Starks Getting the Nod?
Interim Police Supt. Dana Starks' decision to abolish the Chicago Police Department's scandal-scarred Special Operations Section shows that Chicago's next police superintendent need not be an outsider, Mayor Daley said Wednesday.
Police Board President Demetrius Carney has said Daley rejected the first three finalists for superintendent -- and ordered a new nationwide search -- because he wants a "change agent" to clean up the Police Department in the wake of the SOS scandal and embarrassing barroom brawls involving off-duty officers.
Sneed hears the targets of the ongoing probe of the Chicago Police Department's Special Operations Section are two commanders, two sergeants and one lieutenant.
• • Tipsville: The investigation into the elite unit, which was disbanded Tuesday, will reportedly center on a federal probe of civil rights violations as well as official misconduct and obstruction of justice claims. Federal charges extend the statute of limitations.
• • The upshot: The probe centers on whether top cops knew or should have known what was happening at SOS, a source said.
• • The downshot: Officers in the elite unit were indicted for robbing and kidnapping people -- and one cop was charged with plotting to murder another officer. "Victims of these crimes were deprived of their right not to be terrorized," the source added.
• • The buckshot: "It will make the old Summerdale police scandal, which resulted in the arrest of crooked cops back in 1960, look like an English tea party," said the source.
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