Friday, November 22, 2019

Good Lord, Slow Down

  • Five Chicago police officers were hurt Thursday when two CPD vehicles crashed into each other during a pursuit in East Garfield Park on the West Side.

    The officers were pursuing a car wanted in a shooting when the two police vehicles collided about 10:30 a.m. at Jackson Boulevard and Francisco Avenue, according to Chicago police and fire officials.

    Photos show an unmarked squad car crashed through a fence and into a tree on the lawn of the John Calhoun North Elementary School.

    Police initially said two of the officers were seriously hurt, but later said all of their injuries were not life-threatening. They were taken to Stroger and Mt. Sinai hospitals, and only one of them needed to be moved with a stretcher.
We're told this vehicle was wanted for a series of high profile crimes across the city. We're also told at least one of the occupants has been released by Crimesha on multiple occasions at a low-to-no-bail status for more than a few violent crimes.

Best wishes to all the injured for quick recoveries.

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Get Behind the Vest

Late notice, but there's one more day left this week to get sized for a vest in the 022 District.
  • Friday: 8am - 12pm
We're told interest has been spotty - it's a free vest people (upgrades will cost a little bit). You're supposed to replace it every five years or so.

Stay tuned for a location up north shortly after the new year.

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Sentencing Recommendation

  • A former Chicago police commander who was caught pilfering more than than $360,000 in Social Security payments should be imprisoned for 18 to 24 months, federal prosecutors say in a memo filed Tuesday evening ahead of sentencing next month.

    Kenneth A. Johnson, who led the Englewood patrol district for two years ending with his 2018 retirement, pleaded guilty this year to collecting the payments — intended for his mother — for more than two decades after her death.

    "For over 23 of the 32 years that Johnson was employed by the Chicago Police Department to serve the public and enforce the law, Johnson was committing a federal crime every single month," the memo says. "Johnson betrayed the public trust and stole from a program designed to assist the most vulnerable members of our community."
But hey, he got a nice car out of the deal.

We heard the plate said "THX MA RIP"

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Priceless

  • McDonald’s Corp. was accused Thursday of opening the door to an “epidemic of violence” against its Chicago-area employees with mandatory store redesigns and late-hours without adequate training or security.

    Seventeen McDonald’s employees filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court accusing the fast-food giant of failing to protect workers from risks it was aware of and chose to ignore. They work at 13 different stores in Chicago, including the showcase restaurant at McDonald’s global headquarters in the West Loop.

    Three workers claim they were assaulted or sexually harassed by customers while cleaning restrooms that are a “magnet for crime” because 90 percent of restrooms are isolated and “not in the line of sight of the main customer service area.”

    The lawsuit also contends McDonald’s dictated a store redesign tied to its so-called “Experience of the Future” program that split counters, allowing unruly customers and would-be assailants to walk through the opening and attack workers.
Hey, it could be worse. At least there isn't shit dripping from the ceilings.

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Great Great Program Dart

Who's running against Dart? McCompStat? Whoever runs has our vote already:
  • Since being paroled in late August, an eight-time convicted drug dealer last month was arrested twice for selling narcotics in Chicago. Judges released him both times, once on electronic monitoring. Now, police say he escaped from the home monitoring program and last week robbed two people in the downtown area.

    Four people called 911 last Wednesday evening to report that a similarly described man either robbed or tried to rob them in the Loop and West Loop neighborhoods. One woman reported that the man asked her for directions on the 500 block of South Jefferson and then threatened to kill her if she didn’t give him money around 5:15 p.m. The man left after she handed over a credit card, the woman said.

    Another alleged victim flagged down police near the Greyhound bus terminal at 630 West Harrison after a man tried to rob them while implying that he was armed. Then, around 6:50 p.m., a woman reported that a man implied that he was armed as he robbed her at an ATM near Wells and Van Buren in the Loop. About ten minutes later, police who were searching the area found a man matching the offender’s description standing outside a convenience store across from City Hall on the 100 block of North LaSalle.

    Multiple victims identified 31-year-old Devin Wilder as the man who either robbed or tried to rob them, police said.
What's the point of having a jail to hold criminals if no criminals are ever held there? We think Prickwrinkle and Dart could zero out a lot more of the jail budget in short order.

Thanks to the CWB Blog for doing the actual reporting that the lamestream media refuses to do any more.

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Juicy Sues Chicago

  • Taking the offense for the first time since he was accused of faking a hate crime, actor Jussie Smollett turned the tables this week by accusing the city of Chicago and multiple police officers of malicious prosecution.

    Smollett’s lawyers filed their two-count counterclaim late Tuesday. They delivered it in a 49-page response to a lawsuit first filed by the city, which seeks to recover $130,106 for the investigation it conducted after Smollett made his allegedly false claim in January.

    The actor leveled his new accusations against the city, the Chicago Police Department, detectives Michael Theis and Edward Wodnicki, CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson, and bodybuilding brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo.

    His move raises the stakes in a case that already threatens to lead to an all-out court battle. The actor continues to insist on his innocence, while the city accuses Smollett of a hoax even though criminal charges against him have been dropped.
Anyone think this might nudge Webb's "impartial investigation" into the "Refile Charges" column? And if so, what sanctions are going to be leveled against Crimesha's incompetency? If there were any actual justice, she'd be stripped of her law license, which might cramp her reelection efforts:
  • Embattled Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx officially announced she is running for re-election Monday. She currently has four challengers who are vying for her job, as well as the Jussie Smollett case hanging over her head. The challengers are all raising a similar issue: trust.

    "Four years ago, I ran for State's Attorney to change criminal justice in Cook County. I'm running again because we're only getting started," Foxx said in an ad launching her re-election bid.

    Her challengers include Democrats Donna More and Bill Conway and Republicans Christopher Pfannkuche and Pat O'Brien. But her biggest nemesis could be someone not even in the race: Jussie Smollett. The dismissal of the case against the actor, who's accused of staging a racist homophobic attack, now has Foxx's office under investigation by a special prosecutor.
Smolletts needs to be a giant fucking anchor around her efforts. In fact, Dave Chappelle has cut an amazing campaign commercial for any of her competitors. You can see it here (NOT safe for work - Language Warning)

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Thanks Kid

  • A Wisconsin teenager is helping keep police officers in Chicago safe, and because of her generosity, she is being recognized.

    The 15-year-old recently visited Chicago and fell in love with CPD. Then, she heard the story of an officer using a tourniquet to help save his own life. Now, she wants to make sure all officers have the life-saving device.

    On a cold day in Chicago, there was a warm and heartfelt thank you inside the Chicago Police Union Headquarters. Taylor Pflum was being honored. She's a 15-year-old, small-town Wisconsin girl and loves police officers.
Here's to hoping for success for her continued efforts.

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About Damn Time

  • About 50,000 Cook County residents who receive food stamps are going to have to find jobs next year — or risk losing their benefits.

    Starting Jan. 1, food stamp recipients in Cook County who are able-bodied, under the age of 50 and not living with children or other dependents will be restricted to three months of food assistance in a three-year period unless they work at least 80 hours a month. They can also meet the requirement by participating in a work-related activity, such as job training or volunteering.

    The vast majority of Illinois’ 1.8 million SNAP recipients — most of whom are either elderly, children or people with disabilities — are unaffected by the change. But it will be a huge shift in Cook County, where 50,000 of the county’s 826,000 food stamp recipients will be subject to work requirements for the first time since the federal rules went into effect in the mid-1990s.

    State officials and social service groups worry people who struggle to find or keep jobs will be driven out of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as SNAP or food stamps, leaving them hungry and putting pressure on food pantries. They say there isn’t enough federal funding to help connect them with jobs.
Well then, as their numbers dwindle via starvation, taxpayers will save millions.

