An attorney for a Chicago police officer sentenced to 3 1/2 years for the videotaped beating of a man in a wheelchair launched a salvo against Police Supt. Jody Weis this afternoon, saying veteran Chicago police officers should fear he'll throw them under the bus if they step out of line.
"In my opinion, this prosecution brought by Supt. Weis was misguided and vindictive," defense lawyer Terry Gillespie said of his client William Cozzi. "I've got a message for all those fine officers in blue out there: After 15 years on the job, don't snap. You'll get thrown under the bus, and it'll be a federal bus, and it'll be by your own superintendent."
- Cozzi did wrong. Got it?
Cozzi also faced a judge for his conduct. He pleaded guilty. He got probation just like hundreds and thousands of other people with clean criminal records get every single year in Cook County. He attended anger management classes, did community service and fulfilled all the conditions of his probation (which is more than you can say for the killer of Officer Valadez who violated his probation at least three times and never spent a day behind bars for it.) He apologized in open court to the drunk he struck and the city settled the civil suit. In other words, he was already punished.
And then he got fucked. Truly screwed by a fed looking to make a name for himself. And in Cozzi getting the shortest end of the shittiest stick around, an entire Department was lost. Instead of worrying about the problems in front of us (crime), everyone started worrying about what was behind us (J-Fed). And not just the street coppers. The brass started looking over their shoulders, too. And with everyone looking behind for the knife, leadership became nonexistent and now what have we got?
De-policing. Ticket slowdowns. Arrests down tremendously. Useless videos where the brass claims "we've got your back" but no one believes it. The attitude of "no public contact = no problems." Rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. Meaningless number shuffling. Bullshit missions and bullshit "strike forces" that do nothing to address crime but merely push it from one corner to another. Or from one neighborhood to another quieter neighborhood that used to be quiet and crime free, but now is police-free and open to pillaging.
A million questions and no answers. We are at a loss.
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