Monday, September 08, 2014

Scene of the Crime (BIG Post)

Apologies in advance to Tribune reporters Peter Nickeas and Jason Wambsgans, but we are going to pretty much link and steal your entire article from the triple shooting in 011 Saturday night. Nickeas has gotten quite a few compliments on this site and he writes as close to a coppers point-of-view as we've seen any reporter in this town do in years. That's not just us talking - he's actually been called a "gentleman" at crime scenes, which is saying something.
  • "I know who did the shooting," the woman said with a sneer. "Do you?" The sergeant stood across yellow tape, and a delayed look of bewilderment briefly overtook his face before he asked, "Well, are you going to tell me?" The woman said nothing. She kept walking.
Right there, that tells you just about everything you need to know at a west side or south side crime scene. They tell you they know more than you, they revel in their knowledge of what happened, and then they walk away. We deal with this constantly.
  • Moments before the woman taunted the officer, neighborhood resident Lou Norris and the sergeant – one who's been doing the job long enough for the dark chevrons on his shoulder to fade into a powder blue – talked about life for a few minutes. They stood next to a green light pole and traded theories about how this came to be: Three people being shot here, including a 73-year-old grandmother.

    Chaos followed the shooting, with people testing the boundaries of the crime scene on different sides at the same time. The sight of a scuffle or an officer running sent a dozen more off in the same direction as police tried to lock the scene down. The ambulances lined up on Pulaski, two facing north and one south, and police had to yell at people lingering in the street to move so ambulances could leave.

    People yelled threats at the police. They shouted slurs and curse words and at various points in the night, six people were cuffed until things calmed down. Some invoked the shooting death of a teen in Missouri and walked away with their hands in the air while taunting police. The scene would stay testy for about two hours.

    Norris, in a clean white T-shirt, dark jeans, black construction boots and a flat-brimmed White Sox hat, shook his head as he and the sergeant solved life's problems after most of the hundreds of people had dispersed. The two agreed: Kids need more attention. They need more discipline. They need love. The constant exposure and access to violence is messing with their development. The willingness to shoot instead of fight is not how it always was.
A copper, the sergeant in this case, latches onto one of the calmer citizens there, maybe someone he knows from around the hood, one of the ones not making noise, whooping and hollering. Get a patter going, feel it out, see who's been shooting lately, who's on the outs, who's moving in or fresh from jail. Tape goes up, assholes try to breach the scene, pushing, shoving, as if they could solve it all - and they could, if they'd speak up...but they won't. And out comes the Ferguson bullshit hands in the air....as if the police came by and lit grandma up. We'll be seeing that one for years, even after they clear the officer.
  • What brought Norris and the sergeant together was a burst of gunfire that left behind groups of shell casings at the corner of Pulaski Road and Arthington Street at the north end of the Lawndale neighborhood. Police said at least two people opened fire during a party being thrown by the food and liquor store here, an annual gesture meant to show the community the store's appreciation. Kids were out but none hit.

    The 73-year-old who was shot was already ill, according to Shay Griggs, the woman who taunted the sergeant. She's the woman's granddaughter.
Stop right there and think about that. The woman from the first paragraph, the one taunting the sergeant with what she knew? That was her 73-year-old grandma that got shot. And she ain't gonna share shit with the police. She's going to whisper it to someone else with a gun and they're probably going to go and shoot the shooter. That right there is what we see, feel, experience every single day, yet we can't recall even one instance of something like this appearing in the media. Sure, they might do a fluff piece about a lack of info/cooperation, but a story where the reporter (Nickeas?) actually witnesses the hoodrat telling the sergeant how much he doesn't know?And then she makes more appearances once she finds a reporter:
  • "She said, 'Something's wrong with my back.' And the kids started crying," Griggs said.

    Griggs, who had taunted police at other times throughout the night, said she doesn't know who was shooting. The tussling at the scene reflected a deep divide between officers and residents. Some on each side – and they often are diametrically opposed to each other – understand the intensity that follows shootings.

    "What are you blaming us for – we didn't shoot her," one officer said to Griggs earlier in the night. Arguments often follow. Some officers won't engage with belligerent residents. Some residents seek to calm down their neighbors. But some residents try to get a rise out of the officers, some officers respond in kind and the situation worsens. Investigators said that, of the hundreds of people who were outside when the shooting happened, they had a difficult time finding witnesses. It's not an uncommon refrain.
So now she doesn't know shit. Amazing. She obviously doesn't realize that at least one of the reporters saw her tell the sergeant what she knew and the reporters have been keeping an eye on her taunting the police, then playing weeping granddaughter, then taunting some more.
  • This sergeant who talked with Norris often engages with residents in a way a lot of cops won't. He'll suffer a fool longer than some colleagues and chance a conversation with someone who is dancing on the edge of reasonable. It happened half a dozen times in 15 minutes on Pulaski – with a man who claimed to have a gun and ID card at home, with another man over the use of the n-word, with women who felt disrespected by officers who laughed at the scene.

    Norris tries to keep kids off the streets, steering them away from the violence gripping the neighborhood, and beams when talking about the kids who've said to him, "Unc, you see what I'm doing? I'm back in school." Norris, a 53-year-old who had had been shot before, lifted his shirt, revealing a long scar up the center of his abdomen and a couple of bellybutton-like holes.

    "I whooped a guy –" here Norris raised two fists like he's used them before – "and they came back on me with a .45 (caliber handgun) with a hollow tip (round)." He works construction in the neighborhood and schools the kids when he's out and about. "I try to get 'em back to school, get 'em off the corners," he said.

    Before leaving he grabbed the sergeant again to say goodbye and stepped away. The two sounded like old friends by the time they finished talking.
Ghetto drama - "I got a gun at home." "My ID is in my other pants." "Did you hear what he called me?" "Why they laughin' that grandmama got shot?" We've heard it all and if you've worked any ghetto, you've heard it all and more. But Nickeas (and maybe Wambsgans) know that most of their readers haven't, and they capture it like you remember it. Then come the crazies.
  • The skirmishes at the scene were many and the chaos that followed the shooting, though not uncommon, was more intense and spread out over a wider area than is normal. And after police had finally set up a huge crime scene and chased people out at Taser point – red dots on white T-shirts abounded – the group stumbled upon an Hispanic man on the ground, face up, arms and legs spread as if if he about to create a snow angel.

    His yellow lab sat next to him in the middle of the road, more calm than any of the humans nearby. Those hustled away from the expanded crime scene gawked and jeered at the man, who most thought was a lush who had fallen out drunk. A few minutes earlier, the man, who appeared to be in his 30s, had walked down Pulaski with his dog and a military bearing, arms and legs swinging like a metronome, and exchanged a handshake and a hug with an officer at the edge.

