Sunday, March 19, 2006

Way to go Rod!

You moron.
  • Gov. Blagojevich's unsuccessful battle to restrict violent and sexually explicit video game sales may cost taxpayers $644,545 in legal fees incurred by the software industry, according to court documents the group filed Thursday.

    The state also paid an unknown amount to its own lawyers to defend a state law prohibiting such sales to minors, a law that was declared unconstitutional last December.

We aren't even lawyers and we could have told Rod he was wasting taxpayer money. But Rod and the nanny state know what's good for you and good for your kids. Hey Rod? You want to keep violent and sexually explicit games out of kids hands? TELL THE PARENTS NOT TO BUY IT FOR THEM!

84 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Farrell for president!

3/19/2006 06:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope everyone has a great day and comes home safe!

3/19/2006 06:48:00 AM  
Anonymous cpd rank and file said...

I proudly second the nomination of JOHN FARRELL. Let's start him as mayor or at the very least, Superintendent of Police!

3/19/2006 07:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To all of you younger guys/gals, I just saw a promotion in the Sunday sun-times in the sports section, regarding the city of Phoenix, Az accepting out of state laterals.

I heard its still very reasonable, as far as cost of living. Just a thought.

Years ago I went to Las Vegas and tried to go lateral, out of fifty applicants only 6 were accepted 2 were from Chicago and had to quit here. Unforunately they both returned to Chicago and rehired but lost all senority.

Just letting ya know to be careful and stay safe.

3/19/2006 11:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last time I went to Vegas I lost my house, car, savings, wife and my backdoor cherry.... but kept my senority.

So things weren't that bad.

3/19/2006 11:36:00 AM  
Anonymous IAD Agent said...

I saw the Chicago Police Marine Unit at Buckingham Fountain this morning. The scuba team was in the fountain trying to recover that wallet.(To be preserved for fingerprints!)

3/19/2006 11:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talked to my friend this morning who is a US Federal Marshall. Ryan jury has come to a decision. To be announced Monday morning. Not Guilty all counts.

3/19/2006 11:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would that promotion about hiring ops in Phoenix be in the SPORTS SECTION? Was it next to the ads for Men's Spa/Massages?

3/19/2006 11:51:00 AM  
Anonymous cpd rank and file said...

We are recanting the nomination of John Farrell. We just found out he is the one who went to LasVegas and lost his house, car, savings, wife and my backdoor cherry.... but kept his senority.

We have reconsidered and nominate Acting 5th District Commander Cynthia White.

3/19/2006 11:54:00 AM  
Blogger NorthSide said...

The following is the text of a letter from ten members the family of the late 2nd Dist. PO John Gilhooly, who was murdered with 3rd Dist. PO Frank Rappaport by Black Panther Spurgeon ("Jake") Winters on November 13, 1969 near 58th St. and Calumet Ave. A total of NINE(?) police officers were shot in this incident.

Chicago Tribune, Sunday, March 19, 2006, Perspective. Section 2, page 6 VOICE OF THE PEOPLE:

Honoring officers

The family of slain Chicago Police Officer John Gilhooly is outraged by the proposal to name an honorary street after Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton. John served four years in the U.S. Navy, including a tour in Vietnam, only to return home to Chicago to be ambushed and murdered in the line of duty by a member of the Black Panthers. It is incomprehensible that the leader of such a violent group could be immortalized with an honorary street name. Mr. Hampton should not be glorified for advocating the killing of those who serve and protect us. This sends a dangerous message to the people of Chicago, particularly our youth.

We have come a long way as a city and a society since 1969, and this proposal is a step in the wrong direction.

News of the proposed honorary Hampton street legislation has brought back painful memories of that tragic time for our family. We will never forget what happened to John or the other slain and injured officers. Everyday we live with John's loss. Chicago streets must not be named in honor of those who advocated violence against the Chicago Police Department.

3/19/2006 12:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Grapevine said...

Mayor Daley will announce today the renaming of Police Headquarters as Fred Hampton Memorial Building.

