Tuesday, August 24, 2010

First Amendment Investigation

We certainly hope the Department has been keeping up with all the required notifications that are in the General Orders regarding First Amendment investigations. After all, the Consent Decree put in place after assorted Red Squad investigations and such are pretty clear and carry the weight of the Federal Courts. Because what we read in the Sunday Sun Times makes us think IAD and J-Fled have stepped in some deep shit:
  • On July 19, Lt. John R. Andrews made a hard decision. He'd had enough. He'd been silent long enough. After careful thought, he pressed a button on his home computer, posting online a 3,000-word critique of the Police Department with the academic-sounding title, "A City at War with Itself: Chicago -- Fast Tracking to Anarchy (Understanding the Organizational Paralysis of the CPD and the Mission to Recovery)."

    He described a department "twisted into paralysis by organizational decimation, incompetent leadership, self-serving politics and corruption" singling out for particular scorn Supt. Jodi Weis' appointment last month of Anthony Carothers, brother of disgraced former Ald. Isaac Carothers, as commander of the Englewood District.

As it turns out, Lt. Andrews was prescient by a few weeks, seeing as how the named commander turns out to have been the subject of at least one FBI memo alleging questionable actions. But it reeks of political desperation that the Internal Affairs Division, at the behest of J-Fled or Shortshanks, would initiate a political witch hunt on an officer who posted something from his own computer. With an election on the horizon? How could you interpret this as anything but an abuse of government power?

And while we question the use of Neil Steinberg as a conduit, given his anti-police credentials and personal background, he gives the Lieutenant wide latitude to make his case and quotes the head of the Lieutenants Union and others. It's framed as a First Amendment issue and we're glad to see the Lieutenant making a stand on it. He e-mailed us this weekend before the column hit the stands and we'll quote the pertinent portion of his letter in full:
  • 1. I am committed 100% to the course of action that I have under taken... come hell or high water. There will be no retreat, no apologies, no retractions, no silencing and no submission. If the CPD would prefer to "kill the messenger" rather than address the problems that are undermining our effectiveness as conservators of the peace... if this is the hill that they choose to fight on... all I can say is "gun up and let's go."

    I stand ready to be mocked, discredited, suspended and terminated for what I believe in my heart of hearts is the right thing to do... and will continue with my God-given abilities to work with other like-minded people to achieve the change we most desperately need. This is not about John Andrews or for John Andrews... it is about the men and women of the Chicago Police Department who bravely serve this city with honor... and ultimately the citizens of Chicago that so desperately are depending on the Chicago Police Department to help keep them safe.

    We are duty-bound to both and will no longer be silenced and beaten into submission and ineffectiveness by corrupt and dishonorable people - inside or outside our organization. We have found our voice and will help others to find theirs (the 8th Habit). We will be successful in our honorable endeavors. The CPD will rise from the ruins of corrupt and incompetent leadership. We will learn from these mistakes and become the better for it. I firmly believe this... and will dedicate all of my energy with relentless fervor so that others can believe and act to make it so.

    2. No matter what may become of me, although I may stand on that hill alone, I know in my heart the spirit of the honest, hard working members of the CPD... and other passionate Chicagoans... stand with me. I am both humbled and grateful for their kinds words and support. To my brothers and sisters of the CPD... Stand tall and proud as you serve this city with honor and dignity! Don't allow ANYONE to take that from you! In the moments of choice - do what is right!

    We are the Chicago Police Department!

    May God bless and keep safe the honorable people who serve this great organization.
Good luck Lieutenant.

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64 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad our Union doesn't speak for us like this. Too bad our Union doesn't speak up for us at all.

8/24/2010 12:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny coincidence SCC because the current SWAT Lt. M.M. just formally counseled two guys for speaking their mind about his leadership at training. One of the guys was "indefinitely" placed in a non deploy-able status. They were told they were bringing discredit to the team. Lt M.M. knows his whack is gone and he is on borrowed time. He figures it's time to take a few guys out before his ass is launched. He'll probably call a team meeting and bitch about this post on the blog too like he did the last time some complaints about him were posted here.

