Sunday, March 18, 2018

Forced to be FTO?

Is there an actual order or AdMin Fax Message about this?
  • Message is out. Each watch, each district, is to "nominate" at least 3 officers for the act-up FTO.

    Put another way, at least 3 officers are about to get strongarmed into the job.

    If the city is allowed to do this, then they will have no reason to make any Permanent FTO's from this point on.
So the unwilling are going to be "nominated" to train the unknowing to do the impossible for the ungrateful?

Should be a wonderful experiment for everyone.


Did We Miss It?

Was there a promotional class of lieutenants announced this Friday?


What Stupidity is This?

  • With the character of the Chicago Riverwalk and millions of dollars in tourist revenue at stake, a behind-the-scenes battle has broken out over an ambitious plan to construct an aerial tram that would link two of downtown’s most popular attractions, Navy Pier and the Riverwalk.

    In recent weeks, the proposal has been quietly shopped to civic organizations by its chief backers, Chicago hotelier Laurence Geller and Lou Raizin, president of Broadway in Chicago. They say it will give Chicago an iconic tourist attraction on a par with the London Eye wheel along the River Thames.

    But opponents contend that the tram ride would be an eyesore and that it would crowd the narrow Riverwalk. It could also compete with tour boats run by the Chicago Architecture Foundation and companies like Chicago’s First Lady Cruises and Wendella.
Just our opinion and all, but a bunch of metal towers lining the river? Maybe if they passed it off as a "crime fighting measure"? It would be difficult for the ne'er-do-wells to attack tourists if they were fifty or sixty feet in the air. Maybe make it interesting by giving the tourists cinder blocks to drop periodically.


Saturday, March 17, 2018

Alderman Sees the Future

  • Crime will spike and police morale will plummet—to the point where veteran officers will lay back and “nobody will want to take this job”—if a civilian oversight board is empowered to fire the police superintendent and establish police policy, a former cop-turned alderman is warning.

    Northwest Side Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41st), the City Council’s champion for Chicago Police officers, condemned the fundamental change in police oversight proposed by the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA) after 18 months of public hearings.

    Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham has argued that “policing is becoming almost impossible in Chicago” because of redundant layers of oversight by the FBI, the Illinois State Police, the state’s attorney’s office, a Civilian Office of Police Accountability that has officers “under virtual siege” and an “exceedingly biased media.”

    Even more oversight would bring about “chaos mislabeled as reform,” Graham has said.

    Napolitano made a similar argument — even more forcefully.
On the bright side, Rahm would get his wish of a lot more higher paid veterans retiring as soon as humanly possible.

Thanks to Napolitano for speaking up.


There He Goes

  • Former Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy plans to announce next week that he will run for mayor in 2019, a source close to his campaign said.

    The announcement making it official will come via a video, the source said. The former top cop has been inching toward entering politics for months. Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired McCarthy in the wake of the Laquan McDonald shooting video going public in late 2015.

    McCarthy declined to comment Friday, and his campaign exploratory committee released a statement on his behalf Friday that stopped short of confirming he would run.

    “It’s no secret that for the last several months literally thousands of Chicagoans have asked me to run for mayor,” statement says.

    “I have taken those calls to heart because I know the city is badly in need of genuine leadership and real change,” it reads. “At some point next week I will be making my final decision and sharing that with my supporters and the citizens of Chicago.”
Let's see if the media starts asking difficult questions of "McCarthy - the Candidate" that they refused to ask when it was "McCarthy - Rahm's Instrument of Deflection." Fun times ahead.


Almost Unanimous

  • The vast majority of NYPD cops hate Mayor de Blasio, according to a police-union survey.

    An overwhelming 96 percent of the 6,000 cops who responded to the poll have unfavorable opinions of Hizzoner, with 88 percent holding “very unfavorable” opinions of him, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association survey found.

    As for specific complaints against the mayor, 97 percent said de Blasio has created an environment where criminals feel emboldened, while 95 percent said he has established an environment that is combative to police.

    When asked what they liked “most” about de Blasio, 66 percent responded, “nothing.”

    Eight-five percent of cops gave City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito an unfavorable rating, and 96 percent are dissatisfied with the City Council in general.
Any guesses as to what an FOP survey of the rank-and-file might find?


Friday, March 16, 2018

More Clouted Lawsuits

  • A Chicago police lieutenant who rose to become the first woman to ever command the department’s Marine and Helicopter Unit filed a federal sex discrimination lawsuit Thursday alleging she was harassed by a sexist boss and ultimately demoted because he didn’t want to see a woman in her post.

