Tuesday, June 30, 2020

"Extra" Cops

Meaning canceling at least one of everyone's days off for yet another failure of the political set to keep criminals behind bars where they belong:
  • After another jarring weekend of gun violence in Chicago left 18 people dead — including three children — and 47 others wounded, Chicago Police Supt. David Brown announced Monday that 1,200 additional officers will hit the streets for the historically violent Fourth of July weekend.

    Starting Thursday, the surge in officers will be deployed in “hotspots” for violence, according to Brown. Acknowledging “tired cops make mistakes,” he said every officer on duty over the weekend will get a day off.
Included in the press conference was this laugh line:
  • Along with extra patrols, the department also typically conducts a series of narcotics and gun raids just before holiday weekends. Department officials have said the goal of those raids is to ensure those most likely to be involved in violence — as either shooter or victim — are locked up over the holiday.
No doubt the Consent Decree monitor would be interested (along with numerous law firms and the Federal Courts) to hear that CPD locks up potential victims. But we can tell everyone reading that after the Department conducts these "raids," 99% of the arrestees don't miss the holiday. These things are just steaming piles of Civil Rights litigation.

We're going to set the over/under as follows:
  • From 0001 hours on 03 July all the way to 05 July 2359 hours:
  • 21 dead, 80 wounded - for a total of 101 casualties
We're hoping we're wrong, but we base it on the existing trend lines.


Eddie's Johnson

The video (or at least part of it) has been released - Groot must need the distraction:
  • The city of Chicago on Monday released records and body camera footage related to an October incident in which then-police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was found asleep at the wheel, which led Mayor Lori Lightfoot to angrily fire him.

    But Lightfoot’s administration is declining to release Inspector General Joe Ferguson’s report on the matter, despite having pushed the City Council to approve a law allowing certain IG reports of high public interest to be released.

    The ordinance backed by the mayor last fall would have allowed the corporation counsel to decide whether to release IG investigation reports in cases that involve a death or that are “or may be” a felony, and are “of a compelling public interest.”

    Kathleen Fieweger, the Law Department’s spokeswoman, defended withholding the report on Johnson, disputing that there’s any conduct that may have been a felony.
Trading knob-jobs for advancement is not a felony it seems. Just business-as-usual in Chicago.


Send in SWAT

It's coming:

Sooner than you think.


Captains List (UPDATES)

There's going to be some openings shortly when all the exempts start retiring under the old terms of the PBPA contract. Here's what's waiting in the wings:

A lot of political favors being paid off with these promotions.

UPDATE: Who put this together? The He-Man Women Haters Club?

Does Brownie realize who the mayor is?

UPDATE: Media notices the stunning lack of diversity:
  • The latest class of Chicago Police Department lieutenants hand-picked to go through training in order to be considered for promotion to captain is getting a close look by those dedicated to diversity.

    While two of the 15 lieutenants are African-American and one is Hispanic, 13 of the 15 are white. Additionally, all 15 are men.

    According to the CPD, there are 159 lieutenants who have applied to be captains. The current 15 who will begin training come from that list.
And McCompStat makes an appearance:
  • Brown said that he is committed to diversity in all ranks of the department and he will have the final say on who gets promoted to captain.

    Former Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy told WGN he was shocked by the lack of diversity in the latest captains class selections. McCarthy expressed support for Brown.

    “I feel for David on a number of levels,” McCarthy said. “I’ve known him for 15 years, he’s wonderful but first, he walked into a pandemic. Second of all, going into the summer months as violence increases in Chicago, and third of all the riots that we had. He is competent. He will get it where it should be but it’s hard to do that walking in the door.”
If you believe Brown has ANY say whatsoever in this Department, you haven't been paying attention.


Anonymous Complaints

So the PBPA arbitration decision seems to go against State Law allowing anonymous complaints to be filed. There's some sort of process, but we're told by a few fans that the PBPA plans to sue once it clears the City Council.

In the meantime, is there anything preventing everyone reading to file two or three anonymous complaints against supervisors in their chain of command? Nonsense complaints to clog up the system - residency where it's obvious the supervisor goes home every night, smoking on duty for non-smokers, speeding or running red lights on their day off. Force COPA and IAD to investigate everything and overwhelm the system - Alinsky-type rules by making the City and the Department live with their stupidity.

It would be an amusing way to pass the summer.


Monday, June 29, 2020

Leadership Lessons?

  • Your lack of leadership on this important issue continues to fail the people you have sworn to protect. I am concerned it is another example of your lack of commitment to the vulnerable citizens who are victims of this violence and a lack of respect for the men and women in law enforcement.


    If you are interested, I am willing to ask members of my Cabinet to meet with you and help devise a plan to make Chicago safe, since a successful formula has escaped both you and your predecessors. My Administration would also welcome the opportunity to engage with you and your colleagues as you develop bipartisan policy recommendations to improve policing and make our great cities safer for all.
Rather than do the smart thing and let it be, Groot fell into another trap:
  • Lightfoot responded with a series of tweets late Friday. She said she stands with Pritzker and “I don’t need leadership lessons from Donald Trump.” I stand with @GovPritzker in providing for the safety and well-being of our residents.
Really? Let's just refresh everyone's memories:
  • Last weekend: 14 dead, 95 wounded
  • This weekend: 14 dead, 42 wounded (so far)
  • June: 83 dead, 444 wounded (so ar)
  • 2020: 328 dead, 1,388 wounded
So who exactly is Groot taking her "leadership lessons" from?
  • Idi Amin? Pol Pot? Stalin? Hitler? Mao?
Because we just aren't seeing any sort of leadership.

And Trump just got to cut a few more campaign commercials with Groot's body count.


How Tall Are You?

We've heard of some dumb reasons to shoot someone, but this is easily top ten:
  • Two teenage boys were shot to death after asking the suspect how tall he was when they were buying candy from a store.

    The incident occurred at approximately 5 p.m. on Saturday June 20 after three teenage boys went to a store in South Chicago to buy some candy and ended up having a brief encounter with 19-year-old Laroy Battle inside the establishment.

    “The victims were walking into the store, they saw Battle, he was standing in line while at the store and the victims commented that Battle, he was quite tall, and they asked him how tall he was and hoped to be that tall someday,” said Deputy Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan “Unfortunately, we will never even see the full growth of these poor children.”

    The three teenage boys then left the store and proceeded to walk home together when police say that Battle approached them and began shooting.
And surprise surprise:
  • Police said he had a previous conviction for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, for which he received probation.
Well, he's 19 now, so that previous conviction must have been in adult court seeing as how it was public knowledge. Another great job by the office of the perpetually offended Crimesha. Two more bodies added to her death count.

UPDATE: He's 6'3" or 6'4"  You can read the article and find out.

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Mayor Karen

A night out, and Groot just can't help herself:
  • Check out what Groot did tonight: while out having dinner on Rush St, she called Business Affairs and had them notify two other restaurants that they weren't social distancing enough. They were told that if they didn't voluntarily comply within 5 days, they could be fined $10k per day. What a miserable specimen.
Groot suffers from that all-to-common democrat affliction - "I know better than you." It's also called "Karen-ing" and unfortunately, in her position (short, angry mayor), she can actually cause businesses harm.

It's sad that while enjoying a rare night out (hopefully with good company), she can't take the time enjoy herself....and let others enjoy themselves, too. She has to interject herself into everyone else's life just in case they were having a good time and forgetting that she's the harridan who can ruin lives.

FU Groot.


Monday Outrage

We've been having a bit of fun at Crimesha's expense, making fun of everything that she's trying, has tried, or wishes she could ban because she "believes" it might mean something.

Someone suggested that we should make a post about Crimesha banning Eskimo Pies, a completely generic name of an ice cream bar. The humor is so droll - banning a frozen treat named after people who live in a frozen land. We push the limits of humor sometimes but there's no way anyone would fall for this one.

