Friday, August 26, 2011

Officers Needed at Court

Closing arguments today at 26 & California Room 203 at 0930 hours:
  • Two years ago two of my teammates, Scott McKena and Danny O'Toole were shot while executing a Search Warrant in the 5th District. Kenneth Green, the offender who shot both of my teammates has been in court all week with all of his family and with many of his "friends". Many of these same "friends" also belong to a certain south side "organization" (gang) that Green belongs to. These same "friends" spent one day at the trial "mean muggin" and uttering things under their breath about the lone civilian witness who came forward to help the police in this case. It took a lot for this witness to show up knowing that this particular organization is all around the witness' business and that they now know who he is. Most of us know how being a 'snitch" in the ghetto goes over with these organizations.
    Sadly, the offender has had more outside support than my two teammates. Outside of two of our teammates who were allowed to sit in on the trial and one officer's wife, there have only been maybe one or two P/O's stop in during the trial. Again, I am not, and do not, intend to even hint at blaming ANYONE. For whatever reason P/O's just have not known, or were just not able to stop in for a minute. I am asking if you could please post the information about the closing arguments that are set to begin tomorrow at 0930. We all remain hopeful that a swift verdict will come back from the Jury shortly after the closing arguments. There has been great support from all of the ASA's involved who believe that we have a very good jury and who know we have an excellent case. We just need a little bit more of a show of force from the Thin Blue Line.
Check in at your room with the State and tell them you'll be right back. Stop by Room 203. It takes a minute and could make all the difference.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have attended many trials most when im not even scheduled for court. But you say these two were on a team. Where are the rest of the teammates? Where are the others from the unit? I have no problem showing up for this one. But you need to beef at the coworkers first.

8/26/2011 12:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not your fault but this is something that should of been posted earlier in the week. And the FOP should be posting these things on a regular basis so that it is known so people show up to lend thier support.

8/26/2011 12:45:00 AM  
Anonymous LT Pat Schmear said...

I'll be there in spirt as I am going to be out of town at the New York Football Giants game. Give em' hell Lads, give em' hell!

8/26/2011 12:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post and I had no idea this was going on. Sad but there should be a FOP post about these cases. Thank you for the rude awakening and I will stop by between cases. Of couree we should always be there for our brothers but after this officer wrote this he reminded me that we should also show support for the witness who came forth on the officers behalf. We run the streets, not the thugs.

8/26/2011 01:03:00 AM  
Blogger John Andrews said...

We keep hearing stories like this over and over, which is quite sad and demoralizing.

I agree with the original poster that the biggest problem here is the failure to "effectively" and "consistently" get the word out to EVERYONE on cases like this.

Once and for all, we need to develop a system that specifically addresses this issue. We can no longer continue to allow anyone to be "left behind on the battlefield."

It is my personal opinion that Department Administration should take responsibility to ensure the "broadcast notification" of such cases to everyone from a centralized "transmission point." The AMFN message center comes to mind as an effective tool in getting the word out.

Until Department Administration effectively takes the lead on this, through established policy and protocol, I encourage all Captains and Lieutenants to personally send out a Department-Wide AMFN message, providing timely information on cases such as these, concerning members within their commands.

I think we can all agree this is the right thing to do.

Once the "message is sent", it becomes the duty of each and every one of us to "amplify the message" within our own units, watches, and teams.

Again, my personal opinion is that all available resources should be used to "pump up the volume." These include the FOP and PB-PA websites, social media - such as Facebook and Twitter, and of course our "unofficial" central information resource - SCC.

This type of disconnect has gone on far too long and can no longer be tolerated or accepted. My thanks to SCC for continuing to focus attention and information on this problem.

Please... everyone... Do what you can, where you are at, with what you have.

I am RDO today with a number of pre-scheduled morning appointments. I was unaware of this case, prior to reading it on the blog last night. I will make every effort to stop in court today to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with others on the blue team.

In addition to my suggestion above... if anyone has information (now or in the future) on cases like this... kindly send me an email through CPD.

