Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Memorial Day OT Info

This was forwarded to us:
  • ...this is how the Department will pay our members if they have a day off on the Holiday:

    1. Officer's RDO and does not work the holiday
    2. Officer is NOT RDO and is working his regular day on a holiday
    3. Officer is RDO and voluntarily agrees to work his RDO on a holiday

    In each of these situations the officers will pick up the 8.5 hours of holiday time (books only).

    For officers who are RDO on Monday but don't work that is all they will get (the automatic 8.5 hours of comp time).

    For officer's who are not RDO but are working on Monday they get the normal holiday deal (8.5 hours C/E and 4.25 hours of which they can take in pay or put on the books).

    For officers who are RDO on Monday but volunteer to work, they would get the standard 8.5 C/E (books only) and then would get 12.75 hours. They can choose comp time or pay for the 12.75 hours.
The signature line was from the FOP Financial Secretary. It seems like a legit explanation for everyone arguing in the comments a few days back.

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Slight Misrepresentation

  • On a particularly violent Saturday this month, about a third of Chicago police officers had the day off.

    It happened on May 7, and it was the first time since 2004 that the department offered the detective’s promotional exam. In order to get promoted, rank-and-file cops had to take the test on “personal time."

    After a 12-year wait, they showed up en masse.

    In all, 3,039 of the department’s nearly 9,200 officers turned up to take the 12-hour test, an exam that stirred up complaints and a new bit of controversy related to how the Police Department handles promotional exams.

    Last week, a high-level city source upset about the city’s spike in murders and shootings called wanting me to find out “which genius” in the Police Department thought it was a good idea to schedule an all-day promotional exam on the first Saturday in May during an already violent year.
No idea where he came up with the 9,200 officers - we think it's closer to 8,000 since there are already 800 detectives and the other various D-2 ranks. And to be fair, a largish number of those showing up were already in Saturday/Sunday day off groups, another third were RDO anyway, many were midnight officers coming right from work, so they wouldn't have been on duty anyway, along with the third watch guys and gals who weren't scheduled to start until 1400 hours or later.

But we will agree that going from a two-day format to a single massive 14-hour-day-from-hell wasn't the best of options - but since when has Rahm cared about that? Or the beholden brass?
  • It's not fair to jump to any cause-and-effect conclusions related to the events that transpired on the street while 3,039 cops took time off to take a promotion test.

    There’s simply no way to determine if the spike in shootings and murders on test day (compared to the first Saturday in May 2015, which saw 14 shootings and no murders) was in any way related to the high percentage of officers who took the day off to take the detective’s test.

    Still, there is such a thing as common sense.
Actually, not that many people took off - as we explained above. But also, by union rules, any interested officer who wanted to take the test could not be denied the opportunity simply because they were working. Which again, in years past, was alleviated by having an AM and a PM session.

The reporter uses this as a run-up to that naughty word City Hall has been branding as verboten - "overtime." Some people were offered OT to work their day off to man the cars that would have been downed otherwise, kind of like that Memorial Day OT initiative?

Penny Wise, Pound Foolish. But that's politics.

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Traffic Review Board Follies

Anyone getting word about the massive number of "sustained" violations of procedure being handed out by the Traffic Review Board?
  • SCC, You might start a post on this. The Traffic Review Board is clearing out a backlog of cases and sustained every single one for violations. They aren't telling coppers what the actual violation is, just citing a procedural error. Most of them are coming back sustained as "Admonishment," but no one knows what all these "admonishments" are going to add up to in the future. The message is clear - if you initially chase for Traffic, you are going to be cited for a violation, no matter how minor. Stop chasing.

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Can't Hire Police

Even in Texas, where the police are generally viewed more positively:
  • Dallas is an attractive city, and its skyline one of the best in the world.

    But, apparently, it's not attractive when it comes to recruiting police officers.

    "It's getting to the point that it's critical," said Mike Mata, vice president of the Dallas Police Association, as the department struggles to hire.

    The last two academy classes have been canceled because there weren't enough applicants. News 8 has learned it may have to be canceled a third time.

    "When you are getting recruit classes that you aren't able to get 10 recruits in there it's not financially workable to carry that class through," Mata said.
Pay is the big issue - the starting salary is barely $45,000 while surrounding jurisdictions offer $10-15,000 more.

But this is a national phenomenon that should be getting more attention - no one wants this job at any price apparently.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Shootings 50% Higher

  • The number of people shot in Chicago is running 50 percent above this time last year as the city braces for the summer, traditionally its most violent period.

    So far this year, at least 1,382 people have been shot in Chicago and at least 244 of them have died of their wounds. Last year at this time, 904 people had been shot, 157 of them fatally.

    May already has seen summerlike gun violence. More people have been killed so far this month than in all of May 2015.

What did we say just three weeks ago? Don't hang your hat on that "decrease of the increases" in April - one month can make you look like a moron.

