Saturday, September 20, 2008

Vigil Coverage

  • More than a century after their deaths, three Chicago police officers were among seven enshrined Thursday night beside more than 500 other fallen officers at a lakefront memorial. Some were not considered to have died in the line of duty until recent decisions expanded the definition to include on-duty officers not slain by criminals. But for families of the seven names added to the Gold Star Families Memorial at a candlelight vigil, the honor was better late than never.
Please use this thread for appropriate remembrance comments. Use the one directly above this for the unfortunate incident where a Chicago news anchor has to teach etiquette to a bunch of assholes.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was a great tribute Rest In Peace Brothers & Sisters of C.P.D..

9/20/2008 12:07:00 AM  
Blogger Westcide Dog said...

I went last night and can honestly say it was worth it. Hearing all those names brought a tear to my eye.

9/20/2008 12:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We miss you Rick.

9/20/2008 02:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unlike this WEISel, at least SUPERINTENDENT Ron Magers would command some respect from the rank-and-file.

9/20/2008 07:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can someone please post the names.

9/20/2008 07:56:00 AM  
Anonymous officer ed grimley said...

I must say, Ron Magers seems to be a totally decent fellow. We could even have Jerry Taft as first deputy. I must say that Jerry is a totally decent man.

9/20/2008 07:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Rick Barrett said...

I was very happy to see that the CPMF finally added the names of Officers William Feeley, Bart Cavanaugh and Niels Hansen to the Wall. I stumbled upon these three (as well as some 17 others) while doing the historical research relative to the line of duty death Constable James Quinn, EOW: 05-DEC-1853. Accordingly, I submitted the names of Feeley, Cavanaugh and Hansen to the CPMF during the summer of 2007. I am glad they were recently enshrined.

Some may remember that Quinn was the officer whom a panel of seven professional historians at the Chicago History Museum said, "We can say with certainty that Constable Quinn is the earliest known Chicago police officer to die in the line of duty."

Despite this finding by the History Museum, Quinn's name has not been added to the Wall.

I can assure you the snubbing of Quinn has nothing to do with the facts of the his death. Rather, it is all about egoes and politics.

What the police "historians" as well as the former Administration of Cline, Molloy, Williams, Starks and Robinson did over the years to deep six the Quinn case is beyond despicable. It is downright dishonest and unforgivable.

In essence, they actually killed Quinn for a second time. They besmirched his legacy and slandered his sacrifice. They shamelessly lied about him and spun uncorroborated tales into something they never were.

Anyone with an ounce of brains and who can read at a sixth grade level can understand the facts in the Quinn case.

The facts are not the problem.

By going to:

and by reading the post called: "Just the Facts" any reasonable person will conclude (just as the Chicago History Museum did) that Quinn died in the line of duty...Hell, his line of duty death should not even be an issue today. Why? Because the city twice found that to be the case back when it first happened in 1853 and 1854.

No. Something else is at play in the Quinn case.

Quinn's sacrifice remains unheralded simply because of jealousy and hatred. Nothing more than that. Cline and his crew were shameless. They scammed and fabricated meetings of the Awards Committee. The first bogus meeting was actually nothing more than a kangaroo court held off the books between Marienne Perry and Charles Williams. This was during June of 2006. It resulted in a recommendation to Cline to kill the case. This was a kangaroo court because supporters of the Quinn case were not invited to this private off site meeting. Only those opposed to Quinn were present.

The second "meeting" was totally faked. That one was fabricated on March 22, 2006, at which time Starks falsely claimed the Awards Committee had reconvened on that day to decide on the Quinn evidence. It was all B.S. and was advanced simply to fool the Mayor into thinking the case had been given a fair shake. The fact is: There was NO meeting of the Awards Committee on March 22, 2006 and a review of the Minutes of that Committee for that day prove it. There are no Minutes for that day because there was no meeting. Period.

So when they respond to this post by saying they gave the case a fair second look or some other line of B.S. you'll know they are just sticking with the lie they originally spun back in 2006...

Cline and his pals - Molloy, Bingham and O'Sullivan - know they can NOT attack the facts in Quinn.

They can only attack me.

That said, let them attack me in the boxing ring not behind an anonymous posting on this Blog.

My offer for a fund raiser for the CPMF still stands:

1. Some time ago I offered to participate in a boxing event we can hold either at the Police Memorial or at Navy Pier. I challenged Cline to step into the ring with me and let's settle our score over Quinn and raise money for the Memorial at the same time.

