Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Closing Arguments Coming

A day of "conflicting" testimony where those hired by the defense come up with one theory and the the prosecution with another:
  • A forensic psychiatrist, testifying Monday for the defense, said that the man who shot and killed a Chicago police officer suffered brain damage when the officer pistol-whipped him with his service weapon but said he couldn't tell if Bryant Brewer was legally insane at the time of the 2010 killing.

    But later in the day, a psychologist hired by prosecutors testified Brewer was legally sane when he killed Officer Thor Soderberg, concluding he showed no signs of either a traumatic brain injury or mental illness.
Notice the subtle bias - the first psychiatrist testified "for the defense," but the second was "hired by prosecutors."

Closing arguments could happen as soon as today.

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Off Duty Sheriff Shot

  • An off-duty Cook County correctional officer was shot in the leg Monday night in an alley behind his mother's Little Village home, authorities said.

    The man, who was wearing his uniform, was in an alley with his son near the 2800 block of South Tripp Avenue at about 10:30 p.m. when someone in a minivan shot him, then fled north in the alley.

    Chicago police said the man was taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.
Word is of a robbery gone wrong, but the area has also been the subject of a number of warnings regarding a revenge shooting against the police. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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Hiring Woes

Um, no one wants to be the police - especially minorities:
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel is mapping plans to hold Chicago’s second police entrance exam in two years after another minority outreach campaign that an influential aldermen warns will fall short again in efforts to diversify the Chicago Police Department.

    Ald. Anthony Beale (9th), former chairman of the City Council’s Police Committee, said the police department will remain disproportionately white — and crime-fighting will suffer because of it — unless changes are made to the independently administered background checks and psychological exams.

    “These are the tools used to weed out and disqualify minorities and keep out people of color. You need to change the criteria. It needs to be more than one person’s opinion,” Beale said.
You mean like when Tracy Ladner was unilaterally disqualifying hundreds of people because their parents were cops? Or that the candidates had served in the military? Is that what you mean alderass? Does this guy even have a clue?

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How Many Arrested? Hospitalized?

Sorry, but these numbers rival certain years of the Billiken parade and the Southside Parade:
  • To prepare for Lollapalooza weekend, Lurie Children's Hospital added extra staff and equipment to handle a higher patient load, based on past experience with the three-day music festival in Grant Park.

    The Streeterville hospital treated 33 concertgoers mostly for alcohol and drug abuse over the weekend, said Dr. Walter Eppich, an attending physician in Lurie’s emergency department. Some of the teenagers were two to three times the legal alcohol limit to drive after mixing hard liquor with marijuana, ecstasy or cocaine, Eppich said.

    [...] Thirty-four people were arrested and 238 concertgoers were sent to area hospitals during Lollapalooza, which was shortened by about an hour on Sunday after Grant Park was evacuated ahead of an afternoon storm.
At least no one got shot, right?

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Crime is Still Down!

The Department released some numbers Sunday - we heard the report on the radio, but can't find the article - claiming once again Crime is Down! Nine percent overall was the number they threw out there.

Now we know homicides are up at least three dozen (19% or so). And shootings, well, the less said about the shootings the better (up hundreds). But we also know that coppers have been writing to us for the past month about a number of patterns in their neighborhoods (north and south) involving garage burglaries and a whole bunch of property crime that hasn't been happening in the past. They certainly don't believe crime is down.

Has anyone from the media (or someone with access to Lexis/Nexus or similar) ever taken all of these press releases and added up the percentages to see what it all really means? We've cracked wise about the numbers adding up to some ridiculous total that we're going to end up owing crime to 2016 and beyond, which isn't too difficult to believe if you've read how Rahm projects a budget.

Or is that too difficult for the journalism majors who troll here?

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Monday, August 03, 2015

Preib Ties Up Some Loose Ends

  • As lawyers for an indicted Chicago Police Commander pore over a large body of evidence that could undermine criminal charges against their client, the question arises whether this commander has been placed in the crosshairs of the city’s wrongful conviction machine.

    Commander Glenn Evans was stripped of his police powers last year after he was indicted on charges that in 2013 he put a gun in the mouth of a suspect, gang banger Ricky Williams, and threatened Williams’ life. It was a narrative that took Evans out of the high regard he has enjoyed for cleaning up some of the worst neighborhoods in the city—including political support all the way up to the superintendent and mayor’s office—and put him in the sordid company of cops accused of the worst abuse, like former Commander Jon Burge and his men, cops accused of torturing suspects for decades.