    He wore shorts, sneakers, gray socks and a T-shirt that looked tailored over his thick frame. The man talked for a few minutes with the officer before turning around with his dog and walking away. A couple car lengths away, he yelled: "Stop! Stop the shooting!" He waved his arms. "You gotta stop all the shooting!" He jumped up and down, stomping his feet on the ground. Not 30 seconds later he was sprawled around the ground on Pulaski, unmoving, and his dog was just looking at him.

    "Man down," one onlooker yelled as cops jogged over to him. A woman laughed and yelled, "He's just trying to get a ride home. Look at his dog playing along." The dog sat calmly as an officers checked for signs of life. They checked his pockets, tried addressing him by name. He didn't move. Then, with officers standing over him, he kicked back to life, going into fight mode, rolling over into police and trying to hug his dog as if to protect him from the crowd around him. He rolled on the ground, his head tucked, eyes closed.

    The dog didn't move as officers moved to subdue the man. It didn't bark during the entire ordeal, remaining calm under his owner's embrace. "At ease!" one officer yelled, a command used in the military to return a serviceman from attention to a resting position. "At ease! At ease!" And like someone snapped fingers, the man stopped moving. Police identified him the man as a prior-service Marine with a service dog. A deep scar stretched from his right ear up across the top of his scalp where his hairline would start. The dog sat as paramedics tended to the man and tugged at the leash as he was wheeled into the ambulance. And when it left, south on Pulaski, an officer walked the dog north toward a car. Every couple steps, the dog tugged a bit and turned around toward the ambulance, sirens blaring, as it moved toward Mount Sinai Hospital.
And finally, just the juvies, drunks and assholes looking for a thrill:
  • The sergeant's patience had worn thin. Ninety minutes after the shooting, a kid tested the edge of the crime scene and the sergeant grabbed him by his shirt, pulled him into the scene and put him against his squad car in cuffs. "Alright, anybody else? Who wants to join him? You're all juveniles, you're all curfews," he said. The group jogged away and giggled. The boy arrested was fifteen.

    Officers who guarded the scene as the crowd dwindled also left, leaving behind a core group of district officers tasked with making sure the half-block long perimeter wasn't breached. One woman threw a glass bottle at a passing car as someone inside took pictures. The car took off, turning toward the Eisenhower Expressway on Pulaski, and another bottle took flight, crashing down against a police department Tahoe as half a dozen officers looked on.

    A couple people yelled there was a gun in the departing car. There weren't enough officers to make an arrest, though. Police have to pick battles. There were more residents than officers and if the woman who had thrown the bottle resisted, there wouldn't have been enough officers to subdue her, guard the scene and keep a small crowd back. Another woman made fun of the fact that the woman's poor aim had sent an empty liquor bottle into a squad car. The woman who chucked the bottle tried to fade back into the small crowd.
Odds are the shooter turns up shot himself in short order. Exceptionally Cleared/Closed and the beat goes on. This story repeats itself nearly daily and is one of the reasons coppers burn out and bid for more peaceable districts when they can. It something that the so-called "normal" people will never see...or will never believe.

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124 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah man, saw this on Trib site this afternoon. Unlike the hipsters and some wouldn't-have-a-job-without-the-spell-checker "reporters," Nickeas and photog-partner see the real deal. All the crazy s__t on the street every night, "million stories in the Naked City" all have to happen right there while you're trying to deal with something else.

Nice job.

9/08/2014 12:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No offense SCC, I don't care anymore, ghetto rats will be ghetto rats. I've stopped caring a long time ago.

9/08/2014 12:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Animals. We are doomed.

9/08/2014 12:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paraphrasing, expanding on what someone said to me a long time ago --

"Write what you see in front of you. Write what you know to be true."

No substitute for being able to look at yourself in the mirror every morning -- to see a set of eyes looking unblinkingly back, knowing you did right.

Stay safe, Pete & Co.

9/08/2014 12:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post, and a great article. Don't try and figure them out or reason with them. You can't win. You'd have better luck pounding a nail through a 2x4 with your head. They've been born and raised that the police are bad, and you'll just cause more aggravation for yourself by engaging these idiots. A lot of times, it's easier said than done, I understand that. Stay safe, everyone.

9/08/2014 12:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People have no confidence in the police, the courts or the penal system.

This is what we ought to do...

So you know who shot your grannie, baby's daddy, cousin or hommie....PROVE IT and SWARE to it.

Then we issue a license to go shoot the prick...(just don't miss)... or you can hire a professional government licensed hitman. (May be a second career for some cops).

9/08/2014 12:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Mad As Hell

Life imitating art.

Society is getting close, yeah?

9/08/2014 01:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW, well written and said. Seen this shit a 100 times in the old days !!
God bless all you guys in patrol. New breed on hoodrats and you guys have to back off cause the police are ALWAYS wrong in 2014.
Ghetto crimes should only warrant a missle X-Ray card. Move the bodies, leave the empty brass on the street, and go get Jimmy' Polish.
You guys in patrol deserve a 10 G bonus every month. Us retired one' never knew how good we had it, some of us did !!

9/08/2014 01:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC off this topic. Vote yes on the contract. It is all we deserve. We don't vote, so therefore we get what we get. We are not a voting politcal strong group, and they know it. Hell, we don't get along with each other. The only question I have is why are we opening language in the contract about pension issues, it doesn't belong in the contract. It's State Law.

9/08/2014 01:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was a good read. Very descriptive and very accurate to the truth.

9/08/2014 02:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It still don't mean shit SCC...

Haters like Mary Mitchell will continiue to clog all kinds of bandwidth spewing their "Hate The Police" nonsense.

No body gives a shit that Policemen day in & day out do their damndest to put out the fires of willful ignorance, joyful hatred and love of death in the garden spots of Chicago.

The Police need "fixing."

Chicago's corporate political/ media apparatus figures it's better and cheaper to walk Policemen backwards into peonage and bust out their pensions under the guise of "reform" under the premise of "doing something" about the miserable state of affairs in Chicago.

Beating on the people who have rules to abide by = doing nothing because absolutely nothing about the armed wing of a Catered to Constituency running amok and unchecked...

A Policeman's grief and aggravation at what this city has been allowed to decay to means nothing.

Heh...

Twenty to forty years of Policing these types of people will blacken and harden the heart of the most gentle and reasonable of men.

Seeing the things they do to themselves, to each other and to the poor slob of a Policemen sent to rub up against them day in and day out is horrific.

The mayor, superintendent and other professional politicians are such craven, cowardly and immoral wretches who somehow think that destroying a Police Department will absolve them of the blood they have on their hands...

