Big Changes Friday!
Wait....it was Monday? What the hell? This throws off all of our timing....can someone at 35th Street turn back the calendar. Please? This is not acceptable:
- Chicago Police Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy today announced the retirement of his trusted second-in-command, First Deputy Police Superintendent Alfonza Wysinger, as well as the Chief of the Bureau of Internal Affairs, Juan Rivera, who served with distinction for nearly 30 years.
In a series of corresponding moves, McCarthy announced the promotion of three talented, and widely respected, veteran commanding officers to new leadership positions within the Department. The appointments are effective October 15, 2015.
And who are these "widely respected" members of the Department?
- John Escalante as First Deputy Superintendent
- Eddie Welch III as Chief of IAD
- Constantine Andrews as Chief of Detectives
- Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy has a new chief of detectives — a veteran cop under investigation for his role in creating a fictitious witness statement that helped prevent former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew from being charged with killing David Koschman.
Constantine G. “Dean” Andrews was deputy chief of detectives in 2011 when he was placed in charge of reinvestigating the Koschman case and closed it without charges, concluding that Daley nephew Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko had punched Koschman in self-defense.
Cook County Judge Michael P. Toomin later ruled that police and prosecutors “conjured up” the self-defense conclusion. Toomin appointed a special prosecutor, Dan K. Webb, who led an investigation that resulted in Vanecko pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter in January 2014.
The Special Prosecutor almost had Andrews and five other charged with obstruction, but in true Chicago fashion, decided if he couldn't win, he wouldn't pursue the case.