    The criminal case against Evans generated a frenzy by the media, particularly those with a history of supporting wrongful conviction claims, like public radio station WBEZ.
And why would Evans be in the crosshairs of the wrongful conviction assholes?
  • Evans wrote the case report on  Madison Hobley, the arson mass murderer who Governor Ryan pardoned without once looking at the evidence that had convicted him.
Impeaching Evans today means that everything in his career would be suspect, including the case report and follow-up report Evans made 30 years ago that led detectives to Madison Hobley.

We can't recall any other media people coming up with this information, and given the outright lies that they have been caught in for years regarding the release of a lot of very guilty people, we can see them actively covering up things like this.

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Blue Mass

  • Uniformed police officers sat scattered through a "Blue Mass" on Sunday morning at Resurrection Roman Catholic Church in Chicago's Avondale neighborhood.

    The special service dedicated to the 572 Chicago police officers who have died while performing their duties in the history of the department was followed by the dedication of a St. Michael the Archangel statue, the patron saint of police. The deaths also include causes like heart attacks and car crashes.

    In his homily, city police chaplain the Rev. Dan Brandt reminded officers that they were doing God's work.

    "And for that fact, we thank you," Brandt said.
Thank You.

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Weekend Numbers Are...?

Even the media can't keep track of the number fudging. Here's Saturday's report:
  • Three men have died and at least 12 other people have been wounded in separate shootings since Saturday afternoon across the city, police said.
  • At least 14 people were shot, including two young children, in shootings across Chicago since Sunday afternoon, police said.
So...3 dead and 26 wounded? The Trib appears to be using overlapping times, whether by accident or design, we can't tell, but it makes it obvious that the only trustworthy source of violence numbers is the HeyJackass website.

Oh, and those kids shot?
  • A 6-year-old girl was shot and seriously wounded Sunday night in West Englewood on the South Side.

    She was outside about 8:40 p.m. while two people were fighting in the 5600 block of South Bishop when one of them pulled out a gun and opened fire, according to Chicago Police.

    A bullet struck her leg and she was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in serious condition. She wasn’t the intended target, police said.
Yeah, thanks for that. Very few 6-year-olds are targets.
  • A 7-year-old boy was shot along with a 19-year-old man Sunday night in Belmont Cragin on the Northwest Side.

    About 8:45 p.m., they were in a car in the 2500 block of North Parkside when another vehicle pulled up and someone inside opened fire, according to Chicago Police.

    The boy was shot in the shoulder and the man was grazed in the head.
Out of control.

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Again Herbie?

Someone want to buy this jagoff a car so he stops stealing them?
  • Well, Well, Well
    SCC:

    Guess who got arrested AGAIN on Friday !!! PULGAR, Herbert Anthony aka "Herb Dilla" CB# 19161206 was arrested and charged with PSMV by beat 1463D. PULGAR in a known "Maniac Latin Disciple" gang member and was known in the "Chicago City Vehicle sticker debacle" a few years ago.  RD# HY362846.
When ever Herbie hits the lockup, we like to remember this picture:


So where's Anderson Cooper and all the other media stooges now, praising Herbie and lamenting the cases the police keep putting on him?

We're sure Herbie has this one framed in the bedroom. Probably autographed, too.

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Sunday, August 02, 2015

A Disturbing Proposal

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel is seeking first-ever subpoena power for the Chicago Police Department’s Bureau of Internal Affairs, but a prominent defense attorney said he finds the proposal troubling.

    The proposed ordinance, which was presented to the City Council earlier this week, would strengthen the department’s investigations of alleged misconduct by officers, according to the mayor’s office.

    The Independent Police Review Authority already has the power to issue subpoenas — legal demands — to obtain records and compel people to testify. IPRA investigates the use of excessive force, police shootings in which an officer strikes someone, domestic abuse, deaths in custody and verbal abuse.

    The Bureau of Internal Affairs investigates other allegations of police misconduct, such as criminal activity, substance abuse and rules violations.

    “While CPD can demand cooperation by its members in investigations, it cannot seek documents — like cellphone and employment records — from third parties unless there is a criminal investigation,” said Adam Collins, a mayoral spokesman.
Seems like more than a little bit of overreach on the part of the city.

Remember, these are the same bozos who wouldn't let the Inspector General investigate aldercreatures or issue subpoenas regarding criminal and election law violations by the City Council.