Hello HQ morons - are you getting the picture yet?

And there's still a week to go, including a holiday weekend - Rahm's offering time-and-one-half to everyone.

Anyone want to tell us a story? Something along the lines of "Once upon a time, there was a city where violence wasn't tolerated...."

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Paperless Department Coming

And by "paperless," we mean "CPD ran out of paper:"
  • Just wait...This in just in time for summer...

    The supply ordering system is changing again. Districts that used to spend say $1500/MONTH are being told their new budget will be about $1100/QUARTER.

    All stand-alone printers going away - they aren't buying more toner for them. Will have to use the xerox instead. Hope it doesn't go down on a long weekend, cause they won't pay premium rates to have it serviced on weekends.

    Apparently no one downtown ever had to get anyone to court and realize its 30 pages minimum per arrestee. That's only 16 arrestees per ream of paper. Or maybe the city will tell Tim Evans to print his own stuff - we'll give you 1 arrest report, original complaint, case, and a transportation copy.
We're seeing a whole lot of people missing court in the near future. You can't even get County to make their own copies of anything - you thing they're going to accept prisoners without paperwork?

RWOC - County refused.

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And Another Family Leaves

  • An Uptown couple looking for a Marine Drive parking spot with two kids sleeping in the back seat were fired on by a shadowy figure who emerged from between two cars and started shooting.

    There was no provocation from the couple, who sped away before checking on the kids in the back. No one was hurt, but the couple's car had a shattered driver's side window and two bullet holes, police said.

    The couple — a 30-year-old man and 29-year-old woman — was searching for parking spot at 10 p.m. May 7 near Buttercup Park.

    As they circled in the 4900 block of North McCutcheon Terrace, a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt stepped into the street and began firing at them.
Perfectly normal, right? Homeowners, taxpayers, get shot at just trying to park.


Nice Hood Rahm

  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s neighborhood CVS Pharmacy was robbed this weekend for at least the fourth time in 18 months.

    Employees at the 4051 N. Lincoln location called police around 2:40AM on Sunday after a man walked up to the counter, pulled out a knife, and took about $60 from the cash register, police said.

    The offender is described as a 40-year-old white man with dingy pants who stands about 5’8” tall and weighs about 190 pounds. He was last seen running across Damen toward Belle Plaine.

    Similarly-described offenders robbed the same store at knifepoint at 5:15AM on February 17, 2015, and at 4AM on July 24, 2015.

    The store was also robbed at gunpoint by a different offender on January 16, 2015.
Who'd want to live near this decaying neighborhood? First, all these robberies, and second, Rahm lives there.


Monday, May 23, 2016

Memorial Day OT

One week, we have Rahm and the bean-counters bemoaning the massive overtime bill being rung up by the Department - VRI, canceled days off for the teams, Michigan Avenue, etc.

Then yesterday, we see a notice in the CO Book for everyone who is Regualr Day Off the 27th, 28th, 29th or 30th to sign up and work your day off for time-and-one-half.

Could it be CPD is understaffed?


Cops Save People?

  • Two Chicago Police officers are being credited with saving a woman’s life early Sunday in the Belmont Gardens neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

    At 2:10 a.m., the 25th District officers were called to assist paramedics for a call of a woman who wasn’t breathing inside an apartment in the 3100 block of North Milwaukee, according to police.

    They found a 27-year-old woman unconscious on the floor with a pale complexion and blue lips, and one of the officers started performing CPR while the other cleared the room and checked for a pulse, police said.
Paramedics arrived, transported and the woman was eventually stabilized at the hospital. But did anyone know that cops actually do good? A lot of the time? That we aren't all greedy, racist, neanderthals?

Nice job Officers.


Warm Weekend.....

  • A city employee caught in gang crossfire was among five people killed and 32 more wounded in shootings across Chicago since late Friday afternoon, police said.

    Chicago Police issued a statement Sunday in the middle of one of the first consistently warm weekends of the spring, as intensified city gun violence typically accompanies rising temperatures.

    “As we look toward the summer months, Superintendent Johnson has made it very clear that the violence will not be tolerated – period,” the statement said.“The cause of the violence traces back decades, and everyone has a role to play in fixing it – police working with parents, judges, residents, clergy, community leaders, and others. Put simply, we need more values, fewer guns and stronger sentences against violence offenders.”
Most of those groups listed have actively rejected having anything to do with the police recently, driven by any number of false narratives promulgated by the left, from Washington DC on down to the local level. But hey, like a beaten spouse, the cops are expected to return to the table and play nice with everyone, all the while Rahm is plotting to gut our contract at the earliest opportunity.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Ammo Questions in NYC

In light of CPD's recent ammunition issue, this was mentioned in the comments:
  • Four of the shots that cops fired at a madman waving a knife in Midtown failed to penetrate his jacket — which was not bulletproof — and the NYPD will now check the weapons for malfunction, law enforcement sources told The Post.