    Lt. Allison Schloss alleged in the 19-page complaint that at the time of her appointment in May 2014, she was among only a handful of women assigned to the Police Department’s so-called Special Functions Division, which includes the bomb squad, SWAT team and mounted patrol in addition to the Marine and Helicopter Unit.

    In fact, as of May 2016, only eight of 175 positions available in Special Functions were held by female officers — and only one of those was assigned to the marine unit, according to the lawsuit.

    The “abominable” record also included no women on a SWAT team of nearly seven dozen members, the suit alleged.
If only the media knew.....

Old timers be warned - we will be monitoring the comment sections very closely.


Protesters Gone Wild!

  • Chicago, IL – A crowd of students swarmed a south side strip mall during Wednesday’s National Walkout Day demonstration, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake.

    “They pretty much trashed this whole area,” GameStop manager Robert Owens told Blue Lives Matter on Thursday.

    The nationwide demonstration, touted as a demand for gun control legislation, was slated to last for exactly 17 minutes, in remembrance of each of the 17 people murdered during the Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the Chicago Sun Times reported.

    Not all of the protests were peaceful.
No mention either that quite a sizable percentage of the homicides in Chicago are actually perpetrated by.....CPS students. Why is that do you think?



  • Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says she does not condone speeding. She says any speeding tickets issued to her county car “are paid.” We found the truth to be a little different.

    There must have been quite a political emergency in the Austin neighborhood at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, February 25. That’s when Preckwinkle’s county car—captured on video above—went barreling along Central Avenue at 45 MPH in a 30 MPH park zone. (She’s lucky. On school days, the speed limit is 20 MPH.)

    The emergency lights on Preckwinkle’s car are flashing. In the video, you can even see an on-coming driver pull over to make room. The driver was probably wondering what terrible emergency the oncoming SUV with flashing lights was heading to.

    It was nothin'. The lights were on to get the peasants out of the way.
What possible reason could there be for Prickwrinkle (or Rahm for that matter) to need to speed, run lights, etc., ever? A political emergency? A pending federal indictment? Maybe being late for a deposition regarding some massive expenditure of taxpayer money?

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Again with a Bat?

  • A man was beaten with a baseball bat Tuesday night in the South Shore neighborhood on the South Side.

    The 33-year-old man was arguing with someone he knew inside an apartment when the person grabbed a baseball bat and began beating him about 9:28 p.m. in the 2400 block of East 78th Street, Chicago Police said.

    The two had been drinking alcohol, police said.

    The man was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with trauma to the head and eye and was in critical condition, police said.
"Critical" meaning he "might die."

Please forward to COPA.

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Combat Training

  • Konrad Poplawski, a 22-year old Navy hospital corpsman, is about to be deployed as a battlefield medic with the 2nd Marine Division, which has served in deadly battlegrounds in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    But first, he is making a pit stop at Cook County’s Stroger Hospital, which the Navy says is among few places here in the U.S. that provide experience treating the types of wounds he will inevitably see on the battlefield.

    For so long “the first time a corpsman got any trauma experience was when they were deployed, and some would just freeze up,” said Captain Paul Roach, a U.S. Navy surgeon at the Lovell Federal Health Care Center north of Chicago. “We don’t want that to happen anymore,” said Capt. Roach, who heads the program in the Great Lakes region.

    The Navy is working to formalize a pilot program that has been tested here for three years, rotating newly enlisted hospital corpsmen—the combat medics for the Navy and Marines—and those needing a refresher while they are back home, for six to eight weeks through Stroger Hospital’s trauma center. The 14-bed unit treats over 6,000 trauma patients yearly, many of them with penetrating, life-threatening wounds akin to those on the battlefield.
We don't know why Toni, Kim, Tim, Tom and Rahm don't advertise this more.

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Bring Chris Home

  • Some of you may know already but here's what's going on. May 2017 Chris was diagnosed with bi-phenotypic leukemia which only account for 5% of leukemia patients.

    October 11th he had a stem cell transplant but relapsed right before Christmas. The doctors said his last option was to look for a clinical trial at MD Anderson cancer center in Houston. After aggressive chemo in Houston, he wound up in the ICU due to septic shock. He was in a medically induced coma for 2 weeks and is now awake with a tracheostomy helping him breath and is fighting very hard to gain strength and recover.

