Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Mark Brown Has the Answers!

Not the answers to society's problems.

The answers to the Lieutenants Exam!

Well, not the answers per se, but the scenarios.
  • I'm sitting here looking at the seven test questions that lieutenant candidates for the Chicago Police Department will face next month if they choose to retake the oral portion of their promotional exam.

    The irony of me having these questions in my possession is that the oral exam is designed to test their ability to think on their feet in a spontaneous situation.

    But I already have the test questions because they already have the test questions because they already took the same test once -- which means there won't be anything spontaneous about it.

    If that doesn't make sense to you, then join the club.

It doesn't make sense Mark, because you're dealing with the City of Chicago. It doesn't have to make sense as long as the connected and people with the correct birthright get promoted.

Of course, now that the media has a hold of the questions (or a reasonable reconstruction of the questions) any fig leaf of an excuse that this exam is supposed to test the ability of Sergeants to "think on their feet" can be dismissed as absolute bullshit.

Thanks Mark Brown for finally bringing some light to a thoroughly corrupt promotional process. Now how about asking Noelle Brennan where her Federal monitors are at, how much this is going to cost taxpayers and if this is how a test is given for supervisory positions, what is truly the state of the Department that is supposed to serve and protect the citizens of Chicago? There's at least half a year worth of columns for Mark Brown in our comment sections and our archives. All it takes is knowing what questions to ask.

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55 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just read his column he is so smart LOL! What a goof he is so blind he cannot see a daley set-up! this is clout at its worst! some alderthieves lost the election now they want to help out some other elceted assholes by rewarding their slaves with a "MERIT" promotion! Great job mark you really know everything right?

5/30/2007 08:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANK YOU MARK BROWN! Sometimes you piss me off, which is your job......but you really came through for us on this.

5/30/2007 10:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone have a copy of the summary of the oral exam scenarios to which Mark Brown refers in the article? SCC, how about posting these summaries for everyone to see? Perhaps some model responses as well so all test takers could memorize and regurgitate the same answers on re-test day.

See how ridiculous this can get?

5/30/2007 10:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad it finally made the papers. It probably wont help myself and others who have been screwed over on promotional exams in the past because we are not connected. The fact it is soooooo blatant should cause outrage to Mark Brown and his readers. Thanks Mark, I do not always agree with your columns but at least you are one of the few writers who actually tries to see both sides of an issue.

5/30/2007 11:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only bad thing about MB's column is that his editors produced a headline that blames 'cops' in the generic sense for the scandal-put the blame where it needs to go- the testing corporation and the mayor/exempts that created this cricus-leave ordinary cops alone.

5/30/2007 11:17:00 AM  
Blogger NorthSide said...

An OPEN LETTER to Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown, the CPD whistleblower only identified as "SARGE", the eerily silent local media and other concerned parties.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Based on my own personal experience as the point-man in EXAMSCAM, the identity of "SARGE" must be protected.

The original EXAMSCAM rigged "oral board" was "masterminded" by former Supt. LeRoy "Notify the Watch Commander" Martin. We had organized more than 93% of our fellow victim sergeants (white, black, Hispanic, Asian, male and female) in litigation v. the City.

Along came our "knight in shining armor on his white stallion"--the then Channel 5 investigative reporter Peter KARL, who aired a four-part expose on EXAMSCAM. Incidentally, we still have incontrovertible, documented evidence that the chances of EXAMSCAM being legit are less than one in 13,800,000,000,000 (13.8 TRILLION with a "T").

Shortly thereafter, Peter "Judas" KARL sold out and betrayed us, taking his current lucrative CAPS gig with the Devil Incarnate--the City of Chicago. KARL then ignored both EXAMSCAM and my desperate calls for help.

MARTIN had launched a relentless campaign of First Amendment retaliation against me for speaking out on a matter of public concern--a rigged "promotional process" insurmountably based on CLOUT.

KARL did nothing. The then newly-elected and now current mayor left me out to twist slowly in the wind at MARTIN's mercy.