2. Lastly,as stated before, I will donate $1,000.00 to the CPMF if anyone can tell me how Officer Morgan P. DONAHUE is righteously entitled to be enshrined on the Wall...He was clearly drunk, off-duty and involved in a personal fight when killed in a speakeasy in 1919. Yet, Cline personally decided to enshrine Donahue over the objections of his own historians. (Go to and click on the icon labeled, "$1,000.00 reward if..." for all the details.

Rick Barrett

9/20/2008 08:24:00 AM  
Blogger The Beach Bum said...

I came to your Blog via the Second Effort Blog.

One of my cousins, a Chicago Police Officer, died in the Line-of-Duty on Father’s Day 1974. There is a Chicago Police Boat named for him.

His younger brother is currently a Chicago Cop (31 years of Service).

If you don’t mind I will add a link to this Blog on my Blog.

9/20/2008 09:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Out of curiousity, why did Cline insist on Lauer being #1 and allegedly deep-six Quinn? What did his crew have to gain from this? If its true, there's a reason. Please explain.

Its either:
A.) Bullshit
B.) A SouthSide Irish ego issue
C.) A financial scam

I believe its either A or B. I can't see how more can be hu$tled out of Lauer's death then Quinn's. Mr. Barrett, tell us more.

9/20/2008 10:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


9/20/2008 10:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The guy who sang the National Anthem did a GREAT JOB!

9/20/2008 12:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The names added to the wall were:

Richard M. Francis
William Feeley
Harry A. Belluomini
Neils L. Hansen
Bartholomew Cavanaugh
Raymond C. Johnson
James P. Sweeney

9/20/2008 01:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Cline got something out it, thats all. Look at his record. What does he get from the Fund?

9/20/2008 01:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must say, Ron Magers seems to be a totally decent fellow. We could even have Jerry Taft as first deputy. I must say that Jerry is a totally decent man.

9/20/2008 07:58:00 AM

Actually Ron Magers is very pro-police which is very rare in our liberal media. I've also met him in person and he is quite a stand up guy. Thank you Ron, atleast a few still appreciate us.

9/20/2008 03:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rick Barret, Eddie burke called. It's time to clean the gutters again.

9/20/2008 09:11:00 PM  
Blogger leomemorial said...

Why would there by politics, etc over a fallen police officer??????
I've heard this story from Rick.

What the hell?

9/20/2008 09:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Rick - what relatives of this Donahue that you speak of are alive today and associated with phat phil? Could 1919 be related to the Donahue who phil got appointed to director of Hidta years ago who got voted out recently? Same Donahue that phil is partners with in his security consulting scam with the county? Just asking.

9/21/2008 07:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Rick Barrett said...

To the 10:36 a.m. writer:

Your answer is "B" out of control egos.

Here is the additional info you asked for...

The Quinn case was met by the "Perfect Storm" of resistance at the CPD.

1. The police "historians" resisted the Quinn case because Quinn rained on their parade of keeping Lauer the first officer to have been killed in the line of duty.

2. The police brass initially only resisted Quinn out of blind loyalty to their historians... Later, when Cline came in, he killed it because he holds a personal grudge against me.

Like I said in my first post...the facts of the Quinn case ultimately have nothing to do with Quinn having been rejected by the CPD historians and brass...

Quinn's rejection is based solely on bruised egos. The case was brought to them by an "outsider" (me) and that offended them...I was painted as delving into police matters... a place where I do not belong in their opinion.

It appears they resent the messenger not the message.

And I am not just any outsider...I am an outsider who is hated by Cline. He holds a grudge against me over an old case I once worked...

His hatred of me colored his view of Quinn.

Additionally, the egos of the historians who felt "upstaged" by an outsider (me) who brought them a case of which they had no prior knowledge added to the Quinn resisitence.

They ALL very shrewdly played up the whole Ed Burke thing to paint that into something it never was... Burke had nothing to do with the finding of the Quinn case. He knows how to read and understood the facts when I sent him the case to review. He simply did what I asked him to do.. which was to honor the man's sacrifice but Burke was demonized for that. Go figure.

The whole Burke thing was nothing more than manipulation and mounting of a side show to detract people from the truth. They know that plenty of folks on this Blog hate Burke so they played that angle to get readers to think the case was somehow tainted or sinister.... a very shrewd move indeed.