    Chris has stated he wants to come back home. So let's bring him home!!! He requires a Air ambulance, which is 15000.00$. I ask you to o give any amount you can and please share this with friends and family. Chris has faught extremely hard and deserves to be back home.
The GoFundMe page is already one third of the way to its goal. Let's see what we can do.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Ed's Testicles Drop

Congratulations to Special Ed on the momentous occasion of his testicles finally descending into his scrotum:
  • Allowing a civilian oversight board to fire the police superintendent and set policy for the Chicago Police Department is “like telling a surgeon how to do his business,” Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said Monday.

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel tiptoed more softly, having promised — but not delivered — civilian oversight nearly two years ago. But the mayor’s carefully-worded response still threw up a cautionary flag.


    Johnson didn’t need political interpretation. He was flat-out against the idea of creating a seven-member civilian review board that would be empowered to set policy and strategy for the police department, fire the superintendent and choose three finalists for superintendent from which the mayor could select.

    “They don’t have the professional acumen to be able to develop policy and strategy for a police department,” Johnson said.

    “The public should have some input on things. But I don’t think they should be developing policy and strategy for a police department. To me, that’s kind of like telling a surgeon how to do his business. We’ve been educated in what we do and there’s a reason for that. If you want it to be done correctly, you should have it done by people who are accustomed to doing that. Just to take a person from off the street and let them develop policy for a police department is just crazy to me.”
All of this after
  • his predecessor signed off on the ACLU agreement where a bunch of civilians came up with the most unwieldy form in CPD history,
  • the DOJ civilian lawyers came up with a copy-and-pasted boilerplate "consent decree" to regulate the Department,
  • the birth of COPA, an entity made up solely of civilians, cop haters, and communists (not a cop among them),
  • Kim Foxxx's re-opening numerous closed shooting cases with the sole intent of charging officers in events already deemed "justified,"
  • and the civilian Police Board, which already covers many of the duties proposed for the new bureaucracy.
Special Ed was part and parcel of most of these, or stood silently by while implemented. But the minute his position was threatened, by golly, he was right up there spouting Rahm's thoughts and objections to taking away any part of the political influence currently ruining the Department.

On a side note, we heard Rauner found his balls today also, vetoing a redundant and pointless gun shop "licensing" scheme passed in Springfield. There must be something going around.

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Bridgeport Shooting

  • A Chicago police officer shot a man armed with a large meat cleaver Tuesday morning, while responding to a domestic disturbance in the Bridgeport neighborhood.

    Shortly before noon, Deering District officers responded to a 911 call about a domestic disturbance involving a man armed with a knife at a home near 28th and Throop, Deputy Chief Kevin Ryan said.

    When police arrived, the woman who had called 911 helped the officers get inside the home, and told them where she thought the man was. When the officers went to the second floor, they found a man armed with a cleaver in one of the bedrooms, and he appeared to be cutting himself, Ryan said.

    The officers told the man several times to drop the knife, and when he didn’t, the officers used Tasers in an effort to prevent him from harming himself any further, according to Ryan. The Tasers appeared to have minimal effect, and when the man came out of the room, one of the officers shot him in the leg.
We can't remember - is a meat cleaver a "deadly weapon" under the COPA Use of Force?

In any event, the officers went home safe, which is all that matters in the end. Good job.


Another Challenger?

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel will face a furious political backlash if he refuses to empower a civilian oversight board to fire the police superintendent and establish police policy or attempts to stall a City Council vote until after the 2019 mayoral election, Police Board President Lori Lightfoot warned Tuesday.

    Sounding more and more like a mayoral challenger, Lightfoot embraced the sweeping proposal drafted by the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA) and warned Emanuel to get on board a “ship that is sailing.”

    “The mayor endorsed this process two years ago….Any effort to stall it and not let it see the light of day, not engage in the City Council process….will be met with extreme, extreme hostility. And it will be taken out on them in February of 2019,” Lightfoot said.
Wouldn't it be amazing to see Rahm come in third in the next election? Lightfoot has the potential to split a sizable portion of the black vote, this despite her having run the old OPS into irrelevancy. If McCarthy isn't bought off, he could take a chunk of the city workersand maybe some "revrunds" who remember so-called "lower crime" via crooked CompStat counting. One decent Hispanic candidate and Rahm is suddenly a lame duck with no identifiable voting bloc.

Hey, we can dream, can't we?


