Friday, May 01, 2015

Court for Free!

Honest to god, where do they find these idiots?
  • Alderman Brookins said on Chicago Tonight that he thinks our contract need to be changed because we make too much overtime in court when we're not always needed for the case.

    Easy solution: If you don't want to pay me, don't notify me for court. Considering the department, I.E., the city, they will deviate me and attempt to punish me for failing to appear. I need to appear if told to do so. 
So....we show up for free? This asshole does realize that we don't just show up because we figure it's an easy way to collect extra money? We have families, friends, events, side jobs, a dozen things we'd rather be doing most days, but because we signed an actual arrest report attesting to facts of an arrest, we're sort of obligated to attend court? In fact, the Department suspends us without pay if we miss court.

Here's a thought - talk to Anita. Figure out why she has to subpoena four, six, ten officers on a case that any first year law student could tell her is just going to end up as a status hearing? Or that when a defense attorney hears that all the necessary officers are present, he asks for a mutually agreed upon delay, thereby costing the city money? Charge those hours to Prickwrinkle's budget and we'll bet it drops in a hurry.

Or since it's going this way in any event, just declare all offenders innocent of wrongdoing, throw everything out of court, give the assholes a check on the way out the door in hopes of avoiding a lawsuit and pretty much stop policing. You're most of the way there already.

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85 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

All great points.

Yet The County and the city are all on BS.

Its not their money it is taxes money. The waste is all over the place we pay just look at your County real estate taxes.

5/01/2015 12:09:00 AM  
Anonymous 29 and aday said...

tell Brookins that Slavery was outlawed by the 14th amendment When the government wanted the lazy rats who mooch public housing to work 10 hrs a week for their reduced rent, all the reverends were screaming "thats slavery" What an asshole I hated court by the way.

5/01/2015 12:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seiser Says No....

5/01/2015 12:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey if you don't want to go to court it's easily avoidable. But don't screw it up for others that do. Who cares if there are ten officers there getting paid. Let them do their thing and mind your own business.

5/01/2015 12:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brookins, kindly sit down and STFU. Collecting 6 figures for a part-time job. Get lost, loser.

5/01/2015 12:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a better thought... eliminate that shit-head brookins aldermoron position. I'm gonna guess no one would ever notice.

5/01/2015 12:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never forget.

When Brookins ran for Cook County State's Attorney a few years back, he campaigned on a promise to "indict a cop a month."

Now he wants Policemen to attend and give sworn testimony without pay?

His ass HAS TO BE jealous of the amount of shit that spews out of his mouth.

Shit.
Jurors are still paid at least a pittance, aren't they?

The national war against The Police IS indeed bearing evil fruit.

Fuck you "Brokens."
You should be on your bald and naked knees
giving thanks that the Feds didn't snatch you
up.

Wet-eyed punk...

5/01/2015 01:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Taypayer said...

YES let's cut the budget to save the city some money.

First thing on the cutting block - 25 Aldermen positions plus their staffs. That should be a good first cut at waste and unnecessary expenditures.

What a great proposal! Cut Aldermanic positions by 50%.

5/01/2015 01:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about you aldercocksuckers make too much for a part time job!

5/01/2015 02:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The mind of a liberal politician is a wonderful thing to behold - Not.

5/01/2015 02:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It could be worse. This aldercreature (Brookins) tried to be elected State's Attorney.

Dumber than a box of rocks.

5/01/2015 02:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best part about this one is this brain-trust is an attorney.

5/01/2015 04:16:00 AM  
Blogger High Arka said...

It could be just idiocy, but it could also be clever and evil. Most employers haven't been content with merely lowering real wages since the 1970s; they're also following the Walmart-style model of requiring employees to work off-the-clock in order to keep their jobs.

Teachers unions haven't had the strength to fight this off, so K-12 state employees are now regularly supervising bus routes and after-school events without pay. Private sector employees have been doing this kind of thing for decades, both on and off the books. Will police unions be able to resist, or will agencies start making court appearances part of a "ongoing justice education" requirement, in order to squeeze unpaid work out of cops, the way they do with physicians/attorneys/accountants?

