alleges notorious ex-Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge tortured him into confessing was ordered freed Friday while awaiting his third trial on the charges.

    Jackie Wilson, 57, was granted a recognizance bond by Cook County Circuit Judge William Hooks, who last week tossed out Wilson’s murder conviction after finding that Burge and detectives under his command had physically coerced his confession to the 1982 slaying of two Chicago officers.

    The judge said special prosecutors “utterly failed” in their arguments to keep Wilson in prison, adding that they appeared to want him to view the case “through the lens of a court sitting in 1982 or 1988 without considering the revelations that have come to light over the last three decades.”

    Wilson is likely to walk out of Cook County Jail as soon as later Friday.
Pardon our wishing for a steamroller to be traveling down California and suffer a catastrophic brake failure at precisely the moment Wilson walks out of custody. Hopefully it doesn't scratch the paint job.

Additionally, in light of what's going on in New York, police nationwide are going to have to take the position that the courts don't have our backs any more.

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New Contender - Dumbest Statement

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel was urged Thursday to go easier on parking and vehicle ticket scofflaws after a new report showed the city’s get-tough enforcement policies were having a disproportionate impact on low-income and minority communities.

    In a report appropriately called, “The Debt Spiral,” the Woodstock Institute examined 3.6 million vehicle-related tickets issued by the city in 2017.

    Those tickets included: 273,000 issued by red-light cameras; 250,000 by speed cameras; 187,000 sticker violations; 175,000 tickets for expired meters; 162,000 for expired license plates or temporary registrations and 144,000 for street cleaning violations.

    Results of the ZIP code-based study were not all that surprising, but troubling nevertheless.

    Tickets were 40 percent more likely to be issued to drivers from low-and-moderate income areas than to motorists who live in higher-income neighborhoods. The same 40 percent disparity existed for drivers from predominantly minority neighborhoods.
The way we read this, the tickets weren't tracked by where they were issued - they were tracked by what zip code the car itself was registered. So if minorities got tickets (let's say downtown) for any of the listed charges (red light, speed, city sticker, expired meters, plates and street cleaning) and the car was registered to their home address, then the ticket writer or robot camera is racist for the issuance of the ticket and not for the fact someone violated the law at the point of issuance.

What a crock of shit.

But here's the amazingly stupid statement by the "lawyer" representing the aggrieved parties:
  • “Where the city decides to place cameras has a disparate impact on low-income populations. … You’re more apt to get a speed ticket or a red-light ticket if you’re driving through that area than if you’re driving through areas that don’t have those cameras,” [director of research for the Woodstock Institute Lauren] Nolan said.
Because we thought for sure that you could get automated tickets anywhere in the city....even places where cameras aren't installed. Who knew?

How about you drive the limit, park where you're supposed to, and keep the required registration up-to-date as required by law?

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13% Bullshit

  • Black Americans are not more likely to be shot by the police than White Americans in proportion to each group's rate of interaction with the police, as measured by crime rate, a new study argues.

    The report, by psychologists Joseph Cesario and David Johnson and criminologist William Terrill, analyzes trends in fatal shootings by police in 2015 and 2016 using a variety of data sources.

    Measuring racial disparities in police use of force is a touchy subject. High-profile shootings of black men by police have been a focal point for Blacks Lives Matter and similar groups, which see such shootings as both endemic of larger police abuses and an epidemic in their own right.
The study takes on the nonsense statistic that since blacks make up 13% of the population then they should account for 13% of tickets, offenders, prison population and (of course) police shooting encounters. The authors blow a large hole in the waterline of that argument...but they also realize such an inflammatory finding won't endear them to the establishment that has a vested interest in continuing the political theater. It's still a mildly interesting read.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Stolen Credentials

We couldn't make this up if we tried:
  • So, we have a boss from the Cook County Probation Department who had to come into a district station today and file a theft report against a fired employee who refuses to give back his credentials and badge. Among other things, this employee lied about their education and background.

