Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Lieutenant Sounds Off

  • When we went through the police academy, we all had some senior police officer tell us “Kid – this job ain’t what it used to be.” Well,it ain’t. No matter when you came on the job, it is never the same as it used to be and it never will be. However, some things do stay the same.

    My father told me that when he entered the Chicago Police Academy in September of 1938, he heard this same saying from his instructors. Now, as I enter my thirtieth year as a Chicago police officer, proudly wearing my father‘s Lieutenant’s star number, I find myself saying exactly the same thing to the young kids working for me.

    In August of 1968 after the Democratic Convention, the Chicago Police were vilified by the media across the country as thugs and the enemy. The Chicago police officers at the convention were ordered there. They did not freely choose to be there like the demonstrators who attended the battle on Michigan Avenue. The officers were there doing their duty. Politicians and officials called for federal indictments against the police. Eight Chicago police officers were charged with civil rights violations and 41 officers were disciplined after an internal police investigation. Oh, yeah and by the way, 119 police officers were injured during the convention. That part never seems to get mentioned.

History repeating.

UPDATE: To the reading challenged, we are deleting references to "13 years." If you read carefully, you can see it says "30th." Also, the grammar police posts are getting annoying so we're deleting them, too.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm's selfish legacy of the G8/NATO combo will go down in history as the worst business decision a politician ever made. Chicago and it's businesses will lose boat loads of $$$$. With the crushing of morale and manpower and the early protesting, it's the perfect storm. The CPD does not have the manpower anymore to handle this debacle.

2/29/2012 12:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

O.T.
Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse in Illinois for Second Amendment rights, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to expand Chicago's handgun registration throughout the rest of the state.

Yes, that's right, Mayor Twinkle Toes has decided he can set policy for the entire state now.

If Rahm has his way, he will force all gun owners to pay a $65 registration fee every five years for every handgun they own, and submit their name, address and phone number, as well as the gun's make, model, serial number and location and date of purchase to the state police.

You see, T.T. claims that statewide registration is necessary so that Chicago police can find out where guns came from when they are used to commit crimes.

Does he really believe this is going to make any dent in Chicago's horrible homicide rate? Does the mayor really think the criminals are going to register their guns, or purchase them through legal channels?

What Rahm's registration will do is lay the groundwork for gun confiscation further down the road.

If Emanuel actually cared about the safety of law abiding citizens, he would SUPPORT their gun rights and actively lobby for concealed carry (you know, like the other 49 states have).

Call your state representative and senator today and demand that they oppose ANY attempt to implement a statewide handgun registration system. Tell them in no uncertain terms that you expect them to EXPAND our second amendment rights in Illinois, not FURTHER ERODE them.

I don't yet know exactly when or by whom this legislation will be introduced, although the mayor has announced that Republican State Rep. Rosemary Mulligan from Park Ridge will be one of the bill's cosponsors in the House! Make no mistake, trampling on second amendment rights is a bipartisan activity in our state.
Don't forget this bitch's name come voting time.

2/29/2012 12:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Anonymous said...
Little Mikey Shields isn't gonna do anything to piss off Rahm. They have already cut a deal.Mikey,why don't you tell us about the Director of Security gig you have at General Steel?The company is owned by one Rahm's friends and one his biggest political contributors($$$).Geez,Mikey,seems like you have a big conflict of interest there...

2/28/2012 03:25:00 PM

This better not be true. If so this is a HUGE problem for the police officers of chicago. Who knows about the details of this? If true an investigation must be done. There are many who could find out the truth so lets hear it.

2/28/2012 05:51:00 PM

Howard Labkon who is the owner of General Iron donated $100,000 to Rahm Emanuel. Just read the article athttp://www.suntimes.com/news/nation/3426204-418/chicago-emanuel-hollywood-calif-campaign.html

No lying these figures come from finance forms that elected officials must submit to the election board.

Let's see Mikey try to lie his way out of this one

2/29/2012 12:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again. You will not be able to compare '68 to the upcoming protests/riots. This "event" in May is going to make '68 look like a Cubs game. What happens here in Chicago in May will be unprecedented in the U.S. When we are out there, remember, we are not the fire department. We do not risk our lives for something as silly as property. Let these idiots burn this city. What is important is that you and the coppers next to you go home to their loved ones safe. The only likely outcome of trying to "set a tone early" will be lawsuits and cr's. "No I didn't take action because I didn't feel it was tactically safe to do so". After you cite the lack of equipment, training, manpower, and leadership, there are no charges, criminal or administrative, that will be sustained. Defend yourself to the utmost. Defend your fellow coppers. Other than that, stand back and let them have this city that has turned their backs on us countless times including '68

2/29/2012 12:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny now that he is ready to retire he spouts off. Comments were well said, but he never showed any balls as head of the LT's association.

2/29/2012 12:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its going to be a nightmare. I say 14 hour days, from what I hear also that it might start earlier protest wise.

2/29/2012 01:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still have no training for G8/NATO and no equipment.

2/29/2012 01:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many hairgels will get indicted in June? Let it burn kids .

2/29/2012 01:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If 8 PO's were indicted and 41 disciplined in 1968, it will be 80 indicted and 410 disciplined in 2011. Things are at least.ten times worse now.

Don't let them use you and then arise you.for their future ambitions . They could careless about us or what happens to any of us peasant peons.

2/29/2012 01:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every inch of downtown will be filmed, unlike 1968.

2/29/2012 01:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey John Tactical Franks here the LT is right this job is not the same kids. I have a ton of tactical experience but most of all I have tactical fashion. I dont know the first thing about crime but I know how to look good in jeans,gym shoes and have a big gulp in hand. This is all you kids need to know look good and lock up some pissers and drinkers to keep the boss happy. Look forward to giving lesson two. Stayed tune Tactical Brothers

2/29/2012 02:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to ease overcrowding at the areas, detectives will work out of districts...no more SVU...General assignment section...Good Lord what have we become?

2/29/2012 02:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read the whole article and make a copy for your rollcall room. Thank you Lt.

2/29/2012 03:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

/Amen to that. Lt. Thanks for speaking out.

2/29/2012 04:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sometimes "just doing our jobs" and doing what we know is right are two different things. Choose wisely.

2/29/2012 05:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Rahm's selfish legacy of the G8/NATO combo will go down in history as the worst business decision a politician ever made. Chicago and it's businesses will lose boat loads of $$$$. With the crushing of morale and manpower and the early protesting, it's the perfect storm. The CPD does not have the manpower anymore to handle this debacle.

2/29/2012 12:20:00 AM

Don't worry, 9.5 already has controls in place to fudge the statistics on how much this debacle will cost the city and businesses, not to mention lawsuits that will be settled years after he is gone.

It's called compstat for city hall.

2/29/2012 05:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...Rahm wants coppers
1.dead
2.disabled
3.fired
4.retired
preferably in that order too. You have been set up.
G8 will be the camel that breaks even a dumb hairgell's back. If that jagoff told Karen Lewis that 25% of CPS kids are a waste then you KNOW he told steak eating Mikey that 80% of all CPD needs to be "all of the above".

2/29/2012 05:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Funny now that he is ready to retire he spouts off. Comments were well said, but he never showed any balls as head of the LT's association.

2/29/2012 12:59:00 AM

If you're so brave why don't you write something about how you view and feel about this department and sign your name to it? You can post it on SCRIBD or just about anywhere else.

---silence---

Yeah, I thought so. Anonymous like the rest of us because of the extremes this dept. will go to to fuck with you if you do something like that. But feel free to criticize those who finally speak out. Hypocrite.

2/29/2012 05:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The nation has changed as the years have passed. Respect for anything has gone right out the window. Cops today are just zoo keepers in the Ghetto neighborhoods. And those Ghettoes are getting bigger every day. Just do the best you can and hope you can retire and still have a pension at the end.

2/29/2012 05:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC, first off Thank you for not being a mean 30 veteran, and always giving advise. I hope you all remain safe in May and stay calm. Sadly, it is no where close to the way it was in 1968 and many more Officers will probably get rule 14 in some way from all this bs.
To younger Officers, your patience and professionalism will be tested, do not do anything stupid or rash however DO NOT take shit from anyone. Your only job is to go home safe and unharmed to your Loved ones, who cares if windows get broken or cars get lit on fire you go home. ALL OF YOU STAY SAFE AND GOD BLESS YOU!

2/29/2012 05:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BE PREPARED! Spend $ on extra pads, mace, rounds, and get whatever u can that will keep u at an advantage to remain unharmed and neutralize any threat

2/29/2012 05:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Make out IOD if you are, in fact, injured. mDon't blow it off.

Don't try to scam.

Right is right

You shall be targets, the city doesn't care, it's obvious.

