Sunday, June 18, 2006

Good Job; Corny Line Though

Good job by the Captain, but did he have to get quoted like this?
  • Six hours after coming home from a ceremony Thursday that promoted him to Chicago Police captain, Gerard Carroll found himself in his Morgan Park alley, face to face with a knife-wielding man.

    "Don't do anything stupid, I'm the police," the off-duty Carroll warned before pulling out his gun and uttering a line straight out of the movie "The Untouchables."

    "You don't take a knife to a gunfight," Carroll told the man, identified by police as Edward Smith, 37, of Tinley Park. "Drop the knife."

Actually, the Untouchables line was something along the lines of "Just like a wop to bring a knife to a gunfight," but we're sure that Captain Gerard "don't call me Mr. Connery" Carroll was polite and politcally correct when placing the offender into custody. Good job.


Anonymous 005th District 3rd watch girl said...

Glad everything turned out ok!!!This HAPPY FATHERS DAY greeting is for those SPECIAL guys on the AREA 2 GUN TEAM. YOU ARE #1 !!!!!!

6/18/2006 08:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work midnights in 10 and no one wished me a Happy anything. I got four kids. Those A/2 gun officers are lucky to have so many women on this blog wishing them anything. LUCKY COCKSUCKERS.

6/18/2006 09:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the loser who keeps posting about the area 2 Gun Team:

Just about everyone knows it is one person, using different names, grow up! You make yourself and fellow members ot eh team looklike idiots!!

6/18/2006 09:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is a good place to get your shirts dry cleaned the southwest side?

6/18/2006 09:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The cleaners of course

6/18/2006 10:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The captain is good people. The line is corny, but it is good to know someone that high up can do real police work.

6/18/2006 11:17:00 AM  
Blogger It's Not All Real said...

Off duty a few years ago, I came upon a disturbance I couldn't avoid, and this asshole had a knife. "don't bring a knife to a gunfight" I told him as I grabbed my gun. He dropped the knife and the on-duty police took him away.

Working plainclothes a few years earlier, a guy pulled a switchblade out. Again, "don't bring a knife to a gunfight" had him drop the gun and go to jail.

Is it corny? Hell yeah, but also a very powerful thing to say. Another thing to say: When pointing a weapon at some asshat who doesn't believe you'd use it "you won't be my first time." works like a charm (and it's true anyway)

Happy Father's Day all you fathers and good job captain!

6/18/2006 11:21:00 AM  
Anonymous leomemorial said...

great job by the Captain!

Happy Fathers Day to all our pops out here!

6/18/2006 11:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Had a wino bum pull a bottle on me and I told him, Hey dumb fuck, don't bring a bottle to a gun fight. The wino said fuck the police and the gun and proceeded to throw the bottle. The bottle struck me in the forehead and I got 12 stitches and he got away.

I guess that line didn't work for me.

P.O. Scarface
Area 2 Gun Team

6/18/2006 11:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was that a police suicide at the woods last night?

6/18/2006 11:45:00 AM  
Anonymous i got a milliion of 'em said...

10:49:35 Finall someone on the blog made me LOL

6/18/2006 11:54:00 AM  
Anonymous female po from 9 said...

I found out who turn key tony is and hes hot!!! Happy Fathers Day

6/18/2006 11:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Meat head mario said...

Oh man i thought it was mothers day today. Happy valentines day

6/18/2006 11:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it John Wayne who says,
"Never bring a knife to a gunfight" ?

6/18/2006 12:16:00 PM  
Blogger sharky said...

Gerry Carroll is a hell of a gentleman to speak with, and a great guy to work with, having done so in a previous assignment. Good job, Gerry!

6/18/2006 12:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The important thing is, he did the right thing! Every so often that happens on this job.

6/18/2006 12:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off topic,but keep the 2 soldiers who got captured in Iraq in your prayers.

Stay safe,and back each other up.

6/18/2006 12:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was that a police suicide at the woods last night?

6/18/2006 11:45:56 AM


6/18/2006 12:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You think that was a Corney Line read this.