Win Win.

Now how about dope testing? We have to pass a whiz-quiz to stay employed and pay for the terminally lazy. How about a whiz-quiz to retain benefits? We don't care if they're picking up trash on the highways, raking vacant lots, or shoveling sidewalks.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Officer Shot

Gunfight following a bank robbery and chase.

Irving and Pulaski/Kostner area

Preliminary coverage here.

One report has the Officer listed as "responsive."

UPDATE: Bystander shot - critical.

Chase may have originated in suburbs

UPDATE: Officer is "talking" so that's good.

Bystander still critical.

Suspected robber/gunman also critical.

UPDATE: Subject dead - let's see if Crimesha charges his accomplice with murder

UPDATE: Subject killed by Des Plaines police

No shots fired by Chicago.

UPDATE: Post moved to the top of the page today from 2041 hours last night

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No One Shot for 24 Hours

  • Chicago went more than a full day without one reported shooting-- from Sunday night into early Tuesday.

    There were no reported gunshot victims from 10:02 p.m. Sunday until 12:43 a.m. Tuesday, according to Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago police records.

    Fourteen people were shot Sunday, the last of which was a 17-year-old on the southwest side. The boy was inside a vehicle around 10 p.m. when an SUV approached and someone inside fired shots, striking the boy in the leg. He was taken to a hospital and is in good condition.
The last time this happened was 21 March, and this is only the third day all year that didn't have someone shot.

Take a bow.

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Bad Timing

  • Immanuel Asare flew from Germany to the United States two months ago to help rebuild homes that were damaged by hurricanes in New Orleans.

    But then the 20-year-old took a side trip to Chicago, where in less than 48 hours a bullet ripped through his arm.

    He was walking with a friend in Bridgeport over the weekend when two cars pulled up, someone shouted slang he didn’t understand and at least five shots were fired as the two scrambled away.
Thank goodness someone is keeping Bridgeport safe from tourists coming in to spend money and spread the word about what a welcoming city Chicago is.

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Call Takers Assist Fetality

This isn't the first time we've heard about this...and we've experienced it firsthand once or twice:
  • Chicago police issued a community alert on Monday night to warn residents about a series of robberies that unfolded across the North Side on Sunday evening. But one Old Town resident says a 911 operator did not connect the dots between her boyfriend’s “suspicious person” call and the quickly unfolding robbery spree.

    [...]

    ....an Old town woman says her boyfriend got an earful when he called 911 to report four teenagers acting suspiciously in an alley near their home as the robberies were breaking out.

    “Four teens ran down the street yelling and acting suspiciously,” the woman said in an email. But when he gave those details to a 911 operator around the time of the third robbery, the call taker gave him a lecture instead of a police response.

    “The dispatcher told him, “Sir, running and yelling isn’t a crime,’ and she refused to send any officers,” the woman said.
Anyone want to guess why the call taker refused to send cops? We know they're supposed to get pertinent info, but the decision to expend police resources isn't theirs to make - it's the job of the street supervisors. You see, we don't have the luxury (and haven't had for decades) of that phrase we used to hear daily on the radio - "Fire Refused." Nowadays, the dispatchers say "Advise Fire."

Eight or nine time out of ten, a car is getting dispatched to everything and is the direct cause of backlogs. That one time out of ten it isn't is usually for anonymous third party complaints where no victim is on observed on scene or traffic complaints where the car is traveling fast enough to be out of District by the time it's dispatched.

But if OEMC would like to alter this policy properly and get the Department on board, especially in light of the consistent non-prosecution of violent crimes/felonies by Crimesha, we're willing to get behind their efforts.

UPDATE: Post clarified to differentiate between call takers and dispatchers

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Whoops

  • A Chicago police officer was taken to a hospital Tuesday afternoon after accidentally shooting himself during a drill at O’Hare International Airport.

    The officer was participating in a drill about 2:15 p.m. at an administrative building at O’Hare when his firearm accidentally discharged and struck him, according to Chicago Fire Department and police officials.
This is why training drills are usually done with either unloaded/flagged weapons or red-man plastic guns.

Get well soon.

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Lieutenants Made

Ten promotions made:


An early Christmas present.

UPDATE: Two administrative sergeants and a CAPS sergeant?

For "merit"?

Wow.

Save us Obi-wan Beck. You're our only hope.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

WTF?

The is no fucking excuse for this:
  • There’d better be an exodus of 1 from O’Hare after an absolutely cowardly act Sun morning of a fellow officer standing and watching 2 co-workers fighting for their lives with a homeless maniac in which even the taser didn’t work. Useless Mr “Too Many Cameras” do the right thing and leave, you are a disgrace. FOP please please FOIA the video of this fool and insist on discipline. The bad guy guy TKO’D an innocent women just walking to catch an early flight and tried to kill 2 policeman all the while a 3rd PO...watched!
  • Get well wishes to the 2 injured CPD P.O.’S at O’Hare from the 10-1 with the HIV positive lunatic Sun. As for the 3rd Officer who stood by and watched and did NOTHING and told the Supervisors, that he didn’t because, “there were too many cameras” just leave. The big question is where is the CR# ?
Someone should be at Callback tomorrow awaiting 30 pending.

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Nice Police Station Ed

Just three days ago, we posted about all the toilets in 005 were out of order. Guess what closed Monday? The entire lobby of the 005 District was shut down due to raw sewage seeping through the ceiling. We have a single picture of closed lobby, but we can't seem to upload it at the moment. We'll try again shortly.


Here's the picture finally.

So who's to blame for this? The Facilities Director retired abruptly a few months ago (Bonnie) and the guy currently running it is (A) not versed in actual facilities management and (B) hamstrung by backed-up work orders and other unions' work rules.

We don't know if this falls under "irony" or "epitome."

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Hey Look!

  • Mayor Lori Lightfoot agreed Monday to raise the annual aldermanic expense — from $97,000 to $122,000 — to appease aldermen demanding more staff for their ward offices and build support for her 2020 budget.

    Instead of budgeting $4.85 million for the annual aldermanic expense allowance, the city will spend $6.1 million — about a 26% increase. The additional $1.25 million will come from unspecified spending cuts and revenue increases, officials said, as the City Council’s Budget Committee approved the mayor’s $11.65 billion spending plan.
We've lived here well in excess of four decades and we can tell you with 100% accuracy that when anyone in city government says "revenue increases," check your wallet. Because they have no fucking idea where the money is going to come from. The west side isn't going to start buying city stickers, the south side isn't going to start paying parking tickets at a higher rate, and god only knows how many north side people are going to put their houses on the market next year.

And if you read the linked article, Groot's "hiring freeze" is obviously a joke with more than a few six-figure starting salaries included in her budget.

FOP, you taking notes?

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Save the Date

It's early next year, but a good cause:


(informational post only - comments closed here)

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Heads up From the Jail

A sheriff supervisor writes to us:
  • ....I work in receiving.

    Today, my superintendent gave us the order going forward to send back and prisoner we find with contraband (dope, weapons, phones, etc.)

    Normally we just inventory the narcotics, and write a report.

    This change came because CPD admin contacted Sheriff admin, and wants to generate discipline against your coppers for not searching.

    So heads up to the arresting officers, lock up guys, and wagon guys our hands are tied due to the number of cameras in the jail. I don’t want money taken out of anyone’s pocket and this is bullshit.
This, of course, is a reversal of long-standing policy and it's put in place simply to fuck with CPD.

Does anyone know which dickhead in Administration came up with this crap? Because unless we're suddenly authorized to strip prisoners down to their underwear and perform cavity searches, each and every time we have to answer this bullshit, it's going to be that "the prisoner must have secreted the contraband in his/her (chose a bodily orifice) where R/O is not allowed to search."