To appease the Hampton followers.

3/19/2006 12:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Additionally Mayor Daley will also announce the renaming of City Hall as Alphonso Capone Hall.

3/19/2006 12:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like it is Sunday Troll Day. They are coming out in droves.


By the way, if you find a wallet with cash and keep it, at least by your friends a drink, butthole!

3/19/2006 12:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Capt. White really the acting D.C. of 5? That is unreal if true.

3/19/2006 12:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes she is - she's the senior Captain.

3/19/2006 12:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, the typical cops found that wallet and stole the money! Probably gonna go to the pawn shop and buy some stolen property.

3/19/2006 01:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What did stroger ever do for the Police. Stroger is a lucky dum african american like hillard.

This city is so far beyond corruption its disgusting.

The only thing I will say is....Washington and Sawyer didnt fuck over the city workers. And I will vote for anyone and anything that will defeat mayor hitler-napolian-capone-daley.

3/19/2006 01:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ATTENTION: YOU CAN BUY P.D.T.S (old style) AT THE PAWN SHOP ON NORTH AVE. JUST ASK A 025 COP FOR DIRECTIONS THERE!

3/19/2006 01:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey guys, sign up for that asp training. Its 4 hrs. but it only takes 1 or 2 hrs. to complete. Its a good screw off fest. Just borrow someones asp (save the money) and go.

3/19/2006 01:33:00 PM  
Anonymous garda from the auld sod said...

Area 1 Detective Division Lt. John Farrell is vastly overrated.

If you're looking for REAL LEADERSHIP with impressive credentials, look no further than two lovely colleens who are his "superiors" in the Detective Division:

Commander Patricia Walsh
Chief Maria "Senora Sherlock" Maher

While all three bear Irish surnames, a Walsh or a Maher, Farrell is NOT! .

3/19/2006 01:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Garda:

You're brutal!

3/19/2006 01:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Recent studies show a career in Law Enforcement reduces your life expectancy and causes significant medical problems in the future.

A change in lifestyle and reduced frequency of shifts is the only way to break the cycle and lead to a longer life expectancy and quality of life.

Chicago is the only Police Department in the nation to still work six days in a row, resulting in an average life span for its Officers of 60 years. In contrast Departments working 3 or 4 days in a row with 4 or 5 days off have an average life span of 80 years.

The Chicago FOP is in negotiations with the City of Chicago, in regards to changing the Police Departments work schedule, with a pilot program just completed in which Officers would work 4 or 5 days consecutively.

The City is claiming that in order to go forward with the new work schedule they would need to purchase more equipment and they do not have the money. Although a recent city council meeting just approved 500 million dollars for a new building claimed to be the tallest in the world.

Currently offered at the Chicago Police Academy, is an in service training class given by
Kevin M. Gilmartin, Ph.D. a behavioral sciences and management consultant specializing in law enforcement issues, Dr Gilmartin offers compelling arguments indicating that the current six days worked in a row by Chicago Police Officers is literally killing the Officers and contributing to the high suicide rate of Officers.

Dr Gilmartin may be just the expert testimony the Chicago FOP needs to address the Arbitrator and the City regarding adopting a work schedule that will allow our Police Officers the longevity and quality of life enjoyed by the rest of the citizens of Chicago.

3/19/2006 02:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ryan was seen down a Northwestern hospital getting some exams on his ticker.

This scamming fucker if found guilty will "cry" like a bitch to have an easy sentence.

3/19/2006 02:22:00 PM  
Anonymous weekday clout baby said...

Hell, no!

Bring back counterclockwise rotating shifts for District Patrol. Lesser longevity will enhance the pension fund for the backbone of the CPD--the weekday crew at 3510 S. Michigan Ave.

Does anyone have a remedy for calluses to the buttocks?

3/19/2006 02:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rod is a one-term puppet. After his term is up he'll take his feathered hair elsewhere.

Topinka/Burkett!

