Thursday, January 25, 2018

So Much for "Transparency"

  • The City agency that conducts investigations into allegations of police misconduct paid more than $17,000 to an outside party as part of the agency’s investigation of a controversial 2015 fatal police shooting, the FOP has learned.

    Attorneys working on behalf of the Fraternal Order of Police obtained documents in a Freedom of Information (FOIA) request indicating that the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) paid a Boston based police lieutenant in connection with the agency’s investigation of a 2015 police shooting in which two people died.

    In December, COPA ruled that the shooting was not justified. The FOP denounced the ruling and advised its attorneys to review COPA’s investigation. The FOP also requested that the City’s Inspector General investigate what the FOP claimed was a pattern of suspicious media leaks of confidential information about the agency’s investigations to various news outlets, including the Chicago Tribune.

    According to the records submitted by COPA, the agency paid Lt. Robert Harrington from the Boston Police Department through the Chicago law firm of McGuire Woods LLP.
And the Boston Lieutenant's qualifications are what exactly? He is well versed in Illinois Law? Chicago Ordinances? CPD training (such as it exists)? CPD Use of Force?

COPA seems to be shopping "experts" with expensive tastes.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess having former call-takers and civilian lockup keepers isn’t panning out.

1/25/2018 12:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Fetal it is and shall be for the foreseeable future.

1/25/2018 12:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is now at the Harvard Police Department. They couldn't find an expert anywhere in Illinois? They had to go to Harvard Yard?
https://www.hupd.harvard.edu/people/robert-harrington

1/25/2018 12:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Boston Lt’s report is suspiciously redacted from COPA’s packet because it doesn’t jive with their railroad job

1/25/2018 02:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So based on this Boston Lt.’s recommendation I’m assuming he found the LeGrier shooting unjustified? Hard to believe any LE person would not think a man attacking wielding a baseball bat would not constitute as a lethal assailant. Then again what was Granny Clampets position on those types of things.

1/25/2018 02:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They must love Robert Harrington in Boston.

1/25/2018 02:31:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. SouthSide said...

I hear he makes great baked beans.

1/25/2018 04:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the Boston Lieutenant's qualifications are what exactly? He is well versed in Illinois Law? Chicago Ordinances? CPD training (such as it exists)? CPD Use of Force? ......

About as little qualification as the rest of COPA

1/25/2018 05:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate to be the contrarian around here but we brought this pox upon ourselves with CPD coppers being arrested during the last 40 years for all manner of crimes including murder, corruption, runnng continuing criminal enterprises. Guys being a copper is basically the same in urban America wether it's Boston, Baltimore, or Chicago. They are all cities that have socio-economically and racially diverse populations. That guy from Boston could be expected to review the facts in a somewhat dispassionate manner. Having a police Lt. from Montana or Wyoming would not have made sense. But on the other hand I'm just an old timer with a callbox key who has seen enough bs on the job and survived it complexitie. As a result I was fortunate to have worked the truck and 10-99 on midnights for the last 20 years. I have seen all manner of fools come and go who didn't even notice me that old quiet guy on the truck. Well, I just got my PHD and now I'm going to hire myself out when I retire in March. Thanks to the great Eddie King for advising me to stay in school so I can change the rules!

1/25/2018 06:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the Boston Lieutenant's qualifications are what exactly? He is well versed in Illinois Law? Chicago Ordinances? CPD training (such as it exists)? CPD Use of Force?

More importantly has he been retired for five years or more?

1/25/2018 06:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
So based on this Boston Lt.’s recommendation I’m assuming he found the LeGrier shooting unjustified? Hard to believe any LE person would not think a man attacking wielding a baseball bat would not constitute as a lethal assailant. Then again what was Granny Clampets position on those types of things.

1/25/2018 02:09:00 AM

Unless it's Big Papi swinging the bat...

