Friday, December 23, 2005

Stupid "Stuff"

Language Warning

There are many ways to do stupid shit. Everyone has done stupid shit. The key thing you have to remember about stupid shit is to (A) try not to get caught doing stupid shit and (B) if you get caught, learn from it so you don't do stupid shit again.

Many times, stupid shit is easy to avoid. These are usually common sense issues, but everyone has bad days. Occasionally, you have to be caught doing stupid shit to learn how to avoid it. These are usually things that you have been told to avoid, but for some reason, slip your mind and you end up getting SPARred to "assist" in reminding you to avoid further stupidity. And sometimes, rarely, you run across a situation where the only good that comes out of it is that you serve as a reminder to other people NOT to do stupid shit.

This would appear to be one of those times. Over beers last night, we were talking a friend of a friend who knows someone in the "Detective Familiarization" detail. During the instruction, they were specifically told to avoid unauthorized crime scene photos, whether by disposable camera, cell phone camera or digital camera, and we understand why: in the event that alternate photos become available, cases fall apart, stories become confused, reasonable doubt can be implied where none actually exists. Additionally, the possibility of pictures falling into the wrong hands or the hands of people who shouldn't be subjected to the content (families seeing homicide scenes) increases when unauthorized photos are out there.

And yet this person, who was told by instructors that they should avoid these types of photos, that when they are sergeants should ensure that these types of photos are NOT taken, is seen on the ABC Channel 7 News posing in an unauthorized photo at what is essentially a crime scene!

What the fuck? We wonder if this person is a "merit" pick. Does this sound like someone who even remotely "merits" a sergeant spot? Like someone you want supervising police officers? Like someone you want handling crime scenes or, god forbid, a police shooting? We have our doubts and so should whoever approved the recommendation of this person for sergeant. Aren't there a few thousand other people out there a tiny little bit more deserving of promotion, at least based on having good judgment? Of course there are.

Our friend was amazed that someone like this is actually on the way to being promoted - we, on the other hand, weren't. We just shook our head and ordered another round. This is exactly what happens when what is defined as "merit" is all in who you know and not what you've done.

UPDATE: Now we are getting conflicting info that this person may be a legit score promotion. If so, it seems to be a case of "book smart, street stupid." Regardless, our info that the entire class was told to avoid unauthorized picture taking stands. Stupid shit, boys and girls, has toasted more than one career.

59 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW...Lucky me. I'm first. That's because I have never ever done stupid shit in my life!

12/23/2005 06:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can they take away a merit spot before you're made? Damn right they can. There was that Lt. who told everyone he was the next commander of SOS. Phil found out about it and put a brick on this goof so heavy that GOD himself will have trouble moving it.

This broad obvioisly doesn't have the sense god gave a snail, so she'll fit in with about 60% of all the other bosses. People get the police department they deserve.

12/23/2005 06:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a GREAT picture of myself with two dismembered heads. Now, I tell you even if the Internet existed then, well you know thw rest. Your tour should be treated like a Ski Trip........No fucking cameras!!!!!

12/23/2005 06:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or the WTO trip to D.C.

12/23/2005 06:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like they'll make her an exempt straight from Sgt.

12/23/2005 06:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Little Digital cameras are going to be a big problem for us. I saw the subject photos.....it was really stupid....why didnt someone talk to that girl.....p.s. She looks kinda hot!!!!!!

12/23/2005 06:27:00 PM  
Blogger Crimefile said...

I have no problem with cops getting their own personal record of their work via photo, video or other recording means. I want the practice to be encouraged. All photos and reports but for matters NOT under current investigation should be public record. (Turning unexposed film over to public labs for development is a really bad idea.) The legitimate media does not as a practice show images of dead or injured crime victims.

There are no ethics or rules in our new First Amendment, free-for-all that we have with Internet bloggers or those web sites for the macabre and disgusting stuff.

If there is wrongdoing here it’s in the release or Internet publishing of the photos involved in an ongoing investigation. That was what went wrong here.