Their negligence should pay for it's being ignored in the face of all this warning from rank and file.

2/29/2012 06:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Rham,
Chicago is closer to Indiana than springfield, so too, closer in many areas of Wisconsin,Michigan,Iowa, and Minnesota than downstate.

Why don't you just go national like Obee suggested..?

Your finger must have cut ITSELF off, like the guns kill people.

Address the issue, at least in Chicago , and not exclusively but, it's predominantly by a great percentage black gangbabgers in Chicago.

Address this because they shall never register their guns, it's more smoke and mirrors to subvert the 2nd Ammd. issue. You LOST !

2/29/2012 06:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't be fooled by the brass trying to pep talk u, its just a business remember that they dont care to shits about you, they got there spot in stone and they aint going to get it taken away...you are just a pawn in this bullshit they will sell u out right away...low morale but business as usual...

2/29/2012 06:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's see Mikey try to lie his way out of this one

2/29/2012 12:26:00 AM

He's a one termer anyway. No way he gets re-elected. He hasn't done jack shit since he was put in there.

2/29/2012 06:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am no Lt. nor a sgt but I too like many others recall the tact details for ALL of the Bulls championships having worked them all along with many other now retired coppers.

These wern't the only details that were poorly planned but just the most memorable.

We had no cars, poor working and not enough radios. Batteries were being shuttled as needed with partial charges.

The streets, on the south side were
gridlocked, coppers were shot at and 2 hit.(that I was aware of) Fire was not able to respond paomptly.

There was mass looting and CDTP on main business areas.

The coppers were placed at main district intersections 4 deep and told to each stay on one corner.

Many IODs.

This was poor planning but better than what they are doing now.

Our detail was a celebration!

Yours shall be a war.

Be safe first, go home without injury, avoid being arrested or sued after the ensuing years. You won't get backup from City Hall.

Have a plan for yourself and partner.

Where shall you go if a poor order places you in fear? Have a pre planned safe route or adequate shielding.

Do this! It may save yourselves from injury.

2/29/2012 06:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT
What a crappy day leap day is. You work an extra day for free. If you want the day off you have the use time due but don't get paid for an extra days work.

We are salaried so the fact February had 28 days in it usually is already factored in except for leap day.

2/29/2012 07:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Not a Union Guy said...

ANON. said
No lying these figures come from finance forms that elected officials must submit to the election board.

Let's see Mikey try to lie his way out of this one

2/29/2012 12:26:00 AM
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THIS is a travesty. If this is true, this guy is a bigger sell out than your previous union leadership.

So much for Unions. This is a great example of how people just take care of themselves and the whole concept of unionism and brotherhood gets discarded when some money hits the table.

That's why I am against Unions. They protect the mediocre and bad worker, but do little for the good worker.

When it comes to the leadership selling out - the rank-and-file are not even left with any scraps on the floor off the bargaining table.

Better hold another election real soon.

2/29/2012 07:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Telling. I would bet a paycheck more than one officer will be charged with a crime due to being at G8 and doing his duties.

2/29/2012 08:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopefully people learned from 68 and don't make the same mistakes again.

There was plenty of blame to go all around back then, but much of the blame got laid at the feet of the police.

It is probably not fair to blame the police for getting out of control back then, but that is what happened and the pictures and what little video there was made it pretty clear. It was never realistic for Old Man Daley to think he could keep the protesters away from the convention so no one coudl see them. What probably would have been noisy and a bit of a mess turned into a riot because he was determined to look good. Well it didn't work and it won't work this time either.

There will be 10,000 or 100,000 live video streams this time. That might end up being a good thing. Keeps the bosses on their toes.

2/29/2012 08:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok Lt...and all the boys and girls on the blog. I wish I had a quarter for every time I have read a post on this blog with some nitwit using "loose" when "lose" is the appropriate word and vice versa. Do you people realize how uneducated you sound?

Definition of the word "loose" is....free or released from fastening or attachment: a loose end.

Definition of the word "lose" is....to come to be without (something in one's possession or care), through accident, theft, etc., so that there is little or no prospect of recovery: I'm sure I've merely misplaced my hat, not lost it.

A Lieutenant of police with a Degree from Lewis University and he can't even use the words "loose" and "lose" in the correct context? Is it that difficult to run a spell check program LT?

2/29/2012 08:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lt bob has gone down to the police board on behalf of many coppers who were trying to get their jobs back after being 30 pended--- don't become a trophy for any of these clowns at ipra or iad--- watch each others backs and we all go home safe---

2/29/2012 08:30:00 AM  
Anonymous "THE PERFECT STORM" said...

...all because of an egomaniacal mayor wants to "showcase Chicago as a world-class city.", the police be damned.

What was the Raccoon thinking?

2/29/2012 08:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is my 2 cents..... when I came on the job, I was a South Side kid that got sent to 018. This was in 1970.

All the old timers did was bitch because they were trying a new concept.... hand held radios. No more radios in the car.

The old timers said that the radios suck because they did not work in the subway's. We new kids used to ask how they got the cars with the radios on the dash down to the subways? After a year or so, I went to the 005th district where radios were still in the cars.

See, every generation of coppers complain because of the way it use to be. If a guy was sent to 018, and was told to walk on the South side of the street, the old timers would bitch because they use to walk on the North side of the street. The new guy would wonder why is the old copper bitching because to him it didn't matter. He's new and that's what the bosses want.

Then the new coppers get assigned to 018 and are told to walk on the West side of the street and the almost new cops bitch because they were use to the South side of the street.

My point is that the department always changes. Weather it is in the form of a stupid general order, or a new boss flexing his muscles and changing something everyone was getting used to doing.

I am retired now and looking back on the changes since 1970, I shake my head and wonder what all the fuss was about. Is the job harder? I would not say harder, just different. Too many cell phone cameras out there. I think a lot more CPD members would have been indicted if they were filmed doing what we did "back in the day."

We use to say, "when seconds count, the police are only minutes away!" It was funny back then but looking at todays manpower shortage, it is coming true.

2/29/2012 08:59:00 AM  
Anonymous The Truth said...

Anonymous said...
Anonymous said...
Little Mikey Shields isn't gonna do anything to piss off Rahm. They have already cut a deal.Mikey,why don't you tell us about the Director of Security gig you have at General Steel?The company is owned by one Rahm's friends and one his biggest political contributors($$$).Geez,Mikey,seems like you have a big conflict of interest there...

2/28/2012 03:25:00 PM

This better not be true. If so this is a HUGE problem for the police officers of chicago. Who knows about the details of this? If true an investigation must be done. There are many who could find out the truth so lets hear it.

2/28/2012 05:51:00 PM

Howard Labkon who is the owner of General Iron donated $100,000 to Rahm Emanuel. Just read the article athttp://www.suntimes.com/news/nation/3426204-418/chicago-emanuel-hollywood-calif-campaign.html

No lying these figures come from finance forms that elected officials must submit to the election board.

Let's see Mikey try to lie his way out of this one

2/29/2012 12:26:00 AM

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Dig a little deeper and you'll also see that the Shields Family has had that particular security contract WAY before Rahm was running for mayor, WAY before Rahm was Chief of Staff to the POTUS, WAY before Rahm was pretty much anything.

If you're going to try and muddy a mans reputation (some might even say libel), you'd best have your facts straight before you open your mouth. To suggest a conflict of interest or wrongdoing because the EMPLOYER of an individual has certain political allegiances and makes campaign contributions to the party/candidate he endorses is quite a stretch. Are you a homosexual because your supervisor at work made a donation to a foundation that supports gays and lesbians? That kinda sums up your fuzzy logic, Mr. Anonymous.

Play detective and try and figure out why a multi-millionaire owner of a company might contribute 100K to support something he believes in. I'll give you a hint - 100K to the man in question is the equivalent of you or me dropping a hundred for a fundraiser. Then dig some more and put together the whole puzzle, pieces of which are obvious and easily Googled. I won't make you any smarter by divulging the common connections between Rahm and the business owner. But if and when you do make the big connection of the FACTS, please be sure to report back to all of us here. In the meantime, allow me to apologize for torpedoing your 'scandal'. Like they say, "never let the facts get in the way of a good story".

Jackass.

2/29/2012 09:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This all goes back to the "never let a good crisis go to waste". Rham is in a no lose situation, if the city falls its the fault of the police, if the police maintain order he looks like a genius. We have to devise a way so this soley lands at the feet of the mayor if goes bad. Do we start talking to the Conservitive radio media about are lack of training, man power and political and religious hack supervisors? We have to start now so we can bolster a defense or grab all the credit before this plotting litter snake does.

