Monday, July 25, 2016

Witness Getting Grief

This is what people who do the right thing have to put up with when they don't toe the line of the prevailing narrative:
  • A violent confrontation on the Near South Side that left a man dead and a police officer wounded began when a woman walking her dog became suspicious as the man sat drinking in a park.

  • [the witness] said some comments on the Internet have blamed her for Love's death.

    “It’s not my fault what happened. I just reported something that I saw that was worth being reported," she said. "That’s what police are there for. If you can’t tell them, then I don’t know what you’re supposed do."
Of course, she's not from around these parts, so she doesn't understand how dangerous it might be to go against the "community" that wants nothing to do with actual law and order:
  • [the witness] moved to Chicago last year and is working on her master’s degree in public policy at the University of Chicago. She was born and raised in Lebanon, and received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English literature before switching career paths.

    "If you feel like you’re seeing something suspicious that could potentially put other people in danger, the way you should respond is, to get the people there out of harm’s way and report it and let professionals deal with it,” [the witness] said. “Clearly I didn’t walk up to the guy and ask him, 'Hey, why are you here? Why are you drinking?' I just made sure the park was cleared and the girls went home. And I told the cops because figured it’s their job to deal with it.”
And educated? That's a no-no among the perpetually aggrieved people. Who does she think she is?

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Vigil Coverage

Surprisingly, the media covered it:
  • (Tribune) A few dozen police officers and family members gathered for a short prayer vigil Sunday morning for a Chicago police officer shot Thursday night, as well as for several law enforcement officers shot and killed nationwide in recent weeks.

    The Chicago officer, who was assigned to bike patrol, was shot in the leg in an exchange of gunfire with a 50-year-old man in Battle of Fort Dearborn Park in the Prairie Avenue District neighborhood.

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DOJ on the Prowl?

Is this for real?
  • I sure hope that the DOJ have their hands into the Detective's promotional exam, once the city gets the scores back from the private company. My brother told me that the DOJ removed the refrigerator from the 001st District's CAPs office. They said that the officers were stealing electricity from the city. No refrigerators allowed without a CPD inventory number on it.
Which supernintendo was it who figured that Officers would eat better if they brought lunch from home? We seem to remember that the boss they'd be able to store their healthy veggie snacks and such in the refrigerator located at the desk.

That's out now? We guess that officers shouldn't expect to use the station washrooms as that would be stealing water from the city. The new stations equipped with weight rooms? Better exercise in the dark lest the DOJ say that electricity is stolen also. And don't even think of using the showers afterward.

That television in the Tact Office? Or the one in the Watch Lieutenant's office? Or the commander's office? The one with the "satellite hookup? Yeah, not any more.

Guess we won't be siphoning gas out of the pool cars for our lawnmower this year either.

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Airport Nonsense?

Someone wrote in the comment section that there is an order, currently posted in the O'Hare C.O. Book, that Officers are forbidden from using the "family" restrooms at the airport, but must instead use the regular public washrooms.

As the commentator said, that isn't really that intelligent, given that a full duty rig down around one's ankles is an invitation to someone in the next stall grabbing hold of things and wreaking havoc. There aren't any "employee only" restrooms that might be single use? Or something similar out of the public eye that doesn't mean a trip back to the substation?

Unfortunately, their language tended to the scatological, so we "flushed" it.... in a manner of speaking.

But this is yet another example of Department shortsightedness - outdoor roll calls set up in conjunction with aldercreatures and "community"groups, many of whom wish us ill; DUI checkpoint locations advertised weeks in advance; day-glo vests at outdoor events, that make picking out targets as simple as ABC; promoting unqualified girlfriends and wives by feeding them test answers; etc, etc.

It's almost like safety is a secondary (or worse) concern.

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By Popular Demand

People asked, so here's a little something for the collection plates:


Write your message on the back so word gets to Blase.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

"New" Crystal Ball Unit

  • When a few police cars pulled up outside Daniel Alcantara's West Side residence last summer, the gang member dashed into his home.

    From outside his window, the officers asked him to come out and talk. They weren't there to arrest him, they explained, but to warn him: They believed he was at a high risk to go to prison — or to the grave. It was time to give up the gang life, and they were there to help him, they said.

    The warning proved prophetic. Last month, Alcantara, 20, was gunned down in the Logan Square neighborhood, another victim of escalating gang wars.
After all that effort, he still managed to get killed. You can lead a gang-banger to safety, but you can't make him drink. And so the "Strategic Subject List" was reduced by one.