Most of us are too young to remember the days when the Cook county Morgue would display the corpses of the like of John Dillinger for long lines of the curiosity struck public. Was that kind of reality somehow harmful? Remember the crime rate was MUCH lower then.

Any real danger comes when our government hides their activities from the rest of us. It’s always done in the name of “privacy” but the motives are too often much darker.

Saying all that I recognize we have to live with the General Orders and rules we are given.

12/23/2005 06:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

END SMOKING IN THE POLICE STATION!All you smokers should be given 1 year to quit your addiction to nicotine. (ever see then without their cigs,just like a crackhead) Come on guys lets get healthy. ENFORCE GENERAL ORDERS ON SMOKING!!

12/23/2005 06:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where can I log on to see these photos?

12/23/2005 07:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey crimefile...you are a stroke...hopefully no one will ever do this at the scene of where someone you love has died...dork

12/23/2005 07:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LAPD to sponsor Chicago's Gay Games

The Los Angeles Police Department will be the first metropolitan police force to sponsor Gay Games VII in Chicago next July, according to a release Thursday.

Department members will meet with participants and visitors of the Gay Games Sports and Cultural Festival to discuss career opportunities within the force, in an effort to increase diversity, the LAPD said.

"The Department needs men and women from all backgrounds,"

12/23/2005 07:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gay Games? Can anyone tell me what kind of events they compete in? I would assume two of the events would be Cock Fighting and Flower Arranging. Anyone know the other ones?

12/23/2005 07:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

O'Grady is signed up to lead the CPD GAy Bi-Curious Float.;)

12/23/2005 07:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This just in: news release from the Government's Law Enforcement Board of Review, Division of Social Engineering: all references, written or pictorial, to any previously recognized deities (Jesus Christ, God, etc.) will be removed from all offices. Those images will be replaced by a new deity, the god of diversity. In addition, every local, state, or federal law enforcement entity will conduct monthly services, wherein members can offer the sacrifice of professionalism, dedication, intelligence, integrity, and competence on the altar of political correctness, as they worship the god of diversity.

12/23/2005 07:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just noticed that officers from the LAPD will march, in uniform, with the athletes at the opening of the gay games in Chicago (www.gaygameschicago.org). Kind of makes our detail to the Bud B parade seem like small potatoes....

12/23/2005 08:01:00 PM  
Blogger Crimefile said...

I posted a bunch on my blog..,

http://crimefilenews.blogspot.com

12/23/2005 08:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this female Sgt to be (maybe) is detailed to unit 610 from 188. She and an Area One Detective were in separate photos, but in the same location. The photos were captioned by her. The Area One Dick in one of the photos is a good guy....good Detective and good person. Don't know her....she emailed these photos all over....when I got them, at least 40 other email addresses showed in the forward section. Another dumb Sgt to be....

12/23/2005 08:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This "Sgt" to be...is a nitwit....She is such a fucking fake kiss ass it's sickening!! Every boss she sees she is hanging all over them..."Oh hi boss!" hug,hug. Believe it or not....she did NOT make it by merit..she actually made it bu herself if you can possibly believe that?? Believe another thing...this goofy broad will unfortunately be in charge of poor unknowing po's one day and if she's that stupit imagine what will happen to the poor po's that she will "be in charge of".....Very sad...

12/23/2005 08:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whats her name?

12/23/2005 08:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was in bad taste to pose in the picture, but what’s the big deal in taking pictures of the plane? I think the media is just pissed cause some cpd officers were able to take better pictures of a crime scene then the news.

12/23/2005 09:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Her husband maintained a photo album of crime scene photos while he was in 009.

It also included other odd photos that he took.

Maybe these were to be new additions.

12/23/2005 09:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ron Hubberman is a closet big time bi-sexual.

Can be seen regular at different "alternative" bars and also in the company of "Flamers" and leaving with same.

He was also a member of the former Exempt Rank Acosta Club.