8/24/2010 12:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boy if the media only knew and did some investigating at police headquarters and city hall they would uncover a whole lot of corruption. There is so much to be told we just need more to tell it. The fools incharge through political favors is amazing. Boy do we need change starting at city hall.

8/24/2010 12:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed sir. Recall sp was to use the book of 7 habits as a teaching leadership reference for exempt. Dont know if he tried, but if he did, another failure.

The leaders of this city and cpd failed to take the time to diagnose and deeply understand the problem first. You spelled it out for them with ease. They should be thanking you and annointing you the policy group, doc, and the prediction guru.

Thank you for helping us. Let's hope we can help you.

8/24/2010 12:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will be forever grateful and will always admire your courage for what you have said. I pray for you and your family as you have done for all of ours and i will be honored to work under your command under any circumstances regardless of the direction this department takes. You are a true leader.

8/24/2010 12:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know Lt. Andrews. Retired this year before ever having the pleasure, but I hope all of you who remain in what's left of what was once a proud Police Dept. will do whatever you can to support him.
Even the crybabies in 011 who have ragged him out on this blog. From what I've seen, this man is honorable and speaks for thousands of you who are left with the tattered rags of the CPD.
Left without pride, without hope of fair promotions or competent leadership, and I hope all of you who remain in the CPD for years to come have all said to yourselves, "ENOUGH OF THIS BULLSHIT. ENOUGH." Stand with Andrews, and whatever shit that IAD, J-Fled, Masters (X3), Peterson, Cuello and the other incompetent high command of the Dept. throws at him, I hope you'll all give Andrews the full support he needs in order to turn the CPD around (and I mean rallies, marches, fund raisers, whatever). Hell, I think Andrews should run for Mayor. This entire City, County and State is long overdue for a good scrubbing with extra Clorox...go get 'em, Andrews!

8/24/2010 01:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Old School 008 District said...

"This is not about John Andrews or for John Andrews".

BULLSHIT.

John Andrews has always been about one thing: John Andrews. While his rant is dead-nuts in terms of the daily goings on in the Department and City of Chicago at large, his "Roadrunner Manifesto" attempt at CPD martyrdom is self-serving in it's end goal.

Two possible theories on my end:

1 - This was an attempt at self-promotion in hopes of being noticed as an asset the CPD couldn't pass up for his "unparalleled wisdom" in righting a sinking department; a bump up the food chain to Deputy or Director of some "Flavor Of The Week" unit that could mine his inexhaustible "expertise".

2 - An outright attempt at throwing the "Violation Of Constitutional Rights" hook in the water to see who would bite in hopes of the big payday.

Regardless of scenario, Marlon Perkins is probably smiling and giving two "thumbs-up" in his grave because of how the good Lieutenant baited the trap and ultimately snared the prey in his crosshairs.

And to reiterate what many feel and/or have voiced: Andrews' rant is something that HAD to be said, and should've been said decades ago. It needs to go viral to bring to light, at least partially, the crooked-ass ways of the Chicago Police Department. Without question, the man has a steel sack. That being said, the "Good Ol' Boys Club" of the CPD as well as the Daley "Mafia" should've been put out to pasture a LONG time ago. Had it been, maybe we wouldn't be in this current predicament that we despise so greatly.

And while I personally couldn't care less if I ever see/talk to John Andrews again, I wish him no ill-will in this battle he has chosen.

And a hint as to my identity, C.A.P.S. Sergeant John: "Woof, Woof!!", my canine brother.

8/24/2010 01:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Time for a march of support!!!

8/24/2010 01:46:00 AM  
Anonymous docmac said...