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More Baltimore Misconduct

This is what passes for "due process" in a wholly owned and operated Democrat city:
  • The defense attorneys for the six Baltimore police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray have text message evidence they say shows a prosecutor in the office of state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby “judge-shopping” for a warrant for the cops’ cell phones.

    The Baltimore Sun reports that in a motion filed Wednesday, the cops’ attorneys said they have phone logs and text messages from April 27 showing that assistant state’s attorney Albert Peisinger reached out to Baltimore circuit court judge Timothy Doory to sign off on a search warrant for the officers’ department-issued phones. That was after a search warrant had already been denied by a different judge.
  • Well, well, well… just as we all suspected… Marilyn Mosby’s office was withholding evidence. And to top that off, Freddie Gray had previously tried to injure himself during an arrest. No wonder the defense is filing misconduct charges. Mosby must have a leak or three in her merry band of racists as well. Trial by ambush, indeed. Mosby not only tried to sway those charging the officers to beef up the charges, she had a private meeting with the pathologist before the autopsy. In their filing last week, the defense attorneys said prosecutors have withheld “multiple witness statements from individuals who stated that Mr. Gray was banging and shaking the van at various points” after his arrest on April 12th, as well as “police reports, court records, and witness statements indicating that on prior occasions, Mr. Gray had fled from police and attempted to discard drugs.”
At this rate, Vinny Gambini could be the defense attorney and walk away with an outright acquittal....and an Oscar nomination.

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If Obama Had a Son...

  • A man was ordered held on a $250,000 bond Friday after police said he left a suspicious backpack a block away from President Barack Obama’s Kenwood neighborhood home.

    Prosecutors allege the man also claimed to be President Obama's son
Sorry, the comedy value of this one alone was worth the post.

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SWAT Shooting

  • A state correctional officer was wounded by police after an eight-hour standoff in Bronzeville ended with an exchange of gunfire early Thursday, authorities said.

    The man, a former Chicago police officer, was shot around 3 a.m. after firing at officers who surrounded a home in the 4800 block of South Calumet Avenue, police said. He was taken to a hospital but his condition was not known.  Charges were pending.

    The standoff began around 8 p.m. Wednesday when the man pulled a gun on sheriff's officers who were trying to serve a warrant stemming from a domestic assault, according to authorities.  The home was surrounded by a SWAT team and other officers while nearby homes were evacuated, police said.
Nice job.

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Saturday, August 01, 2015

Another "Assumed" Budget

We've railed at this before, but basing the budget on "projected revenue" is the same as basing it on hopes and dreams that one day, a money tree will suddenly start sprouting hundred dollar bills:
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday released a financial analysis that projects a $426 million budget shortfall in 2016, but only if three rosy and risky assumptions turn out to be correct.

    The shortfall does not include a $328 million payment to police and fire pension funds that Emanuel conveniently left out of his pre-election budget. Add that in and the revenue gap grows to $754 million even with the risks the mayor is taking.
So right away, this budget is a lie. That payment is required....by law. And there goes Mayor 9.5 submitting what for all intents and purposes is a lie. And just what are these "assumptions" Rahm is hoping for?
  • One week after a judge overturned his plan to save the Municipal Employees and Laborers pension funds, Emanuel is counting on the Illinois Supreme Court to reverse that decision.
That's a long shot, unless a lot of money has changed hands.
  • The mayor’s forecast also assumes that Gov. Bruce Rauner will sign legislation giving Chicago 15 more years to ramp up to 90 percent funding levels for the police and fire pension funds.
Not as long of a long-shot, but still a big hammer Rauner has to beat Rahm with, if he was in the mood.
  • The third assumption is that Emanuel will be allowed to complete a three-year phase-out of the city’s 55 percent subsidy for retiree health care — and that a lawsuit that seeks to reinstate the $108.7 million-a-year subsidy falls flat.
And that lawsuit is wending its way through the courts now. Rahm wants everyone in Obamacare where his brother decides if you've outlived your usefulness. The article finishes with Fran Spielman felatiating Rahm's junk again:
  • But in the long run, Chicago taxpayers will be forced to pay hundreds of millions of dollars more to save the two pension funds because employees and retirees won’t be meeting them half way.
You nasty nasty retirees! Just because Daley took all your pension money and spent it on pet projects for votes while leaving a bunch of worthless IOU's in the candy jar, you think you're entitled to a pension? Who do you think you are, politicians? Go find a comfortable cardboard box and some moth-eaten blankets and live in an alley you worms.

