Sunday, May 07, 2006

St. Jude's Sign

Ok, about the sign.

This is still America. It might be Daley's Chicago, but it's still the United States of America. If people want to make signs and display them at football games, protests or memorial marches, that is their right. Hell, it's their OBLIGATION.

Any organized boycott of St. Jude's was bound to fail. We march for dead coppers - not the bosses, not the public and certainly not for politicians. We can't even remember the last time the sitting mayor attended St. Jude's, if ever. And we can say openly and honestly, we don't miss him or his fake concern. By the same token, any organized protest short of completely inappropriate behavior (A) certainly wouldn't have been noticed by any of the bosses in the reviewing stand and (B) would only reflect badly on the march itself.

That being said, we're glad one of our readers arrived early, set up in a visible space and held up her sign for the bosses to see all during the march. Let's not pretend that any of us could have done something like that without suffering some sort of repercussions for our career, be it starting time, assigned car or unit of assignment. We KNOW our readers aren't that naive and we KNOW that we're that cynical. So no matter what your opinion of the sign carrier, she did something none of us did and none of us could have done. Where would any of the critics have done it? At the next recruit graduation? At the next promotional ceremony? At the DOC meeting? Give us a break.

Any support for our dead is appreciated.

73 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

any attempts to make change in the chicago police department has to come from within, any changes come slowly and to nash your teeth and wring your hands and fret over this job of ours is truly pointless, make the best of whatever situation you find yourself in and for God's sake have fun and stay safe.

5/07/2006 04:15:00 PM  
Blogger happyjoyjoyjoy said...

woohoo, we are 2.

5/07/2006 04:22:00 PM  
Anonymous leomemorial said...

Thank you, SCC. Today was a very, very hard day.

Some many times, I kept asking myself, is this the right thing to do? Yes, it was. That is the answer I kept getting. But to make sure, I asked many members of one of the fallen family, to make sure. They said yes as well.

Quite frankly, I wanted to put something else on the sign, even SCC knows that because I emailed the idea. But yesterday I went for a long work out to clear my head, to separate what I felt, and to think what was best for the fallen and for YOU. That's not an easy thing to do because whenever someone is doing something to "represent" or "help" the police in any shape or form, it's easy to immediately react with your own emotions/thoughts.

When in fact, you have to push aside your own feelings and thoughts, and do what is best for the majority, not for "yourself."

Hope that makes sense.

Heading home, I was thinking about Gilhooly and Rappaport ... 21 and 36 years of age at their death wondering what they were like... dying a brutal death and younger than me...

Then today seeing all of you march by. It also made me think of the District 8 men and women who responded to my home, and what I saw transpire while they were here. They know what I'm talking about.

God bless all of you. May you stay safe out here and never know being disabled or ...

5/07/2006 04:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The most significant changes will come after the fifty-year curse from Bridgeport is waltzed into the penitentery. look for great things to happen when many of our exempt staff follows.

5/07/2006 04:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The mayor has never attended St. Judes. He claims that is the day he spends with is family.

We should be able to have St. Judes during the week and during normal business hours. Why must we hide from the publc and do the March on Sunday so early. Is it because we migth upset the public by causing some traffic problems.

If the illegal immagrants can screw up everything with their protest we should be accorded the same amount of respect.

This country is going to hell.

5/07/2006 04:51:00 PM  
Blogger It's Not All Real said...

4:51....you're right! It's so obvious why didn't it ever occur to me before? Or to anyone else? Maybe it did, but I have to admit I never thought of it before. You get accustomed to what the "norm" is, and St. Jude's has always been on Sunday, so why think anything else of it?

Is it on Sunday to correspond with the Mass? Could be, but Mass can be held anyday of the week, so that's not it.

Why isn't St. Jude's afforded the same respect as any other parade? We have a parade for just about everything, but not in the early morning hours on Sunday.

St. Jude on Saturday afternoon would make more sense. Just like any other parade. Aren't our fallen comrades worth that kind of recognition? Citizens of Chicago, aren't they worth it?

We'll see.

5/07/2006 05:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

St. Judes makes me feel this job is worth it. The mayor once again a no show! One would think he would show one time? I saw some other Pols. Claypool, Devine, Sheehan. Its nice to see that some of them took the time to come and show support unlike the (Sunday) Mayor.