Ultimately, after filing a Section 1983 First Amendment case v. Chicago in Federal Court, I learned that my "trusted" attorney, one Richard J. BRZECZEK, had failed to file the original complaint within the Illinois two-year statute of limitations. I fired BRZECZEK. His failure to file leaves only two possible explanations: either BRZECZEK is the dumbest, most incompetent "lawyer" around or...he deliberately sabotaged my case by his unconscionable failure to file within the statute of limitations.

Fortunately, MARTIN's IAD puppets Raymond RISLEY, Jerry ROBINSON, Louis VELEZ, et al, resuscitated my case by falsely arresting me on a bogus misdemeanor. In the opinion (See 126 F.3d 1024) of then Seventh Circuit Chief Judge Richard A. POSNER, with Judges MANION and EVANS concurring, my actions were vindicated when the City was forced to settle with me for the false arrest retaliation.

Be forewarned, sergeants. DALEY will leave no stone unturned to make Mark Brown's column evaporate.

Aside from Mr. Brown, I predict that the media will attempt to ignore this rigged "oral board amnesia screen". I have compelling evidence that aside from occasional minor criticism, the Chicago media is in bed with da mare.

While I'm not holding my breath, I still await the written apologies of Richard M. DALEY, Peter KARL, LeRoy MARTIN, Richard BRZECZEK, Raymond RISLEY, Jerry ROBINSON, Louis VELEZ, Joseph CURTIN, Toby BURTON, et al.

Never let it be said that I will not take eMail from greedy, cowardly, filthy, rotten, low-life, treacherous muthafuckers:

cpdfop7@yahoo.com

After all, this IS Chicago!

5/30/2007 11:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last line of his column:

. . . "I'm thinking somebody in the decision-making process here was never properly evaluated for their ability to think on their feet." . . .

BINGO!!!!!!!!! You got it!! Because the one's making the decisions are all "meritorious" aka: appointed by clout assholes.

5/30/2007 11:46:00 AM  
Anonymous 35th street said...

What the brainless city officials should do is DEMAND that the company that administered the exam (AND FU%KED IT UP) pay out of their own pockets to develop a new oral portion. After all, WHY SHOULD US TAXPAYERS FOOT THE BILL?

THE ANSWER: A well known source down at 35th Street relates that CLINE wants a “quick solution” to the problem. WHY??? Obviously because he would like to have this son (and possibly a few others) promoted before he steps down.

5/30/2007 11:55:00 AM  
Anonymous good king richard said...

Politics involved in police promotions in MY city, the greatest city in the whole wide world???

That's silly. Silly, silly, just plain silly.

Accountability, integrity, transparency and credibility have always been the hallmarks of my administration. Chicago will never settle for less that the very best and the very brightest. Not on my watch!

That's just silly.

5/30/2007 01:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHY DONT YOU STOP WINING CRY BABIES. JUST STFU. YOU KNOW WHAT THE JOB WAS ABOUT WHEN YOU CAME ON. ITS BEEN THIS WAY SINCE THE BEGIINING. DONT ROCK THE BOAT A-HOLES. IF YOU DONT LIKE IT QUIT.

AS LONG AS GARBAGE IS PICKED UP AND STREETS ARE SHOVELLED, PEOPLE DONT CARE WHAT HAPPENS. THIS IS CHICAGO YOU MORONS. DEAL WITH IT.

5/30/2007 01:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THE SYSTEM IS CORRUPT, BUT HOPEFULLY MATT CLINE IS BE PROMOTED

5/30/2007 02:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't wait to see some of the responses to this post. Keep it up a day or two.

5/30/2007 02:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I HOPE SGT BIGGANE MAKES LT, I THINK SHE WOULD BE A GREAT LT, AND SHE IS NICE LOOKING TOO.

5/30/2007 03:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now if only Mark Brown could clean up SOS? Who in their right mind would want to be involved with such a corrupt unit? He should shed some light on the CPD's very own "darkside." Sons of Supervisors can rot in prison for all I care.

-24 years and counting

5/30/2007 03:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's all about "merit", Chicago-style.

5/30/2007 04:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think we can make that reporter question a bit more interesting!