3/19/2006 02:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

VOTE OBERWEIS! He makes a wicked shake and wants the electric cgair re-enstated in ILL. He hates Illegals and actually has the nuts to say it aloud.

3/19/2006 02:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While all three bear Irish surnames, a Walsh or a Maher, Farrell is NOT! .

All the more reason to like Farrell!

3/19/2006 03:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is part of the arrogance of the Irish, they think everyone likes them.

3/19/2006 03:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could care less if we went to a 2 day work week. I dont,wont, and refuse to do a damn thing unless its assigned to me.

I am not going to die like a weak SOB. This city could care less about its City Workers. I collect a pay check and thats it. And if you think Im a dog for it. Then Ill wave goodbye to you at your funeral. All I want to see is that hitler,napolian,capone -daley rat bastard mayor do is die.

3/19/2006 03:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3:01 What a jealous pollock!

3/19/2006 03:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about a street named after Farrell?

3/19/2006 04:42:00 PM  
Blogger NorthSide said...

Too late. You will find South FARRELL STREET on Beat 923. It was named after John's father, Bernie.

3/19/2006 05:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"CHICAGO" LAND OF THE GIRLIE-MAN COPS!

3/19/2006 05:42:00 PM  
Anonymous J.D. LaRue said...

M. Seiser was spotted in the town of Rosemont at 2:30 a.m. last night. After drinking to much Billy Beer and Mickey's Malt liquor, he procceeded to brawl with 49 rosemont auxillery cops. Once he defeated them with several round house kicks, the full-time cops were detached to take down the Seiser. They were also no match, but in their defense, they were short handed as their s.w.a.t. team was already dealing with a suspicious negro that was gawking at white ladies in the Hyatt. Once defeating the entire Rosemont army, Seiser retired to Shoeless Joes where he then banged every waitress and busboy that was working there.

3/19/2006 06:28:00 PM  
Blogger leftisthebest said...

Actually Farrell is an Irish name. remember the Chicago-born author James T. Farrell and "Studs Lonergan?"

Secondly, the governor in office is a Republican in Democratic clothing.

3/19/2006 06:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On a serious note, can anyone please tell us what the qualifications are to get into the CPD counterterrorism task force?
I know officers that have military background and even some officers who speak 2, even 3 other languages beside English that are working beat cars.

Thank you.

3/19/2006 07:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A serious response to your inquiry:

CLOUT!

Qualifications (or lack thereof) are irrelevant.

3/19/2006 07:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lefty at 6:32

Thank you so much for clarifying the fact that FARRELL is an Irish surname. I always thought it was Croatian or Serbian just like (Studs) Lonigan...or is it Lonergan.

Great trilogy set in the south end of 002.

Are you really, really positive that O'FARRELL is Irish? I know that Maher is Hispanic and Walsh is black or African-American, if you prefer.

3/19/2006 07:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't even bother applying to the terrorism task force. You just don't have it...with your two or three languages, your deployment to Iraq, and reserve status. Your 15 to 20 years as a workin copper in the getto pushing a beat car and never hitting the medical. You got a lot of nerve even thinking you have rock solid knowledge and credientials for such a task.
Just ask Carry Byrne, the daughter of retired Tom Byrne who with her less than five years on the job knows it all. Why she is doing such a great job, the big guy, Phil gave her d-3 pay and a take home unmarked car to boot! So don't read into my message and think that CLOUT had anything to do with her getting her useless fat ass into this unit.

3/19/2006 07:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Oh. My. God. said...

So I bought the first season of "Police Story" with Dennis Farina on DVD. Started watching it on Friday. I figured you guys might get a kick out of this summary of the first 6 or 7 episodes.

Farina plays a lieutenant Torrello in charge of the Major Crimes Unit. He keeps calling it the "MCU" as if anybody on the street would recognize it. The unit is the lieutenant and 4 officers, including the Chicago stereotypes of a black guy, a polish guy, an Irish guy and a Jewish guy.

Its set in 1963. All the criminals are white so far.

One subplot has a (white) public defender beginning to date Pam Grier!