"If you Cops would just sit down and shut up..."

"Why are you guys so angry and full of hatred? Don't you have rules against that?"

Chicago Policemen have to take a daily bath in the toxic backwash of Chicago's corporate sponsored political and media hatred, disdain and de facto open warfare against The Police and their concerns.

Note if you will, the democratic plantation overseer inspired hatred and disrespect at street level and the toxic and adversarial politically inspired organized animus toward the men and women trying to do this job against impossible odds while exposed to such vigorous, non-stop and thoroughly integrated hatred and venom.

Is there as much political courage and media outrage to "stick it in the ear" of the urban death cultists as deeply and vigorously as they're sticking it in the Cop's ear?

No.

Cops are constrained by condition of employment, laws and department general orders in how they can fight back against one political outrage after another.

Even our own fraternal organization is co-opted and compromised by political powers to keep policemen rocked back on their collective heels with one hand tied behind their backs.

All we need to be able to do is get our hands free to land a righteous blow to crush the teeth and jaws of those in the political and media power structure who FEAR that the people will somehow rally around their Policemen and take their city back.

ENOUGH with casting The Policemen as the bad guy for this city's financial, criminal, public safety and ethical crisis as a distraction.

ENOUGH with weasel words, slippery sytax and lies of ommission by the polical, corporate and media powers.

Make Policemen whole for so many years of politically motivated theivery of their pensions!

Make the tax payer whole for years of politically motivated theft of Police services.

Chicago is done an injustice with a craven and hateful middle-man money conjurer as mayor who never knew two seconds of personal peril in his charmed little life but bears a outsized grudge against people who have put it ALL on the line...

WHOOO!

Fixin' da Po-leece y'all!

What the hell kind of prize do you fools think you're going to "win" for "fixing" us when you have all this other shit going on in this fever swamp of a city?

9/08/2014 02:37:00 AM  
Blogger I Fart In Your General Direction said...

"This story repeats itself nearly daily and is one of the reasons coppers burn out and bid for more peaceable districts when they can. It something that the so-called "normal" people will never see...or will never believe."


And this is precisely why I'll be voting "NO" on the proposed contract.

They expect us to do this shit on a daily basis with cars that aren't roadworthy: no heat/AC, exposed electrical wiring, seats that feel like you're sitting on just the metal framing (because you ARE), bald tires, brakes that pull, front end alignment that allows you to turn corners without touching the steering wheel, emergency equipment & lights that work sporadically and wiper blades that make your vision worse after clearing the rain or snow.

They expect us to police with equipment like radios that won't hold a charge and PDTs that are always out of range. Same goes for indoor equipment and supplies: computers that constantly freeze, printers that have Help Desk Ticket Numbers on them for months at a time, copiers that go down weekly and the lack of copy paper, inventory bags, "Misc X" cards...you name it.

Denied time off. Furlough extensions cut short. Lunches often denied. Clueless supervisors. Senseless mission after senseless mission as knee jerk afterthoughts to pacify the very savages who created the problem that created the mission. Is it safe to assume there's a fixed post/babysitting "mission" at Pulaski & Arthington now that this has made the news in such depth?

Patrol manpower at its lowest numbers ever, yet this fact vehemently denied by the powers that be whenever the topic is brought up. Yet the City proposes - and FOP agrees! - to once again picking furloughs by watch. Sure, it makes sense administratively, but what it really tells you - screams it, actually - is...wait for it...manpower is DOWN. Woefully down. Get us up to full strength and you won't have to even entertain the thought of fucking over senior officers with this bullshit proposal.

And now the FOP Negotiating Dream Team wants cars to be included as part of the collective bargaining process? Last time I checked, police vehicles are to be provided and maintained by the employer, aka City of Chicago. It's poor strategy for FOP to bargain with the city for vehicles that are safe and fully functional to do our job effectively. I'm glad FOP is concerned, but there exists a grievance process for how to handle being assigned to drive a death trap. Do soldiers bring their own tanks to war? How this came to the negotiating table is ludicrous. I can think of 100 more meaningful and relevant proposals that could've been tabled instead of this abortion.

No Duty Availability until Year 4? Uh, no thanks, as I'll be at the Department's whim and fancy - AKA "available" - from the moment I take my oath.

Elective time off "not unreasonably restricted"? Uh, no thanks, not until 'unreasonable' is defined and contract language exists showing what recourse I have when my lieutenant unreasonably denies my P-Day.

Language that allows the contract to be "re-opened" and wage adjustments discussed in relation to pension law reform/proposals? Uh, Hell. Fucking. No. This proposal should have everyone paying very close attention, as Rauner is rumored to have pension and union busting ambitions not unlike Wisconsin's Scott Walker. Don't forget that Rauner and Rahm are allies.

Get educated and think about all this shit and look at the bigger picture when that contract ballot arrives in the mail. Talk to your coworkers that have been through a contract or three and cast an informed vote.

9/08/2014 03:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pete Nickeas is a good, fair, reporter. He's also a backer of the working copper. Liam Ford is on that same page.

9/08/2014 04:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah you have to be at such a scene to truly believe what ignorant animals some people are.

Thats why we have to flood such scenes with numbers. Any copper that doesnt back up others at such a scene should be fired. Pull the fucking GPS records and find out where everyone is.

9/08/2014 04:36:00 AM  
Blogger BronxBullschitzHere said...

Excellent reporting and excellent post.

9/08/2014 05:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's sad but all you can say is, fucking savages. Say what you want but ultimately it's the truth.

9/08/2014 05:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typical, just typical. I am so glad I never took a Det. test. I wouldn't have the patience to deal with what they have to endure. These so called people are a total and complete drain on society as well as useless.

But the vote and that's all that matters.

9/08/2014 06:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job by the cops, the reporter and SCC. About time the story of what really happens gets told.

9/08/2014 06:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice piece. Thanks for sharing.

9/08/2014 06:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone cue Elvis playing softly in the background..."In the ghetto..."

9/08/2014 06:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't saying you "know who the shooter was" and then not telling the Police obstruction of justice? She should have been arrested on site.

Also why bother policing the ghetto?

Seriously, wouldn't taxpayer money be better spent elsewhere? Like to fix roads or help a small business get a loan? Not extra police presence for non tax paying ghetto!