5/01/2015 04:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No pay for court = no arrests by me! Fuck you Brookins!

5/01/2015 04:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard there's a new class of ET's starting who has the list??

5/01/2015 05:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's start saving by reducing alderchumps pay by three quarters.

5/01/2015 05:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can save more money by reducing the 50 aldercreatures!

5/01/2015 05:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I'm not in box 1 or 2, don't notify me. I got better things to do...

5/01/2015 06:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somebody ask Brookins who did the landscape job at the funeral home.Why be a loudmouth alderman if you can't get a freebie from a connectted contractor.

5/01/2015 06:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets not get upset at the comment guys we must remember the source, aldermen which by their comments are not the sharpest knives in the kitchens.

5/01/2015 06:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was a (bitch of a) sgt. in Area North who would try to intercept subpoenas then call the state to see if we were really needed in court. Same sgt. who put out an alert telling A-N det's to be sure to use hand-sanitizer to avoid the spread of the flu---like we were all 5-years old.

What do you expect from someone who has never spent any time on the street?

5/01/2015 06:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about this idea: pay the police $115K/year like the p/t Aldermen and they might not be so insistent on overtime for court?
Why was he re-elected? Do people have any sense?

5/01/2015 06:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't they just stop paying us all together! See what happens then. ...

5/01/2015 06:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Court for Free!

Honest to god, where do they find these idiots? "

They get them from the hordes that vote for a living, not work for a living. They get them from generations of The Great Society, Section 8, LINK card never worked for a paycheck or pension population that grows while the number of those who produce shrink.

5/01/2015 06:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No pay = No arrest! Works for me!

5/01/2015 06:34:00 AM  
Blogger The Keesing Bandit said...

God bless our aldermen. We look so good by comparison.

No keeses for them.

5/01/2015 07:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The alderman is just saying what Rham told him to say. And this is only the beginning. There's going to be a lot more talk about your benefits and wages. He's going to make you the enemy of the taxpayer just the teachers. You wanted Rham. Well you got him.

5/01/2015 07:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Biggest waste of $ is traffic court.
Can't count the amount if times I've been there and never needed. They offer the drivers supervision if they plead guily. How about notify us when someone demands trial at their first appearance?
The other joke about traffic court is that, CPD, writes the tickets but barely reap any of the fines. Average hazardous moving violation costs about $130,
but Chicago collects about $20, the rest goes to the county. The City should give us the opportunity to write Parker's or ANOVs for those with valid licenses. This would give all the $ to the City.

5/01/2015 07:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

D-unit especially!!!

5/01/2015 07:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any change in our compensation should be met with equal or similar change in compensation by the City Council. Why do WE always have to sacrifice and they dont???

5/01/2015 07:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brookins is a tool, and a defense attorney. Most of his aldermanic inquiries into crimes occurring in his ward were strictly for the purposes of drumming up some legal fees for his practice. Anyone speaking to him from CPD assumes that the conversation is being memorialized on an overhear.

5/01/2015 08:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brookins should be speaking with the ASA's. They subpoena 2, 5, 7, 9 . . . officers who have to show up, every couple of months while this case drags on and on. Then after showing up to court for 2 years straight, on the day of trial the defendant will plead.
It has been like this for all of my 29 years on this job.

5/01/2015 08:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brookins Jr., Howard
21st Ward
Part time Salary $117,333

You did not reject your 2015 salary increase.

5/01/2015 08:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I remember right he is a lawyer and likes to defend criminals and their crimes and often has a bad word for the police. He should he dumped as an alderman for a conflict of interest and he should go to court to defend his constituents for free cause I understand he isn't very good at either.

5/01/2015 08:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Three years ago to the day the Chicago Tribune did a story called Generous rules govern alderman's pensions. By Jason Grotto and Hal Dardick

The link is below. Read it.

See how Howard Brookins Jr. and the rest of the alderman are sucking this city dry. All the shit they pulled under the Daley administration is kicking in.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/ct-met-pensions-aldermen-20120501-story.html#page=1

5/01/2015 08:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alderman Brookins should know that slavery is outlawed! Idiot!