Lt. John Andrews is my new hero. I am also retired Chicago PD. The corruption of ALL Chicago politicians has led to a politically top-heavy brass in the CPD. On the popular, well written www.secondcitycop.com blog, there are always frustrated cops venting. Low manpower, a cowardly superintendent (AKA J-Fled), the corrupt mayor, etc. Lt. Andrews should immediately replace the Weisel and be allowed to do what's right by the Chicago Police Department.

8/24/2010 02:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems to me that this LT was just following the general order regarding the knowledge of corruption going on and reporting it. If you know of wrong doing and keep quiet you can get jammed up. He was just following orders...

8/24/2010 06:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is definitely a 1st amendment issue. We are forced to live in this city, and just because we are the police and employed by the city, we are then supposed to be silent when we are off duty and just a normal citizen? We have a right to comment on our city and the problems as we see it off duty. We have a right to our opinions and should be allowed to make those opinions in our own time. That is unless the city wants to pay us in our off time. A 24 hour payday. Until that day comes, we have the right to talk when we are off duty.

8/24/2010 07:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If J-Fed where smart, and so far he hasn't shown us any inkling that he may be then, he would kill this CR# and let it die quietly. This has all the potential to drive another wedge between the Gold Stars and rank and file of the department. The only thing he will have done worse is to stab Cozzi in the back.
Weiss use your head. If you didn't want this to get publicity you should have just ignored the blog. Now due to your M.O. of going after the whistle blower rather than fix the underlying problem it will blow up in your face. Weiss you are the problem not the answer.

8/24/2010 08:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aw, someone worried about getting dumped from Swat. Please do not compare your whiming with what Lt. Andrews said. Your part of the problem.

Don't worry, we'll have an FTO ride with you when you dumped to midnights in 011th. Can't wait until you get here, maybe we'll get some days off.

8/24/2010 08:36:00 AM  
Anonymous hippy-dippy-1 said...

Anonymous said...
Boy if the media only knew and did some investigating at police headquarters and city hall they would uncover a whole lot of corruption. There is so much to be told we just need more to tell it. The fools incharge through political favors is amazing. Boy do we need change starting at city hall.

8/24/2010 12:40:00 AM
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It sounds to me like you must know all about it. You should probably spill the beans, or are you making assumptions about that of which you know little, and just talking out of your hat?

8/24/2010 09:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scenario 1:

John is called to the office and promoted to an exempt rank so he can "assist" in "steering the ship". What will ethical John do?

Scenario 2:

given the issues Taked about and understood by all!!!
What would you do?
Steering the ship in the right direction does not mandate a rebellion. It does not constitute a patrolman to stop patrolling or a Sgt to stop supervising.

Change will come from those dedicated ones who stay with the mission and see that chicago residents, their safety and security come first. To those who don't know, planting fear and exposing the uncertainty in profession and work duty will have a negative domino affect.

If all want change then all will accomplish change.
Not by recklessly and rebelliously dictate the course but by ethically believe and continue to act on the first thing we did: take an oath to serve and protect. Not to worry that If the waves are too high then gravity will do it's wonders ONLY when the majority are ethicaly GROUNDED.

This site has a great duty to also steer the ship. encourage hard work, dedication, sponsorship of the lost souls, etc. Always remind your readers that the hope is not lost. Keep working hard and serve the citizens right. You will be amazed how much gravity that is.

Culture change that is applied in fast and quick approaches Creates dizzie environment. But sometimes change is good. Regardless, proper voicing and concerns properly displayed Gould be heard. After all we are LAW enforcement OFFICERS.

8/24/2010 09:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The machine controls the courts here.So if they want him gone,he is gone,with no legal recourse.

8/24/2010 09:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Dave (Albany Park) said...

It took cojones to speak up. Sad that speaking your mind requires said cojones, but there it is. I hope Lt. Andrews comes out of it employed and rewarded for his courage.

That First is one damned fine Amendment!

8/24/2010 09:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How does one make LT??really?