2/29/2012 09:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT: To whomever made the post about the Department No longer counting furlo days in hours, you are wrong so please review the order. Anyone with a 22-24 day working furlo will have their furlo converted to HOURS. That's bs but it's there in black and white. Therefore, this should be changed so that a furlo day is a furlo DAY and not converted to hours. Doing so diminishes the actual furlo an officer was bargained to have by making an officer use comp time to realize what was a negotiated benefit.

2/29/2012 09:05:00 AM  
Blogger azmountaintroll said...

What's the National Guard up to? If there's a big push to get them ready to rumble, then you're definitely being set up.

2/29/2012 09:15:00 AM  
Anonymous The Doctor said...

After reading this post I went to the Lt.s association website to see who the President was. Discovered that the nut case Dean Stone was elected to the Vice Pres position in Dec. Seriously?

Maybe consider a recall, that is if your association has any sense of self-respect, or do you condone having one of your own belittle and batter his subordinates.

2/29/2012 09:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@1.52am Don't forget the 1,152 (probably more) officers injured.

I wouldn't be surprised if there is an officer's death as a direct result of these assholes.

2/29/2012 09:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the record, while attending day 5 of riot training the instructor stated that the new G.O. for the G8/NATO states that we will be responsible for ALL arrest. Including ones by National Guard troop/suburban Departments. If we get help by the National Guard or Sub Depts. Its our responsibility and our arrest. So P.O. Norrige Il. grabs a protester while on his own. He turns him into CPD and that becomes our Arrest.
Can I Have an event #?

2/29/2012 09:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nobody can compare '68 to this Spring. The demonstrators will have superior communication skills, and the police will be forced to be reactive rather than proactive. Secondly, this Spring the demonstrators will have issues that some, especially younger officers support. These key pts. are going to make a big difference. The demonstrators of the past were here to change the political Party that they supported. These deimonstrators are against all authority and in the case of the anarchists any form of government. This is a much more dangerous circumstance. After all is said and done, nobody died in the '68, as the Kerner Commission called it Police Riot. That may be different this time.

2/29/2012 10:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This could make things interesting for the G8/NATO amusement park that is planned downtown.

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2012/02/houses-passes-new-bill-that-would-make.html

Basically it'll be a federal offense to protest any event where the Secret Service is present. Still awaiting Obummer's sig.

2/29/2012 10:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A solid Boss and a great man to work for and with.

Thank you Bob, Thank you...

2/29/2012 10:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any Supv who truly respects his troops, would follow his lead. We are being set up to fail, and as a result will suffer losses unprecedented in our proud history. There is NO upside to this impending tragedy.

2/29/2012 10:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best way to avoid problems- don't do a damn thing unless a supervisor orders you to. And I have a feeling that they will be told not to give any orders, even then, they are not going to put their asses or assets in jeopardy for big money Michigan ave store owners. Who cares if they destroy downtown- I spend as much time and money away from this crooked town as possible. I certainly do not plan to retire here. Many cops are through defending a city which is beyond corrupt in every aspect of government, fiscally irresponsible, and treats its officers like second class citizens. I have no simpathy for the residents here- you elect blatantly corrupt officials who financially rape you through taxes and fines while compromising your safety and health in order to promote themselves. They cater to the criminals and illegals here, while neglecting the taxpayer. Eventually the good citizens will become fed up with this tyranny, unfortunately by then this town will be another Detroit.

2/29/2012 10:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what is the alternate response unit and what do they do?

2/29/2012 11:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can I get an event number?

2/29/2012 11:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did those cops in '68 bitch about not having training or riot gear? Did they say how they were going to get their asses kicked? Big difference between then and now.

I don't make excuses for a department that failed to equip their people when they had a chance to, but this whole event was crammed down our throats about ten months out by Rahm and Barry.

Blame the politicians, not the department. The brass will always be a pack of political hacks who make stupid decisions. So what. Protect yourself and your partners whether or not you have gear on. Blame the department after it's over.

Now is not the time to bitch like little kids, now is the time to prepare ourselves to stand together. We only have each other when we're out there.

2/29/2012 11:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Anonymous said...
Little Mikey Shields isn't gonna do anything to piss off Rahm. They have already cut a deal.Mikey,why don't you tell us about the Director of Security gig you have at General Steel?The company is owned by one Rahm's friends and one his biggest political contributors($$$).Geez,Mikey,seems like you have a big conflict of interest there...

i work in 018, years ago i remember mike working at the scrap yard directing traffic for all the illegal mexican scrappers, if you've ever been there, its dirty, it stinks, and you can get hurt if your not careful, dont think he was just given the spot yesterday.

my sidegig is owned by daley's best friend. i could give two shits, dont like either of them,i was lucky to be offered a spot. i can only imagine who he donates to, which i cant control. but its a decent gig, you do what you have to do for your family. so im missing the scandal here.

im at the fop meetings and i havent seen one thing shields has done wrong yet. not backing the shields team, im just tryin to stay informed on what my union is doing. think your a shit stirrer.

2/29/2012 11:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be smart. Don't let this ego maniac's need for recognition threaten your future. Let this city burn before you compromise youself in regards to safety or self perservation. Remember, Rahm doesn't care about us or the city. If he did he would have prepared us for the threat. LET IT BURN then pick up the pieces afterwards.

2/29/2012 11:29:00 AM  
Blogger Ray said...

That is my boss and he has spoken the most truest words out there. Unfortunately not one single civilian "leader" of this department cares to listen.

2/29/2012 11:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"You will not be able to compare '68 to the upcoming protests/riots. This "event" in May is going to make '68 look like a Cubs game. What happens here in Chicago in May will be unprecedented in the U.S."

--2/29/2012 12:28:00 AM

Some big differences --

Most of the rioters with a political agenda will be a. white b. pseudo-intellectual c. not from here d. paid.

They will have nothing in common with our local "flash mobs" -- in fact, a lot of the wussier "protesters" will become victims of the south/west siders boiling up out of the subways grabbing Iphones, backpacks, etc.

One "white boy" out-of-towner who won't press charges, who won't return here for court appearances, etc. is as good as another.

2/29/2012 11:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey second city cop its currently 61 degrees out what's ur pool on how many people gonna get shot today?

2/29/2012 12:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In 1968 there were some cameras filming the actions of the protestors. How many cameras do you think will be there in May of 2012? Downtown is one of the most recorded places in this country. There are so many cameras on the office buildings. Most of the cameras are very small (about the size of a softball) and yet the camera can record a large circumference.

This whole situation will be a damn if you do and damn if you don't type of situation. If you go out there and be proactive and you fuck someone up, YOU WILL BE LOCKED UP, INDICTED, GO TO JAIL AND LOSE EVERYTHING YOU HAVE.

Watch out for each other and protect each other.

2/29/2012 01:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Westside Outside "Do Something" said...

Anonymous said...
Old dogs rule ruff ruff. Its called survival.
Always respect a dog because you never know what turned them into one.

2/28/2012 05:53:00 PM


How about the facts:

1. Most DOG'S have always been dogs.
2. If your tired of this job, there are many more out there for you. Plenty of Companies want to hire "entitled" ex-cops.
3. Most law suits are won by failure to document, document, document, inventory, or do your job.


Do your job. Do it right. Stay away from the DOG'S. They are expecting you to do their job and will never back you up! Dump on them whenever you can. (Tons of laughs watching them cry!)

F**K the DOG'S!!!

The rest of us need the laughs during our careers.....

2/29/2012 01:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Hey John Tactical Franks here the LT is right this job is not the same kids. I have a ton of tactical experience but most of all I have tactical fashion. I dont know the first thing about crime but I know how to look good in jeans,gym shoes and have a big gulp in hand. This is all you kids need to know look good and lock up some pissers and drinkers to keep the boss happy. Look forward to giving lesson two. Stayed tune Tactical Brothers

2/29/2012 02:16:00 AM

And another jealous jerk has spoken. Never could do tact because you have personality issues and couldn't get along with your co-workers I guess. Spent too much time in your mom's basement looking at your Rocky posters, hating everyone and wondering why no one recognized your awesome police skills. Now head upstairs. Your mommy has your pancakes ready for you and she made the butter nice and soft just how you like it.

2/29/2012 01:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Anonymous said...
Anonymous said...
Little Mikey Shields isn't gonna do anything to piss off Rahm. They have already cut a deal.Mikey,why don't you tell us about the Director of Security gig you have at General Steel?The company is owned by one Rahm's friends and one his biggest political contributors($$$).Geez,Mikey,seems like you have a big conflict of interest there...

2/28/2012 03:25:00 PM

This better not be true. If so this is a HUGE problem for the police officers of chicago. Who knows about the details of this? If true an investigation must be done. There are many who could find out the truth so lets hear it.