Of course, if you don't arrest anyone, then you don't have to worry about this - once again, Fetal is Good!

Thanks to our friends at the Bridge.

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Exodus Beginning?

Let's see if the trickle becomes a flood:
  • OT...Deputy Chief Deveraux (PATROL) and Betts (CAPS) put in their papers, last day 15 December...it's starting, lets see who is next.....
Nagode is gone too if the rumors are correct, and someone says Riccio was seen packing boxes after Groot's vote of No Confidence in her command staff.

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We Hadn't Thought of This

Someone is a big thinker....and a heckuva shit-stirrer:
  • Don’t worry because there is talk that Beck will be staying on for some time. The Mayor is trying to see how to keep him on as Director of Public Safety. He will be in charge of CPD, CFD and OEMC. She can eliminate the $260k of the Super, $200 of the cfd commissioner and the $175 of the Director of OEMC.
Now that would be something, and we're chagrined we hadn't thought of it especially in light of the PSHQ designation for 35th and Michigan rolled out in the not-to-distant past.

Is there any actual ordinance against it?

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Seventy-four Percent

That's the percentage of deadlines Special Ed and Groot have missed for the Consent Decree:
  • The city of Chicago failed to meet most of its deadlines and obligations for enacting court-ordered police reforms during the first months of the lengthy process of overhauling the Chicago Police Department, according to a court report filed Friday.

    The first progress report from former federal prosecutor Maggie Hickey says the city missed 37 of its 50 deadlines during the first six months of implementing a consent decree, a court order calling for changes to training, supervision and the way cops use force, among other areas.

    The decree contains 577 paragraphs that contain some requirement for the city in the coming years, and Hickey’s first report examined the 67 that held mandates for the first six months of the order. As of Aug. 31, the city had not complied with 52 of those paragraphs, she found.
Among the missed targets?
  • For example, she wrote that the Police Department had drafted a training bulletin on foot pursuits — which have often led to uses of force — but failed to “incorporate best practices from other jurisdictions.”

    Hickey also found problems with the department’s policy on whistleblowing, writing that it failed to mention protecting officers who report misconduct from retaliation. The city’s disciplinary officials also failed to create sufficient plans to train their investigators, she found.
We can't really bring ourselves to care much. They'll come up with "training." We will all go to the "training." The city will claim everyone is "trained." This will extend far beyond the scope of our careers here. The police will still the whipping boys and girls of the politicos. media and "community."

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Sounds Familiar

  • Explosions in Malmö, which is home to several no go zone migrant ghettos, are becoming commonplace, with the city suffering three blasts in the space of just 24 hours earlier this month.

    An alarming 29 per cent of residents in Malmö say they have been victims of of crimes against an individual. According to Wilhelm Agrell, professor of intelligence analysis at Lund University, the situation is so dire that it threatens the power monopoly of the Swedish state.

    The vast majority of the unrest is driven by rival drug gangs made up of second and third generation immigrants.

    Instead of taking bold measures to fight the gangs, Malmö police invited 12 gang leaders, 9 of whom turned up, to have a friendly chat over some pizza. The gang leaders were told that they were “most at risk of being injured or killed,” a sympathetic message which suggested police cared more about their welfare than that of their victims.
There was an article the other day that said Sweden was averaging three grenade attacks PER DAY. That is disturbing to say the least. But to follow Chicago's lead on inviting gang leaders to "meetings" and Dart's pizza idea, well....

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Weed Lottery

  • Long before the lottery to determine which marijuana dispensary companies would get to sell recreational pot in Chicago next year, the room in City Hall was packed, with business owners, company reps and executives filling every seat.

    [...] Though Mayor Lori Lightfoot has preached equity, the crowd was not diverse. It was an overwhelmingly white and male group decked out in business suits, casual sweaters with their company logos embroidered into the front, and hoodies representing elite Catholic high schools.
And guess who isn't happy?
  • As it all unfolded, Black Caucus Chairman Ald. Jason Ervin, 28th, stood at the front of the room, surveying the process and silently taking it all in. Not all of the people crowded in the room, taking copious notes and whispering to their team members, were actual dispensary owners.

    But with the exception of a few women and two African Americans in the room, most of the representatives for marijuana businesses were white and male, Ervin pointed out.

    “I wanted to see for myself how many applicants and where they were deciding to cite their locations. And it proved what I thought: Our communities are going to get left behind,” he said. “This will probably generate a billion dollars’ worth of sales in the city. With no African American participation, I just think that’s a problem that needs to be addressed.”
We'll just leave that "participation" comment alone for now.

There are piles of money to be made in political contributions and kickbacks on the horizon and goodness knows how many future FBI investigations. It'd be a shame if Ervin didn't get his chance at the federal pen, especially with all of the current members of the Madigan cabal under sealed indictments.

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Good Chase

  • A man was shot to death Tuesday in Little Village on the Southwest Side.

    Frank Aguilar, 32, was walking about 11:30 p.m. in the 3700 block of West 32nd Street when someone in a gray SUV drove by and opened fire, Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

    He was shot in the chest and taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital, where he died, authorities said. Aguilar lived in West Englewood.
The victim was a nurse, walking with a laundry basket, and it seems the victim was a casualty of the usual drive-bys that pop up on the southwest side.

The car turned up in a pursuit Friday:
  • Two people were arrested Friday after leading police on a chase in a vehicle wanted in connection with a fatal shooting earlier this week in Little Village.

    The pursuit started about 11:47 p.m. in the 2300 block of South Sawyer Avenue in Little Village, Chicago police said. Illinois State Police saw the vehicle at 11:52 p.m. in the southbound lanes of Interstate 94 at 47th Street, according to a statement.

    The vehicle crashed into another vehicle at 75th Street and Lafayette Avenue, and the driver and passenger were taken into custody for questioning a block away near 75th and Perry Avenue, authorities said.
The article isn't clear who was chasing - it seems like ISP picked it up - but this would be one of only two instances we'd agree with continuing pursuit, the other being someone who shot at cops.

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Swiping Exemptions

Interesting:


We also have an extensive database outlining the weekly swiping compliance from every single unit in the Department (via an FOIA request) and it's amusing, especially after someone said that everyone at HQ swipes in every single day, without fail and no one ever misses a swipe out.

Anyone have a specific unit in mind?

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Go 020!!!

This is why Groot wants all those teams west or south....and the house mice on the street:

  • 011: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx(lots more x's)xxxxx (68)

    006: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (42)

    007: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (41)

    015: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (35)

    005: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (31)

    004: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (29)

    008: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (28)

    003: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (27)
    010: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (27)

    009: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (16)

    002: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (15)
    012: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (15)
    025: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (15)

    022: xxxxxxxxxxxx (12)

    014: xxxxxxx (7)
    016: xxxxxxx (7)
    024: xxxxxxx (7)

    017: xxxxx (5)

    018: xxxx (4)
    019: xxxx (4)

    001: xxx (3)

    020: (0)
Can someone explain 011? How any one serving as commander over the past six years is considered even remotely competent at their job? And promotable? West, un-indicted Johnson, who else?

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Gotta Pee?

You can't go in 005:
  • This morning as I walked into the mens locker room on the 2nd floor of 005/area south, I noticed a sign on the door that all toilets are out of order. I thought no way all 6 are out of order. So sure enough all 6 are out of order. There is only 1 other locker room with a toilet for men to utilize.
Is it too much to ask to have a couple of functional bathrooms in a Police Area where hundred of officers and detectives work on a daily basis?