    “The bullets we have may be defective and that’s very disturbing,” one source said. “When we fire our weapons, we want to make damn sure that our bullets hit our target — neutralizing our target.”

    A sergeant and an officer fired a total of nine rounds at 46-year-old Garry Conrad on Wednesday, with one of the shots killing the depressed Broadway stagehand who refused to drop the blade at West 49th Street and Eighth Avenue.

    Four of the bullets got lodged in Conrad’s Carhartt jacket, sources said, adding that he was not wearing a bulletproof vest.
The Carhartt we owned once was a canvas-like material with a heavy weave - weather and water proof as we recall. Still, nothing we'd suspect as capable of stopping a decent sized round. Can any of our New York readers clue us in who was the manufacturer of the cartridges in question?

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Interesting Proposal

  • Chicago would offer homeowners a $200 rebate to purchase exterior cameras as long as they also link the cameras to the city’s vast video surveillance network. The innovative plan is being championed by a rookie alderman to combat the never-ending cycle of gang violence.

    Instead of spending $27,000 of his $1.32 million annual allotment of aldermanic menu money for just one crime-fighting street camera, rookie Ald. Ray Lopez (15th) wants to stretch those funds by offering the rebate as an incentive to homeowners.
Inviting the government into your surveillance system?

Not high on our list of priorities.

Being a good citizen and letting the cops know if your cameras happen to catch someone or something that might help solve a criminal matter?

Better option and it appeals to a sense of civic duty, especially in crime-ridden neighborhoods.

In the article though, there is an amusing admission by the aldercreature:
  • Lopez acknowledged Thursday that what Chicago really needs is more police officers to stop the surge in homicides and shootings that will only get worse during the warm summer months.
We're shorthanded? Weather affects crime? Wow, this guy has got it on the ball!


DOJ Assigned Ethics Class

Remember, these are people in the same organization that is investigating CPD along with other police organizations across the country:
  • A federal judge has ordered annual ethics classes for Justice Department attorneys as a punishment for being "intentionally deceptive" during litigation over President Obama's executive immigration orders.

    "Such conduct is certainly not worthy of any department whose name includes the word 'Justice,'" U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen wrote in a withering order released Thursday.

    Justice Department attorneys misled the court about when the Department of Homeland Security would begin implementing President Obama's executive order granting "deferred action" to illegal immigrants whose children are citizens. In doing so, they tricked the 26 states who filed a lawsuit into "foregoing a request for a temporary restraining order," according to the judge.
Just something to keep in mind as this train wreck moves along.


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Tribune Hit Piece

We don't know what Rahm has on the media, but wow, they do like the taste of his ass:
  • From the moment Chicago's Fraternal Order of Police started negotiating its first contract with City Hall 35 years ago, the union identified an issue that would prove key to its members: ensuring officers had robust protections when they were investigated for misconduct.

    City Hall had its own focus: money.
No, not "robust protections." Just the same protections afforded to citizens when accused of malfeasance. You know, Constitutional protections. And due to the City's intransigence at providing Officers with due process, contractual protections and case law became the rule of the day.

And the "money" thing was due to the City crying "We're broke!" because the City (Daley, Rahm, aldercreatures) wanted to spend money on political projects for votes, rather than what was owed employees (see the current pension crisis). So instead of saddling the City with more pension obligations, the FOP negotiated increases in non-pensionable raises to alleviate the obligation.
  • Since that first contract, mayors from Jane Byrne to Rahm Emanuel have routinely fought to hold tight on the bottom line, while the union that represents thousands of rank-and-file officers has worked to, among other things, build layers of insulation from scrutiny.
Huh? All we have gotten is endless layers of scrutiny.
  • One product of that bargain between the city and the FOP has been a flawed system in which officers are rarely held accountable for misconduct. Indeed, since the dashcam video showing Laquan McDonald being shot 16 times and killed by Officer Jason Van Dyke was released in November, the city and Police Department have been roiled by protests over the failure to discipline officers, while a U.S. Department of Justice civil rights probe has been launched.
Flawed how? Dozens of officers have been held to account for all sorts of misconduct. Many have done time in prison. Some remain there. Just because the system works slowly in a politically charged case...moving slowly because the mayor suppressed a tape for political reasons...doesn't make the system flawed, despite the howls from the lunatics on the fringes. We've stated it here many times - Officers aren't above the law, but they aren't below it either.

Now come the attacks, directed no doubt by Rahm, but written up by "reporters" who haven't done the most basic research:
  • Amid the fallout, critics have zeroed in on the FOP contract and various rules that protect officers, and have called for a revamping. They have focused on a number of provisions, including one that allows officers to avoid making statements about shootings for at least 24 hours and another that requires internal investigators to notify officers of complainants' names before the officers are even questioned. Also at issue: a state law the FOP lobbied for that requires citizens to sign sworn affidavits to lodge an abuse complaint.
Notice the loaded language - "avoid making statements." That's genuine Grade-A horseshit right there. Did you know the FBI gets 72 hours? How about that many other departments get 48 hours? That there are scientific studies that note that the mental trauma involving a shooting can affect memories, recollections, even time estimations? Other studies that show that officers more often than not, mis-remember how many shots they actually fired at assailants? Twenty-four hours is minimal and more should be mandated.