We mean, you'd have to be a complete and total dumbass to fall for that one. Can you even imagine?


New HeyJackass Category?

Someone suggested that the only approved source of mayhem statistics might add an additional category to their already extensive database:
  • Innocent bystanders killed and wounded
In light of recent weeks where the political class has ceded the streets to the lawless, the number of blameless victims suffering at the hands of Groot/Toni/Tommy/Kimmie voters has skyrocketed. Chicago can add yet another child, this time ten-year-old, to the body count:
  • A 10-year-old girl was killed by a stray bullet Saturday inside a Logan Square home. The girl was inside an apartment about 9:40 p.m. in the 3500 block of West Dickens Avenue when the bullet came through a window and struck her in the head, Chicago police said.

    Lina Nunez was taken to Stroger Hospital, where she was pronounced dead hours later, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Granted, there would have to be standards to this category, because we all know some kids put themselves in these situations. The one-year-old and the three-year-old appear to be collateral damage from existing feuds.

But this ten-year-old? Even that college kid the other night catching a stray round up north? These weren't muggings or robberies.

Maybe it's just too confusing, but the innocent deserve a bit more than being a statistic to a useless mayor and an even more useless states attorney.

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Sunday, June 28, 2020


Last Saturday in Austin - three year old child shot and killed.

Englewood Saturday - Hold my beer:
  • A 1-year-old boy was killed and his mother wounded in a shooting Saturday afternoon in Englewood.

    The 22-year-old mother and her child were driving home from a laundromat just after 2 p.m. on Halsted Street when another car pulled alongside them near 60th Street, police said. As the cars drove together, someone in the other vehicle fired seven to eight shots into the passenger’s side of the mother’s car, police said.

    The little boy was struck once in the chest as he sat in a rear car seat, and the mother suffered a graze wound to her head, according to police. The mother drove to nearby St. Bernard Hospital, where the child was pronounced dead, police said. The boy would have turned two in a few months.
As of 1800 hours, the weekend had already surpassed each of the past six years in total homicides with seven. The only year with more homicides was the infamous 2016....and that year only had eight. Chances are 2020 passes it (or has already passed it) before Sunday morning.

So the list of failures continues to include Groot, her hand-picked command staff, Prickwrinkle, Prickwrinkle's felon-releasing-puppet Foxx, Fart and "no bail is too small" Evans abetted by the media that refuses to report those making decisions that are leading to the killing of children.

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Sunday's Outrage

In order to start the week off on the correct Virtue Signaling foot, we call upon the Cook County to outlaw trees. Trees can be used by ne'er-do-wells to hang people from, and we can't have that since Crimesha "believes" that this happens on a near hourly basis in this country.

And seeing as how the Forest Preserve District of Cook County is the largest owner of trees that we are aware of, it would take little-to-no effort for Prickwrinkle to order them put to the torch and burned to the ground and make Crimesha a happy camper. She might then concentrate her efforts on actually convicting a criminal.


Seven Years Plus

For taking something less than a one-hundred grand?
  • A federal judge has sentenced corrupt Chicago Police Sgt. Xavier Elizondo to 87 months in prison, after the officer and his partner were convicted last year of lying to judges to obtain search warrants, and then stealing cash and drugs from the properties they searched.

    Last October, Elizondo and Officer David Salgado were found guilty on all counts following a trial on conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges.

    On Friday, U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly sentenced Elizondo to 87 months in prison. Salgado is scheduled to be sentenced next month.
And once again, a "merit" promotion. Is it about time to see who these imprisoned "merit" picks were kicking upstairs to when they got their promotions? Because "merit" promotions are jailed at a far higher rate than their counterparts and it's almost like they're picked solely for their ability to be corrupt.


Saturday, June 27, 2020

This Might Be Interesting

Of course, it's being run by a guy who couldn't locate any e-mails on a closed system and managed to parley that incompetence into a budget that doubled or tripled the size of his office:
  • Chicago’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has launched an investigation of the city’s preparations for protests that devolved into riots and looting on the weekend of May 30, according to documents provided to CWBChicago by a source.

    The examination of the city’s planning and performance was set into motion on June 10 when Inspector General Joseph Ferguson ordered the Chicago Police Department to preserve a wide array of records from between May 25 and June 8.

    A representative from the OIG’s office who met with the Fraternal Order of Police on Wednesday told the union the preservation request was designed to learn about the city’s protest planning, according to a summary of the meeting that was provided to CWBChicago.

    The OIG did not respond to a request for comment.
Why don't we just save Fergie some time - there was no plan. And the main reason is that Groot has spent the past year gutting the knowledge base of the Department by shunting qualifeid people into dead-end jobs (Georgas) and forcing others to retire or become so resentful, they wouldn't do a thing to make outsiders look good.

Exhibit A? Brownie has been bitching to numerous people that he can't pick any of his staff - can't even run interviews - and has basically been told that Groot runs the show along with a few civilian directors, like that Khan ass who begged Riccio to be allowed to carry a gun, but was denied numerous times. One might think that Brownie is smelling what the Groot is cooking, and it's deep-fried Southern Brownie-Ass for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Leading up to the 2012 NATO convention in Chicago, an alphabet soup of federal agencies worked with the police department to develop a plan for handling protests that were expected to include anarchists and extremist groups.

    It’s a plan that works so well, the city has pulled out the same playbook time after time to handle volatile protests downtown. Inexplicably, those proven plans were jettisoned by whoever is responsible for the city’s May 30 plan.

    The genius of the NATO strategy lies in its simplicity: use the city’s geography to contain protesters and prevent outsiders from intervening. Under the long-established plan, protesters have been allowed to march and congregate in the Loop. But police, supported by CPD’s flexible bicycle teams, never allowed the crowds to cross any of the Chicago River bridges.

    Protesters, contained by the river and the lake, marched in circles while flanked by police. When small groups broke away from the pack, CPD bicycle teams would out-flank them and move them back to the herd.

    None of that happened on May 30 until it was too late.
Yeah, we pretty much asked these same questions the first night everything went to shit. But god forbid anyone listen to an anonymous blog with authors and readers who have been serving since the 1960's and 70's.

Fergie is going to find a convenient scapegoat for Groot's meddling and gloss over her incompetent picks and decisions.


PBPA Arbitration

So the supervisors got some sort of Contract today via the arbitration process and they took some hosing from Groot:
  • Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Friday that the city had reached a deal that included several police reforms through arbitration in contract negotiations with the unions representing Chicago Police Department leadership.

    Those reforms include "allowing anonymous complaints to be investigated, ending the requirement of destroying disciplinary records, preventing the names of complainants from being disclosed to officers until they are interviewed" and others, Lightfoot's office said in a statement.

    Arbitrator George Roumell Jr.’s 106-page award sets terms for the city's next contract with three Policemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (PBPA) units that represent more than 1,500 sergeants, lieutenants and captains in the Chicago Police Department, Lightfoot said.
A couple of sergeant readers say that a bunch of this is spin by Groot:
  • The PBPA is going to sue the City after the Contract is ratified because the anonymous complaint portion runs contrary to the Sworn Affidavit portion of State Law. The City cannot make or enforce an agreement that is against the law. 
  • The requirement of destroying disciplinary records was awarded to Groot last week in a court decision that we referenced in a post.
  • The preventing names of complainants confuses us...
Anyone ever read a Court Complaint? Where it says something like "...duly sworn under oath...." Court proceedings do not go forward without a signed complaint. The complaint itself is an attested document by means of the Officer's witnessing it - we are all Deputy Clerks of the Court for a reason, and this is it. How is any supervisor (or officer) supposed to address the Complaint without the full picture, reports, documents, etc? They can't, which is why court cases are nolled all the time, and we predict a lot of the same with "investigations."