    This employee was asked to return the items and then served via certified letter at his new place of employment, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability. Great employee screening process they have in place over there.
So at least one of the COPA investigators is running around with a stolen badge and ID.

If any reporter is interested, FOIA Records Division Number JB-314633

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Wilson Hearing

Reminder:
  • Scc, please post asap. Judge Hooks will be deciding tomorrow, Friday afternoon at 1200hrs. 26 cal. Rm 301. Bond for Jackie Wilson for the murders of officers Fahey and O’Brien. A large show of support would be greatly appreciated by the families. 
Hooks is the social justice warrior judge bending rules and the law to retry (and free) the surviving Wilson brother. He's previously banned armed police officers from his courtroom, so expect Sheriff Deputies to be playing the role assigned to them, though it would be nice to see them refuse.

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Felony Murder Charges?

  • A 66-year-old woman riding in a taxi was killed Wednesday night after the driver of a stolen Jeep, who was allegedly fleeing police, struck the cab in Chicago's River North neighborhood.

    Police said they were trying to stop the white Jeep Grand Cherokee, but the driver blew a red light trying to get away.

    The Jeep, which was reported stolen in the 500-block of North State Street, slammed into the taxi near West Grand Avenue and North Dearborn Street around 10:55 p.m.
In addition to the dead woman, two pedestrians suffered broken legs. Everyone in that car should be charged with Murder.

UPDATE: Released without charges according to a couple of commentators. A-fucking-mazing.

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Graduation Foul Up

Did this really happen?
  • OT: How in the hell does this happen? The nine newly promoted Lieutenants from the previous go-around showed up at Navy Pier yesterday with their families in tow to attend their graduation ceremony only to be turned around. They were informed by Academy staffers that they were not on the list to graduate. After leaving Navy Pier and arriving home, their were all contacted and directed to return to Navy Pier to participate in the ceremony. After spending another $20.00 on parking, they all crossed the stage. 
It's 100% believable - we've seen who runs special events for the Department. And the way the Department delays "graduations" until Rahm is available to do multiple classes. If they're out $20 for parking...twice...they should just chalk it up to how much the Department thinks about them.

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Theft of Cash?

Anyone hear about this one?
  • Anonymous said...OT - This years Puerto Rican Fest was the first time they charged a $2 donation at the gate. They claimed that the money was earmarked for the Hurricane Maria recovery effort.

    Low and behold, four days after the Fest is over the President of The Puerto Rican Parade Committee went into the 14th District desk to report that "up to $70,000" was stolen from the donation boxes. He's claiming that security was responsible for the theft. Sorry Hurricane Maria survivors, maybe next year.
All sorts of untraceable cash in boxes at a political "festival." Kind of reminds us of the shady accounting that goes on every year at the Taste.

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Shootout Video

  • The Civilian Office of Police Accountability has released video showing how an off-duty police officer fought off two people trying to steal his car last April.

    The incident occurred in the 3700-block of West 79th Street in the Ashburn neighborhood at about 7:40 a.m. on April 20. The men were already inside the car when the officer opened fire. The suspects fired back as they ran away.

    No one was hurt and the two suspects got away.
Keep your eyes open, especially in shady neighborhoods.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Remember, Police are the Problem

From our Occasional Statistician:


Another set of stats:


Discuss.

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Law Degree AND Medical License?

  • The attorney for the family of a critically wounded teen left unattended by paramedics said Wednesday he believes the boy could have lived if responders "did what they were supposed to do."

    “It’s hard enough losing your child in such a mindless act as a shooting,” Nenye Uche told reporters Wednesday. “But I think, perhaps, it’s even worse knowing that your child’s life could’ve been saved if first responders, in this case paramedics, did what they were supposed to do, did what they were trained to do.”
Amazing that we don't see more lawyers with double degrees in medical practice. Maybe it's so rare because they don't know if they should sue themselves for medical fuck-ups or deny themselves critical health care when they get run over by irate clients.