Here's some amusing math:
  • After taking office in March amid one of the most tumultuous times in department history, Superintendent Eddie Johnson bluntly said, "We know who they are." He was referring to the approximately 1,400 individuals, many of them gang members, whom the department put on a list of those they say are most likely to commit or be targeted by violence. Those on that list, Johnson said, are driving the killings and shootings.

    Indeed, officials said 85 percent of the more than 2,100 people shot so far this year had been placed on what police refer to as the "strategic subject list."
85% of 2,100 is 1,785. The SSL is "only" 1,400 names, which means that 385 of those 1,400 have been shot twice this year? We can think of half-a-dozen who have been shot twice, but 385? We'll even leave out that 2,100 is at least 197 short of HeyJackass.com's totals as of yesterday.

The article does point out that citywide units seemed to play a part in keeping the homicide totals under 500 - and that the totals began to climb once these units were disbanded. And that coincided with Rahm's and McCompStat's to gut the manpower numbers - cutting budgeted spots by 1,200, slowed hiring, retirement attrition, etc.

We're trying to figure out what this love letter to Lewin is about - is he up for De-Escalante's spot?

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Bella Explains

This was forwarded to us - it has the Recording Secretary's name attached to the header as author, though he wasn't the one forwarding it to us:
  • The Chicago FOP is asking the membership not to volunteer to work any type of VRI over the Labor Day weekend.

    How does it affect you?

    You might get one day of VRI from Friday to Monday. If not working VRI impacts manpower the City will cancel your day off and you will make the money anyway.

    What does it prove?

    The media will have to report on the manpower shortage and it will prove that Rham and the Department have been lying about manpower for the past 6 years. Every cop out there complains they can't get time off, can't get off on holidays this will bring that fact home.

    What will you gain?

    You will prove to [Rahm] that we are united, we will do what it takes to fix the problems. We are sick and tired of being screwed. We are the ones being hospitalized, suspended, shot and yes killed.

    We deserve better and the worst that happens is that you have a nice BBQ with your family. Take the time to hug and kiss them because that is worth more than the time and a half pay.
As many know, the FOP, indeed, any member of the FOP, advocating a "job action" is subject to sanctions, charges and termination. An overtime initiative is a voluntary endeavor, and therefore is not a job action, and this essay pretty well explains why everyone ought to consider and adhere to the FOP's direction.

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Prayer Vigil

Planned by some CPD spouses:
  • PRAYER VIGIL TO SUPPORT LAW ENFORCEMENT

    Sunday July 24th @ 10:00 AM
    1718 S. State St, Chicago

    In front of the 001 District Station

    We are having a prayer Vigil to support all of our brave men and women in Law Enforcement. Please wear blue and feel free to make signs to show support. This is going to be a peaceful vigil to show we stand behind our police.
The party forwarding this along apologized for the short notice. Apparently this was just planned.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Well This is Something

The FOP actually discovering some form of testicles (click for a larger image):


Time to make Rahm feel some pain. One suggestion for the FOP though:
  • You need to have a penalty for anyone working these days. Otherwise, some jerks are going to sign up for it and just say, "Screw everyone else - I'm getting mine."
Therefore, to put some teeth in there with your newly-found nuts, we respectfully suggest anyone found to be working this day will be expelled from the bargaining unit and denied the benefits of the bargaining unit.

No cowering behind, "Well, we can't make them not sign up." That's going to be Rahm's hope. Sure you can. How do you think the dems and repubs maintain party discipline? Denying the benefits of their party - committees, chairmanships, fundraising, election support. Crack the whip or Rahm is going to walk all over you and the membership, which already doubts where you stand, will de-legitimize the entire organization.

Get the PBPA behind this, too.

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A Good Deed

  • Two Chicago Police Officers helped a woman in need Tuesday after a call came in that she was wandering around her neighborhood for hours.

    Officer Haro and Officer McDonald found the woman, who was lost and disoriented, near the intersection of 95th and Halsted. When they asked her if she needed help getting home, they realized she was non-verbal, so they started writing on a piece of paper to ask her questions.

    They discovered that her home was just a few blocks away and helped her walk back home. At her house, the officers noticed that she lived alone and that she had very little food, so they made a run to a local grocery store to stock her pantry and fridge out of their own pockets.

    The officers said that when they came back with the food, they were thanked with tears and a hug from the woman, before they went on to their next job.
Very well done Officers.

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This is Farcical

Instead of actually canvassing the area, IPRA pulls this rabbit out of their collective asses:


IPRA can't be bothered to do an actual investigation at the scene, contemporaneous with the events, but rather solicits any information from passersby who might happen to see a flyer posted in the neighborhood.