In the meantime, might we suggest an increase in fiber for everyone working the far south side?

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Great Job Officers

  • Two Chicago police officers were hailed as heroes on Thursday, credited with saving a child from a burning car last week. Officers Ramon Curet and Raul Sandoval were working the night shift in the 15th District last Friday, when they got a call for a crash in the Austin neighborhood.

    Police said a Range Rover was heading west on Washington Boulevard around 3:10 a.m. on Friday when it struck a Toyota sedan that was headed north on Cicero Avenue. The Toyota flipped onto its roof, and caught fire.

    Two adults and three children –ages 10, 11, and 12 – were inside. Everyone was able to get out, except for one boy who was stuck in the backseat.  Officers Curet and Sandoval arrived a short time later. “There’s people around the car, saying that there’s someone still inside,” Sandoval said. Curet said Sandoval went into the car to cut the child’s seatbelt and get him out of the burning wreck.
Fantastic job Officers.

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All Hands on Deck! (UPDATE!)

Once again, someone downtown found an idea to be recycled:
  • Full duty personnel from HQ will be deployed to Districts (006,011,015 & 007 we assume) for 2nd Watch.
    This will be every Friday (starting 15 Nov) going forward IN AN ATTEMPT TO KEEP THE MURDERS UNDER 500 FOR THE YEAR! Not one original crime fighting idea in the supposed brain trust at HQ. What’s even more amusing (than watching HQ people squirm) is the order was sent out at 1430hrs with no details or assignments information. As of this email (1550hrs) NO ONE KNOWS JACK SHIT about where to assign [personnel] from HQ
We don't know what is going to be more shocking to the house mice:
  • the "community;"
  • the end of "casual Friday" at HQ;
  • or the swipe-in, swipe-out full tour on a Friday 
Are they going to handle paper jobs or just sit on hot spots?

By the way - the HeyJackass.com count (which is the ONLY number that's even close to being based in reality) stands at 456.

UPDATE: Are all these HQ people being issued a camera? Because god forbid they get into something hairy and suddenly, there isn't any footage to help explain what happened. After the new year, they'll all be back in their spots and Patrol will be bearing the brunt of any protests that might occur because everything is "a cover-up" when video doesn't exist.

And even when it does, actually.

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Another Domino?

  • Illinois Senate President John Cullerton on Thursday told his Democratic colleagues that he plans to retire in January.

    The Senate President’s office did not immediately confirm his retirement. But Senate Democrats said Cullerton, 70, made the announcement during a Senate Democratic caucus on Thursday, the final day of the veto session.

    Cullerton and his wife had discussed plans for his retirement for the last several years, his office said.

    The announcement comes as two Senate Democrats are embroiled in federal investigations — and the Chicago Democrat has come under fire for his handling of those investigations. Cullerton in August declined to say whether federal prosecutors have contacted him, when asked by the Sun-Times.
We'd be willing to bet substantial amounts of money that if Cullerton was asked that same question again and compelled to answer, it would be in the affirmative.

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Groot Said What Now?

  • A day after accusing Uber of offering to pay off a group of black ministers to get them to oppose her proposed $40 million rideshare tax hike, Mayor Lori Lightfoot changed her tune somewhat, saying the rideshare giant offered tens of millions in “investments” as part of a “divide and conquer strategy.”

    “My understanding, as I said yesterday, is that they offered up $54 million in, I’ll put in air quotes ‘investments,’” Lightfoot said Thursday morning. “They’re trying to divide and conquer, and pit one group against another. We’ve seen that happen historically in Chicago. We’re not going to tolerate that.”

    A day earlier, Lightfoot left reporters at City Hall stunned when she accused Uber of offering black ministers a payoff to help get the mayor to back off her plan to increase the congestion tax the city charges to rideshare services.
Not as stunned as Chicago taxpayers would be if they had to foot the bill for a lawsuit. Anyone know if a company has ever successfully sued a politician for intentional falsehoods?

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Sergeant Executive Development

What's this now?
  • How come nothing's been said about the sgt's executive development program? Sounds like a way to justify merit lt spots to the connected ones. 8 weeks spent being "mentored" by other merit picks. If Beck ends this now I'll give him a chance at turning this place around. If not, it'll be same old shit
So is this to "legitimize" future "merit" picks? Is everyone going to get a shot at it?

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Great Rumor

Every good rumor has a bit of truth to it - a hook to get everyone believing it:
  • From a very well placed source, expect “Black Friday” to be a massive purge of bosses late in the day. The headlines will be about shopping and nobody pays attention on a Sat. The dump list is supposed to be massive and expect loads of big bosses to be busted down and banished to the opposite sides of the city from their residence. Beck will have to take the heat temporarily then just be...gone. Bank on it.
We like this rumor. It ties in with the speculation that Beck is here as a hatchet man and that Groot is finally fed up with the Department brass lying to her constantly. If she'd open her eyes to reality, she'd see that decades of "merit" promoting relatives, the connected and the pin cushions, has left the Department wholly un-functional.

Her bringing in an outsider hints at some sort of awareness, though how much no one is sure. Start looking for resignations before demotions.

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Ask and Ye Shall Receive

In the comments earlier yesterday:
  • Anonymous said... Shit...watch bids are due tomorrow, and these jackasses refuse to tell us what the start times will be. That's beyond incompetence, that's intentional.
And late Wednesday, the previously released draft has become the new policy (click for larger versions):



The FOP promptly filed an unfair labor practice.

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Did They Get Madigan?

  • Federal authorities recorded phone calls of one of House Speaker Michael Madigan’s closest confidants as part of the burgeoning investigation into ComEd’s lobbying practices, two sources with knowledge of the probe told the Chicago Tribune.

    Recordings of phone conversations involving Michael McClain, who lobbied for ComEd and parent company Exelon before retiring in 2016, are part of the expansive probe that has rocked the Springfield political establishment over the past several months, the sources said.

    One of the sources said the recordings were made as a result of an FBI wiretap on McClain’s cellphone.
While we doubt that the feds actually got Madigan on tape (he's too wily), they are hammering on the inner circle. Is there any sort of charge for "constructive bribery" or "constructive extortion"? Something involving a RICO charge perhaps? Because with all of these indictments of the people surrounding Madigan, it's only a short hop to believing Madigan must have had direct knowledge of what was going on. How could he not?

And yes, knowledge isn't proof (and certainly not proof beyond a reasonable doubt). But Madigan might be in a position to be forced out or convinced not to run.

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Another Bright Groot Idea

  • Arguing that Chicago’s cannabis enforcement laws have “disproportionately impacted” communities of color, Mayor Lori Lightfoot wants to end the city’s practice of impounding vehicles found with marijuana inside and dramatically reduce fines for those caught using pot in public.

    Even after Jan. 1, when adult use of pot is legalized statewide, people will continue to be fined for consuming marijuana in places where public use is not allowed or transporting unsealed cannabis in a vehicle or school bus.

    But the new ground rules Lightfoot plans to introduce at Wednesday’s City Council meeting would establish a far more lenient approach to enforcement.
Driving while buzzed still qualifies as a DUI and CPD still (so far) impounds for DUI's. Are we entering a new era where those who drive high are getting a bigger play than those who drive intoxicated?

And once again, where is Groot going to find the money to fill the next big gap in the budget? For years, the City has been increasing fines and penalties to feed the growing government monster. Now Groot is singing from the "social justice" handbook without even suggesting cutting services that are/were paid for with these fines and penalties.

There are economic realities at work here Groot. Start paying attention.

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Bow and Arrow Attacks

  • Authorities on Tuesday arrested a man suspected of firing arrows that injured two homeless men along the San Francisco Bay Trail in Richmond over the weekend, East Bay Regional Park District Police confirmed.