In another, the members of the MCU go to an almost-all-black block party in what looks like 007 or 011. Lo and behold, in the crowd dancing on the street are one or two (white) uniforms!

One of the main bad guys (Hohman) is, I think, the freak from Silence of the Lambs.

This show is hilarious its such bullshit. You want to see liberal Hollywood coopting a Chicago cop turned actor? Scratch that. Don't watch this show if your life depended on it. Some of y'all would have heart attacks.

3/19/2006 08:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Benji said...

I call Farina, "Purina."

woof woof

3/19/2006 08:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

J.D. Larue at 6:28 pm

We need someone of your intelligence and ability to conduct some sensitive, empirical and confidential research.

Your assignment is to evaluate and log the metric weight, texture and color of Seiser's bowel movements for at least sixty consecutive days.

We know that you are up to the task at hand. Do not post until you have all results for evaluation and analysis.

Also please preserve Seiser's urine samples in your bedroom for a comparable period with particular details as to daily volume, color and cloudiness.

Additional collections of Seiser's saliva, semen and perspiration should also be conducted at your discretion in whatever manner you deem appropriate. Information concerning your personal evaluation of the taste of Seiser's semen and saliva could prove critical to laboratory analysis

Again, DO NOT POST here until June 1 or until your research has been meticulously completed.

3/19/2006 08:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem with qualifications in this department is that it scares the living shit out of the powers that be!
In the real (private sector) world your reume is worth its weight in gold. You get hired because of it, and your performance is always measured up to it or your gone, for the most part.
In our world (CPD) your rise and fall is pre-determined by family lines, phone calls, friendships, etc.. throw down a resume filled with qualifications and the bosses on this job are insulted because while deep down they know the way it should be, they just cant break the history of clout, cronyism and patronage.
If you really aspire to get into an "Elite" unit, suck up, make friends, join organizations, in short, become a political animal. But just beware, if you do eventually make it into one of these units, you may just be one of the only qualified persons there and instead of realizing your dream, you may find that you got yourself in to an "Elite" unit of unqualified clout babies that will resent your very presence because you are not a real member of the "Club"
Dont let that discourage you though, follow you gut instincts and if you make it, spend the rest of your career rubbing their collctive noses in the fact that you have the qualifications for the unit, when they only have the skills of a street corner blow-job artist!

3/19/2006 09:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the poster of Topinka/Burkett... You must be JOKING!

Good luck finding anyone that would be good for any of us in that office.... I'd rather see Bill Clinton as Guv. He didn't hurt us that bad.

3/19/2006 09:24:00 PM  
Anonymous J.D. LaRue said...

To 8:22

Whoa dude. I don't know what games you and your grandfather played while growing up, but suffice to say, leave me out of it. M. Seiser would be flattered about the way you are fantasizng about his bowel movements and semen samples. Try getting it from him yourself so he can kick your circus freak lookin' head in. Sorry if I offended you about Rosemont, your probably one of those weekend warrior cops that masturbate while watching the leathel weapon movies.

3/19/2006 09:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where's Olcan? He really runs it all!!

3/19/2006 09:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's "Crime Story", Mr. 08:05:06 PM. It was a great show until the moved it to Las Vegas.

3/19/2006 10:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I think were the two best Stroger postings:


#1:
STROGER SUCKS said...
STROGER WILL BE HEALING AT THE LINCOLN PARK APE HOUSE. THEY ARE GOING TO PAINT HIS ASS PINK TO LOOK EXACTLY LIKE THE OTHER DUMP APES THERE. HE WILL GET DAILY EXERCISE CATCHING PEANUTS THROWN AT HIM BY TAX PAYERS AND SWINGING ON THE TIRE SWING AND FAKE TREE BRANCHES.

HOPEFULLY BRUCE THE APE WILL BUTTHOLE HIM TO PAY HIM BACK FOR ALL THE STEALING HE DID FROM ALL OF US!

#2:
A man calls the Cook County Board and asks for County Board President Stroger. The operator responds by telling the caller that Stroger is gravely ill due to a stroke. The caller hangs up.