We guess they didn't want to get wet in the rain.

UPDATE: Aren't there some sort of ordinances about "Post no Bills"? Perhaps a few ANOV's for the "investigators" might be in order.

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Openings!

The City posted District openings Friday.

The sergeants have 57 openings - every district except 015 and 017.

The Patrol Division has exactly 10 openings, all in 003.

What a joke.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Officer Shot

(This post has been moved up from 2152 hours last night when it originally appeared.)

18th and Calumet.

Officer at Northwestern.

Offender dead.

Prayers for the officer - last report was positive.

UPDATE: Officer released from hospital and is resting.

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Mounted Graduation

Congratulations to the graduates:
  • A new group of mounted Chicago police officers has hit the streets, after completing what they said was some of the most difficult training of their lives.

    The officers ran their equine partners through a demonstration that included a police SUV barreling into the training arena at the South Shore Cultural Center.

    The horses stood perfectly still as the SUV circled them, tires spinning, horn and sirens blaring, and a capgun blazing – all noises the horses might encounter on the job.
And some new uniforms were unveiled at the ceremony:



Nowadays, even the horses need all the possible protection available.

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Hire 1,000

Remember those 1,000 cops Rahm promised? The "community" is remembering, too:
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday unleashed a familiar emotional tirade in response to the shooting of a 6-year-old Englewood girl caught in the crossfire between rival gangs, but the mayor’s words rang hollow to the local alderman.

    After three shootings this week in a gang-ridden South Side ward that includes Englewood and Back of the Yards, Ald. Ray Lopez (15th) is demanding that Emanuel finally make good on his 2011 campaign promise to hire 1,000 additional police officers.
And Lopez wants "reinforcements" for CPD:
  • In the meantime, Lopez wants Chicago Police officers now working in pairs for their own safety to get reinforcements from the Illinois National Guard, the Illinois State Police, the Cook County Sheriff’s office or all of the above.

    “The police are now forced to be reactionary. They’re forced not to be pro-active and engaged. … We’re pulling them back because of the safety concerns we have for our officers. But that hurts our ability to bring stability to the neighborhoods,” Lopez said
Rahm sticks with his scripted stupidity:
  • “There is no sense by somebody behind that gun pulling a trigger that they are responsible. There are too many guns, too few values and not a sense of consequence to the actions you take…. The ability to have guns—and any type of type of gun. The ability to use `em without a sense of consequence. And a criminal justice system in which those who are using guns are repeatedly put back on the streets.”
So, guns, guns, no values, guns, guns and the courts. Got it.

And the ones he's working on? Well, he isn't hiring. He's paying lip service to values (which is a family problem, not a government problem). And he isn't backing the police or bringing political pressure on judges to make consequences stick. So, pretty much nothing.

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Understaffing = Escapes

The major media outlets are ignoring this since so many of their relatives work for Dart:
  • The prisoner who led authorities on a three-hour manhunt after fleeing the Rolling Meadows courthouse Wednesday is being held on $1 million bail after Cook County prosecutors Thursday filed a felony escape charge against him.

    The Cook County sheriff's office said it is launching a thorough investigation into how Jonathan J. Scott was able to escape. As part of the inquiry, they say they will conduct a comprehensive review of staff and procedures.
Dart's people were quick to deny the obvious:
  • The escape was not the result of a shortage of guards at the courthouse, [sheriff's spokeswoman Kara] Smith said.

    "There is no suggestion that this was related to staffing," she said.
Could Miss Smith explain why this is the fourth such escape at a Dart run facility just this year then? We were just wondering.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Channel 7 Strikes Again

Once again, the media alters a story without noting that they "corrected" it, because that would mean that the agenda was exposed (again) and they'd have to explain how their multiple layers of "fact checking" failed once again in the face of a few phone calls.
  • Version #1 - But on Tuesday, a judge agreed to lift Green's curfew after his lawyer submitted letters from several supporters including Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Father Michael Pfleger.

  • Version #2 - But on Tuesday, a judge agreed to lift Green's curfew after his lawyer submitted letters from several supporters, including Father Michael Pfleger.
Something is missing in that second version.

The FOP provides this bit of information:
  • What we have learned thus far is that the media might have reported a crucial aspect of this story incorrectly. When we pushed City Hall for a copy of the alleged letter, we received a letter dated June 10, 2015 which we were told was mailed out to numerous volunteers who worked on the city-sponsored, 'Put the Guns Down' anti-violence campaign. We were also informed that the original letter was in no way intended to be used as support of any kind concerning this person's recent arrest; nor to help him to be removed from electronic monitoring or to assist him to once again use social media. If we are to believe this explanation, it could be construed that the Court was misled.
So a lawyer misrepresented a letter from thirteen months ago to alter the bail restrictions on someone who attempted to disarm an officer, spit on another officer, threatened the physical safety of a number of officers and told another he would "have his badge." That would appear to be an invitation to sanctions and/or disbarment.