    Working with additional law enforcement agencies, the East Bay Regional Park District Police Department arrested 22-year-old unsheltered Albany resident Addae Preciado in connection with the attack that happened Saturday.
An "unsheltered resident"? That's hilarious.

The lower rungs of society reverting to bows and arrows though? That sounds like "cultural appropriation" of some sort.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Charlie Beck's Los Angeles

  • A California woman claims she was assaulted by a homeless man who pulled her out of her car, dragged her into the middle of the street and poured a bucket of hot feces on her head.

    Heidi Van Tassell described the disgusting incident to Fox News on Tuesday.

    She said she was getting into her car after grabbing dinner with some friends near the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles when a 6'2" man, who appeared to be homeless, attacked her a few months ago.
Some of the poop must have penetrated her brain though - get this:
  • The man who attacked her was identified in court records as Jere Blessings, a transient with "schizophrenia and psychotic disorders." Blessings was charged with battery and taken to jail.

    Van Tassell, though, said Blessings would be better off under psychiatric care.

    "He doesn't need jail time," she said. "He needs mental-health care. I have empathy for him because he needs help."  Blessings was found unfit to stand trial and released back on the streets, she said.
So he's out walking around, saving up more shit-in-a-bucket no doubt, ready to pour it over another lib-tarded victim in the near future.

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Falling Behind

This Department hasn't operated efficiently in forty of fifty years. They expect miracles now?
  • Chicago police officials in charge of implementing an array of court-ordered reforms in the department admit their first progress report, due to be released this month, will likely leave something to be desired.

    Their response: We’re committed to the process and we’re working on it.
Might this be part of the reason Groot doesn't trust the current crop of exempts to implement the Decree?
  • The report will examine the department’s progress in the development of a new use of force policy, its work to engage the community in the reform process and in training for officers as part of reforms the consent decree orders, among others.
Well, the Department is about to finish training each and every supervisor in which pronouns to use in today's politically charged atmosphere. At least, that what it says on paper. That's certainly an effective use of police resources, right?

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Chopping Block?

Call us when it's written down on paper:
  • Anonymous said.... I’m hearing from my little moles at HQ that they are seriously thinking of moving 025 commander for life Escamerit to 016 as captain. The thought process here is they will ding him a little with the demotion but they will also bring “experience” of a 4 year commander who, not of his own doing mind you, over saw steady crime reductions each year.
Every hour this ass stays in his spot is a slap to everyone who plays by the rules. Escamerit ought to have been in jail on at least two occasions and to our knowledge, remains
  • the only exempt who was taken out of a District in handcuffs as a PO, yet still got three different "merit" promotions;
  • and the only exempt who, after being recommended for firing, kept his spot.
We don't know what dirt he's got on the politicians, but it must be extra dirty.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Breathing?

We're going to do what now?
  • Anonymous said...

    New York is done. Now it’s the west coast. These clowns will come in, make money, bring in their friends, screw CPD up even more, then leave. Wait until you have to take the stupid 4 hour breathing class next year. It’s in development right now, some asshat from L.A. is using CPD for her thesis.
We've been compelled to complete surveys for outside entities and we don't doubt that some person used them to write a doctoral thesis of some sort. For that reason, we always answer these things as poorly and sarcastically as possible. If we don't have to use our PC number to log in.....well, let your imagination run wild.

We're also hearing rumblings of some sort of "pursuit training" that's on someone's desk in an effort to reduce or even eliminate city liability for chases that go bad. In that case, the blog and its readers have been light years ahead of the curve telling everyone to knock it off, because guess who is going to paying out of pocket if the city can show an officer disregarded training?

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016 Again

  • Four men were stabbed, one fatally, and another man beaten Monday after an argument over a damaged car in Portage Park on the Northwest Side.

    They were walking to their parked car about 2:04 a.m. in the 5300 block of West Irving Park Avenue when another vehicle struck it, according to preliminary information from Chicago police. The men got into an argument with the male who hit the car.

    The male, who had a knife, got out of his vehicle possibly with another male, police said. The fight turned physical, and four men were stabbed. A fifth man who was with the group was punched in the face.
Four-versus-one (maybe two). Three critical, one dead, most with torso/chest wounds.

That is a dangerous person. That is also why we shoot people with knives.

(don't mention 011, don't mention 011. Last time we did that.....)

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Start 'em Early

This isn't exactly a new thing - gypsies were doing it long ago:
  • Organized shoplifting teams, some taking advantage of children who appeared to be no more than 10-years-old, struck retailers repeatedly this weekend in the Loop, Magnificent Mile, and Lincoln Park, according to police reports.

    One crew pepper-sprayed a retail worker. Last Wednesday, another theft team slammed a store employee’s head into a glass merchandise case.

    Retailers are dealing with a wave of organized shoplifting teams that frequently use juveniles to do their dirty work. North Side locations of Forever 21, H&M, Ulta Beauty, DSW, Patagonia, and Burlington have been struck repeatedly — sometimes twice within hours.
And guess who isn't prosecuting shoplifting cases unless it's something like "greater than $1,000" and "ten previous convictions"?

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Veterans Day


Thank you to all who have, are or will serve.

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Does This Mean Anything?

  • When Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced his support for a plan for the state to combine roughly 650 suburban and Downstate police and fire pension funds last month, the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police criticized the state for having the “worst in the nation” track record of managing public pensions.

    On Friday, the police union — which represents more than 34,000 active duty and retired police officers — changed its tune, signaling that lawmakers can get the ball rolling on the plan next week during the final days of the fall veto session.

    House Deputy Majority Leader Greg Harris, D-Chicago, on Friday said he anticipates movement on the pension consolidation measure, pointing out that there have been good discussions with police groups who had initially opposed the proposal. One of their main concerns was about the composition of the governing boards.

    The plan would combine the pension funds to try to increase efficiency and lower costs — while also increasing pension benefits.

    The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police on Friday said the group now agrees in principle on proposed amendments that they requested to address some of their concerns.
Is FOP 7 along for the ride or what? The State Lodge has some authority over local lodges, yes?

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"Community" Pushback?

  • An activist warned newly announced Interim Police Superintendent Charlie Beck to expect “strong protests” from community members concerned about his previous tenure in Los Angeles as officials toured a number of police districts Saturday.

    [...]

    But as Beck begins to familiarize himself with the city, Black Lives Matter activists in Los Angeles have warned: “Take it from us, you don’t want him.”

    “Under Chief Beck, the Los Angeles Police Department became the most murderous police department in the nation with 45 officer-involved shootings and in-custody deaths in 2017. A title they continue to proudly hold,” the group wrote earlier this week.

    Local community activist Mark Carter, who spoke with reporters outside the Englewood District station, said he was opposed Beck’s appointment as interim police superintendent. “You mean to tell me you had to reach all the way to California and nobody here was good enough to be interim superintendent?” Carter said.
Well, to answer your question Mr. Carter, decades of so-called "merit" picks have lead to brain-drain and institutional stupidity as dumbasses nominate other dumbasses, corruptocrats and pin cushions, and you end up with quite possibly the least intelligent supervisory staff ever assembled.

It's not that they weren't good enough - they're just all dumb fucks.

But Beck making enemies of the #blm crowd makes us want to give him a chance. But it's a narrow window Charlie.

As an aside, we can't believe we're going to be allowed to murder people again - it's been so long!

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No Kidding Doc

Shouldn't this have been addressed by the Legislature back when everyone saw dollar signs?
  • Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said Friday she’s concerned about a surge in marijuana use among young people when recreational weed becomes legal on Jan. 1 — and the time to start preparing for it is now.

