Friday, September 26, 2008

Bus Trip for Parole Hearing

Didn't even hear about this until the bus left and the news covered it:
  • A group of Chicago police officers will be in Springfield today when the Illinois Parole Board meets to decide the fate of a convicted cop-killer. [...]

    Richard Luckey will be 80 years old next month. 35 years ago, he shot and killed Chicago Police Officer Robert Wenzel during a traffic stop on Lake Shore Drive.

    Luckey and his passenger allegedly had been making plans to pull off an armed robbery before they were stopped.

    Sgt. Patrick O’Malley is among 27 officers appearing at the parole hearing and says the group wants “to make sure he serves the time he was sentenced”, 75 to 150 years.

    The Chicago Police Department moved to two-person squad cars after Officer Bob Wenzel’s murder on a dark January morning in 1973.

Just the other night, we saw 3 one-man cars up on the First Watch and 2 down Beat cars. Guess that "two-person" rule just fell by the wayside.

Anyone have a report from the scene? How did it go?

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26 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, it may take the murders of a few more 10-99 officers before they hire enough cops to have two man cars again.

9/26/2008 12:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is a nice presence and a genuine display of unit in front of the parole board. It is such a trajesty that what this officer died for is being tossed away. The Philadelphia PD after losing 4 officers made Chief Ramsey designate all beat cars as 10-4 units.

Why are we allowing the City of Chicago to push us backwards and into harm's way?

9/26/2008 12:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In 007/midnights we have 2 to three 99 cars. But I think thats because no one wants to work with these clowns

9/26/2008 01:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The vote was unanimous and he was denied his appeal for parole. He will be allowed to apply in 3 years.

9/26/2008 05:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Chicago Police Department moved to two-person squad cars after Officer Bob Wenzel’s murder on a dark January morning in 1973.

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not where i work are there many 2 man cars-----wagons, and H-cars (housing)are 10-4, other than that, there arent many

9/26/2008 05:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GOD BLESS HIM. I don't know the story what happened to him but when I hear a 99 unit make a traffic stop and I have 1-A jobs stacked(three hours old) I'll swing by just to make sure he/she is all right. The last thing I want to hear is that that officer was injured in some way and all I had to do is just drive a block or two out of the way, but instead I went lights and sierns to the B.S. "He's drunk and I want him out of grand ma's house call(well office i thought he had a gun).

Now some would say if your 99 you should not be making stops, but if you are POLICE and you see $#!+ especialy the stuff that makes your spidey senses go off(the hairs on the back of your neck stick up) Then yes, make the stop. BUT FOR GOD SAKE DO NOT GET OUT OF THE CAR BEFORE BACK UP COMES. Scumbag would drive away and might get away but guess what YOU ARE GOING HOME SAFE TO YOUR LOVED ONES!!! And that's my point, one would ask for back up but since thier are only two 10-4 units on the watch(domestic/in progress) and the rest of the other 99 units are tied down backing each other on domestic B.S. AND WE'RE TO HAVE TWO MAN CAR????????????????? GUESS what gets done???????????

9/26/2008 05:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Break the law, get spanked. Why can't you guys see it for what it is?

9/26/2008 08:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was working CTA the other day and talking to one of the 001 guys, he said third watch is all 99and has been that way for some time.

9/26/2008 08:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation sponsors the bus trips every time a cop killer has an en banc hearing in Springfield.
Their website www.cpdmemorial.org keeps track of parole hearings.

Gold Star

9/26/2008 09:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw a blurb about this on channel 5 last night.

Talk about subliminally taking a swipe at cops.....

The video showed a 300# plus PO carrying a bag of dunkin donuts (3 dozen or so)....

9/26/2008 09:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rick Francis was murdered 10-99 and King Richard II still doesn't give a shit about us.........35 years later!

9/26/2008 10:54:00 AM  
Blogger The Beach Bum said...

On July 19, 2004, the Illinois parole board released Officer Robert Strugala's(My cousin Bob)killer from custody, after serving only 30 years of his 100 year sentence.

His entire family as well as CPD officers would go to the parole hearings to attempt to keep him from being released.

9/26/2008 12:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stop all this complaining about two man cars. I, Richard II,your Mayor for Life ALWAYS ride in a two man car. There are two armed lackys in the front seat of my luxouious city vehicle at all times. Also, I talked to my fellow Democrat parasite , Ald. Burke, and he informs me that he too ALWAYS two armed lackeys in the front seat of his brand new city car as well. So I fail to see any problem at all.

Thanks again for youR support and remember, ALWAYS OBEY ME!

9/26/2008 12:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To All 99 cars, call for assistance on ANY/ALL calls of suspicious nature. You don't have eyes in back of your head. Do you want to go home alive to your fam ilies or not? The decision is yours. Please at least think about it. Handwavers? Call for assist before stopping to see what they want, they're not probably waving you down for directions or a nice chat, there's some kind of problem happening. THINK, THINK, THINK, before making a mistake that will cost you your Life or your Job. Remember the 10 Fatal Mistakes of Police Officers from the Academy. Tombstone Courage, and failing to call for assistance when that little bell goes off in your head are a couple of them. Better that Citizens wait, we have just as much right to be safe and live our lives as they do. Don't be forced into hurrying up on assignments, do things with SAFETY FIRST in mind, whether handling calls, driving thru city traffic, or any other Situation. WE CPD Brothers and Sisters stay safe, everyone else can wait. If they don't like it, too bad, let em call their Aldercrook.

9/26/2008 02:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NO MORE KILLINGS OF CPD OFFICERS DUE TO POLITICAL SHORTCUTTING / UNDERSTAFING OF THE CPD BY POLITICIANS.