9/08/2014 06:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC....I've been lurking here about 5 years now. This is hands down my favorite piece. All cops know we can gripe and moan with the best of them however "the why" is rarely translated in a way that the civilians who care can digest it. Before I became a cop I went to school for poli sci and interned and worked in various government and non-profit arenas. So I came on the job with this experience, the cops who are good at politicking and building relationships with the public...let them. The rest of us reciprocate off those relationships. With all the trouble Glenn Evans is in, look at all the community members standing up for him with the charges he's facing. Is every cop able to do what the sarge in the article did? Absolutely not. We all know a PO who it is probably best they stay down in the station and never come out until the tour is over...BUT those who can navigate the personalities and build trust with people create unknown returns on investment that we may never know the connection on. Those people are the family members and loved ones and classmates and so forth of other unknown electeds and party members and others who at some point and time will sit in a room and make decisions and stir up pots that affect our lives. You can be the real police all day long and hate politics but the day you forget politicians decide your budget, your equipment, your training, your salary and benefits...you're in trouble. I don't like politicians much but I know how to move around them and if something comes out of it for us...all the more good!

9/08/2014 06:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good read.

But I could care less about the violence in the hood.

9/08/2014 06:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post, but then again the police department didn't come knocking on your door for the job , you took the test. If you thought it was going to be a bed of roses, shame on you. If you don't like the job and dealing with the savages, resign and move on. This is a big city police department not Mayberry.

9/08/2014 06:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And that's the way it is, serving the ungrateful & unappreciative. As the writer says, "this plays out like this EVERY time there's a shooting. EVERYBODY wants justice yet these residents hide behind the skirt anonymity like the pieces of shit they are. As I've said before, this is YOUR community!!!

9/08/2014 07:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The clueless Sgr is none other than guess who.....???... And our beloved 3rd watch I only care about myself LT's. Wow!!!! No wonder why people are bailing out of 11 on 3rd watch!

9/08/2014 07:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who really cares? Ghetto rats killing each other.....

9/08/2014 07:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry new squad cars are on the way!

Did anyone count how many officers with under 4 years worked that scene?

Think about that before you sell out your fellow "BROTHERS" in blue on the new contract.

You have done it before by extending the probationary period to 18 months.

sometimes life is not all about you...

9/08/2014 07:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Same shit was going on in the eighties when an old time "Filmore Ranger" told me that it's been going on since before he came on the job and will be going on long after I leave the job. He was right!

9/08/2014 07:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quinn's the Liar is more likely to destroy Illinois pensions than Rauner. Rauner is a proven successful business manager-owner. Quinn's a Thief who never ran a Kool-Aide Stand, and needs instructions and help to tie his own shoelaces. Democrats just want him back in so they can continue to Steal, including Stealing your Pension, once they're re-elected. I'll go for Change and take my chances with Rauner, rather than accept the continued rapeing and fleecing of Middle Class Taxpayers by Quinn, Durbin, and the Democrat Socialists.

9/08/2014 07:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The scene should be... the wounded go to the hospital and then the police leave the area. who cares about solving anything. Let them kill each other.

9/08/2014 07:51:00 AM  
Blogger fillmoreranger said...

But 1100x has declared you only need 1 car to protect crime scenes. All the rest of those offiders should be out on post shooting missions. More importantly did the Sgt make a contact card on Norris?

9/08/2014 07:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Much ado about nothing

9/08/2014 07:58:00 AM  
Anonymous FRANK C BROOKS said...

MY LORD! GOD BLESS CPD!

9/08/2014 08:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasn't there a Nick Nickeas on the job a while back? Any relation?

9/08/2014 08:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope the Trib and Scum Times spring for bullet-proof vests for those reporters and photogs who actually go to the scene in the middle of the chaos.

Wonder if they have concealed carry licenses and are packing heat? Nah, that's probably against newspaper policy.

9/08/2014 08:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to see our daily routine in the mainstream news for the general public to see. Most won't believe it, but we know it's true.

Thanks to both reporters for putting it out there for all to see.

9/08/2014 08:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great discriptive story. Unfortunately he"ll get dumped for writing the TRUTH! No very PC (liberal).

9/08/2014 08:28:00 AM  
Blogger I Voted For Obama said...

Nickeas comes from a good family.

9/08/2014 08:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They've been born and raised that the police are bad, and you'll just cause more aggravation for yourself by engaging these idiots.
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When I first got to 11, I was driving an unmarked car and one day a little kid, maybe 3, was crossing the street with his mama. Even at that age, he knew it was a police car and he smiled and waved at me. I smiled and waved back.

What did mama do?

She yanked the kid by the arm, gave him a smack in the head and gave me a ghetto look. That is when I first realized that kids in the ghetto don't stand a chance with parents like that.

Thank God not everyone in those neighborhoods is like that. 90% ghetto rats and 10% trying to make something of themselves and their kids. They stand a 10% chance of getting out ok.

Still makes me sad, seeing that little kid getting a smack in the head for smiling and waving at me. Really sad, even after all these years.

9/08/2014 08:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Porky Pig said...

...the question still stands....where's lunch?...

9/08/2014 08:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it any wonder that the brighter society gives them a look of repugnance.

9/08/2014 08:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets not forget, these people are voters, citizens and indirectly our bosses. Also remember we are their servants, to serve and protect.

9/08/2014 08:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An openly disgusting passel.

9/08/2014 09:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reminiscent in one or more ways of every shooting scene I've been on in my long time on the south side. These ignorant bastards are absolved from any semblance of responsibility from birth. Someone shot? It's the police's fault! They are utterly devoid of the ability to do ANYTHING for themselves. Slaves to the liberal democrat system of entitlements that absolves them of any accountability or expectation of self reliance and civility.

9/08/2014 09:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No reason to even investigate this. Waste of resources for nothing. Spend PD money where it'll do some good. Neighbors don't even want the crime solved so why bother?

9/08/2014 09:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice job by all officers involved. It could have been really ugly but everyone held it down to keep it from getting out of control.

9/08/2014 09:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A good reporter will turn the tables on the bad guys, personally I would think that a decent police reporter is worth 25 of the other fucked up biased people who try to get the crowd stirred up, Our 2 newspapers in this town are not worth 2 cents, they don't report the truth when it comes to the police, they will intentionally report false things to stir the pot, because that what sells the most. Most can't even relate to the writing they do.

9/08/2014 09:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Richard said...

Fuck man, you guys and gals at CPD have it rough. I would rather be in Afghanistan where the R.O.E are a less stringent. Sounds like to me that you guys almost need to be bleeding before you can engage. WTF happened to our once great city and police force. Oh yeah, Lovey and Lovey love money from the city.

I tip my hat to you all. Thank you for keeping those of us that care to act normally safe.
God Bless CPD.
Airborne All The Way!