12/23/2005 09:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

COPS WITH GUNS ARE PUNKS! I'D LIKE TO SEE A NATIONAL BAN ON HANDGUNS. LETS MAKE YOU COPS KEEP THOSE GUNS IN THE STATION WITH THE RADIOS. WITH THEIR GUN COPS THINK THEY ARE TOUGH. OFF-DUTY CARRY SHOULD BE PROHIBITED. MAKE EVERYBODY EQUAL!

12/23/2005 09:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey check out the "osama captured" pictures. Just type it into your search engine and look.

12/23/2005 09:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did the Sergeants make out in their arbitration attempt?

12/23/2005 09:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
COPS WITH GUNS ARE PUNKS! I'D LIKE TO SEE A NATIONAL BAN ON HANDGUNS. LETS MAKE YOU COPS KEEP THOSE GUNS IN THE STATION WITH THE RADIOS. WITH THEIR GUN COPS THINK THEY ARE TOUGH. OFF-DUTY CARRY SHOULD BE PROHIBITED. MAKE EVERYBODY EQUAL!

12/23/2005 09:38:46 PM

As an NRA member, copper, gun owner (before I was a copper) I respect your opinion. hmmm, on second thought, FUCK YOU!

12/23/2005 10:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some observations: 1) I think that the Sgts got what everyone else got (pay raises, .75 hour cu every working day, etc.); I think they lost on the issue of getting an additional raise based on the d-2a pay grade (not sure about that, though); 2) some things about OEC.....a) they seem to be under tremendous pressure to "get the jobs out", at whatever the cost or result. That, coupled with the fact that almost no one there has any understanding of police work, makes for a tough mix between the OEC people and the cops; b) OEC has their own, separate complaint process (not CR's); they decide what beefs to take and how to handle them, they are not CPD employees; c)if I didn't actually see this for myself, I would not have believed it: a situation where there were "problems" (on the air) between a dispatcher and a beat car. Calls were made to OEC, asking for the name of the dispatcher; OEC supervisors flatly refused to identify the dispatcher, saying, among other things, they had no obligation to identify any of their employees by name......

12/23/2005 10:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Homicides are up? O.K. I can live with that. Now, lets get to business....Disband TRU, Forget about these DOCs and Seatbelt missions and outdoor roll calls because after all it was all just smoke and mirrors anyway. Give us back our manpower and lets do some police work.

12/23/2005 10:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, you guys might think that being a PO makes you a better dispatcher. That's all word of mouth.

But I know that being a dispatcher make you a better PO! Don't believe me? Of the first 200 or 250 civilian dispatchers hired since 1995, probably 60 or 70 have gone on the job. One was made sergeant in the minimum time possible. I think he was married to Townsend's daughter.

Than there is Roy I. of the recent detective promotion list. Only 3 years as a PO and he's in the top 50 on the first dicks list.

I'm forgetting someone. Who am I forgetting?

Woo hoo though! Dispatchers make the best police!

12/24/2005 12:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Malcolm X's liitle brother said...

Wow, a few European-Americans were caught in those photographs. If it had been a person of color the folks here would have been all over the brothers' stuff. I hate to see anyone get in trouble (okay, a few European-Americans I would not mind if they did) but if an African-American had done it, these pages would have been lit up like a bar-be-que at (to quote "Lefty") your president's ranch.

12/24/2005 01:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris Hitney is not a merit pick, but the curious part of all of this is that she freely admits that she didn�t even finish the test! Anyone who knows her has heard the story. She is very qualified to be where she is, though, because she had YEARS OF FIELD EXPERIENCE as Deputy Chief Joe Gandurski�s driver. Another curious thing, because every time I saw them in a car, HE WAS DRIVING HER AROUND. She�s a bottle blonde, but she is blonder than any real blonde could ever be.

