Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Local Media Drops the Ball

Nothing on the Channel 5 site that we can find. Nothing in the Sun Times or it's archives. Nothing in the Trib. Only Channel 2 and Channel 7 have anything about the death of Officer Eric Solorio. Not that either channel does a great job:
  • CBS had 5 sentences of 68 words.
  • ABC clocks in with 6 sentences consisting of 93 words.
Color us underwhelmed. We guess officers in Chicago die every single day to merit such half assed coverage.

We will however, salute the Superintendent and the Chaplin for showing up at the ME's office with Eric. For all the crap Phil takes from the political end of things as well as from the rank and file (and sometimes this website), it's nice to see him remember who really runs this department (and it ain't seiser - not tonight at least). Let's keep this thread clean boys and girls - you did such a good job on the last thread about Eric. Keep it going for a bit.

UPDATE: We've probably got between 600 and 800 regular readers (we did 1,500 hits yesterday, figure everyone visits twice). EVERY SINGLE ONE of us ought to be wearing a mourning band AND reminding others to wear it. And every boss who reads this better be reminding the troops, too.

UPDATE #2: Tribune and Sun Times have articles finally. They don't update their sites until 3 or 4 in the morning, so when we post at midnight or slightly after, our rip jobs on them might be out of date by the time their papers hit the street. But since Eric died Sunday, two days seems a bit long for a fitting tribute.

UPDATE #3: Thanks to everyone for keeping it respectful and on topic.

52 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless.

2/14/2006 12:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

REST IN PEACE
BROTHER, GOD BLESS

2/14/2006 12:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dito

2/14/2006 12:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ditto

2/14/2006 12:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry; meant ditto.

2/14/2006 12:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First Let me start of by saying Rest In Peace Eric and God Bless. The second thing I want to say is how it sickens me to see P.O.'s on duty not wearing mourning bands on thier stars to show RESPECT for a fellow Officer who passed away in the line of duty.They read a teletype at roll call from the Supt. to wear the bands on your star for a week to show mourning and respect,but does anybody listen? No!! No wonder this department is going to shits,we cant even get together to HONOR one of our own.If your excuse is you dont have one send a car from your watch to VCG Uniform on Irving Park Rd.and they will give you a shit load for your district all they ask for is a small donation in which they present to the Officer's family. Common guys/gals its not too late to show Respect for one of own.

2/14/2006 12:46:00 AM  
Anonymous gardagoon said...

For every soul there is a guardian watching over it. Our brother can lay his weary head. God bless.

2/14/2006 01:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree that the superintendent deserves a commendation for showing up at the ME's office. at least he has some compassion and common sense unlike some other people in gold.

2/14/2006 01:07:00 AM  
Blogger Dennis said...

God Bless and may u continue your tour in heaven...

2/14/2006 01:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watch over us and protect us, ok Eric?
RIP

2/14/2006 01:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sad thing about the communications system of the Department/Districts is that when it was read in our roll call, the majority of the officers didn't know anything about his accident/death. Except for a couple of white shirts and a couple of POs, no one knew of the incident leading to his death, his name, his unit, etc. - myself included. I guess I need to start going to the taverns after work to get the scoop...

2/14/2006 03:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would just like to say may God bless Eric and his family. And may we also remember his partner, who is undoubtedly going through a very hard time right now. Prayers and thoughts go out to all.

2/14/2006 05:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Working in TRU, I was at the ME's Office when Officer Solario came in. Supt. Cline and our religious staff didn't have to be there, there was NO media coverage, just the sound of bagpipes and a prayer to see our fallen comrade in. Keep our brother and his extended family in your prayers.

2/14/2006 05:39:00 AM  
Anonymous notahousemouse said...

I agree, why didn't the Department make a big deal of it when it happened? How about letting us know he was still hospitalized? His condition?
Not ONE person in my roll call knew of his death yesterday, or even remember anyone saying anything about the accident. I never saw anything from the Department on his serious condition.
With 500 people (or more) shoved into that Headquarters, you would think one person could find the time to put something out. FOP can't even update their website on time. SHAME SHAME

2/14/2006 07:08:00 AM  
Anonymous CPD memorial said...