9/08/2014 09:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only difference in 011 since 1985 is that there has been millions of dollars, if not a billion by now, of government assistance and programs infused to the area and still no result, 30 years since I worked there and nothing has changed.
Maybe the messiah of all Community Organizers can send in some Hondurans to clean up the place and give them 'folks' a fresh start.
Quinn and Jessie must be proud of that accomplishments so far.

9/08/2014 09:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Mt Greenwood Hillbilly said...

Evelyn Holmes has the solution: 'Put the Guns Down'

http://abc7chicago.com/society/chicago-radio-broadcast-urges-to-put-the-guns-down/298765/

9/08/2014 09:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now THAT is a journalist. Kudos.

9/08/2014 10:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be careful about giving Peter Nickeas the "friend of the police" title. Read some of this Twitter comments. He criticizes and second guesses what we do out there. He thinks listening to his scanner and going from crime scene to crime scene and standing outside the tape entitles him to judge us. If you don't believe me, check out his tweets.

9/08/2014 10:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Peter Nickeas and Jason Wambsgans for painting the picture about 35% of coppers see on a daily basis and I sometimes try to explain to the average human. Very we'll written. I hope that you are not persecuted at your job for writing what is true and that you stay safe while you are waist deep behind enemy lines figuratively speaking. Thank you for informing the general public so they can decide for themselves what course of action to take with the savage inhumanity that we live in.
When humans are raised in this savage culture from birth, taught no values and learn this as normal living/surviving behavior, what do you expect a culture like can unleash on a civilized population? Keep in mind that all this occurring while the average person goes to work, school, church and pays astronomical amount of taxes while generations of families get "free" housing, food, education, healthcare, emergency services, babysitting, cell phone, cable, free school route security.......and they continue to multiply and degenerate as generations continue.
This very delicate way of life (and death) is taking place during normal conditions. The only spark this city needs is a minor catastrophic event such as an interruption of the goods and services they "deserve".
Can you imagine what cannibalism might ensue and spread citywide when this happens?
What will you do?

9/08/2014 10:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a white older woman who grew up on the South Side in the 60's. Love reading your stuff even though it probably isn't good for my blood pressure (3 of my sons live in the City).
It seems to me that the more things change, the more they stay the same. My memories of my teen years back then are just like today, maybe more guns but the same sad sick stories.
My question - why does anyone want to be a cop nowadays? Besides the obvious dangers, there has to be daily events that try a man's soul. Sincerely curious to hear the reasons.

9/08/2014 10:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The most productive and civil citizen at the scene, beside the police, was the veteran's service dog.Speaks volumes about the residents of that community when an actual dog shows more compassion and respect for a human being, ie.. his master, than do the the fine "people" of the west side.

9/08/2014 10:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...at least two people opened fire during a party being thrown by the food and liquor store here, an annual gesture meant to show the community the store's appreciation..."

The more you do for some people, the more they hate you for it.

"...willful ignorance, joyful hatred and love of death..."

-- 9/08/2014 02:37:00 AM

Yup.

Grandma just came out for a sandwich. Look what they did to her.

"If conditions permit, mechanically dug continuous trenches offer the best solution to the burial problem. If the machines available are capable only of digging narrow trenches, bodies can be placed head to foot instead of side by side."

-- TM 11-12, Mortuary Services In Civil Defense, Federal Civil Defense Administration, April 1956

9/08/2014 10:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. How you guys put up with these shitbirds day in and day out, I'll never know. Salud.

9/08/2014 11:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job nickeas and co. Keep it up.

You guys are the real media.

The extreme leftist journalists in furgeson did what they could to make themselves part of the story by forcing the police to arrest them. Sorry, but if the police close a Burger King and tell u to leave 30x in a two minute span and you still refuse, reporter or not, your still getting arrested.

Thanks Pete for never being one of those types of jagoff reporters on a scene.

9/08/2014 11:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't the fire contract ask for new equipment(ambulances)? Which is prolly why we did. Seems like a good idea to get it in writing. Instead of waiting for them to decide to buy them.

9/08/2014 11:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm still pissed about the contract. Think someone at FOP sold us out. News cars part of the contract. Fucking bullshit

9/08/2014 12:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They resent civilization and the rule of law. If you represent law and order and civil behavior they will hate you.

The only feasible answer is isolate and contain and for God's sake, stop paying them to breed.

9/08/2014 12:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing that a few more commanders sticking a few more guns into a few more mouths can't cure.

Desk Gal

9/08/2014 12:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the race hawkers have nothing to say over this behavior..,nauseating.

9/08/2014 12:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Retired in AZ said...

Very well written. I wonder if the reporter is somehow related to a former Area 6 Detective, Nick Nickeas. Anybody know?

9/08/2014 01:08:00 PM  
Anonymous borncynical said...

Caught a murder in terror town. Me and my partner on scene victim laying at the mouth of the alley and about a 100 hood rats running up and down the street. As we work the scene we conversationally canvass the ones around the tape as expected a whole lot of nothing but you have to ask just so you can say you did if nothing else.

F/1 comes running up screaming wants to know what's going on she thinks her relative is the dead guy. We know who the dead guy is so we ask what's your relatives name? She says Fuck you! I ain't no snitch! We said I don't think that would technically be snitching since he's dead. She still would not give it up and then ran to a large group of the local denizens and drove them into a frenzy about how the fucking po po would not help her.

Needless to say that one's still open.

9/08/2014 01:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Contract Follies said...

**** ATTENTION!!! ATTENTION!!! ****

Seems the bonestrokes over at MLAS know that the rank and file are on to how they and the FOP are probably in cahoots regrading this bullshit contract proposal. Remember....Don O'Neill sits on the City's side of the bargaining table during contract negotiations. HE IS NOT THERE TO LOOK OUT FOR THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE RANK & FILE!

MLAS put out AMC message # 214801 today reminding supervisory personnel to not influence members of the FOP, provide opinions, etcetera regarding the contract ratification process. They're worried about the bosses that know they were sold out by their unions telling us how to avoid getting f**ked the same way.

Something stinks in Denmark - and it's this proposed contract. City Hall and Rahm knows it's bullshit. MLAS knows its bullshit. Officers with more than a minute on the job know it's bullshit. Even the public knows it's bullshit. Damage control efforts have begun at breakneck speed folks.

VOTE NO. VOTE NO. VOTE NO. VOTE NO. VOTE NO!!!!!!

9/08/2014 01:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's worth 11% over 5 years.

9/08/2014 02:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to agree that this is an example of the way Chicago reporters should write. No politically correct bullshit, just the facts with enough descriptions to allow the reader to visualize the scene. Great job.

9/08/2014 02:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what happened to the puppy?seems like a good dog

9/08/2014 02:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People from Park Ridge, Wilmette, Lincolnshire, and many other communities can be beat over the head with the truth and still never acknowledge or understand the truths that a guy, or gal in a beat car knows. How do you think Obama was elected?

