Friday, August 24, 2007

Starks' Hatchet Job

This has all the hallmarks of a set up, a cover up and a blame game writ large:
  • The head of the Chicago Police Department’s scandal-plagued Special Operations Section was replaced today, signaling an effort by the interim superintendent to reform the unit and put his own stamp on the department.

    [...] The elite SOS unit has became an embarrassment for Mayor Daley. Officer Jerome Finnigan and six officers in the unit have been charged with operating a robbery ring from 2002 to 2006 and other officers are under investigation. They have been charged in state court, but federal authorities also are investigating.

    At a City Council hearing a few weeks ago, Starks acknowledged a need to rein in members of the elite unit after Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) called the behavior of Finnigan and his co-defendants “another form of abusive power.”

The FOP is actually stepping into this one, too:
  • Donahue said it would be unfair to pin the SOS scandal on Guilliford.

    “The gentleman who’s in there hasn't been there that long,” Donahue said. “He has been taking steps to address identified problems at SOS. I don’t think he can be blamed for the scandal.”

Unfortunately, that's what seems to be happening. Sneed, Spielman and Main are doing the dirty work. Gulliford took over in July 2005. The SOS scandal had actually been brewing for three years at that point and the State's Attorney had wiretaps, forensic accountants and probably an empaneled Grand Jury looking into the scandal. When IAD started calling SOS Officers down for statements and such, Gulliford pulled the officers off the streets and did everything that would be expected of a Commander to limit the damage. When the whole thing blew up, he did everything asked and ordered from downtown.

And now he's playing the whipping boy for a Department desperate to protect people, some of them retired, who had more to do with bringing allegedly dirty cops back into a unit they had been banished from years before. It's a shame, but truth be told, no one expects anything different from downtown, especially with the current crop of people in charge and those left behind by Cline.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any info on the police shooting in 011 tonight that the tribune is reporting? Is this one step closer to the riot these people so badly want?

8/23/2007 11:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How close was Gulliford to the SOS officers and sergeants that wer indicted or stripped?

8/24/2007 12:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Was SOS Once said...

Not as close as Radke was. Gulliford inherited everyone at SOS from the previous three commanders, Darling, Dugan, Tobias and the Dep Chief from Special Functions

Gulliford only brought in one sergeant before the scandal hit and that was the Canine training Sergeant (LM).

8/24/2007 12:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We finally have a narcotics guru and a great working copper at the head of OCD.

8/24/2007 12:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just farted. It stinks, but not nearly as bad as this dept!

8/24/2007 12:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, thats how you catch LT's you know.
put a cloverleaf on a desk in an office and ,after they walk in to admire it, slam the door shut behind them. works every time!

8/24/2007 12:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moving Guliford is no surprise. I thought it would happen a whole lot sooner.

8/24/2007 01:05:00 AM  
Anonymous man, i am tired of the bullshit! said...

Let me understand this, Starks places Walter Green in as the Commander of SOS to improve SOS image?

The Commander Walter GREEN who has had and may still a few open confidential CR numbers against him for sexual harassment of female officers. I know for a fact that he even took a short suspension while he was Commander of Area 2 Detective Division for one of these CR numbers.

Who was also called into the Supt.'s Office with two other exempt members who also had ongoing sexual beefs and stalking charges, where upon the three were told by Cline to knock the shit off or your going back to being a Field Lt. in a district of Cline's calling.

This is a joke. Why do you think Green got dumped as the Commander of the Area 2 Detective Division? Because he couldn't keep his snake in his pants nor stop himself from making sexual comments to P.O.s and Detectives.

Hey, Maybe bring back Former Chicago Police Chief of Detectives William Hanhardt to be the Commander of Assets Forfeitures or Good old Commander Acosta to be the I.A.D. Commander and Corey Flagg would make a great O.C.D. Commander too!

8/24/2007 01:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about just making Matt Tobias a Lt. again and putting some blame on him. He was the one who pulled most of the indicted guys to this unit and turned his head the whole time....only to be made an A.D.S.

8/24/2007 01:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Should of made Det. Sue Ryan the Commander of SOS. She was peronally trained well by the now retired MOLLOY! MOLLOY only made merit promotions based on skill, experienced and job performance. Never on which chick-a-dee sat on his lap and laughed at his stupid bad breath jokes.

8/24/2007 01:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Suck Ftarks! Gulliford is a good commander that did nothing wrong. He did what he was asked and now he's being punished. I hope Starks reads this... may you and your cohorts burn in bureaucratic hell!

8/24/2007 01:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha Ha Ha Ha. SOS got PimpDaddy! as their new commander. Are you still thankful that you used your phonecall for a unit? Stay in the districts i tell all of my friends. My enemies / or (just the people that piss me off) i push them towards the units. Go PimpDaddy!!

8/24/2007 01:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alderman Beale: "Another form of abusive power" ???

Ummmm, like perhaps getting your lazy ass daddy hired at the state's attorney's office?

8/24/2007 03:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you BELIEVE that Starks actually said he wants a black commander for SOS? How racist is that? I think Gulliford should sue the city.!!