Knowing your accuser? Gee, where have we read that before? The Sixth Amendment maybe?
  • in all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right…to be confronted with the witnesses against him."
God forbid coppers get protection from the Constitution!

Sworn affidavits are in play, too? Before the sworn affidavit, something like 95% of complaints were found to be crap. Since the sworn affidavit, the number remains in the mid-90s. Can you guess why? Because no one is prosecuted for lying on sworn affidavits. Sound familiar? Robberies, thefts, gun crime, all up this year why? The Superintendent says it's because the Courts are failing to mete out punishment. In 12 years of the sworn affidavit law, we can't recall a single prosecution for perjury. Someone can point out if we missed one.

More of the article quotes labor lawyers for the city and Dean saying there better be monetary compensation for surrendering any protections. We'd advise screw the money and fight for each and every protection. Otherwise, we're headed back to these types of days as past-president Dineen points out:
  • "Back before there was a contract, if someone made a complaint against you or a boss didn't like you or they half-believed the complaint and you were working on the North Side, two weeks later you were at 104th and Avenue O," said Dineen, who served as FOP president until 1993. "And you couldn't do anything about it."
And then the attacks start up again:
  • Several contract provisions that task force members and critics today have deemed troubling are among the bricks in the foundation of that first collective bargaining agreement. They include stipulations about how police were to be questioned and where they were to be questioned, requirements that officers be informed in writing about complaints against them and a prohibition against internal investigations based on anonymous complaints.
So a complete dismantling of the Contract is the eventual goal if the media is helping Rahm attack the foundations - foundations based on Constitutional Law. The article again claims "flaws" without providing accurate documentation and based on media constructs - Abbate of all cases - a video loop played about a billion times by the media, which used it to portray a department out of control, rather than a clout baby who was forced through the screening process, despite a record that would have disqualified any normal applicant.

But Hell will freeze over before the media covers clout - just look at the current crooked lieutenant exam - clout rules the day when the accused include the superintendent's girlfriend, the First Deputy's wife and other bedmates of Subject Matter Experts along with members of IAD who were then rewarded with promotions.

It's a craptacular article by a bunch of hacks who, as we said, must really like Rahm's ass. REad it all if you feel like you can stomach it - half-truths, lies, erroneous conclusions, and a list of talking points Rahm will be using this time next year when the Contract expires.

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Rahm to Testify?

The mayor may be set to testify on something he has no direct knowledge of, but rather a throwaway-line he uses to promote a war on the police and pander to a community he desperately needs for votes:
  • In an unprecedented move, city attorneys on Friday offered to admit to a federal jury that a code of silence exists in the Chicago Police Department if it meant Mayor Rahm Emanuel would not have to testify about it at the upcoming trial involving two whistleblower cops.

    But U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman rebuffed the idea, saying that even though he was "reluctant" to take up the mayor's valuable time and cause a media circus, he believed Emanuel could offer "much more texture" to the existence of a code of silence by taking the witness stand rather than with a written stipulation from city lawyers.

    Feinerman said he agreed with attorneys for the whistleblower cops that the mayor's testimony "would provide further evidence of an unwritten policy and practice." Emanuel could "speak to the pervasiveness of the problem," the judge said.

    The ruling was a blow to the city, which has fought tooth-and-nail to keep Emanuel off the witness stand. In a speech in December to the City Council, the mayor acknowledged the police code of silence amid the deepening scandal over the fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer.
Because of a video that Rahm suppressed so he could win an election. Remember, the Department turned the video over to Anita and City Hall, who held it until the election was over.

How about the court deal with the political "code of silence" that enables the mayor (past and present) to buy-off plaintiffs with taxpayer money?


Brass Brags, Woman Killed by HQ (UPDATE)

  • In a crackdown on the city's burgeoning violence, Chicago police have carried out an extensive gang takedown, arresting nearly 100 people on the department's "strategic subject list" — those believed to be the most prone to violence.

    Just last week, following the bloodiest weekend since he became superintendent, Eddie Johnson said much of the bloodshed is being driven by about 1,300 people on the list, compiled with the aid of a computerized algorithm.

    Calling the initiative the Police Department's "largest raid in recent history," Anthony Guglielmi, the department's chief spokesman, said 140 people were arrested on narcotics and weapons charges starting at 4 a.m. Thursday in the violence-plagued Harrison and Austin patrol districts on the West Side. Ninety-five of the 140 people are gang members, he said.

    Over $45,000 worth of narcotics ranging from heroin to cocaine was recovered, along with 26 illegal guns, he said.
Nice sweep, but as Eddie has said, unless these felons are getting five and ten years behind bars, they're just going to keep re-offending.