8/24/2010 09:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He won't have to stand on that hill alone. Anyone concerned with the future of this department will support him.

8/24/2010 09:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lt. Andrews,

Good luck to you sir. Many of the fine boys and girls in blue support your cry and cause. Thanks for having the balls to say what needed to be said. I hope this media shirtstorm turns into a hurricane.

8/24/2010 10:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a voilation of GO and r&r simple as that. Just as living in the city or not able to own a bar!! Bad spin on this on SCC

8/24/2010 10:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Agreed sir. Recall sp was to use the book of 7 habits as a teaching leadership reference for exempt. Dont know if he tried, but if he did, another failure.

The leaders of this city and cpd failed to take the time to diagnose and deeply understand the problem first. You spelled it out for them with ease. They should be thanking you and annointing you the policy group, doc, and the prediction guru.

Thank you for helping us. Let's hope we can help you.

8/24/2010 12:46:00 AM

This is just one of the many reasons the job is so messed up and so silly. We now have a "policy group" and a "prediction guru." How stupid does that sound? What a waste of time, money and manpower. All these goofs have very little time on the job and the time they do have is all inside time. DUMB

8/24/2010 10:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Boy if the media only knew and did some investigating at police headquarters and city hall they would uncover a whole lot of corruption. There is so much to be told we just need more to tell it. The fools incharge through political favors is amazing. Boy do we need change starting at city hall.

8/24/2010 12:40:00 AM

True but daley owns all of them, how it works simple really! jackie heard (you know the owner of the dope house she had), gives out info on aldermen and any other juicy bits to keep the media whores off the king of all crime daley! For doing this jackie is paid over $190,000 per year plus car and a free parking space under the daley center nice huh?

8/24/2010 11:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And a hint as to my identity, C.A.P.S. Sergeant John: "Woof, Woof!!", my canine brother."

Lt Andrews had the balls to put his name on his essay. You didn't.

Instead of "Woof, Woof!!" you should have written "Meow, meow" because you are a pussy.

8/24/2010 11:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Too bad our Union doesn't speak for us like this. Too bad our Union doesn't speak up for us at all.

8/24/2010 12:13:00 AM
Perhaps a union is no longer needed. All we may actually need is the unified voice of the rank and file in order to accomplish our mission.

8/24/2010 11:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank You Lt. Andrews!!

8/24/2010 11:52:00 AM  
Blogger Rosemarie "Ro" Giambalvo said...

I don't think Lt. Andrews should be fired or reprimanded for writing an article he believes to be true. After all, he should be protected under the First Amendment. My suggestion is a round table meeting discussing what he wrote and REALLY listen to what he has to say. Throwing John to the wolves will just bring morale down and we don't need that right now. The man is full of experience and wisdom. Listening to him should be an option!

8/24/2010 12:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Funny coincidence SCC because the current SWAT Lt. M.M. just formally counseled two guys for speaking their mind about his leadership at training. One of the guys was "indefinitely" placed in a non deploy-able status. They were told they were bringing discredit to the team.

APPARENTLY YOU DON'T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE. THE SWAT BOYS WERE ON THE CLOCK & LIKE IT OR NOT SPEAKING YOUR MIND,YOU ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE.
LT. ANDREWS BLOG WAS DONE ON HIS OFF TIME IN HIS CAPACITY AS A PRIVATE CITIZEN. GET IT??

8/24/2010 12:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regardless of Lt. Andrews motives, he said what needrd to be said and signed his name to it. It's getting attention because he was brave enough to do just that!

Not the police, but concerned family.

8/24/2010 01:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This would all be great if Andrews wasn't a world class idiot. Ivanjack put him in the Detective Division as a Sgt and he was a complete disaster with other Sgts constantly having to straighten out his nonsense. He spoke the truth but he is a shameless self promoter who can't beleive that he hasn't gone up higher on the job. Garde A clown!