By the way, the canard about how having a name attached to a complaint is somehow "chilling," we will remind all readers that as far as our research shows, at no time since the Sworn Affidavit was put into place, has any Officer been accused of intimidating or harassing a complainant. The criminal penalties are more than enough to deter this sort of behavior.

The retiree health care went up to 3.5% and there were other housekeeping items attended to. Here's a basic overview (click to enlarge):

Groot is desperately trying to make this into a bigger deal than it is and faces an uphill battle to make the one "win" stick if the Courts follow the actual law as passed by the Legislature. This was a decision handed down - no sergeants, lieutenants or captains ever got a vote on these items.

Hopefully, the FOP learns a few lessons from this.

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Saturday's Outrage

As of today, we are declaring that the CFD cannot use hoses to put out fires.

Fire hoses were used to inflict horrible suffering on black citizens peacefully protesting throughout the south in the 50's and 60's. To avoid Crimesha "believing" that this "might" be something triggering to her delicate sensibilities, we are calling on the CFD to return to bucket-lines and enlisting citizens to assist them when manpower runs short.

It's the only proper thing to do.


Cray-Cray Time

The disintegration of Crimesha's office is accelerating:
  • On June 19, 2020, Foxx conducted a voice conference with all the investigators of the SAO. This was a mandatory meeting that included the chief, commanders and all sergeants. According to various investigators, the meeting focused on jubeelee day. Foxx gave a speech to informed all the investigators the importance of This day. She also provided a history lesson on jubeelee day. Foxx when on to say how much Black people have been mistreated by whites. During this meeting, Fox encouraged several white investigators to apologize for their white privilege which they did.

    According to various investigators, they were shocked that this type of meeting was being conducted. Former state’s attorney Anita Alvarez, never forced any employee to attend a Latino history meeting nor did Richard Divine or any other previous state’s attorney. what foxx did was completely wrong and illegal. This meeting was a official meeting.
Until someone in the office actually complains and files the proper reports, nothing is going to change.

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Englewood Autonomous Zone?

First we're hearing of this one:
  • So, I don't know if you heard, but apparently in 007 the 6100 block of Aberdeen has declared itself a sovereign nation. For the past few days they have been partying nonstop and have gone as far as blocking the street with their cars. They refuse to let any police in and the legend himself, Larry Snelling, has conceded and thrown in the white flag. He says not to go in unless a person is shot, so, in other words just let them have it.

    Morale is at an all time low and coppers don't know what recourse to take anymore. This is just like CHAZ in Seattle. Ask around and you'll see they've lost all control in 007.

    Maybe Commander Larry "earned not given" Snelling needs to check down in the fleshy patch where his balls used to be? Rumor has it the community members were even dancing on his car and he did nothing to stop them. Where's his supreme tactical skills now?
So....true or exaggerated?

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Thirty Day Trend

The media is doing a great job giving Groot some breathing room. They spout off about weekend shootings, but then pretend there aren't any during the week. HeyJackass.com is far better at this, with trends are graphs and actual counts.

Take a look at the running thirty day total that encompassed last weekend (click for larger version or visit HeyJackass.com):

That's 100+ dead....in thirty days. And does any intelligent person think those numbers are trending anywhere but upwards?

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Three Hour FOP Meeting

We had a couple people at the meeting sending us updates. We aren't looking to steal their thunder, and most of the readers should have unit reps out there spreading info, but we received info on a couple of on-going sagas covered here:
  • The "popcorn scandal" will be dying out slowly as it was discovered that a connected lieutenant pulled the squad from a post near 57th and the Dan Ryan to protect Booby's office. There might be some verbal reprimands for the actual popcorn and coffee usage;
  • The officer who was communicating using sign language will be SPARred as there is ample precedent that this is not a fire-able offense.
  • Groot is pleading "poor" and "broke" as predicted here. She's also demanding the FOP be a "partner" in negotiations, failing to note that it has been her negotiators who have been blowing off meetings and demanding unilateral disarmament by the FOP. Hopefully, the FOP has been keeping a scrapbook of the millions that Groot has been discovering for her pet programs.
There's more. Lots more. We're sure comments will be forthcoming. And everyone should talk with their unit reps to reopen lines of communication that have been sorely lacking in recent years.

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Friday's Outrage

As of today, we are calling on Supernintendo Brownie and the Uniform Committee to outlaw ties throughout the Chicago Police Department.

After all, Crimesha "believes" that ties "might" be something related to lynching from sixty or seventy years ago. It is therefore incumbent upon the leadership of this Department to assuage the mental anguish and strain - seeing as how little brainpower she has to spare - and outlaw ties.

Even the clip-on variety because you just can't tell.



This doesn't instill any sort of confidence in the school system she's in charge of, does it?
  • This announcement by CPS CEO Dr. Janice Jackson comes 4 days after she announced on her Instagram acct that her son will be attending St. Ignatius for high school.

    Well, she can afford the $13K-$18K tuition at Igs with her $250K salary.
Maybe everyone should take a second look at those school vouchers that would allow other equally smart (but not financially blessed) to attend schools formerly considered out-of-reach.


Shotspotter Shut Down Yet?

That time of year where the company takes itself offline because it is overwhelmed by fireworks and the filters aren't able to tell the difference.

And speaking of fireworks, has anyone noticed a giant uptick in Fireworks calls? In fact, the "Juneteenth" celebrations seem to have started in late April, continued through the COVID lockdown, and are still building to the 04 July weekend.

We can't recall seeing so much debris in the streets pre-Fourth ever. And you know what it brings to mind? Massive lost taxing opportunities lost to Indiana and Wisconsin. The sales tax alone for fireworks would have paid for all of the police overtime since 31 May.

But Illinois politicians never saw a monetary opportunity they couldn't screw up.


Old Tactic is New Again

  • The chief of the Tampa Police Department says his officers were "ambushed" early Saturday morning.

    TPD Chief Brian Dugan says officers were called to the intersection of 15th Street N and 26th Avenue E for a report of shots fired with a possible victim.

    He says when officers arrived, hundreds of people had all four intersections completely blocked, and as they attempted to locate a victim, the crowd became aggressive.

    As officers took one person into custody, the crowd surrounded officers and threw glass bottles, while several subjects jumped on one of the officer’s cars.

    “There were hundreds of them. Hundreds. We ended up having to call every single police officer that was available that night to respond there, from New Tampa to South Tampa,” Dugan said.
No one turned up shot, so the working theory is that the call was made to draw the cops into the neighborhood with the sole purpose of ambushing them.

Some of our retired readers might remember this from the turbulent sixties.


Thursday, June 25, 2020

Hey Crimesha?

Here's another reason you're incompetent at your job and every intelligent being calls you out on it. This is your First Assistant State's Attorney, right?

That says that ALL cases where a curfew was the Probable Cause are to be dismissed - even when the resultant charge from a COMPLETELY LEGAL STOP is a FELONY.

Once again, she has discounted an ordinance passed by a legislative body as not good enough for prosecution.

You own this Crimesha. And you own your nickname. These are minority communities suffering at your hands from your decisions not to prosecute FELONY charges.

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What Fucking Morons

  • Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx has ended a tradition among prosecutors in her office she believes might be based on racism and lynching.

    For decades, to celebrate a prosecutor’s first guilty verdict from a jury, their necktie would be cut off and placed on an office wall along with a manila folder inked with the names of the prosecutor and defendant. Female attorneys would often cut off a piece of their pantyhose, as was the case with Foxx in 2009.

    “I had my pantyhose cut when I did my first jury trial years ago. I never thought about where the tradition came from; had not really thought about it at all other than, ‘This is a rite of passage in the office,” she told the Chicago Sun-Times on Tuesday.