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Well Done Baltimore Citizens

  • Baltimore reached a grim milestone on Friday, three months after riots erupted in response to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody: With 43 homicides in July, the city has seen more bloodshed in a single month than it has in 43 years.

    The 43rd recorded homicide was Jermaine Miller, 18, who was shot in the head just before noon the day before.

    With his death on Friday, this year's total homicides reached 187, far outpacing the 119 killings by July's end in 2014. Non-fatal shootings have soared to 366, compared to 200 by the same date last year. July's total was the worst since the city recorded 45 killings in August 1972, according to The Baltimore Sun.
You know what might work? CompStat! Maybe Garry Mr. McCarthy could apply?

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Trib Gets One Right

  • Chicago police are alerting women on the Northwest Side to be careful after a man groped several women in the Lincoln Square neighborhood.The man is wanted for criminal sexual abuse involving the women on July 26 and July 27, according to police.

  • The man is described as a white Hispanic man between 19 and 30 years old. He is described as 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall. He weighs been 155 and 160 pounds and has a slim build and short dark hair.

    The man was wearing a black hoodie with a white t-shirt and dark jeans in one instance and a white t-shirt and dark shorts in the other, police said.
Gotta make sure that the white females aren't profiling. But in every other single instance, let your imagination run wild? Morons.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

More Nails in the Coffin

  • Aldermen submitted an ordinance Wednesday intended to end what they said is racial profiling by the Chicago Police Department.

    Calling it a "crucial ordinance," lead sponsor Ald. Joe Moreno (1st) urged support for what would become the Stop, Transparency, Oversight and Protection Act. The measure would call on the police department to keep records of all "stop and frisk" incidents along with the race of the person stopped, and would also require police to give receipts to anyone stopped and not arrested.

    Aldermen insisted it was not intended to burden police officers, but instead would gather data to ensure police do not engage in "racial profiling," according to Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th).
First of all Joe, there is no "stop-and-frisk" policy or directive of any kind in Chicago. Never has been. We perform street stops, and they are actually rather tightly regulated by the law of the land. "Articulable Suspicion" or what we used to call "a hunch" leads us to further weigh the facts at hand to see if an actual street stops is in order, warranted or required.

Then, we already keep records of the stops called "Contact Cards." The Contact Cards are supposed to be destroyed (or wiped from the computers" after 6 months, but as a result of numerous lawsuits filed by lawyers looking to get rich off the city taxpayers, these records are under court order not to be destroyed, meaning years and years of data is backed up.

Just two questions Joe:
  1. what kind of ward to you represent? Is it one of the "super-majority" Hispanic wards? The one with solid lower and middle class families living cheek-to-jowl, not unlike the Micks, Wops, Polacks, and Bohunks did in years past before moving on to the outer city limits and suburbs?
  2. what type of citizen would you expect the cops to stop in the neighborhood you represent? Because last time we checked, this city was one of the most racially segregated cities in existence. The media probably runs two or three stories a year on how far Chicago has to go before "true equality" is achieved. So white, black and brown coppers are mostly stopping Hispanics in your neighborhood, right? How is that profiling when they make up 90% or more of the population?
And another thing Joe - have you heard of the TSSS? The Traffic Stop Safety Study is the only piece of legislation to come out of Springfield bearing the name of a little known pinhead named Obama. It was supposed to run for two years and tracked every stop made by police. You know what it revealed at the cost of millions of dollars and tens of millions of man hours?
  • Chicago Police don't racially profile. In fact, we don't think there is a Department in Illinois that can be credibly shown by any study to have racially profiled in the past 25 years.
This so incensed the legislature that they authorized the study to go on for an open-ended number of years - - it's still going on right now, something like eight or nine years. And for the life of us, we can't recall a single charge or allegation of racial profiling ever being brought before a court or a committee anywhere in Illinois.

So you know what Joe - you're correct in one thing. This won't be burdensome on us personally and many many other coppers either....because we just won't stop a damn thing. Too much of this job is useless paperwork already. The environmental cost in dead trees probably makes Al Gore blush. So we're going to do our part and not generate any paper that might endanger Mother Earth and we are going to encourage everyone else to do the same.

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Acting Crazy

  • He started off in unintelligible mumbles and spoke in a tone so soft no one could hear.

    At times, Bryant Brewer seemed confused and repeated questions his attorney asked him about the afternoon he claimed he shot Chicago Police Officer Thor Soderberg in self-defense.