What if that reporter is Mary Mitchell?

What do you do...what do you do?!

5/30/2007 05:04:00 PM  
Anonymous cpd class 66-24 said...

Northside rocks!

Next time, tell us what you REALLY think, Johnny.

5/30/2007 07:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:47 PM

We rest our case.

Considering the content and context of your post, it doesn't take an Einstein to figure out:

- you're a clout baby, most likely a "merit" boss.

- you have no principles/ethics.

- you're as dumb as a box of rocks.

5/30/2007 07:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Almost 14 trillion to 1 odds, Northside?

Hell, maybe O.J. didn't do it after all.

5/30/2007 07:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry off topic

Holy Sh*t

STRATFORD, Conn. -- An off-duty New Haven police officer shot and critically wounded his 18-year-old daughter, apparently mistaking her for an intruder after she sneaked out of their Stratford home and re-entered through the basement.

5/30/2007 08:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Mark Brown

5/30/2007 08:30:00 PM  
Anonymous darth vader said...

Now if only Mark Brown could clean up SOS? Who in their right mind would want to be involved with such a corrupt unit? He should shed some light on the CPD's very own "darkside." Sons of Supervisors can rot in prison for all I care.

-24 years and counting

5/30/2007 03:47:00 PM

Come with me Mr. anonymous to the the dark side, we will rule the universe together. Deep down you wanted to be in S.O.S and never made it. So be the do nothing that you are and keep counting the days ...loser

5/30/2007 08:32:00 PM  
Anonymous OLD 1ST WARD said...

it time for the sgt's to stick up 4 themselves. you wanna play hard ball sue. if you want the fop to carry you you people are in bad shape and shouldnt be promoted.

WHAT 10-15 GRAND TAKE IT OUT OF THE EQUITY ON THOSE TINY HOUSES YOU GUYS OWN. BUT REMEBER YOU MAY BE ON MIDNITES IN 3. ROLL THE DICE WE ARE WATCHING.

5/30/2007 08:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mark brown is the smartestjust ask him!

5/30/2007 08:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've filed complaints with the Feds via Noelle Brennan and she-they haven't done anything. Just issue you a complaint number, and some circle talk to go with it.. Not even a follow up interview, so don't expect ANYTHING from Brennan/Feds. They are either intimidated, corrupt also,or lazy and dumb, in my opinion. Lets face it, what has she -they done in the past 2 yrs. At least we have Patrick Fitzgerald, but he and his staff are only a handful, investigating that Mt. Everest of Corruption, crime, underhanded deals, unethical doings, known as the City of Crook-cago, and Crook County, Smellinois.

5/30/2007 09:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

for correct answers, contact BILL MOSS, 001 Foot-Bike god

5/30/2007 09:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off topic, some good people in 012 in the shit for the Jefferson Tap bullshit. The Sgt. is a good guy along with a female PO
I worked with about 7-8 years ago. Yuppies suck and need their asses kicked every once in a while.

5/30/2007 09:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Idi Amin, Peter Karl, Daley, Brcezek, Risley, Curtin and the rest of you weasels.

Why don't you sue Northside for libel?

Oh, that's right. Never mind. He's only telling the TRUTH!

Keep fighting the good fight, John. A few people may not like you but everybody respects you.

5/30/2007 10:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Yuppies suck and need their asses kicked every once in a while."

So which way is it a-hole? 012 POs in the shit & in some convoluted sort of way it's the Yuppies fault?

You have a twisted view of reality. The POs were tricked by the A/4 Sgt. who waved them of in the 1st place. End of Story.

5/30/2007 10:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When will ballless FOP president Markie post the list of the merit sergeants. Why are the Fire depts merits identified and not the police departments. I mad mad as hell every time I see some of these
patronage hacks. The sgts union should identify the merit lts.

5/30/2007 10:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's pray that Mark Brown, the media and Saint Patrick Fitzgerald of Dearborn St. pursue this outrage.

I'd die a happy man to see that Daley bastard wheeled out of City Hall wearing a straitjacket and leg irons on a hand truck like Hannibal Lecter.