    “All substances — marijuana included — have major impacts on brains that are still developing. And brains are still developing up until ... the age of 25,” Arwady said.

    “Our big focus, as it’s been for tobacco, is going to be on youth and making sure that kids, their families, their teachers, their pediatricians understand some of the risks.”

    Arwady said she was on a call with the Chicago Public Schools this week about education campaigns and school services that must be put in place in case there’s a surge of CPS students showing up at school high — or, even worse, driving after smoking or ingesting marijuana products.
The more scientists test and monitor long term weed usage, the worse it seems to be, especially among the younger segments of society. Hopefully, the studies showing weed smokers end up sterile have some truth to them.

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Quotas Again?

Some people just shouldn't be promoted:
  • A certain [011 District] 3rd watch LT BUTT-ler is demanding we produce activity on fixed post (our clueless commanders favorite), demanding activity for officers who have seniority and are seasoned and have assigned beat cars, and if anyone who wants to keep their partners better start bringing in numbers.

    The punishment will be partners broken up, officers pulled from their beats (some have handled the same ones for years), and moved about where needed despite some having the same start times since Evans was commander.

    Meanwhile the commander wants certain areas patrolled more than others with numbers produced.....and its suprising these areas seem to have some relatives of his owning property, or some individual with aldermanic pull.
You have all these cops working in what is the biggest shithole in Chicago. Literally. You would have a hard time making the argument that anywhere else is worse in terms of crime for the past fifty years.
  • Why in God's name would you alienate these officers if you want any sort of numbers and activity from them? You fuck with their start times and partners they trust and guess where your numbers are headed?
Perhaps the lieutenant is a failure at inspiring the troops? Perchance the Commander is too focused on his next bump and protecting properties that he purchased under questionable circumstances during the Officer Next Door program?

Regardless, if the Lieutenant is demanding numbers and threatening punishment for failing to meet those numbers, he is certainly going to put these demands on paper so everyone knows exactly what is expected of the officers.

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

POWERFUL

The following is the family statement at the 04 November re-sentencing of Officer Brian Strouse's killer as read by his sister. This will be the only post tonight. Click the link at the bottom for the full statement - it is extensive. Take your time and read it all:

FAMILY STATEMENT

12,082 That’s the number of days Brian was alive. Most of those days were spent trying to make this world a better place.

1,583 days of being a decorated war veteran in the United States Marine Corp. Protecting the freedoms, rights, and safety of every United States citizen.

15806 His badge number for the 2,370 days that he spent as Chicago Police Officer saving others, and doing whatever he could to make this city safer. Making it a better place than it was the day before.

2 the number of bullets that you fired into him, that ended his life, and what started a new number for us.

6,701 days that we have had to live without him. Days replaced with the pain, and anger that brings us here, to this courtroom, again.

There isn’t a number that I could give you for the days we haven’t been able to share with him

Read more »

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Saturday, November 09, 2019

The Real Reason Beck is Here

Groot doesn't need a fill-in super. She needs a hatchet man who will follow orders:
  • LL is going with an outsider who has no connections to the Alder-thieves or Rev’s as interim Sup. He’s gonna do all the chopping at the top without any discussions, back door dealing or nepotism EXCEPT LL’s.

    Watch for two chiefs to be demoted or put in their papers tomorrow (Friday). One Chief to 1st Deputy in the coming weeks and another two retiring by the end of the year. We’ll have a new Chief of Patrol, BOD, OCD and D unit by 01 January 2020.

    Also, look for another former LAPD big wig that’s been working with CPD to be next Sup.
That would be the Malinowski character who's been setting up the Strategic Decision Support Centers (aka camera rooms) and working with the U of Chicago eggheads. He was Chief of Detectives in LA, so perhaps concentrating on the D-unit will be his big thing?

Certainly interesting times are approaching.

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Free Water!

When the city spends money oon construction, it gets bottom of the barrel results:



That's not a leak. That's a downpour inside the Annex at 18th and State.

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CPS Misstep

After a contentious strike, CPS makes a concerted effort to alienate the last of their supporters:


Christmas break and summer vacations are (in many cases) already planned and set. Airline tickets are purchased and hotel reservations made.

But it was "for the children" remember?

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Friday, November 08, 2019

Lost Comments

We had a computer crash overnight and lost about 40 comments between 1800 and 2100 hours. If you don't see your comments, it's gone to the big internet graveyard in the sky. Sorry about that.

(comments closed here)

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Our Offer, Once Again

Back in December of 2015, while Rahm was plotting to draft Special Ed into a spot he didn't apply for, we made an offer that would have (A) saved Rahm a shitload of money, (B) brought a level of professionalism to the Department unseen in decades and (C) been a bunch of fun for everyone:
We humbly offer our services to the Chicago Police Department as Superintendent of Police.
  • We have an opinion on just about everything (see our written works);
  • We support the rule of law, the Rights of all, and the Constitution;
  • We're pretty damn smart;
  • We use words like "integrity" and "diversity" and actually know what they mean;
  • We don't tolerate fools.
And rather than waste everyone's time pretending the Police Board actually "reads" the massive amounts of essays and such that will be submitted, we offer the following:
  • We will take the job for a guaranteed 3 years time frame - no ifs ands or buts. An option for an additional two years upon mutual agreement. All money will be paid in advance because we don't trust Rahm's accounting practices. This will be in contract form, vetted by legal experts of our choosing from out-of-state.
  • We shall accept a salary of $1 less than the mayor, because you shouldn't make more than your boss.
  • We will receive in writing, signed by the Police Board and mayor, a blanket exoneration of all CR's from the beginning of our term of office and retroactively backward regarding any and all complaints about the blog. We know there are a few, including IAD's illegal First Amendment investigation into Constitutionally guaranteed Free Speech during our off-duty hours. The former lieutenant (now commander) who initiated will be publicly caned with a rod made out of rolled-up facsimiles of the Constitution. This item is non-negotiable.
  • We will guarantee a first-year savings in operational costs of no less than $15 million dollars.
  • Carte Blanche in appointing our command staff - that means no input from the mayor, the aldercreatures, the Machine (city or county or Springfield), the "revrunds," the media, the ACLU (and other legal entities) or the feds. We will vouch for their ability and integrity. And believe us, our picks will be far superior to anything currently serving in an exempt capacity.
It's the only solution. You have our e-mail. We await your letter.
Seriously Groot - what have you got to lose? And caning Barb West with rolled up copies of the Constitution would still be awesome.

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Wow. Just Wow (Rumor)

Someone asked why the Department kept extending the deadline to pay the fee for hte Sergeant's Exam. This would appear to answer that question:
  • SCC, you know who in years past, we'd have tens of thousands of people signing up for the entrance exam, and how it fell off to less than 2,000 people per test three or four times a year?

    Well, after weeks to register and two separate deadlines to pay your fee, a grand total of 875 (+/- a few) people are properly registered for the upcoming sergeant exam.

    That's it. They've made the spot so undesirable that no one wants it.
875? And the lists usually last until around 450 people get promoted.

Someone has to track this one down, because this is a disaster if true.

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Bad Idea Groot

  • Former Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck will be announced as the interim Chicago police superintendent on Friday, sources said. Beck is flying into Chicago and will be introduced at a press conference Friday, sources said.

    Beck only plans to serve in the role for as long as needed while officials undertake a nationwide search for a new permanent chief. The search is expected to take three to six months, sources said.
So why do we even have an exempt command staff if Groot can just summon in a 66-year-old former LAPD Chief with questionable material in his background such as:
  • promoting relatives, 
  • harassing subordinates, 
  • "forgetting" he signed a Contract purchasing at least one horse (at a profit) from his own daughter for the LAPD Mounted Unit?
We don't have enough corrupt CPD backgrounds, Groot has to import it now? He can't even serve in a sworn capacity being outside the age limit. Why even come here for a temp-job and have no one to trust or work with? What political fuckery is this?