5/07/2006 05:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Devine comes out to see his kid.

Not to see or support us.

5/07/2006 05:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many civilians don't know what "St. Jude's" is all about. Start asking here and there, and you'll see.

5/07/2006 05:22:00 PM  
Blogger NorthSide said...

4:32 PM

Ms. Greco:

Outstanding! We've got your back!

5/07/2006 05:26:00 PM  
Anonymous rank and file said...

Too bad that some of those exempt pieces of shit didn't try to lock her up for stating the obvious on her sign.

It would have made for a great First Amendment law$uit against the city...with thousands of witnesses!

Renee Lee Greco rocks!

God bless John Gilhooly, Frank Rappaport and all of our fallen comrades.

5/07/2006 05:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very good turnout, a lot of cops brought out their kids.

We were joined by Cook Count Cook County Sheriffs, Illinois State Police and UIC Police.

About the best weather for a march that I can remember. Just perfect sunshine, a light cool breeze so that the dress blouse feels just right.

Lots of good people watching, some holding signs "Saying God Bless Our Police", and "Don't be silent about the Hampton sign."

The 10th District had that guy who got his foot run over there. He was looking well, and he did the whole march.

ON CRUTCHES!!

So what was your excuse for not going, and showing the politicians that we can raise a crowd too.

Richie Daley wasn't there. He never comes to the St. Jude March. Right now he's on his way to China, where I hope he gets some bad Egg Foo Yung.

5/07/2006 05:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What did the sign say? I was on traffic control and didn't see it.

5/07/2006 06:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It said do a Google search of "Renee Lee Greco". All she seems to do is leave comments on random blogs and sites. It's unbelievable. It looks like she really wants to get her two cents in on EVERYTHING!

5/07/2006 06:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Untrue on the google search ---- when someone uses your name and email

5/07/2006 06:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't see the sign either-am out of state-what did it say?

5/07/2006 06:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't know her; don't care. i don't do this job for tea and cookies to move up on the social ladder.

do i respect her? you bet. back to basics people, basics

5/07/2006 06:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what did it say?

5/07/2006 07:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't see the sign either> I did however see the PPOs holding the photos of all the fallen officers. Very sobering. It really got to me after I realized how many of the faces were those of friends and officers I have worked with, had a drink with, or just knew like you know so many after 20 years on the job. Lets not let all the bickering that goes on here hide the fact that no other proffesion except for the current armed forces runs the same risks of death that we do. The fire department come close but no fire ever sniped at them spit on them or vomited on them.
I hope today when you turned east on Chicago from Michigan and saw the photos of the fallen you realized that you were surrounded by some of the best people you will ever meet.

5/07/2006 07:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i turned east and walked into the lake

5/07/2006 07:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its time to honor a black hero not big fat dumb white coppers

5/07/2006 07:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The sign basically asked the exempts why they were staying silent on the Hampton sign issue.

And I don't know who was holding that sign. But I wanted to salute you.

I should have.

Thank you.

5/07/2006 07:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:51 is a coward who wants to start fights on the post. ignore. unless he wants to actually say that to some cop's face. then kick away.

5/07/2006 08:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A woman came up to me on the street and asked why all the police were there. I explained St Jude's to her and saw her on the parade with a quickly hand lettered sign that simply said "THANK YOU". What a great gesture on her part!

5/07/2006 08:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Its time to honor a black hero not big fat dumb white coppers

5/07/2006 07:51:56 PM
--------------------------------

And who would that "hero" be?

The first M/1 that successfully made 48 monthly car payments on time?

5/07/2006 08:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:32pm.

That was awesome. I was so happy to see you out there with that sign. You did a wonderful thing.

To repeat what another poster stated, we have your back.

