Saturday, October 27, 2012

Bad Day All Around

Are contract negotiations coming up or something?  In addition to the ongoing "Tow Scandal," we saw these stories today:
  • A former Chicago police officer was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison today for using his police muscle to extort protection payoffs from heroin and crack dealers in the Ida B. Wells public housing complex.

    Kallatt Mohammed, 47, remained defiant at his sentencing hearing, telling U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman he was following the orders of his superior officer in order to be granted time off to visit his children in Ohio, not because he was interested in the cash.
  • Federal officials say they have foiled a grisly extortion plot involving two former police officers -- one of them released from Death Row nearly 15 years ago -- who plotted to abduct and dismember a man they believed had access to large amounts of cash from real estate holdings.

    Steven Mandell, 61, of Buffalo Grove, and Gary Engel, 61, of Homer Glen, are charged with attempted extortion and conspiracy to commit extortion. Mandell had been sentenced to death for murder and kidnapping but his case was overturned in 1998.

    Mandell, formerly known as Steven Manning, was a Chicago police officer for about 10 years until 1983. Engel is a former Willow Springs police officer.
Manning hasn't been a cop for almost 30 years, but it's right there in the headline.

And then there's the continuing Abbate crap with the bartender set to take the stand next week.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gee, where is a Marine Unit rescue when you need it?

10/27/2012 12:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The FEdS lie...period! Pawns for the politicians.

10/27/2012 02:58:00 AM  
Blogger I Fart In Your General Direction said...

Of course they'll work the police relationship into the story, regardless of how old or distanced that relationship may be.

With this in mind, allow me to be the first int this thread to say "Fuck you, Rahm"!

Anyone that would like to voice their discontent with all this police-related corruption can do so in person at 4228 N. Hermitage. Few bag of organic tomatoes for your time and troubles.

10/27/2012 05:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Manning was represented by Loevy and Loevy, one of the main wrongful conviction lawfirms in the city. This story bodes worst for them. After Mannin was freed, he worked for Loevy and Loevy as an investigator.

10/27/2012 07:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just leave the contract as it is. The only thing they'll do on a new conract is raise the cost of medical, do away with those duty availablity checks, all for a 1 or 2% a year raise. No Thanks...

10/27/2012 07:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im hoping your question is rhetorical, because isnt the smear campaign obvious?

10/27/2012 07:42:00 AM  
Blogger West Side, Inside Do-Nothing said...

The court of public opinion is in session, Judge Tiny Dancer presiding.

10/27/2012 07:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And then we have "CTA Thefts Up, Robberies down". Wow, I feel so safe. (Sarcasm off) Seriously, does anyone believe that BS?

Reading anything in any Chicago paper is a complete waste of time. I am tired of being bombarded with Rahm's propaganda.

What I know is fact: 300 additional policemen are sent to the south side every day and that has not stopped the violence.

10/27/2012 08:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about just raising the federal sales tax to 12%

10/27/2012 08:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hang in there- brothers and sisters. These assholes are an aberration and not at all indicative of the good Cops here at CPD. Hold your heads high- we are the best.

10/27/2012 08:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats ok, wait until they find a Doctor commiting fraud, then they will forget about the police for a while.

Ever wonder why the police and doctors get along so well? When the job is done right, nobody notices. When an honest mistake is made, all hell breaks loose and the lawyers get rich. When someone in the ranks is crooked, all are painted with the same brush. You have to live the life to understand the life.

The idiots writing the rules dont understand what goes on in the trenches. Paperwork is killing us all, and yet they say we arent doing our work, so fill out this form and document why...meanwhile more calls dont get answered. They try to replace us for smaller tasks with para-professionals to handle the lesser tasks so we can do the more serious work...yet nothing changes and the ability to directly respond to problems are lessened...ya, call a traffic aid to stop a robbery, or a nurse practioner to handle a complicated illness or multiple illness not covered by just wont happen...and by the way, fill out this report to document that you are doing reports on time.

10/27/2012 08:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a jag off. Watts is next. However, they did provide me with one of the funniest moments of the year when the both ran out of the federal building and down the street.!!

10/27/2012 09:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You most certainly are correct. 9.5 is using the media for all its worth to tarnish the image of Chicago's first responders. By the time he's through with his smear campaign our neighbors won't even say hi to us upon our return from shift.
POLITICIANS........did God create any worse vermin?
On a national note:
How about the harsh words that the father of a dead Navy Seal has for President O'BlahBlah and VP dohisBiddin'?
He is a retired judge with no political agenda.......UNLESS YOU COUNT HIS DEAD SON IN A BOX AN AGENDA. He says the Pres did not look him in the eye and shaking his hand was like shaking the hand of a dead fish. As for the VP, he made a comment to the effect of......did your son always have balls like cue balls.
These two foreign policy making morons can't even scrape up the intestinal fortitude necessary to pull off a military funeral with SINCERITY AND DIGNITY.

10/27/2012 10:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Manning was Russian or Ukrainian and an outfit associate from 013. A piece of shit who was protected. Never confuse the Mannings, Pascente"s, Doyle's, Drury"s or other dogs for the thousands of coppers who do this job without ever stealing, murdering or going into the witness protection program like Cooley

10/27/2012 10:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steve Manning was the biggest A-Hole on the Department. I came on the job with him. He deserves everything he gets. A real loser. Read his background.