2/28/2012 05:51:00 PM

Howard Labkon who is the owner of General Iron donated $100,000 to Rahm Emanuel. Just read the article athttp://www.suntimes.com/news/nation/3426204-418/chicago-emanuel-hollywood-calif-campaign.html

No lying these figures come from finance forms that elected officials must submit to the election board.

Let's see Mikey try to lie his way out of this one

2/29/2012 12:26:00 AM

SCC..Could you please shed some light on this. This sounds very scary if true. It also seems easy to prove and get the facts. Major conflict of interest. The could be very bad for all police officers. There is no way Shields will be able to get us what's best if he gets big $$$ from this guy. SCC you are the only outlet to get others to start asking the questions. I don't think the majority of the FOP members knows of this. I didn't.

2/29/2012 01:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anybody she the article about the unexpected millions from sales taxes the state collected???? Quinn says he will use it on the schools. If the state got extra sales I can bet that the city's sales tax revenue is way up as well. I wonder how many more cops and fireman rahm will hire with that money????

2/29/2012 02:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Goodbye 021 it was great seeing everyone!

2/29/2012 02:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Hey John Tactical Franks here the LT is right this job is not the same kids. I have a ton of tactical experience but most of all I have tactical fashion. I dont know the first thing about crime but I know how to look good in jeans,gym shoes and have a big gulp in hand. This is all you kids need to know look good and lock up some pissers and drinkers to keep the boss happy. Look forward to giving lesson two. Stayed tune Tactical Brothers

Is the hat worn backwards? Good one.
2/29/2012 02:16:00 AM

2/29/2012 02:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Sid Farkas said...

Oh, yeah and by the way, 119 police officers were injured during the 68'convention. That part never seems to get mentioned.

Only 119 reported injuries because back then you only reported IOD's when you were really injured. Just wait until this May. They'll have to use the United Center to process the amount of IOD's from PO's who are just waiting to hit the medical.

2/29/2012 02:28:00 PM  
Anonymous CPt Touhy's red marker said...

A nice article but he needs to learn the difference between "losing" and "loosing", makes him look like a simpleton
CAT

2/29/2012 03:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well written and completely true. This whole G8 thing is going to be a nightmare and only the police seem to see it for how bad it can really get. Hopefully we get through it and earn a ton of OT, no officers injured (or charged with ANYTHING for doing their jobs!) and a bunch of a-holes locked up. Thanks, Boss.

2/29/2012 03:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must say that the female watch commander in 001 is one of the most ignorant human beings on the face of the earth.......holding personal conversations for a half an hour while officers wait to get paperwork approved.....and a reminder to the desk guy on mids........you are a desk jockey...you don't deserve extra pay cause you aint doing anything.

2/29/2012 03:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The city spends thousands of dollars putting p.o. on the street and now all of a sudden they are taking.po's in those specialized units that u cant.only get to w a phone call. And with only three years experience. You should have signed up for the mff Bc that's what u are going to be. You are now the least senior person in a unit that u volunteered for and now they can do whatever they want with you, like send you out day after day to ghat g8 Nato. I just don't know how after so many were treated like crap, you are putting yourself.in the crapped again. Btw the new unit will be called HGU, hair tell unit. Good.luck.my pretties

2/29/2012 03:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no need to correct anyone's punctuation, spelling, etc if you understand what it is they are saying. That's like telling a tourist "Illi-noise" is pronounced "Illinoy". Did you think they meant fucking Wisconsin?

2/29/2012 04:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT Hear Niles PD arrested CPD Officer Dailey......
Anyone can confirm this???

2/29/2012 04:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to agree with the other poster. Lt Bob, as the head of the cpd Lts assoc NEVER and I mean never spoke up against management for fear of losing (not loosing) his spot as CO of call back (days, weekends off, company car). Now all of a sudden as he nears retirement he wants to speak out?

2/29/2012 04:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=8563825


Hutchison Park can accommodate a large number of people and is set slightly below street level, which makes it easier to control from a policing standpoint. If selected as the so-called designated protest area during the G8/NATO summits in Chicago in May, many protest leaders said they will not be going there.

"Frankly it's insulting. The point of our protest is the G8 and NATO and not some be sodden field in the south end of Grant Park," Andy Thayer, protest organizer, said.

2/29/2012 04:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/iteam&id=8560608

A team of ILEAS officers went to Pittsburgh three years ago to support the G20 summit.

Illinois departments are split into regions across the state.

The I-Team has learned that Region 4, composed of Cook, DuPage and Lake Counties will not provide officers for the upcoming summit.

We're "not going into the city" one high-ranking Region 4 police official said.

The dozens of departments that closely border Chicago are "concerned about threats to their own suburbs" during the world summits. And in similar past events he said, Chicago has provided no indemnification to protect officers or their departments. Finally it was noted that Chicago doesn't share federal urban security funds with the suburbs that city officials are now calling on for help.

2/29/2012 04:46:00 PM  
Anonymous 014 - Land of the WITCH said...

I must say that the female watch commander in 001 is one of the most ignorant human beings on the face of the earth.......

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You ain't seen NOTHING pal.

"014 / 3rd Watch" . . .

need I say anymore?

2/29/2012 04:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off topic:
Any truth to the rumors that Masters (3M)
is going to launch a future campaign to be elected
Cook County Sheriff? We're heard at 26th & Cal
today that he's being backed by Preckwinkle.
Hope you guys and ladies working for the CCSD
wake up and start looking around for a candidate
you can support as a group, if Dart's decided not
to seek re-election. Masters would be a huge
disaster in that post, but he's got his tongue up
enough Machine asses to pull it off.

2/29/2012 04:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Hey John Tactical Franks here the LT is right this job is not the same kids. I have a ton of tactical experience but most of all I have tactical fashion. I dont know the first thing about crime but I know how to look good in jeans,gym shoes and have a big gulp in hand. This is all you kids need to know look good and lock up some pissers and drinkers to keep the boss happy. Look forward to giving lesson two. Stayed tune Tactical Brothers

2/29/2012 02:16:00 AM

And another jealous jerk has spoken. Never could do tact because you have personality issues and couldn't get along with your co-workers I guess. Spent too much time in your mom's basement looking at your Rocky posters, hating everyone and wondering why no one recognized your awesome police skills. Now head upstairs. Your mommy has your pancakes ready for you and she made the butter nice and soft just how you like it.

2/29/2012 01:47:00 PM

I will clue you in. I am on tact and I despise you. But I do love pancakes. Don't take a ball busting personal it will only get worse now Tactical Franks

2/29/2012 04:53:00 PM  
Blogger Just A City Worker said...

OT: Utah Outfitted ALL Police Officer with "fully operational Shoulder Mic with integrated Video Camera.

Spanish Fork company called EHS sell's them.

http://www.ehsequipment.com/vidmic/order.php

2/29/2012 04:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Also, the grammar police posts are getting annoying so we're deleting them, too."




and here i was just about ready to address this very issue....



Chalkie

2/29/2012 05:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good.luck.my pretties

2/29/2012 03:23:00 PM



and their little dogs, too.

2/29/2012 05:18:00 PM  
Blogger Just A City Worker said...

2/29/2012 04:01:00 PM

The ability to speak and spell and punctuate in ones native tongue shows intelligence and pride in oneself.

It is also department policy to be able to communicate in a clear and concise fashion so as to be able to avoid confusing reports.





Hmm...one would take the person in question to be an Exempt then.

2/29/2012 05:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must say that the female watch commander in 001 is one of the most ignorant human beings on the face of the earth.......holding personal conversations for a half an hour while officers wait to get paperwork approved.....

2/29/2012 03:12:00 PM

Lol you work in 001. How many arrests can you have to be waiting to get them approved?

2/29/2012 05:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And another jealous jerk has spoken. Never could do tact because you have personality issues and couldn't get along with your co-workers I guess. Spent too much time in your mom's basement looking at your Rocky posters, hating everyone and wondering why no one recognized your awesome police skills. Now head upstairs. Your mommy has your pancakes ready for you and she made the butter nice and soft just how you like it.

2/29/2012 01:47:00 PM



touchy, touchy, touchy.....

2/29/2012 05:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They will have nothing in common with our local "flash mobs" -- in fact, a lot of the wussier "protesters" will become victims of the south/west siders boiling up out of the subways grabbing Iphones, backpacks, etc.

One "white boy" out-of-towner who won't press charges, who won't return here for court appearances, etc. is as good as another.

2/29/2012 11:30:00 AM




ya know, if 'someone' were to play this angle up, big time, there might be no need for any police presence for this thing.....

2/29/2012 05:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what is the alternate response unit and what do they do?

