Thursday, March 29, 2012

Lawsuit Reinstated

  • Mark Geinosky's federal lawsuit against the city of Chicago and eight of its police officers is back on, after the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday reversed lower court's decision to throw out the case.

    Calling Geinosky's allegations of harassment through two-dozen bogus parking tickets "troubling," the three-member panel remanded the case back to the district court, saying Geinosky and his lawyers sufficiently argued he was singled out by officers who wrote the tickets.

    The ruling, written by Judge David F. Hamilton, said that at first blush, the case might seem like a good candidate for dismissal by the district court.

    "A closer look at the alleged facts, however, reveals a disturbing pattern," Hamilton wrote. "Absent a reasonable explanation, and none has even been suggested yet, the pattern adds up to deliberate and unjustified official harassment that is actionable under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment."

And the fallout?

  • Late last year, Superintendent Garry McCarthy moved to have four officers fired for their alleged involvement in the case. Two of those officers are scheduled for a hearing before the Chicago Police Board on April 30.
With the lawsuit back, guess what the outcome will be at the Board.

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64 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems that the officers were writing these tickets to help out another cop over some personal business. If they did then I think a suspension would be more than sufficient. Firing these cops is way over board.

3/29/2012 12:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At this point guys with all the stuff going on in the the world just do the darn job all this extra stuff is not worth it. Your family your livelihood all down the drain for bull crap.

3/29/2012 01:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What surprises me about this is not that one cop was stupid enough to be involved in this. I could even see two cops being stupid enough to do it, but possibly up to eight?

Stupid shit.

3/29/2012 02:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Confussed...all they did was right tickets?

3/29/2012 03:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jaysus. Here we go again.

3/29/2012 04:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still with the zone one, two, and three in eleven. Who thinks of this stupid shut. 1120?

3/29/2012 05:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Confussed...all they did was right tickets?

3/29/2012 03:12:00 AM

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Are you kidding? What are you, in fucking kindergarten? Confussed? WTF.

3/29/2012 05:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This may take some forensic document examination.

An officer can leave his/her ticket books in a squad car or roll call room while doing something. They could be picked up by anyone with a grudge who was stupid to write those tickets.

3/29/2012 05:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am surprised the Mayor didn't congratulate them. The City desperately needs the added income to give to the illegals he welcomes to the City.

3/29/2012 05:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Mark Geinowski related to the fellow that worked in IAD years back, I believe when Risley was the ADS?

3/29/2012 05:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WE dont need cops who "go rogue" for stupid shit like this and make it harder for the rest of us. "All they did was write tickets..." Really? If it were a member of your family you'd be screaming for justice. So full of crap some of you guys are. They made their beds, let them lie in it...

3/29/2012 06:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess my seniority is going to move up 4-8 spots... keep doing stupid ass shit people because it's so worth it in the end isn't it?

3/29/2012 06:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if the officer that got the ball rolling in this case will also be fired or are they only going after the officers who don't have clout. The first one gone should be gone is the guy that was sleeping with the broad.

3/29/2012 08:11:00 AM  
Anonymous gfy said...

omg you have to fire them. they just fucked with this guy for whatever reason. when these idiots got the star i'm sure they didn't tell them you can now go fuck people over any time you feel like it

3/29/2012 08:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree, with the suspension post. If these guys were involved, a suspension is warranted, but to fire them over this, come on. That is going way to far.

3/29/2012 08:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And they will all be fired because one diaper loving copper wanted to "help out" his old girl friend. These cops are guilty of nothing more than doing what we all did in the unit, leave our stuff in our squad cars that we used everyday. 1 midget asshole, who we shall call TRP, took advantage of that and some got good cops in this position. TRP, I hope you rot in hell oh wait you are in 005 so that's pretty close.

3/29/2012 08:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems that the officers were writing these tickets to help out another cop over some personal business. If they did then I think a suspension would be more than sufficient. Firing these cops is way over board.

3/29/2012 12:29:00 AM

So, give them another chance to "help out" a cop over personal business?

3/29/2012 08:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Confussed...all they did was right tickets?

Yes, they wrote tickets...

3/29/2012 09:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Confussed...all they did was right tickets?

Your not confused,you are a MORON!

3/29/2012 09:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most people don't know the TRU facts about this incident. There was really only one jag off officer involved. Unfortunately this prick wrote all these phantom tickets with other officers ticket books which were left unsecured in police vehicles. Believe it or not this prick is still on the job and never even took a day for this yet all the officers whose books he wrote out of are set to be fired. Word to the wise, secure your ticket books because there are cutthroat weasels like this in a roll call near you.