Guess which Sgt.s wife found a birthday card with below message written in it. Also with the card a empty Seiko BOX and the wrapping paper it was wrapped with.

My Dearest Porkchop,

I could write a novel, but I can sum this up pretty quick – I LOVE YOU & I wish you a wonderful birthday! I know time flies by when we’re together, so I hope that now “TIME” will have another meaning for you. YES….you can kiss me now….. Thanks- Love your Piglet.

Two weeks after his birthday, 3 days after Christmas, Sgt Porkchop left his wife and 6 your old daughters.


6/18/2006 01:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it was a great job by the new captain but I only wish he would of shot and killed this sob. Not to be a monday morning qb the jag deserved to die, but the the new capt didn't know the full extent of the circumstances at the time, I am sure if he would of know, he would of done what was right. When you are justified, shot first ask questions later!!!

6/18/2006 01:50:00 PM  
Blogger The Wolf said...

Anyone that has had the pleasure of working with or for Gerry Carroll knows that he is a "Policeman's policeman." He is fair and honest and treats his troops with respect. He only has to ask for something to get done, never barking out orders. A/4 will surely miss him and 012 is lucky to get him. Nice job on the homicide arrest and glad he is safe. More bosses should take a page out of his style of management. Good luck in 012. To all the fathers out there, "Happy Father's day" To my brother Policeman, God Bless and stay safe!!

6/18/2006 02:03:00 PM  
Blogger Crimefile said...

Good job Capt. Carrol! Perhaps he needs to watch that Gun vs Knife video. He should have a little more respect for those knives!

6/18/2006 02:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Three tickets to Tiger vs. Cubs--$210.00

Three hotdogs, cotton candy, and two low-carb beers-- $55.00

Spending father's day with both of your dads(and maybe a little shoe shopping afterwards)-- priceless

6/18/2006 02:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When God Made Peace Officers . . .

When the Lord was creating peace officers, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, "You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this one."

And the Lord said, "Have you read the specs on this order? A peace officer has to be able to run five miles through alleys in the dark, scale walls, enter homes the health inspector wouldn't touch, and not wrinkle his uniform.

"He has to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a stakeout, cover a homicide scene that night, canvass the neighborhood for witnesses, and testify in court the next day.

"He has to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half-eaten meals. And he has to have six pairs of hands."

The angel shook her head slowly and said, "Six pairs of hands... no way."

"It's not the hands that are causing me problems," said the Lord, "it's the three pairs of eyes an officer has to have."

"That's on the standard model?" asked the angel.

The Lord nodded. One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket before he asks, "May I see what's in there, sir?" (When he already knows and wishes he'd taken that accounting job.) "Another pair here in the side of his head for his partners' safety. And another pair of eyes here in front that can look reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say, 'You'll be all right ma'am, when he knows it isn't so."

"Lord," said the angel, touching his sleeve, "rest and work on this tomorrow."

"I can't," said the Lord, "I already have a model that can talk a 250 pound drunk into a patrol car without incident and feed a family of five on a civil service paycheck."

The angel circled the model of the peace officer very slowly, "Can it think?" she asked.

"You bet," said the Lord. "It can tell you the elements of a hundred crimes; recite Miranda warnings in its sleep; detain, investigate, search, and arrest a gang member on the street in less time than it takes five learned judges todebate the legality of the stop... and still it keeps its sense of humor.

This officer also has phenomenal personal control. He can deal with crime scenes painted in hell, coax a confession from a child abuser, comfort a murder victim's family, and then read in the daily paper how law enforcement isn't sensitive to the rights of criminal suspects."

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the peace officer. "There's a leak," she pronounced. "I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model."

"That's not a leak," said the lord, "it's a tear."

"What's the tear for?" asked the angel.

"It's for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the American flag, for justice."

"You're a genius," said the angel.

The Lord looked somber. "I didn't put it there," he said.