2/29/2012 11:10:00 AM



i could tell you, but then i'd have to kill you.




Chalkie

2/29/2012 05:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This could make things interesting for the G8/NATO amusement park that is planned downtown.

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2012/02/houses-passes-new-bill-that-would-make.html

Basically it'll be a federal offense to protest any event where the Secret Service is present. Still awaiting Obummer's sig.

2/29/2012 10:08:00 AM
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Wow. Can you say 'unconstitutional'?

2/29/2012 05:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can see that at least one of the responses to "who works at the scrap yard and why" is from Mike Shields. He accuses of libel, brings in a reference to sexuality and then justifies it, and then calls a name. That is his MO in a nutshell.

Look how he threatens his Board of Directors after he got them to sue Bella!

"Little Mikey Shields" stopped growing up and getting smarter before he had 12 birthdays.
Partly my fault too, took me some time to learn that Dan is the bright one.

2/29/2012 05:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"THE PERFECT STORM" said...
...all because of an egomaniacal mayor wants to "showcase Chicago as a world-class city.", the police be damned.

What was the Raccoon thinking?

2/29/2012 08:32:00 AM
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He was thinking he could make a phone call and 'make it happen'. Isn't that how it's done in his circles?

2/29/2012 05:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A GREAT boss to work for.

2/29/2012 05:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Lieutenant of police with a Degree from Lewis University and he can't even use the words "loose" and "lose" in the correct context? Is it that difficult to run a spell check program LT?

2/29/2012 08:22:00 AM
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It wouldn't matter if he used it.
The program is called 'spell check'. It isn't called 'improper usage of a correctly spelled word'.

That being said, you'd think any adult would know the difference between lose and loose, and use them correctly.

2/29/2012 05:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
There is no need to correct anyone's punctuation, spelling, etc if you understand what it is they are saying. That's like telling a tourist "Illi-noise" is pronounced "Illinoy". Did you think they meant fucking Wisconsin?

2/29/2012 04:01:00 PM

Eye no wut eew meen! Hookt on foniks wurkd four me.

2/29/2012 05:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to ease overcrowding at the areas, detectives will work out of districts...no more SVU...General assignment section...Good Lord what have we become?

2/29/2012 02:19:00 AM

New York.

2/29/2012 05:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
what is the alternate response unit and what do they do?

2/29/2012 11:10:00 AM


Take reports by phone.

2/29/2012 05:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THIS is a travesty. If this is true, this guy is a bigger sell out than your previous union leadership.

So much for Unions. This is a great example of how people just take care of themselves and the whole concept of unionism and brotherhood gets discarded when some money hits the table.

That's why I am against Unions. They protect the mediocre and bad worker, but do little for the good worker.

When it comes to the leadership selling out - the rank-and-file are not even left with any scraps on the floor off the bargaining table.

Better hold another election real soon.

2/29/2012 07:21:00 AM




i didn't think they still made assholes this big anymore, what with the 'bloated' budget concerns these days.

apparently, either you work for a more liquid form of compensation or you come cheap.

perhaps both.

2/29/2012 06:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know what? I'm not willing to throw down the whole "Mike Shields is in bed with the Mayor because he's in charge of security for a company that donates a ton of money to the Mayor."

But I am wondering....

Why did Cozzi have to fucking beg for a job around here and Mike wasn't there to step up to the plate and talk to some people for him?

2/29/2012 06:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Howard Labkon does not own General Iron. His parents do. Howard has nothing to do with General Iron. Joe Shields, father of Mike and Dan Shields, is Director of Security foe General Iron, and has been for decades. So, stop with the BS.

2/29/2012 06:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Little Mikey Shields isn't gonna do anything to piss off Rahm. They have already cut a deal.Mikey,why don't you tell us about the Director of Security gig you have at General Steel?The company is owned by one Rahm's friends and one his biggest political contributors($$$).Geez,Mikey,seems like you have a big conflict of interest there...

2/28/2012 03:25:00 PM

$$$$

If true, where does he find the time for three jobs?
FOP Prez
PO Pension Bd. Rep.
and head of Security for some Steel company

2/29/2012 06:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Truth‬ said...
Anonymous said...
Anonymous said... 
Little Mikey Shields isn't gonna do anything to piss off Rahm. They have already cut a deal.Mikey,why don't you tell us about the Director of Security gig you have at General Steel?The company is owned by one Rahm's friends and one his biggest political contributors($$$).Geez,Mikey,seems like you have a big conflict of interest there...

2/28/2012 03:25:00 PM

This better not be true. If so this is a HUGE problem for the police officers of chicago. Who knows about the details of this? If true an investigation must be done. There are many who could find out the truth so lets hear it.

2/28/2012 05:51:00 PM

Howard Labkon who is the owner of General Iron donated $100,000 to Rahm Emanuel. Just read the article athttp://www.suntimes.com/news/nation/3426204-418/chicago-emanuel-hollywood-calif-campaign.html

No lying these figures come from finance forms that elected officials must submit to the election board.

Let's see Mikey try to lie his way out of this one

2/29/2012 12:26:00 AM

---------------------

Dig a little deeper and you'll also see that the Shields Family has had that particular security contract WAY before Rahm was running for mayor, WAY before Rahm was Chief of Staff to the POTUS, WAY before Rahm was pretty much anything. 

If you're going to try and muddy a mans reputation (some might even say libel), you'd best have your facts straight before you open your mouth. To suggest a conflict of interest or wrongdoing because the EMPLOYER of an individual has certain political allegiances and makes campaign contributions to the party/candidate he endorses is quite a stretch. Are you a homosexual because your supervisor at work made a donation to a foundation that supports gays and lesbians? That kinda sums up your fuzzy logic, Mr. Anonymous. 

Play detective and try and figure out why a multi-millionaire owner of a company might contribute 100K to support something he believes in. I'll give you a hint - 100K to the man in question is the equivalent of you or me dropping a hundred for a fundraiser. Then dig some more and put together the whole puzzle, pieces of which are obvious and easily Googled. I won't make you any smarter by divulging the common connections between Rahm and the business owner. But if and when you do make the big connection of the FACTS, please be sure to report back to all of us here. In the meantime, allow me to apologize for torpedoing your 'scandal'. Like they say, "never let the facts get in the way of a good story".

Jackass.
2/29/2012 09:01:00 AM

There is no mudding a mans reputation, it’s fact. Labkon is the owner of General Iron and Labkon donated $100,000 to Emanuel. How can that be mudding one’s reputation when all the guys doing was reporting the fact. And to bring in the fact that his dad has had the contract for years does not help. If you say shields got the contract after the donation and had no idea of it then you have something there, he can claim ignorance. The fact that they have held the contract for years, only enforces the fact that shields knows personal things about the Labkon family and how they tend to lean in political circles. Go back and look up the definition of liable smart guy.

If the research you are talking about is that he supported emauel because they are both Jewish then don’t worry about torpedoing the story. No one, no matter how much money they have donate to another person because they are of the same faith UNLESS they believe in what the politician is doing and planning to do.

Your organization is FOP, would you not say something if FOP donated $100,000 to Rahm and you did not agree with it? Shields works for General Iron and he does not question $100,000 donated to Rahm?
And yes he works for him, try your research and your can see he does not hold a security license in the state of IL.

How’s that research
EAT THAT JACKASS.

2/29/2012 06:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watch each other's backs downtown (and most likely in the neighborhoods too) in April and May, we have to depend on ourselves, we can't depend on anybody with a eagles or a couple of stars on their collars.

The only good thing out of this is that Rahm may have met his Waterloo.


I also believe 100% what Karen Lewis said about Rahmmie saying 25% of the students in CPS have no chance, so why waste resources on them.

2/29/2012 06:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Retired Sgt Les S----Still proud of your asshole nephew?

2/29/2012 06:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT

A beautiful thing. The bank a half block away from me robbed this morning. 6 coppers live within a block and a half. But the fucking mutts don't have to worry. It is 022 and 2211 is always assigned jobs everywhere but on the beat. 022 didn't get extra people because it is not an area where the shitheads are killing each other. Easy fucking pickings. Why rob a bank in an area where the police are close. Go to 016, the west side of 008 or 022 where there isn't a fucking beat car anywhere near the area. Fuck Rahm, fuck McGruff and the fucking alderthieves who don't give a rats ass. One of these ghetto hood rat's gets near my house, his next destination will be the fucking morgue. I will empty my gun and reload if he still has a pulse. Fuck this city.

2/29/2012 06:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"This whole situation will be a damn if you do and damn if you don't type of situation. If you go out there and be proactive and you fuck someone up, YOU WILL BE LOCKED UP, INDICTED, GO TO JAIL AND LOSE EVERYTHING YOU HAVE."