5/01/2015 09:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even with the mentality of a high school drop out let's you be an alder creature in this shity,crookings is a joke

5/01/2015 09:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep quiet SCC! Those defense attorney tactics have made me a LOT of money. Any case where Denis Sherman represents the defendant is good for at least 6 dates before anything gets done.

5/01/2015 09:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Joe Stein said...

Like I've been tellin ya, hands off the rats.

5/01/2015 10:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After what's happening to the pos in Baltimore you have to be an idiot to even attempt to make an arrest. No arrests no court. Its not worth it

5/01/2015 10:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Going to Court when you inventoried evidence for a shoplifter is ridiculous.

5/01/2015 10:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well alderman brookins should talk.
I worked midnights at CCDOC back in the 90's with his father who was some sort of minister/preacher. Every sunday morning hew would leave 2 hours early so he could open up his store front church by 7am. Being the watch secretary I never once received a slip for 2 hours for this aldermans father to leave early. So essentially he stole 2 hours every sunday morning that he worked for how many years?

Cant wait until the feds arrest this dumb ass alderman.

5/01/2015 10:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw that episode a few nights ago where they had a small panel of aldermen interviewed by Phil Ponce. The only one who actually called out the fact that the TIF funds are still managed under some veil of secrecy and how much actually exists was alderman Waguespack. It was very apparent that the others kept quiet on the issue either by choice or by ignorance, with the exception of O'Connor, who adamantly insisted that there was transparency with regard to the funds which were already allocated for other projects. Brookins is just talking out of his ass because he happened to be at 26/Cal one day and saw officers sitting around waiting for their court call, which in his mind, meant that they are doing nothing and getting paid. Instead of doing his homework and finding out how the court section operates, he makes assumptions about overtime pay. Funny how they always want to cut services and pay for the working taxpayer but never cut the fat in administrative waste. Eliminating half of the council would save a ton money alone.

5/01/2015 11:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much extra money did Brookins get beside the pay that he is steeling?

5/01/2015 11:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When has Brookins ever worked for nothing?

In fact, when has Brookins ever Worked?

5/01/2015 11:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it when they notify 8 of us to show up. Court ot pays for the grade school tuition bill!

5/01/2015 11:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We complain about our union, but years ago you were required to go to court with no compensation. Be Happy you work in these times!

5/01/2015 11:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

The alderman is just saying what Rham told him to say. And this is only the beginning. There's going to be a lot more talk about your benefits and wages. He's going to make you the enemy of the taxpayer just the teachers. You wanted Rham. Well you got him.

5/01/2015 07:09:00 AM

Very well said. All of this is well orchestrated. Designed to diminish our hard earned benefits. Rahm and his cronies are coming after us.

5/01/2015 12:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's run a COP for alderman in Brookin's ward.

We helped elect Chris Taliaferro in the 29th Ward; I live in 025. I hope to God he doesn't turn out t be a sellout.

We dumped two machine hacks here, Rice and Graham after getting rid of William J.P. Banks.

It's a shame that Garardo didn't win his race.
Stay Safe. NO Alderman should run unopposed.

5/01/2015 12:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Baltimore and all major cities are going to be the next Detroit, God bless America

5/01/2015 01:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


City of Chicago Board of Supervisor Harold Brookins seeks to save money. How about you tell the residents of the 21st Ward to stop murdering each other, keep those guns in the holsters, stop pitching and unlawfully distributing controlled substances, stop domesticating, stop tooting that heroin, stop smoke up that CIA imported cocaines and drive with a valid license with accompanying insurance. If you aldermanz Brookin were to encourage your 21st ward constituents to just obey the law and act in an established civilized manner, there would be no need for police overtime in courts.

An apology goes out to those 21st ward residents who adhere to the law, are productive and conduct themselves in an acceptable manner-no need to be lumped together with that lawless trash. By the way alderman, open up your books with that off the books money given as an expense account for your ward. Let the sun shine in mr. alderman and see how you manage the people’s money. You have lineage in politics, so you have been coached how to maximize personal profits and personal fortunes derived from your political office.

5/01/2015 01:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They could just have the court Sgt testify off the paperwork like they do in other states. They could also stop paying alderman salaries. If the jobeans so much, why don't they do it for free?

