Lieutenants Join Sergeants Suit
- The Chicago Police Lieutenants Association agreed Wednesday to join forces with sergeants in a lawsuit filed last week seeking to compel Mayor Rahm Emanuel to hold a lieutenants exam they suspect is being held up in retaliation for the sergeants’ endorsement of mayoral challenger Bob Fioretti.
Tom Pleines, an attorney representing both groups, said the lieutenants have a vested interest in the outcome of the case and so does the public.
The Chicago Police Department is already 25 lieutenants short of its authorized strength of 221 at a time when police-involved shootings in Ferguson, Mo., New York City and elsewhere have highlighted the need for more supervision.
And there is widespread speculation that Police Supt. Garry McCarthy is lobbying Emanuel behind the scenes to lift the requirement that sergeants be on the job for two years to take the lieutenants exam and remain there for three years before being promoted.
Eliminating the so-called “time-in-rank” requirement would allow police officers who got merit promotions to the rank of sergeant to qualify for the lieutenants exam.
Mc"Merit" himself, who experienced a meteoric rise in the NYPD, sees no reason the "best and brightest" shouldn't have the same opportunities that he had, based on birthright, invisible genetic superiority, and the famous "my daddy knows..." whatever politician back in the day. After all, the he can't pick the best and brightest, how is a mere test going to take care of those who "deserve" stripes or bars?