6/18/2006 02:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Interviews A Cop

The Cop 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, Cop.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"

The Cop 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 just got 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 Cop waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

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

-Author unknown

6/18/2006 02:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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6/18/2006 02:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


6/18/2006 03:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Deepthroat" is an A/2 detective? Wha???? Have you anything better to do with your time. It's fathers day, so you must be a female, probably one of em from the dominicks video who has got time to play. geek loser.

6/18/2006 03:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:52, sounds like the cop is a lot more honest with God than he is with the judges on earth. Give to Caesar what is his boys and girls.

6/18/2006 03:50:00 PM  
Anonymous cyber cop said...

post 9:50:17 AM , you an idiot yourself, look how you spelled" of the," you spelled "of" as "ot" and "the" as "eh". DUMB FUCK. You must be writing in about the gun team yourself cause you just stupid.

6/18/2006 03:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geeks, just all geeks on this blog, wondering about who writes in about the a/2 gun team, etc., what a waste of time. GEEK LOSERS.

6/18/2006 03:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Sgt. Ken STOPPA! He got married.

6/18/2006 03:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

.....poor bastard.

6/18/2006 03:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Fathers Day! Keep everone in your prayers and be thankful for what you have.......God Bless you and be safe....

6/18/2006 03:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 02:59:05-

I suggest you get some psychological counseling before you end up swallowing your gun. You definitely have a problem with the world around you.

6/18/2006 04:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

02:59:05 PM
you should be our leader, you rock dude!

6/18/2006 04:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TO 4:06:10
In light of today's events up North, I think that comment was the most offensive I have seen on this site yet. You should be ashamed of yourself.
All of you who post negative things about other coppers should be ashamed of yourselves as well. We are all here on this job dealing with the same shit, and as far as I have been raised and trained, we are all on the same side. I am disgusted with the blogs in which you rip on each other and cut each other down and judge others without facts.
Something like today's incident should make us all stop and think. We need to be there for each other and help each other out. We should not belittle each other and make someone who may feel like crap worse. We should be welcoming to other coppers and make them understand they always have someone to turn that will listen to them and understand them. I am babbling, I relaize, but this is too important to ignore. Be THERE for your fellow officer. Try to be the best friend and co-worker you can, because someday, it may be too late and you will regret it, and they will be gone. The worst tradgey is one that could've been prevented. God bless all of you and your families. Happy Father's Day to the dads. Be safe, go home to your families after every tour and don't ever let this job get the best of you or your life.

6/18/2006 04:41:00 PM  
Anonymous gerard clancy 2510 said...

ken stoppa got married ? he went to the other team ? he has always been gay. just was afraid to come out of the closet.

i bet you he will be divorced one year from today or less. mark my words he is a boy magnet.

6/18/2006 05:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good job Capt. Carrol! Perhaps he needs to watch that Gun vs Knife video. He should have a little more respect for those knives!

6/18/2006 02:38:31 PM

What makes you an expert on these situations? You wanna Monday morning quarterback someone elses job, do it with the bears. The Captain did a good job, nuff said. Of course all you killers out there would have done it different! BS

6/18/2006 05:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i went to high school with Stoppa. he loved the boys back then. he was a true geek.

6/18/2006 06:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this Capt. Carroll the father of the P.P.O. Carroll who just got fired for her lack of involvement so to say during the Dominick's on 71st incident?

6/18/2006 06:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What 02:59 wrote was floating around the districts about 2 weeks ago. I'm unsure he is the original writer

6/18/2006 06:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 02:59:05 PM I know that you are not the original author of what you re-posted, but I'm hoping that whomever the original author is would read my response. Additionally, whoever the original poster is, your views do not represent those of the majority of the CPD. Here is my response to the original poster:

Your thoughts would be funny, if they weren't so sad. No doubt you've been around for awhile. Did you start out like this? If not, when did it happen? Why did YOU let it happen? Oh no, that's right, THE JOB did it to you. If you are honestly that miserable, do yourself a favor and take a leave, maybe 6 months. Or better yet why don't you quit, cash out whatever you have in the pension and move to a little shack somewhere in Wyoming or Montana. Live off the land, get back to nature. You will live a lot longer. I couldn't imagine spending 8 hours in beat car with you, okay maybe 8 hours, but only once, I'll drive AND do the paper, but you're buying lunch.

