Dart Jumps In
No complaints, no allegations, just Dart looking to make a name for himself:
- Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, who oversees one of the nation's most crowded jails, voluntarily released video Friday that shows half a dozen incidents of excessive force by deputies at the county jail, saying the public has a right to see it.
The videos show violent encounters between jailers and inmates, including one in which an inmate is dragged through hallways by several officers, thrown into a cell and left with blood spattered on his shirt. Another shows two officers pushing a detainee to the ground with one of the jailers kicking him in the shoulders or face. Thirteen officers were fired or otherwise disciplined over the incidents.
But then this came to our e-mail:
- Union Poll conducted Shows 96% of Sheriff officers have 'No faith' in Sheriff Dart to provide a safe and secure working environment.
[A] Cook County Division 10 Correction officer was pulled into a cell last week by three inmates and severely beating needing facial reconfiguration surgery. Teamsters local 700 is demanding the release of that video.
Teamsters Local 700 received calls today from both ABC Channel 7 and NBC Channel 5 regarding the Cook County Department of Corrections videos that were released to the media. We wanted to share this with the membership so you can see what we submitted versus what they actually use in the news segments, which will air today at 5 p.m.
Teamsters Local 700 sees this as nothing but a political move by Tom Dart, who is clearly seeking a public office position other than being Sheriff. After several years as in his current position, Dart has now decided to be transparent concerning these alleged excessive force incidents which makes us ask more questions:
Why are the inmates faces blacked out and not the officers?
Why doesn’t he show all the videos of incidents where inmates are attacking officers?
Where are all the videos of inmates sexually assaulting our officers?
Where’s the video of the Division 2 altercation last week where nearly 100 detainees rioted and our officers had to do everything in their power to stop it?
Let's see how much play that side of the story gets, or is it just the anti-police agenda.