We've seen lots of bodies spontaneously "move" as the final electrical impulses leave the corpse. A gasp, a breath, twitches, jaw and eye movement. The human body is a remarkable piece of work, but these people were undoubtedly dead. One was missing a head, so we're pretty sure they weren't coming back. And it was disturbing in the extreme - no denying that.

The paramedics at this scene were responding to six people shot. They utilized their training and triaged the wounded. Someone with multiple holes to the noggin and leaking brain isn't high on the list of probables, so they covered him and moved on. You save the ones that are savable.

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001 Property Sale

  • As the city of Chicago fosters big new developments around the South Loop and Near South Side, it's also hoping to piggyback on them to boost its own coffers.

    That's the idea behind the 2.4-acre parking lot at 1701 S. Clark St., which the city recently put on the market. The lot is used by the Chicago Police Department's 1st District.
As part of the sale, the city is requiring some sort of parking structure to replace the nearly 300 spots being surrendered:
  • One challenge facing any prospective buyer is that any new development on the site must include 271 replacement parking spaces for CPD, whose 1st District station neighbors the lot to the east, according to a call for offers on the property. That replacement parking could be built on the lot immediately south of the CPD station but would require 24-hour secured and dedicated ingress and egress for CPD and would be subject to final approval from the Police Department.
Alderasshole Arena is requiring a dedicated, sheltered, running-hot-and-cold carwash spot for at least 10 aldercreatures be included in any new parking garage built in Chicago.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

What the Heck is This?

What District(s) or "merit" bosses put this together?


Someone said it was rescinded within hours of being released. Someone else said it's 12 entire pages, but this one is the meat of it all. Wonder how the citizens feel knowing that they're just a "point system" to bigger overtime checks.

UPDATE: It's eight pages long, not twelve, and we've been sent the entire package along with the Order suspending implementation. Fred Waller's signature is all over this thing.

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No Gun Charges....Again

Here's how bad Kim Foxxx is:
  • Kim Fox is CI-ing [Continuing Investigation] way too many UUW cases. We had an incident at Puerto Rican fest over the weekend where the command post saw a guy on the pod with a gun in his waistband. They called it out including a detailed description of the guy right down to his tattoos. Area central gun team grabs him just after he pitched the gun in a bush. They CI the case pending DNA analysis. Mind you because of the crowds gathering the gun was recovered by the officers so prints and DNA will come back inconclusive. BUT they have 22 min of pod video showing this goof with the gun in his waist. Unreal.
Twenty-two minutes of a subject on the public way, in a park, with a gun, in violation of God knows how many laws, but Kimesha and her minions need to get a DNA swab, which will come back as nothing more than an opportunity for Defense Counsel to claim fifty other people might have touched that gun or hidden it in the bushes.

Meanwhile, he roams the streets, probably looking for another gun and someone to shoot. And the media will be amazed when he either gets pinched again or shoots someone.

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Not Only a Mattress

Someone commented about the gun located under a lockup mattress:
  • A mattress? Since when do they get mattresses?
Since a few years ago, when some judge decided that the cold hard metal cots in lockup were too hard on prisoners' delicate heinies and sciatica. So the city was required to buy mattresses made of a non cut-able Tyvek material which are issued nightly to anyone staying overnight for a morning court appearance. Every lockup in the city now has two stacks of mattresses - one for issuance to prisoners and one that somehow didn't live up to the billing of non cut-able.

But it's gone a step further now:
  • Hey SCC, the other day the District had to down a car to go down to HQ to pick up new one-time use lockup blankets, probably courtesy of the Vanecko Disposable Blanket Company. Word is that shortly there will be a Prisoner Massage Pilot Program starting in 003, 005 and 007.
Disposable blankets?

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Crystal Ball Reveals....