And yes, I do love Chicago. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. And (oh he actually going to say it) I love being a Chicago Copper, 20 years and counting, wouldn't want to be on ANY other department.

God bless you brother (and I mean it), I'm really sorry that whatever happened to you, happened to you. Good luck.

6/18/2006 06:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

06:20:20 PM - No relation whatsoever.

6/18/2006 06:32:00 PM  
Blogger SCC said...


The comment was humorous the first time. The second time, not so funny. Now it's made our delete list. No reposting it anymore.

6/18/2006 07:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

National Police Prayer

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we ask Thy blessing and guidance upon all law enforcement officers engaged in the protection of our citizens. Be with them in their lonely tours of duty while patrolling the busy streets of our cities and the remote areas of our country. Give the blessing of your wisdom, to know and do what is right. Temper their actions with mercy and justice. When their tours are completed and the day is over, guide them safely home to their loved ones.

We also ask Thy blessing and eternal rest to all our brothers and sisters who have sacrificed their very lives in the performance of their duties. Give to their loved ones the peace and strength to bear the anguish of their loss. Remove all resentment from their hearts, knowing that eternal peace and rest will abide over their departed loved ones forever. This we beg in Thy name forever and ever, Amen.

6/18/2006 07:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Police Family's Prayer

Walk with them tonight
Dear Lord
Along each darkened street
Walk with them tonight
Dear Lord
Along their lonely beat
Keep them happy through the night
And please make sure they are warm
And guide them to a sheltering door
In case there comes a time a storm
And let them know
Though they're not here
My prayers are free from fright
Because, Dear Lord ,
I, know so well
You're on their beat tonight

author unknown

6/18/2006 07:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Police Officer's Life

I have been where you fear to be.
I have seen what you fear to see.
I have done what you fear to do.
All these things I've done for you.

I am the one you lean upon.
The one you cast your scorn upon.
The one you bring your troubles to,
All these people I've been for you.

The one you ask to stand apart.
The one you feel should have no heart.
The one you call the officer in blue,
But I am human, just like you.

And through the years I've come to see
That I am not what you ask of me.
So take this badge and take this gun.
Will you take it? Will anyone?

And when you watch a person die,
And hear a battered baby cry.
Then do you think that you can be
All these things you ask of me?

6/18/2006 07:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trying to Understand

"Is daddy coming home soon?" asks a precious little face.
"It's past when he should be here. Is he working on a case?"
Your dad's not coming home son. He's working late tonight.
He's a policeman up in heaven, making sure we're all alright.
"But mommy, why'd he leave us? I miss him when he's gone."
I know you miss him darling, but now we must be strong.
"Who's gonna teach me baseball, and help me fly my kite.
And help me withg my homework, and buy me my first bike?"
Your daddy loved you darling, and he didn't want to leave.
But a bad man took, your daddy, and left us all to grieve.
Be proud of who your dad was, and how he earned his pay.
Because it's people like your daddy that keep us safe each day.
"Mommy, when I get bigger, and if it's okay with you,
I'm gonna be like daddy, and be a policeman too."

"In memory of fallen officers everywhere"
by: Daniel T. Dunbar

6/18/2006 07:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is my first Father's Day without my Dad. For all of you that are Dads out there, give your kids a hug for me...thanks and be safe.

R.I.P. Dad and the Detective.

6/18/2006 07:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

07:40 May God Bless your Dad.

6/18/2006 07:49:00 PM  
Blogger Crimefile said...

To: 6/18/2006 05:48:50 PM

I am an expert on this subject according to the courts that have certified me as an expert witness in justifiable homicide cases.

Capt. Carol did very well here. Using that comment may well have put the knife wielding offender at a psychological disadvantage and helped.