8/24/2007 05:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Payback for Klines guys.
Gulliford was originally put in to be the fall guy, except he did not know it at the time.
Good guy but was out of the loop at the time, who put him in there ? you guess

8/24/2007 06:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you really think that came from Dana? or city hall?? my guess- Hall

8/24/2007 06:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Darling, Dugan and Tobias are all/were much heavier than Gulliford. He is paying the price.

8/24/2007 06:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think Radke is peeing in his Depends right now?!

8/24/2007 07:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off topic: Great choice of EUGENE WILLIAMS for Chief of OCD! Finally, a Chief who knows the ins and outs of the Unit!

8/24/2007 07:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GULLIFORD TOOK THE SPOT NOW YOU WANT TO DEFEND HIM

HES A BIG BOY YOU WANT THE HOT POTATO HE GOT BURNED

ONCE YOU AREI N CHARGE OF THESE ELITE UNITS YOU USUALLY KEEP GETTING CHOICE SPOTS

DONT BE SAD HE COULD BE WORKING 99 IN 3 OR 11

8/25/2007 12:32:00 AM  
Blogger SCC said...

We had a crash Friday night and lost about 40 comments on this thread.

Sorry about that.

Post will remain open for futher discussion

8/25/2007 12:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YOU DO OF COURSE REALIZE THAT GULLIFORD WAS PLACED THERE AND KNEW HE WAS THERE TO WEATHER THE STORM. HE WAS WELL AWARE OF WHAT WAS GOING ON WHEN HE TOOK OVER .
HE DID WHAT HE WAS TOLD AND WAS REWARDED BY THE GROSSLY INCOMPETENT
STARKS. STARKS YOU ARE A USELESS TOOL.

8/25/2007 02:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Rev. Gene Williams promoted.
Do we address him as Rev. or Chief, or what?

The make belive Revs. actually have one of their own in a position of real authority.

8/25/2007 02:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is FOP representing?? The exempts on the troops on the street.

Mark hardly... makes comments about the PO's and now he is going to say something about Gilliford!

8/25/2007 09:38:00 AM  
Anonymous fitz said...

The United States of America

v.

Francis Radke, et al.

8/25/2007 10:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
What about just making Matt Tobias a Lt. again and putting some blame on him. He was the one who pulled most of the indicted guys to this unit and turned his head the whole time....only to be made an A.D.S.

8/24/2007 01:37:00 AM


It will all come out soon enough.. FBI has more people working here on Chicago corruption than anywhere else in the world.

8/25/2007 10:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gulliford might be the fall guy, but wasn't he in SOS as a lieutenant? If so he should have known that things wern't right. He didn't get hurt too bad, he still is an exempt with a take home car and all the other perks that go with it. He could be on the first watch in 003, 007, or 011. Other people such as Radke, Tobias, Dugan and to a lesser extent Darling did more to create this mess than him. Probably the most culpable was Radke, who helped and took care of both Finnigan and Medzianowski. Makes you wonder doesn't it?

8/25/2007 12:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I AM A PROUD DOGASS, THE 1ST AND 16TH EVERYTHING ELSE FUCK IT! EXEMPTS WITH NO BALLS CLOUT WHITE SHIRTS THIS DEPT IS A DISGRACE! THE FOP? WHAT A BUNCH OF DRUNKS WHO CANNOT EVEN ANSWER THEIR EMAILS OR CALL OFFICERS BACK! HAVE ANOTHER DRINK GREG AND BILLY BOY! MAYBE DALEY CAN GET YOU FAMILY AND FRIENDS MORE JOBS AND YOU COULD SELL OUT THE MEMBERS MORE! HEY MARK WHAT MORE WILL YOU ALLOW US TO GIVE UP?

8/25/2007 09:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Can you BELIEVE that Starks actually said he wants a black commander for SOS? How racist is that? I think Gulliford should sue the city.!!

8/24/2007 05:47:00 AM
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Wow, racism in the most racist city in the United States. Who saw that one coming?

The nice thing about Chi-Town is that there's equal opportunity in mindless hatred. EVERYBODY gets to be a bigot against SOMEBODY, Whites against Blacks; Blacks against Jews; Mexicans against Puerto Ricans; Mainland Italians against Sicilians; Vulcans against Romulans.

Nothing more needs to be said about a town where Frank Collin and Louis Farrakhan BOTH felt at home.

If you're not hating SOMEBODY, you're not with the program...

8/26/2007 09:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stop picking on Starks. I heard he graduated "Alpha Omega Valedictorian " of his G.E.D. class.

8/27/2007 03:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MOLLOY only made merit promotions based on skill, experienced and job performance. Never on which chick-a-dee sat on his lap and laughed at his stupid bad breath jokes

________________________________

YOU are WRONG !!! did you not see SUE a chick a dee promoted to detective last year !!!

8/28/2007 06:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Walter Green would present the female detectives in Area 2 with roses on holidays - privately, in his office. Very appropriate for a police commander! We often wondered what he gave the other female employees - who spent an inordinate amount of time in his office! Sleep with a dog - you wake up with fleas!

8/30/2007 12:04:00 AM  

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