Don't Panic

A lot of people sending us this and commenting about it (click for a larger version):

When pictures are taken of vehicles speeding or going through red lights, the plate photos go to the company. All "M" and "MP" are automatically flagged and (as we understand it) sent to the Department for adjudication - meaning they are tossed in the garbage. This AdMin Fax message is supposed to be applied to coverts and exempt vehicles that don't carry the "M" or "MP" plates. This is per a highly placed contact who graces us with Department insight now and again.

If you happen to get tagged while driving a marked vehicle, we'd like to hear about it, but it hasn't happened locally that we've ever been informed of. Some people got tagged in suburban locations with marked vehicles, but were cleared when they proved they were on department business.

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Sergeant "Merit" Letter

The Department is soliciting for resumes for "merit" nominations this week. This ties into recent rumors of an April class. We've heard anywhere from 50 to 100.

This also begs the question of how Rahm is going to fulfill his promise of 1,000 new officers on the street by the end of the year. We pointed out already how the total net gain is around 100 officers halfway to the "two years" promise. The only way he gets there at this point is blatantly lying, which isn't out of the realm of possibility.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

State Rep "Doxxes" Critics

So State Representative Martwick, who is allied with Alderasshole Arena and whose District will include the Section 8/Night Ministry housing project, has undertaken an effort to "DOXX" his critics:

Pardon our French, but what in the Hell is this crap? This is some 1984 Stalin-esque bullshit to be sure. Martwick or his people are scouring voting records of his social media critics and seeing what type of ballot they pulled in recent elections. Then he is attempting to shame them for holding a different opinion, ridiculing them for daring to vote republican.

And we hate to keep bringing it up because her opponent is such a scumbag, but what is judicial candidate Daly going to do now? Is she proud of Martwick's endorsement, now that we've demonstrated he is yet another "progressive" engaging in the politics of personal destruction of those who are engaging in thought crimes?

And where the fuck is the media? Too scared to criticize their fellow travelers?

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Well Lookie Here

There's a whole stack of these things at the Academy Range:

So why aren't these being used by the training staff?

Aren't bats dangerous weapons? Deadly weapons?

Rahm, you want to have Corp Counsel explain this?


Why Promotion Processes Suck

  • I have never been one to sugar coat or mince words. Sometimes these words have gotten me in trouble. The trouble always comes from those of rank. More specifically, above my own.

    Now all of us have heard or uttered the obvious “wow, he’s (or she) has changed since they got promoted”. I’m sure the same has been said about me. But we all know that one, or several cops, who become complete unbearable assholes once they get a couple of stripes or bars. Why does this happen?

    I recently saw a meme on a financial page with a quote that had me thinking for several days. The quote posed the following question,“does money or wealth change a person or does it bring out who they really are?”

    I believe the parallels are similar. With money comes a certain amount of power. The same can be said about those cops who chase rank. Now there is nothing inherently wrong with going up for promotion to better your organization (and make a few dollars) if your knowledge and leadership are ready for the next level. Sadly, many cops who chase after promotion have motives that are self-centered and completely self-serving.

    It is not leadership, responsibility, challenge or even money they seek. It is power. And they will step on the back of your neck to attain it.
Go read it all. Cops are cops the world over, and this gentleman has some pretty good insight that is applicable across jurisdictions.

The Salty Sarge is linked on the right hand side of the blog.



  • Mount Vernon, VA – A man who was fleeing from police ran over himself with his own car in Fairfax County (video below).

    Fairfax County police said they initiated a traffic stop on Isaac Bonsu at about 1 a.m. on Sunday morning for “apparent equipment violations,” KRCG reported.

    Bonsu, 30, failed to stop, and fled police. He led police on a chase that that included a trip through a Starbucks parking lot and an apartment complex.

    Eventually, Bonsu jumped out of his vehicle and took off on foot. However, he failed to put his car in park before he got out of it.

There ought to be highlight reels of this type of occurrence uploaded annually by Departments across the nation.


Monday, March 12, 2018

Look What Arena Wants (UPDATE - Fixed)

So not only does Arena's Section 8 project have over 6,000 feet of commercial space and not only is going to be rented out for DOUBLE the going rate up north, guess who's renting it? The Night Ministry:

Arena Plan on Scribd

And check out the political "sponsors" at the bottom. Looks like a north side housecleaning is in order.