5/07/2006 08:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

POLICE WEEK
by Marc A. Turner,Sergeant, Roxbury Twp PD, NJ


The time has now come, for this one week a year
When we all stop to think… when we all shed a tear
For all of the Heroes, whose names grace the Wall
And for all of those Heroes, who still answer the call

Family and friends at the wall they will stand
With pictures, letters, and love in their hands
Left at the wall will be displays of their love
A tribute to those who now watch from above

They will think of the day their world was destroyed
A split second in time… causing such a great void
As they visit the wall, there is great pain in their heart
But strangely it's there… that the healing can start

As they stand there in awe of this memorial stone
It is then that they realize that they are not alone
So many others with stories quite the same
So many more sharing each other's pain

Let us all stop and think what this week's all about
It's for those who sacrifice for us… day in and day out
And for each name engraved by the stone cutter's knife
There are hundreds of people… touched by that life

Although it's just a week, seven days from the year
It's a lifetime of anxiety, emotions and fear
For most that will ease when the ceremony ends

But this week, lasts forever… for family and friends


Copyright©2001 Marc A. Turner

http://www.nleomf.com/TheMemorial
/tributes/poetry/poetry_pweek.htm

5/07/2006 08:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mayor Daley was conducting business in Israel while St. Jude was going on. He has always, does now, and will always hate the police. That is why he never comes. The family thing is a smokescreen because he does plenty of political things on Sunday.

5/07/2006 09:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Love my police said...

I have been out there supporting all of you for years because I truly appreciate what you do for us (your family) and for the people of the city. Thank you.

P.S. 05:21:26 PM -- Devine has been coming out to St. Jude's even when his kid wasn't on the job. Your cynicism/jealousy is showing, and it doesn't become you.

5/07/2006 09:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love my police said...
I have been out there supporting all of you for years because I truly appreciate what you do for us (your family) and for the people of the city. Thank you.

P.S. 05:21:26 PM -- Devine has been coming out to St. Jude's even when his kid wasn't on the job. Your cynicism/jealousy is showing, and it doesn't become you.

5/07/2006 09:10:45 PM

From your post I'd have to guess that you are a civilian. So, your opinion is worth flyshit.

And no, I'm not jealous. Even though jr. WILL move up because of daddy's help.

The state's attorney's office is a joke and pounces on bullshit cases against PO's.

Ask the officer from the 018th district that just beat that mickey mouse case what he thinks of devine or his office.

Thought so.

Thanks for your support, but only the police know the shit police eat.

5/07/2006 09:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daley comes back from Israel tomorrow, and heads of to the Peoples Republic of China- Bejing to be exact later this week. According to Channel 7 News.


Traveling prior to Indictment or retirement?

5/07/2006 09:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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http://www.nleomf.com/media/
WebPassport/splash.htm

5/07/2006 09:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In 20 yrs on this Dept. I've lost 2 Friends to murderous fucks, I've lost Two close friends to Suicide, and Ive lost Friends who went to Prison. 2 of which did stupid shit ,2 of which did nothing but try to distance themselves from the situation,but the ST.Judes March is the only tme I"ve seen Police Come together to Honor each other and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. To those of You who suggested to use this as a form of protest to Bosses,let us try to pick a differant venue. Stay safe , and go home to you're Families

5/07/2006 10:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me say that I have nothing against this leomemorial broad, but it sure looks shitty to me to see SCC leave up the names of coppers/bosses who get brutally thrashed on here, yet remove all the bullshit talked about her on a daily basis! She is an active participant on this site, posting numerous times a day, which I say makes her fair game, unlike most of the other people getting shit talked about them.

Fair is fair. It may be your site, but it still seems fucking retarded to me. Either leave it all, or remove it all, but this playing favorites crap stinks and makes you look like an ass.

5/07/2006 10:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone else notice the F/1 Lieutenant from I believe 002 who was walking with the cell phone bluetooth earpiece in her ear on the phone while marching, just before the reviewing stand??? Its no wonder things are the way they are. One day one hour a year to honor our fallen brothers and sisters. What a piece of work.

5/07/2006 11:43:00 PM  
Anonymous cpd "exempts" = cowards said...

"...bosses who get brutally thrashed on (SCC)..."

The consensus is that exempts are worthless pieces of shit that have $old their $ouls to $atan.

Miss Greco apparently is an honorable person with character and the courage of her convictions.

Based on their silence on the Black Panthers in the murders of John Gilhooly and Frank Rappaport,
exempts are beneath contempt. Piss on them.