    It wasn’t until after she was sworn in as state’s attorney in 2016 that she learned it might be based on a tradition in the South when lynchings of black men were common.
Maybe we're just too educated to get it, but wouldn't cutting a necktie release someone from strangling? It's a harmless tradition THAT SHE PARTICIPATED IN...until some namby-pamby who probably doesn't like wearing a tie and looking professional decided this was his chance to score some Virtue Signalling points. Current and retired ASA's ripped her decision, based solely on contrived ignorance. No need to look for facts - she "believes" it "might" be something, so she reacts as an ignoramus would act.

You can see the same thing in the statue toppling - abolitionists, educators, a President who Emancipated an enslaved race. Someone even attacked a statue of Stevie Ray Vaughn in Texas yesterday. There is no sane thought behind it. Look at the fake NASCAR incident the other day - It's a garage pull rope. You know how you make a rope easy to grab and utilize? You put a loop in it to grab. Look at San Francisco - exercise equipment, actually manufactured for exercise, is suddenly called a noose.

You know what Crimesha is starting to replace this tradition?
  • Pins. You get one if you win a case. In fact, you get one even if you don't win. You get a Participation Pin regardless of the outcome. That's going to inspire an entire generation of third and fourth tier legal eagles to go out and do their very best for the People of the State of Illinois, right? They get a pin just for showing up instead of fighting their hardest for a decent conviction and a tie on the wall.
How sad these lives must be to see racism and lynchings around every corner. Pretty soon we're all going to be wearing Velcro sneakers, because tying your shoes might make someone think of a lynching. Hanging clothes on the line might be "triggering" to the less educated who think that every clothesline is some sort of weapon. Bugles Corn Chips will be outlawed because if you put them on your fingers, Crimesha might think it's a white supremacist meeting in the palm of your hand.


04 July Schedule

More days off cancelled for no particular reason (click for larger version):

At first glance it looks like everyone loses a day off, with 66 and 61 getting the shaft on 04 July.

Do any of the assholes in charge realize that you only get certain holidays two or three times in a ten year span? And when you get one - because everyone knows your days off a year in advance - you might make solid plans to see family you haven't seen in quite a while?

We guess we're supposed to be thankful we even get a single day off?

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Fergie Fishing (UPDATE)

Now Brownie is asking officers not to erase any Department business they may have conducted on personal devices (phones, computers, etc.) as Fergie expands his fishing expedition:

This is Fergie fishing for info. Without a warrant and without any standing. Get bent.

We would assume that any info we accessed is stored alongside the Lieutenant Testing scandal e-mails that Ferguson couldn't find. The ones that list how much group members had to pay for the answers and testing material. The material that was left on the copy machine on the fifth floor. And the list of names who were approved to be in a certain room off-hours at HQ to meet with Gene Williams.

UPDATE: The Contrarian rakes Fergie over the coals in a lengthy piece.

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Board of Ed Vote

  • A vote by a deeply divided Chicago Board of Education to end its contract with the Chicago Police Department has failed, split along gender lines.

    The $33 million agreement pays for police officers who are stationed in schools. Students protested the board vote last year, accusing the district of turning schools into miniature police stations, but the pressure has been even greater following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

    The board was heavily split on the matter, with three members — Elizabeth Todd-Breland, Luisiana Melendez and Amy Rome — voting in favor of ending the police contract, while Board President Miguel del Valle, Vice President Sendhil Revuluri and members Dwayne Truss and Lucino Sotelo voted to keep police in schools.

    Despite vocal opposition to having the resource officers in CPS buildings — including from many students, parents and educators — the mayor and schools chief have spoken in favor of maintaining the officers but continuing to give local school councils the choice.

    Currently, 144 officers are assigned in pairs to 72 schools. There are another 48 mobile school officers and 22 sergeants.
The obvious answer is that the four votes don't want to face the political fallout when schools become uninhabitable for the good kids along with the three or four hundred teachers who would resign instantly should their last modicum of safety was removed. That makes them reasonably intelligent....for public school employees that is.


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

FOP Prez Lobs a Bomb

  • Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara on Wednesday called Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s bluff — saying if she’s serious about making disciplinary changes to the police contract, she’ll eliminate the requirement that Chicago Police officers live in the city and give them the right to strike.

    One proposed disciplinary change would allow anonymous complaints — without a sworn affidavit.

    “If they want to get rid of the [sworn] affidavit, then take the residency requirement out of the frickin’ contract and also take the no-strike clause out of our contract and then, let’s see how serious you really are. Give us the same ability that teachers have and give us the ability to live outside the city and then we’ll entertain the conversation about getting rid of the affidavit,” Catanzara told the Sun-Times.
This is a good move. There's no way Groot is going to allow either of those - and one of them is against State Law anyway - but it shows Groot isn't serious about finding any sort of middle ground. It's her way or the highway....and she can go fuck herself sideways with that sort of attitude.

Perhaps he should have addressed this nonsense at the same time?
  • The City Council’s Black Caucus has threatened to block ratification of any police contract that continues to make it “easy for officers to lie” by giving them 24 hours before providing a statement after a shooting and also prohibits anonymous complaints (by requiring sworn affidavits) and allows officers to change statements after reviewing video.
As we've stated here and elsewhere, the FBI gets 72 hours. And it's well established Constitutional Law to be able to confront accusers - that's why the State Legislature codified the Sworn Affidavit into law. Just because democrat politicians spend their entire lives pissing all over the oaths they took doesn't mean that everyone gets to do it without consequences.

Groot is not a serious partner. We've know this for years. Now she's proving it once again. Arbitration isn't far away.


Imaginary Blue Flu Text

We were accused of overreacting and stoking panic when we said this was Groot's endgame a week or so ago. Anyone want to bet against us today?
  • Along with a spike in violence in Chicago this past weekend comes with a new push by members of the police union to get officers on the street to stand down – and even stay home.

    As CBS 2 Political "Investigator" [...] reported Monday night, it all started with a text message.

    The text told officers not to volunteer to work on days off, to limit arrests, and to call in sick to make a statement to Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the City Council about how much officers are needed.

    The bottom line – it is calling for what is known as “blue flu.”

    The head of the Fraternal Order of Police is not denouncing the move. But the mayor calls it stupid.
There is no picture of the alleged text massage. There is no corroboration from multiple independent sources. Just a claim from SeeBS - a "news" organization that has been shown on numerous occasions to manufacture quotes, tweets, history, even entire Texas National Guard documentation for political ends.

Not volunteering to work days off in the current atmosphere is only intelligent.

As for the allegation that officers are being told to "limit arrests," those orders are coming from white shirts across the city in order to avoid (A) lawsuits, (B) use of force incidents and (C) making sure there are enough officers on the street to actual maintain some presence. That and the fact that Crimesha and Evans are releasing criminals as fast as they're arrested kind of limits the incentive to do anything remotely proactive.


Taking Flak = Over the Target

  • Professionally, it’s been “no secret that the [Fraternal Order of Police] has taken issue with me, and I think in a way that is felt beyond just my policy reform ideas,” the county’s top prosecutor said in an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times.

    “The hate mail that I’ve received – no one should ever read ‘Second City Cop’ if you want to maintain your belief in humanity,” she said, referring to a blogger she accused of “using racist rhetoric to describe me.”

    “It would be one thing to simply say, as they do, ‘oh, it’s a few bad apples,’ but the permissiveness of such language and rhetoric that is rooted in race, that is rooted in misogyny and their still, to this day, lack of apology for being in the company of, and feeling comfortable in the company of white supremacists who marched on my office — that has been jarring,” Foxx said.

    [...] The police union has been a regular critic of Foxx and her work, organizing a rally against her last year that saw members of the Proud Boys, the American Guard and the American Identity Movement attending. The Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled the Proud Boys and the American Guard hate groups.