5/01/2015 01:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There nerve of this alderman. Another elitist who make over six figures for a part time job scamming stealing and deceiving the public. All while a vast majority of his residents are grossly unemployed, enslaved by entitlement programs, can barely read at an eighth grade level, live in a violent third world existence and voted for all that hope and change propaganda. And no opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty by design.

5/01/2015 01:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to 12:33am
hei is making 6 figures on a part time job sooo how is this douche a loser

5/01/2015 03:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can someone please publish the list of ET new class

5/01/2015 03:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

defense attorneys drag out cases hoping the victim and witnesses get tired of showing up in court, or the officers don't show up, or the victim dies... etc. etc. It's just another tactic.

5/01/2015 04:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"There was a (bitch of a) sgt. in Area North..."

You have to be more specific. That doesn't narrow it down at all.

5/01/2015 04:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another great idea from another empty head? Let's reduce aldermen to 13 like New York or la has! Nothing but a huge waste of taxpayers hard earned money, teachers are striking,police pensions must be funded use this wasted money switch it over to where money is needed!

5/01/2015 04:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not save the city $$$ by cutting alder-maggot pay by 52%

5/01/2015 05:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off Topic: At the last Fop meeting our unit rep told us that Dean said they were mediating Mike Shields lawsuit. Why would we do that? If the Fop is going to give Mike Shields money then I want the Fop to give me my overtime for the first twelve months. Mike Shields should be sued by the Fop, not the fop paying Mike Shields. If not, can we sue the Fop for something. SCC this should be a topic.

5/01/2015 05:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Hey if you don't want to go to court it's easily avoidable. But don't screw it up for others that do. Who cares if there are ten officers there getting paid. Let them do their thing and mind your own business.

5/01/2015 12:31:00 AM

Hey asshole! If you want court then put your name in box 1. I don't want court but these ASA's keep requesting me even when it's not my pinch.

Oh I get it. You just want to sit there then be excused because you're not needed.

Stop continuences, then us for a real trial.

5/01/2015 05:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT: Did anyone catch the Baltimore prosecutor speak about the indictments? She should be facebooking and learning how to speak instead of playing prosecutor. She was actually elected?

5/01/2015 05:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back in the 80's there was a Sgt. In Area 4 Youth who resented people getting paid OT for court and working late. He started throwing out subpoenas which resulted in several court deviations. He was told to knock it off and re-assigned to Youth H.Q. An informal recognition of his forward thinking supervisory skills.

5/01/2015 06:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Strokings is a lawyer...who took the bar exam for him?

5/01/2015 06:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you are under 35 yoa, get off of this job!!!!
Things will get a lot worse for local law enforcement before it gets better.

5/01/2015 06:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Need to get a job at the range. 6 hour day, week ends off, no dealing with shitheads and no court. The place to be with the 10 hour day coming.

5/01/2015 06:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most alderman are crooks and &6h%$%^^*(*.

5/01/2015 06:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After watching what happened with copped in Baltimore the bigger question is why would you want to be an officer? Ferguson? Lies I sit here in tears watching what is happening, retiring very soon he death of policing is upon us! Rush to judgement the 35 year old states attorney with a whopping 4 months of experience then issuing warrants lets hope they protect the coppers families from thug mobs right is wrong wrong is right! Praying for the coppers! The other thug in the police wagon is saying Freddie was banging his own head on wall a tragic accident maybe? Murder? Wow!!

5/01/2015 07:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuck you Brookins, and fuck Chicago.

This is like a factory job to me. I come here to take as much as possible, period.

5/01/2015 07:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With all of the issues that affect us, where the hell is Dean on it all? Shields would have been all over the issues. Instead, citizens (especially the ignorant) are starting to believe what they hear in the media. Dean sucks, it's only been a year and has been heard saying "he didnt know it was that busy" and "he hates the job". What a piece of caca.

5/01/2015 08:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You've got call takers at 911 making over $100,000.00 in overtime (not counting salary). You have a dept that is thousands of officers short spending millions on OT to put cops in some high crime neighborhoods. While some other neighborhoods get ravaged and this fool is worried about cops appearing in court?
Talk about clueless!!