5/08/2006 12:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just want to get people thinking here. Cleveland P.D. is taking the city to court over their residency issue (same as ours, have to live in city). What the heck is our FOP doing?? It always seems to me like our fop is johnny come lately on everything and just jumps on the bandwagon from other cities initiatives. For instance the milwaukee time due thing (it's our time.. we should b able to use it whenever WE want to). Why isn't our FOP on the forefront with these issues. We are a huge dep't with lots of members and due's money, why aren't they in court fighting for our right to live outside the city?? Makes you wonder when u step back and think, really what have they done/are they doing for us?

5/08/2006 12:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with that last poster. I think most of us would agree that the top of our all our wish lists is to get rid of the 6 day work week and the residency issue. Why in the world are we not allowed to live where ever we want. It's unbelievable to me that in this day and age they can still get away with that. So, that being said, what has the FOP done on those issues?? I'll give them that they tried that pilot program with the different work schedule... but what the heck? What happened? Sounded like everyone liked it. Why is our union doing nothing on this! I think everyone would support the union more if they actually fought for us, instead to me it seems like they just roll over. What are we paying them for? They have not done anything on the residency issue. I think they're playing the ol' game of wait and see what happens with other cities fights, but that's no way to gain support of your troops. Get in there, get in the fight. Do the job we elected you to do. Do what you promised us when you came around campaigning. Fight for us!

5/08/2006 12:56:00 AM  
Anonymous alice said...

Like it or not, the St. Jude Parade is a political statement. While we as individual officers may not see it as such, it is organized and orchestrated by the city/brass because it serves PR purposes.
Given, the politics are minimal, as it occurs at 8:00 am, and the news (sans one station) only give it 10 seconds coverage.
If the reviewing stand only contained family members of fallen officers, it would reflect our sentiments much closer then it does having the penguin (cline) and his cohorts sitting on high.
As far as the sign is concerned, I thought it was great. The boss can say he knows nothing about this blog, and even claim ignorance about what is baing said about him (behind his back). We know he saw this sign. He knows that we know he saw this sign. It wouldn't even suprise me to hear that he sent his people out to the news crews to make sure that sign did not appear on any broadcasts.
Then again, I have no family members that I honored today. Should the sign have caused any hurt to the family members of Gilhooly or Rappaport, then it was a poor decession. As I understand it, the person who had the sign discussed the matter with members of the family prior to displaying it at the parade. If that's true, then more power to her.

5/08/2006 01:16:00 AM  
Blogger Crimefile said...

What’s with the attacks on Renee Grecko aka leomemorial? She likes cops and posts a lot of stuff on the internet that’s pro-police. What’s wrong with that? Why does she deserve insults in return? Why can’t her detractor stand up and ID himself?

If that was renee holding that sign at the parade she's a friend of working cops. I guess some people who post at SCC don't need friends...

5/08/2006 03:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

About the FOP and residency, I think you get a lot more people who merely say they are in favor of getting rid of the residency requirement than are actually willing to make it an issue. When asked for a list of their top 10 concerns many officers do not make it one of their top ten.

It's all about the $$$. The officers say they want to remove the residency requirement but actually are afraid that they will then be unable to sell that $85,000 Georgian for $500,000+.

It's all lip service.

5/08/2006 05:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Bang, zoom! said...

Alice, honey, it's a march, not a parade.

5/08/2006 06:07:00 AM  
Anonymous censorship sucks said...

If that was renee holding that sign at the parade she's a friend of working cops. I guess some people who post at SCC don't need friends...

5/08/2006 03:06:20 AM


I agree, Crimefile. However, I also agree with the guy who said that as long as she continues to post here, she should be fair game and not have comments deleted continually. You have had more than your fair share of insults hurled at you, and I don't believe any of them were deleted.

I don't agree with the bashing, but I agree even less with the biased cencsorship.

5/08/2006 07:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that the tax freeze of 7 years is coming to an end and Daley can't get it approved for another 7 years, your taxes for your shitty city lot and scholls that can't be used will sky rocket!! At least in the burbs the schools are good/free and our taxes will actually pay for something we use

5/08/2006 07:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the sign.