    And Second City Cop, an anonymous blog run by a Chicago police officer that shares department rumors and commentary on local news, has been a vocal and insulting critic of Foxx.
That middle paragraph is amusing - change "white supremacists" to  "black panthers" or "antifa" or "anarchists" and you have today's democratic party in a nutshell. Anyone quoting the SPLC as anything but a lefty money laundering operation is ignorant in the extreme.

To be realistic, Foxx has been "a vocal an insulting critic" of police officers for years now, making up stories about her own interactions with cops, lying in court in order to drop cases, preparing as a defense attorney rather than the chief prosecutor. What she claims is "policy reform" is actually a progressive agenda that she didn't run on - she lied during her entire campaign. We've been realistically (and properly) critical of her unilaterally rewriting criminal law - usurping the job of the legislature - while the mainstream media remained silent.

And guess who pays for her daily incompetence? The minority community:
  • in terms of higher prices stores must charge for shoplifting,
  • in terms of property losses at the hands of burglars who don't do serious time
  • and in terms of bloodshed when shooters and murderers are relased on a completely dysfunctional "electronic monitoring," low bonds, early release and under-sentencing for serious felonies.
You might say that the only people doing their jobs in the criminal justice system are the cops - and these assholes are beating it out of them every single day.


Bad Week On Tap

It seems the weekend didn't end on Sunday night like most people assume it would:
  • Forty-one people were shot, six of them fatally, Monday in Chicago.

    The gun violence comes at the heels of an especially violent Father’s Day weekend, when 104 people were shot, 14 of them fatally citywide.
HeyJackass.com looks like it's going to have a busy week ahead. Chicago could seriously have 200 people shot this week.

Better pray for rain Brownie - so far, Friday and Saturday are looking dampish.

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Smollett II

Haven't seen much about that accusation by the president of the Police Board that he got beaten by cops with nightsticks during the first night of rioting. Not a single video has emerged, not a single eyewitness, probably because it's all made up, Smollett-style.

The head of the Police Board shouldn't be out at protests seeing as how he's supposed to be the head of an "impartial" panel sitting in judgement of cops. But then again, the head of the Police Board also shouldn't have been credibly accused of swindling the elderly either:
  • Ghian Foreman is Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s handpicked Police Board president and a prominent Chicago real estate developer. In 2005, he borrowed $50,000 from Karyn Usher’s mother to help finance a Bronzeville condominium project. The units sold but the Usher family has waited 13 years to be paid. “He owes this money and I want him to pay this money,” Usher says.

    Usher says her family was close with Foreman’s, the reason her then 73-year-old mother, Ann Marie Usher, entered into a legal limited partnership and loaned Foreman the money. “Mother had known them all her life and so she, of course, wanted to help Ghian,” Usher says. Foreman rehabbed the four condos and sold three for a total of more than $1 million. By 2007, he owned the fourth and final unit free and clear.

    Usher’s attorney says Foreman could’ve paid off the debt. “There were proceeds from these sales,” says Phyllis Price. “[But} Ms. Usher got not a dime.” Foreman acquired more properties through the years. His investment groups bought the well-known Schulze Bakery building for $3.1 million and a shuttered Chicago Public School for $325,000. He did this even as Usher took legal action to get her money back.

    Ann Marie Usher died at age 84 without ever seeing her investment returned.
Rahm appointed him in 2018 knowing that he was being sued by investors.

Groot kept him knowing the same thing - probably because it made him controllable.


Tuesday, June 23, 2020

We've Heard This Before

  • Chicago Police Supt. David Brown on Monday once again called for other criminal justice entities to give the CPD “a little bit of help” in combating gun violence after a weekend that saw more than 100 people shot and several children murdered.

    Brown said that the city’s violence was largely driven by violent felons who were released from jail too soon.

    “At the end of the day, our endgame strategy is to arrest violent felons, but if violent felons are getting right out of jail, we need cooperation and collaboration with other partners within the criminal justice system,” Brown said.

    Brown’s predecessor, Eddie Johnson, made the same plea on innumerable occasions during his 3 ½ years leading the CPD.

    Asked for specifics on what drove the weekend bloodshed, Brown said: “Gangs, guns and drugs and not enough time spent in jail for violent felons.”
And amusingly, the media tried to embarrass Groot:
  • When 10 people were killed and 39 others were shot over Memorial Day weekend, Mayor Lori Lightfoot condemned the “bloodbath” and called it a “fail” by her newly appointed police superintendent.

    On Monday, Lightfoot was asked what she would call a Father’s Day weekend that ended with 14 homicides that included children ages 3 and 13.

    The mayor never answered the question directly. Instead, she talked about the parts of the criminal justice “eco-system” sidelined during the coronavirus pandemic that are still not fully back online.
Sure, blame the feds (who only charge Federal crimes) instead of Prickwrinkle, Fart and Evans who are part of the Illinois Combine/Machine that have been running this city, county and state into the ground for nearly eighty years now.

So it's obvious now that Brownie doesn't have a plan, never had a plan and isn't likely to come up with a plan since he's letting Groot blame the feds for a local problem.

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Defunding Vote Wednesday

This is for the Officers in schools that the communist CTU is pushing - and guess who wants police to remain in the schools?
  • The divisive use of police officers embedded in schools lands before the Chicago Board of Education Wednesday, when there could be a vote on whether to end its $33 million contract with the Chicago Police Department.

    But that idea won’t come with an endorsement from the city’s schools chief.

    Shortly after Wednesday’s scheduled vote was made public, Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson and a group of principals spoke Monday on their belief in the importance of school resource officers. Mayor Lori Lightfoot has previously dismissed the idea of removing police from schools, despite a growing call.

    Jackson said she supports keeping the decision at the school level and understands the discomfort some students feel with police around.
You know who feels uncomfortable with cops in the schools? Criminal students.

And the CTU members who are sexually abusing students - hundreds of complaints every year, almost all un-investigated and almost all swept under the rug.

Hopefully, CPD is out of the schools this fall.


Re-taking Seattle?

  • Faced with growing pressure to crack down on an “occupied” protest zone following two weekend shootings, Seattle’s mayor said Monday that officials will move to wind down the blocks-long span of city streets taken over two weeks ago that President Donald Trump asserted is run by “anarchists.”
We would hope the union would recommend its members don't make a single move without two pieces of paper in the hands of every single officer:
  • A signed and notarized blanket Pardon from the governor
  • A signed and notarized blanket Pardon from the president
This would cover State and Federal charges that are certain to be raised at some point by politicos looking to score points. We doubt that everyone is going to go peacefully, and we all know every single incident of lawful force is going to be recorded, edited and misinterpreted for maximum propaganda purposes against law enforcement.

Actually, at this point it would probably be better if the National Guard went in and cleared out the armed insurrectionists.


"Scandal" Update

We imagine everyone noticed that Groot held an "emergency" press conference earlier this month to level accusations against officers regarding "Popcorn-gate" but didn't hold any sort of "emergency" presser to decry the on-going march to 100+ casualties during the weekend.

It's almost like she endorses the slaughter of minority children.

We hope that everyone has noticed the "scandal" has since dropped off the radar. That's because HQ discovered exactly who ordered the officers there to guard Booby's office, and you know that no one will hold an actual exempt member accountable.

That would be embarrassing to Groot and Booby.


Monday, June 22, 2020

The Butcher Bill (UPDATE)

UPDATE: Long time readers of the blog will know that we usually throw Updates at the bottom of the post so you can see what was written before we caught up with current events. In this case, we're going to put the Update up top, because it's almost too incredible to be believed:

UPDATE: One hundred and two? Are you fucking kidding us? When we went to work, it was at seventy-four (11 and 63.) We open up the paper this morning and it's at 14 dead, 88 wounded (HeyJackass has 14 and 95)

Now, we will note that HeyJackass uses a more liberal timeline than we do, counting some shootings as "overtime" since the conflicts obviously carry over from Sunday night into Monday mornings, but that has little effect on the final numbers.