10/27/2012 12:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd like to know if there is an amount of years after which a person is no longer identified as "a former police officer" whether Chicago or anywhere else. Manning came off the job in 1983, 29 years ago. He been in prison and done all sorts of horrible shit, but we still get painted with that same brush.

As to these assholes taking money and doing stupid shit, no matter if it took 2 years or five years to catch up with them? The public might look at them and see it as all of you (I'm retired now, 2 years) but I will tell you all what I said at my retirement party and I will say it until the day I die: you all do a great job under tough circumstances. Don't let a few bad apples reflect on the job you do or the dedication that you have. I was a Sgt, and I was very proud to work with you all.

Wear that uniform with pride, in yourself and your fellow workers.

Stay safe everybody, and God bless you all.

10/27/2012 12:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And then there's the continuing Abbate crap..."

...and then there's nothing on what Dr. Gary Slutkin did with the million dollars the city gave CeaseFire.

...and then there's nothing on what's going on with the R.J. Vanecko case.

...but you do get moment-by-moment updates on some kind of birds in some kind of house in Aurora. Days and days on this now.

10/27/2012 12:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Manning was represented by Loevy and Loevy, one of the main wrongful conviction law firms in the city. This story bodes worst for them. After Manning was freed, he worked for Loevy and Loevy as an investigator."

--10/27/2012 07:13:00 AM

As we've already seen, it's as though they'll hire anything at all. Extra chromosome, whatever.

10/27/2012 12:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This little nugget from the Suntimes article:

"Free since 2004 thanks to an effort championed by Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions, he found himself back behind bars Thursday night after he was arrested in an alley outside the proposed abduction site, the feds say"

Yes, The Medill Innocence Project.

10/27/2012 01:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dont forget the two now indicted in the towing scam. Seems like a trend.

10/27/2012 07:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Note too that Mandell, or whatever his name was/is, got off due to the Northwestern Center on Wrongful Convictions. They've gotten quite a few folks out who just go back.

10/27/2012 07:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steve Manning usedto run with the dope dealers from Smith Park in 13. His father was taken from thier building when he lived at Rockwell and Rice and was found in a Northwest Suburb, I believe it was Vernon Hills shopping center dead in the trunk of his car, suppossedly a pay back to Steve himself, then there was a time in 12, when he was coaught sitting in his car with a scanner listening to police calls, the same night a jewelry store was burlarized, He got big money, 6.5 million when he saiud the FBI set him up, but another judge over ruled the case and he got nothing, he is a no good Mother Fucker and hopefully this one puts him away, he even tried to manage a boxer, Johnny Lira and that failed too. Rest in Peace Steve Manning, AKA Mandell.

10/27/2012 08:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually after being on this job for over 25 years, I find it hard to believe when one of us don't make the headlines.

10/27/2012 10:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was in the same home room at the Police Academy 73-3A with Steve Manning. I knew then he was a bad, bad apple. Came from Cook County. If I remember correctly his mother was killed in a home invasion. I remember his father who also worked for Cook County was found dead, stuffed in a trunk of a car in one of the suburbs. Neither murders were solved. I wasn't surprised when Manning was convicted of a murder and sent to the joint with the death sentenced. Unbelievable that he got cut loose. I expected to see Steve Manning, or whatever name he wants to use would show up again in the papers. Hopefully he will be put away forever this time. Like I said, a bad, bad apple.

10/27/2012 11:18:00 PM  
Anonymous xcop7903 said...

Sounds like Engel tried to emulate his idol, the late(?) Michael Corbitt, one-time WS police chief. That is, when Corbitt wasn't dumping bodies and hot cars in the Sanitary & Ship Canal for the outfit.

10/28/2012 01:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Robberies down but thefts up?" Just continue to wrongly classify crimes and crime vanishes. In the early '90's many a homicide became a death investigation magically and right before my eyes. VOILA!!! homicides began to drop, and was attributed to CAPS...

10/28/2012 06:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Manning was Russian or Ukrainian and an outfit associate from 013. A piece of shit who was protected

He was on death row, that's hardly being in a protected status.

10/28/2012 09:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Northwesterns University Center for Wrongful Convictions works like this, They pay witness to change their mind and then SUE and The Lawyers make Miliions its not about Wrongfull Convictions its 100% Greed, I pray there is a God because they will burn in Hell.

10/28/2012 12:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
How about just raising the federal sales tax to 12%

10/27/2012 08:10:00 AM

Raising the federal sales tax to 12%? Go on. Please elaborate. Tell me more.

10/28/2012 12:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing has changed in Willow Springs. Corruption is alive and well.. Past and present

Owned and operated by the IL. COMBINE.

10/28/2012 12:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Democrat politicians are responsible for Manning not the CPD. After all it was his close connections Danny Rostenkowski and Ald Terry Gabinski that put him on the CPD. It was them who protected him and allowed him to ride roughshod over every boss and patrolman. I worked with Steve Manning and he was the most politically protected copper I had ever seen. And, yes, as described above.... he was the biggest Asshole ever. Congratulations to the Medill Innocence Project... you got another murderer back on the street.

Don't buy the Chicago Tribune

10/29/2012 10:18:00 AM  

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