Work safe!

John Andrews

8/26/2011 03:00:00 AM  
Anonymous SGT P. Whaggen said...

Good luck lads!


Patti

8/26/2011 04:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But you need to beef at the coworkers first.

8/26/2011 12:20:00 AM



It said that they were not looking to blame anyone. I was one of the ones who stopped in the other day because I worked with one of the guys on that team. The whole team except for two, were not allowed in because they were all part of the trial. They will all be there today at the closing arguments. Hope you can make it too.

Stay Safe!

8/26/2011 04:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Amanda Hugg said...

Good luck today in court. I am sure the Jury will come out in your favor. Wish I could be there.


Mandy

8/26/2011 04:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a reminder to all:

Whenever there is a case such as this, call the FOP. Have them put something on the website, in the newsletter or in a flyer to all units in the Dept.

It is in these trying times that we most need to support each other.

God Bless the CPD and the CFD.

8/26/2011 06:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you wear the Same Uniform and Badge...you are their Co-Worker for gods sake.

This isn't the Night Shift vs the Day Shift at Target.


Get your Blues Cleaned and Pressed, and get to that damn courtroom.

I'd put my money were my mouth is...but since my should patch says Revenue...I doubt anyone would be grateful if I should up to support the PO's.

8/26/2011 06:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Fitzwell said...

Give them hell

8/26/2011 07:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Worked with one of these officers on the west side years ago. He pulled over everything and locked up every gangbanger he could. I wll be stopping by

8/26/2011 07:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've worked with both of the and their team. I wish I was told earlier. Great policemen and they should be well represented in court. Let's get the word out sooner

8/26/2011 07:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have attended many trials most when im not even scheduled for court. But you say these two were on a team. Where are the rest of the teammates? Where are the others from the unit? I have no problem showing up for this one. But you need to beef at the coworkers first.
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Uh... Well obviously we are testifying and couldn't sit in on trial. That's were their teammates are, in the jury box in 204.

8/26/2011 07:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

" I have attended many trials most when im not even scheduled for court. But you say these two were on a team. Where are the rest of the teammates? Where are the others from the unit? I have no problem showing up for this one. But you need to beef at the coworkers first."

If you read the post you would see that the teammates that are allowed to be in the audience are there. The others are probably testifying and therefore are not allowed to watch the trial. You can be sure these guys have each others' backs.

8/26/2011 08:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worked with Danny on A5GT. I will be there! Would have been there sooner if I had known.

8/26/2011 08:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the poster who asked where are the other officers from the unit? The answer is, Officer's O'toole and McKenna work in Unit 189 also known as Narcotics. Would you like all the UCO's to sit in the gallery with masks on? More importantly I didn't even know this trial was going until reading SCC this morning.

Supt Mcthirsty doesn't let us breathe let alone have time to support our fellow PO's anyway.

8/26/2011 08:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Team member said...

For the blogger who asked where the rest of the team members were. We have all testified in this case and we are unable to sit in the courtroom that's where we have been. Just wanted to clear that up.

8/26/2011 08:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Rubberband Man said...

Gee, where or where are our elected officals? I mean, it's not like Ald. Beale's office is located DIRECTLY ACROSS THE STREET from where the incident took place. Why would the POLICE AND FIRE COMMISSIONER be there to support Police Officers who were going above and beyond trying to help clean up the drug dealers and gang bangers in HIS WARD. I guess the good Alderman couldn't do the "maff" and count down 1 number from his office and put 2 & 2 together. Or maybe, just maybe, our fine Alderman is just part of the problem within that community and enjoys the perks of the "no snitch" game. Maybe someone should just "axe hims why he donts shows up"? Inquiring minds want to know!

8/26/2011 08:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Rubberband Man said...