Do you remember the doofus who faked the picture of the airplane coming at him as he stood on the observation deck of the World Trade Center? All of a sudden, Photoshop pictures placing him at the scene of various disasters appeared on the Internet, and whole web sites were dedicated to him. Maybe we can do the same � here�s Chris Hitney smiling at the Hindenburg disaster, here she is smiling at the scene of the Kennedy assassination, here she is smiling at the scene of Reagan�s shooting, etc. Maybe then she will get the idea that she made an ass of herself by posing for that picture and by sending it to every person she has ever spoken to. Can you post pictures on this blog?

The truth of the matter is that she IS a consummate ass-kissing nitwit, and she will surely continue to raise the art of kissing up to the bosses to new levels in the future. Just remember, that is Sergeant Nitwit to you, mister!

12/24/2005 02:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MAKE EVERYBODY EQUAL!

First of all you would have to be employed.

Second you would have to have at least a little dignity and integrity. You and I are not equal! NO MATTER WHAT!

12/24/2005 02:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So they took some pictures. Big fucking deal. It's not like they pulled the kid's corpse out and posed with it. Must have been a slow news day at ABC 7.

12/24/2005 03:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Disband TRU and forget about the DOC? Yeah, so the murder rate can soar again and we can get blamed? Thank you, no.

12/24/2005 03:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Gay Games? Only in Chicago. Or San Fransisco. Cock fighting and flower arranging seem plausible. How about adding antiquing?

12/24/2005 03:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC, you're One Thousand Per Cent correct in your observations in the "Stupid Stuff" posts.

12/24/2005 03:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anybody here really think that anything we do has any effect on the murder rate? Few of these are street crimes (i.e., in the public way by random, unknown offenders); most are domestics with known offenders (these occasionally get solved); and how do you predict or stop either????

Give us back our manpower - get rid of TRU, SOS, and any all those extra tactical/gang units who are floating around all the time and let the Captains run their watches.

12/24/2005 04:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

" Malcolm X's liitle brother said...

Wow, a few European-Americans were caught in those photographs. If it had been a person of color the folks here would have been all over the brothers' stuff. I hate to see anyone get in trouble (okay, a few European-Americans I would not mind if they did) but if an African-American had done it, these pages would have been lit up like a bar-be-que at (to quote "Lefty") your president's ranch. "
Actually I'm sure nothing at all would have been done about it

12/24/2005 04:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most of these murders are not domestics, they are drug/gang related. If TRU, SOS, Gang/Tact Teams, etc are not saturating the area and locking these assholes up, the murder rate would be a lot higher. Do I feel bad the districts are understaffed, of course. But the answer isn't pulling these guys who love doing what they do back into the districts to handle bullshit beat jobs. The answer is to hire more cops to do that stuff, the city just can't seem to find people who want to.

12/24/2005 04:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heard there is a CR number on those photos. Also a photo lab called OPS and obtained a different CR number with the complaint that they had to develop crime scene photos with dead people in them.

12/24/2005 05:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

re:0454 I bet it's a pleasure just being around you officer, I'm sure that your years of police knowledge just reeeks from your pores...Those beat cars are the only reason you blue jean wearing assholes can strut around a police station and pretend to be the police. You keep believing that your
'dispersals and spray paint pinches are contributing to the downfall of homicides in Chicago, give me a break!! I'm sure your in whatever spot your in because you are soooo much better that the average beat guy.

12/24/2005 08:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

N.R.A.? Is this the nazi rouge assholes. Why you need guns? Go to store and buy your meat. Most of you hunters are just a bunch of drunks shooting uo the woods.

12/24/2005 08:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PS: BULLSHIT BEAT JOBS......you need your head examined

12/24/2005 08:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being involved in the plane pictures Hitney should get thirty days, her merit promotion taken away and sent to the 15th District to learn how to be a police officer.

She has been a house cat most of her tiome on the job. It is time for her to learn what it is like to be the police. Maybe after she has 20 years on the job she could join the house cats again.

I became a house cat with 23 years on the job. One of the last M/2 secrtaries in the dept.