But while the presser is letting out....
  • A woman who was walking out of a coffee shop was fatally shot and a man was wounded in a shooting about a block from Chicago police headquarters on the South Side Friday afternoon, police said.

    The shooting happened just before 4 p.m. outside a Starbucks at 35th and State Streets when a gunman opened fire on a man, a documented gang member, who was struck several times, said Supt Eddie Johnson near the scene of the shooting.

    The coffee shop is across the street from the headquarters parking lot and across the street from the edge of the Illinois Institute of Technology campus.

    The woman was an innocent victim in her 40s who was walking out of the coffee shop when she was shot in the chest, police said.

    [...] The shooting happened as Chicago police brass, including Johnson, were ending a press conference at police headquarters where he and others had been touting the arrests of dozens of gang members in a CPD sweep.
That's just bad timing, literally in the backyard of HQ where tens of dozens of coppers get their coffee every morning.

UPDATE: Deceased is a 311 Operator.


Leo, Fix This

  • A semi driver was shot and seriously wounded as he drove north on the Dan Ryan Expressway near 95th Street on Thursday night, the second shooting on a Chicago expressway in five days and among more than a dozen this year, state police said.

    The 68-year-old driver was struck in the face around 11:45 p.m. and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was listed in critical condition, state police said.

    Early Friday, state police troopers shut down the northbound lanes of the expressway between 87th and 95th for several hours while they investigated the shooting.
So far, we've heard that Leo had instituted "boxes" on the expressways. The trouble is that the "boxes" were moving at 55 miles per hour (75 on parts of the Dan Ryan) and the troopers were being passed by the actual boxes due to the deteriorating condition of their squad cars.

It is said then that Leo decided to have the troopers only patrol that portion of the expressway that ran through Englewood, but as that only covers about one-mile, the troopers were obstructing traffic more than patrolling it.

Finally we've come across rumors that certain "high scoring" lieutenants have been directing night time traffic onto the expressways in a concerted effort to lower crime numbers and secure their ascension to exempt rank due to these so-called "strategies."

Hey it could happen.


Friday, May 20, 2016

Not a Cartel Hit

  • After six of his relatives were brutally slain in their Gage Park home in February, Diego Uribe was among the grieving family members struggling to cope with the unspeakable loss.

    He'd visited the Martinez family's tidy brick bungalow often, coming over to hang out or play basketball with the kids. Uribe, 22, seemed devastated by the killings, even breaking down in tears at the funeral.

    "I hugged this kid," said Dawn Valenti, a crisis responder who assisted the Martinez family with the burial.

    That image was shattered Thursday as Chicago police announced shocking first-degree murder charges against Uribe, saying the nephew by marriage had killed all six victims — including two children — in a robbery that turned into a massacre. His girlfriend, Jafeth Ramos, 19, was also charged in the six killings, but police were cagey about her exact role in the slayings.
"police were cagey"? Got to get that dig in no matter what, eh? Don't worry, the defense attorney will get all that info at discovery. No need to start laying the foundation for the murderers already Tribune.

Here's a touch we don't hear often enough though:
  • "These people behind me have been living and breathing this case for nearly four months now, working well beyond their normal work hours to bring this case to a resolution" said [Chief of Detectives Eugene] Roy, flanked by nearly a dozen detectives. "I can't begin to count how many family and social events they missed because of their dedication."
A job very well done by all involved.

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The Proper Response Is....

Bosses still aren't getting it - from an e-mail:
  • Department Emails lingering around in unit 313 stating if a car comes in with no activity those officers must turn in a To/From to DC Staples  
And as any veteran knows, the To-From should read like this:
  • If the Deputy Chief will relate a number or a goal in writing for R/O to achieve, R/O will gladly fill this quota in order to remain on the Area Gang Team.
And be sure to drop a yellow slip for the overtime if this demand is made at the end of your tour. And if you have a copy of the e-mail demanding a To-From due to lack of activity, print a copy and save another - it'll come in handy at Federal Court.

Of course, to actually do this, you'd need to not be afraid of pushing a beat car on midnights or third watch, because you aren't going to be around Unit 313 for long. But that's the price of being master of your own destiny.

UPDATE: Gangs, not Saturation.


Eddie Negotiates

We've been ripping on him endlessly for not doing the right thing regarding the cheating scandal.

We suppose we ought to point out when he does something right:
  • A retired Chicago Police officer who barricaded herself inside a South Shore neighborhood home Tuesday evening came out peacefully after meeting with CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson, police said.

    Someone called police about 4:15 p.m. for a well-being check on the former officer, a woman in her 50s who was dealing with “personal hardships,” at the home in the 7700 block of South Paxton, police spokesman [...] said.

    When officers arrived, she refused to come out and threatened to harm herself, he said. SWAT team members responded along with negotiators, and the woman said she wanted to talk to Johnson, according to police.

