Wednesday, September 19, 2007

8020

No, we aren't talking about the watch bid percentages.

8,020 visitors to this site on Tuesday. More than double, but not quite triple the average number of daily visitors.

We've been getting quite a bit of "fan" mail from police both from here, suburban and even out of state. A number of citizens have written to say thanks for letting them peek behind the curtain. We've had some not so nice letters here and there, but we had those before.

Perhaps somewhere along the line, we can look back and say this site made a difference. We aren't making any earth shattering changes by ourselves. We aren't about to dethrone the mayor or any of the aldercreatures. We are much too fractured for that and any political power officers may wield is diluted by living all over the city.

But if we get some people involved, if we get some concerned citizens to open their eyes and see how the Police are treated by the political masters, the play reverends, the often slanted media and lawyers out for a buck, maybe it's all worth it. Maybe some change occurs. Maybe someone waves a whole hand at us one day instead of one finger. Maybe someone says, "Thank you Officer" instead of "fuck you." Maybe someone remembers meeting the police as a positive experience instead of a lurid headline.

We helped stop a street sign once. And by doing so, we honored our dead so that they were remembered, even if just for an instant.

It's something.

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19 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the website of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison - Texas

All messages are published with permission of the sender. The general topic of this message is Civil Liberties:
Subject:
Tazer incident: Resisting the Polce

To:
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison

September 19, 2007

I think that the letter (see below) regarding the use of a taser (spelled TASER) on a student from the University of Florida is absurd. A taser was used because this young man was RESISTING the police or perhaps at that time resisting arrest by the police. I have a recommendation for everyone who is reading this: "When the police (the people that we have entrusted to protect us) order you to do something, COMPLY. This man was not tasered because he was asking a question. He was tasered because he was ordered by the police to leave the building and he would not COMPLY. He and you, dear writer, are not above the law. The law says that you will COMPLY with the orders that the police issue or you will be arrested. If you resist arrest the police will use necessary force to ensure that you COMPLY.





September 19, 2007

I am very concerned at recent reports of the use of tazers on college campuses and nationwide by police. Recently, a Univ. of Florida student was tazered by campus police. He was asking John Kerry a question - and while he may have been annoying - he was NOT doing anything wrong. Police approached him and Kerry even stated...he would answer his question. Instead, they tried to physically remove him - when he asked why he was being removed...they tazered him. This use of force was NOT justified from the video coverage. There were SEVERAL cops present - some with their guns pointed directly at him. What is going on with America? What is going on with our police? Even campus police?

9/19/2007 05:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

80-20 It's my freakin' pants!

9/19/2007 06:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

True again scc gives us the actual working police to vent! The so called bosses vent on us, with their weak coward answers! Read totadys tribune editorial about the childrens museum daley uproar again the trib sees it as it is, more daley king bullshit!

9/19/2007 07:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Love ya long time said...

Thank you officers for all you do.
P.S. They don't pay you coppers enough.

9/19/2007 08:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am very concerned at recent reports of the use of tazers on college campuses and nationwide by police. Recently, a Univ. of Florida student was tazered by campus police. He was asking John Kerry a question - and while he may have been annoying - he was NOT doing anything wrong. Police approached him and Kerry even stated...he would answer his question. Instead, they tried to physically remove him - when he asked why he was being removed...they tazered him. This use of force was NOT justified from the video coverage. There were SEVERAL cops present - some with their guns pointed directly at him. What is going on with America? What is going on with our police? Even campus police?

I don't know what tape you were watching but the one I saw showed the guy take over the microphone after the forum came to end. The subject began asking innapropriate questions , the police tried to escort the subject out the hall, after the microphone was cutoff, he resisted being removed from the hall, the officers pointed a taser at him, not guns, he continued to resist as the officers tried to place him into custody, at one point even running backwards towards Sen. Kerry. THe officers forcfully moved him away from the area of the Sen. and again tried to place him into custody with the subject still resisting any attempts to be handcuffed, he was told numerous times,to quit resisting or he would be tasered, as heard on tape. The subject still resisted, not following verbal direction and was tasered, the officers were then able to place him into custody without injury to the subject or further incident.
Within moments of this incident the subjects friends had this incident up on the web, obviously a staged incident to provoke and promote whatever agenda they have.

Moral of the story: DONT BE A GOOF, follow verbal direction, don't resist arrest and you'll be ok.

9/19/2007 08:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

O.K. media, now we have your attention! Talk w/ your bosses to talk to the CPD bosses, and lets get you people on ride a longs in the busy districts, not just one night, but a full week. If you really want to put out opinions on the police, then go out and do the real research necessary to complete your story!!! Believe me, the media people who brave this will gain much respect from the CPD.
If you don't know what it's like to walk into a already agitated "Domestic Disturbance", while other coppers in your District are already responding to other officer's calling for help, riding past you w/ lights and sirens. Driving down a dark side street at 1130 at night hearing gunfire 30 ft from you, ducking, and then getting out searching dark gangways and yards for the shooter, wondering if they were shooting at you? Shootings of young people, missing tender age kids, check the well being of a stiff whose been there a week (the smell), 5 hard core drug dealers on the corner (do you stop em or say screw it), chasing a person w/ a gun not knowing where the hell you are at, or simply, working 6 nights a week, barely being home w/ your family!!! These are the experiences that the media must experience personally to know what it's like to be a Chicago Police Officer!!!

9/19/2007 09:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enough already! with the Lawyers, as soon as you step into shit you call me. ENOUGH.

9/19/2007 10:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To those of you (mostly civilian, non police types)a lawful police order is just that,,a lawful order that must be obeyed.