....exempt movement?
  • Clout Changes ..... Stand By
    Johnson from 11 to Chief
    Varrick from 005 to 11
    Senora Ben from 006 Tact to 005 Commander
    Hanna from 003 to CAPS

    There are no secrets in the department 
This would be a serious breach of clout protocol if leaked out in advance. Thanks!

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Gang Banger Planted

  • Dozens of friends and family gathered around the gravesite as Maurice Granton’s black casket with silver detailing was slowly lowered into the ground. Six white gloves were placed on top, a sign of respect from the former South Side gang he was once part of. Now, the family must wait for the release of body-camera footage from June 6, when a Chicago police officer fired three shots at Granton — one fatally striking the 24-year-old’s spine — as he ran away.
But.....but.....he left that life behind?!?

And of course, the usual funeral mayhem followed:
  • As the service ended, a large organ played in the background as people funneled out of the church. The mourners piled into about 20 cars and followed the hearse about 30 minutes south to Mount Hope Cemetery. A group of young people leaned out the windows of their cars, cheering and holding one of the red shirts that memorialized Granton.
Idiots.

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Weekend Shooting

  • A man killed himself after he barricaded himself in a Southeast Side garage Saturday morning, Chicago police said.

    The suspect was wounded by police before he killed himself, police said.

    Officers responded to the 9400-block of South Commercial Avenue in the Calumet Heights neighborhood at about 11 p.m. Friday. They were called to a home there after a 24-year-old man got into a dispute with family members inside that home, police said.

    The suspect fired shots outside the house and then moved into the garage, where he barricaded himself and a SWAT team was called in. No one was injured by the suspect's shots.

    After several hours, the suspect left the garage and went into a grassy area nearby and was confronted by a SWAT officer.

    The suspect pointed his hand gun at the officer, who fired and wounded the suspect, police said. The suspect then shot and killed himself, police said.
Good job.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Bring Out Your Dead!



  • Authorities are trying to determine how first responders placed a sheet over the body of a teenager who was shot multiple times in the head — then, minutes later, realized he was alive.

    The 17-year-old man was shot about 4:45 a.m. Monday in the 1300 block of South Loomis outside the ABLA/Brooks Homes, a CTA housing facility, in the University Village neighborhood. Four others were also shot — one of them fatally.

    “I don’t know the length of time (he was under the sheet) but from what my understanding of the incident is — that individual has a catastrophic injury,” CPD Deputy Supt. Anthony Riccio said Monday at a news conference at police headquarters held to discuss weekend violence.

    The teen was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition.
Expect a new policy that CFD will remove ALL victims from the scene and transport them to the hospitals where actual doctors will be tasked with pronouncements from now on.

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Frustrating?

Unacceptable AND frustrating?
  • The weekend began with seven people shot in just an hour on the South Side. It ended with 10 people shot in two attacks on the West Side.

    By Monday morning, at least 56 people had been hit by gunfire in Chicago over the weekend. At least nine of them died, according to data kept by the Tribune.

    It was the worst weekend for violence in the city this year. But more troubling, it was close to comparable weekends in 2016 and 2017, when gun violence hit levels not seen in Chicago in more than a decade.

    "Most of Chicago celebrated and enjoyed this weekend," Chicago police First Deputy Superintendent Anthony Riccio told reporters, referring to Pride Fest on the North Side and various Father’s Day celebrations. "However, we saw an unacceptable and frustrating level of gun violence in several communities.

    “There’s too many illegal guns on the street,” he added, echoing a constant theme of his boss, Superintendent Eddie Johnson. “They’re too easy to get.”
Stop already Tony. Guns aren't that easy to get - what is easy to get is "off without charges." And that includes theft of guns, straw purchasing, and burglaries. Adapt an "Exile" type of sentencing and we'll guarantee gun crime goes down.

In the meantime, we're going to have to come up with some pretty ugly prediction numbers for the Fourth of July week.