1/25/2018 06:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again COPA /IPRA has violated rules and Laws. Illinois state law requires that ANYONE investigating a police involved shooting or any Homicide for that matter in Illinois must be certified by the State as a Lead Homicide Investigator. That is the law. I doubt the Lt from Boston , most Investigators at COPA, are certified. I also doubt the Lt or COPA investigators know what it is like to patrol the west side on midnights. Nonetheless, if they follow the law, his (Boston Lt) opinion means nothing, good or bad. This clearly shows that COPA is not qualified to investigate these types of incidents. It also shows that they have a preconceived opinion that not only Chicago officers but all of law enforcement in the entire state of Illinois is corrupt or not trustworthy. Which from my view is a conflict and shows bias.

Signed
Da Truth.

1/25/2018 06:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Glass Half Full said...

The story gets even better. Just wait and see.

1/25/2018 06:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Their claim it that a baton should've been used against the bat. The officer could've used "Errol Flynn" like moves with his baton.

1/25/2018 06:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That cultured Massachusetts/Hahv-ard Yard accent will impress the heck out of the jury.

If it goes to trial, that $17K will be doubled or tripled when he shows up, and even more if he gets on the stand to testify for COPA-CABANA.

1/25/2018 06:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He’s a rent a cop from Harvard University? I think someone should give him a call and ask what his qualifications are.

CONTACT INFORMATION
mailto:robert_harrington@hupd.harvard.edu
p: 617-496-1255

1/25/2018 06:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He dickheads don’t be too quick to condemn the Lt from Boston. There’s gotta be a reason why the COPA strokes omitted it from their report. It’s likely he wrote the shooting was justified. That would explain the absence of his report. Fuck COPA and the less than ten full fingered jagoff that created it!

1/25/2018 06:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

stay fetal!

1/25/2018 06:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy Phuq....Sure looks like COPA will stop/Stoop to nothing to get an investigation to go their way....These people gotta be STOPED somehow....YIKES....

1/25/2018 07:19:00 AM  
Blogger Brian Russell said...

how is a person swinging a baseball bat not considered a threat? Someone swinging a baseball bat at a person can at very least cause severe injuries leading to disability and death..... so that being said, how can s mentally deranged person who is swinging a baseball bat not be considered a life threat? Really think the city of Chicago needs to get their heads out of the sand and protect the men and women who put on the uniform to keep the citizens of this crap city safe instead of trying to screw the police over on a daily basis....

1/25/2018 07:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I’m no attorney, but at what point does a Disclosure have to be released to the Defense?
Why was a FOIA required for this ... in a criminal matter being prepped for trial?
Snaky CO’PRAh pulled a Rahm.
Somehow there’s big power overreach on the part of CO’PRAh that’s going unchallenged.
Hiding witnesses?

Any chance for a cease and desist, perhaps sanctioning Rahm’s Geheime Staatspolizei ?

1/25/2018 07:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is a mall cop. What do you think a Harvard pokice officer does? You can't arrest or suspend a rich kid. The only thing you can do is ticket someone who "pahked the cah in hahvad yod." This is a wicked pissah.

1/25/2018 07:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuck the city remember the first and the fifteenth take the money and do nothing stay safe

1/25/2018 07:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess the leaker job market is drying up, since James Comey and Reality Winner were made examples of. Mooch's fubar exposing the other side of the leaker's game was a good move too.

Seems Las Vegas isn't having any leaking problems, Gee, how can that be?

I hope FOP finally makes itself known on this issue, best if it roars like a dragon.

Dirty cops are not due protection when they commit crimes, but good cops can not be railroaded either.

Good shoot versus bad shoot is almost always plainly apparent. When ya gotta spend 2 years trying to find someone who will explain why it is a bad shoot, well, it is pretty safe a bet it was a good shoot.

Leakers gotta face bad shoot type scrutiny and punishment. Crimes are crimes, right?

1/25/2018 07:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He specializes in hanging other coppers out to dry. Look him up.

1/25/2018 07:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he is well versed in stingray use and other eletronic surveillance. Just ask coppers in Boston what they think of this L.T.

1/25/2018 08:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is time for the FOP and PBPA to call on the CPD to break off all ties to the CPS
https://www.ctunet.com/events/blm

1/25/2018 09:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should just call it COPA Railroad Inc.