Did everyone see the Sun Times list of potential replacements for Special Ed?
  • Melissa Staples - with the lowest homicide clearance rate in recorded history;
  • Eugene Williams - whose name appeared on all those e-mails Ferguson couldn't find regarding the Lie-tenant scandal;
  • Al Wysinger - who won a medal for shooting at (and missing) a fleeing suspect in the middle of a block party and whose wife went from "merit" pick in the low 1,000s to scoring #1 on the Lie-tenant test. Not just #1, but supposedly with a perfect 100% score;
  • Barb West - nicknamed "Pillows" for the sleeping device she brought to her midnight shift and former IAD head who ran at least one illegal First Amendment investigations regarding the blog involving extensive surveillance of an innocent party;
And that's just the CPD insiders.

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Buh Bye Now

  • “Rahm Emanuel saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself,” Johnson said Thursday.
Yeah, a patsy and someone willing to sell out his reputation.
  • “My glass is always three-fourths full. I choose to focus on the positive things,” he said. “I’m so at peace with things, mentally.”
Bad word choice there Ed - we have to ask, what was the glass full of?

And this wasn't in the article, but at the presser, Ed said he retires with his "integrity intact" while:
  • his wife, who cheated more qualified people out of lieutenant bars via the Eugene Williams study group, stands next to him;
  • and the suspension of all Power Testing at the Academy while his son went through;
  • and the current whereabouts of CD after she fell out of a chair;
That's some great "integrity."

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Chopper Chase?

We don't know how much better we can explain it, but now the helicopter is involved with this crap?
  • Someone explain the concept of "Fetal" to PH2 will ya. In 011 this morning 7 November, PH2 spots a car "driving erratically" (This is 011...that's the way they drive!) Beat car gets assigned the job(?) PH2 telling everyone where to go. Teams, etc. pile onto this job(?) because of course, driving erratically warrants such excessive police response... Car chase, accident (Get your lawyer ready) Hospital detail downing even more officers. I put question mark in parentheses because it shouldn't even had been a Job, it should have been "For officer information" not playing air-dispatcher.

    Some dudes in custody, PH2 can't even identify "offenders" cause you know, they're... in a helicopter. All that for what?? A stolen car(cue sad clown noises)

    So you see, even if you want to mind your own business, work smart, stay out of trouble, answer jobs (radio was dead until PH2) and avoid questionable police actions, you got airborne supertroopers creating unnecessary work, drama and guaranteed headaches.

    Hey whoever pilots the PH'S, stick to being backup for officers chasing bad guys, you know, officers on the ground that CAN identify those they initiate chases on. 011 is busy enough without you creating shit from thin air. Btw, what's your desired court date?? Cause sure as shit, if I got assigned that mess, you'd be in box#1. I guess that was a little more exciting than just asking for "event numbers" from every job you fly over. High fives all around!!
Someone is going to be made an example of one of these days, and it probably won't be someone in a clout-heavy unit like the helicopter one. Stolen cars are PROPERTY CRIMES. Crimesha has said so, the bosses have said so, and you can bet Groot would agree, meaning that COPA will agree and you will be in the trick bag.

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Thursday, November 07, 2019

35th Street Spies

Working OT to get us completely unverifiable rumors for your reading pleasure:
  • “#FatHeadEd is dropping his papers on Friday. Coincidentally, his girlfriend/driver (CD) dropped her ass out-of-a-chair at HQ this week and went IOD (probably not to be seen/heard of again until she scores in the top of the Sgt’s exam-scam next year).”

    “#FatHeadEd is trying to put a little distance between his tenure as the Sup and when the IG releases the video PLUS pad his pension by getting in his papers by mid-November to get his COLA for next year. It doesn’t help that LL has been on his ass about that PERF report he sat on trying to protect himself (primarily), Riccio and Staples. Watch for them to follow him out the door. Rumor is Riccio was seen moving boxes outta his office this weekend. Of course  we, the backbone of the Department, still have more questions than answers #FatHeadEd!”

    “PS: LL has agreed to give him a month or so before she lets the IG release the video hoping it’ll be a non-story since he’s resigned.”
Looks like wholesale changes at the top with a large number of exempts fleeing the sinking ship and previously employed rats refusing to work for Groot. Fun times.

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Seriously Groot?

So if the rumor mill is correct, Groot has already offered the Superintendent spot to:
  • Leo "Woooooo!" Schmitz
  • Hiram Grau
  • John "Mr. Six" Escalante
And all have said, "No." Or "Hell No!" depending on who you believe.

So she's reaching out to the left coast:
  • But Mayor Lori Lightfoot is already working to write the next volume in the CPD annals. A source said she has reached out to retired LAPD Chief Charlie Beck about him taking the reigns as interim police superintendent in Chicago.
"...interim..."? So come relocate to Chicago, take the reins of a Department chronically understaffed, underfunded, directionless and adrift.....and by the way, you might not even get the top spot. Way to sell it Groot!

In Beck's defense, he is a handsome gentleman:


And he would fit right in with Chicago-style politics - by blatantly lying to enrich his family:
  • Seeking to cool a simmering controversy days before a civilian panel decides whether he can keep his job, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck issued a statement late Wednesday night acknowledging he signed off on the department's purchase of a horse from his daughter. He said he was "mistaken" when he said earlier this week that he had nothing to do with the transaction.

    "I reviewed the file and realized that I had signed the L.A. Police Foundation's Grant Request after the donation had been evaluated and approved by the Office of Special Operations," Beck said. "I now realize that my comments were mistaken."

    The foundation, a private LAPD support group, donated $6,000 to the department for the purchase of the horse. Beck has maintained subordinates handled the details of the deal, and that he did not influence their decision to obtain the horse.
  • ....a veteran police captain sued the city, alleging she suffered retribution for accusing the department of doctoring crime statistics to downplay violent crime in the city.
This must be "Reform - Groot Style!"

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Screw You Peasants

  • At a time when she’s trying desperately to get more police officers on the street, Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Wednesday defended her decision to continue security details for former Mayors Richard M. Daley and Rahm Emanuel.

    The Chicago Tribune reported this week that Daley and Emanuel continue to receive bodyguard protection; no such policy exists for former mayors in Los Angeles, Houston, Phoenix, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas and San Jose.

    Philadelphia has a unit protecting former mayors and dignitaries as needed. But officers are not permanently assigned to former mayors, the newspaper reported.

    Lightfoot said the decision to continue taxpayer-funded bodyguards for the former mayors was made after the Chicago Police Department conducted a “security threat assessment” for Daley and Emanuel.
It's all buzzwords and bullshit and a waste of taxpayer money for thieves who made millions via crooked connections. And they still work behind the scenes attempting to strip commoners (who can't afford security details) from being able to defend themselves.

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It's That Tasty!

What was assumed to be an "urban legend" has taken on a life of its own:
  • Fights have erupted all over the place with the reintroduction of the Popeyes chicken sandwich, and one altercation left a 28-year-old man dead.

    The man waiting in line at Popeyes in Prince George's County, Maryland Monday night was involved in an altercation when either someone cut in front of him or he cut in front of someone else. They started fighting and it ended outside the chicken joint with the 28-year-old getting stabbed. He died at the hospital.
Regular citizens just assumed coppers made up the story about "turkey leg murders" as some sort of racist trope, but here it is. The linked article above has a couple of stories and at least one video.

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Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Anouncement Set for Friday?

