- The president of the largest Chicago police union on Thursday blasted a new report that recommends broad reforms within the department, calling the report one-sided and unfair to officers.
Dean Angelo Sr., president of the Fraternal Order of Police, said he thinks members of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's hand-picked Police Accountability Task Force made up their minds about police before studying the issues. The report, written in occasionally scalding language, cites statistics and historic events as it calls out the department for alleged racial bias and indifference to the problems of residents.
[...] "I believe they had an agenda or a built-in bias going in," Angelo said. "And I don't see the need to do that when the Department of Justice are the subject matter experts, not the task force."
"subject matter experts"? Was that a zinger thrown in at new supernintendo Eddie Johnson, the crooked lieutenants test and the largish number of Subject Matter Experts who have sexual relationships with a sizable portion of the "top score" promotees? If so, nice one Deano!
- The report, which encourages the dismantling and replacement of the city's police oversight agency, focuses heavily on changes that could be made to union contracts. Those suggested changes include allowing anonymous complaints against officers and removing the right of police to amend their statements after reviewing video or audio recordings during the investigative process, according to the report.
Aha, here we go. Let's strip away contract protections. You know, those things that guarantee officers due process and Rights and protections to politically charged prosecutions, and make it so difficult to railroad cops for political reasons.
In this second article Dean points out that you haven't seen the worst of the ACLU effect yet
- A “biased” report that portrays the Chicago Police Department as racist will cause already low police morale to take another nosedive, the police union president said Thursday.
Dean Angelo, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, also ruled out immediate changes to a collective bargaining agreement that a mayoral task force says turns a “code of silence into official policy.”
Yeah, smart move there Dean, as you'd be out of office by the close of business the following day and the FOP would be disbanded by the following week.
He also counters the Task Force's blaming the Collective Bargaining Agreement:
- On Thursday, Angelo made it clear that changes to the disciplinary process won’t come without a fight. He dismissed anonymous complaints as “generally baseless.”
“Our contract protects all of our members and secures just cause in the process of discipline and separation and any other type of internal or external allegations. Those protections are there because of abuse that has occurred in the past discipline-wise,” he said.
“Affidavits are there to protect officers from unfounded or just arbitrary allegations. If you and I are working in a gang-infested area and we’re constantly locking people up for narcotics and guns and confiscating money, their way to get back at you is to complain. If you don’t have a process in place where you have to identify yourself and actively participate in allegations you’re making against an officer, you could just speed-dial complaint after complaint to IPRA. You could complain nonstop.”
As for the rule giving officers 24 hours before they have to give a statement about a shooting, Angelo said it’s not unusual. He noted the federal government has a 72-hour time-out for officers involved in shootings. Other big-city police departments have a 48-hour waiting period.
And giving credit where credit is due, Dean even addressed the elephant in the room:
- “If you look at crimes and murders, gun, narcotics and homicide arrests ward by ward, the top 10 wards in the city are over 80 percent African-American. That’s where the officers are assigned and that’s where more contact occurs. Officers aren’t responding to neighborhoods of color. They’re responding to neighborhoods of crime.”
So when the Department of Justice concludes that the CPD deployment into areas where the violent crime is centralized is found to be sound policing, are the men and women of the CPD going to get an apology from these jagoffs painting us all with the broad brush of "racist!"?
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