    But when the alleged cop killer was grilled Thursday about inconsistencies in his testimony and pressed about a possible beef he had with police, Brewer lashed out, hurling expletives and threatening to spit at a Cook County prosecutor.
It's an act, and anything less than life in prison would be a travesty.

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As We Said...

That "turning your life around" doesn't mean shit if you keep turning to go 360-degrees:
  • Chicago Police claim a man exonerated of a murder charge in 2012 after serving 17 years in prison was fatally shot by someone he was trying to rob Tuesday afternoon on the Near West Side.
The shooter is a real winner, too - thank goodness they both had properly registered and licensed handguns.

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This Explains the Videos

The Department has been hammering the Pursuit Training videos that past few days at roll call - this must be why:
  • Three men and a teenage boy who led police on an eight-mile chase late Monday and eventually crashed their vehicle in Chicago Lawn are facing a slew of charges for attempted robbery and carjacking.

    Officers responding to a call of shots fired near Kedzie and Carroll about 10:30 p.m. saw a minivan driving erratically southbound on Kedzie, according to Chicago Police.

    One of the minivan’s occupants then fired shots at another vehicle, and officers pursued the minivan until it ran a red light and hit two cars in the 5900 block of South Western, police said.
Everyone is edgy after the baby got run over in the stroller, but as we pointed out, if you can't chase offenders for murder, you're going to see a lot more murderers getting away.

This appears to be the same thing - on view carjacking and shots fired - why wouldn't the police chase and capture the offenders? The "Balancing Test" is to determine whether the necessity of apprehension outweighs the danger to the public. Call us silly, but the public is in a lot more danger that these animals will be out there jacking people over and over again unless they are apprehended at some point, and apprehension is going to mean a chase somewhere along the line.

That's what the City lawyers and Department egghead have bred into the criminal mind - if you run, Chicago won't chase. Don't believe us, believe what you're seeing with your own eyes. Hell, we wrote about this exact scenario a couple of times in the past ten years and it's happening exactly as we and our readers predicted.

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Seriously Media?

  • Police are warning Belmont Cragin residents about two teenagers robbing women at gunpoint in the Northwest Side neighborhood.

    The teens walk up to women, pull out a dark handgun and demand their cell phones, purses and cash, according to the community alert from Area North detectives.

    The robberies happened at 4:55 p.m. Monday in the 6100 block of West Palmer and at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the 6100 block of West Grand.

    During both robberies, the teens had a black handgun with white grips, police said.
What a great story - they almost describe the gun.....but not the offenders. So any woman walking in Belmont-Cragin who sees a teenager, better tighten their grip on the purse, unholster the mace, call the police and cross to the other side of the street.

And don't tell us the Department didn't release a halfway decent description of the offenders. They did.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

How About a List?

  • The white University of Cincinnati police officer who shot unarmed black man Samuel Dubose during a traffic stop has been indicted on a murder charge, a prosecutor announced Wednesday, saying the cop "purposely" killed the motorist and "should never have been a police officer."

    In announcing the charge against officer Ray Tensing, Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters lambasted the cop over the July 19 death of Dubose, 43, saying the fatal shooting was "the most asinine act I've ever seen a police officer make."
Pardon us, but that sounds a bit prejudicial to the "fair trial" rule of law. We assume that Joe Deters has proof of the hiring process, the standards of Ohio for qualifying officers, and a list of "asinine act(s)" to compare this one to?
  • "He wasn't dealing with someone who was wanted for murder, OK? He was dealing with someone who didn't have a front license plate," Deters said of Tensing, who joined the university force in April 2014. "I mean, this is, in the vernacular, a pretty chicken-crap stop, all right? And — I could use harsher words."

    He added that even if Dubose was starting to "roll away," the officer should have just let him go.
If this is such a.....how did he put it? "chicken-crap stop," then why did the legislature pass the law in the first place? Police are pretty much obligated to stop people who are breaking the law and maintain the standards set by the elected representatives. The words "Law" and "Enforcement" pretty much appear in the job description, unless they've been removed recently? And we imagine the prosecutor is going to regret uttering the thought that if someone starts to "roll away," officers should just let them go.

How about the states attorneys, prosecuting attorneys, or district attorneys in every one of the 50 states provide police a list of offenses that certain people don't have to obey or comply with? That would make everything simpler for everyone, wouldn't it? We wouldn't have these incident popping up with the potential for so much misunderstanding and violence when everyone is supposed to be equal before the law, right?