Misinformation and lack of communication is prolific in any police department.

However, this information has been posted on the CPD memorial website since it happened.

2/14/2006 07:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if Eric did his PPO training in 014? Rest in Peace Brother our Prayers are with you and your family! This story is not news worthy due to the fact he was just a POLICE OFFICER and not some scumbag who was going to turn his life around the very next day! Screw the media they shouldn't even be allowed anywhere near his funeral.

2/14/2006 07:42:00 AM  
Anonymous leomemorial said...

Great job, as always, CPD Memorial. We also posted this on our national poice memorial.

2/14/2006 07:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Fran in the Sun-Times did a nice story today. Rest in Peace Eric.

2/14/2006 07:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Chicago Tribune did a very nice article about Eric today. Rest in peace. I didn't know you long, but you will be missed.....

2/14/2006 08:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless you Eric for making the ultimate sacrifice. Our prayers are with you and your family. May you rest in peace!

2/14/2006 08:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I only knew Eric from the gym. He would always ask about being the police. He was training for the power test every day back then, he was worried about the test. I never knew his name till now. I saw it on the news and they included his picture. I am very sad for his family and friends he was a great police officer.Rest in peace, the training is over Eric.

2/14/2006 08:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The news doesn't care because its a regular thing. Cops are just bad drivers on or off duty.

2/14/2006 09:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest in Peace brother.

2/14/2006 09:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC please deleat the 0903 post. We don't need comments like that on a thread about Eric.

2/14/2006 10:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I turn on the news in NYC- Eric Hernadez 24 years old off duty shot by fellow officer. Coverage was outstanding on every channel on the hour each day for a week until he passed. Return to Chicago and turn on the news only to see a five second announcement on another fellow officer from die and media dismisses the subject as if nobody cares.Terrible representation of how our public is views the men and women who help save lives. Services will be held on Thursday for E.

2/14/2006 10:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You fought the good fight, now enjoy your just reward...Rest in Peace, brother.

2/14/2006 11:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God rest his soul and give comfort and solace to his mother.

What is anyone going to do about this outrage? Vent and cry on this web board all day long? All the local media outlets have easily accessible means for us to pour out our indignation over the lack of coverage of this young officer's death. Everyone should take one more minute away from this web site and fire off an email, write a letter, make a phone call, etc informing them exactly how you feel and letting them know you no longer will support them. If you have a subscription, you should cancel it immediately. FOP should be enlisted in this campaign as well, and if Donahue and Co. do not print a a copy of the letter they must send (in my opinion) to the media in the next newsletter, there should be hell to pay for them.

Now half of you will tell me it is a waste of time and in vain, but is posting your outrage here making it any better or conducive to change? Also, every single officer should repeat this story to as many people they know who are NOT on the job, so the average citizen can know how little his sacrifice was held in regard and increase their awareness of the shameful workings of our local media.

Do the right thing and honor this young man's life and sacrifice by defending him when he is no longer able.

Just my two cents.

RIP Eric.

2/14/2006 11:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice article today by Fran Spielman in the Sun-Times page 18 Metro.

2/14/2006 11:15:00 AM  
Anonymous 969 said...

Another Good Man going solo. It's never meant to be this way.

2/14/2006 11:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest in peace Brother---

2/14/2006 11:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric worked in thw 006th District on the 3rd Watch before going to the TRU Unit. He was well liked by all and a hard worker. His sense of humor made an impossible job fun. Never complaining, always producing. He was recommended to the TRU unit as a would be asset to the Unit. His absence from the 006th District was noticed immediately by those he worked with and he will be sorely missed. God Bless him and his family for the great young man he is!!!!!

2/14/2006 12:01:00 PM  
Blogger Malcolm X's little brother said...

I too shall wear a mourning band.

2/14/2006 01:01:00 PM  
Anonymous civilian said...

It's about making something so bad into a positive.

You know, there is the CPD Memorial Park. Sgt Murphy should be getting flooded with calls and emails from everyone volunteering their time, etc.

I will be at the wake tomorrow around 5:30 after I get off at work to let his mother know that the community appreciates the supreme sacrifice her son gave to us.

2/14/2006 01:29:00 PM  
Blogger almost twenty said...