Gee, where or where are our elected officals? I mean, it's not like Ald. Beale's office is located DIRECTLY ACROSS THE STREET from where the incident took place. Why would the POLICE AND FIRE COMMISSIONER be there to support Police Officers who were going above and beyond trying to help clean up the drug dealers and gang bangers in HIS WARD. I guess the good Alderman couldn't do the "maff" and count down 1 number from his office and put 2 & 2 together. Or maybe, just maybe, our fine Alderman is just part of the problem within that community and enjoys the perks of the "no snitch" game. Maybe someone should just "axe hims why he donts shows up"? Inquiring minds want to know!

8/26/2011 09:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AGAIN, We arent told of these things until after the fact. Why doesnt FOP make us aware of these court dates or why doesnt the department have the sack to at the very least send a 2nd watch officer from every district in this city. I can barely remember the court dates i get notified for, its impossible to know these court dates when we arent informed of whats going on

8/26/2011 09:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the first poster, obviously you have never been on a tact team. Everyone on the team goes on the warrant. Therefore they are all potentially going to testify and therefore cannot sit in the audience and follow the trial. Since it is a jury trial they can't wait in the jury room. They are awaiting instruction in the other big building at 26th street, the one on the left. Duh

8/26/2011 10:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just left room 203... Too bad "Kenny" is still taking breaths!

8/26/2011 10:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Rusty Nail said...

I hope they burn that savage!

8/26/2011 10:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judge stanley hill at branch 50... found No PC for agg battery to a police officer, on an MLD that attacked a PO

8/26/2011 10:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What was verdict?

8/26/2011 02:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Things like this need to be posted more often and there should be a sign when you check in to let all officers know to go to the rm for support. There is never any notice for these kinds of cases and I think it needs to be mentioned and posted more frequently.

8/26/2011 02:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I have attended many trials most when im not even scheduled for court. But you say these two were on a team. Where are the rest of the teammates? Where are the others from the unit? I have no problem showing up for this one. But you need to beef at the coworkers first."

Obviously you have not testified at trial, or you would know that the teammates were likely witnesses, and were barred by the court from being in the room while other witnesses were testifying.
The team, and many others, including at least one boss, were there for closing arguments and the verdict.

--a supportive ASA.

8/26/2011 03:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

O.T.:
Just heard on WLS AM Rahm is planning on making huge cuts at police HQ. He said he's gonna cut $230 million from police spending.

8/26/2011 04:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not Guilty- all counts. Un-fucking-believable.

8/26/2011 04:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Judge stanley hill at branch 50... found No PC for agg battery to a police officer, on an MLD that attacked a PO

8/26/2011 10:30:00 AM

Get the word out to vote not to retain Stanley Hill. He is very anti-police

8/26/2011 04:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What was verdict?

8/26/2011 02:08:00 PM

It makes my stomach turn to type this but it was a NG. Unbelievable to say the least.

8/26/2011 05:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shocked!!!!!!!

A not guilty verdict on all counts!
Every officer in that courtroom was blown away. Every States Attorney was blown away. The pro- defense judge was blown away when she read the verdict.
The cop shooter admits to buying the gun off the street for 100dollars, shooting the gun numerous times, impeached himself countless times and was found not guilty. He goes free by a cook county jury. In my 19 years on this job I have never seen anything like this. He is a self admitted GD who will be free tonight. This is insanity.

8/26/2011 05:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's sad but it's become a me me me police department now. from the FOP to each and every copper and boss. There is very little unity anymore and everyone is just looking out for themselves. It's been this way for a long time and no one trusts anyone anymore. This is the way the city wants it.

8/26/2011 05:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not guilty on all counts

8/26/2011 06:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not guilty verdict!!!!

8/26/2011 06:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm making huge cuts at headquarters. Where are they going to hide everyone

8/26/2011 06:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In response to 8-26-11 08: 36. No do not burn the UCO'S But how about C/O O'Grady, Lt"s Cervenka, Dunn, Kilroy showing up. Ask Lt. " Bobby C" when one of his officers had a gun put to his head and the offender pulled the trigger and the gun did not fire and all hell broke lose. 2 Offenders taken into custody."Lt Bobby C" and Deputy Chief Michael Cronin" were both asked to attend the closing arguments in the case but both said they were to busy. both subjects found guilty and sentenced to 20 plus years. "It just is what is in Unit 189".