We'll even help start a list:
  • strong armed robbery in Ferguson and not be stopped
  • sell loose cigarettes in New York and not be stopped
  • drive without a front license plate in Cincinnati
  • loiter on street corners, flag down cars and sell dope or sex
  • resist arrests, lawful or not, based on street lawyer experience or rap lyrics
  • pretty much any gun offense on the streets of Chiraq
That being said and the unedited video not being shown by the media, an intelligent person cannot even make an educated guess as to what fully transpired. Yet the prosecutor has already condemned the accused to "purposefully" killing a motorist, claimed the entire hiring and training regimen suspect (thereby attacking all police officers of this department), and cemented this as the "most asinine act" in the history of policing, tainting any jury within a few hundred miles of Cincinnati.

"Railroading" doesn't even come close to describing this.

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Cleared Killer Killed

  • On the day he was finally released from prison after murder charges were dropped, Alprentiss Nash vowed he would use his freedom studying to become a chef, learning about antique cars and traveling.And in the nearly three years since, he kept true to his word, visiting New Orleans, Miami and Atlanta and learning to ski at a resort in Wisconsin.

    He also bought a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a 1960 Buick Electra 225 and completed a culinary program.

    "He was really happy to be free, and he never talked about his time in prison," said Nash's mother, Yvette Martin. "He wanted to just get past it and be happy. He was overjoyed and excited about building a new life."

    But on Tuesday afternoon, Nash's second chance at life came to a tragic end as he was gunned down while leaving a currency exchange on the Near West Side, according to Chicago police and his family. A person of interest is being questioned, authorities said.

    Nash's family believes he was the target of an armed robbery.
Target? Hahahahaha.
  • Two guns were recovered at the scene - his and the shooters.
  • Preliminary reports are that this was a dope deal gone bad
  • Word on the scene was this was the third time Nash has stuck up the detained subject and he finally got what was coming to him.
Not surprising at all.

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Don't Lie?

  • In an unusual move, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy sent a letter to the rank-and-file Wednesday saying he will move to fire an officer for allegedly lying to investigators about his involvement in an off-duty shooting.

    McCarthy is asking the Chicago Police Board to terminate Officer Francisco Perez, who fired at the wrong car after witnessing a fatal drive-by shooting Nov. 5, 2011, according to investigators.

    Police sources said McCarthy isn’t seeking to fire Perez because of his mistake — but because he gave investigators false information.
If you are found to have deliberately lied during the course of an investigation, you have to be prepared to pay the piper. We get that. It's kind of spelled out in the Rules and Regulations. But it's also a fact that those Rules have been bent so many times as to be meaningless in so many situations and is applied unequally across the board.

We don't know why Garry Mr McCarthy is singling out this incident for the media to make hay out of. Something smells rotten here but we can't put our finger on it.

In the meantime, in the interest of truthfulness and not lying, a series of questions for a certain someone:
  • What really happened in when your daughter got pulled over and called you back east?
  • What did those streetlights ever do to offend you?
  • Did you and your brother really yell the n-word at passing black motorists?
  • Could you brief us on the White Eagle incident that Niles PD so quickly buried, not even generating a case report?
Don't lie.

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Pin In Accident

Word of a squad car accident on the north side where the officer(s) had to be cut out of the car. Might be in the Old Irving neighborhood. We'll update when we hear more.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Soderberg Trial Continues

  • The bench trial is underway for the man accused of murdering a Chicago police officer with his own weapon.

    Attorneys presented their opening statements just before noon at the Criminal Courts Building. Also in the courtroom is a group of uniformed police officers showing their support for their fallen comrade, Officer Thor Soderberg.

    Bryant Brewer faces 20 counts, including first degree murder and resisting arrest.

    Prosecutors say Brewer got into a fight with Officer Soderberg outside an Englewood police station, grabbed the officer’s gun and shot him several times.

    The defense during its opening statements said their client acted in self defense and that surveillance video from that day is missing 12 minutes of crucial footage that might better show what lead to the fatal shooting.
So pretty much the defense is making up shit because the city, in its never-ending quest for cheapness, can't maintain any type of video system - in-car cameras, body cameras, traffic cameras, blue light cameras, security cameras, etc etc., thereby leaving the defense an out to make up any story it likes.

Dramatic testimony Tuesday:
  • Chicago police Officer Lynn Casey thought she heard fireworks exploding outside the front door of an Englewood police deployment center where she was working desk duty.

    She stepped outside on the hot July day in 2010 to discover a shirtless man covered in blood. She called out to him, asking if he needed help.