Rest in Peace....

I did not know you....

But it could have been anyone of us....

Rest in peace....

2/14/2006 03:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The policeman stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my church have you been true?"
The policeman squared
his shoulders and said,
"No Lord, I guess I ain't,
because those of us who carry
badges can't always be a saint."
I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets
are awfully tough.
but I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I n ever expected or had too much,
but if you don't I'll understand.
there was a silence
all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his god.
"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat
on Heaven's streets.
You've done your time in Hell."


RIP MY "BROTHER"

2/14/2006 04:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad to see that the dogs out there are not talking about the fact he was in TRU and are talking about how he was just a regular officer like all of us.

2/14/2006 05:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Policeman's Prayer

Dear Lord, be with me on my beat
This day and every day.
Grant that each weary block I walk,
May ease a brothers way.



Let me be kindly to the old
And to the young, be strong
But let me triumph over those
Whose acts are cruel and wrong.



And if according to your plan,
I am to lose my life,
Please bless with your protecting hand
My children and my wife.

2/14/2006 05:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Just a Cop"

The funeral line was long,
There's an awful lot of cars,
Folks came out of the restaurants,
They came out of the bars.

The workers at the construction sites
All let their hammers drop.
Someone asked."What is this all for?"
And they said,"Aw, just a cop."

Some chuckled at the passing cars.
Some shed a silent tear
Some people said,"It's stupid.
all these dumb policemen here."

"How come they're not out fightn' crime?
Or in a doughnut shop?
Sure is a lot of trouble,
For someone who's just a cop."

They blocked the intersections,
They blocked the interstate.
People yelled and cursed,
"Damn, it's gonna make me late!"

"This is really ridiculous!"
"They're makin' us all stop!"
"It seems they're sure wastin' time,
On someone who's just a cop."

Into the cemetery now,
The slow procession comes,
The woeful Taps are slowly played.
There's loud salutes from guns.

The graveyard workers shake their heads
"This service is a flop."
"There's lots of good words wasted,
On someone who's just a cop."

Yeah, just a cop to most folks.
Did his duty every day.
Tryin' to protect us,
Till they took his life away.

And when he got to heaven,
St. Peter put him at the top.
An angel asked him, "Who was that?"
And he said, "Aw, just a cop."

A1-mngt

2/14/2006 05:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The Final Inspection"

The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"

The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges
can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.

If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't.....I'll understand.

There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."


you fought the good fight eric rest in peace brother.

2/14/2006 05:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

those poems are outstanding i hope everyone who can make it is at the funeral

god bless ya eric

2/14/2006 05:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I AM A COP

(by Trooper Mitchell Brown)

Well, Mr. Citizen, it seems you've figured me out. I fit neatly into the category where you've placed me. I'm stereotyped, standardized, characterized, classified, grouped, and always typical. Unfortunately, the reverse is true. I can never figure you out.

From birth, you teach your children that I'm the bogeyman, that you're shocked when they identify/associate with my traditional enemy ... the criminal! You accuse me of coddling criminals, until I catch your kids doing wrong.

You may take an hour for lunch and several coffee breaks each day, but point me out as a loafer for having one cup. You pride yourself on your manners, but think nothing of disrupting my meals with your troubles.

You raise Cain with the guy who cuts you off in traffic, but let me catch you doing the same thing and I'm picking on you. You know all the traffic laws...but you've never gotten a single ticket you deserve. You shout "FOUL" if you observe me driving fast to a call, but raise the roof if I take more than ten seconds to respond to your complaint.

You call it part of my job if someone strikes me, but call it police brutality if I strike back. You wouldn't think of telling your dentist how to pull a tooth or your doctor how to take out an appendix, yet you are always willing to give me pointers on the law. You
talk to me in a manner that would get you a bloody nose from anyone else, but
expect me to take it without batting an eye.

You yell that something's got to be done to fight crime, but you can't be bothered to get involved. You have no use for me at all, but of course it's OK if I change a flat for your wife, deliver your child in the back of the patrol car, or perhaps save your son's life with mouth to mouth breathing, or work many hours overtime looking for your lost
daughter.