3/29/2012 09:29:00 AM  
Blogger topset72 said...

"Confussed...all they did was right tickets?"

And all they LEFT was corruption.

3/29/2012 09:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All they did was write tickets, yes.

But that was a HUGE abuse of trust. Huge. If they aren't fired, every cop in town winds up looking crooked, bought and paid for.

For the sake of the entire department, these morons need to be fired.

3/29/2012 09:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish this case could be clarified better. I've heard everything from that one P.O. stole the others ticket books and wrote the tickets with-out them knowing, and I've heard that each officer was knowingly involved. I just wish we could all get the real story, because I'd hate to see P.O.'s get fired if one idiot stole their ticket books & wrote tickets without them knowing.

3/29/2012 09:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe this lawsuit was actually thrown out at one time. This beef is legitimate as they come yet all the frivolous ones go to trial. What gives?

3/29/2012 09:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worked with all the officers, they were not friends and for the most part did not work on the same teams. Some ASS HAT PICKED UP THEIR UNSECURED BOOKS AND WROTE OUT OF THEM.

3/29/2012 09:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they are clout babies it 's all good.

3/29/2012 10:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they gone

3/29/2012 10:46:00 AM  
Anonymous SCC Fan said...

Anonymous said...

Confussed...all they did was right tickets?

3/29/2012 03:12:00 AM

There's so much wrong with this post. I bet you are at least a Commander. Barb, is that you?

Anyway, False reports, Rule 14 will get you fired. Went from 10 days to fired under Weis and it's not going back. Get it in to your heads: "airmail" tickets will end your career. I can't think of a more stupid or more embarrassing way to go.

3/29/2012 11:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every ticket written will be backed up with a quick picture

3/29/2012 11:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well if the Department had moved on this EARLIER, they probably could have gotten away with a suspension....now...bouncing back from the appeal court, hope for the best and expect the worst. There are cameras and recording devices out there everywhere....common sense will keep you safe. Try it you might like it.

3/29/2012 11:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look behind the desk at any station. There is a box full of out of date ticket books. If you pre-sign those tickets, then put them in the box because they are out of service, it is no problem for an unscrupulous individual (PO or cleaning person) to then issue those tickets to anyone they want to and the tickets will be on YOU. It is my understanding that some of the coppers with police board hearings were off on the days that some of these tickets were issued. Please DO NOT pre-sign your tickets. And write canceled on any individual tickets that you put in the box. It will save you a lot of grief. Thanks asshole who put innocent coppers on the hook for your bullshit.

3/29/2012 11:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/29/2012 03:12:00 AM

Not Confussed....Confused

Not right....write.

You're either a troll or a hairgel.

http://theexpiredmeter.com/tag/mark-geinosky/

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-court-says-lawsuit-alleging-bogus-parking-tickets-can-proceed-20120328,0,5724236.story

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-08-29/business/chi-ticket-problem-discipline-20110829_1_ticket-case-unwarranted-parking-tickets-mark-geinosky

13 of the 24 tickets were issued by the same cop, nearly all sequential from the officer’s ticket book. Which means the only vehicle the cop writes tickets for is Geinosky’s. Even after the Orland Park man traded in his Toyota Highlander in September 2008, the tickets continued to roll in, issued to the old plate number—even though he took the plates off the vehicle and stashed them in his garage. Someone, he said, is out to get him. And he wants to know why.

Shaved had a post on this guy. I believe SCC originally commented about this when it hit the net/news in 2009.

And this is a guy from Orland Park......Getting over 26 tickets in under 20 months for the same area of West Englewood?

Sorry about the long post SCC...but this is one of those things that should scream "DON"T DO THIS EVER" to a police officer in this city. Because people love to whine about the parkers they get even if it was for the Right Reason.

And I loved the Comment from IAD "We don't do parking ticket complaints."

3/29/2012 01:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was real stupid. Who are they hiring?

3/29/2012 01:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good. All the dumb motherfuckers involved in this should have their asses thrown to the curb.

3/29/2012 01:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stupid is as stupid does.

3/29/2012 01:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Without a doubt, those parking tickets gotta be the most costly tickets ever fucking written.

The only thing that tops the cost of this fiasco is the amount of regret felt.

3/29/2012 02:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's pitiful that because it's a heater case the one tact officer who has an excellent reputation has nothing to do with any of these guys may lose his job cause he left his ticket books in his car and some pos copper wrote tickets out of his books. Should he get time for leaving the books in the car. Absolutely but fired no way! Sorry hh that all the years of ur excellent police work has come down to this! In a court of law u would have to be proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. But for us officers we r guilty if it's a high profile case regardless Look at cozzie!