9/08/2014 02:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


O/T

WE'RE NUMBER ONE -- WE'RE NUMBER ONE! (come-on say it wit me now)

Moody's: Illinois' pension debt versus revenue is worst in nation



By John O’Connor
The Associated Press
Posted Sep. 6, 2014 @ 12:21 pm

Illinois' pension liability as a percentage of state revenue is far and away the nation's highest, a major credit ratings agency says in a new report.

Moody's Investors Service reported that the state's three-year average liability over revenue is 258 percent. The next closest is Connecticut at about 200 percent.

The report averaged the Illinois percentage from 2010 through 2012. In 2012 alone, the state's rate was 318 percent.




Crime is down math.

Of course one would "average" it down if it's been going up and getting worse year after year.

One of the keys you need to pay attention to is that last sentence:

"In 2012 alone, the state's rate was 318 percent."

What year is this again? Oh yeah, 2014. It's Sept. and the year is almost over so where's 2013's numbers eh?

So lemme ask ya. why is the FOP contract talking about cruisers and ignoring the elephant in the room, the pension debt.

This is an election-time media ploy.

See, taxpayers and the union are suppose to cheer at what good guys the elected officials are. Doing the hard word necessary to finally settle the contract issues. Hoo-ray!

However what is anyone agreeing to if there's a clause to make everything null and void if the court finds the unions favor on pension funding?

It sucks to be on the front line protecting to what is seen by many as the protectors not of the u.s. constitution but to a criminal corrupt cabal of liars and thieves.

When this contract is agreed to, after elections, expect the pension verdict to come in and watch what happens.

Would it not be wise to wait and see what that pension verdict is BEFORE another contract is signed?

9/08/2014 02:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peter really gets it. Always a good read. Can we get him a star?

9/08/2014 02:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like hate-filled, bigoted, anti-white racist AG Holder is using the Ferguson Event to start the federalizing of local PD's.

Maybe DOJ will get you a better contract for officers that they don't arrest that is.

9/08/2014 03:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Illinois state prison workers are drawing six figures, and even upwards of $200,000 per year!




Last week, it seemed as though all the Illinois media could talk about was Bruce Rauner’s membership in an exclusive wine club in Napa Valley.

And it wasn’t just the Illinois media. Eveyrone from the Huffington Post to the Washington Post ran items on the story.

A Google search brought back 2,580 items.

But what about the ongoing story of the Illinois Department of Corrections skyrocketing overtime pay? As best we could tell, the most recent story from the Southern Illinoisan (hat tip to them for some fine work) was picked up by just three other media outlets: the Herald-News, the Springfield Journal-Register, and the Associated Press.

It’s a huge story:

Some Southern Illinois state prison workers are drawing six figures, and even upwards of $200,000 per year, when overtime payouts are combined with their regular pay.

For example, a shift supervisor at the Vandalia Correctional Center who earns almost $96,000 a year made nearly an additional $107,000 in overtime last year, according to records sought from the Illinois Department of Corrections under a Freedom of Information Act request by The Southern Illinoisan.

A shift supervisor at Pinckneyville Correctional Center, who makes almost $119,000 earned nearly $57,000 in overtime. A correctional sergeant at Centralia Correctional Center pulled in about $50,000 in overtime on top of a nearly $74,000 salary.

Here’s the searchable database from the Southern Illinoisan.

http://www.illinoismirror.com/bruce-rauner-2580-illinois-prison-guards-3/

How's that CPD overtime budget looking?

9/08/2014 03:03:00 PM  
Blogger Cuthbert J. Twillie said...

Gee, whatta shock.

There's a 'Block Party' in Da Hood and like the Sun rising in the East each day, some shitbird gets dissed or slighted, pulls out a gun, blindly fires away, and *innocent* people [or folk ;-)] start catching lead.

Jeezus H., they're all devolving, turning feral, or their Lizard Brain is taking over all control.

9/08/2014 03:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't care, I just view these clowns as a VRI paycheck.

9/08/2014 03:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a little non-scientific poll taken at roll call. It looks like just about 65 percent of cops I talked to are going to vote no to the new contract offer. I called my brother who works in another district and he says he's hearing the same thing. Does this sound like what everyone else is hearing?

9/08/2014 04:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you give up RETRO DOLLARS on your Overtime then you must be Retarded I'm sorry Mentally Challenged.

VOTE NO. VOTE NO. VOTE NO. to infinity......................................................................

9/08/2014 05:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

White shirts had the balls to Vote No and received same pay increase . Let's Vote No until we get the same as Chicago Firefighters , Full Staffing , all best cars Two man , wagons working , three sergeants on the street.
No hidden cowards in the office , put them on the street . Only office police should be review ,desk and lock up . Get the commander secretaries back on the street , do the commanders secretaries swipe. In and out , I doubt it .
Why don't they ? Maybe they come late , long lunch , leave early . Why are so many police officers hiding inside .

9/08/2014 05:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Retired in AZ said...
Very well written. I wonder if the reporter is somehow related to a former Area 6 Detective, Nick Nickeas. Anybody know?

9/08/2014 01:08:00 PM

This is about the twentieth time it's been asked. And now answered. NO. No, he isn't.

9/08/2014 06:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(OT ) blacks beat a white Kroger store employee unconscious but police chief says it not a hate crime! Oh Eric holder bring your crew over you say your not a racist Eric!

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/09/07/Gang-of-Black-Teens-Chanting-Fan-Mob-Beat-Memphis-Grocery-Store-Employee-Customer

9/08/2014 06:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My grandfather, rest his soul was a Chicago police officer. He started his career in 1933. He always said police are professional shit movers, you take one pile of shit from over here and you move it over there. I guess not a lot has changed over the years.

9/08/2014 06:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simply GREAT reporting!

9/08/2014 06:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Great job nickeas and co. Keep it up.

You guys are the real media.

The extreme leftist journalists in furgeson did what they could to make themselves part of the story by forcing the police to arrest them. Sorry, but if the police close a Burger King and tell u to leave 30x in a two minute span and you still refuse, reporter or not, your still getting arrested.

Thanks Pete for never being one of those types of jagoff reporters on a scene.

9/08/2014 11:24:00 AM


That is all well and good; until he writes something the majority of police officers do not like.

9/08/2014 06:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now retired...When I first got to 11, I was driving an unmarked car and one day a little kid, maybe 3, was crossing the street with his mama. Even at that age, he knew it was a police car and he smiled and waved at me. I smiled and waved back.

What did mama do?