UPDATE: After 4,000+ views on, someone over there took it down. We can only assume Arena's people have been surfing around making sure it didn't pop up anywhere. We've reloaded it. If it disappears again, we'll post screen shots.

UPDATE: Screw it, we'll head him off at the pass. Here's the screen shots - click for larger versions:

Anyone know where the media is as we have a situation here where a politician is suppressing and causing-to-be-suppressed Free Speech and stifling viewpoints that don't agree with their own?

UPDATE: The version is down again. Arena's drones are working overtime to supress free speech it seems.

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Arena Un-endorses

Evidently, we hit a few nerves. Not only did Alderasshole Arena remove Colleen Reardon Daly's name from his endorsed candidate list, Daly (or Daly's people) altered her "Daly for Judge" Facebook page (without attribution) from this:
  • I am honored to be endorsed by Alderman John Arena, and Representative Martwick.
to this:
  • I am honored to be endorsed by Representative Martwick.
Bravo for taking his name off of your Facebook page. That's a start, although Martwick represents an area that overlaps much of Arena's ward and should, therefore, have some influence over the alderasshole's attempt to destroy the neighborhood.

Now to address some of the butthurt readers and e-mailers:
  • "Daly isn't endorsed by Arena." Well, that quote was from HER OWN Facebook page until a few hours ago. We don't know who we're supposed to attribute it to;
  • "Daly isn't a police hater." No shit? No one here said she was and neither did any comments. We just pointed out her bad choice of political associations;
  • "Leave her out of the alderman mess." We didn't inject her into it - she (or her people) did. Don't blame us for pointing it out.
  • "Daly is a good and decent person." Could you "straw-man" argue any more?
And for the twenty or thirty comments telling us about how Daly is married to a copper, has cop relatives, worked for FOP, defended more coppers than anyone knows, good for her. It gives her insight into the trials and bullshit we all face on a daily (pun intended) basis. We need our own in the system.

So why throw it away claiming (and later deleting) the endorsement of an asshole who caused complaints to be filed against almost two dozen firefighters and thirty-one cops - some of whom might have worked with her husband, family, or might even be her neighbors - that may potentially cost them suspension time, merely for expressing their opinions? Is the bench that important that you have to associate, however slightly, with someone who despises everything your husband and family stand for?

All of you idiots claiming she was never endorsed, the copied quote from yesterday's post was taken DIRECTLY from the Daly For Judge Facebook page - she CLAIMED the endorsement - and today it was magically rewritten. Amazing how a little bit of truth from an insignificant blog has everyone in a tizzy.

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Fioretti Endorsement

  • Just 10 days shy of the March primary, former Ald. Robert Fioretti bagged endorsements Saturday from the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police and other law enforcement unions in his bid to unseat Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

    During a low-key announcement at the Billy Goat Tavern on Madison Street, Fioretti said the endorsement signifies that “people who believe in law and order” want change.

    “For me to win the FOP’s endorsement is an acknowledgement that something is wrong with our system,” Fioretti said. “To have the sergeants and to have the other organizations that have endorsed me sends a message to those that have been complicit with a system that has let down our communities.”
That certainly is a "low-key" endorsement. It appeared on a Saturday? Does anyone even buy the Saturday paper? We didn't even see a news report. There isn't time to get the endorsements on campaign literature.

Don't get us wrong, we're in the "anyone but Prickwrinkle" camp, but this should have been a lot sooner and lot bigger. Unless Fioretti thinks the endorsement isn't worth much and might actually cost him votes among the low-information population.


Dodging Responsibility

  • The long-awaited third-leg of Chicago’s police accountability overhaul will finally be delivered Monday, but in a way that will trigger even more controversy.
Fran might want to go to and look up the definition of a "third leg." Then again, maybe she did and we aren't giving her enough credit for turning a phrase so to speak, but we doubt it.

In any event, the aldercreatures have come up with a truly asinine idea:
  • Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th), chairman of the Chicago City Council’s Black Caucus, and Ald. Harry Osterman (48th) will join forces in proposing an elected district council that would play a role in an entirely new system for investigating police wrongdoing, selecting a permanent chief of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, and hiring and firing Chicago’s police superintendent.

    The ordinance Sawyer and Osterman plan to outline for their colleagues during a series of briefings Monday is the product of two years worth of work by the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA).