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Frisk....and Frisk Again

This mope should have been searched at least three times before hitting County:
  • Chicago police are investigating how a Humboldt Park man with a long criminal history got a loaded handgun past officers and into the police station lockup over the weekend.

    The .22-caliber handgun was discovered by a cleaner while tidying the holding cell at the police station at 2452 W. Belmont Ave., according to police and Cook County prosecutors.

    Authorities said Miguel Acevedo, 38, was picked up by police early Saturday when they discovered him and another man, a documented gang member, “using narcotics” inside a car on the Northwest Side.

    Acevedo, who was on parole for a 2017 drug conviction, told officers his name was "Luis Rodriguez" and then "Angel Gonzalez." Police later determined Acevedo's true identity and his status as a parolee. He was arrested and charged with obstructing his identity and a parole violation, authorities said.

    Acevedo was processed at the police station on Belmont known as “019 West” and brought to a cell where he was alone, authorities said. Surveillance video caught him hiding the gun, loaded with five rounds, underneath a mattress.
Frisk #1 on the street. Frisk #2 before hitting lockup. Frisk #3 in the lockup. But no one found this gun? Come on people - fetal doesn't mean "stupid," and this was stupid in the extreme.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Media Code of Silence Cracks

Just a tiny little bit:
  • Slum Times - A 20-year-old woman was charged with spitting on an off-duty Chicago Police officer outside a City Council meeting last month where demonstrators rallying against the construction of a new police training academy clashed with members of the Fraternal Order of Police who were staging their own protest.

    On May 23, Penny Hawthorne walked up to the officer and started yelling “vulgarities” at him, according to Chicago Police. She continued the tirade while walking alongside him and then spat on his left cheek.
The Tribune fesses up to being the employer of dear ol' Dad:
  • A woman has been charged with spitting on an off-duty Chicago police officer outside a contentious City Council meeting last month where demonstrators protested a new training academy and the police union marched in support of an officer facing dismissal for a double fatal shooting.

    Penny Hawthorne, 20, of Oak Park, is charged with a single count of misdemeanor battery making physical contact. She is accused of spitting on the officer at about 11 a.m. May 23 during a public demonstration involving the Fraternal Order of Police, according to Chicago police spokesman Officer [...].

    [...] Hawthorne is the daughter of Tribune reporter Michael Hawthorne.
Somehow, she managed to delete most of her social media presence in the intervening time frame...funny how that happened.

In the meantime, helpful researchers have posted the e-mail address of the Chief of Police at Boston College (John.king.2@bc.edu) so that he can warn his department of the safety and biological hazards that may threaten his officers should they run across this delightful human being.

And others found that Boston College has a Code of Conduct and you can report violations at this link here. Time to make the assholes live by their own rules.

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Crime is Down

  • Ridership on the L is falling, CTA figures show — a decline one expert attributes to “a perfect storm” of factors including competition from ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft.

    For the first three months of this year, the CTA provided 52.7 million L rides — down 3.7 percent from 54.7 million in the same period last year.

    And ridership was down at 119 of the 143 L stations versus last year, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis of CTA data found. Twenty-three saw an increase, while the Washington-Wabash station didn’t exist at the same time last year.
No word about crime though, even though there isn't any police presence to speak of and little old lady's are losing their eyeballs:
  • A 67-year-old woman is expected to have her left eye removed after an “unprovoked” punch from a south suburban man severely injured her last week aboard a Red Line train, Cook County prosecutors said at a court hearing Sunday.

    Judge Stephanie K. Miller denied bail for Derrick L. McMath, 28, who was charged with aggravated battery involving great bodily harm of someone age 60 or older in the attack captured on CTA surveillance video.
We've said this in the past and it bears repeating - very few people care about the actual crime rate. We do because it's part of the job, something the bosses harp on, and directly effects political machinations.