    Johnson left a community meeting downtown to go to the house about 8:30 p.m. He went inside to talk to the woman, who came outside with him about 9:40 p.m. [...]

    Johnson went with her to Rush University Medical Center, where she was being evaluated Tuesday night.
The right thing. The decent thing. The noble thing.

Now fix the promotional scandal, girlfriend and all Eddie. Otherwise your good acts are tarnished by your omissions.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Look What's Coming

May is shaping up to be the bloodiest in recent years, completely destroying the narrative put forth about April's 3% increase being a sign of a "downward trend."

Bullshit - it was a breather

Already, 44 murders have been tallied in May. Someone said 21 of those were just in just the past 7 days.
  • Thu - 69 and clear
  • Fri - 71 and clear
  • Sat - 73 and clear
  • Sun - 74 and clear
  • Mon - 76 and clear
  • Tue - 77 and rain
That's a warming trend.... with no rain until next week.

Batten down the hatches.

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Chicago Values

  • Heated tensions between the two families spilled over after Wednesday's emotional bond hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building. After some pushing took place outside the courtroom, sheriff's deputies separated the two sides and escorted them outside. But a few minutes later, several members of both families tussled on a parkway, trading punches. One man body-slammed another before numerous deputies ran outside to stop the melee.

    No one was arrested.
So a public brawl and no one arrested - par for the course. And we'd bet, directly attributable to the circumstances that led to the stabbing death of a 15-year-old by a 13-year-old, with a knife supplied by Mama.

After all, stuff like this has been going on at Jackson and Western for months (remember the firework fight?). Actually, it goes back decades if you count the old Rockwell Garden days:


Was This One Charged?

Anyone hear the end result of this?
  • Or how about when a F/1 14 year old shoots at the police arresting her boyfriend, is apprehended, identified on the scene by the officer who the attempted murder was committed against, finds that the F/1 14 years is not charged ( for the good of the city perhaps) (happened over the weekend) the gun was recovered by K-9 the next day and she is still uncharged. 
Evidently, there's audio of the incident available at this link here.

14-year-old shooting at the police - shouldn't be surprised when 13-year-old are stabbing people to death we suppose.


Nice Job Big Mouth

  • A federal judge put City Hall in a pickle Wednesday, ruling that Mayor Rahm Emanuel may be called to testify during a civil trial about the Chicago Police Department’s notorious code of silence.

    But U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman said he reluctantly made the ruling only because city lawyers turned agnostic in court on the question of whether such a code exists — promising not to deny it when a whistleblower lawsuit goes to trial, but refusing to confirm it. Meanwhile, Emanuel has already acknowledged the code in a speech to the City Council last December.
Too bad we can't slip the lawyers a few bucks to ask some truly pointed questions if the mayor ends up under oath. Rahm might actually spontaneously combust.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Transparency? Where?

More smoke to provide less transparency:

So release more videos to distract the masses, call it transparency, "participate," (as if the Superintendent would actually be getting his mitts dirty wrestling dope boys, robbers and thieves).

But if that spotlight gets a little too close to the Super's girlfriend, her best friend (wife of the former First), three or four of her co-workers, all connected to the Bureau that is supposed to be "watching the watchers...."

Real fucking transparent. How transparent was Gene Williams' skull that they could see the fucking answers?

And the media, looking a gift horse in the mouth, neglects to do even the cursory research that might bring real change to the Department by clearing out actual corruption, expose clouted connections and loosen the rope that is strangling coppers who want to do good.

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Advocate Newsletter

Again, with this crap?

IAD certainly has some balls publishing stuff like this:
  • False Statements While Working
  • False Statements Outside of Work
This after how many members of IAD got promoted via cheating? With Mrs Wysinger and her coffee-klatsch scoring in the upper stratosphere after being "merit" promoted to sergeant, spending all their time off the street at HQ, but suddenly getting top marks on a test that's supposed to measure their ability to apply Patrol solutions to Patrol issues.

It boggles the mind.

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Ask HQ Anything!

From our active duty friends, this tidbit from the Orifice of New Affairs:

Now you can "get facts from CPD Command Staff about anything that's on your mind"!!!!!

And "We all have a hand in making our Department even better and your submission will go a long way in helping to separate fact from rumors"!!!!

That's an amusing phrasing of "your submission," isn't it? If you submit to the will of the Exempt Staff, everything will be all good! And the check is in the mail, right?

Didn't this exist back in our day as Rumor Central? And didn't Jody try this once, with his "Checkerboard Chat" that SCC buried after the Orange One tried to call them out? That board got shut down after everyone starting asking uncomfortable questions about why Aunt Bea was launching people out of spots when they questioned policy at the so-called "ask-anything open forums."

How about everyone start asking how they can get the answers to the next promotional exam? Or how certain people managed to get perfect/near-perfect scores without being able to pass the previous promotional test and having to rely on "merit"?

