Saturday, June 21, 2008

A Real Apology?

Retired Sgt. John Northen told us to keep an eye out for this. He's been hammering the crap out of Channel 7 for broadcasting the following via letters, phone calls, etc. You know, the stuff FOP ought to be doing for us:
  • "It's not really a good neighborhood anyway. People shoot. So after the [earlier] shooting , I was expecting something to happen," said Reginald Finley, who also lives in the area. "You got little kids out here packing for the police. The police, they kill you as fast as a little kid would. They abuse and do us wrong. So, people pack guns for the police."
Friday, this appeared as the last comment in the 17 June post titled "Another Shooting."

    Dear Mr. Northen,

    On behalf of WLS-TV, we apologize for broadcasting the interview with Mr. Reginald Finley. We will be more discriminating in the future.

    Yours truly,

    Janet Hundley
    Assistant News Director

    6/20/2008 01:55:00 PM

We have no way of verifying that this came from Channel 7 unless they authenticate it with Sgt. Northen. But if it's legit, it's a small victory for the men and women of the CPD during this period of beating on the police for doing their jobs in the face of increased violence.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

INFO for the police

OT here: i looked the area's
arrests stats for the month of june and to the days date. were are down 2,509 for the month of june only. i got these stats from i-clear and by address of arrest and they are compared to last year's 2007 stats.

A/5 down 611
A/4 down 525
A/3 down 431
A/2 down 623
A/1 down 319

Total arrests down for the month of june compared to 07 is 2,509. kiss that crime reduction ribbion goodbye.

6/21/2008 12:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you Sgt. John Northen (Ret)
for caring. you should run for fop board.

6/21/2008 12:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this is bonafide it is along time coming. How did we allow the media to become a propaganda organ for the leftist,liberal America haters?

6/21/2008 04:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I nominate Retired Sergeant John Northern for FOP President...

6/21/2008 05:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about an apology from the CPD to the Gordon family...?

WTF is that all about!?

We have failed Mike Metter, and now we have failed Bob Gordon too.

SCC, I think you need to start a seperate post on this and maybe we can send letters or E-mails to J-Fed, Dick Daley, or the somebody.

With all that is going on, the best our IAD could do and come up with was this...!!!? WOW!!

What a sad, sad state of affairs this is!

To the Gordon Family - I am sorry for the lack of treatment that you have gotten from this city, it truly is a shame, and it makes me so sick to think about the lack of respect you have gotten.

6/21/2008 06:30:00 AM  
Blogger NorthSide said...

I'm travelling on vacation. While I check SCC and eMail, I happily have no use for a cell phone.

Ms. Hundley has my eMail address. I also sent an eMail to Channel 7 president and general manager Emily Barr, Ms. Hundley, Ms. Fisher and reporter Charles Thomas, I have yet to hear from anyone at WLS-TV.

Ergo, I can neither confirm nor deny the authenticity of the apology at this time. Without a direct eMail reply to me (or SCC), I remain skeptical.

Stay safe, guys!

6/21/2008 07:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Several CPD bosses called ABCnews also and voiced their opinions about airing that crap last weekend. Glad Northen did too, but it was probably the effect of numerous calls that did the trick.

6/21/2008 07:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"You got little kids out here packing for the police."

God forbid if an armed "little kid" is shot by a police officer in fear of his life, watch how fast the media and the revs will disavow this gangbanger Finley's statement and holler bloody murder.

6/21/2008 08:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The way this site acts as a cheerleader for a rising murder rate, do you really think the media will air our gripes that we are wrongly portrayed? Get real. And stop looking for someone (FOP) to blame. Got a problem? Take care of it yourself. Your union is not a PR machine.

6/21/2008 08:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy Northern Light Batman!!!

Hey Ret. Serg, run for Mayor or Alderman your my hero! You got my vote and some cash waiting for your campaign fund. Vote for Northern!

6/21/2008 09:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


6/21/2008 09:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why make those communitys worry. Pull out all police let them kill each other.


Put the police where they are welcome.

6/21/2008 09:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I nominate John Northen for President of the World!

6/21/2008 09:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off Topic

New York Times reports today that Senator Obama enjected race into the presidential campaign last night at a private fund-raiser in Jacksonville, Florida.
He believes that the Republicans will attack him because he is black.
I believe the only ones who speak about race in this campaign are Obama and his friends: Reverend Wright and Father Pfleger?
What will the main stream media have to say about his race-baiting? Nothing!

6/21/2008 09:55:00 AM  
Blogger Loaded Dice said...

Johnny, I salute you.

John was truely a "blue shirt" Sgt. who never forgot the little guy. As someone who worked across the hall from him in Area 6 (RIP) when John had a case he was like a dog with a bone. Yeah I know he has idiosyncrasies but name someone who has none. If we had a dozen Johns the politicians would literally shitting in their pants.

So John for all the guys you helped both active and retired I thank you in all sincerity.