Retired Secretary

12/24/2005 09:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 09:03
Based on the clues in your message, I would guess that you are S. James, the gossip-mongering, Oompa-Loompa looking PO who worked for years for John Corless and now works tirelessly smoking in front of headquarters for Radke. Now go teach Hitney to be the real police!

12/24/2005 09:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC, I agree with you 110% about the planecrash photos. I received them in e-mails from 3 different people, none of them police, but civilian friends, with notes attached telling me how ignorant my co-workers are. Another blackeye for us.

12/24/2005 10:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You'll all be sucking her ass 3 months from now when you want 2 on the end with your slip held.

12/24/2005 12:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have 19yrs on now, and enjoyed being the police (working/no-working.. who cares)and look forward to more years. I have a great job (not patrol, an outside unit) but have the utmost repect for the uniformed guys on this job. It is one of the hardest jobs (confined to a beat,sector,etc., answereing radio assignments, and putting up with all types of BULLSHIT from citizens to a (some)supervisor(s) who doen't have a clue regarding police work or taking care of his men.

Furthermore, there are also great working coppers in outside units along with non-workers. True some have inherited their SPOTS, but in time they will learn how to treat fellow policemen.

Your work and attitude are reflected in how YOU were trained on this job.

Yes, we should worry about what other coppers do on and off duty, but realize that we DO need to LOOK OUT for each other and when the time comes to to help, 99% of us will and do the right thing.

Merry Christmas

12/24/2005 12:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12/24/2005 08:33:58 AM:

I never claimed to be "better" than a beat guy, we all started out in districts at some point. When last I checked we are all on the same side, so I hardly see how calling me an asshole or telling me that I am claiming to be the police helps our cause. I do not bother with dispersals and I wouldn't even know how to do a spray paint arrest, I am not pimpy like that. Just because I feel that some units are needed does not mean beat cars are not needed. We all serve a purpose out there.

12/24/2005 12:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And our purpose is to support those beat cars!

12/24/2005 12:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The blonde ain't stupid, fellas. She just plays it up. She is arrogant. She plays the stupid blonde to suck up to the bosses, and it works. She did it because she knows she can and no one will do a thing to her. She was told not to do it just a couple weeks earlier in the academy and she ignored it because she just doesn't care. She's an asshole and makes us look just like her.

She should get dumped to the worst hell-hole, on afternoons, and a brick placed on her the size of Soldier Field.

12/24/2005 04:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey You, Mr. Ban Guns from coppers. Why are you afraid of guns. Is it the long barrel that acares you or maybe it excites you too much. Go Ahead, come out of the closet, be a man you silly swaggering little pip squeak.

12/24/2005 05:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How is this for stupid pet tricks... Dumb broad in 006 got a CR # on inspector after getting giged for having exposed handcuffs. Says the inspector touched her ass. Just what any district needs a beef with inspectors

12/24/2005 10:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Darn!

Why won't he touch my ass!

Lt Pat Logan

12/24/2005 10:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did the White Sox win the World Series?

12/24/2005 11:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah they beat the flubs, err cubs

12/25/2005 01:23:00 AM  
Anonymous I Knew It !! said...

Daley IS putting Retard Juice in the City's Water Supply!

12/25/2005 02:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris Hitney as a sgt will spend the required time on the street and then she will return to 35th and Michigan. Chris loves the politics and the games played at the Ivory Tower. Plus, one of her nails might get broken, and she might have to take one to her face. Hopefully, she wont kill any PPOs while she's on the street.

12/26/2005 01:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

" Malcolm X's liitle brother said...

Wow, a few European-Americans were caught in those photographs. If it had been a person of color the folks here would have been all over the brothers' stuff. I hate to see anyone get in trouble (okay, a few European-Americans I would not mind if they did) but if an African-American had done it, these pages would have been lit up like a bar-be-que at (to quote "Lefty") your president's ranch. "
Don't ever refer to me as anything but 100% American, I've earned it.

12/27/2005 09:50:00 PM  

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