8/24/2010 01:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Funny coincidence SCC because the current SWAT Lt. M.M. just formally counseled two guys for speaking their mind about his leadership at training. One of the guys was "indefinitely" placed in a non deploy-able status. They were told they were bringing discredit to the team. Lt M.M. knows his whack is gone and he is on borrowed time. He figures it's time to take a few guys out before his ass is launched. He'll probably call a team meeting and bitch about this post on the blog too like he did the last time some complaints about him were posted here.'

Sounds like a couple of disgruntleds...There will always be some dissention in any group...but you've got some who just want to create chaos and upheaval...if anyone is so miserable in SWAT, feel free to "recharge your batteries" back in the Patrol Division. It's probably time that MM sent a few packing from there anyway. Somebody somewhere has to be getting too old to do that job and meet the standard. I know one old Sgt. there took himself out of the direct SWAT response lineup and inserted himself as a trainer of some sort with HazMat. To the rest of the SWAT crew...Soon-to-be Lt. RayRay will get there soon enough. BE careful what you wish for.

8/24/2010 01:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw the caption under Andrews's name on Fox News last night...this guy is only 51 years old? Jeez, he looks like he's ready for mandatory retirement! Hope he makes it through all of this!

8/24/2010 01:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep your head up LT. Unlike some dickheads on this job who talk more shit then they are worth, myself and others respect a boss who finally speaks the truth of the present carnival that is the C.P.D. For people to bash the LT. on this blog is a disgrace. Ive been around this job long enough to know you are not going to get along with everyone, bosses, P.O'S ect. But I respect a person for speaking his/her mind. So for all you basher's or cheerleaders of this present regime of fuck tarts get some balls, I don't see you standing up for shit other then yourself.

8/24/2010 02:05:00 PM  
OpenID tourinaradiocar said...

Interesting blog post and interesting comments. We chose our paths with wisdom and sometimes with a fools eye. Make no mistake, it is within our power to change what happens, with us only, then we may project to others. I see that there are mixed emotions, and I pray my bothers that wisdom leads all of you. Good Luck CPD.

8/24/2010 02:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to Lt. Andrews, BRAVO!!! I've been on the job 24 yrs. and this department and CITY HAVE GONE TO HELL!!!! the corruption in the top of cpd- the butt kissers and boot lickers are an extension of city hall! we all need to stand up! i have an ongoing war with suck-up ald. cardenas (12th ward) where i wrote his little office girls tickets for fraudulent zone residential parking stickers and you should see the retalliation that is still going on! from building inspectors he sent me to meetings w/my wc, outrageous no parking and zone residential parking signs on our corners and res pkg signs in front of his commercial zone building which contains his office and HE OWNS BY THE WAY HE'S S-T-I-L-L- PAYING HIMSELF RENT ILLEGALLY FROM OUR TAX FUNDED EXPENSE ACCOUNTS. WHO DOES ANYTHING TO THIS SCUMBAG? WHER IS THE FED???NOONE FROM 009 responds to write HISemployees and visitors tix, yet they're all in front of his personal parking spaces with the ILLEGAL PARKING SIGNS. the more i work for this city the more i see how much this bunch REALLY SUCKS!!! he'll find areason to get IAD ON MY REAR AFTER THIS AND U KNOW WHAT? BRING IT A--HOLE!!! daley and weis too!!! I'VE HAD ENOUGH!!!!