Retired in 2005

6/21/2008 10:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The biggest scumbag reporter is Charles Thomas, who so blatantly hates the police he will broadcast anything, no matter how baseless, to condemn them.

6/21/2008 10:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I mean this sincerely. I had wrongly assumed that you were just a guy who could not get over being in the game anymore. My initial reaction was that you were a guy who could not let go and get on with your retirement.

From your words, actions, and activism, I see now you are just a guy who cares about the Police and Policing in general.

Congratulations on taking Channel 7 to task and their subsequent apology. I appreciate the work you have done.

6/21/2008 10:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do NOT, -EVER- give the Media a break on Anything, they are only nice to you when they want something. They are Snakes in the Grass, even the good looking ones, low-lifes, only one step above child molesters, ALL of them.

6/21/2008 11:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That John Northen guy is the only dude on this blog who backs up his words. Most of you fools blow hot air, but would never back up your words. This guy does something instead of typing his ideas only. Thank you, sir.

6/21/2008 11:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I nominate Retired Sergeant John Northern for FOP President...

6/21/2008 05:28:00 AM

I second it! Hey John you should run for FOP PRESIDENT you could inject sme much needed integrity and you would stand up for us like flop does not now! Hey mark how come you worry about stupid lame golf outings why not step aside be a man and take the idiots with you and let a real man like Northern take the job you failed at? Man up Mark time for you to fly!

6/21/2008 11:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We "ABRUSE" them?!


They are just butchering the English language!

Air 1 should air drop 'Hooked On Phonics' into these neighborhoods!

6/21/2008 12:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh good! Now we can all hold hands and sing "We are the World"!!!

6/21/2008 12:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"On behalf of WLS-TV, we apologize for broadcasting the interview with Mr. Reginald Finley. We will be more discriminating in the future.

Yours truly,

Janet Hundley
Assistant News Director

Now, what the fuck does that really mean?

6/21/2008 01:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Finley, "You got little kids out here packing (guns) for the police."

Channel 7, "We will be more discriminating in the future."

Heck No! That guy was speaking the truth. Let the liberals, the American Criminal Liberties Union and potential jurors hear that every night. Get some of those Youtube videos of gangbangers running the streets and shooting on the air.

Stay safe, let them know this is coming your neighborhood if you don't take care of the thin blue line.

6/21/2008 01:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shit in my bed and then tell me sorry? there is still shit in my bed, and it smells. Saying sorry only works for Pleger

6/21/2008 03:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank You Sgt. Retired and still helping us!!!! Again a BIG THANK YOU!!!!

6/21/2008 03:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting Idea,

What if we elected a retiree like Sgt. John Northern as FOP President? What if we elected unjustly fired PO's? What if we elected a Gold Star Family member like the Gordon family?

I understand that the FOP bylaws forbid said but having someone in there with teeth would be more than worth it. We could change the bylaws.

It is time for officers to attend FOP meetings and begin organizing for change. It is your union and it will only change if you get off of your ass and take a stand,otherwise quit whining like lil bitches.

6/21/2008 06:06:00 PM  
Blogger larry said...


6/21/2008 06:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is going on within the FOP? FOP Board memeber Ken Pollack has filed CR#'s on other FOP officers claiming they are destroying his property?

6/21/2008 06:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do these people continue to shoot each other in their "hood" and then call the police only to not cooperate with the police?

Anyone who does lights and sirens to these calls are crazy.

6/21/2008 09:14:00 PM  
Anonymous old six shooter said...

What kind of fools are you out there? The media would N E V E R publicly apologize to me, you or a community in general. Wake up. Your story is flawed.

6/21/2008 09:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do these people continue to shoot each other in their "hood" and then call the police only to not cooperate with the police?

Anyone who does lights and sirens to these calls are crazy.

6/21/2008 09:14:00 PM

I agree turn off the lights and sirens to loud anyway obey all traffic laws do the paper if needed fuck the rats!

6/22/2008 10:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What was the percentage of people voting in the last FOP election. Or do you really want to know? TAKE BACK THE FOP.

6/22/2008 09:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


6/22/2008 10:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Comments like that should not be censored. His comments shed some light on the community's perception of the police and the respect for the rule of law. He expressed the typical view of a "Socially Disorganized" community that lacks any connections or links to the larger community and its instituions. It is the hallmark of a broken neighborhood. It has absolutley nothing to do with being a liberal or conservative. Those are just labels. Mainstream society (except when we get an occasional parker or speeder) look to the police for protection and support. Certain marginal communities look at the police as an oppressive force.

The other day, I was an in-court lawyer for the Chicago Bar Association and was court appointed to represent a 17 year old charged with PSMV. Ultimately, Grandmother and mother didn't want me to represent their angel because I refused to believe their story that the kid was kidnapped off the street and tossed into the stolen car by one of you guys. It was unbeliveable..."the policesses" they noted, "put the kid in the car and put it on him." I guess I couldn't hold a straight face.

6/23/2008 12:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it is called sarcasm, SCC. Be more discriminating? come on

6/24/2008 06:02:00 PM  

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