What people DO care about is the perception of crime, and all the cameras aren't going to do a damn thing except provide nice pictures of you getting your ass beating, raped or shot. All the cops in the world aren't going to deter shit without a vigorous justification of their legal actions preserving law and order. All the arrests aren't going to mean squat without relentless prosecution and extensive jail time for repeat felons currently facing none.

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Something Weird Here (UPDATE: VERY Weird)

We've been following this story a bit, and are a bit confused as to what (and why) the media is attempting to cover up:
  • The family of longtime television reporter Elizabeth Brackett is thanking police and fire officials who came to the 76-year-old’s aid after she suffered critical injuries this week as she was biking on the Lakefront Trail.

    Brackett’s family also said it was also “immensely grateful” to the good Samaritan who saw the former reporter for WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” and performed CPR until paramedics arrived and the staff at Stroger Hospital who are caring for Brackett. The family also asked for privacy in its statement.

    “The family of Elizabeth Brackett is grateful for the outpouring of love and support shown by all of Chicago since her accident Wednesday,” the statement said.
An accident. So what's this then? So why not be specific?
  • Details of the Wednesday incident, which happened on a South Side stretch of the Lakefront Trail near 39th Street, weren’t clear.

    Brackett had been training on her bicycle before someone found her on the bike path, her close friend and colleague Carol Marin told the Tribune.

    Brackett’s family has told her colleagues that Brackett was found about 40 feet from the bike trail, which is not far from her South Side home, said Phil Ponce, host of “Chicago Tonight,” who has worked with Brackett since the 1990s.
Forty feet? So did she fall down an embankment? It's actually kind of flat there. Did she crawl to where she was found.....or was she dragged and this is yet another crime being covered up by the media even though the victim is one of their own?

So many more questions than answers.

UPDATE: Brackett passed away overnight, and the new article raises even more questions:
  • Little is known about Brackett’s accident Wednesday, which happened on a South Side stretch of the Lakefront Trail near 39th Street. Brackett’s family told her colleagues that she was found several feet from the bike trail, which is not far from her South Side home, said Phil Ponce, host of “Chicago Tonight.” A still-anonymous good Samaritan saw Brackett and performed CPR until paramedics arrived, according to the station. Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford told WTTW that paramedics saw “no signs of trauma, no dirt, bruises, scrapes, contusions, anything that indicated she collided with something or had a fall or struck something.”

    “We don’t know how she got there,” he told the station. Her family is hoping to identify the person who performed CPR on Brackett, the station reported Friday.
So now they've changed "40 feet" to "several feet," and the CFD found nothing to indicate a fall or collision.

The family wants to find whoever performed CPR on her.....we'll bet the detectives do, too.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Spitter Surrenders

  • A young woman accused of spitting on an off-duty police officer has turned herself in.

    Chicago Police said that Penny Hawthorne, 20, spit on the off-duty officer during a May 23 protest at City Hall.

    Police said that she yelled insults at the officer, then spit.

    Hawthorne is charged with misdemeanor battery.
Oak Park River Forest graduate, east coast liberal arts college course-load no doubt. And if our previous information is correct, the daughter of Tribune environmental reporter. We guess we can assume exactly what lessons were taught in that household in regard to respect of persons and Constitutional Rights to air grievances.

Twenty toothpicks says probation.

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Backlog Courtesy of Phleger

How does this asshole continue to get away with this crap?
  • Pflegers march left 006 with zero cars to respond to jobs. 1st watch had no cars or radios till 2230 hours. Massive backlog. Plus the zone was completely tied up. So, in short,the community had zero police service for almost 2 hours so Pfleger could do a publicity stunt. He also claims on 07 July he will have another march to shut down the Dan Ryan (so if you have a semi or large SUV, please drive the Ryan that day) cause pissing people off is a great way to get people behind you. Once again, the community would be without police service but Pfleger doesn't care about the community. Pfleger only cares about Pfleger  
And he's planning to block a major expressway on 07 July? That's illegal, right? Does ISP know about this? Can they mobilize a regional group of municipalities to provide coverage and effect mass arrests from this planned unlawful behavior?

