Story Grows; Cover-up Too?
Earlier this week, Altman, a captain assigned to the fire department’s Squad One, answered the door at his Northwest Side home and said the Nov. 1 incident — now being investigated by the Internal Affairs Divisions of both departments — “really was” overblown.
He refused to discuss specifics, telling a BGA investigator, “You have to go through the Fire Department.”
Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford would confirm only that the incident was the subject of an internal investigation.
- Adding further intrigue to the incident is a Nov. 9 e-mail to Fire Department brass from District Chief Joshua Dennis, executive assistant to current Fire Commissioner Robert Hoff. It states, “Per the Fire Commissioner, no correspondence, documents, interviews or other requests from the inspector general shall be honored unless approved by the Fire Commissioner. Any contact initiated by the Office of the Inspector General should be directed to the Office of the Fire Commissioner.”
Fortunately, the men and women of the CPD and CFD (the unclouted ones) realize this is more or less one out-of-control fire captain trying to stuff the ten pounds of shit he spilled into a five pound sack.
Meanwhile, the Tribune took down their comment sections (again) because, amazingly, some people actually pointed out that police can be victims of batteries and the fire captain was committing a felony.
Channel 2 has the first public comments by McHeadcase:
- “It’s an internal investigation … we’re not going to talk about it now,” McCarthy said Tuesday.