5/08/2006 07:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC, Northside and CrimeFile. I didnt disagree with the sign, St. Judes was not the place for it!

As far as this Renee person being "PRO POLICE". Just look at her previous posts, bashing the 008th Dist. and the Memorial Foundation.

Seems to be Pro Police when it benefits her.

In time you too, will see Renee's true colors. And its not BLUE!

5/08/2006 09:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IT TOOK A CIVILIAN TO DO WHAT THE EXEMPTS WOULD NOT.

5/08/2006 09:44:00 AM  
Anonymous leomemorial said...

First of all, it's the 8th District Command (and CPD HQ), not the 8th District responders I was complaining about on a previous post. I should have clarified that, but the numerous responders including one of the Sgt. who were out here know better. Ask them.

Second, I met with Sgt. Murphy when he was apparently in charge of the Foundation. Because I was willing to volunteer just a few hours a week for whatever needed to be done but wanted to meet him to understand his intentions about the memorial. He jacked me around, and I finally told him, to remove me name from the volunteer list. Then he agreed to meet with me. He impressed me!!! Very much so with his thoughts, ideas, etc. The symbolism of the memorial park.

The Foundation IS designed to support the families of the fallen!! I don't care if it was 100 years ago that we lost someone. There is much you don't know about what one of the families tried to do, without no help. No support. They recalled stuff and it was almost like it happened yesterday, to hear it. It's also for the disabled and for YOU who currently serve. They rake in a lot of money from businesses and need to put it to use!! That's why i was really ... taken aback when nobody did anything.

People can disagree, critic, etc on here but why the crap that's Hustler material.

5/08/2006 09:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys worry about "censorship" by an admin who has to put up with endless posts on Seiser, Area 2, Penthouse and racebaiting?

God I hope you aren't serious. Half the posts I see here make me think its Daley's people trying to destroy the value of the blog. Keep posting all the BS and drive the masses away. God forbid the moderator(s) actually do something to keep the blog on-topic and free of hate and BS.

I'm in favor of SCC exercising his discretion and culling whatever posts he/she/they see fit, including my own.

5/08/2006 10:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exempts are spineless whores. They should be decapitated and their heads put on pikes outside Fort Kool-Aid.

5/08/2006 10:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish all these coppers you see walking around with the blue tooth ear pieces would just stop already! I hate to tell you but you are NOT that important that the phone has to be in your ear all day, you look like retards....

5/08/2006 01:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anybody wish to share their feelings on the new Tahoes?
Are they suitable for street work?

Comfy? Roomy?

What idiot put the siren/lights box between the seats so you have to look away to activate the emergency equipment?

5/08/2006 02:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "kool aid" shit is worn out. It doesn't make sense in the first place, no one at headquarters is killing themselves; literally or figuratively. I second the blue tooth nonsense.

5/08/2006 03:31:00 PM  
Anonymous FTO Bob 025 said...

I am proud to be a Chicago Police Officer and yesterdays parade with my daughter marching right long side our district, her smiling and her knowing the reasons why all these police officers were assembled on michigan avenue brought a lump to my throat.

I was glad to see a terrific turn out and the talk of a boycott was just that, talk.

We are there for our fallen brothers and sisters and their families.

My girlfriend who has never seen it other than on tv also attended and was quite impressed the way it all went down.

We have beefs and they should be addressed the proper way but St Jude is for our extended families and it was a great turnout and those families couldnt have been more appreciative.

Thank you all for a great turn out and remember keep the faith.

We all work for the greatest police department in the world and thats because we all know how to take care of one another.

Stay safe all

5/08/2006 04:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Fort Kool-Aid said...

3:31:49 PM

Our brothers in the NYPD also use the metaphor. "drinking the Kool-Aid" means that the exempt are indoctrinated hypocrites and brainwashed whores.

The term traces its origin to the mindless dumbfuck disciples of Rev. Jim Jones who drank the cyanide-laced Kool-Aid at Jonestown, Guyana in 1978.

Do a "kool-aid" search on the NYPD RANT.

5/08/2006 04:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC will delete a derogetory post if you so request- maybe Renee has occasionally asked him. Relax already. But be careful out there!