Perhaps the subsequent fines can be directed toward funding police pensions and the community service spend some time cleaning up the Dan Ryan.

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$174 Million? From Where?

  • The controversial Obama Presidential Center in Chicago will benefit from almost $200 million in taxpayer funding for work on infrastructure projects near the center on Chicago’s South Side.

    The Chicago Sun Times first reported Friday that Illinois lawmakers had approved $174 million for roadwork in and around Jackson Park related to the development of the center.

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a former Obama White House chief of staff, described the infrastructure improvements as “money well spent.”
And get a load of this fantasy:
  • ...the Obama Foundation’s claim that the center will support thousands of new jobs and have a total economic impact of $3.1 billion in its first 10 years.
There are hit theater productions here in Chicago that don't produce $310 million in economic impact per year, and they sell out 4 nights a week and twice on Saturdays.

We don't know who came up with these numbers for the most inconsequential president in history, but three years ago, the eggheads at the University of Chicago wrote a report that the library (which will contain almost no books or documents) would have an impact of $220 million - and that was derided as overly optimistic by a professor who actually studied presidential libraries. So the extra $90 million is a complete load of horseshit.

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Exempt Movement?

Did they remove the Camel Commander prior to this weekend?

Did someone from Downtown actually read the blog?

Did Rahm? Who explained the big words to him?

Is SCC suddenly running the Department and no one told us?

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

12 Year Old Killed

You can't even visit Chicago on summer vacation without being sent home in a coffin:
  • A 12-year-old girl was among two people killed Thursday in shootings across Chicago. Seven men were also wounded in shootings during the 24-hour period.

    The girl was killed late Thursday in a shooting outside a gathering in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, according to police. About 11:20 p.m., the girl and a 36-year-old man were outside in the 4200 block of West Wilcox Street, Chicago Police said. The man heard shots and then realized he was shot in the leg.

    The girl was shot in her neck and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said. The man’s condition had stabilized.
Phleger and the Parkland circus were nowhere to be found.

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Lori Supports Child Murderers

  • Mayoral challenger Lori Lightfoot demanded Friday that Mayor Rahm Emanuel publicly condemn the police union for attempting to derail negotiations aimed at forcing federal court oversight over the Chicago Police Department.

    At the same time the Fraternal Order of Police filed its motion to intervene in the lawsuit filed last summer by retiring Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, the FOP also sought to dismiss Madigan’s lawsuit altogether. The union argued that Madigan lacks the legal authority to force Emanuel to negotiate a consent decree. On Friday, the union’s motion to dismiss was front-and-center in the crowded race for mayor.

    Lightfoot, who resigned as Police Board president to run for mayor, demanded that Emanuel publicly condemn a union that stands as an impediment to reforms desperately needed to restore public trust shattered by the police shooting of Laquan McDonald.
Lightfoot claims that since Rahm hasn't been specific enough in denouncing the FOP, he must support their position. We suppose that since Lightfoot hasn't explicitly condemned the murder of a 12-year-old child Thursday night, she must support the gang factions warring in that little corner of Hell.

Spielman is off the Rahm-servation, Which team is she shilling for this week?

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Vicious Attacker Apprehended

  • Chicago cops are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who “viciously” attacked a senior citizen aboard a North Side Red Line train yesterday. The woman may lose her eyesight as a result of the attack, CPD Chief Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi said. Images of the suspect, released by CPD on Friday afternoon, are shared throughout this report.
The pictures are pretty horrifying:


The senior citizen pretty much seems to have no idea what's coming.
  • Ald. Joe Moore, 49th Ward, said the attacker apparently was “suffering from some mental health issues.”
Moore must have gotten himself a medical degree while no one was looking,  to be able so quickly and efficiently diagnosis mental illness AND lay down a criminal defense at the same time. Maybe he can help out the senior citizen's medical team in repairing her shattered face.

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