The truth is simple: Cline holds a grudge against me over a case I quarterbacked for the DEA in Chicago from 1990 to 1995. The case involved the dismantling of the leadership of the GD's and the imprisonment of its leader Larry Hoover in the federal pen....this is a case that Cline is jealous of and had nothing to do with...

Back in 1993, Cline called me and asked me if his team could join the DEA investigation that I was running on the the GD's. I told him yes of course. I knew he was a good policeman and I wanted him on the team. The God's truth is this: His team was ultimately blocked from joining us by the U.S. Attorney's Office because some members of his team (J.M. et all) were under investigation by the U.S. attorney's Office in 1993.

When the Hoover case turned out to be successful, Cline just never got over having been cut out of the case and he always held it against me.

So, the poor Constable never had a chance once Cline learned that it was me behind the Constable's case...

They went on to make up all kinds of uncorroborated and unsubstantiated B.S. about Quinn and made sure the case was never approved.

In 2005, Cline assigned his former Executive Asst. to look into the Quinn case. In fact, he orderd the Executive Asst. to "kill the case" When the former E.A. looked at the evidence, he reported back to Cline it was a good case and Quinn should be honored...Cline ultimately retaliated against his own E.A. and dumped him to the basement of the building to be the Evidence Custodian...the man ultimately resigned from his job rather than give in to something he knew to be wrong... which was the the smearing of a dead hero officer.

So your observation that "B"....Out of control South Side Irish egos is at the heart of the Quinn resistance is pretty much right on the money....Bingham, O'Sullivan and Molloy are all Irish Southsiders....I have lived in Virginia for the past 13 years but was originally a south sider as well. Cline is a north sider otherwise, you'd be right on th money.

It is all about politics and egos...

What a shame! It is complete B.S. In the words of the Chicago History Museum folks..."the CPD "closed rank" on me and shut me out. I was an outsider and they resented an outsider coming into their house and telling them their history. That is what it is all about ..and that out of the mouth of the Chicago History Museum...a neutral and professional observer...

Lastly, if you look at the document that was produced for Cine's retirement party...the statement of his accomplishments...nowhere in that very long document could he claim that he had one thing to do with taking down the leadership of the largest gang in Chicago.

I am sure it is still eating at him..He was cut out of the most successful gang prosecution in the history of the city. I've attached some sites to prove to you that I was involved in Hoover in a unique way...and I am sure it was due to my involvement in the case and his non involvement that he holds a grudge against me...and unfortunately, the Constable pays the price.

It is an insult to ALL of the rank and file working coppers who put their lives on the line everyday...The fact that they could be treated as pawns in a political game is beyond disgusting!

I hope the rank and file rise up in support of Quinn and see through all of this bullshit.

Cline and his minions can not argue the facts in Quinn so ALL they can do is attack me personally. and they never have the guts to leave their name..

As you can see from the comments on this Blog... Cline and his henchmen fire away at me from behind the bushes and are too cowardly to come out and show themselves...

Some leadership.

For documentation of what I said about the Hoover case, see:


paragraph 2, line 4 reads, "Hoover and his
henchmen direct their strongest fire against the
prosecution's best evidence--tapes of intercepted
conversations, evidence so crushing that the rest
of the prosecution's case scarcely mattered.

paragraphs 9 and 10

page 3, of column 2

9/21/2008 08:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That wall is becoming nothing but a joke. Is someone getting cash under the table to get a name put on it?

9/21/2008 08:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The whole Chicago Police Memorial foundation is tainted and I absolutely refuse to give one penny to it. Why should Phil Cline be receiving a six figure salary? How many other bosses are riding the salary chain of the good old boy network on our dime? Why isn't this Constable Quinn listed on the memorial? How can petty politics play a roll in denying a police officer a place on the wall, first officer killed in the line of duty at that?

Give to the One Hundred Club of Cook County,they have been around for years and have done plenty of good with no scandals or six figure salaries for retired exempts.

9/21/2008 05:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a question for Rick Barrett, why don't you go to the new Superintendent and detail the truth to him. The CPD will have to accept the truth and retire Constable Quinn's star and acknowledge his sacrifice to the City of Chicago.

If Constable Quinn's star is placed in the star case and he is legitimately acknowledged by the CPD as the first police officer killed in the line of duty; the CPMF will have to put his name on the wall or face ruination in the eyes of the CPD and the citizens of Chicago.

9/21/2008 05:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe that the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation will not honor our first fallen officer,what a crock...