    What she didn't realize was that the man, Bryant Brewer, had just shot and killed Officer Thor Soderberg in the adjoining parking lot.

    Testifying Tuesday at Brewer's murder trial, Casey, now 55, said Brewer turned toward her, raised his right hand and began firing at her with what turned out to be Soderberg's service weapon.

    Dramatic video from a surveillance camera that was played in court Tuesday showed Casey taking cover on the driver's side of a squad car as Brewer chased her.
The trial continues today. There should be notices up if you're at 26th Street today.

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What Matters Again??

  • The photographs went online earlier this month after a 27-year-old man was gunned down in South Los Angeles. One showed a man flashing a chrome handgun from his jacket pocket. In another, a young man held a pistol in each hand.

    “Better wake up,” one person wrote on Instagram. “It's a war goin' on.”

    “This area ain't safe right now,” someone else posted with a map showing a portion of South L.A.

    The warnings of increased gang violence intensified across social media platforms this weekend after more than half a dozen shootings in South L.A. left one man dead and 12 people wounded.

    The postings created an echo chamber in which it was difficult to determine what was a real threat and what was rumor. One of the most incendiary claims was that a gang had vowed 100 days of violence after the 27-year-old man was killed on July 17, sparking alarming hashtags such as #100days100nights and #PrayforLA on Twitter and other sites.
The Chief is downplaying the significance of the threats - what else is he going to do? But he met with his gang officers and extra patrols are in the affected areas. Based on how the cockroaches like Chief Queef and his crew get on social media and the number of murders that follow, you can't discount this stupidity.

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No-lympics for Boston

  • It sounds impossible, but it's true. The Democrat mayor of Boston has ended his application for the Olympics because...of concerns that taxpayers would have to foot too high a bill for it.

    The mayor of Boston, Martin J. Walsh ... distanced himself from the bid completely. At a dramatic, hastily arranged news conference, he announced that if the U.S.O.C. demanded that he sign a host city contract by the end of the day Monday, he would not do so, acknowledging that this would kill Boston’s bid for the Games. He said he had wanted more time to conduct his due diligence on the guarantees required and a full review of a risk and mitigation package proposed last week.

    “I cannot commit to putting the taxpayers at risk,” the mayor declared. “If committing to signing a guarantee today is what’s required to move forward, then Boston is no longer pursuing the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
If only we had had a mayor who thought like this a few years ago, Chicago would only be 25 years from complete bankruptcy instead of 15.

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So a Priest and a Rabbi...

Supporting our Chaplains Ministry:
  • Join Rabbi Moshe Wolf and Fr. Dan Brandt for happy hour on Tuesday, 11 AUG, 5:30 - 8:00, at O'Brien's on North and Wells in Old Town.  FREE VALET PARKING!  RSVP needed.  A tax-deductible $50 donation to Police Chaplains Ministry gets you unlimited food/drink and goes to a great cause supporting our ministry and our work with Gold Star Families!  
    Speaking of Gold Star Families.... this Sunday (02 AUG) is a Blue Mass at Resurrection Parish (Nelson and Francisco in 014).  It's at 11:15 a.m., and right after Mass we will dedicate a newly-erected statue outside the church honoring St. Michael the Archangel, patron of police.  Join our Knights of Columbus, our CPD Honor Guard, the Mounted Unit, and hundreds of others in remembering our fallen officers.  Uniforms optional.
    More info at www.ChicagoPCM.org
See you there. We'll be the ones in disguise

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hey BGA

See if you can do some real journalism and put these pieces together:
  • Rauner is looking to reduce prison population by 25% and gassing them isn't on the table, meaning he's going to release them back into society;
  • Cook County has been trying to do their part by releasing anyone and everyone back into society with low bails and reduced sentencing, to the point of violating state laws by sending ineligible people to Boot Camp;
  • CPD hasn't kept up with retirements for a decade now and we're 2,000 to 4,000 officers short of what we were when the 1990's were rolling along (depending on who's numbers you believe);
  • CPD is currently running a number of overtime initiatives in distressed areas of the city - the same areas that many of these newly freed prisoners will be returning to...areas already known to have a high number of open air drug markets, felons with self control problems, guns and daily violence as a matter of course;
  • the media fosters an anti-police attitude among the populace, even when such incidents are proven, time and again, to be illusory at best, lies at worst, even in the case of a mentally ill woman committing suicide.
Now go do some research and come up with something better than that piece of crap from the other day about how Chicago leads the nation in numbers of offenders killed by the police. It might actually look like you tried to be journalists.