Maybe ask Barb West - she just got Gene Williams old spot AND she used to work IAD as a Sergeant and Lieutenant, running illegal First Amendment investigations with nary a care in the world.

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One Saga Ends, Another Begins

  • Chicago police Detective Dante Servin has resigned days before hearings were to begin into whether he should be fired for an off-duty 2012 incident in which he fatally shot an innocent 22-year-old woman, the chairman of the Chicago Police Board confirmed Tuesday.
  • A veteran Chicago police officer was charged with felony official misconduct Tuesday after a surveillance camera captured him beating a patient in handcuffs at a South Side hospital two years ago, Cook County prosecutors alleged.
What was the quote from the "Ocean's Eleven" remake?
  • You of all people should know Terry, in your hotel, there's always someone watching.
Get it? Got it? Good.

This isn't 1960 any more. It's isn't 1970, nor 1980, nor 1990.


Mom of the Year

  • A 13-year-old girl and her mother have both been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old girl during a fight on the South Side over the weekend, according to police.

    The girl is accused of stabbing DeKayla Dansberry, a popular track standout at Johnson College Prep, in the chest Saturday night, according to police. Her mother, Tamika Gayden, 35, provided the knife, police said.
  • On Monday, Mr. Flora, now 27, was sentenced to 100 years in prison — 65 years for Endia [Martin]’s murder, plus 35 years for the attempted murder of the other girl. The authorities said the motivation for the shooting by Mr. Flora’s niece, who is awaiting trial for murder in juvenile court, was a dispute about a boy. Officials said the handgun used in the shooting had been illegally transferred and then falsely reported stolen before it ended up in Mr. Flora’s possession.
So Mom has about 100-years to look forward to. But what is it about adults providing juveniles with weapons to wreak havoc on the community? Maybe Mope-rah can answer? Or Phleger? Or Rahm? Or #blm?

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

New TV Drama - This Fall

  • Police work isn’t rocket science.

    It’s harder.

    Inspired by true events, APB is a new police drama with a high-tech twist from executive producer/director Len Wiseman (LUCIFER, “Underworld”) and executive producer/writer Matt Nix (“Burn Notice”).

    Sky-high crime, officer-involved shootings, cover-ups and corruption: the over-extended and under-funded Chicago Police Department is spiraling out of control.

    Enter billionaire engineer GIDEON REEVES. After his best friend is murdered in a botched attempted robbery, and the killer remains at large, Gideon demands justice. Putting up millions of dollars of his own money, he makes an unprecedented deal to take over the troubled 13th District – and reboot it as a private police force: better, faster and smarter than anything seen before. With cutting-edge technology created by Gideon himself, this eccentric yet brilliant outsider challenges the city’s police force to rethink everything about the way they fight crime.

    But the near-overnight transition to the city’s most advanced police district doesn’t sit well with all of its members.
Wow! This sounds fantastic!! A privately funded police force, an outsider billionaire funding the technology - Rahm has to be having heart palpitations just reading about this!

Of course, RoboCop did it first. And better. And they did it in Detroit.

We wonder if they need "consultants," someone to show them the ropes as it were.


Heroin OD Spike

Anyone else notice an uptick in heroin overdoses?
  • SCC,

    CFD paramedic on the west side. Don't know if you heard, but we have ambulances doing 30 and 40 runs a shift the past few days, all related to another f&%^ed up batch of heroin. So far we're saving maybe 75% of junkies, but the number of deaths is at least as high as a few years back when the media was all over it. Why not now?
Maybe the media has learned that no one really cares about dead junkies.

So...anyone notice?


Cameras - 24/7

  • ROUND LAKE PARK, Ill. -- For more than eight months, police body cams at a northwest suburban department mistakenly recorded all the time, even as officers were taking bathroom breaks and involved in other non-essential police work.

    Police body cams are supposed to automatically document what frontline officers see in the line of duty - interactions with civilians and suspects. But for the past eight and a half months in suburban Round Lake Park, the cameras never blinked. They were recording all the time, even when officers didn't know they were on.

    Nobody has a good answer how it happened. But it has infuriated officers and their chief and has the manufacturer pointing a finger at them.
Guess how it happened?
  • The Texas company that makes the devices promotes a feature that allows officers to recapture evidentiary video even if they have forgotten to record and in a statement the company's president says, "this feature can be enabled or disabled by department administration." He says they are working closely with the leadership of the Round Lake Park Police Department to assist and support them as they investigate this incident."
Anyone know if that "feature" is included on our cameras? And how much do you want to bet that someone already told the vendor, "Hell yeah, we want that!" if it's available?


Monday, May 16, 2016

Whitey, Keep Your Gun

  • That was the message Guns Save Life took away from a foray up to the Windy City today to trade unwanted firearms in for $100 pre-paid credit cards. Our experience felt surreal to say the least in this era when profiling – especially racial profiling – is a big no-no, especially in government service.