A few minutes later the same caller calls back to the same Cook County Board operator and asks to speak to Cook County Board President John Stroger. The operator again responds with Stroger is gravely ill due to a stroke. The caller hangs up.

A few minutes later the same caller calls back to the same Cook County Board operator and asks to speak to Cook County Board President John Stroger. The operator asks the caller, aren't you the same guy who just called twice asking for President John Stroger? The caller responds by saying, Yes.
The operator asks, Why do you keep calling after I told you Stroger is gravely ill with a stroke?
The caller responds with, I just like hearing that!

3/19/2006 10:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's "Crime Story", Mr. 08:05:06 PM. It was a great show until the moved it to Las Vegas.

My bad. Its comical nevertheless. Its like every story ever told by an old timer, 'cept Lt. Drebbin, er Torrello is in em all.

They somehow managed to miss throwing Two Gun Pete or O.W. Wilson into the mix. A family member suggests that it may be based on whatshisname, the former Chief of Detectives who got indicted for running with the jewel thieves after his retirement. The mob's man in the CPD. Supposedly responsible for all kinds of the current and recent top-bosses being promoted through the civil service ranks way back when.

Definitely not Chicago in 1963. Nothing about corrupt Democrats. Nothing about white flight.

And its the U.S. attorney who is portrayed as the bad guy in the show.

Comical.

PS, it moves to Las Vegas in the second season, so it couldn't have been that good in your eyes for all that long.

I'll take the Wire anyday.

3/19/2006 11:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Life expectancy, the depts. take would be, we took ya off the rotation, well at least most of ya. Your better at your job when your miserable an we prefer zombies of fright. Who wants a Happy Cop anyway.

I preferred Tact Sgts. on pagers. For those of you who remember when.

Bad cops, good cops. More like choices. I bet alleged AKA bad cops in their time have backed many on the street. Simple if you dont want to be mixed up, go your own way. Trust me they cant/wont force you to be a party to the game if there actually is a game. Working cops get bad raps plain and simple.

Good cops do get burned, there's no science to it.

CLOUT does play to heavy, everyone I think on the job expects some, if not your not being realistic: It is currently out of control and so in your face (Eat It is the current theory)

Any cop whose been reinstated should be celebrated, like cops who have won grievances, arbitrations. Most win because they have documentation to prove otherwise and they stayed a step ahead, call them street smart they understand how the system aka dept. really works learn from them.

The AKA REAL POLICE dont unfairly bash their brothers and sisters. They find ways to support them across the board.

It's great to see BLOGs with those men and women active here.

STAY SAFE, and keep the hats tipped to the front please.

3/19/2006 11:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the poster who asked about qualifying for the Terrorist Task Force:
Why bother? If you make it you will be working along side Federal Agents, the same people who watched J. Airhart take a bullet because he had what it took to be first, little did he know that the Feds turned and ran like the cowards they are and always will be, and then let him get dragged into the apt. where he sat for hours while they did what? NOTHING?

Suggestion:
Hook up with the real Police...CPD Police, there out there, you can find them...you wont be able to brag about being in some pussy infested special unit, but if and when the shit ever hits the fan, the real Police will stand shoulder to shoulder with you, not go running down the street searching for Mama's tit, and that my friend is worth more than any bragging rights those other non-police idiots will ever give you.

Arm youself with Training, Intelligence and the weaponry to survive any attack we me be subject to, because this Dept. couldnt care less about you, or the citizens, they will only be prepared to make excuses!
Good Luck, Stay Safe.

3/20/2006 12:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So called Special units can be glorified, their not all their made out to be. If your the working police these units can cause you to slow down and not always by choice. You lose touch.

If you really want to go to one and you get the opportunity, I doubt you will turn it down. Cops do leave so called over glorified units, why? They can be overrated.

Blue shirts to me gain amazing knowlege and when their the real police theres no other who can match them. They do all and cover all aspects, period.

