Wednesday, August 24, 2005

PO Battery Article in the Times

According to Frank "there's a racial profiling angle here somewhere" Main's most recent article, batteries on the police are up 32% and citizen complaints of excessive force are down 26%. He then writes:
  • From the numbers, it might appear cops are facing skyrocketing levels of violence and fewer citizens feel they're being mistreated by the police. But those statistics could be skewed by changes in how officers' reports and citizens' complaints are taken, Bayless said.
Maybe, just maybe, the department is finally getting an ACCURATE picture of what has been going on for years? We won't insult our readers by asking for their own recollections of batteries committed upon them that were then turned down for charges by shaky bosses and even shakier assistant state's attorneys, but we've been involved in several. In fact, up until the advent of the TRR, if you weren't bleeding or broken or had "E.T. Friendly" visible injuries, you couldn't get a Officer's Battery Report.

Frank obviously got a hold of an "Officer Battery Annual Report - 2004" put out by R&D. So did we. It's a glossy little 12 page publication breaking down stats about 50 different ways. The four beats with NO batteries in 2004 are 0923, 1031, 1232, and 1621. The top beats for batteries (all with 26 or more attacks per year) are 0134, 0321, 0531, 0623, 0624, 0713, 0723, 0823, 1112, 1134, 1524, and 1824. It's broken down by age, sex, race, location, injury, day of week, time of day, etc, etc, etc, but all ol' Frank can quote out of it is the strange jump in batteries on POs while batteries on citizens decrease. Do you think he's carrying water for the mayor again? Maybe? When in doubt, slime the police.

If this isn't copywritten material, we will look into scanning and publishing it.

8 Comments:

Anonymous leftisthebest said...

Look at the last two paragraphs of Main's article where he cites officers honored at a ceremony. Think maybe he is trying to do some damage control after reading comments against him at site?

Think about it... It will be hard to gather information for future stories from officers who don't want to speak with him because of his anti-police stance. Heck, maybe even a few "anonymous" police sources (i.e. bosses) will back away.

8/25/2005 01:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah back in the day the punks didn't get charged w/felonies but then again when a punk spit on the police he went to the hospital and then to jail. Now-a-days the police get spit on, punched, kicked, stabbed, shot at & shot and the punk gets a ride to the district.

Funny, I'm referring to the offenders as punks but I'm beginning to think the new fuzzy p/o's are more deserving of the insult.

Just remember hurry up to the seatbelt roadblocks and get Daley his money. The new police are just the city's tax collectors.

8/25/2005 03:53:00 AM  
Anonymous stormtrooper said...

As much as I hate to admit it, I mean really hate to admit it but Lefty you finally made some sense. Although Anony below you made more sense, even though he miss spoke and by saying 'fuzzy'. It should be 'the new pussy police'. I say this with a rumor I heard from a South Side shithole District where Agg Batts to PO's are up cuz the pussies don't beleive in kicking a scumbag down the stairs.

8/25/2005 05:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe if the city stopped paying every bullshit lawsuit a jagoff made up, then the p/o's would feel like they were backed. Its simple they don't want you to work, take the hint before they put you on the news for "abuse", and place the amounts of times the city paid out lawsuits on your behalf....bullshit! Don't try applying for another state or city, those silly paid out lawsuits will show guilt and you are stuck, here un-loved unproyected, not cared about.

8/25/2005 08:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't think for one minute that the police department generates any appreciable amounts of money for the city. Look at the budget and you will be suprised. It is about 1 percent of the city's revenue intake.

8/25/2005 10:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The department's revenue stream comes primarily from asset forfeiture, NOT from the ANOVs and such. The hall has recently taken to raiding both the federal and the state forfeiture funds. Hope Fitzgerald looks into that.
Anony was right; back in the day, if we were'nt respected, we were feared, and for good reason. Somebody forgot the old adage over the past few years: " A community that makes war on its police had better learn to make friends with its' criminals." God help us all!

8/25/2005 10:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

only two city departments pay their own salaries via revenue-water department and police dept. next time a citezen throws out "i pay your salary" tell blow ya

8/25/2005 07:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to get all upset with the job. Now I just laugh. It will never change. You must change yourself and forget this BS job.

I tip my hat to those of you who still go out there and hunt. I think your nuts, but I do respect you. I just hope some reverend or whatever doesnt get you jammed up.

This city will flush you in a heart beat. I am still amazed that the city backed that Sergeant with that meeks traffic stop. I thought that meeks sounded like a typical street rat today (02Sept.05) on the news. Now that he didnt get his way lets bring the "N" word into it as he refered to the car he was driving in as a "N" car. I am amazed as well as how this hurricane katrina is now causing "UNCONCIOUS RACISM". Because it hit in an all black area. I give up and its time for my daily vomit. Be safe and back each other, because its not happening!!!

9/02/2005 10:00:00 AM  

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