She yanked the kid by the arm, gave him a smack in the head and gave me a ghetto look. That is when I first realized that kids in the ghetto don't stand a chance with parents like that. .."

OMG Does that bring back some bad memories.

Things like crossing kids into heavy traffic against the light so that is what the kid learns to do when he is on his own.

Having a toddler in hand at 3AM screaming at the police to get a homicide victim off the street, "SO THESE KIDS DON'T SEE THIS!" It's 3 o'clock in the friggin' morning lady!!!

Stay Safe. At Halloween if I was working afternoons I would get a few rolls of nickels and dole them out to Trick-or Treaters. The kids loved it, but back then a nickel was worth 5 cents.

9/08/2014 07:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like 1100XRay was told he was gonna be the acting commander......well he turned it down, said hell no!!! And he gots reassigned to being an inspector again....looks like things are turning around for the good in 011......

9/08/2014 07:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peter Nickeas is emerging good old school reporter ..does the leg work, reports the story . Integrity , doesn't change it to play games

9/08/2014 07:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nickeas is good reporter. But that's it. He might be a decent guy on the scene (and life in general) but keep in mind, he needs access and cooperation. So just like a good officer, nickeas needs to develop trust and rapore with us in order to get information. He is still a reporter and if you are the story, guess what, he will report it, good or bad. It's not just his job but his duty to do so. I wouldn't blame him. He's not our enemy but he is not our friend either. Don't let you guard down. Keep it proffesional. And if Pete reads this, i respect what you're doing, the above is with all due respect.

9/08/2014 08:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't believe this came out of the Tribune. Unfortunately most people won't see it and won't care and continue with their ideas of the big bad police. Pandering to the criminal animals.

No offense to to the dog at the scene. What a civilized little pooch.

9/08/2014 08:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He should condense his video footage into a "What Cops Know" documentary.

9/08/2014 08:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Voting yes for contract in my south side district informal poll 90% yes arbitrator will give no better! To the complainers talking about future health care "25 years from now health care will be more" ahh we go contract to contract so you don't really know what will happen now do you? Many of the smart coppers that are 55 are putting in for free health care now for next year we need. 100 bet we get many more than that!

Jody Weis said years ago give a copper a brick of gold many would complain it was to heavy!

9/08/2014 08:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't wait for the day when The Police aren't obligated to respond to ghetto foolishness.

"We don't need y'all comin' in OUR neighborhoods an' tellin' US how to do!"

Ok...

These fools keep shooting and killing because they know "somebody else" is responsible for carcass romoval and a wash down.

Let the willfully ignorant, joyously hating lovers of death be responsible for the clean up.

You'll have the dead rotting where they fell.

Society would be well served to turn it's back on this type.

9/08/2014 08:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Sincerely curious to hear the reasons."

9/08/2014 10:41:00 AM

"To Protect And To Serve."

Sh__tstorm around you don't matter, just a bunch a noise.

9/08/2014 09:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just have one complaint about the article. Can he change "powdered blue" to "Police Blue"? Sounds more affirmative.

9/08/2014 10:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ot -

Employers expect to give employees a 3% raise next year, 2015.
And, what do we get???

http://money.cnn.com/2014/08/07/pf/worker-pay/

9/08/2014 10:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn...

A Chicago reporter who reports what he sees without lefty lib-tard agenda spin?

Watch for the scum-times to get rid of him on Rahm's order.

"Get that guy outta there! Next thing ya know all these fuckin' newsies will be taking the fuckin' Cops side! Do we have another list we can dirty the Cops up with?"

9/08/2014 10:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Notify news media of down beat cars , supervisors ,wagons , number of one man cars , number of officers hiding . Money wasted on overtime , officers staying in a box. Doing Little but preventing crime in that small area . Citizens are not safe , omg it is not safe on mag mile and lake front , northwest side beats the size of two sectors in englewood with one beat car , same thing on southwest side. Let the public know , get ccw citizens , over 2,000 positions removed from cpd budget .
Just tell the truth , we will get manpower and same pay raise . Stick the retro , don't sell out you will still get the measly 2% , just not a retro check.
You are the Police , start enforcing the city ordinances that yes the alder creatures passed .
Premise checks everyday in licensed premises .
Vote
No No No
It for our safety .

9/08/2014 10:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Un-fucking believable? Hardly. Perfectly captured and brilliantly written.

9/08/2014 11:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...little kid, maybe 3, was crossing the street with his mama. Even at that age, he knew it was a police car and he smiled and waved at me. I smiled and waved back.

"What did mama do?

"She yanked the kid by the arm, gave him a smack in the head and gave me a ghetto look."

9/08/2014 07:01:00 PM

State Street Subway -- engaged a little feller on the edge of the platform in conversation. "You don't want to get hurt, do you? These trains come in awful fast. Stand back more over here in the middle where you'll be safe, until they stop for you to get on...."

Kid fine with that. Babydaddy Of The Week lights up. "DIN I TELL YOU NEVER TALK TO THESE PEOPLE!" Blowing and blowing, woo woo woo. Same ghetto look x 10. Hate? Whoa.

It sure ain't the police that make the simplest kindly common-sense thing a losing battle...

Face it -- you don't hate us near as much as you hate yourselves.

9/08/2014 11:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time to start your run for mayor. We would all vote for you.

9/08/2014 11:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"That is all well and good; until [Pete Nickeas] writes something the majority of police officers do not like."

9/08/2014 06:55:00 PM

Brother man, I will take my chances with that.

It is not the police who have turned at least half of the City Of Chicago into terrifyingly violent, Third World-style "no-go zones," unusable by humans.

9/09/2014 12:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The Bottle" -- Gil Scott-Heron

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdhoX1Xu6ZI

Put it up. Let it fly...

9/09/2014 01:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typical scene. Whats the big deal?

9/09/2014 04:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing and a big thank you to the reporters for writing this. I think there's a Pulitzer somewhere in their future.

9/09/2014 05:44:00 AM  
Anonymous 1127X said...

This is why I'm totally disengaged at shooting scenes, unless it's my paper. I don't ask anybody shit. If someone wants to offer up info, fine. I try not to let anybody's cellphone camera catch me smiling or laughing with a coworker. I'm in, I'm out.
My father used to say "You can't help people who don't want to be helped".

9/09/2014 06:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"At Halloween if I was working afternoons I would get a few rolls of nickels and dole them out to Trick-or Treaters. The kids loved it, but back then a nickel was worth 5 cents."

Times have changed. Now a nickel be werf half a dime.

9/09/2014 08:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So lemme ask ya. why is the FOP contract talking about cruisers and ignoring the elephant in the room, the pension debt.

This is an election-time media ploy.