8/26/2011 07:00:00 PM  
Blogger john said...

I worked with one of the officers before I retired. Scott is a very good police officer. Nice man also.


old retired guy

8/26/2011 07:39:00 PM  
Anonymous HATER said...

hmmm

DID THEY CALL THE FOP?

DID THEY ASK THEIR UNIT REP?

JUST ASK... WHAT IS THE WORSE THAT CAN HAPPEN.

AND THEY WAY U ASK SOMETIMES MATTERS KEEP THAT IN MIND.

8/26/2011 07:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not guilty verdict. Does anyone have any details?

8/26/2011 08:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC

We as a police department were robbed and cheated today. Our department was weakened. How does a defendant admit in court to buying a gun off the street, and shoot this same gun through a door with Crack in his room go free? Our system failed us and the two policemen he shot.
Where is Pat Camden with a statement. I've never heard of this. I am sickened that this happened.

8/26/2011 08:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

UNREAL!

The Chicago Police Department needs to make a statement about what happened at 26th St room 203 today. The Chicago Police Department needs to ask why a convicted felon gang member who shot two police officers during a search warrant is free tonight. The Chicago Police Department needs to let every one of its members know that it won't stand idly by and let this injustice occur. The Chicago Police Department has to let every one of its members know that it has our backs and this can never ever happen again. No words can describe the outcome of this case after the evidence clearly showed Kenneth Green was guilty. The State's Attorney's office should explore jury tampering and possible threats made to the jury as these are the only possible things that could have led to a not-guilty verdict today. Please intervene SCC!

8/26/2011 09:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sat in the court room today. And to have to listen to the thugs family members say praise Jesus sickened my stomach. Two good officers were shot while executing a search warrant!! I say F**K this city let the thugs burn it down and when they come to my house i will give them what they have coming to them!!!

8/26/2011 10:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shit! I was there this morning for the arraignment of the honor student who killed CPD Dispatcher Marciea Adkins. Had I known about this we could've popped in and made an appearance there to show our support.

8/26/2011 10:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just because you work in 189 doesn't mean you are undercover. Yeah your bakwards baseball hat and lee carpenter jeans really fool them. Teammates were in the other room as witnesses fine but no one else from the unit there cuz they are undercover gimme a break. I see not much has changed since I was there everyones still out for themselves there.

8/26/2011 10:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In response to 8-26-11 08: 36. No do not burn the UCO'S But how about C/O O'Grady, Lt"s Cervenka, Dunn, Kilroy showing up.

Brian Sexton, OGrady and Sgt Martins entire team were present as the verdict was read

8/26/2011 11:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was there when an idiot jury found Jimmy Camp's killer "not guilty" morons in crook county got no business being jurors- to fricken stupid

8/26/2011 11:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This makes me want to throw up!

8/26/2011 11:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did CCSA office present a good case?

8/27/2011 02:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea, keep working hard out there. Your work is appreciated...LMFAO

8/27/2011 08:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw most of the closings and some of the PO's testimony, alot of ASA's and PO's in the courtroom. The team said the CCSAO's did a nice job. The jury fucked up.

8/27/2011 01:09:00 PM  
Blogger Cpdcoppurr said...

Travesty of Justice........ Keep up the good fight, stock up on guns and ammo with this verdict, Armageddon is coming!

8/27/2011 04:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Did CCSA office present a good case?"

The ASAs, and POs who testified all did the great job. The evidence went is as well as it could. The ASAs were both Supervisors who took the case very seriously and prepared meticulously. The jury just blew it. I'm sick of hearing that the SAO is full of lazy Police haters. This NG is all on the jury. THey just chose to ignore the evidence presented.
Welcome to 26th St. juries.

8/29/2011 04:39:00 PM  

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