2020's Father's Day Weekend is almost exactly the totals for 2017, 2018 and 2019....COMBINED.

The question now becomes does Brownie quit before 04 July, or does Groot fire his ass. Because his strategies obviously suck, the officers are exhausted and morale is in the toilet. Tripe digit weekends might be the "new normal" for Groot.

Stay tuned.

= = = = = = Original Post Below = = = = = = = 

Before moving on to the grim weekend numbers, we'd just like to congratulate the CPD:
  • Of the +/-80 persons suffering penetrating lead poisoning this weekend, the Chicago Police Department accounted for exactly ZERO of the total.
To this we say, "Defund the Police!"

Oh, and FU Groot.

And now to the story that made national headlines:
  • A 3-year-old boy was fatally wounded about two hours earlier when someone opened fire at his father while they were driving in Austin.

    The toddler, identified as Mekay James, was struck in the back about 6:25 p.m. when someone in a blue Honda pulled behind the black SUV the boy’s 27-year-old father was driving in the 600 block of North Central Avenue and fired several rounds, authorities said.

    A police source said the father was believed to be the intended target of the shooting.
The father is a known gang banger, felon and probable shooter in a few cases. He knew he was a target. You know why he had his kid in the car? Because he thought it made him less of a target....you know, a human shield. That gamble didn't work out. The three-year-old was just the youngest of multiple child juvenile victims - 13, 16 and 17 were some others who were killed. And not a single one by the police that everyone seems to hate and blame, evidence to the contrary notwithstanding.
  • eleven dead, sixty-three wounded as of 1930 hours Sunday
Three-hundred-one for the year and June isn't even over.

Is Brown gone after 04 July?

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Happy New Year!!!

Brown said he was going to shoot (pun intended) for under 300 murders this year. So either he's a liar and a fool....or it's 2021 already. Trust us, we're more than willing to put 2020 in the rearview mirror.

As of this writing, number 300 was on the board, and so was number 301, and there were still hours left, so the final tally may still climb.

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Time for Arbitration?

Anti-police "reporter" is laying the groundwork should Groot fail to "reform" the police Contract:
  • Four years ago, private citizen Lori Lightfoot led a task force that urged the city of Chicago to rewrite police union contracts to eliminate provisions that make it harder to discipline officers. Now, Mayor Lightfoot is under increasing pressure to make those changes a reality herself as protests triggered by George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis cops have renewed calls to eliminate some police protections here.

    At issue are clauses that allow officers to delay giving statements after shooting people, prevent the city from rewarding cops who blow the whistle on misconduct, and discourage people from filing complaints by generally requiring them to give their names.
We'll note that this is the one of the first times we've ever seen any reporter actually lay out which parts of the Contract the politicians want destroyed:
  • "delay giving statements" - we've stated this at least a dozen times before. We will gladly accept the rules the FBI  holds its agents to - the supposed gold standard - seventy-two hours. CPD allows a mere twenty-four, following one of the most traumatic event any human being can go through.
  • "prevent the city from rewarding cops who blow the whistle on misconduct" - we are unaware of any such "rule" and in fact, we can be charged administratively for not reporting misconduct. This is both fantasy and complete bullshit. As to a "reward," the City Council could pass an Ordinance tomorrow.
  • "discourage people from filing complaints" - this is part of the Sword Affidavit Law, passed in Springfield. It merely codified the legal ability to confront accusers guaranteed any citizen to also apply to police officers. Prior to this being passed, Officers could be accused of all sorts of malfeasance without the benefit of knowing the charges or circumstances and be expected to answer questions with perfect recall, even if the accusations were total bullshit. In the real world, we call this "slander" or "defamation" and there are civil remedies. If this was such an issue, wouldn't we have heard about Officers hunting down accusers and millions in city payouts? We can recall exactly ZERO complaints of this nature.
Precedent is actually our friend at the moment and Groot has an uphill battle due to her hardline stance on scapegoating cops and gutting protections. In fact, her recent moves against Officers flipping the bird, and the popcorn incident in Booby's office after being ordered to protect it, should only stiffen the resolve of the FOP to not budge an inch. The city (and Groot) have proven time and time again they are not be trusted.

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Second Guessing - Six Months Ago

  • A Fort Myers police officer was arrested after he failed to contact the Department of Children and Families in regards to a young child's safety, according to Fort Myers Police Chief Derrick Diggs.

    Officer Tyler Williams has been placed on unpaid administrative leave and could face internal charges with the department for violations.

    His arrest stems from a traffic stop on January 18, 2020 at Colonial and Solomon Boulevards. Officer Williams pulled over a car for speeding at 4:50 a.m.

    During this stop, it was the officer's duty to report information about a young child's safety, which put the child's welfare in jeopardy, according to Chief Diggs.
Yes, you are reading that correctly. The officer is facing an internal charge in June.....for a January incident....because a child died in February. This makes a lot of assumptions:
  • Officer discretion? Does it exist in Florida? Was the officer being an understanding human being and cutting the woman a break?
  • Did the woman pinky swear promise to put the child in a car seat? Isn't it her responsibility to ensure the safety of her child?
  • Does anyone really think that the Florida Department of Children and Family Services would investigate a seat belt complaint?
But some useless bureaucrat chief thinks he can second guess his officers five months or more after the fact? Fuck this jagoff.

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

There's No Place Like Home

Hey Brownie, you might need these later:

First day of summer yesterday.

It's all downhill from here.


Big Loss

  • Chicago’s police union can’t enforce a provision in its contract for destruction of misconduct records, the Supreme Court ruled on June 18.

    The Justices found public policy outweighed the provision, which required the city to destroy misconduct records after five years.

    “While parties are generally free to make their own contracts, this court has long held that when a conflict exists between a contract provision and state law, as it clearly does in this case, state law prevails,” wrote Justice Lloyd Karmeier.

    He based his doctrine on a common law notion that, “courts will not lend judicial power to the enforcement of private agreements that are immoral or illegal.”

    Chief Justice Anne Burke and Justices Rita Garman, Mary Jane Theis, Scott Neville, and Michael Burke concurred.
Remember, these provisions didn't erase sustained cases of misconduct. Those were preserved forever. The agreement was to destroy Unfounded and Not Sustained accusations, which is to say cases unsupported by facts, witnesses or evidence. There was and remains absolutely no purpose in keeping these files. They have been investigated and cleared. It's the same in criminal cases - you can't use unsubstantiated accusations or findings of innocence in other court proceedings.

So once again, against all convention wisdom, Police Officers have been placed under the Law that protects every other citizen.


Contrarian Rip Job

  • If ever a city hellbent on slipping down a pipeline to mob rule and corruption needed the help of Chicago, it is now.

    The anti-police narrative Chicago elites have cultivated to great success in attacking the foundations of justice in this city the last four decades is in danger of not holding in Atlanta, a city where a police force comprised of nearly 50-percent African American officers is walking off the job in response to the decision by hack prosecutor Paul Howard to gin up criminal charges against an officer in a fatal police shooting.

    Rayshard Brooks resisted arrest for drunk driving, assaulted two officers, stole one officer’s taser, fled, then pointed the taser at the officer in pursuit, Garrett Rolfe, who then fatally shot Brooks. If ever there was a text book example of justifiable use of force, the video of this shooting would be it. Nevertheless, Howard, in a speech reminiscent of the anti-police babble devoid of facts by Chicago’s own prosecutor, Kimberly Foxx, announced he was pursuing felony murder charges against Rolfe.

    Talk about a courageous public servant.
It only gets better from there. Go read it all.

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Good Suggestion

From a reader:
  • The guys must know this for their homes: A tenancy by the entirety is similar to a joint tenancy with the right of survivor-ship, but with a few additional characteristics: Whereas a joint tenancy with the right of survivor-ship can be severed by one owner, neither spouse can sever the tenancy by the entirety by selling an interest in the property.