3/29/2012 02:32:00 PM  
Anonymous "Pappy" Van Winkle said...

Stupid SHOULD hurt son...

3/29/2012 02:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is firing them going overboard? Not only did they write hundreds of dollars worth of tickets, but after not knowing they were written you're talking about thousands of dollars in fines, boots, inconveniences....sorry I support you guys as much as possible but not the ones who do stuff like this. You shouldn't get to screw with regular people's lives and get off with a slap on the wrists and write it off to helping a cop out with a personal problem. These guys screwed up and they deserve the consequences.

3/29/2012 03:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Must be a supposed "elite" unit, like TRU or MSF, those guys think there the shit, cause there daddy used to be on the job and was a kiss ass too. Now they think there untouchable, well look at you now, looking at time or your jobs! IDIOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!

3/29/2012 03:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Emmanuel speaks of "shared sacrifice" and every City dept has downsized or made cuts to include PUBLIC SAFETY and EDUCATION yet he still refuses to decrease the amount of ALDERMAN which is still 50?!! Uh... Mr. Emmanuel care to address this issue after all you are a PUBLIC SERVANT first and a MILLIONAIRE second.

3/29/2012 03:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Emmanuel speaks of "shared sacrifice" and every City dept has downsized or made cuts to include PUBLIC SAFETY and EDUCATION yet he still refuses to decrease the amount of ALDERMAN which is still 50?!! Uh... Mr. Emmanuel care to address this issue after all you are a PUBLIC SERVANT first and a MILLIONAIRE second.

3/29/2012 03:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep writing those contact cards.

Those of you who do will be next.

3/29/2012 03:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really???? Do you think this a woman of quality worth investing your future in? Grow up for Christs sake.

3/29/2012 04:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These cops who are getting fired, are only stupid of not picking up their ticket books and securing them. Here is a FACT!!! one cop from TRU wrote these tickets. This ass did not even get a cr#. We all know who u r. And when the truth comes out and it will, u will be skinned alive for what u have done to these officers, Mark my words!!! As for the other posters calling these cops stupid! I swear to you that is not the case.

3/29/2012 06:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Must be a supposed "elite" unit, like TRU or MSF, those guys think there the shit, cause there daddy used to be on the job and was a kiss ass too. Now they think there untouchable, well look at you now, looking at time or your jobs! IDIOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!
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These are the police officers who yell “we are the police!” (Sometimes they do yell “we the police!”) The implication of their words is that they are police officers and therefore they can lie, cheat, and steal. But it never ceases to amaze me that, even with video cameras everywhere and tracking mechanisms for most activities, police officers still risk getting into trouble for something that is not worth losing their jobs for. But I digress; I prefer to keep my job along with my great benefits while still assisting the public.

3/29/2012 07:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Confussed...all they did was right tickets?

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Yes, you are confused. They did not “right” a ticket. They committed crimes (which is wrong). I hope that you are not a police officer. Our standards are pathetic.

3/29/2012 07:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
It seems that the officers were writing these tickets to help out another cop over some personal business. If they did then I think a suspension would be more than sufficient. Firing these cops is way over board.

3/29/2012 12:29:00 AM

That's exactly what happened and it's sad. The problem is they kept with their not believeable story that all their books we taken by one guy who wrote all the tickets. It's to bad that the a-hole that got them in this mess over a woman is still on the job.

3/29/2012 09:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Most people don't know the TRU facts about this incident. There was really only one jag off officer involved. Unfortunately this prick wrote all these phantom tickets with other officers ticket books which were left unsecured in police vehicles. Believe it or not this prick is still on the job and never even took a day for this yet all the officers whose books he wrote out of are set to be fired. Word to the wise, secure your ticket books because there are cutthroat weasels like this in a roll call near you.

3/29/2012 09:29:00 AM



Sorry,but I don;t believe a word of that story.If that was true this stroke would have been beaten into an ICU.