1/25/2018 09:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Retired FBI stingray NDA-signatory Lieutenant Detective Robert P. Harrington earned $213,347 in his last year with the Massachusetts State Police in 2014. 2014, his final year on the force. He was the FBI stingray NDA-signatory for the agency and designated a Special State Police Officer. This makes him a technical surveillance specialist not unlike our own ESCO II/III personnel

1/25/2018 09:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would hold your judgement on the contents of this " expert opinion report" until the facts come out.

1/25/2018 09:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shopping for Police Officers to incriminate other Police Officers. What a shame. Wonder how many "real cops" told them to go F... themselves before they found this Boston clown?

J.J.

1/25/2018 10:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

COPA is nothing but a bunch of disgruntled
"communerty membazz" getting "even" with
The Police.

They're no better than one bunch of
"corner boys" sub-contracting a
dirty deed-for-hire with some outside
Police Policy lick-hitter to give them
distance and shielding should the damned
thing come apart under legal scrutiny...

...And it will.

But such legal scrutiny will be decried as
"Racist."

"Y'all interferin' with us an' da peoples an' folkses
revenge, uhh, JUSTICE against The Racist Poleece an' shit!"

...And we WILL eventually see members of COPA
being marched off to Federal PRISON in spite
of their being so convinced of the "righteousness"
of their flawed cause by Rahm al-Ghoul.

The funny part?

When the hearse of this one car clown funeral
finds itself high-centered on a rail crossing
and deservedly gets blown up by a three mile
long DOJ double-stack?

Rahm won't know nary a one of these m/fers
he slid into place to be his heat shield
from having deliberately suppressed the
JVD/LMcD video or the fact that it was
initially determined to be a lawful but
optically awful shooting that was precipitated
by the deliberate CPD/City Hall decision to
divert funding from hands on Use of Force/Firearms
scenario training.

Rahm Emanuel SHOULD BE HELD PERSONALLY LIABLE
AND MADE TO FORFEIT HIS PERSONAL WEALTH AFTER
BEING FOUND CRIMINALLY AND CIVILLY LIABLE.

And he KNOWS this which is why he is doing
all the shit he's doing...

The Police aren't the problem as much as
the malignant little manling in Suite 500
at 121 N. LaSalle St.

Police Like You Have No Frineds.

1/25/2018 11:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahhhh . The ole “ police roulette “ game. When you ask different police a question, until you get the answer YOU want.

1/25/2018 11:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whats this? Is Eddie investigating the lying copa clowns?

https://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/johnson-accuses-copa-of-playing-hide-the-ball-in-legrier-jones-shooting-case/

Hmm "Hide the ball?" Kind of like some police bosses have been doing also? Lets see where this goes, did Ed have an "epiphany" finally and thought "dam this bullshit" and finally will he stop the carnage of this complete waste of hundreds of millions of taxpayers money to hunt the thin blue line? We already have an Internal Affairs unit why did rahm and his crew waste so much taxpayers money on this? who is getting paid off? Aldermen? Cannot wait until the DOJ who is working looking into so much crimainl activity of our elected finally put together the "package" and firestorm with storm-trooper style agents at city hall and county building for openers the happiness and tears will flow from the honest burdened law abiding citizens citywide!

1/25/2018 11:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A friend of mine sent me this... GOOD INFO

" Alert!!!! It appears that some people identifying themselves as Detectives, either retired or possibly active have called officers regarding some older cases and asking them to clarify facts of the arrest.

These alleged Detectives are working for various exoneration projects trying to get convictions overturned and make money for Law Firms. Some of these cases go back 10 or 15 years, I received a call from a retired Chicago A/6 Detective a few months ago regarding a theory for the Browns Chicken Murders. I thought this strange, he was attempting to bring an old gang members son, who was a victim, into a possible reason for the killing of everyone. Openly suggesting it could have been because of a drug or gun deal gone bad, from years earlier!!!!

This guy was strange years ago and now he openly admitted working for a law firm doing exoneration cases, in either case, think before you answer anything because you may be taped. Ask the caller who he is and who he is working for. In my case I recognized the name, in other cases I heard about names and who they worked for were deceptive....Beware! "

Want to talk me?
Then show me an ID and a subpoena and a CHECK for my time and services.

If COPA or the State's Attorney can pay a retired Boston PD Lieutenant then they should pay any retired Chicago cop of any rank for their time and services.