All district, units, etc. have their share of good cops AKA Workers to their peers. Which does not always measure up to their Mgr's. Some bosses are not good managers.

What's screwing up this dept. is and has always been bad management. Even the bosses know this. For some reason too many of them soon forget or never understood what it really takes. If it's not that, then it has to be the old theory (shit rolls down hill.)

3/20/2006 12:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:43
I agree, but it must be repeated over and over. The bad Managment comes from clout with little to no experiance, and then their promotion(s).
A poor manager has never experianced a hard ten year's in patrol, working the streets, so on, and so on.
With this political machine in power the yes man gets promoted, or taken care of. The others don't get punished, but get put along the side, and must find their own route upward's.
I had the honor of working for Dahlberg, Farrell, McGovern, Schultz, Chomiak, so on, and so on. They are dying breed. Each of those bosses only cared about one thing; The patrolman.
Why? Because they all worked very hard as policeman, and understood that any small situation could, and sometimes does turn into a can of worms; They also care about this job.
There is sooo much wasted talent on this department, and WAY to many wasted promotions, its sad really.
The management is a wreck because the management isn't "qualified", and they know that.
Make EACH AND EVERY sworn employee's arrest statistic's, award's, letter's or plaque's available. Put a time of service requirement on ANY AND ALL promotions. You'll see cop's jumping for arrest's...Good ones at that!
You do that, and the poor management will slowly disappear.
You Make the cop's earn it, and this department will shift in a whole different direction.

3/20/2006 02:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well spoken! Although you do realize one does not need ten years of patrol to make a good boss. Working districts make up the difference and self thinking police make the difference.

Unfortunately it's harder these days to find experienced seasoned officers to gain experience from.

Discord is the departments way. Discord in rank and file, keep the BS up.

To all the few bosses left who are still decent. WE NEED YOU.

To those that aspire STEP UP and STAND ALONGSIDE your WATCHES. It's not to late!

3/20/2006 02:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happened to training impact negative boss's.

Patrolmen use to break them in, the real problem is patrolmen have forgotten. Collectively that is.

3/20/2006 03:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:33
kudos, but I think ten year's minimum. That should keep those who really want it, scratching for it. They'll EARN it, and prove it!
If you can tolerate the street b.s. for ten year's, and you can prove it, prima facia, then you earned it. That will also keep the bosses kid's, and political hack's in check, and at least remember how shitty it is to be a patrolman. They may have, DARE I SAY IT!!! Work for it.
If AAAAAALLLLLL our record's, and time of service are on the line for approval of appointment, than no one can be left behind, or forgotten. They will be qulaified.
The bosses kid's and hack's will also remain for ten year's knowing what it's like, and how the job work's for a patrolman.
You will then see this job change...for the better.

3/20/2006 03:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

O.K. Ten years it is, but I vote for a grandfather clause, dont use that clause enough these days.

3/20/2006 03:26:00 AM  
Blogger Crimefile said...

Crime Story was written by old Area 6 Robbery Sergeant Chuck Adamson.

I agree on the Las Vegas thing. But the truth was the dapartment and Las Vegas was under control of the Chicago mob at the time.

3/20/2006 03:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Bookemdano said...

Crimefile, why don't you create a cool cop/law tv show?????

3/20/2006 06:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 12:19:23
Your right with your post in which you lambast the Fed's except for one thing. We did the exact same thing. We too allowed Airhart to remain in that apt. while we stood outside and twiddled our thumbs. Our bosses as well as HBT were on the scene and what did they do? Nothing, thats what. And it wasn't the first time we have done it either. Anybody remember the incident on Lill St. a few years ago in which Officer Clark was shot in a landlord tenant dispute. We left him lying in a pool of blood also. Were it not for the efforts of a young rebellious Officer by the first name of George (I forget his last name), Officer Clark would probably be still lying there. Officer George in essence told the Deputy Chief of Area 6 to get out of his way or he would find tire tracks on his uniform. He then grabbed a wagon, drove over to Officer Clark, placed in in it and got him to the hospital. He placed himself in great personal danger because the situation was still developing. IIRC, Officer Clark was already dead but Officer George did not know that. We needed a Officer George that day for Joe Airhart but we did not have one nor did we have a boss that encouraged one of us to do what Officer George did. Instead we got a Deputy Superintendent going to roll calls after the fact and try to sugarcoat the entire incident.