We also don't see Rahm's lawyers (Corp Counsel) going to Court to correct the misrepresentation so that the judge had a complete picture of what was going on.

And finally, Channel 7 made the changes to their article without any notice of what had actually occurred. This is journalistic malpractice at its most blatant. Channel 7 has been rightly described as "thieves" by us on more than once occasion. Now they can rightfully wear the jacket of "hacks," "agenda driven" and "lying by omission motherfuckers."

(Aside to the unpublished asshat who said Channel 7 got their lead from us and we ought to check our sources, that isn't our job - that is the media's job. They're supposed to be at Court following cases, not stealing from blogs. We're cops (unlike you) who blog part time. They're "professionals" or so we've been told)

Someone ought to be fired over this, but they won't be. They won't even be identified by the management pulling the strings. The mask is slipping more and more.

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Time to Close the Beaches!

Higher temperatures predicted the rest of the week - topping out at almost 100 degrees on Friday (heat index well over 100). In order to avoid problems and prevent untoward violence, Rahm needs to use the Summer Mobile Force to immediately shut down the beaches. All that cool water only provokes people (and folks) to act out. We take you back to June 2011:
  • Police have been blaming hot weather on Monday for the sudden evacuation of North Avenue Beach.

    But as CBS 2 [...] reports, two days later, a lot of residents and beachgoers still are not buying the city’s version of events.

    They want to know, why weren’t all the beaches closed on Monday?

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel is now asking for a report on what went down, but he’s standing by the decision to close.

    Meanwhile, city officials are sticking to their story about collapsing beachgoers who were sick from the heat pushing people to close North Avenue Beach around 6 p.m. on Memorial Day.

    “You had public safety and you had public health,” Emanuel said. “There’s no Monday morning quarterbacking.”
    “There was no gang activity that was involved in the commander’s decision to close the beach,” said police Supt. Garry McCarthy.
We wonder if anyone in the media actually followed up on that report. CBS, you want to answer that one?

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Call a Crackhead

  • A billboard in Indiana has caused some controversy in the wake of the high-profile police killings and officer-involved shooting deaths of African-American men.

    The electronic billboard in Muncie caught the eyes of plenty of people around the town Saturday and one person described it as “vulgar” and “discriminatory.” It read “Hate cops? The next time you need help call a crackhead.”

    Megan Thomas told The Star Press on Sunday that she noticed the sign while walking with her niece. She said she was offended by the message, which she alleged was "vulgar, discriminatory to many different classes of people in our city.” She said it also seemed to have been up ahead of a police brutality protest.


Vulgar? Hardly.

Discriminatory? Because it made libtards butthurt?

Ahead of a protest? Seems timely.

You don't want the cops around and you got to call someone, why not a crackhead? They probably know where the crime is happening - they probably committed it or can direct you to where your TV ended up.

In any event, the social-justice warrior couldn't take the implied criticism and and complained to the billboard company. The company removed the board from the rotation lest some other sissy-ninny started whining.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Garfield Ridge

There are pockets of support, here and there. Mostly the taxpaying areas of the city - who are being shorted police coverage on a daily basis:
  • With blue ribbons on trees and blue light bulbs, porch after porch in Garfield Ridge illuminated in the color of law enforcement, a way for residents to say to police, "We're leaving the light on for you."

    "It sends a message home. It's such a quick indicator, a very simple action, but there's a lot of meaning behind it. And we certainly hope it catches on," says Al Torres of Garfield Ridge.

    Torres is among many in the community bathing their porches in blue. The campaign was organized by residents of this southwest side neighborhood where many cops live. At a community meeting Monday night there were prayers for the safety of officers.

    "We just want to show them that, hey, you know what, in all the troubled times that are going on in the country and in Chicago, that, hey, we've got your back. We support you," says resident Al Cacciottolo.
All well and good. Now we need your voices - in the media, in the community meetings, and in the voting booth. Stop voting for the "same-old-same-old." Start a grassroots "law and order" candidacy and put the fear of a vocal majority in the asshole politicians.

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Seriously? Seriously?