Where is FOP on this?

1/25/2018 11:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are they paying someone else to make a determination on that shooting?

That's their job

waste of taxpayer money

1/25/2018 11:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The appointment of Robert P. Harrington to Superintendent, Chief of the Bureau of Internal Investigations. Today at a swearing in ceremony at Boston Police Headquarters, Chief Goslin administered the Oath of Office to now Superintendent Harrington surrounded by family, friends and fellow officers. “Robert Harrington is a seasoned professional and brings a wealth of investigative experience to his position,” Chief Goslin said. “He has a proven track record as a leader and I am confident that as Superintendent, he will be a tremendous asset to the Boston Police Department and specifically Internal Investigations.” Harrington, age 52, has accomplished a distinguished 23-year career within the department. Since 1995, he has been assigned to the Homicide Unit and while in that assignment was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2005, earning a detective rating early 2006. In 1992, he was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to Area E and later to the Bureau of Internal Investigations, where he earned a detective rating later that same year. Harrington began his law enforcement career in 1983 as a police officer serving in Areas C and D. In 1988, after five years of service, he was rated detective and assigned to Area D. As Superintendent of the Bureau of Internal Investigations, Harrington will supervise the professional standards and integrity of the Department, which includes overseeing the divisions of Anti-Corruption, Internal Affairs, Auditing and Review and Recruit Investigations."

1/25/2018 11:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robert Harrington sounds like the Boston version of a merit clout hack who never did any police work.

1/25/2018 12:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe this Boston Lieutenant attended the CPD conference hosted by Supt.

1/25/2018 02:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess having former call-takers and civilian lockup keepers isn’t panning out.

1/25/2018 12:05:00 AM


Doesn't matter where they come from, only if they are trying to fuck you.

1/25/2018 03:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lieutenant Detective Robert P. Harrington ....
often confused in Boston as the late Emmy’s winning actor Pat Harrington Jr. , best known for his role as the janitor Dwayne F. Schneider on a sitcom One Day At A Time.

1/25/2018 06:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank god for the moles at copa leaking info to the good guys. Remember nothing is random.

1/25/2018 06:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Robert Harrington sounds like the Boston version of a merit clout hack who never did any police work.

1/25/2018 12:41:00 PM

Always the negative. Rushing to judgement. Have you ever thought maybe he gave a positive report for Realmo and maybe that’s why they excluded it from the report. He might have said it was a justifiable shooting. You would think if he agreed with their findings, they definately would have included it in their report

1/25/2018 07:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, it looks like there are several Robert Harringtons in Boston law enforcement. Have we verified which one it is?

1/25/2018 07:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Slight OT - I recall getting an email this morning the COPA is looking to hire someone (a new head administrator, perhaps). I believe it came from the Illinois State Bar Assn. Saw it, didn't pay too much attention to it. With this article, I went back to try to find it...and of course I can't. Anywho, if this is important to anyone, they should be able to run it down without too much digging.

1/25/2018 09:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Shopping for Police Officers to incriminate other Police Officers. What a shame. Wonder how many "real cops" told them to go F... themselves before they found this Boston clown?

J.J.

1/25/2018 10:32:00 AM

you are so very wrong on this. There are plenty of retired police officers , many of rank and with lots of experience who are willing to testify as expert witnesses for both sides of these matters. And, a lot of them are former CPD gold stars. When you are paying thousands of dollars to read a file and to write a report on your opinions and then thousands more plus expenses to testify in court, there are plenty of takers. Harrington's report probably cost the city $10,000 or more.

1/25/2018 10:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For 17,000 I can get you a former policeman to say Eddie Johnson is a competent superintendent. Fuck em all

1/26/2018 06:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Real"

J.J.

1/26/2018 07:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


you are so very wrong on this. There are plenty of retired police officers , many of rank and with lots of experience who are willing to testify as expert witnesses for both sides of these matters. And, a lot of them are former CPD gold stars. When you are paying thousands of dollars to read a file and to write a report on your opinions and then thousands more plus expenses to testify in court, there are plenty of takers. Harrington's report probably cost the city $10,000 or more.


The article said $17,000

1/26/2018 10:21:00 AM  

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