3/29/2012 09:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, well, well, it seems that everyone forgot about sgt. goldilocks and the items that she took from erps. How about the goods she had hidden in a closet, that she had wraqpped in xmas paper to get them out of the building and then she cried......booo hooo. How about the goods in her house that they made her bring back..and then she cried booo hooo...Oh no, there isn't two (or more) tiers of justice here,,,,nothing to look at here just the ebay sales....keep it moving because the auction clockm is running......SgT goldilocks was even asked to co-host a TV show called "The fastest storage facility locker emptier on the Westside"

What a place....better have those "99" foot posts on drug tips all night, but we'll let goldilocks and Lt Take-a-lot work "10-4" emptying erps right under our noses......really, REALLY? (starring up at the ceiling, holding my head in an angle) REALLY?
AGOFLUCKTHYSELF
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Here is a question. What does that civilian's attorney have to say after she was fired for the same CRAP

3/29/2012 10:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"the real police"

oh my, how powerfull you are!

douchebags!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3/29/2012 10:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most people don't know the TRU facts about this incident. There was really only one jag off officer involved. Unfortunately this prick wrote all these phantom tickets with other officers ticket books which were left unsecured in police vehicles. Believe it or not this prick is still on the job and never even took a day for this yet all the officers whose books he wrote out of are set to be fired. Word to the wise, secure your ticket books because there are cutthroat weasels like this in a roll call near you.

3/29/2012 09:29:00 AM



Sorry,but I don;t believe a word of that story.If that was true this stroke would have been beaten into an ICU.

3/29/2012 09:49:00 PM
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Are you f'ing kidding me? Let me introduce you to a well known, respectable man named Bill Cozzi. Who got royally fucked over for administering some shots to an asshole in a hospital.

And you think that the only proof that these cops did not write those tickets is because the true culprit (and his partner) are still walking?

Wake the fuck up.

The accused officers never wrote those tickets.

But there were police officers who did. And they never manned the fuck up. Beating them into the ICU would only ensure the accused or friends of the accused a lengthy stay at a LA prison.

3/29/2012 11:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

stick it in their ear! just saying

3/29/2012 11:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DQ from 016 got fired for allegedly doing the same thing, ghost writing parkers over a romance gone bad. There its an established precedent set, if they don't get fired he should sure and get backon.

3/30/2012 12:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark my words!!!
LMAO....clever, truly clever!

3/30/2012 02:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dont sign out parking tickets. Dont write parking tickets. Wont have this problem. But per g.o. You must. So, sign one out and wrap it around with clear tape. Wrap it around and around and around and around...

3/30/2012 05:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one is going to convince me that several of the involved coppers just left their ticket books in squad cars. Perhaps someone left a book unattended, but several, over the course of a year? And this rouge copper just happened to always find unattended books and wrote off them. That ridiculous. It is highly unlikely that handwriting or other forensic testing will be done. Just remember, these admin cases are based on a preponderance of evidence, and I'm sure that level exists.

There are just a few simple things to keep in mind in today's environment to keep you out of trouble: don't do childish, stupid things; don't leave the equipment you are responsible for unattended; don't steal; don't bitch-slap people because it makes you feel better; DON'T WRITE FALSE REPORTS. Who cares if your case gets tossed in court? lying on a case and arrest report, or even a ticket, to make it sound better (drop cases) isn't worth getting fired over or worse, getting indicted. COMMON SENSE prevails.

3/30/2012 11:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am very skeptical of the claim that some officers did not know that their ticket books were used by others. Mayso. Sounds far fetched, but maybe so. Anyway, the standard of proof in a work related trial is far less then needed in a court of law. this case is going to trial in federal court and all of the officers involved will have to testify under oath in a deposition. Lie on that and they could be sitting next to Burge in jail.
On another note, the case of Daleys nephew will soon be heard in a special grand jury by a special prosecutor and most people believe that there was a coverup, by the detectives and by the prosecutor. The judge's comments are not favorable to the detectives involved in this matter. Another stain on the department.

3/30/2012 02:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the writers here who say they have the " facts" about who wrote the tickets, have you made your statement to IAD in an effort to save the jobs of your supposed innocent co-workers? If not, why not? Have you presented your evidence? This case is going to federal civil trial and everyone involved will undergo a depostion under oath, not like some interview at IAD. You say handwriting experts? Well that is possible. Not just your career and job on the line, but your financial future and possible jail time of you perjure yourself. As always the coverup is much worse then the crime.

3/30/2012 02:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A tact officer with a ticket book?

That is very interesting.

3/30/2012 04:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3/30/2012 11:34:00 AM

Very good and sound advice. Don't ever falsify anything. Always tell and write the truth. Always act as if a camera is recording everything.

3/30/2012 09:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that there is no way that many officers accidentally left their ticket books in their squad car and one bad cop kept finding ticket books in every squad car he drove.

It sounds like that was the initial story, which didn't fly, and then the one bad cop came forward and admitted he asked the other officers to write the tickets.

The lying compounds the severity of the original allegation. This victim is gonna win.

3/31/2012 01:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It just doesn't get any dumber than this. Dumb and Dumber and Dumber and Dumber and Dumber an Dumber and Dumbest.

4/02/2012 03:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like "confussed" might be next.

4/02/2012 03:19:00 AM  

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