We have a hard time believing that Rahm would be so foolish as to inject himself into this:
  • Scc. We went to the court hearing this morning for Ja Mal Green in 42. State is going to indict. However numerous people wrote letters of support go Ja Mal, Including the Mayor of the City of Chicago. We thought that was interesting. The Mayor, who Ja Mal always rips on and wears the Tahm failed us shirts, writes a letter for a show of support for Ja Mal. That is a slap in the face to every Chicago Police Officer. 
We're going to need some more information on this one. FOP, are you going to ask for the Court Reporter's notes?

UPDATE: 100% true - Rahm has declared himself to be solely on the side of the lawbreakers:
  • Chicago activist Ja'Mal Green is off electronic monitoring after a court hearing Tuesday. He is also allowed to post on social media.

    Green was arrested earlier this month at a demonstration against police shootings.

    He is charged with hitting a Chicago police officer and trying to take his gun.

    But on Tuesday, a judge agreed to lift Green's curfew after his lawyer submitted letters from several supporters including Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Father Michael Pfleger.
So FOP, now what? Dean-o, you still selling us all down the river for Junior's supposed "merit" bump? Is that what it costs for your soul? Because Rahm has pretty much declared where he stands.

Where do you stand?

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Another Day, Another Englewood Victim

  • A 6-year-old girl was shot and seriously wounded Tuesday afternoon in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side.

    The girl was in front of her home in the 6000 block of South Paulina about 1 p.m. when she was shot in the abdomen, according to Chicago Police.

    She was taken in serious condition to Comer Children’s Hospital, police said.
Not sure how the denizens of 007 are going to make this into the police's fault, but we're betting that her "What I did on Summer Vacation" essay is going to be quite the story.

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Another Day, Another Officer Down

  • An officer with Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department was in critical condition Tuesday afternoon after being shot while on-duty.

    The officer, whose identity has not been released, had responded to a report of person being shot at by several people in a vehicle. When he and other officers arrived on the scene, the three or four occupants of the car jumped out and ran away, police said in a news release.

    One officer took one suspect into custody at 1:39 p.m., but a second officer was shot at 1:57 p.m. when he tried to make contact with another suspect, police said.
Unfrtunately, this Officer has since died.

And earlier today, it was revealed that the Officer shot near St. Louis is paralyzed from the neck down:
  • A suburban St. Louis police officer shot in the neck during a traffic stop is paralyzed from the neck down due to what the Ballwin police chief calls "catastrophic damage to his spinal cord."

    Officer Michael Flamion was shot from behind on July 8 after stopping a man for speeding in Ballwin, a well-to-do St. Louis County town of about 30,000 residents. Antonio Taylor of St. Louis was arrested later that day and is jailed on $500,000 bond on several charges, including first-degree assault of a law enforcement officer.
Prayers for all of the fallen and wounded.

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Stop the Violence Rally Ends in....

  • Ohio police on Tuesday were investigating a shooting at an impromptu anti-violence rally that killed a 19-year-old man and wounded a 12-year-old boy.

    As many as 300 people filled a lakeside park Sunday night in Euclid, outside Cleveland, for the "Stop the Violence Beach Party" when the shots rang out.

    The Cuyahoga County medical examiner said Phillip Banks was shot in the head and died later in a nearby hospital.

    Police did not identify the 12-year-old boy. They said he was shot in the back. Paramedics rushed him to the hospital.

    Residents had organized the beach party on the shore of Lake Erie.
Yup, it ended in violence. Imagine that.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

It's the Courts John

  • Then blue and red lights flooded her block in Austin as police and paramedics pulled up close to midnight Sunday. Two men had been shot at a house party in the 5000 block of West Jackson Boulevard, the end of another violent weekend in Chicago that saw seven people killed and at least 52 wounded.

    The toll brings the number of people shot in Chicago this year to nearly 2,200. At least 329 of them have been killed, about 100 more than this time last year.

    The spike prompted the Chicago Police Department to form a new summer patrol unit last month to tamp down violence during months when shootings historically rise. First Deputy Superintendent John Escalante said commanders were meeting Monday "coming up with what else we can do for this week."
You can stop having useless meetings first of all.
  • "We added resources each day," Escalante told reporters at police headquarters. "Those commanders are here right now, meeting with the chief of patrol."

    But he said "the courts, our state legislators, other community activists" need to step up and help the police "hold people accountable for their gun violence."

    He cited the killing of Raygene Jackson, 38, who was shot around 4:45 a.m. Sunday in the 4500 block of West Maypole Street.

    "I don't mean to victimize this victim any further, this man lost his life," Escalante said. "But our frustration is, in 1995 he was sentenced to 46 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for a murder. In 1995. He was paroled last year. How and why he's on the street, I don't know.

