Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Look! We got pictures

Just amusing ourselves here. Blogger added a photo program and we're testing it out.

Any hunters out there? How would you like to be the poor bastard that had to hike this moose outta the woods? Or this guy's partner?

Wow. You could feed a small Iraqi village with this thing.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

15-month term for ex-cop in FBI sting
He helped catch others after arrest

By Rudolph Bush
Tribune staff reporter

June 22, 2005

A Cook County Forest Preserve police officer was sentenced to 15 months in prison Tuesday for shaking down a man he thought was a drug dealer but who was, in fact, an FBI agent.

But if the story of Jacques R. Polk, 35, of the southwest suburbs, is one of an officer turned bad, it is also one of a man who did what he could to right his wrong, prosecutors and his attorney agreed Tuesday.

Since Polk pleaded guilty in December 2003 to robbing the agent, he has participated in a series of undercover stings, known as Operation Blue Steal, that have produced 10 convictions.

In court Tuesday, it was revealed that Polk has also participated in an ongoing investigation against a Chicago police officer who has yet to be indicted.

During Polk's sentencing before U.S. District Judge James Holderman, the slight former officer said he was sorry for what he had done. He thanked the two FBI agents who had handled his case and set up the undercover stings that earned him a significantly reduced sentence.

"I've cooperated with the government from day one, and it's been unwavering ever since," he told Holderman shortly before receiving his sentence. "I'll respect your decision, whatever it may be, and I'll continue to work with the FBI regardless of the outcome."

Assistant U.S. Atty. Matthew Schneider spoke kindly of Polk, arguing that he deserved leniency for steady cooperation and effective testimony under dangerous circumstances.

Schneider did not agree, however, to a request by Polk's attorney, Lewis Myers, that he receive only probation.

Myers argued that Polk's cooperation was absolute.

That includes an ongoing effort "involving a thoroughly corrupt Chicago police officer that has yet to be arrested," he added.

The revelation of such an ongoing investigation in open court is rare, but prosecutors confirmed that the investigation is in the works.

The Forest Preserve District career of Polk, the son of a Chicago police commander, ended with his firing in December 2002. He then worked as a police officer at Cook County Hospital until he was arrested in April 2003.

Among those whom he helped convict for stealing from purported drug dealers were Illinois parole agents Anthony Brown and Jesse Kuykendoll, and Cook County sheriff's officers Jerome Coleman and Raymond Grady. Others convicted included a former Seattle police detective, two Robbins police officers and a CSX Railroad officer.

Christopher Babbington, an Illinois State Toll Highway Authority employee, was arrested in May 2004 as a result of Polk's undercover work. Babbington is awaiting trial.

Polk met most of the police officers through contacts in the Forest Preserve District, Assistant U.S. Atty. Barry Miller said.

Polk was arrested in 2003 as a result of an October 2002 sting. An undercover informant set up Polk, saying he knew a drug dealer who would be carrying a large amount of cash and could be an easy mark. Polk had the informant arrange a meeting with the dealer, an undercover FBI agent, at 95th Street and Western Avenue.

Polk was supposed to be on duty that day, and although he was in uniform and driving a squad car, he had called in sick so he would be free to rob the dealer, according to his plea agreement.

He arrived at the street corner and handcuffed both the informant and the agent posing as a drug dealer, according to his guilty plea.

He took $10,000 from the agent, claiming he was confiscating it. But he never made an arrest, instead releasing the agent and splitting the money with the informant, keeping $4,000 for himself.

It was an act, he told Holderman, for which he was "extremely sorry," and the judge seemed to take him at his word.

"It's commendable what you have done. It's despicable what you did," Holderman said. "I believe when you serve this sentence, you will have repaid your debt to society."



Copyright © 2005, Chicago Tribune

6/29/2005 04:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Polk character applied to the CPD but was not hired because of a background check in 91 or 92. I know this to be true. His dad was the first commander when Midway Airport was taken away from 008 made a unit. His dad was also a commander somweplace else, maybe 003, I am not sure

6/29/2005 11:49:00 AM  

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