Who Are These People?
- Chicago cops should face mandatory firing when they engage in the so-called “code of silence,” according to a nearly two-year study of the department’s disciplinary process.
The department should put officers on notice that they run the risk of sacrificing their jobs when they cover up for misconduct by their fellow officers, according to the “Preventing and Disciplining Police Misconduct” report released Tuesday.
Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Ron Safer, who is with the law firm Schiff Hardin, conducted the review for free along with A.T. Kearney, a management consultant firm. The review was first announced in January 2013.
A "free" review, eh? You get what you pay for evidently. We already run this risk. If the Department can prove that you had knowledge of misconduct, you can be held culpable. We say "can" because everyone knows the clouted are covered.
- The department already has adopted some recommendations of the study. For example, police Supt. Garry McCarthy recently approved a pilot program for officers to wear body cameras.
The department increased the number of officers in the department’s Bureau of Internal Affairs from 102 in 2013 to 125 this year, according to city officials.
That's probably the only unit in the city to actually expand in recent years. Detectives? Undermanned. ETs? Pathetically shorthanded. K9? Good luck. But hey, IAD is expanding, even as complaints are decreasing. Why is that?
- City officials noted that Chicago has started “procedural justice training” for every police officer. Other cities like New York have expressed interest in the program, which is intended to build officers’ understanding, fairness and respect for the public, according to the city.
Yeah. Okay. And get a load of this set of paragraphs:
- The report not only addressed the potential problem of cops lying to cover up misconduct — but of citizens lying to get cops in trouble.
“We recommend that only certain false complainants — those who file either multiple false complaints or a single, particularly egregious, false complaint — be referred to the [Cook County] state’s attorney and face consequences for their actions,” the report said.
So...cops are held accountable for "code of silence" incidents, even though the actual misconduct is usually conducted out of sight of witnesses, not in front of someone you don't know or trust. But citizens who swear out false affidavits, a felony in Illinois (it's perjury), and the free review says, "Don't bother prosecuting these crimes." What a bunch of assholes. What if the citizen is lying about....misconduct? And then you get hung up denying you saw any, but have to drop paper, write statements, clear your name and work history, but the complainer walks? Fucking brilliant!
And this closer is just amazing:
And this closer is just amazing:
- For the city, one of the practical purposes of the report is to help bring down mammoth legal expenses related to lawsuits against the police. Over the past decade, the city has spent more than half a billion dollars on police-related settlements, judgments, legal fees and other costs.
In a prepared statement, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the city is making progress “to prevent the type of police misconduct that has occurred in the past, and to respond to any police misconduct swiftly, consistently and with transparency.”
Yeah, we tried that before and actually cut payouts by millions - it was called "fighting the allegations," and it worked. J-Fledgar left three legacies for this department:
- rifles (but that would have happened anyway with the Olympics);
- fight lawsuits in court to cut down on frivolous suits;
- fuck the blue shirts every chance you get
As soon as Rahm arrived, Corp Counsel went back to settling lawsuits in order to enrich connected firms. J-Fled's most successful initiative went right out the window as soon as he was a memory. And you want to "prevent the type of police misconduct that has occurred in the past," then fire the connected, untouchable clout babies who cost you millions. You know, like merit sergeants raping women, merit sergeants firing guns at suburban cops, merit detectives shoplifting, merit commanders sticking guns in people's mouths...things like that.
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