    After consulting national experts and holding well over 100 meetings, the coalition of community organizations drafted an ordinance that, Sawyer said, calls for carving the city into 22 districts and electing one representative from each district.
Rahm has already signaled his displeasure and it probably won't see a vote. But don't we already have an elected board that is supposed to assist in selecting a chief of COPA and has all sorts of input into the hiring of a Superintendent?
  • Oh yeah, the City fucking Council
Instead of adding an additional lawyer of government and bureaucracy, how about doing your fucking jobs and perhaps standing up for your constituency rather than bending over and presenting your asses to the mayor every time he walks into the room?

The only thing we could possibly acknowledge as a reasonably good idea would be the 22 districts and have the number of aldercreatures reduced from 50 to those 22. It would finally realize our position that (A) Chicago has way too many politicians for the population and (B) redrawing the police districts so we can maybe see a beat car once in a while.

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Arena Endorsements

Someone said there is a poster floating around out there with judge endorsements from Alder-asshole Arena's office. We'd like a copy for the readers so they can concentrate their efforts on voting against those judges.

People should probably vote against this wanna-be judge, too - Colleen Reardon Daly:
  • I am proud to be slated and endorsed by the Democratic Committeemen of the 10th Subcircuit and I stand with all of the Party organizations in my district. I stand with my Committeemen, I stand with my Party, I stand with our local elected officials, and I stand with the Democratic voters of the 10th Judicial Subcircuit.

    [...] I am honored to be endorsed by Alderman John Arena, and Representative Martwick.
"...honored to be endorsed" by an asshole like Arena who stalks and files complaints against cops and firefighters for merely opposing the destruction of their neighborhood? Get the fuck out of here with your "honored" crap.


You've Come a Long Way Baby

  • The Chicago Police Department has “come a long way” to alleviate the concerns of civil rights activists about officers stopping minorities for questioning, a retired federal magistrate judge said in a report released Wednesday.

    Arlander Keys is studying cops’ stops under an agreement that took effect on Jan. 1, 2016 between the department and the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU had criticized the police for disproportionately stopping minorities and failing to list lawful reasons for stops on the “contact cards” they were supposed to fill out.

    In his latest report, Keys said he was unable to determine — or rule out — that the department’s stop-and-frisk policies and practices have an unlawful, disproportionate impact on racial and ethnic minorities.

    But he said he was encouraged that in a sample of the 51,000 stops he examined from July to December 2016, cops “conducted an overwhelmingly large number of legitimate, lawful and justified stops.”
We again contend that the overwhelming number "of legitimate, lawful and justified stops" were just documented poorly, as everything this Department does. One thing that brightened the judge's day:
  • Officers did fewer “protective pat downs” of people they believed might be carrying weapons, Keys said. And a bigger percentage of those pat downs yielded weapons than during the first six months of 2016, which he previously studied. White people were the smallest group subjected to those pat downs, but were the most likely to have weapons on them.

    Keys said the racial breakdown of the 51,000 stops in late 2016 painted a “less rosy picture.” About 70 percent of those stopped were black, 19 percent were Hispanic and 1.5 percent were white, he said.
The judge, like all liberals, fails to take into account where the vast majority of crime takes place and the make-up of those neighborhoods. If 90% of your homicides take place in black and brown neighborhoods, then 90% of the stops will probably be black and brown. Attempting to "balance" your stops at one-third, one-third and one-third would be stupid, which is probably why liberals demand it.


Family First! Except in 017

More on the disaster that is 017:
  • Last year we had zero isr’s for the month in 17. We were over worked from being in a back log everyday. Never having all two man beat cars for the day without any rapids or traffic cars it’s hard to fit a mover, Parker, anov, a blue card, bus check, a marijuana ticket, an arrest, and a isr for the day into our schedules. These are all things were told we are short on.

    After the month last year we had zero isr’s this same lieutenant thought outside the box like so many great supervisors... he told the entire watch that if we don’t do four isr’s a month we will be denied any time off work regardless of rank and then made to stay till the very last second they could keep us till everyday since. He even said to go ahead and post it on the blog and spelled out his last name and star number. This was his genius plan and him showing off his great leadership to the watch and motivational skills. Who wouldn’t be motivated by such a great speech.

    All is po’s felt a sense of unity and loved this idea so much that 95% of us didn’t get a single day off for the next 6 months. Just a few planned ahead for their children’s birthdays and family events by stopping citizens only to get their 4 isr’s so the following month we could see our children blow out their birthday candles.
The motivation skills of the bosses are something to behold. And if this Lieutenant is so proud of his demands to violate citizens Rights just to get numbers for downtown, we certainly won't be shy about publishing it. That number "four" is a quota, and the denial of time off is a Contract violation bordering on "hostile workplace."