9/26/2008 02:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was in old 019 (now 023) Review Office processing prisoner while P.O. Wenzel was processing a Yuppie DUI. He told him, " This ain't the end of the world." Later that night I searched Lincoln Park looking for "second suspect" that the crippled Luckey told R/Os had shot P.O. Wenzel. There was no "second suspect", Luckey was paralyzed at scene and tried to take suspicion off him. P.O Wenzel sentenced Luckey that night. Wenzel's shots crippled Luckey and may he rot in prison and then in Hell. I will never forget that night. I had 2 years on the job and the memory of that night kept me vigilant for the next 31 years. God Bless P.O. Wenzel and his family. His actions and memory kept me safe for 31 years.

9/26/2008 04:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Saw a blurb about this on channel 5 last night.

Talk about subliminally taking a swipe at cops.....

The video showed a 300# plus PO carrying a bag of dunkin donuts (3 dozen or so)....

9/26/2008 09:51:00 AM


I thought the same thing, typical media crap - one more reason to remember they are the enemy!

By the way, a huge CPD "THANK YOU" to all of the coppers who took the time to attend that hearing, you guys are the Real Police!

9/26/2008 07:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Marquette Dinosaur said...

Anonymous said...
Unfortunately, it may take the murders of a few more 10-99 officers before they hire enough cops to have two man cars again.

9/26/2008 12:19:00 AM

Complicating the ultimate decision to hire more police is the false notion that the current number of officers assigned to district law enforcment duties are capable of handling all of the demands for service on a daily basis.
In reality, my dear fellow officers; we are our worst enemy.

My advice to all officers: Service each of your calls as if was the only call you will handle that day and it happens to be one of your family members.

So what if the dispatcher says we are in a RAP. This is nothing new. When I worked COS 15 years ago, the blue ticket was for a RAP. Again; who cares.

Remember; you cannot go to your next call until you are done with the current call.

Finally:
Sergeants who give blanket dispositions for anonymous calls for service are doing each and every one of us a DISSERVICE.

9/26/2008 09:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why aren't all District Commanders demanding 2 man cars at their brainiac meetings at 35th? This should be driven down JFeds throat at every staff meeting. Our top management should be looking out for the blue shirt who are answering those calls alone.

9/26/2008 09:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many officers are with Mrs. Daley when she needs a ride? I bet more than 1 officer.

9/26/2008 09:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to an en banc hearing several months ago. I would go again. It is worth it and it is the right thing to do. It is not an imposition. You have to get to 35th St. by 4 am, but the bus is comforrtable and you can sleep until maybe 8-9 am. You park in the lot, not in the street. The process is usually done in an hour, you hear and see everything, and your presence is felt. You leave Springfi3eeld by 11, home by 130 pm. That is your day. You can nap on the way back, there is no fatigue to yor body, they stop for food. It's not bad. You do a lot of good too. Don't overlook this, your district should be represented. it is not an intolerable tour of duty.

9/26/2008 10:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks to the officers that made it down there!! Two thumbs up to you!!!!!!!

9/26/2008 11:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just seen JFed ride to the academy today in a caravan 3 cars in front of the blk Suv and 2 cars in back... And they expect us to ride by ourselves?

9/27/2008 03:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

J-Fed's Caravan??

Simply human GPS. He's an outsider and gets lost easily.

9/27/2008 06:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This citizen reader thought hearings were held last month (8/19) at 26th & Cal for 1970 killers of Kaner, Severin and Rizzato too. Any word? I cannot find anything and would suggest SCC have a link that posts upcoming hearings and when we can write letters to PRB. I've written several but its always by luck (ILCOPS mostly) that I hear of an upcoming hearing in time to write letters. FOP should be doing press releases on upcoming hearings and results. This C-file inmate issue is a problem that needs a bright light shining on it. CPD and other cops around the state should not have to carry this burden alone. Citizens need to be brought into the fray so the PRB gets it. 1-We want those assholes like Sharp Veal and Luckey in prison until they die. We don't care how old or in what kind of health they are in. They serve maximum sentences. 2-We owe it TODAY to not forget the sacrifices that were made by these policemen and their families in the late 60's and early 70's in particular. In some of those years, almost 1 per month were killed LOD. I cannot imagine what it must have been like to go to work or have a family member on the force then. Lets not let the PRB forget either. The Tucker matter still makes me sick.

9/27/2008 11:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Police Memorial Foundation through Phil Cline organized the bus trip to hear the en banc hearing. This was the second of such a trip. In both cases parole has been denied.

These prisoners are referred to as C-class prisoners. The were sentenced pre-1978. Under those sentencing guide lines the guilty were given sentences with a minimum and a maximum. My father's killer was given a sentence of 30 to 125 yrs. After approx. 15 yrs Bruce Sharp has come up for parole every year. This is exhausting for my family and many others. There are approx. 12 convicted cop killers who come up for parole.

In the last 5 yrs two convicted cop killers have been released. Tucker's and Stugala's.
The prisoner review board is presently made up of 13 members. They need a majority vote for release.

The first process is a parole hearing which is presently being held at 26th and Cal. This is were one parole member hears from the family, friends and officers voice their request to deny parole. All officers and concern citizens are welcome.

The en banc hearing is held a month or so later. This is where the whole parole board debates the release of the convict and votes on it. During this hearing we just sit in silent support.

Like many others I was at first very skeptical of Phil Clines intentions. I believe the" Chicago way" makes us this way. To question everything is our way, but I have seen with my own eyes and ears the work he has done for the fallens families. My family and many others sincerely appreciate the work he has done. No other boss has taken such an active role. My family and I thank him for his effort.
Sincerely, Gold Star Family Member Kurt Kaner

9/28/2008 02:15:00 AM  

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