8/24/2010 02:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always question talking suits such as Rev. jackson, Sen. Durbin and others who never fail to question the nepotism and croyism, moral corruption and deal making with special interests that does occur in the republican party on a national stage. But, the are strangely silent on what occurs in this city, county and state. In fact, they even endorse every lousy, inefficient and corrupt democratic politician who runs for office in this state, from Blago to Stroger. Not once have I heard them call for action to clean up the government system that has turned every city and county department into a personal playground for the political class with no regard for the rights of the taxpayer. I would not vote for a democrat in the upcoming election on a bet. That said, this police lieutenant must have been driven to the extreme to publish that letter as he must have know that it would thrust him into a shit storm. The power of the city is immense and can crush mere mortals. He will need the support not only of his fellow officers, but of every right thinking citizen in Chicago. Does anyone in their right mind, after reading about the investigations and trials into the political system of Chicago, not think that the police department is also part of that system? I would challenge the police department to defend the promotions of the newly appointed commander of 007, Anthony Carothers. What exactly did he do that was so grand to warrant four promotions without passing any job knowledg tests? What is his educational background, awards, commendations, great arrests etc. Lay it all out there for the citizens of this town. The sad fact is the mainstream media leaves these issues alone.

8/24/2010 03:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there a legal fund established? If so, please publish an address. I'll contribute!

8/24/2010 03:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John we all applaud you for so much courage. Many of us have thought and said it quietly in every police station across this city. However not one has stood up like you have and exposed Jody and all his corrupt policies.

Promotions are a total joke, the current leaders are a total joke, Jody is hopefully a mole and this is all a huge corruption investigation or he has just crumpled to the common practice of this is how the city works.

I truly wonder right now if the Shakman monitors have forgot what they were designed to do. Apparently they have closed their eyes to the Democratic Machine and what we do is our buisness no matter how illegal it is.

Chicago needs to be turned upside down startging right from the mayor, the alderman and including all the upper echelon of our department.

You are so right on how much they have torn what was one of the finest departments in the nation, the morale of this department is shot. I know the citizens of this city are not truly aware of what they are in for.

Jody you should be so proud of how you destroyed Officer Cozzi I hope each day you wake you think of him and all the other officers you have destroyed.

John God Bless You and keep up the great work we will support you and we have your back no matter what they try to do with their venomous ways.

8/24/2010 03:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mayor John R. Andrews?

8/24/2010 03:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should support Lt. Andrews...

8/24/2010 04:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is one brave man! Good luck to him, he is saying what needs to be said, that's for sure!

-Not a cop but from a police family

8/24/2010 04:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Say what u will about John Andrews but who else had the balls to write about all the wrongs of this department? He was right along side us at our one and only march around city hall, along with some other top class lts. Kudos to john Andrews and I will be right behind him all the way.

8/24/2010 05:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This LT does not have to worry about a thing. The foot soldiers are behind him.

8/24/2010 05:14:00 PM  
Anonymous The Box Chevy Phantom said...

Slightly Off Topic but Relevant:

The Daley Inc. media spin and brain-washing apparatus is in gear.

We spied a scum-times online article, "..."Cop's Sentence Upheld..." regarding Ofc. Cozzi's appeal being denied.

Very nice Frank Main! It's interesting to see that you take your orders from shortshanks to run a story that is about two months old.

Daley Inc. is trying anything to distract from the dust-up regarding Lt. Andrews.

Hopefully the few remaining upright citizens and captive tax payers can see through this latest example of latent fuckery by Daley Inc.

8/24/2010 06:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally, I hope the department goes after Andrews hard.

The more they attack him the more power they give him and the more people who will read his article.

If the fantastical leadership of our fine department had been smart they would have ignored the whole thing and maybe Andrews piece would have been read by a few thousand cops. Now they gave him a forum to express his views.

Their reaction proves he is at least partially right. They are fucking incompetent.

Last year some renter in Uptown 'tweeted' that she was unhappy with her prior big landlord. Said landlord sued her and garnered negative publicity and scorn from throughout the country.

Dumbasses.

Weis doesn't realize he is likely about to be both the executed and executioner at his own CPD career execution.

It's like a circular firing squad.

Many former FBI agents find lucrative careers in the private sector. This guy will be delivering pizzas with Blago.

8/24/2010 07:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the Lt had put it on an information report, would it have warranted a cr?

