Hmmm: Sneed hears Chicago Police Cmdr. Frank Gross, the department’s movie coordinator, might be in hot water again. Gross was reprimanded by former Police Supt. Jody Weis after video footage surfaced of officers posing for a photo with a handcuffed, kneeling college student arrested in the 2009 G-20 economic summit in Pittsburgh.
The buckshot: Sneed is told Gross had drawn the ire of the new police interim regime for putting in for $19,000 in overtime for his work during the filming of the movie “Transformers 3,” which was shot in Chicago amongst mucho publicity last year.
The backshot: The Chicago cops in the controversial video, which included Gross, used personal time to serve as part of the G-20 summit security detail.
The flipshot: “I was on personal time during the filming of the Transformers movie during July and August of last year,” Gross said. “Paramount paid the city more than $160,000 for the filming of that movie and out of that came the $19,000 I was paid for working during off-duty time. It didn’t cost the city any money.”
The buckshot: Is Gross in line for a new job title?
It is kind of amusing that while the blue shirts hunkered down after getting the message of what J-Fled was brought in to do, it's the white shirts and gold stars running amok with startling regularity.