In the old days it was accomplished with a nightstick, now it is a TASER.


ASK THEM, TELL THEM, MAKE THEM



That is it, plain and simple, no making deals with people, no pleading, no arguing.

9/19/2007 10:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's the problem we, supposedly free, citizens have:

All laws are not created equal.

Many laws are meant to suppress freedom, not ensure freedom.

Thus, those laws are, by their very nature, unconstitutional and, thus, null and void.

To insist that a law enforcement officer is obligated to enforce unconstitutional laws is classic Big Brother reasoning.

To insist that 'free' citizens must, at all times, 'comply' with the orders of police, regardless of the constitutionality of said orders, is, on it's face, unconstitutional.

To assume that every police officer will, at all times, be giving only orders to comply with that are constitutional is to assume that every police officer is perfect.

Police officers know well that this is not the case.

Honest police officers acknowledge this.

Dishonest police officers do not.

The small minority of people in power do not want the majority of police officers to be honest.

Hence, the observable reality of the shit rising to the top.

Every officer with both brains and integrity knows that the greatest service he or she can give during their shift is to be honest and fair, in their words and deeds, when having contact with the citizens they are sincerely dedicated to serve and protect.

The powers-that-be want cops to be programed automatons, imposing and enforcing every law on the books without conscious, honor or humanity.

Honest cops know better.

Honest cops do better.

Honest cops are not thugs or goons.

Honest cops are not flunkies for the power fucks.

Honest cops are honorable human beings.

There are not enough honest cops.

We citizens wish there were.

9/19/2007 12:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gary Indiana incident seems to put the blame on the police department instead it should be put on the driver who was drunk and driving reckless and the two guys themselves for not wearing their seat belts. I'm waiting for the reckless homicide charges to come down. So what's the hold up?

The tazer incident was totally justified. Dude was being a jagoff, wasn't listening to the rules and definately wasnt listening to the umpteen requests by police to leave and stop resisting. Thus - Your ass is gettn' tazedddd zz izzz ziz ziz. Now I'll bet you'll comply and listen.

9/19/2007 12:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 9/19/2007 09:56:00 AM:

As we all know that there are NO real journalist who will take up such an offer and will gladly opt to critique CPD from the comfy confines of their offices and write their on location after-the-fact stories.

And you are right when saying that anyone that does will get a HEAVY dose of respect from many members of CPD.

9/19/2007 04:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What is going on with America? What is going on with our police? Even campus police?"

Well honey, it works like this: "NEXT TIME, LISTEN!"

AND What the hell's wrong with the stupid kid? When you're told to go, "YOU GO". THE HECK WITH THE GENERATION Y ENTITLEMENT CRAP! BZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!

9/19/2007 06:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too saw the college campus incident where the GOOF was tasered.

It was a good call.

That's the problem with young kids today, their parents spoil them rotten. Than they pout and throw temper tantrums whenever they don't get their way!

I blame the parents. Most of these kids act like grade school kids rather than college kids. I mean we all know some of these types of kids today. (35 years old, multiple B.S. or Master's level degrees, or maybe even a Ph.D, living in moms basement, never held a job or filed an income tax return of their own, BUT LOVE TO LECTURE THEIR PARENTS OR THE POLICE regarding just about everything!

The old axiom of "To much college..not enough high school!"

That kid deserved being tasered. I witnessed him ignore lawful commands and after being given more than a generous amount of time to comply, responds with "take your hands off of me..blah,blah,blah, Whaaa,whaaa.Where's my mommy? I want my mommy!"

Fuck Him!

9/19/2007 06:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

in phoenix on furlough when i hear on the news of phoenix officer shot and killed. the officer was on street stop doing a name check. guy comes back with warrant, officer tries to arrest bad guy .he pulls out gun and shoots az officer 3 times. off. carjacks a guy at gunpoint, police catch up to him. cops kill bad guy. turns out off. is a deported mexican who has snuck back in 3 times. but thanks to az police his illegal alien days are over. the difference here the news was on the officers side. there was no protest over this scums death. no fake revs. or politicos lamenting the scums death. just the news reporting fairly and people honestly grieving the loss of a good policeman. i feel ashamed of our city, when i see how a fallen officer in another city is honored and not made to look like an offender when doing his job. we should wake up and not allow others in chicago to demean our work or our lives. god bless Officer Erfle and his family.

9/19/2007 07:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that TASER incident was completely staged, can you say "I want to get on YOUTUBE!!!" his friends were their to film it

9/19/2007 10:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CPD should work 4 on 3 off.

The most depressing thing in the world is Your first day back after your second 3day off.


You Rock the Haus SCC.

9/20/2007 01:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tacoma Washington is hiring Police Officers! One of their recruiters will be in Chicago soon! Go on their website and check it out!

9/20/2007 08:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this blog has accomplished anyting; it's shining moment has to be exposing the "Fred Hampton Way" street sign. It was your finest moment. At a time when the media, politicians, play reverands and most disgustingly,the CPD brass expressed no outrage. You. SCC; were a voice of reason in a sea of insanity. I hope when you wake up in the morning and look in the mirror you smile. But more than that realize this. With your local, national and international audiance you absolutly, positivly and unequivocably infuriate Mayor Richard Daley. Smile. YOU EARNED IT!

9/20/2007 10:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9/19/2007 06:37:00 PM

That's right. DOUBLE fuck him. You do what you're told, there shouldn't be any problems.

By the way, how often do you catch an offender because his pants fall down? Just wondering.

It is what it is.

9/24/2007 06:15:00 PM  

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