The Tribune is going to have to come up with another $100 for the Chaplains seeing as how they stole the mayoral bodyguard story from us....and now this one:
  • Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is expected to later this week announce he will retire as the city’s top cop, sources said.

    His departure would be announced as city Inspector General Joseph Ferguson continues to investigate an incident into police officers finding Johnson asleep in his car last month after he had a few drinks earlier in that evening.

    The disclosure about his future comes a day after he told reporters at City Hall he was contemplating retirement but insisted he wasn’t stepping down because of the ongoing inspector general investigation.
Sure Ed. Keep telling the media that.

Expect the resignation to come just before the "investigation" is set to be released, so that there can be additional "delays" in releasing the video. After all, if it's merely administrative in nature (rather than criminal) then there's no need for the public to see the video and by golly, you'll just have to FOIA the tape and we'll get back to you in a year or two.

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Tribune Steals Blog Idea Again

  • Like other big-city mayors, Lori Lightfoot receives around-the-clock police protection.

    But Chicago may be unique in providing a police detail to former mayors, sometimes long after they’ve left office.

    More than eight years after Richard M. Daley walked out of City Hall for the last time as its chief executive, the Chicago Police Department continues to provide him with a taxpayer-funded security detail.

    Police also have assigned a detail to Rahm Emanuel, who left office nearly six months ago.
Which our readers have pointed out on a near-daily basis.

In this era of municipal belt-tightening, should taxpayer money be wasted on millionaires who are more than capable of providing for their own security?

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Trooper Hurt

  • An Illinois State Trooper was dragged by a car Monday during a traffic stop on I-294 in the north suburbs.

    Two state troopers were conducting a traffic stop about 8:45 p.m. on the expressway near Golf Road in Glenview when a rear passenger jumped into the driver’s seat, Illinois State Police said in a statement. The person started driving while a trooper was partially in the vehicle, state police said.

    The trooper was dragged an unspecified distance before falling out of the vehicle, state police said. The car continued fleeing.
The article helpfully neglected to describe the vehicle or the offender lest he be caught and imprisoned.

The trooper is expected to recover.

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Booze-O the Clown

We aren't going to steal the CWB story, but here's a link to it and a quick summary:
  • An off-duty Chicago police officer struck an on-duty cop in the face while dressed as a clown on Halloween night in Boystown, according to prosecutors and the woman’s mugshot. The accused officer, who has two years on the force, is assigned to desk duty until an internal investigation is completed, according to a CPD spokesperson.
Go read it all and check out the mugshot. This should be on posters all over the place:
  • BE THE CHANGE!
Amazing.

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Blog Writes the News

  • Last weekend the 16th (Jefferson Park) Police District’s tactical team was detailed to the West Side, reportedly leaving the district without tactical officers on one of the evenings.

    A Chicago Police Department spokeswoman said that "it was a one-time event and not meant to be a permanent" detailing out.

    On Nov. 1 and 2, eight 16th District tactical officers and a sergeant were sent to work in the 11th (Harrison) District from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

    On Friday night, the 16th District was able to bring in four tactical officers who were paid overtime to work on their day off, but on Saturday evening there reportedly were no tactical officers working in the district.
Aldermen were unhappy:
  • Aldermen Nicholas Sposato (38th) said that he talked to the department on behalf of the seven aldermen whose wards are in the 16th District and told police officials that "we didn’t want it to happen again." He added that he was assured there were no plans to do so again.

    "It’s the first time it’s happened in a long time, (but) it’s absolutely not fair. … We have crime here, and we pay taxes," Alderman Anthony Napolitano (41st) said.

    "The 11th District has 411 officers to our 230 or 240, and now you’re pulling our resources and putting our tactical over there," Napolitano said. If the department needs more officers in the 11th District, it should be hiring more officers or paying overtime to existing officers in that district, he said.

    Alderman Jim Gardiner (45th) said that he raised the issue of the tactical team with Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson at a City Council hearing. "There is crime on the Northwest Side," Gardiner said. "You can’t start taking our tactical team."
Stop talking sense Aldermen. You'll scare people.

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Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Stop Teasing Ed

  • Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Monday he is giving serious consideration to retiring from his $260,044-a-year job, citing the toll the job he never sought has taken on his health and his family.

    “I love this job. I love this city. I have given 31 years now to this city and almost four as superintendent. But, I recognize also that, at some point, it’s time to create a different chapter in your life,” Johnson told reporters during a break at his third — and probably final — City Council budget hearing.

    “Former Mayor Rahm Emanuel probably said it best when he said, `These are jobs of a lifetime. But, they’re not jobs for a lifetime.’”
Especially when you get a job you never even applied for, forever mortgaging your soul to a nine-digit-midget. You were a great fall guy Special Ed, and a great foil for numerous jokes and asides we made at your expense.

You were not, however, a good superintendent. Not by a long shot.

A humorous take by the Tribune writers:
  • Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on Monday said he’s thinking about creating “another chapter” in his life, but insisted he’s not considering stepping down because of the ongoing investigation into police officers finding him asleep in his car last month.
Anyone who wasn't a useful tool to Groot would have been at callback a long time ago.

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Um.....

  • Thieves have stolen at least 12% of the city’s Divvy bike-share system’s fleet since April 2018, according to newly-released Department of Transportation (CDOT) data and adult arrest records compiled by CWBChicago. But the program’s losses have been cut substantially by Chicago police officers who have recovered hundreds of stolen taxpayer-owned bikes.

    An inventory this spring revealed that 401 of the Divvy system’s 6,200 bikes were missing, according to CDOT records provided to CWBChicago. And more than 300 stolen bikes have been returned to the company by police who found adults riding them throughout the city. Not included in the 12% theft rate are stolen Divvies that police found in possession of juveniles and bikes returned to the company after being found abandoned on city streets, yards, and alleys.
So the police are now an enforcement arm of Divvy / Lyft? And just how many successful prosecutions were there for bike thefts? We're better the number is awfully low.
  • At $1,200 per bike, the Divvy system has lost $481,000 to thieves since the last system inventory in October 2018.

    The Divvy system racks up a yearly operating loss of between $600,000 to $700,000, the Tribune reported this year. The $481,000 replacement cost for stolen bikes is in addition to those losses.
And how exactly are they staying in business with losses like those? Who's beaks are getting wet with this operation?

Along those same lines, who has the missing scooter totals?

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Let it Die Already

  • Aldermen from across the city are demanding that Mayor Lori Lightfoot restore cuts to a community policing program that once was a national model before being left to wither because of inadequate training, insufficient funding and incessant bureaucratic shuffling.

    Lightfoot’s proposed 2020 budget reduces spending for the Chicago Police Department’s Office of Community Policing by $381,936 — roughly 7%. Sixteen jobs will be eliminated, including 13 community organizers.

    First Deputy Police Superintendent Anthony Riccio tried to soften the blow, saying all 16 jobs are already vacant.

    Aldermen were not appeased.
Countless millions were wasted (and continue to be wasted) on this "model" that did very little - and believe us, we've been there since the beginning) and was more about lining pockets of connected persons and buy the votes of others.

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Monday, November 04, 2019

Resentencing

Cops needed to show up in court:
  • The murderer of PO Brian Strouse 15806 (012th District; EOW 30 June 2001) was originally convicted of 1st Degree Murder of a Chicago Police Officer and sentenced to life without parole in 2003. Changes in the law due to the murderers age at the time of the offense bring him back to court to be re sentenced. The murderer is being re sentenced on 4 November 2019 at 1330 hrs 26th & California Room 504 before Judge Flood. I'm asking that a strong Police presence attend court that afternoon and support the family of PO Strouse showing the Judge that we WILL NEVER FORGET!
Let's get a decent showing today.

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