5/08/2006 04:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GOOGLE "drank the Kool-Aid". It refers to mindless and zealous followers who blindly do as they are told; robots; puppets; incompetent sycophants

It certainly describes the unquestioning police brass who never let integrity or principle interfere with their blind obedience to the mayor and his minions.

By definition, all "exempts" have "drank the Kool-Aid".

5/08/2006 05:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ft Kool-Aid and the Puzzle Palace!!

Imagine if they joined forces together.

Puzzle-Aid

5/08/2006 07:41:00 PM  
Anonymous nypd kool-aid said...

One Police Plaza ("1 PP") aka "the Puzzle Palace" is NYPD HQ in Lower Manhattan.

While the Puzzle Palace is infested with big-time Kool-Aid guzzlers, it's nowhere near as bad as Chicago.

No NYPD bosses would stand by and tolerate naming a NYC street after the leader of a gang of cop killers.

5/08/2006 08:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MALE, MARCHING WITH CELL EARPIECE AS WELL YESTERDAY

5/08/2006 08:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It said do a Google search of "Renee Lee Greco". All she seems to do is leave comments on random blogs and sites. It's unbelievable. It looks like she really wants to get her two cents in on EVERYTHING!

5/07/2006 06:37:13 PM

Whoever this guy is, he/she is right. Greco is here co-opting police issues - she's not the police and never has been - claims she's currently writing her autobiography, runs a website called "Stop and Frisk" and is constantly jumping on the bandwagon when she thinks the issue is popular with police. If she wasn't a self-agrandizing groupie, she wouldn't be in such a hurry to tell everybody that it was her with the sign (how does anybody know????). She's not entitled to have an opinion about what goes on here anymore than any other groupie star chaser. She can eat shit for all this po cares.

5/08/2006 08:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

keep chuggin' that kool-aid.

5/08/2006 09:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1950 poster-

SGT "B.O."

HIYA!!

5/08/2006 09:13:00 PM  
Anonymous DR PHIL said...

no shrink here!!!

but are you seeing a pattern on here "...star chaser, digging your claws into a star..."

eiher someone is extremely pissed they were turned down to get laid or very jealous!!!!!!!!!!

5/08/2006 09:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a member of the CCSPD (Cook County Sheriff's Police) I am proud to have been in the march. I have been doing St. Judes since 1991. We had a member killed in the line of duty back in January. Kim Knapp was killed in a car wreck in his squadcar enroute to the station. I think our movers and shakers (exempts) dropped the ball when we failed to memorialize him at this march. His star is not yet up in our starcase. So sad.

5/08/2006 10:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Umm, I meant JIM Knapp.
Forgive my crappy typing!!

5/08/2006 10:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful morning for the march. Best weather I can remember. I've only missed 1 in my 17 years due to furlo (out of town). It was great to see old friends and even greater to see so many P.O.'s turn out to honor our dead, despite all the crap that's going on in the department right now.


Thanks to all the P.O.'s who brought their kids out, so they can see that we aren't "The boogeyman". Even spied a few doggies in attendance.

It was really sobering to see the number of P.O.'s who have died/been killed since I came on the job.

To all of you who are going to D.C., have fun, but remember, this is a time to honor our fellow officers who had died serving the public.

Stay safe.

5/09/2006 12:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's all be honest with ourselves... most of you only agree with using the sign because it makes you feel good and you agree with the message. And because of that, you can easily brush aside any discussion that the venue is inappropriate.

On the other hand, if the self appointed activists were out there protesting FOR the Hampton sign, you would all be the first to hide behind the "don't dishonor our dead officers" argument. You know that's the truth.

Personally, I agree with the poster who mentioned the Gold Star Families. Using St. Jude as a venue for speech about a controversial subject merely distracts from the true intention of the event. I support the first amendment and am not saying the sign is a violation of that law, it's just a violation of good taste.

5/09/2006 03:45:00 PM  
Blogger leomemorial said...

The "true" intention of the march, is for those who were killed in the line of duty. It's not about "going through the motions" to make it look good.

Our police memorial makes many decisions at times to be the voice of the fallen. When we make that decision, we take into account all involved. It's not easy and personally, I hate politics. However some things we fight to get enacted, changed, etc. are to protect YOU god forbid you get killed.