See, taxpayers and the union are suppose to cheer at what good guys the elected officials are. Doing the hard word necessary to finally settle the contract issues. Hoo-ray!

However what is anyone agreeing to if there's a clause to make everything null and void if the court finds the unions favor on pension funding?

It sucks to be on the front line protecting to what is seen by many as the protectors not of the u.s. constitution but to a criminal corrupt cabal of liars and thieves.

When this contract is agreed to, after elections, expect the pension verdict to come in and watch what happens.

Would it not be wise to wait and see what that pension verdict is BEFORE another contract is signed?


9/08/2014 02:29:00 PM

Excellent idea- no contract is signed until the "Pension Reforms" are in place.

9/09/2014 08:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vote yes on the contract you don't want the wellness plan

9/09/2014 10:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Time to start your run for mayor. We would all vote for you.

9/08/2014 11:45:00 PM

Because you know how to write a news article. Therefore, you must be capable of managing a whole city.
Um, no. We would not ALL vote for you, but apparently your greatest fan, 11:45pm, would.

9/09/2014 10:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I just have one complaint about the article. Can he change "powdered blue" to "Police Blue"? Sounds more affirmative.

9/08/2014 10:00:00 PM

Powder blue (not 'powdered') is a descriptor. Police blue isn't.

Many towns have dark navy blue for their police shirts. In the south, they often have a bright blue, a little darker than ours. Police blue is not a universal concept outside of Chicago.

9/09/2014 10:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Voting yes for contract in my south side district informal poll 90% yes arbitrator will give no better! To the complainers talking about future health care "25 years from now health care will be more" ahh we go contract to contract so you don't really know what will happen now do you? Many of the smart coppers that are 55 are putting in for free health care now for next year we need. 100 bet we get many more than that!

Jody Weis said years ago give a copper a brick of gold many would complain it was to heavy!

9/08/2014 08:43:00 PM

You lost me when you quoted Weis.

9/09/2014 10:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

///
Things like crossing kids into heavy traffic against the light so that is what the kid learns to do when he is on his own.

Having a toddler in hand at 3AM screaming at the police to get a homicide victim off the street, "SO THESE KIDS DON'T SEE THIS!" It's 3 o'clock in the friggin' morning lady!!!

Stay Safe. At Halloween if I was working afternoons I would get a few rolls of nickels and dole them out to Trick-or Treaters. The kids loved it, but back then a nickel was worth 5 cents.

9/08/2014 07:01:00 PM


I was at a man run over by an El train at the Morse Ave stop years ago. Old guy wasn't dead yet but did lose his legs. CFD were carrying the guy downto the ambulance and we were clearing the way.

Ghetto momma and her bastard muscled their way right in there to get a real good look see. My partner yells at her to get the kid away, lots of blood and a guy with no legs and two loose legs in plastic bags were right there on the gurney.

Ghetto bitch screams, "shiiit, he sees worst than that at home!" There might have been a mother fucker or two in there also. Wonderful people. West side, south side, Rogers Park, all the same. Garbage.

9/09/2014 11:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
The clueless Sgr is none other than guess who.....???... And our beloved 3rd watch I only care about myself LT's. Wow!!!! No wonder why people are bailing out of 11 on 3rd watch!

9/08/2014 07:31:00 AM

Apparently you are the clueless one. This happened on 1st watch numb nuts!!!

9/09/2014 12:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Nickeas is good reporter. But that's it. He might be a decent guy on the scene (and life in general) but keep in mind, he needs access and cooperation. So just like a good officer, nickeas needs to develop trust and rapore with us in order to get information. He is still a reporter and if you are the story, guess what, he will report it, good or bad. It's not just his job but his duty to do so. I wouldn't blame him. He's not our enemy but he is not our friend either. Don't let you guard down. Keep it proffesional. And if Pete reads this, i respect what you're doing, the above is with all due respect."

-- 9/08/2014 08:11:00 PM

That is a sensible, sober assessment.

Pete and his crew probably say the same thing about the police. >grin<

It's OK, we got big shoulders, we can take it. Crazy people pouring gasoline on each other and then you go home and water the plants and worry, "I need a new strap for my wristwatch." Jesus.

TILT. RESET. RESET. RESET.

Everybody relax and try to enjoy the day God has made for us and have a cold one and laugh.

Good is good and evil is evil and the truth will out.

...at least sometimes, right?

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9/09/2014 02:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6am8V5KNJ4A

To bad he was a junkie who died on the shitter from the drugs. If not for that he could have been truly inspirational.

9/09/2014 04:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
The clueless Sgr is none other than guess who.....???... And our beloved 3rd watch I only care about myself LT's. Wow!!!! No wonder why people are bailing out of 11 on 3rd watch!

9/08/2014 07:31:00 AM

Apparently you are the clueless one. This happened on 1st watch numb nuts!!!
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Stay of our blog Masters!!!!!!!!!

9/09/2014 05:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess you don't realize that it doesn't matter how you vote on the contract. Either way, we are getting what the union and the city decided we are getting. Everyone who thought Shields was crazy when he started saying this, you're about to get an idea where he was going with it. Let's hear Dean explain how this is going to play out.

9/09/2014 07:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW

9/10/2014 05:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just watching this city rot before your eyes...

Modern day Sodom & Gomorrah

Righteous men fleeing?
You bet!

Don't look back!

>SZZZZZZZZT!<
Pillar of Salt

9/10/2014 05:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This column gave me unpleasant flashbacks of the years I spent in 006,007,011. Glad I am retired and I always pray for the safety of those still working the streets.

9/11/2014 09:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No tears here. They would eat their young if they could. Our ghettos are the perfect example of what happens when civilization and third world countries collide.

9/11/2014 11:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nickeas is outstanding, but Wambsgams is the real bad ass. Dude contracted jungle rot in Madagascar and got chased by witch doctors in Benin. Funny enough, he says his scariest experience was being cornered by the Harvey PD one time.

9/11/2014 10:09:00 PM  
Blogger Nicholas said...

I’m pleasantly surprised by this dispatch. I’ve read scores of Nickeas’ Hit Parades, and seen him go completely PC on a TV panel on “gun violence” with black supremacist “reporters.” In his Hit Parades, he lets the reader know that he knows that a vic was on the turf of a certain gang, and that the perps shouted “gang slogans” at him, before shooting him, but refuses to inform readers what the slogans were, or the likely gang of the shooter (or of the vic). The reader learns only what street corner the shooting was committed on, and the color of the shooter’s vehicle, which often makes one Hit Parade indistinguishable from another. Thus, I dubbed him, “Nameless Nickeas.”

Nicholas Stix, Uncensored

9/21/2014 07:46:00 PM  

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