--2/29/2012 01:26:00 PM

Hey. Riot goin' here.

You f__ers get rough and you are gonna get a practiced knee in the balls, a baton handle in the solar plexus, a booted stomp on your instep that'll have you hobbling off the stage crying, a good rap in the skull, an "inadvertent" finger in the eye, a trip and shove to send you sprawling to the cement anytime we can manage; not to mention a face fulla premium-grade OC bear-stopper that'll have you callin' for Mama for hours afterwards.

Don't get cocky. "No one can touch us." Just keep rolling with that idea...

Idiots.

2/29/2012 07:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Article...Thank You

2/29/2012 07:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So if the G8 is going to be watched by law enforcement, and if a law enforcement person sees that we are in trouble on the street....... if that person provides no assistance, but in turn, testifies against us later, can we sue that person for failing to help fellow officers in need?

2/29/2012 07:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT--

CHICAGO HAS RECEIVED NO MONEY FOR G8/NATO YET

"The Emanuel administration said Chicagoans wouldn't have to foot the bill for the upcoming NATO/G8 summits, but the city has yet to receive any of the federal funding promised. The Chicago Reader reports that, though the city is spending money on security and training equipment, the check for the supposed millions hasn't hit the mail just yet. Delores Robinson, a spokeswoman for the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications said “The city of Chicago has not yet received any grants for the NATO and G8 summits.”

http://chicagoist.com/2012/02/28/no_money_for_natog8_yet.php

2/29/2012 07:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To those who have been upset by my improper use of the word loose I humbly apologize. I am human and have been known to make mistakes. Unfortunately spellcheck only checks for spelling not usage. I hope you were able to understand the message of the article inspite of my terrible mistake.
Thank you,

Bob Weisskopf

2/29/2012 07:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT
Another bloody day
Since noon today:
006. 1 dead
002. 1 shot
004. 2 shot
007. 1 shot
011. 1 shot
004. 1 more shot
010. 2 shot
005. 1 dead

On a Wednesday in feb?

2/29/2012 07:49:00 PM  
Blogger Was that a SPEEDBUMP?! said...

Completely unrelated and I apologize. Today while heading to the pumps on the Dan Ryan I observed an idiot driver nearly sideswipe a truck so I attempted to curb the vehicle while instructing the idiot to get off on the immediate exit. The driver froze and was confused on what to do and she eventually curbed on the side of the highway. I instructed the driver to pull off at an exit but she just sat there...confused. I got out to approach the driver (Late morning Dan Ryan at 35th st). The cars passing me made little effort to steer clear or even acknowledge my marked car with blues on, it scared the shit out of me! As I was walking towards the girls car, an unmarked SUV with blue and red lights pulled up behind me to offer an assist. This guy was like a guardian angel. After name checks the girls car was released and the trooper and I got to talking about the upcoming events this May. Something I never really thought about was what State Troopers deal with EVERY SINGLE DAY, idiot fucking Chicago drivers!! This Trooper was a real pro, polite and professional. It also made me think that I probably should have pulled over rather than slow and waved at every Trooper out there. They need our support, just Like I needed his. So Trooper Brian Spillane #6099. Thank you very much for assisting me today and the Dan Ryan. God bless you and your coworkers for doing something that would make me very nervous to do on a daily basis.

2/29/2012 08:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Got this worked out yet. Maybe the law department can clear this up. So we will have National Guardsman, Suburban Police officers, Federal Police Officers and possibly police Officers from other states. The Chicago Police Officers will process the arrest. That means someone's name has to go on the arrest report so the civil rights lawyers can hold someone responsible. Who is that going to be? I'll tell you it's not going to be me. I'll gladly put my name on an arrest report if I witness a violation of the law and the offender has not been a punching bag for anyone else. Otherwise I will refuse the direct order to put my name on the arrest report and do whatever the summary punishment is. Much better than defending myself in federal court for punative damages. Now that the libtards have the police where they want them, which is not being the police, give them exactly what they have lobbied so hard for, lawlessness.

2/29/2012 08:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

off topic, but related:

Has anyone tried to get a FFL?

Might just fill-out the paper work to see what the rejection letter looks like.

2/29/2012 08:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe we should tell the teachers that grammatical errors should not be counted against our children on an English test. Authority of the English language, both written and spoken, radiates intelligence. No command; screams ignorance. Just because they let you graduate from High School and/or you got your degree from some fly by night college does not make you intelligent. Just look at the Command Staff of the Chicago Police Department and our former Chief of Patrol Down Town Ernie Brown. How can you respect a written order or policy when it is not grammatically correct, it just screams ignorance? Who respects ignorance?

2/29/2012 08:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Little Mikey Shields isn't gonna do anything to piss off Rahm. They have already cut a deal.Mikey,why don't you tell us about the Director of Security gig you have at General Steel?The company is owned by one Rahm's friends and one his biggest political contributors($$$).Geez,Mikey,seems like you have a big conflict of interest there...

2/28/2012 03:25:00 PM

This better not be true. If so this is a HUGE problem for the police officers of chicago. Who knows about the details of this? If true an investigation must be done. There are many who could find out the truth so lets hear it.

2/28/2012 05:51:00 PM

If this is true it is up to the FOP membership to demand a rule that prohibits a President and any negotiating member to hold a second job. These guys already have generous wages thanks to membership dues which have gone up quite a bit.

Secondly, is not simply about the salary the President and four vice presidents receive. It is about the potential for corruption with having the ability to take a secondary job. Lastly, I personally would prefer the heads of FOP concentrate completely on the job they were elected to do, not building businesses, heading security agencies, etc. If they have that much free time I suggest they take a lesser salary to do the job of promoting and defending officers interest. Obviously they have too much free time. We have to make some changes in our expectations of these people whom we have elected.

2/29/2012 08:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The burbs are already geting more training then us. They are getting two days of training and then a day of training in there gas masks while there department throws gas at them. We get shit as far as training. We're not ready and it's a safety issue.

2/29/2012 08:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a family member of a Chicago Police Dept officer in NYC on business and accidentally ended up in an Occupy Wall Street scrum with another female colleague 42nd and 6th at approx 12:00.

We were talking waiting for the light to change when all of a sudden we heard these loud noises. We looked to the right and saw what looked to be down on their luck Circ de Soleil performers and out of work cartoon characters running at us. Suddenly we were surrounded by them and were getting knocked around. Apparently, they'd been protesting in the park across the street and made a run for it.

Some NYPD cops saw that we did not fit the Occupier profile and pushed people away to get to us and rush us out of the crowd -- picture Reagan outside the Washington Hilton without shots fired. Weird and scary at the same time. Thankfully, NYPD cops are not handcuffed like CPD and do not take $hit from anyone.

After I thanked the the NYPD cop I mentioned that my relative is CPD and I hoped NYPD would come help CPD out with G8/NATO. His replied "They are fuc&ed.

Stay safe.

2/29/2012 09:26:00 PM  
Blogger Just A City Worker said...

Anonymous said...

what is the alternate response unit and what do they do?

2/29/2012 11:10:00 AM


That's what we call Tom Tunney's Driver in 023.

2/29/2012 09:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Howard Labkon does not own General Iron. His parents do. Howard has nothing to do with General Iron. Joe Shields, father of Mike and Dan Shields, is Director of Security foe General Iron, and has been for decades. So, stop with the BS.

2/29/2012 06:11:00 PM

The Labkon family owns and runs General Iron. If Howard Labkon has oohing to do with General Iron, please explain the below references to him being part of General Iron:

ttp://www.cdobs.com/archive/syndicated/who-are-the-labkons-and-why-did-they-drop-366k-on-emanuel-and-others/

http://www.insideonline.com/site/epage/10783_162.htm

http://www.seattleindustry.org/SP07_tale3cities.php

http://www.suntimes.com/news/nation/3426204-418/chicago-emanuel-hollywood-calif-campaign.html
http://www.calumetareaindustrial.com/aboutus.html

2/29/2012 09:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who respects ignorance?

2/29/2012 08:44:00 PM



well, i don't know that i'd say i respect ignorance, but i sure as hell appreciate it's usefulness.




Chalkie

2/29/2012 09:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To those who have been upset by my improper use of the word loose I humbly apologize. I am human and have been known to make mistakes. Unfortunately spellcheck only checks for spelling not usage. I hope you were able to understand the message of the article inspite of my terrible mistake.
Thank you,

Bob Weisskopf

2/29/2012 07:32:00 PM



that's tellin' 'em, Bob.

2/29/2012 09:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for deleting any comments by the spelling and grammer police . They are really annoying. People type late at night after a hard shift at times and make minor mistakes and they do not deserve harsh comments.