Our decision even took into consideration, believe it or not, CPD HQ.

No, I am not the police but DO have much management experience. Numerous times, management needs to make decisions to encompass the group as a whole and what is best for all. Sometimes many don't like or understand it at the time, but if it was a sound judgement, in time, will show it's worth.

When you don't make a good decision, the effects vibrate and trickle down --- causing harsh consequences and it spreads like a cancer. This poor decision by the department cost much to many now.

Supt. Cline could have made a respectful yet firm statement, or even had Camden do it, then have the Foundation support you and these families out here.

How many times has Cline been at the ME's with one of his men or women laying naked on a cold slab of steel, LODD? Do we need another loss to remind us of the importance of our fallen? Guess we do.

Ask yourself this: If you are a police officer and were killed, then the person who killed you is being honored by our city and the Mayor, our leader, the place you worked for, does not say or do jack, think about how your family would feel? Your wife, children, mother, father, your partner, etc.?

What about "if" your family TRIED to get help and support numerous times but nobody, not even the dept you worked for, did NOTHING??????????????????????????? Some of these families out here, regardless of how long ago they lost a loved one, can recall things that make it seem like it was yesterday. Old wounds, ripped open...again.

I stand by our decision. People need to wake the hell up and realize the worth of those who died for us, as well as those who serve and protect willing to sacrifice themselves for us.

Gilhooly, Rappaport and Knox (who almost made it to the wall) WERE at the march....

5/09/2006 06:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leomemorial:

Do you read the news or do you just pick and choose from the headlines?

Cline did respond to the naming of the street. He wasn't holding up signs at the St. Judes parade but he didn't sit quietly either.

http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-cline10.html

Oh and a few other things-

Who the fuck appointed you to "manage" the men and women of the Chicago Police Department anyway? I must have missed that election.

And you keep saying "our decision". Is there a mouse in your pocket or are you talking about the voices in your head?

5/10/2006 09:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
All you Greco supporters should know that she and her website are complete phoney's - she has absolutely no connection to the National Police Memorial, neither the one in Great Britain or the one here in the U.S.

Check out their website: http://www.nleomf.com/TheMemorial/Facts/names2006.htm

5/09/2006 09:11:28 PM

5/09/2006 09:43:05 PM

This self-appointed and self-aggrandizing nitwit is trading on the name and reputation of the real National Police Memorial Fund to make herself look important and to dupe members of the Chicago Police Department into trusting her. She's a troll and no one should trust her. She's a beefer and has gotten CR#'s on PO's who confronted her. If she really contacted anyone in the Gilhooley family she should be whipped. Since she apparently doesn't work -is she living on donations made to her website but intended for the real Police Memorial????? She's simply your standard con-artist and probably thief. Know your enemy!!!!!!!

5/10/2006 09:16:44 AM

5/10/2006 09:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

leomemorial said...


I met with Sgt. Murphy when he was apparently in charge of the Foundation. Because I was willing to volunteer just a few hours a week . . . He jacked me around, and I finally told him, to remove me name from the volunteer list.

The Foundation IS designed to support the families of the fallen!! I don't care if it was 100 years ago that we lost someone. There is much you don't know about what one of the families tried to do, without no help. No support. They recalled stuff and it was almost like it happened yesterday, to hear it. It's also for the disabled and for YOU who currently serve. . .

They rake in a lot of money from businesses and need to put it to use!! .


5/08/2006 09:48:22 AM

Once again this broad is trying to make herself look like she's a friend of the police. Looks to me more like she's trying to get her hands on money and donations made for the CPD Memorial Wall and is trying to get next to the Gold Star Families . . . she even makes it sound like she is their representative because all of the rest of us have let them down. . .

Who is she to tell us what we are or are not doing. . . She's just another police wannabe who can or couldn't pass the psych exam and now wants to infiltrate ligitimate police organizations by making it sound like she is one of us. ..

Notice how many times she uses words like WE, US, OUR, etc.

Don't be suckered . . .

5/10/2006 09:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Ice T said...

That was good 947, you should become a writer for Law & Order

5/10/2006 06:29:00 PM  

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