    Use some of that OT money to protect themselves.

    In short, their home can not be sold off to satisfy a judgment against them since their spouse owns part of the house. I'm retired sergeant and a lawyer was at a meeting a long time explaining this, telling us that it was put in place to protect coppers. The guys at the PBPA may not remember this being so many new faces but find a good lawyer and have him explain it to you and the guys. Hopefully, they will never need it and the lawyer can explain it better then I can.

    Stay safe and may God watch over all of you.
No harm in being properly prepared.


Saturday, June 20, 2020

It's Over....Again

We don't know why cops aren't getting the message. You'd be an idiot to bet against this happening here:
  • Colorado Governor Jared Polis (D), a progressive, signed an omnibus reform bill into law on Friday to end qualified immunity for police officers in the state.

    “This is a long overdue moment of national reflection,” Polis said at the signing ceremony. “This is a meaningful, substantial reform bill.”
You can tell this is a big deal to the lefty media. Look how they define "qualified immunity:"
  • Qualified immunity for police officers was invented by the Supreme Court in the 1967 case of Pierson v. Ray in response to Civil Rights protesters who sued a Mississippi judge and several local police officers over their unjust arrest and imprisonment.
"invented." But point out that Health Care is not a Right or that Roe v Wade was "invented" and listen to them scream.

The Colorado law explicitly puts your assets (house, car, bank accounts, pensions, etc) in play for any lawsuit.

Can you imagine this in front of a Cook County jury?

You'd better.


Prickwrinkle Panders

Amusingly, she runs the branch of government that could do with the most cost cutting and defunding in Illinois, and the nation:
  • A day after Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle voiced support for defunding police, the County Board on Thursday advanced a measure resolving to “redirect money from the failed and racist systems of policing.”

    The resolution introduced by Commissioner Brandon Johnson isn’t expected to result in radical changes to the cash-strapped county’s budget for next year. But it is expected to guide discussions as it advances to the board’s Criminal Justice Committee, amid a growing nationwide push by activists for local governments to shift money away from law enforcement in favor of social services.
Every government function of Cook County, aside from the jail and courts, is redundant and covered by either Chicago or the surrounding suburbs. In fact, in the text of the non-binding resolution is this little gem:
  • WHEREAS, across the country, spending grows on traditional law enforcement and incarceration with no correlation to metrics of success such as clearance rates or sense of safety. For example, despite a 50% decrease in the number of people incarcerated in the Cook County Jail between 2013 and 2020, the Cook County Department of Corrections budget grew 26% over the same time period....
Our readers have been pointing this out for years. Sheriff Fart actually went after a couple of County bloggers for revealing his out-of-control spending and lawsuit payouts. And don't even get us started about the numerous members of the media and their families making six-figure salaries under Dart's reign of error.


How About a National Boycott?

The FOP really ought to get together on a national level and start keeping track of these corporations caving in to terrorists:

It is truly astounding the amount of corporate pandering....as if their stores weren't going to be looted the minute law and order breaks down.


Friday, June 19, 2020

What Matters Again?

  • Cook County prosecutors Wednesday dropped murder charges against a man who was accused of carrying out one of the deadliest shootings in Chicago in recent years.

    Maurice Harris, now 22, was charged in April 2017 with fatally shooting four people at a restaurant in South Shore. He’d been held without bail at the Cook County Jail since his arrest three years ago.

    Court records show that the charges against Harris — more than two dozen counts of murder, attempted murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm — were dropped at a hearing Wednesday.
The Slum Times gives his lawyers a platform to spout their bullshit, none of which passes any sort of muster. We happen to know a bunch of the people working this case and it was some damn good investigating.

In the meantime, four murders go unpunished and (no doubt here) this murderer is going to try to sue the City for wrongful arrest.

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Deadlines Missed - So What?

This "consent decree" bullshit is so much fluff. Check out this fine reporting:
  • The independent monitor overseeing the federal consent decree aimed at reforming the Chicago Police Department issued a new report Thursday showing that the city missed over 70% of its court-ordered deadlines in the latest reporting period.

    Monitor Maggie Hickey’s accounting of the second semiannual reporting period, which was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, found that only 22 of the 74 deadlines were met between Sept. 1 of last year and Feb. 29. In the first year of the consent decree, the city has met 35 deadlines and missed 89 others.
There's a couple pretty graphs showing how the City has failed to meet it's supposed obligations to the "consent" decree. The article continues:
  • Despite missing the deadlines, the Independent Monitoring Team found the city has complied with 48 paragraphs of the consent decree in the first year, as well as 13 foundational paragraphs that don’t have deadlines. In the most recent reporting period, the CPD met the underlying requirements for 20 of the paragraphs with deadlines in year one.

    Nevertheless, the city failed to comply with 81 paragraphs with first year deadlines.
Then there's a few more graphs. But is there a single mention of what these "paragraphs" contain? What metrics the City failed to achieve?
  • Nope. Not a single mention of what was missed.

    The city missed "81 paragraphs."
That's some top-notch ace reporting right there. It's obvious to anyone with an IQ greater than that of a fire hydrant that these "paragraphs" are just wasting millions in taxpayer money.

You know what "paragraphs" aren't being met? The ones that the FOP is asking be enforced - Officer wellness, mental health, proper staffing and being overworked to the point of exhaustion. Which is why the Slum Times is not reporting what is actually contained in the paragraphs.


Zoinks! Lefty v Lefty

  • In the latest back and forth between two fierce political rivals, Mayor Lori Lightfoot expressed outrage Thursday over a tweet by the Chicago Teachers Union that she called “clearly racist” and an example of a “right-wing” tactic.

    There’s no love lost between the mayor and the ultra-progressive CTU, which gave Lightfoot her first major political test with an 11-day teachers strike last fall, just months after her election.

    After months of accusations by the CTU that Lightfoot’s school policies are racist, the tables turned as the mayor accused the union of tweeting an offensive meme.

    The CTU tweet, posted Wednesday evening, is a play on the ending of many episodes of the mystery cartoon “Scooby-Doo,” when the characters on the show capture and unmask the villain. In this case, the meme reveals the villain is Lightfoot in a Chicago police officer’s uniform. She is tied up with a rope around her torso and surrounded by the show’s characters, who are all white.
It's a poorly executed meme at best. We have all sorts of doubts that Groot could even pass the psych test and/or the physical requirements to be an actual officer. Plus the amount of hate she harbors for white males would preclude her from wearing the mask of the oppressors. Furthermore, we believe that Spielman and Issa are 100% wrong to assume Scooby-Doo's race. In these trans-racial times, he (she/xe) has brown fur, which would make him (her/xyr) externally Hispanic despite bearing the name of a Nordic tribe and of Germanic origin.

As for the CTU being "crime fighters" and discovering the nefarious plans of a disguised Groot, the CTU leadership is full of commie morons and the teachers are useful idiots since they keep electing the same assholes to "represent" them. They couldn't discover who ate all the snacks in the Mystery Machine.

Here's the offending picture:

By the way, it's always a safe bet that if you're the only one hearing the racism dog whistle, that you are the racist and not those trying to just make a joke at your expense.

Hilarious Rumor

This would be great if true:
  • Just in from a friend in the Arlington Texas mayors office, Arlington in looking for a new Chief, guess who applied? Seems he wants to go home
Brownie seems to be realizing he's in over his head. The PAX 501 he put out hints at some desperation (please don't hate me) and it's going to be painfully obvious to everyone that he doesn't get to choose his own staff or First Deputy. He really isn't in control of anything and is nothing more than a stooge to a failing mayor. That isn't what people claiming to be Law Enforcement Professionals want to have on their resumes.