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Bad Idea

  • Prison population in Illinois is down, but the state’s facilities remain overcrowded.

    Latest figures from the Illinois Department of Corrections show prisons in the state contained 47,483 inmates in May. That was the lowest population since May of 2010, which was 47,150.

    The May 2010 numbers represent the beginning of a rapid rise in the number of prisoners flooding the system after former Gov. Pat Quinn cancelled a controversial early prisoner release program. The number of inmates peaked at 49,321 in January 2013.
That's because "early release" prisoners happened to be committing crimes as soon as they got out, in some cases, right after the bus ride downstate, they got walking papers and returned home the next day. Countless assaults, batteries, robberies, and more than a couple murders were directly attributed to Quinn's un-publicized program that essentially wrecked the justice system in Illinois.

Now, it's going to return in another form:
  • However-state prisons are designed to house only 32,000 prisoners. That’s why Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has asked a special committee to study how to reduce prison population. He wants a 25 percent reduction over the next decade.

    Rauner’s commission has already stated the need for a balance between sending too many people to prison and making sure the public is safe.
Here's the thing Brucie - if people are in prison, then they can't commit crimes against most decent people. It's true - we looked it up. Of course, if they're in prison, they can't vote for democrats either, which was one of the reason behind Quinn's secret program in the first place.

You want the public to be safe, you lock up the animals in cages and make them serve 100% of their sentence. If it's long enough, they learn not to do bad things. If it isn't, then you increase the sentence next time. Then they come out too old to be complete assholes anymore. If they are, they go back to prison and they die there. Three strikes.

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Weekend Roundup

  • Three teens and four others were killed across Chicago between Friday afternoon and Monday morning and 35 others survived gunshot wounds during the same period.
 And another six shot Monday evening.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Off Duty Shot at Side Job

  • A man accused of grabbing an off-duty Chicago Police officer’s service weapon and shooting her in the leg was ordered held without bail on Sunday.

    Raphael Jordan, 48, was charged with attempted murder of a police officer in the July 23 shooting in the 2200 block of East 69th Street in the South Shore neighborhood. Judge Adam D. Bourgeois Jr. ordered Jordan to be held without bail.

    The officer, a 37-year-old woman who was wearing her Chicago Police badge on her belt, was working as a security guard for a construction company when she saw Jordan walking away from the construction site with a hammer drill owned by the company, Assistant State’s Attorney Barry Quinn said in court Sunday
Best wishes to the Officer for a speedy recovery.

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Thanks Andy Shaw

  • Chicago police have fatally shot 70 people over a five-year span, tops among departments in the largest U.S. cities.
Big deal - 14 people (and folks) a year. While non-police shootings top 400 regularly.
  • The Chicago victims were nearly all male. Most were black. More than half of the killings happened in six South Side police districts.
"victims"? The Victims were Chicago Police Officers you ass.
  • No other police department in any of the 10 most populous cities killed more people from 2010 through 2014, but Chicago ranks fourth behind Phoenix, Philadelphia and Dallas when the numbers are adjusted for population, according to a Better Government Association analysis of data obtained through interviews and open records requests.
And there's the per capita adjustment. Chicago doesn't even finish in the money. How about Shaw and his "organization" track the last year? The last two years? Because then Chicago doesn't even appear on the radar.

This is as lousy a piece of yellow journalism as we've seen in a long time.

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No More Nights Off

  • Three men have been killed and at least 16 other people have been wounded in separate shootings since Saturday evening across the city, police said.

    The 13 separate shooting incidents occurred in 12 different city neighborhoods, most on the South Side. Seven of those shootings occurred early Sunday morning.
Oh wait....it goes to hell whether or not we take a night off. Nearly twenty shot on a single Saturday night. CompStat this week is going to be another fun one.

We might take off another night in August, too.

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MFF Applications?

Seems the Department is asking for applicants for the so-called "Mobile Field Force."

If we recall, this was kind of a "MSF-lite." People bought their own riot gear, got some training, and were "on-call" while working in the event of a major disaster - kind of like the "Incident Teams" we still run, but with riot gear.

All we see this doing is shorting the Districts in the event of a call-out downtown.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Taking the Day Off

SCC is tired, it's hot out, it's Sunday and we have a day we have to burn.

Open post for Sunday - we'll moderate comments sparingly, but you guys should take a day off, too.

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