This is Interesting
- African-American aldermen accused Police Supt. Phil Cline on Friday of masterminding a reorganization that "castrated" his black first deputy.
Thirteen months ago, Cline redefined the role of First Deputy Supt. Dana Starks in a way that removed the No. 2 man from day-to-day control over the department.
Starks was stripped of authority over both the 9,000-officer Patrol Division and the Special Operations Section, the elite unit where four officers stand accused of theft, home invasion and kidnapping of suspected drug dealers.
Actually, from everything we've heard, the wedge between those two is pretty big already. They are on two different sides in the great political game. The way we heard it, Starks got hammered 13 months ago shortly after the aborted attempt to force 10 hour days in two southside districts and Cline got blindsided by the FOP's calls to find out what the hell was going on. Combined with a number of other incidents of the First being a little too proactive in his management style, he was cut out of the loop and Charlie Williams was designated the "team player." That hasn't stopped the First from placing a number of his Lieutenants in various Districts across Area 2 (allegedly in violation of a number of seniority clauses of existing contracts) and no end to Cline's headaches.
But this wasn't all:
South Side aldermen were furious about Cline's decision to transfer Calumet District Cmdr. John Matthews amid allegations that Matthews interfered with officers in the arrest of his son.
"It doesn't pass the smell test," said Ald. Anthony Beale (9th).Troutman demanded to know "how many hidden Burges are out there"
And of course, the clown prince tops all:
- And then, there was downtown Ald. Burton F. Natarus (42nd), who wants Cline to order police officers who walk around writing parking tickets to issue another ticket -- to dog owners who fail to pick up after their pets.