Most people believe the gun is superior to the knife. That is true over distance. Close range is another matter. Any emergency room physician will tell you that knife wounds would are deadlier than bullet wounds. Read the story and watch the tape.


6/18/2006 08:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Rest your weary head. Watch over us as we struggle with this. Your burden will be carried by us.

6/18/2006 08:56:00 PM  
Anonymous miss you said...

This is the 5th Father's Day without my dad. Our last father's day I stopped by my folk's house with my daughter to wish him a Happy Father's day and give him a hug and a gift. Little did I know that this would be his last Father's Day on earth. I had my camera with me and asked my mother to to take our picture together. That was the last picture taken of him and he died shortly after Sept 11th. A year later I was involved in an accident on-duty when some idiot through a brick into the car winshield off an overpass on the Dan Ryan. I walked away from that with only shards of glass in my hair and a few minor cuts. I know my dad was looking out for me. Love ya and miss you dad.

6/18/2006 09:08:00 PM  
Anonymous An AREA TWO GUN TEAM MOM said...

The Area 2 gun team is talked about a lot on this blog but don'tworry everyone, the guys take it in stride and know that either other cops are either joking, jealous,or just plain STUPID. Have a very Happy Fathers Day and be safe out there. MOM KNOWS!!!!!

6/18/2006 09:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your comments. After reading this blog for awhile, I thought I was the only guy that feels that way. FWIW, I'm 25 years +

6/18/2006 09:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can some one who isn't an idiot explain to me how are Vision Plan is working now. Did we get it taking away in the last contract or is it the same as it was last contract? Help me out I'm going blind.

6/18/2006 10:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HMO = eye exam only thing paid for, no more free glasses

PPO still has DavisVision

6/18/2006 10:39:00 PM  
Anonymous 02:59:05 said...

I originally posted 02:59:05 about three weeks ago. I've seen it reposted a few times, but it's not funny anymore. I stole it from a diatribe delivered by Edward Norton in a movie called "25th Hour". The movie is set in New York and the rant is about New York City. I had to plagiarize something and rework it for a writing class I'm taking and the rant caught my fancy. I just turned Bensonhurst into Touhy (etc.), threw in some CPD whining I read on here and that was it. I didn't intend to post it here when I was working it, but it made me laugh so much, I shared. The next day I read it again, thought it was marginally retarded and deletyed it. However someone keeps reposting it here and it doesn't have legs. It's likelistening to Dice Clay; once is hilarious, twice is funny, and the third time is stupid. Please stop posting it. Also please stop posting those hadjob "cops are heroes" poems. If you have to pump your own nads, they're not worth pumping.

6/18/2006 10:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry for the typos

6/18/2006 10:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy father's day.

The most confusing day in the ghetto!

6/18/2006 11:02:00 PM  
Blogger Rue St. Michel said...

Here's the original movie quote that 02:59 was referring to -- for those interested. It's much better to watch Ed Norton recite it while he screams at himself in the mirror.

6/19/2006 12:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

off post; 2yrs ago a man died,being the police we also see the dying,but this man was a great man,many knew him,and many loved him,this man had a name but i always called this man DAD,i knew i loved this man, but i never knew how much i loved him until that day when he died,i was told by several of your friends after your death that i made you proud when i became a chicago police officer.well i can tell you from the bottom of my heart that you are and always have been my HERO. god rest your soul..

6/19/2006 02:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Good job Capt. Carrol! Perhaps he needs to watch that Gun vs Knife video. He should have a little more respect for those knives!

6/18/2006 02:38:31 PM

What makes you an expert on these situations? You wanna Monday morning quarterback someone elses job, do it with the bears. The Captain did a good job, nuff said. Of course all you killers out there would have done it different! BS

6/18/2006 05:48:50 PM

I think the first guy was joking...You need to stop defending your Chinaman and relax suck nuts!!!

6/19/2006 12:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great cleaners on 63rd st. NU WAY 5850 w 63rd st great people

6/21/2006 03:52:00 PM  

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