Plus, seeing him flee Chicago (along with the rest of the command staff) because of Groot would be such a kick in angry dwarf's teeth.


Thursday, June 18, 2020

Once More, Into the Breach

Supposedly, there was a call for volunteers to work their days off this weekend.

And also supposedly, there were quite a number of people stepping forward to do it. But not nearly enough for whatever plan is in place. This came out at 2345 hours last night:

After Atlanta, there shouldn't be a single volunteer.

The notice says "certain units" with no definition so far, which means there is no plan, just "Fuck your weekend plans, fuck your short weekend getaway, fuck your Father's Day."

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Atlanta PD Walks Out

If you've seen the video, you have seen the following:
  • A DUI of an initially compliant subject;
  • the subject ramps it up to 100 in a fraction of a second, fighting two officers and effectively keeping his hands free;
  • he disarms an officer of his taser - a less lethal weapon, but lethal in some cases. This is an incapacitation weapon, meaning the offender could upgrade to a gun;
  • he fires the taser, plain as day, on the video. If these are the new tasers, there's another shot ready to go, therefore immediate danger;
  • the officer fires and strikes the now armed assailant.
And for all of this, the officer is fired before the sun even came up and is facing a felony murder charge, for what under every single Use of Force model we can locate, and every Supreme Court decision we can look up,  is a justified shooting:
  • Prosecutors brought murder charges Wednesday against the white Atlanta police officer who shot Rayshard Brooks in the back, saying that the black man posed no threat when he was gunned down and that the officer kicked him and offered no medical treatment as he lay dying on the ground.
The prosecutor blindsided the investigating agency with charges before the investigation was even complete.

The prosecutor is also facing an investigation of his own for outright corruption, stealing $195,000 from a program for minority children, making this an obvious ploy to distract from his own thievery.

And tonight, the Atlanta Police Department walked out of at least two precincts, possibly as many as four:
  • The head of Atlanta’s police union confirmed Wednesday that officers from the Atlanta Police Department in Zones 3 and 6 walked off the job Wednesday afternoon.

    Vince Champion, southeast regional director of the International Brotherhood of Police officers, said that police officers had stopped answering calls midshift, in response to charges against Officer Garrett Rolfe who is accused of murdering Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta.

    “The union, we would never advocate this. We wouldn’t advocate a blue flu,” Champion said. “We don’t know the numbers. Apparently we’re learning that command staff are asking outlying counties for support and aren’t getting it.”
Atlanta PD is getting a huge reason to be fetal from here on out. Perhaps the citizens will vote some of these corrupt pandering fools out of office.


FOP Goes to Court

  • Chicago’s police union wants a federal judge to force the city to give its officers more time to rest while seeking help from other police departments — or even the Illinois National Guard — rather than continue to force its officers to work consecutive 12-hour shifts.

    Following up on a promise earlier this week to go to court over the long work hours, the Fraternal Order of Police on Wednesday took its complaint to U.S. District Judge Robert Dow, the judge who oversees the consent decree meant to govern police reform in Chicago.

    “Over the last three weeks, officers have been deployed for consecutive 12 hour days with all regular days off and furlough time canceled,” FOP lawyer Joel D’Alba wrote in a court filing. “They are exhausted and worn out from the constant exposure to citizen protests and need longer work breaks. The City of Chicago is not complying with the wellness, health and safety obligations of the consent decree.”
If there were actual expectations of even-handedness behind the "consent" decree, the people overseeing it would hold the city to the standards set forth in it. But we all know that the purpose isn't "reform." It's the outright handcuffing and destruction of the police department. And the enrichment of assorted law firms and retired judges to oversee the destruction.

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Judge Misses His Mark

We've heard of "hanging judges" before, but not judges throwing haymakers:
  • A retired Cook County judge took a swing at a protester Saturday during a confrontation steps from a statue of Christopher Columbus in Little Italy that hours earlier had been defaced with paint.

    Robert Bertucci, who oversaw both criminal and civil cases during his career, is seen in a video talking with a young male protester at Arrigo Park, 801 S. Loomis, when the encounter became heated. Bertucci, identified by multiple sources who viewed the video, then took a swing, but didn’t land a punch.

    Chicago police officers witnessed the entire encounter and immediately restrained Bertucci, but ultimately let him go, the video shows.
No victim, no complaints, no crime. Plus, most of these "protestors" are just antagonistic little pussies who never benefited from a good spanking.


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Groot's End Game

We are convinced that part of what Groot is doing, with these constant cancellings of days off when the weekend rolls around is to provoke some sort of job action (commonly referred to as a Blue Flu) and then go to friendly Cook County courts to declare the Contract null and void.

She isn't going to get the FOP to sit down to negotiate - she's (and Rahm) were skipping meetings for three years - it isn't going to happen now.

She isn't going to get "reform" in front of an arbitrator - they can only address issues that have been brought up in negotiations, and job protections were a non-starter with all FOP leadership.

Her only hope at this point, to get everything she wants and convince her voting base that she's the only one who can dismantle the CPD, is a court win throwing out the entire Contract due to an organized job action - something expressly forbidden in the Contract.

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Twelves Again??? (UPDATE)

This has to be some sort of Labor Law violation. Without an actual emergency, you can't just keep canceling days off when the weekend rolls around:

Anyone in Day Off Group 65 (midnight 66 we think) is working at least twenty-two days in a row without a break.

Anyone in a Sunday-Monday day off group (and there are hundreds of detectives, teams and others) will be working 28 days straight at a minimum, and most of those 12-on-12-off.

This isn't healthy. It's breaking people. There has already been one death most probably due to exhaustion and our birdies in Personnell tell us PAR forms to retire a miles ahead of last year, meaning big staff shortages on the horizon.

The FOP hand delivered a four page letter to Brownies Office yesterday outlining the Contractual steps and possible steps a lawsuit might take should this constant 12 hour schedule go forward. Looks like it's time to pull the trigger.

UPDATE: Fake? Or they're just waiting until 2345 hours Thursday night to cancel everyone's weekend plans like they did last week?


Tick Tock Brownie

Tick Tock:

That counter is over a day old by the way....it might be a bit low.

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Interesting Idea

If the FOP wants to really be a pain in Groot's ass, they ought to seriously look into this:
  • A new group appointed to review the Chicago Police Department’s use-of-force policy came under immediate fire Monday after its community co-chair referred to police officers as “psychopaths with guns.”
The FOP should demand that the city take one day notifications from drug testing unit random call-ins and instead, ask the officers to submit to a nationally recognized psychiatric test. Then when the results come back as "not psychotic," sue the shit out of this ignoramus.


This Made Us Chuckle

And lately, it's been pretty hard to find a laugh:
  • OT - "Big Ern" Cato put a blanket CR on the mounted unit. During the rioting in 011 he was screaming on the radio that the mounted units were just standing at the intersections and not actively engaging the rioters. When the chief arrived he explained that the blue traffic "horses" are design to block of streets and are not part of the mounted unit and are not to be ridden by police officers.
This pretty much captures the current Area 4 leadership in a nutshell.


Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Officer Wounded

  • A Chicago police officer was shot in the knee Monday night on the South Side.

    Around 6:30 p.m., officers tried to stop someone in the 5000 block of South King Drive in the Bronzeville neighborhood who was wanted for aggravated assault with a handgun on June 10 in the 5000 block of South Washington Park Court, Chicago police said. As officers approached, the person pulled out a gun and fired shots at the officers, hitting one in the right knee.

    The officer was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in good condition, police said.

    The officers did not fire shots during the incident, police said.
You know what we haven't seen? Any comment from City Hall decrying the violence against the police. We've had near daily attacks on the FOP by Groot, to the point of manufacturing a popcorn scandal, but pretty much not a single sincere comment even hinting that people should step back from the brink and perhaps just obey the law. You can tell that Groot wants a broken and demoralized police force.


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