The same Chicagoans who elected Todd Stroger in a landslide are so stupid. When they think of Daley, all they see are flower planters, wrought iron fences and his Olympic dream. If they only knew how corrupt and evil he really is.

5/30/2007 10:51:00 PM  
Anonymous matthias "paddy" bauler said...

Chicago ain't ready for reform (and it never will be).

5/30/2007 10:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Over 4000 visitors today. Did SCC strike a raw nerve or what?

5/30/2007 11:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off topic, some good people in 012 in the shit for the Jefferson Tap bullshit. The Sgt. is a good guy along with a female PO
I worked with about 7-8 years ago. Yuppies suck and need their asses kicked every once in a while.

5/30/2007 09:43:00 PM


No! the coward police that got the 12th dist officers involved need to be fired. Yet clout rules! the only ones fired will be those officers from 12th dist, who did nothing wrong when the Lt gave them an order to leave. This Dept sucks

5/30/2007 11:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peter Karl always was a police-hating rat piece of shit. What else is new.

5/30/2007 11:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Murph, you better make LT before the big guy leaves or you will be a bike patrol Sgt. in 001. Sucking so much ass that early in your career was a mistake. You will now have to start all over. With all your great narcotics knowledge I'm sure they might even take you back! Good Luck.

5/30/2007 11:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark clown wants to be another John Kass but he has no sense of decency! Has Kass ever attacked the police? NEVER! Why? because Kass is smart and knows how the game is played not like the liberal moron clown-brown!

5/30/2007 11:25:00 PM  
Anonymous trial attorney said...

Mr. Northside,

Even a failing first-year law student is well aware of the statute of limitations and the Rule 12(b)(6) implications of the Federal Rules of Civel Procedure.

Assuming that you promptly retained Richard Brzeczek, no lawyer could be that incompetent.

That narrows it down to but one possibility. Did you file a state malpractice complaint against him seeking his disbarment? If not, shame on you.

5/30/2007 11:58:00 PM  
Anonymous peter karl said...

CAP$ WORK$.

5/31/2007 12:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHY DONT YOU STOP WINING CRY BABIES. JUST STFU. YOU KNOW WHAT THE JOB WAS ABOUT WHEN YOU CAME ON. ITS BEEN THIS WAY SINCE THE BEGIINING. DONT ROCK THE BOAT A-HOLES. IF YOU DONT LIKE IT QUIT.

AS LONG AS GARBAGE IS PICKED UP AND STREETS ARE SHOVELLED, PEOPLE DONT CARE WHAT HAPPENS. THIS IS CHICAGO YOU MORONS. DEAL WITH IT.

5/30/2007 01:47:00 PM

You quit dumbass. This is Chicago and that is the problem. This shit has gone on too long. Cops are the laughing stock of city, as are the alderman, every major city department employee, Cook County board members and the good mayor. We're less than a decade away from Detroit, Harvey or any other. You blame the brother, yups, latinos, media, reverends,the educated, bosses and any other fuc#$ing thing you can think of. Take a good look in the mirror. You're bitter because you took the job, were pretty dumb to begin with, thought you were entitled to greatness, fell way short, the world got complex and now you think things are bad because you finally grew up and have nothing to show for it. This same shit has been going on for decades. Handle it. This department needs to be audited, revamped, 'shook up'....whatever you want to call it. This city is not driven by dumbf#$%ses like yourself. We're all puppets in a really bad show. This blog brings to life how miserable cops are these days. This isn't you're daddy's police depatment son but he was a better man than you. The boat needs rocking because it's just about to sink and he did care.

5/31/2007 02:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/30/2007 09:36:00 PM

Your grammar, or lack there of, may be a reason you have yet to receive a response. Quite frankly, I would put your complaint in the same basket as someone who is "axing" a question.

You also may want to study up on what is considered a "meritorious" promotion. It may or may not be another way of saying it is a management position (which is allowed, by the contract you voted on.) Any rank above Lt., is considered entirely "Shakman" exempt. (I wonder why they call them "Exempts?...")

Don't the white shirts have their own sites to bitch and moan?