Spring Ahead

If you're reading this and you didn't move your clock ahead an hour, you're late.

Just letting you know.

Open post for a Sunday.


Saturday, March 10, 2018


  • A boy was shot Friday afternoon during an “armed confrontation” with an officer in the South Shore neighborhood, Chicago police said in a news release.

    Shortly before 1 p.m., officers were investigating a robbery in the 7200 block of South Merrill Avenue when they saw a vehicle circling the block, police said.

    The suspicious vehicle parked and two males exited. Officers approached the males to conduct a field interview, but an armed confrontation ensued, police said.

    An officer discharged his weapon, striking one of the males in the buttocks. A male juvenile, whose exact age was not available, was taken to an area hospital where his condition was stabilized, police said.

    A weapon was recovered from the scene and the boy and the other male were placed in police custody.
Careful out there.


Acting FTO's

This would be awesome:
  • Today at an exempt training FatHead Ed came in and and berated the district commanders for putting 2 and 3 Ppo's with a single FTO. He told the commanders that "they" should have never allowed that practice to start and it's a stupid idea.

    He then said that an AMFN message will be coming out mandating that each commander use their leadership to "convince" officers to sign up to be acting-up FTO's. He chided them and said if they send a negative report then THEY will be the acting FTO. He also said "don't send me the name of the copper nobody wants to work with, because he will know"

    They asked for volunteers from the Sgt list, the Det list and then those who weren't on any list. When they couldn't get anyone to do it now they are threatening the commanders to get names or else!!
Quite frankly, seeing two, three and four-time "merit" exempts attempt to teach anyone anything that doesn't involve a willing ass and a moist pair of lips is an amusing scenario to say the least. When was the last time Special Ed did an AIRA report? Or Riccio filled out an ISR, paper or electronic? Staples may have filled out some GPR's in the not too distant past, but what has Waller, Sanchez or West filled out in the past decade?

And that's just the upper echelon.


Cop Dragged

  • A member of the Black P-Stones street gang appeared in court Thursday to face a litany of charges, including attempted murder of a police officer, just 16 days after being released on parole.

    Paris McKinely, 26, stood before Judge Sophia Atcherson and looked at the floor while Cook County prosecutors outlined their case against him.

    About 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, the 42-year-old Chicago Police officer was on patrol with his partner in a marked police SUV when they spotted McKinley driving a 2005 Chrysler minivan south on Western Avenue, prosecutors said.

    McKinley was unable to provide a driver’s license or proof of insurance when he was stopped for having flicking headlights and a 9mm Glock pistol was spotted on the floor of the van behind the center console, prosecutors said.

    McKinley suddenly accelerated during the stop, causing the 42-year-old officer to grab on to the van’s open, driver’s side window and be dragged for two blocks as the van sped down Western toward 59th Street, prosecutors said. The officer yelled at McKinley to stop, but instead he sped through a red light at 59th Street and collided with another vehicle in the intersection.

    Both vehicles sustained significant damage in the crash and the officer was thrown to the road, prosecutors said. McKinley drove off again, striking several metal poles before crashing into a building at 5917 S. Western. He left the van and ran off, but was taken into custody after hiding on the third-floor deck of a building in the 6300 block of South Claremont.
Out barely two weeks and manages to (A) acquire a firearm and (B) almost kill a cop. It's almost like there isn't even a criminal justice system - just a revolving door.


A Crooked Contract?

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel and City Clerk Anna Valencia have already been accused of “suborning voter fraud” by allowing Chicago’s CityKey municipal identification card to be used to register to vote.

    Now, the 2019 running mates have another problem on their hands: a rival bidder’s politically explosive claim that printing technology used to create the new ID compromises personal information the city has promised to keep confidential to shield illegal immigrants from the threat of deportation.

    Last year, the city clerk’s office chose Omicron Technologies to handle the software and printing on machines capable of putting names and addresses on the ID cards, without keeping records that threaten to expose the identities of undocumented immigrants.

    The five-year contract called for Omicron to be paid $365,000 for the first year of work and $134,400 in each of the remaining four years.

    Losing bidder Valid USA, Inc. is claiming — with pictures to support its argument — that a photographic image of the face is “considered personal identifiable information” under federal law and that image is precisely what is retained in the printing process used by Omicron Technologies.
Rahm is having all sorts of voter bloc problems lately.