My commentary is not meant to pass judgement on anybody. But if your going to rip the Fed's better look within first.

3/20/2006 07:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 12:19:23
Your point is well taken.
That is why I suggested hooking up with the Real Police, and by that I meant a great partner working in conjunction with other Real Police.
I agree that our Dept. is strife with pussy boses promoted to the top without any real hard street time, and by that I mean bosses that have been in shit on the street, and through shit with OPS/IAD, and survived the wrath of monday morning quarterbacks wearing white shirts passing judgement on you when they have never been there themselves.
I do remember the story of Ofc. Clark. It is a stark reminder of what happens to us when we are led by complete morons...I have many stories on that, but I wont bore you.
I guess I was ripping on the FEDS because my experience is they are all like that, bosses on down. Never met a one I would even want to b.s. with, let alone do any police work with. I think its bred into them because they never get a chance to really see what street life/street police work is all about.

3/20/2006 07:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, I meant 7:10:43.

3/20/2006 07:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Crime Story was written by Chuck Adamson, a Sgt in Area 6 Robbery, describing Bill Hanhardt as the Lt, the Black guy Bill Trigg, the Irish Hugh Hertay, the Polish Wes Hunter, the Jewish was a detective who also got arrested for dealing Heroin in the '60's, can't remember his name. All were members of CIU, Central Intelligence Unit, and the bad guys on the street did know who CIU was.

3/20/2006 08:09:00 AM  
Anonymous farina fan said...

The Jewish detective was the late Sheldon Teller.

I believe you meant Hugh HERATY, not HERTAY.

3/20/2006 08:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Farrell was in CIU, also, along with Jim Jones, Jim Biebel, Bob Brown, Bob Metti and Jim Contni, all guys who were also in Area 6.

3/20/2006 08:41:00 AM  
Anonymous 7:10:43 said...

To 7:32:13

I think we are on the same page.I'd be willing to bet we could have some fun working the streets together. And I'm a white shirt.

3/20/2006 08:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 0841 Don't forget that Farina was Nickeas's partner in CIU

3/20/2006 09:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And John Tonney and Ed Louis, were in CIU. Both Area 6 guys.

3/20/2006 09:31:00 AM  
Blogger NorthSide said...

While I was never in CIU, I just spoke with Bill Erickson out on his ranch in the Colorado Rockies. Bill, a non-computer guy, says "hello" to all and don't forget to include the following, (in no particular order) in the old CIU roll call: Dennis Farina, Jim Biebel, Jim Jones, Bobby Brown, Nick Nickeas, John Farrell, Charlie Adamson, Jimmy Contino, Bob "The Mouse" Mette, Phil Michaels, John Volland, Dave Welsch, Hughie Heraty, Wes Hunter, Sam Cerone, Jimmy Fruin, Leroy Condon, Hal Ardell, Bob Felde, Bob Hogan, Wayne Lipsey, John Kolb, "Duke" Egan, George Rotkvich, John Turney, John Tonney, Bill Trigg, Ed Louis, Sheldon Teller, John "Mugsy" Vrdolyak...oh, God, did I forget someone?

I had the privilege of working with some of that crew in other units. OUTSTANDING DICKS and good guys!!!

3/20/2006 10:57:00 AM  
Anonymous old CIU said...

I'm one of the guys named in CIU. Since this compliment came from none other than the legendary Johnny Northside, I really treasure his kind words.

Go, Johnny Northside!!!

3/20/2006 11:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can not believe it. Coppers actually saying nice things about each other. I need an ambulance.

3/20/2006 11:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How come a new Sergeant (former dick) got sent to a nice District and immediately was detailed out to a unit (IAD) shouldn't they have a little "patrol" refresher first???