8/24/2010 07:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This thing is way bigger than Lt. Andrews, it's about corruption, politics, morale, safety issues, and OUR CIVIL RIGHTS. I personally believe the Department doesnt have a leg to stand on since the Lt. was on his personal time, personal computer, but more import didnt endorce his column under the title of Lieutenant or attach the letters CPD to his name. Any regular person reading his article wouldnt assume he was a member of the CPD.
Lt. Andrews kicked a door open for us that WE can never let close again. We should hope some legal proceedings come from this so we can finally end corruption and aldermanic and church reverends interferrence within the Chicago Police Department.
Finally when I (we) took this job as a POLICE OFFICER no where did I sign a contract or piece of paper waiving my CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS as part of my (our) condition of employment. I am a US CITIZEN first and a Police Officer second. My Constitutional Rights do not take a back seat to the rules and regulations of the department. Lets finally demand a end to; 1.merit promotions 2.residency requirenment 3.aministrative blows when not on duty 4. free to consume alcohol just like every other citizen 4. be drunk off-duty in your own FUCKING HOUSE!and 5. have a criminal defense attorney at your side before even looking at a member of IPRA.
FOP needs top man up and realize that they should be worried about the membership and not about what cushy city job they can land when they retire for not making waves for city hall.

8/24/2010 07:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that being said, we got your back in the 011th dist.

all the blue shirts.

now if we can only get the white shirts to join in

8/24/2010 08:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When they give him a gold star you will never hear from him again!

8/24/2010 08:49:00 PM  
Anonymous 29 and a day said...

wow what a boss I would have gone through Hell in a hand basket for him

8/24/2010 09:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the poster f the Swat Lt. You SWAT boys sure have become prima donnas, I remember when you guys were kissing any Ass you could find to put a pair of green fatigues on and just work a SORT Car, now by the grace of God you have become indignant ASSHOLES who bum wrap the Sgts. Look what certain guys have done to AK, he may be a little strange but he has heart, when you guys were runnung the game of 100 hours of Bullshit Overtime each period Lt. MM was the best, but now that Georgas saw thru the Shit and cut the OT, You alkl have tears on the pillow, Suck it up got back to a district and there you have to be on time, no more 4 hour workouts and 2 hour ducks at the end.

8/24/2010 10:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need new top brass. How about promoting the working cops. A lot of these bosses have no street smarts because they spent no time there.

8/24/2010 10:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC how can we start a fund...for Lt. Andrews efforts, whatever it needed for.

8/24/2010 10:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry, we'll have an FTO ride with you when you dumped to midnights in 011th. Can't wait until you get here, maybe we'll get some days off.

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Maybe they can ride with you and teach you proper English or how to type.





APPARENTLY YOU DON'T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE. THE SWAT BOYS WERE ON THE CLOCK & LIKE IT OR NOT SPEAKING YOUR MIND,YOU ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE.
LT. ANDREWS BLOG WAS DONE ON HIS OFF TIME IN HIS CAPACITY AS A PRIVATE CITIZEN. GET IT??

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So let me get this straight. If you are processing an arrest and happen to mention you don't like your W/C and those comments get back to him you think getting spared for that is o.k?

8/24/2010 10:32:00 PM  
Blogger Cpdcoppurr said...

Kudo's to Lt. Andrews......

Say what you may, not alot of people sign their names to a post nevermind a blog calling out people.... That takes BALLS......

I have no idea about him personally or professionally, but, what did he do?????????

HE STOOD UP FOR CPD..... Do not kill the messenger... HE put his ass on the line, his neck on the block for every working copper.

Brains, braun? Who knows, maybe both......

Again, I dont know him. I found this in the viral world and found this guy had balls and was willing to sign his name as an active LT of CPD. How many can say that??? Not many.

There are good bosses left out there, that I have worked for and with..... Alot are very smart as well, street and book smarts do go together.

Youngbloods out there, listen, learn and love it!!!! This is the new old way again. Time to go back to the "real police".