    "But if he was still serving his sentence, he wouldn't be a murder victim right now," he said.
Or he was murdered, he'd be counted in some prison stats and not a Chicago statistic, which would make Special Ed very happy.
  • Escalante also mentioned a 20-year-old man who was killed in a double shooting in Austin shortly before 8 p.m.

    Carlos Harding and another 20-year-old man were found shot inside a black SUV in the 100 block of North Lavergne Avenue. Harding suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The other man was shot in the leg and was stabilized at Stroger, Quaid said.

    Escalante noted that Harding had a record of 61 arrests. "Sixty-one arrests at the age of 20," he said. "That's the frustration we deal with. He has, and I believe it is correct but we'll double check, he has 20 convictions. Now granted, most of them are low-level misdemeanors but he has 20 convictions at the age of 20 years old.
But we imagine cops are the problem for....for...well, for something we guess. Arresting some asshole 61 times before age 20 pretty much means you're doing something that attracts attention to yourself. So blame the courts and hte prison system for releasing these oxygen thieves back on the street, not the cops doing their part to keep the streets safer.

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Shortages on the Horizon

This popped up in the comment section a few days ago:
  • So drove a copper to the 4th floor to retire the other day. Came back with 2 gems.

    1) Payouts on CU are taking 16 weeks, instead of the usual 6. (Excuse was they had a lot of people retire in May/Jun

    2) Total number of coppers signed up (so Far) to retire in Jan 2017?? In excess of 1000. Yes, that's One Thousand! How many are presently in the academy? How much are our taxes going to go up to pay the pension fund with 1000 more retirees?
One-thousand retirees? By next January? Is that even possible? We're assuming it's because the "55 and out" provision expires, but do we really have a thousand cops at or over 55?

The Department has absorbed the loss of 2,000 coppers because it happened in small increments, so no one actually noticed until the cars started going unmanned and the days off were getting denied.

But one-thousand in the next five months? The Department will collapse. Literally.

Can anyone verify this at all?

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Zero-for-Three

This is what happens when you rush an investigation based on nothing but lies and "feelings:"
  • Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams has ruled that Lt. Brian Rice, the highest-ranking Baltimore City Police officer to be charged in relation to the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, is not guilty of all the charges he faced — involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. Gray died on April 19, 2015, a week after he suffered a severe spinal cord injury while being transported in the back of a city police van. His death prompted riots last year in Baltimore.

    Rice is the third officer charged in the Gray case to get a full acquittal from Judge Williams.

    “The judge decided that there was no proof of any of the charges yet again,” according to WJZ’s Mike Hellgren, who was inside the courtroom as the verdict was read.
The State's Attorney, who was assuring everyone that she'd indict everyone even remotely connected with the case, didn't even bother to show up for the trial or verdict, attempting to sidestep the damage she did to the process that is supposed to protect all citizens.

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Missed It

As someone pointed out, the media must have missed the "Days of Rage" that may or may not have been threatened last weekend. Rumor has it that 5,000 protesters were abducted and run through the wood chippers in the basement of the Homan Square "Black Site."

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Baton Rouge

(post moved from 1441 hours yesterday to stay at the top today - regular posting appears immediately below)

Three dead, three wounded in what is pretty much a declared war on the police.

Check the news links and such on the right hand side for more updates than we could possibly do.

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July Numbers

After a slow start to the month, the carnage has picked up:
  • Five people were killed and at least 42 more have been wounded in shootings across the city since Friday evening, according to Chicago Police.

    The weekend’s latest homicide happened Sunday morning in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side.
This after the Sun Times pointed out that racist assignment practices left the Englewood District with a mere 509 officers assigned to one of the smallest Districts while Jefferson Park is generously allotted 250 officers (on paper) to handle an area nearly three times the size.

The HeyJackass numbers tell a slightly higher story for this weekend:
  •  six dead, fifty-two wounded as of Sunday 2100 hours
And July has been on the skimpy side:
  • twenty-seven dead, two-hundred-nine wounded
Past July's have numbered over fifty dead, so this is going to look good at the end of the month...until Special Ed opens his mouth and jinxes the whole thing again.

Englewood is running away with the homicide totals since summer began, far outpacing Harrison. Must be all the white police not relating to the community.

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Another Off Duty Save

A drowning child saved by an off-duty sergeant:
  • An off-duty Chicago police officer saved a young boy’s life at a suburban pool party on Saturday, fire officials confirmed.

    Emergency personnel from the Orland Fire Protection District responded to a home on Steeplechase Parkway in Orland Park at around 6 p.m. for calls of a young boy drowning, according to a release.