5/01/2015 09:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where does find the time to be an alderman? He is an attorney at Brookins & Wilson, his law firm. He is an embalmer & funeral director at his family funeral home. His wife is with the Cook Co. Board of Review property assessment. His Chief of Staff was charged with accepting a bribe in Feb 2014 in return for helping secure Brookins support for a liquor license. Brookins was not charged.

5/01/2015 09:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

STOP Arresting Folks and Peoples
Give the streets back to the Democrates!!!!

5/01/2015 10:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Alderman Brookins, Why is it the days that I missed traffic court and it turned out that the defendant didn't show up anyhow I still took a day for not coming to court? Please respond.

5/01/2015 10:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT but I need to vent. I have to say the biggest disappointment I have experienced is the recently promoted class of Detectives. The overwhelming theme is as follows:
-I know everything about investigations
-I'll watch you do the job because it is beneath me
-I shouldn't be assigned this job
-No I can't work overtime
-Why can't Patrol just handle this
-You should do it this way
-I can only work days
I've never seen a bigger bunch of whining bitches in my life. These people show up with their Detective star and don't want to do shit except drink Starbucks and play video games on the computers. It's sad that there are a lot of people on the job who would be excellent detectives who won't get the chance. This is what happens when you have a 10 year old list and promote the bottom of the barrel.
P.S. Someone tell the fat bearded guy to tuck in his shirt so we don't have to look at his tighty whitey underwear. Rant off.

5/01/2015 10:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alderman Brookins, the same mutt POS that sits in the carpeteria at 2-6 on occasion...yeah, I'll be having a word with him the next time I see that jag-off sitting around occupying a table. And why f**k with the coppers who actually go to court? Aren't they the ones that are actually working? He should be real careful of the stones he throws!

5/01/2015 11:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm an M/2 and I've worked in 022 for nearly 20 years, and yes there are a whole lot of decent residents in the 21st ward. They try to do the right thing by raising decent families, keeping up their property and looking out for each other. And are very supportive of the police.
However this Brookins is a genuine piece of shit!
I've had to attend meetings where his true racist colors came out.
The people of this ward deserve so much better than this ignorant pompous asshole!

5/02/2015 12:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last time I checked, I get paid by the hour. I'm not a salaried manager. If I go to work during hours other than my shift because I'm told I have to or be subject to disciplinary action, I get paid. I go to court every chance I get and I still HATE it, and always have but I like the comp time I EARN. I understood when I got hired I'd have to go to court, I also understood that I'd get PAID for it.

This mutt must think we're indentured servants. You bastards hate us, treat us like shit and expect us to like it? Fuck off.

5/02/2015 12:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This comes from Brookins? The alderman whose other job is defending criminals in court?

5/02/2015 12:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah courts the problem, not vri or vre.?

5/02/2015 01:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

His Chief of Staff gets pinched by the Feds and Brookins doesn't?? He cut a deal...Simple as that.

5/02/2015 01:35:00 AM  
Blogger 011 2nd Watch DOG said...

Good stay the hell away from 26th and Cal! Any cop that trusts these ASA's need to have their head examined. These ASA's would love nothing more than to put a cop behind bars to make a name for themselves, +99% of them are so incompetent they couldn't get a parking ticket conviction. I trust them as much I trust the defendant.
765B

5/02/2015 06:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't sue fop. But us members who know that most of the fop board will do what Dean wants. Dean likes to fight with people over petty shit, why does he want to roll over now? Didn't he campaign over this whe retro shit? So, us members can make a motion from the floor at the meeting. And dont let anyone tell you 'it's out of order'. Nolan was famous for that.

5/02/2015 08:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Strokings is a lawyer...who took the bar exam for him?

5/01/2015 06:18:00 PM


Richy Daley; he took the bar exam many times and is quite familiar with it.

5/02/2015 09:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They just love us so much! I'm going to answer my job in a safe and timely manner and give everyone a report. The days of active policing is over. Cherish your families and fellow officers. This city cares for us as much as the Baltimore rioters care about the businesses they burned down.

5/03/2015 01:24:00 PM  

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