So Mr. Citizen, you can stand there on your soapbox and rant and rave about the way I do my work, calling me every name in the book, but never stop to think that your property, family, or maybe even your life depends on me or one of my buddies. Yes, Mr. Citizen, it's me the cop!





The Author of this article was Trooper Mitchell Brown
of the Virginia State Police. He was killed in the line of duty two months after writing the article.


Rest In Peace Eric, may God bless your family.

2/14/2006 06:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless, I've been on a lil over 10 yrs and it's TOO MANY TIMES I've attended these sorrowful events.

R.I.P. Brother! Watch over us all, for we need your help!

Go home and kiss your kids while their sleeping, and snuggle up to the wife. Be happy you can do it.

2/15/2006 03:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest In Peace Eric, although you are in a better place now, it sure is hard to take. It was an honor to know you and work with you. You will not be forgotten.

2/15/2006 04:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A tip of the hat to the Honor Guard, you all do good work. Thanks.

2/15/2006 02:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless you Eric we will meet again.

2/15/2006 04:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric did train in 014.

If you can ,think not only of him and his family, but his partner as well. She deserves our support during this painful time no less than they.

2/15/2006 04:40:00 PM  
Anonymous leomemorial said...

Tonight I paid my respects and bid him farewell. God bless Officer Solorio, his family, his partner and all the men and women in blue.

Thank you to the Commander and the Honor Guard who gave me a few very important minutes with his mother and the translator.

God bless.

2/15/2006 06:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THE MEDIA IN THIS TOWN IS A JOKE. THE DAY ERIC DIED, I ONLY SAW THE STORY ON THE NEWS TWICE FOR ABOUT 15 SECONDS EACH TIME. I WAS IN LAS VEGAS OVER SUPER BOWL WEEKEND AND LEFT THE FOLLOWING WEDNESDAY. WHILE I WAS OUT THERE A LAS VEGAS METRO SERGANT WAS KILLED WHILE RESPONDING TO A DOMESTIC CALL. THE NEWS MEDIA IN VEGAS WAS AMAZING. ALL YOU SAW ON THE NEWS WAS GREAT THINGS ABOUT THE SERGANT AND THE POLCE IN GENERAL. THE SERGANT'S WHOLE FURNERAL MASS , PROSSESSIONS TO THE MASS AND FROM THE MASS TO THE CEMETERY WHERE ALL COVERED LIVE ON ALL THE LOCAL NEWS CHANNELS FROM BEGINING TO END UNINTERRUPTED, ALMOST 5 HOURS. THE MEDIA EVEN HAD CHOPPERS IN THE AIR FOLLOWING THE PROCESSION.THE LACK RESPECT THE MEDIA SHOWS THE POLCE IN CHICAGO IS SICKENING. JUST GOES TO SHOW WHAT THE MEDIA THINKS OF US HERE. MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO ERIC'S FAMILY AND ALL OF US WHO GO PUT OUR LIVES ON THE LINE SIX DAYS A WEEK FOR THIS CITY WHERE WE ARE NOT APPRECIATED BY MOST CITIZENS, POLITICIANS AND THE MEDIA.

2/15/2006 07:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Daily Southtown finally printed an article online...

2/15/2006 10:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANK YOU! ISP, LYONS, SUMMIT POLICE DEPARTMENTS FOR ALL OF YOUR HELP.
THANK YOU! TO ALL OF THE OFFICER'S OF THE SUBURBAN AND ALL CITY DEPARTMENTS.
THANK YOU! P.P.O 'S & RECRUITS.

GOD BLESS ERIC AND HIS FAMILY.
GOD BLESS TO ALL.

2/16/2006 04:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems a P.O. has to be caught doing something wrong to make frontpage news. Oh well,we all knew this was a thankless job when we took it.The fact that WE mourn his passing along with his loved ones is enough.Read John 3:16.

2/19/2006 05:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This department doesn't care obout you, your family, your kids, or your personal struggles. All it cares about is when it can give you time and suck days out of your paycheck. It's an absolute shame that half of this department didn't even know about Eric's accident or his critical condition until he passed. I'm sure Phil's crocodile tears have dried.

2/21/2006 01:06:00 AM  

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