    The boy, between the ages of 10 and 12, was in full cardiac arrest, authorities said.

    When emergency responders arrived, officials said the boy was conscious and breathing thanks to the quick-thinking actions of a guest at the pool party, who happened to be an off-duty Chicago police officer who had emergency training.
Nicely done sergeant.

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Aldercreature Threatened (UPDATE)

(part of this post references a comment that was accidentally deleted yesterday)

The Department of Transportation affixed signs honoring a known gang banger the other day - Aldercreature Beale was pissed off:
  • Honorary street designations are a Chicago tradition mired in political controversy.

    On Thursday, a new dustup was added to the pile.

    Transportation Committee Chairman Anthony Beale (9th) angrily demanded that the Chicago Department of Transportation take down signs put up without authorization earlier this month to honor former gang member-turned-community activist Hal Baskin.

    Beale had initially intended to hold the ordinance in committee during Thursday’s Transportation Committee meeting.

    When he was told that the Chicago Department of Transportation had already renamed a healthy chunk of 65th Street as “Hal Baskin Street,” Beale let CDOT have it and demanded that the signs be taken down.

    “The department is putting the cart before the horse. They’re operating outside the scope of their job. They need to wait until it has passed City Council before they start erecting these signs. The signs will come down until it is passed,” the chairman said.
Now, we have ZERO doubt that Beale's committee would have rubber stamped the signs honoring a "retired" gang banger. The political winds being what they are, the effort we assisted in denying Fred Hampton a street sign years ago would fall on dead ears today. The politicians are all about pandering to low-information, no-impulse-control criminal types spouting a false narrative. Baskin would have gotten his sign anyway even while belonging to a gang that has a body count rivaling many banana republics.

But the "process" was violated, so Beale was "disrespected" and it's surprising gunfire didn't erupt.

Now, according to a commentator, Beale is getting death threats and he's gone to...surprise!...the police for a case report, protection and resolution. If anyone has the RD number, we'll helpfully publish it so anyone can FOIA the report.

And no one will make the connection between a gang banger, an organization whose "power" derives from intimidation, and threats made to an aldercreature over a sign that is pretty much a waste of taxpayer money.

UPDATE: Here it is for any interested parties: HZ 348848

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

CPD Shooting Overnight

  • A man was shot by a Chicago police officer during a police investigation into a suspected "gun house" Saturday evening in the West Garfield Park neighborhood.

    Gang Investigations Officers responded about 9 p.m. to the first block of North Kilpatrick after police received a tip that an auto repair/car wash business was storing weapons, according to a statement from Chicago Police.

    When the officers entered the business, they saw a man who matched officers' suspect description, police said. When he saw the officers, the man ran away and, as he did, he pointed a handgun at an officer.

    One of the officers then opened fired, striking the man in the leg and arm, police said. No officers were injured in the shooting.
At least five guns were recovered, so the information was good. Was it someone from the hood who realized that the dealers in heartache and death aren't the police, but rather the criminals?

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Coming Soon - Bussing Cops

  • Chicago has 22 police stations scattered across the city, and white police officers hold at least half of the jobs in 12 of them — including two stations serving black neighborhoods on the West Side, where murders and shootings are rampant.

    Black cops have more than half the jobs in just two police stations — both on the South Side, one serving Hyde Park, Kenwood, Bronzeville, Grand Boulevard and Washington Park, the other covering Roseland and West Pullman. Some districts have hardly any black officers at all.

    Hispanic police officers hold more than half the jobs at only one police station, a district that includes Little Village, one of the city’s most heavily Mexican neighborhoods.
So....what exactly? This is news? Or yet another subtle dig at contractual protections?
  • More than 70 percent of Chicago’s nearly 12,000 police officers are assigned to one of the city’s 22 police districts. They include Chicago’s street officers, the most visible cops in the city, the ones most likely to respond to calls for help, but not the department’s detective units and other specialized bureaus.
There's that bullshit 12,000 again. How many news outlets have done stories on how more officers are retiring than being hired?

And it's leading to this crap:
  • State Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, says he thinks Chicago needs more black officers assigned to black neighborhoods — which are often patrolled by rookies, black or white, who are typically assigned to high-crime beats because they have no seniority to transfer to other assignments.

    “You can’t presume everything just based on race,” Raoul says. “But there’s an increased likelihood that, if you have an African American, they’re more familiar with the nuances of the African American community. There’s a certain cultural competence that can allow for officers to distinguish between one individual who may be dressed in a hop-hop type of attire that’s not a threat and somebody who is, in fact, a threat.
So with Kwame's vast experience as a police officer in minority neighborhoods, he.....what? He isn't? So what''s the basis for his "vast" knowledge here? Oh, race-baiting agitator? Amazing.