2/29/2012 09:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey SCC - FYI, if you could post this, please, if you think your readers might be interested. It is for a terrific cause, and it sounds like a really fun event on top of it.


www.honorflightchicago.org



FBI AND CHICAGO POLICE TO FACE-OFF FOR VETERANS


They hit the street every day to keep you safe. On Saturday, March 10, 2012, at 7:30 pm, dozens of Chicago FBI agents and Chicago police officers will hit the ice to help raise money for Honor Flight Chicago. Billed as the “Law Enforcement Hockey Classic”, this charity match will be held at the Edge Ice Arena, 735 East Jefferson Street in Bensenville, Illinois, where Special Agents and support employees from the FBI’s Chicago Office will face-off against Chicago Police Officers from the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge Number 7.

Honor Flight Chicago is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charity organization dedicated to honoring Chicago area World War II veterans by flying them, all expense paid, to Washington DC for a day of reflection at their memorial. This volunteer-based group works year round to raise the money needed to provide these veterans with what many of them call “the second best day” of their lives. Each flight costs $55,000 and is funded entirely by private donations.

Mary Pettinato, CEO of Honor Flight Chicago, is thrilled with this unique fundraising opportunity. Said Pettinato, “The chance to work with the men and women of these two great organizations to help honor our veterans is a dream come true. I hope that the public will turn out to support this great event.”

When these two teams face off, it will be quite a show in more ways than one. Congressman Mike Quigley, an avid hockey fan and player, plus a few other local celebrities, will also be skating for the cause. Special guest announcer Chet Coppock will be calling the game and the Chicago Blackhawks will be providing a few surprises as well.

“It’s an honor to play the sport I love with the men and women who protect us every day”, said U.S. Representative Mike Quigley. “I just hope the Chicago Police are ready, because our federal team will be skating to win.”



Robert D. Grant, Special Agent-in-Charge of the FBI’s Chicago office added, “We work closely with the Chicago Police Department every day of the year. On March 10th, we will join them on the ice to have this friendly rivalry and at the same time, benefit our veterans.”

“The Chicago Police Department is proud to support our veterans in this event. While the game is a win-win situation, that doesn’t mean we will be taking it easy on our FBI partners when we hit the ice,” said Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy.

There are an estimated 25,000 WWII Veterans in the Chicago area. Since its inception four years ago, Honor Flight Chicago has flown nearly 3000 of them to Washington D.C. Presently, there are approximately 1000 vets waiting to take the trip of a lifetime.

In addition to the Chicago FBI and Chicago Police Department, Honor Flight Chicago would like to thank the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, the Chicago Blackhawks, and Congressman Mike Quigley for contributing to this event.

All proceeds from the “Law Enforcement Hockey Classic” go to benefit Honor Flight Chicago. To purchase tickets or for sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.honorflightchicago.org or call Honor Flight Chicago’s Hockey Hotline at 630-566-0270.


Honor Flight Chicago
938 W. Montana Street
Chicago, IL 60614-2409
773-227-VETS (8387)
Fax 773-289-0909

2/29/2012 09:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eye no wut eew meen! Hookt on foniks wurkd four me.

2/29/2012 05:48:00 PM



you spelled 'mi' wrong.

2/29/2012 09:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

846 PM. .ANOTHER idiot heard from. First, it's 3 VPs, not 4. Second, who the fuck are you to say who can and cant be limited to how much money they make and where? As long as how they make their money is legal and doesn't break departmental rules (NO, I won't cite specifics here for your ignorant ass) it's none of your fucking business. Don't be jealous because your entitled ass makes less than half of what some of those guys make. Run for FOP office next election and while doing so go get your private security contractor license and go try and find a client that pays well. If all goes well we can bad mouth you and how the sources of your income need to be "investigated" and how you should be held to only one job.

Believe it or not, some people CAN multitask. Be a parent, spouse, cop, union member, etc, etc. I'd bet you can't walk and chew gum at the same time. You're little more than a jealous bitch.

2/29/2012 10:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Anonymous said...
Little Mikey Shields isn't gonna do anything to piss off Rahm. They have already cut a deal.Mikey,why don't you tell us about the Director of Security gig you have at General Steel?The company is owned by one Rahm's friends and one his biggest political contributors($$$).Geez,Mikey,seems like you have a big conflict of interest there...

2/28/2012 03:25:00 PM

You must not read the papers or watch the news, moron. I have seen and heard Shields accuse Emanuel of "Enron Accounting." I have heard Shields - and ONLY Shields - bitching to anyone that will listen about G8 training and equipment. He bitches about the Police Board. He upset the friendly lawsuit by the ACLU. The Rahm-backed City treasurer has threatened to sue Shields. It looks to me that Shields is about the only labor leader that is not in Rahm's pocket. So GFY, loser! Crybaby backstabbing MF'ers like you don't do us any good.

2/29/2012 10:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a little birdie clued rahmbo in that the patrolman , watch secretary does all the work and captain/xo doesn't do much.
Bingo station supervisor , sgt or
lt . Just what does an XO do now?
Absolutley nothin

2/29/2012 10:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Lt publishes an article defending us, criticizing the city, society, and the media- and you jump on him for spelling or for not doing this or that? FUCK YOU GUYS! No wonder nobody defends us!

2/29/2012 10:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 8:07pm

If Brian doesn't read the blog, I would like to say on behalf of him, thank you very much for your kind words. I will tell him about it.

ISP M/Sgt.

2/29/2012 10:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT Hear Niles PD arrested CPD Officer Dailey......
Anyone can confirm this???

Yeah its in the paper. Dude sounds like a total retard.

2/29/2012 10:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(OT) will these body cameras becoming to Chicago soon?

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/02/29/police-use-of-body-cams-stun-gun-cameras-stirs-controversy/

2/29/2012 10:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

what is the alternate response unit and what do they do?

2/29/2012 11:10:00 AM

--
I really shouldn't be talking about the alternate response unit, because I don't want to give our enemies any intel, but I will say that it is definitely one of the most squared-away, high-speed, low-drag units in the department. As a matter of fact, they go through more practice ammo in a month than the rest of the department goes through in a year. They basically are the SWAT team that SWAT calls when they can't handle the situation.

2/29/2012 10:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2/28/2012 03:25:00 PM

$$$$

If true, where does he find the time for three jobs?
FOP Prez
PO Pension Bd. Rep.
and head of Security for some Steel company

2/29/2012 06:38:00 PM


Pension Board is unpaid position, salary = 0

If Pension rep were on City payroll, he or she would get the city pay only, nothing more. Shields is on FOP payroll so gets nothing more for pension rep.

I believe his father, retired Lt Joe had the security gig long before Mike got elected to union. I would worry more about the time it takes rather than any nebulous connection with Rahm,

2/29/2012 11:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw John Tactical Frank drinking a Pina Colada at Trader Vics........His hair was perfect!!

2/29/2012 11:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@08:27...don't we process arrests every day based on what witnesses tell us? What's the difference? Obvious injuries aside.

2/29/2012 11:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it just screams ignorance? Who respects ignorance?


Are you asking ?

2/29/2012 11:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lt Bob W is a.CLASS ACT !

Fuck the whiners !

2/29/2012 11:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People are criticizing the Lt. for misspelling one word----- are you kidding me! Did you totally ignore the message? People are saying that the Lt. is only speaking out now because he is retiring. This statement couldn't be further from the truth. Google his name and you'll see several times that he was quoted in the paper in regards to several issues that not only concerned the Lt.s union but also that concerned us ---- the blue shirts. While spending time at ARP Lieutenant Bob Weisskopf recognized that I was being screwed by the department and he did the best he could to accommodate me. Whether it be just lending a ear and allowing me to vent or allowing me to change watches and giving me weekends off. I have since been reinstated but I have not forgotten how the Lt. made me feel during my time at callback. It diffently made it easier to deal with my ordeal. This Lt is a great guy and a true leader and should be respected by the rank and file. Thanks lieutenant for being there. Greg Insley

3/01/2012 12:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
You know what? I'm not willing to throw down the whole "Mike Shields is in bed with the Mayor because he's in charge of security for a company that donates a ton of money to the Mayor."

But I am wondering....

Why did Cozzi have to fucking beg for a job around here and Mike wasn't there to step up to the plate and talk to some people for him?

2/29/2012 06:04:00 PM

Cozzi has a job with an elected offical that he did not have to beg for.

3/01/2012 12:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the asshole talking about how many arrests do you make in 001? You obviously have no clue, 001 processes a lot of arrests daily, it is the theft capital of the city! Shoplifters every day, all day long; pickpockets working the crowds on state st, all the iPhone thefts and robberies, hotel thefts, protesters and occupiers etc.