8/24/2010 10:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

29 and a day said...
wow what a boss I would have gone through Hell in a hand basket for him

8/24/2010 09:57:00 PM
Just wondering, exactly how tall are you?

8/24/2010 11:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for your persistance SCC. Remember, persistance and determination are omnipotent. This Post should be read at ALL role calls.

8/25/2010 10:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This would all be great if Andrews wasn't a world class idiot. Ivanjack put him in the Detective Division as a Sgt and he was a complete disaster with other Sgts constantly having to straighten out his nonsense. He spoke the truth but he is a shameless self promoter who can't beleive that he hasn't gone up higher on the job. Garde A clown!

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You sir, are an ass. You don't even have your facts straight.

Its people like you that are part of the problem and not part of the solution. I surely hope you are enjoying your retirement.

Now go back and suck on that bottle of Bud and keep typing drunk in your underwear at 2 am.

There are more important issues to address than you.

Oh... Have a nice day.

JRA

8/25/2010 12:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"This is not about John Andrews or for John Andrews".

BULLSHIT.

John Andrews has always been about one thing: John Andrews. While his rant is dead-nuts in terms of the daily goings on in the Department and City of Chicago at large, his "Roadrunner Manifesto" attempt at CPD martyrdom is self-serving in it's end goal.

Two possible theories on my end:

1 - This was an attempt at self-promotion in hopes of being noticed as an asset the CPD couldn't pass up for his "unparalleled wisdom" in righting a sinking department; a bump up the food chain to Deputy or Director of some "Flavor Of The Week" unit that could mine his inexhaustible "expertise"...

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You sir, are another ass.

Let's see... I left 008 10 years ago. I hope that I have grown and matured more professionally over the years.

I understand you have been on this blog a number of times in recent months continuing to recount your angst... like a broken record.

Thank God you are retired. You too, are another that brings nothing positive to the table.

Hey, if I pissed in your cherrios as a rookie sergeant, please accept my apology.

With that said, I hope that starting today you can go on with your life with a little less hate than you have been carrying around so long.

Life is too short. Start enjoying it.

Not a Bud man? No problem... enjoy a Miller Lite. LOL

Cheers!

JRA

8/25/2010 12:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need to stand up and pickey city hall if anything happens to the lt

8/25/2010 03:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I only see a hand full of men and women who actually sign their names to comments they post. I don't have to courage to put my name out there, but kuddos to all of you who do!

8/25/2010 03:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aw, someone worried about getting dumped from Swat.

I read this and see a bunch of supposedly "well Trained" cry babies. Apparently swat officers who view themselves as being above the rest, are not! Keep whining and keep getting dumped. Me and my boys will be trying out soon and you can take our place on the watch. sometimes change is good

8/25/2010 09:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny coincidence SCC because the current SWAT Lt. M.M. just formally counseled two guys for speaking their mind about his leadership at training.
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As usual your a liar. Lt. MM is cleaning house from the dead weight that think that SWAT is a spot. Sorry dude this is not the old HBT. Those two guys are dogs that do nothing for the team, complain about training and there biggest accomplishment to the team is going to Star Bucks. Good job Lt MM. Get rid of the dogs. Give a SWAT test and lets get some fresh blood and not the old dogs that do nothing but complain.

8/27/2010 12:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read this and see a bunch of supposedly "well Trained" cry babies. Apparently swat officers who view themselves as being above the rest, are not! Keep whining and keep getting dumped. Me and my boys will be trying out soon and you can take our place on the watch. sometimes change is good
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I'm on SWAT and let me tell you that you are 100 percent right about your statement except about being well trained. i have been here for almost four years and these guys I work with especially the old HBT guys do nothing but complain. Trust me there not as high speed as they think. Even the new guys do nothing but complain. Don 't worry Lt MM is cleaning house. A new SWAT test is coming and there will be many new openings for better men to volunteer.

8/27/2010 12:37:00 PM  

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