Perhaps Kwame could explain why so many minority officers bid out of predominantly minority neighborhoods where they're called all manner of names, race-traitors, etc. We suppose they get sick of the bullshit heaped on them by those Kwame says they should "relate" to. We imagine they don't want to relate to assholes.

Districts are majority biddable positions. If someone wants to go somewhere, they have to weigh things like seniority to figure out what watch they'll get or what kind of vacation they can bid for. Then there's the high crime busy spots and the lower crime, retirement spots. Most shitholes, like 011 and 015, get all the new kids when all the senior people bid out. 011 and 015 eat up coppers at a tremendous rate - most people bid out as soon as possible. That has nothing to do with race and everything to do with cops going to wherever their seniority can get them.

But we have this imaginary "black cops for black hoods" mentality appearing among the morons. Among those who know better, we get this:
  • But Wesley Skogan, a Northwestern University professor who specializes in police issues, says race shouldn’t factor into the assignment of police officers, an issue he says was debated by Emanuel’s Police Accountability Task Force.

    “It flies in the face of police research,” says Skogan, who, like Raoul, was among the experts who served in working groups to help the task force suggest reforms for the police department. “Cops are blue in color, with race predicting very little about their behavior or performance.”
Amazing. Now apply that to the supposed "profiling" going on - cops see and profile behavior. If you act like an ass, you are going to attract attention. It's natural. You know who cops don't notice? The guy driving a clean car with working equipment and up-to-date plates, obeying the traffic laws and not talking on their cell phone.

But the media has to find a racial angle to everything - it's overplayed, it's insulting and it's bullshit.

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There She Goes Again

  • After the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile last week, Page May and the rest of Assata's Daughters don't want police to change. They want police to disappear.

    Through a microphone Friday evening, May made the case to a mostly young and diverse crowd in Washington Park for abolishing a system of police and prisons she called fundamentally racist.

    "This isn't just an issue of a few bad apples," she told them, "And this isn't an issue that we think can be reformed or fixed with more policies."
Funny, we were thinking the exact same thing. Not about the police though. HeyJackass.com lists 2,179 people (and folks) shot so far this year, 358 dead. Of those, 10 were shot by the police. That's what? Half-of-one-percent? Statistically insignificant? That's a rounding error of the carnage on Chicago's streets. One police shooting for every 218 people shot? Sounds like great odds.

And as for disbanding the police, has anyone of these idiots looked east lately? Baltimore PD was ordered to stand down, to give the community room "to destroy." The police weren't disbanded, but they weren't serving or protecting by political design. So we can see exactly what happens when the police aren't there.

Page May, AssHoleO's Daughters and #blm wants this to happen.

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Reserve Your Spot Early

You can see what actual leadership looks like:
  • Please join the Northsiders Retiree Luncheon at BIAGIOS, 4240 N Central Avenue, on Tuesday, 9 August, from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.

    Milwaukee Sheriff David A Clarke, Jr. will be a guest speaker.

    Interested members MUST RSVP no later than Monday, 1 August, by contacting Paul Vitaioli at: (See the FOP site for the rest of the info).
 Maybe Special Ed and Weezie can go and pick up some pointers.

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Have Incompetence, Will Travel

Once again, the "meri-clout-orious" process damages another Department:
  • The Chicago State University Police Metropolitan Alliance of Police have no faith in Chief of Police Patricia Walsh and want her removed immediately.Union representative Ray Violetto said in an email that the officers have “lost the trust that the Chief of Police can manage the department."

    Neither Walsh nor a university spokesman could be immediately reached for comment.

    Prior to coming to Chicago State, Walsh worked with the Chicago Police Department, where she was the deputy chief of the Bureau of Patrol for Area South, the highest ranking female in the department in 2013, the Tribune reported. She was also a detective, a sergeant, a lieutenant and a commander.
"Merit" all the way. And when put in charge of another Department without anyone to turn to (or blame), promptly drives it into a tree. Why anyone would hire a CPD member over the rank of lieutenant, we have no idea. And even the lieutenant rank is pretty shady nowadays.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Policeman's Wife

Jack Dunphy does it again - a timely and heart-wrenching article.

Go read it all.

If we tried to quote it, we wouldn't know where to start and couldn't do it justice.

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Rock the Badges IV

Save the date:


The day starts with a Motorcycle ride:


06 August.

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