3/20/2006 12:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That subject is covered in a different thread "New Sergeants".

3/20/2006 12:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While we apparently have some these old CIU guys here, how about some stories from the old days? Nothing sinister, just some stories about good old fashioned Police work that got you guys the well deserved reputation you have and that some of us newer guys might find interesting. Thanks

3/20/2006 12:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CIU- when the Police were the Police. Different era, time and breed. I too would LOVE to hear some of your stories.

3/20/2006 12:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll tell you one thing. If my family and I were murdered in a terrible home invasion homicide with few leads, I'd want Farrell and Northside on the case. They would leave no stone unturned. In their prime, they were relentless, locking up hundreds of felons. They were experts at interrogation.

Both of them should write a book.

3/20/2006 12:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some "shoot 'em boys" in CIU, Farrell, Erickson, Volland, Condon, Singleton just to name a few. I'm sure they've got some great stories. Some that you could probably even print. Thanks northside for bringing back some fond memories of good coppers.

3/20/2006 03:47:00 PM  
Anonymous memories of ciu said...

Speaking of Oliver "Jerry" Singleton, Jerry's star hangs right up there with John Gilhooly and Frank Rappaport.

For our newer officers, particularly the brothers, check it out:

Brother Singleton was BLUE!.

R.I.P.: Oliver "Jerry" Singleton, killed in the line of duty during a CIU stakeout..

3/20/2006 04:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WELCOME BACK to the REAL POLICE. You cannot keep a good cop down.

Bring on the wave, I salute YOU!

3/20/2006 05:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to know that good police officers will always be remembered for the work they did. CIU guys were all good officers.

3/20/2006 05:40:00 PM  
Anonymous retired dick said...

John Farrell is the last of the FINEST!

You want true police stories? Heartbreak? Laughs? Brilliant Police Work?

Ask Northside.
We worked together. Some jealous guys would call him crazy. Yeh,like a fox!

3/20/2006 06:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm the one who posted originally on Police Story, er, Crime Story. Having now watched the next few episodes of the first season, and having read the introductory 1.5 pages of cover, I withdraw in part my earlier criticism.

On the one hand, you have to adjust (or just ignore) the liberal fluff or the exaggerated violence thrown in by Hollywood. That's what they do.

On the other hand, there is definitely a HUGE amount of reflection as to what the writer (Adamson) and the lead actor (Farina) knew and learned in their experiences.

They have Farina's character (Torrello) face Federal charges in a trial, based on the word of a mobster who flips on his boss and crew, but who also throws in allegations against Torrello. Torrello (who is based on Hanhardt) is shown from a very sympathetic viewpoint (hey, this is all BS, how could you believe a criminal over a hard-working copper!).

Very strange. A 1986-1988 show, taking place retrospectively in 1963, and placing Hanhardt and the accusing U.S. attorney in the negative light. Very strange in that Hanhardt later pleads guilty in 2000 or 2001 for running with the mob as the outfit's man in the CPD for the entirem period.

The show definitely acknowledges the cloud around Hanhardt, and its ironic in no small way that the issues around Hanhardt were not addressed with finality for 15 more years.

I believe the show also acknowledges bits and pieces of some of what happened with the CIU (e.g., the murder of one PO on a stakeout).

So, if you can get over the exaggerated violence and the liberal bent of several storylines, it might prove of interest to some of you. Available on DVD at, e.g., Best Buy.

One other note. THe show was originally written as a 22 hour miniseries. The two seasons that eventually resulted (and NOT a 22 hour miniseries) reflected that the story was not meant to be drawn out the way Hollywood would if it could.

All in all, consider my original criticism substantially withdrawn upon reconsideration

3/21/2006 09:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never missed an episode of Crime Story while it was on. Most of the exterior shots were on the southside or in Evergreen Park.

But when the story line moved the show to Vegas, I quit watching.

3/21/2006 07:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to:09:11::01 truer words were never spoken. been there

3/21/2006 11:26:00 PM  

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