Get a clue, there is life outside the ghetto and your one rock pinch.

3/01/2012 01:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

014 - Land of the WITCH said...
I must say that the female watch commander in 001 is one of the most ignorant human beings on the face of the earth.......

-------

You ain't seen NOTHING pal.

"014 / 3rd Watch" . . .

need I say anymore?

2/29/2012 04:46:00 PM

--
LOL! One of the reasons I left. Not 'no personality', but multiple personalities. Mean,crass, nasty individual.

3/01/2012 01:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

846 PM. .ANOTHER idiot heard from. First, it's 3 VPs, not 4. Second, who the fuck are you to say who can and cant be limited to how much money they make and where? As long as how they make their money is legal and doesn't break departmental rules (NO, I won't cite specifics here for your ignorant ass) it's none of your fucking business. Don't be jealous because your entitled ass makes less than half of what some of those guys make. Run for FOP office next election and while doing so go get your private security contractor license and go try and find a client that pays well. If all goes well we can bad mouth you and how the sources of your income need to be "investigated" and how you should be held to only one job.

Believe it or not, some people CAN multitask. Be a parent, spouse, cop, union member, etc, etc. I'd bet you can't walk and chew gum at the same time. You're little more than a jealous bitch.

2/29/2012 10:03:00 PM

You are the ignorant one. The dept rules have nothing to do with the FOP President and Vice Presidents work. These guys work for the FOP and for US. I agree that they really ought to concentrate on the job they were elected to do. I realize that this might be inconvenient for them but is a necessity. I agree it could also limit the potential for corruption. If someone in political power wanted to take away one of their security contracts....well you see the point.

3/01/2012 05:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just what does an XO do now?
Absolutley nothin...

hmmm..maybe next they will realize that sgts asigned as XX40 (whether they make it onto work sheets, are whited out or left off) or blue shirts acting out of grade (check how many grievances have been filed) are doing the desk sgt job--- and not the lt/ss

3/01/2012 06:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I APOLOGIZE... I cracked a hooked on phonics joke, erratnly thinking that two posters with too much free time were bickering with each other. I had no idea it was directed at the Lt. who authored a piece defending us.

3/01/2012 07:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to agree with the other poster. Lt Bob, as the head of the cpd Lts assoc NEVER and I mean never spoke up against management for fear of losing (not loosing) his spot as CO of call back (days, weekends off, company car). Now all of a sudden as he nears retirement he wants to speak out?

2/29/2012 04:39:00 PM

RW was not courageous in the least. He only became brave and outspoken at the very moment he reached his max'd out goal and could immediately walk, in the event they dumped him from his little fiefdom that affords him with days, weekends, office, secretary and a company car. But even so, the man has a huge ego and believes he is always the smartest person in the room and believes he deserved a gold star a long time ago. If he was currently toting a gold star, you wouldn't have heard a peep out of him. He will not be missed when he retires later this year.

3/01/2012 08:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"We looked to the right and saw what looked to be down on their luck Circ de Soleil performers and out of work cartoon characters running at us."

--2/29/2012 09:26:00 PM

POST OF THE WEEK! POST OF THE WEEK!

As you can see, they have no regard for ordinary people -- no matter what they claim.

Hurt these motherf__ers any way you can.

As they say when I see them on RT TV from Putin's Russia, chumming with their with their New Soviet handlers -- "Use any tactic...use any tactic...use any tactic..."

Remember your Use Of Force chart -- one step higher.

3/01/2012 10:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Shield and The Rhamtard. Its all about them and always will be be. I never liked Mike when he was in 011. A very fake person and arrogant

3/01/2012 10:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Something I never really thought about was what State Troopers deal with EVERY SINGLE DAY...So Trooper Brian Spillane #6099. Thank you very much for assisting me today [on] the Dan Ryan. God bless you and your coworkers for doing something that would make me very nervous to do on a daily basis."

--2/29/2012 08:07:00 PM

Boy, I second that. I look down off the overpass and see 'em down there in that canyon, so isolated, always working 99 and still holding it together.

Talk about a tough survival school...

3/01/2012 10:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...alternate response unit...is the SWAT team that SWAT calls when they can't handle the situation."

--2/29/2012 10:55:00 PM

Occupy sees a lot of superficial police-to-police bitching here about departmental matters. Somehow this has given them the idea that they can do anything they want.

Take a good look at a policeman sometime. You'll notice that he has a gun, a set of handcuffs, a radio, and the authority to lock your a__ up, beat you within an inch of your life, or even kill you, depending on your behavior. He has thousands of similarly-accoutred friends.

That's just a working street cop. There will be other security here that you can't even imagine.

I would be more worried about the 99% of information I DIDN'T have -- like what the local flash mobs will do to imported hippies with backpacks waving Iphones, like how long the wait will be at the emergency room, like whether or not the gangbangers who run the Cook County Jail will let weird foreigners have anything to eat or not...

Time for the crazies to start some "alternate" vacation planning. Maybe visit the Rehabilitation Institute and talk to some people who are permanently disabled as the result of violent acts.

Life from the neck down isn't much of a life.

Grow up.

3/01/2012 10:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

846 PM. .ANOTHER idiot heard from. First, it's 3 VPs, not 4. Second, who the fuck are you to say who can and cant be limited to how much money they make and where? As long as how they make their money is legal and doesn't break departmental rules (NO, I won't cite specifics here for your ignorant ass) it's none of your fucking business. Don't be jealous because your entitled ass makes less than half of what some of those guys make. Run for FOP office next election and while doing so go get your private security contractor license and go try and find a client that pays well. If all goes well we can bad mouth you and how the sources of your income need to be "investigated" and how you should be held to only one job.

Believe it or not, some people CAN multitask. Be a parent, spouse, cop, union member, etc, etc. I'd bet you can't walk and chew gum at the same time. You're little more than a jealous bitch.

2/29/2012 10:03:00 PM


Mike Shields -- Accuse, belittle, follow through with name calling. Get to work on your own newsletter Little Man!

3/01/2012 01:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am looking forward to NATO/G8. I will protect myself and the other Police Officers around me. If I have to split open the heads of some Anarchist or be forced to use deadly force,so be it.

3/01/2012 08:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

To the asshole talking about how many arrests do you make in 001? You obviously have no clue, 001 processes a lot of arrests daily, it is the theft capital of the city! Shoplifters every day, all day long; pickpockets working the crowds on state st, all the iPhone thefts and robberies, hotel thefts, protesters and occupiers etc.

Get a clue, there is life outside the ghetto and your one rock pinch.

3/01/2012 01:13:00 AM

Sorry superstar I don't work in the ghetto. I work in 001 with you. I know about the shoplifters that you either blow off, try to get the store not to prosecute, or take you a tour to process one shoplifter. Don't give that overworked with so many arrests bullshit. I work here too and know you are full of shit.

3/01/2012 08:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/01
8:52am

You are completely correct. Knew Bob as a p.o. when he along with some others got dumped to 015 back in the 80's to increase manpower in 015. Never was a hard working guy and never was a "stand up" supervisor either. Believe me if there was a chance he could move up any farther he would shut up and climb over anybody to get higher up. As far as spelling and grammar from a Lewis graduate, are you kidding me???? I took some classes there and trust me the quality of the teachers is truly reflected in the quality of some of the idiot bosses who got their degrees from Lewis.

3/01/2012 10:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A lot of talk about Mike Shields and his connection to General Iron and implications about Howard Labkon's relationship with Mayor Emanuel. First, Mayor Emanuel is the Mayor and it seems very clear he does not listen to anybody about anything unless he believes it to be right himself. That is the reason he will be the Mayor to turn this city around. In regards to Howard Labkon it is clear he owns General Iron but I have heard he owns many more businesses around the country and in Chicago. I do know people that are close to Howard Labkon and whenever I ask the questions about Howard labkon and his relationship with the Mayor and or his other businesses these people claim Howard Labkon is very private and they will not discuss anything. What we do not need is police officers making more trouble in the middle of serious economic crisis when the FOP needs to negotiate a good contract for its members. Is Mike Shields the right guy for the job? I really do not know but he was elected so he has every right to do his job the best he can. If he fails the best that can be done is he does not get re elected. I do believe he will try his best but Mike Shields vs. Mayor Emanuel is so far from a fair fight. Easy win for the Mayor.

3/27/2012 01:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Shields clearly does not care about the police but does care about his job. He has never been a "real police officer" only a protected member of the police department. An insider who has played his way up the white collar channels of the department. He is totally out of touch with an actual officer and that is why any contract the FOP has to negotiate with the Mayor is dangerous for the FOP. The Mayor will eat up a young and inexperienced guy like Mike Shields.

8/18/2012 11:15:00 PM  

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