    It all began this morning as five Caucasian members of Guns Save Life waited surreptitiously and independently in line at a Chicago gun buyback location. Out of the blue, my wife and I were told by a surly, middle-aged woman from the Mayor’s office that “we won’t be taking those today” in reference to a dozen plus long guns my wife and I brought.

    I asked if she had an interest in a zip gun and held it up. She looked at it like I held a dog turd and said, “I don’t know what that is,” and walked away. Pearls before swine.

    We left.

    The remaining people in the lobby were asking, “Why did they turn those people away? Aren’t they trying to take guns off the streets?”

    As we chatted with very amiable and professional Chicago PD officers, we watched two other Caucasian males turned away over the course of the next half-hour.

    In short, we watched first-hand as every Caucasian person who walked into the facility were curtly told their firearms would not be accepted, while African-American individuals with similar quantities and types of firearms were welcomed with open arms.
Long time readers will remember the GunsSaveLife members from years past where they got many hundreds, maybe a few thousand dollars from so-called "gun turn in" events and spent the money on ammunition and programs designed to teach children about gun safety, a far more worthy cause. This would seem to have led to some pretty obvious racial-profiling by the folks (or people) running the turn-in.

We're trying to decide on the message here. White-owned guns are bad? Only black-owned guns are worthy of being turned in for $100, even though those probably aren't the guns being used on shootings? White people should keep their evil guns while black people should be disarmed? White people aren't to be allowed to benefit from a program that is supposed to render black neighborhoods safer? Profiling white people is okay?

We're so confused.


Witness Slips Needed

Bloomberg, Giffords and assorted anti-gunners are attempting to attack gun rights again:
  • SCC,

    The anti-gun crowd has submitted legislation, HB 1016 Amendment 1, that would drive Illinois gun dealers out of business if passed. It is loaded with red tape and bureaucratic obstacles. The committee hearing is scheduled for this coming Tuesday. Up till then, witness slips can be filed against the bill.

    So far, the pro-gun side is leading the count. But the anti’s have filed more slips in favor of the bill than anything before. Obviously, this is a full court press for them.

    Winning the witness slip war is no guarantee that the bill won’t make it out of committee. It is, after all, chaired by a Democrat and has a Dem majority. But this is an opportunity for the pro-gun side to make a statement loud and clear that this is BS.

    Would you be willing to put info on your site that would help readers file slips against this?
Sure we are. Here's a direct link to the Illinois State Rifle Association website which has step-by-step instruction on how to file Witness Slips to indicated your displeasure and opposition to HB 1016 Amendment 1.

This is good practice for future Witness Slips we are going to try to advocate for regarding Pension legislation and the inevitable anti-police bills that are going to be popping up all session.


Chicago Can Afford This?

  • Former U.S. Senate Candidate and Chicago Urban League CEO Andrea Zopp is the new deputy mayor of Chicago. She will be focusing on improving city neighborhoods. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the appointment Thursday morning.

    The long and short of it- there is a new player in Chicago mayoral politics. The African-American woman who earlier this year lost the democratic primary for U.S. Senate is setting up shop at city hall.

    As he heralded increased South Side CTA service, Emanuel also announced Andrea Zopp as his new deputy mayor to be focused on neighborhood development.

    [...] Zopp is a past Emanuel Chicago Public Schools board appointee who voted to close public schools and in favor of at least one corrupt contract.
So he created this second "deputy" spot out of thin air? This city has more "deputies" and "assistant" and "assistant to the assistant" spots than a dog has fleas.

And we saw one report that says she gets $185K? Amazing.


Rahm's Nonsense

In his Op-Ed piece, this nugget of bullshit:
  • ....we will create a new Public Safety Inspector General to audit and monitor policing in Chicago. It will have authority to conduct regular audits of the Chicago Police Department as well as investigations completed by the new civilian oversight agency. The IG’s goal will be to identify and address emerging problems and trends in order to prevent acts of abuse from occurring in the first place. The office will be led by someone with impeccable credentials and credibility.
You mean like what's his name....Brizard? He resigned after becoming an "impediment" to reform.

Or Barbara Byrd-Bennett? She pled guilty to a kickback scheme worth north of $20 million, on top of a scandal-plagued past and other investigations in other jurisdictions.

Or maybe that Pakistani guy, Amer Ahmad, who got 15 years for a Federal conviction in Ohio that was ongoing when he ended up as Rahm's pick for Chicago.

Or that Supernintendo, what was his name? McCompost? He had a checkered past of racial animus, a misdemeanor charge for an incident on the New Jersey turnpike involving another agency, a past department under federal oversight.

What about that other guy...Eddie "Look Over There!", who's fiance scored #2, while her bestest buddy, Mrs Wysinger scored #1, and four of their closest friends all got promoted along with them.

Does anyone actually trust Rahm to pick his nose, let alone someone with "impeccable credentials"?

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