9/21/2008 05:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
That wall is becoming nothing but a joke. Is someone getting cash under the table to get a name put on it?

9/21/2008 08:52:00 AM

You are one truly royal asshole.

Those names are all up there for a reason and you have a giant set of stones to denigrate their deaths.

You should be ashamed. You have no sense of duty or honor.

Feel what you may about Cline, but your comments are out of line, way out of line.

9/21/2008 08:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow Rick Barrett is alive and well ... Mr Barrett it very funny that you have chosen this forum to take shots at Phil Cline ... Like Cline or not he was the one to get us a memorial ... funny ??? where were you Mr. DEA agent ... not you want to carry out a personal attack on Cline because he did not kiss your ass when you were a DEA supervisor ... truth be told, you tried to bleed CPD (Jimmy Darlings team for all their info. so you could pat your self on the back) They are the ones that help build the cases that put bad guys in jail. I remember you and you know I would pat you on the back but your hand would get in the way ...

9/21/2008 10:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Rick, I don't disagree with alot of what you are saying, but there was a great deal of cpd and atf participation in the GD investigation. You didn't do it all on your own. Be fair.

9/22/2008 03:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Rick Barrett said...

To 3:26 a.m.
You are absolutely 100% right. There were several courageous, selfless, skilled and dedicated CPD officers and detectives on the GD case. They all worked long hours under lots of stress. I was honored to have worked with them.

Believe me, I have no illusions of grandeur. I was a very small part of that case and got lucky when a seemingly hair-brained idea that came to me one day on a fluke actually turned out to have worked. Even knuckleheads like me get lucky once in a while.

I am very sorry if I gave any other impression.

Jim Daring is not the kind of man that can be "bleed" by anyone under any circumstances. That said, he will be the first to tell you that he initially resisted getting involved in the case because he thought we were "blowing smoke up his ass." He then jumped in head first and with lots of street smarts and discipline after having been convinced by an aggressive AUSA that the case could work if we all did our part.

Anyone who would claim Darling could be "bleed" or manipulated obviously does not know the man well. His group of guys really shored up the case and each of them played a pivotal and extremely important role without which a huge chunk of the case would have been missed and the whole prosecution would have been much more difficult if not impossible.

I only pointed out the GD case cause I really believe that Cline holds a grudge against me over it and he took out that grudge on poor old Constable Quinn whose sacrifice he shunned for all the wrong reasons.

I only pointed out my small role in the case to show I have a legit reason for my belief why Cline holds a grudge against me. That is what I meant to say and do.

All of the CPD detectives and officers involved in the case have my lifelong respect...that is for sure.

Be safe!


9/22/2008 09:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

of course Barrett's people did not have anything to do with the investigation ... it was all him ... when did you ever see a DEA Supervisor out on the street ... especially him ... never ... but you can bet he was on the podium taking all the credit ... hey Rick .. if we need your help we'll call you ... If it's not Federal Friday

9/22/2008 11:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Rick Barrett said...

To 9/22 11:12 a.m.

You lost your bet. I was never at any podium taking any credit for anything at anytime. Actually, the opposite is true.

I stood applauding in a DEA Auditorium in Quantico, VA. watching three of my crew receive the Attorney General's Award for outstanding work in the GD case. One of these three was a CPD detective who was the main person who made the whole case successful through her tireless and selfless commitment to duty.

You are entitled to your own opinion but you are not entitled to your own facts.

Do you faceless, anonymous, cowards ever tell the truth about anything? not even dead hero policemen like Constable Quinn do you speak truthfully about.

Now go back to your hiding place in the bushes and prepare to launch your next round of venom my way.


9/23/2008 11:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

stay in Quantico where you belong

9/23/2008 10:22:00 PM  
Anonymous rick barrett said...

To 10:22 p.m.

Thanks for making my point for me.

Your comments leave no doubt to any reader that the rejection of Constable Quinn has had nothing to do with the facts and evidence of the Quinn case itself.

Rather, it is all about the personal animosity that you, and the other police historian, as well as 2 or 3 former brass hold against me.

I gave you incontravertible evidence (supported by 7 professional historians at the Chicago History Museum) of the story of Chicago's earliest known police officer to die in the line of duty and you muddied up the dead, defenseless, police hero with unsupported, unsubstantiated B.S. all of which you advanced without any credible basis for belief just to protect your turf and to get at me -- not at Quinn.

You will burn in hell for that.


9/24/2008 08:13:00 AM  

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