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Friday, March 09, 2018

Damned If You Do

  • The mother of a 24-year-old man shot and killed by a Chicago police officer during a foot chase last year is suing the officer and the city, according to court documents.

    Lashundia Key’s lawsuit says Officer Julio Garcia was careless when he shot and killed her son Aquoness Cathery in November. Key also accuses Garcia of improperly using his body camera.

    The shooting occurred around 2:15 p.m. Nov. 29 in the 6100 block of South King Drive. Cathery, of 7200 block of South Eberhart Avenue, ran from the officers while holding a handgun, according to police reports and statements at the time. After a brief chase, an officer fired his service weapon and hit Cathery on the back porch of a building.

    Cathery was rushed to Stroger Hospital, where he died the next day. A loaded 9 mm Glock handgun was recovered from the scene.
There is video at the link. Lots of video. You see the gun, see him raise it up at least once, hear the officers order up an ambulance, etc. Textbook case that cameras were explicitly designed for. So why the lawsuit (besides the fact that lawyers are scumbags at should be drowned at birth)?
  • The shooting was captured on the officer’s body camera. The footage, available on the Civilian Office of Police Accountability website, shows an officer entering an apartment and moving through a living room and kitchen after Cathery, who exited through the apartment’s back door. As the officer pursued him on the back porch, Cathery appears to have an object in his right hand.

    The officer raises his gun and fires as Cathery turns to run down a flight of stairs on the back porch.

    There’s no audio in the moments leading up to the shooting or immediately after. The audio kicks in once the officer reaches the bottom of the stairs, where Cathery is lying on the ground bleeding. At times, the view from the camera is obstructed by the officer’s arms.

    The officer tells Cathery to “relax” and calls for an ambulance.

    The lawsuit claims that the missing audio and obstructed views were intentional.
And there you have it. Anything CAUGHT on video is explained away or claimed not to be the gun (that was located at the bottom of the stairs where the subject collapsed). Anything NOT CAUGHT on the video is "intentional" a cover-up and (no doubt) will be called part of the "Code of Silence."

They get you coming and going and further make it either impossible to do the job or make you second guess yourself, thereby endangering your life.

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Stay Aware

  • An off-duty Chicago police officer was injured Thursday morning during an attempted carjacking on the South Side where he opened fire at the suspect and was able to disarmed him before he fled, police said.

    Shortly after 10:15 a.m., a suspect attempted to carjack an off-duty officer in the 7500 block of Champlain Avenue in the Chatham neighborhood, police said.

    The officer fired one shot at the suspect, and a struggle ensued and the officer was able to disarm him. The suspect was not struck and fled through an alley, officials said.

    The suspect’s firearm was recovered.
Good job Officer. Best wishes on a speedy recovery.


Third Floor, Homan Square

IAD and an ET and an ET Supervisor took pictures at Homan Square this week:

They also retrieved hair and biological samples from the walls and mats.

Anyone know if this is part of the "black site" investigation?


More Quotas??

They just don't learn, do they?
  • So, apparently Crystal King-Smith is demanding ISRs from 3rd watch in 002. The brass came to roll call and stated that she is demanding more ISRs, but they they have to be on our beat. So if I'm on 225 and it happens across the street or near the border with 231 then they don't count. If we don't get ISRs then we are threatened with [...] staying late to review the ISR general order. One of the sergeants is pushing for them and stated it behooves us to get them. This is a quota as far as I'm concerned. Things are getting worse in 002. She is comparing this year's numbers to last year's and not taking into account the weather, furloughs, days off, etc.
As far as we know, this order is still in effect (click for a larger version):

Someone want to print that and deliver it to the Commander?

Print out a few extra and hand them out to the Sergeants at Roll Call.

Training goes both ways.

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What Are They Teaching???

Safety warning this week via the Department:

Clean your gun snowflakes. If you don't care about you, fine.

But someone else might be relying on you.

UPDATE: To the unpublished ignoramuses:

If you read the top line, this is a SAFETY WARNING issued by the Department Range. It ought to be in the CO Book, but if it isn't, it's easily available on the AdminFax Messages. The entire story of the weapon failure DURING QUALIFICATIONS is related. The notice also points out that Ball Ammo is forbidden. So instead of "calling BS," why not show up on time, listen to what the Watch Lieutenant is saying, and take 5 minutes off the street and read through the message traffic?


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