5/31/2007 02:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AS LONG AS GARBAGE IS PICKED UP AND STREETS ARE SHOVELLED, PEOPLE DONT CARE WHAT HAPPENS. THIS IS CHICAGO YOU MORONS. DEAL WITH IT.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

That is because you are a typical City Resident who is a MORON yourself. Why should you care? Because as a taxpayer you are the one being FUCKED!!

You are too stupid to realize with all the corruption, money is being taken out of YOUR pocket. Citizens of Chicago almost take pride in the fact that the city is so corrupt and laugh about it. WAKE UP!! YOU ARE BEING SCREWED!

WE should demand change!! As for morons like YOU.. just bent over and spread your cheeks – DIPSHIT.

5/31/2007 10:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

. . . Your grammar, or lack there of, may be a reason you have yet to receive a response. . . . Don't the white shirts have their own sites to bitch and moan?” . . .

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YUP. You are a typical moron copper. You are too stupid to see that we should ALL stick together. This attitude of separatism is exactly what the city wants from its workers. The city NEVER wants us to unite, therefore we will never be strong enough to tackle and crush their corrupt machine.

Go crawl under a rock and die . . the rest of us will fight for what is right.

5/31/2007 11:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its all legit,study hard and you will advance.NOT!!Its all about sukin the PP.

5/31/2007 11:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Captains are above the rank of lieutenant and they are not "Exempt". Exempt rank means that they are "exempt" from having to abide by General Orders Einstein.

5/31/2007 12:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THIS JUST IN FROM THE NEWS DESK....

Word out of 35th Street is that Phil Cline is done tommorrow, on Friday June 1st.

It appears there was an argument over Phil not being allowed to make command changes and move people around.

Hiram Grau will be the interim Supe in charge (proves that Dana was in WAY over his head) until the new Supe can be found.

Finally, Phil was not going to make sure his son gets promoted - not this soon anyway. That is a favor that will come later. If you want to know if the fix is on look to see if a "Murphy" gets promoted.

5/31/2007 12:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Amazed said...

Captains are above the rank of lieutenant and they are not "Exempt". Exempt rank means that they are "exempt" from having to abide by General Orders Einstein.

Whoa. Someone find this guy a clue

5/31/2007 04:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Captains are above the rank of lieutenant and they are not "Exempt". Exempt rank means that they are "exempt" from having to abide by General Orders Einstein.

5/31/2007 12:03:00 PM

is it possible that someone is this stupid?

5/31/2007 09:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Captains are above the rank of lieutenant and they are not "Exempt". Exempt rank means that they are "exempt" from having to abide by General Orders Einstein."

Ummm. Yeah, you are an idiot.

The "Exempt Rank" was adopted when Captains were still considered a career service rank. When was the last time there was a test for Captain of Police? Name one present Captain that took the test and was not promoted "meritoriously."

6/01/2007 04:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mc Corry. 023.

6/01/2007 07:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

captains are not exempt

6/01/2007 12:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would anyone be surprised about this, the promotional process on this department is absolutely horrible. Why if they pay a company to give and grade the test, does anyone on this department need to see the test prior to it being given? So certain persons can have the answers and give them to close associates, the friends get made meritoriously the associates get the answers to the test, and fuck the rest of us.
Private study groups on company property on company time. A complete and total disregard for the working police.
What a slap in the fucking face.

6/01/2007 10:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the only problem is, some of these sgt.'s who already think they are the shit, might actually become lt.'s. i just hope if they do they go to other district's. we sure don't want them back. some of them are real tools. god help us when they go up another rank. if they were'nt a sgt. of police they sure would be a whole lotta nothin, that's for sure.

6/01/2007 10:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exempt is a title given under FLSA. Those are members who work in a position such as CEO, etc who are exempt from FLSA rules such as OT...morons

6/01/2007 11:11:00 PM  
Anonymous DocMac said...

5/30/2007 10:51:00 PM
I'd pay to see him hauled out BY Hannibal Lecter. Maybe Hannibal could find out what's on his mind.

6/01/2007 11:14:00 PM  

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