Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Get off Johnson's Johnson!

  • Police Supt. Eddie Johnson is shining the light on a merit-promotion process condemned by officers interviewed by the U.S. Department of Justice as a “reward for cronyism” and clout.

    Following the Justice Department’s demand for increased “transparency” around the merit promotion process, Johnson plans to return to a reform imposed, then rescinded, a few years ago.

    [...]

    “CPD will be identifying those individuals who received a merit-based promotion — not just for sergeant but for all going forward. And we will identify who the nominating members are,” said Chicago Police Department spokesman [...].

    “This is part of the superintendent’s effort to be more transparent — not only externally but internally as well. He made the decision following an email request that came in from rank-and-file officers last month.”
And as we said, not good enough. And the FOP agrees....sort of:
  • Fraternal Order of Police President Dean Angelo was not impressed with Johnson’s decision to once again identify officers promoted on the basis of merit as well as their “nominators.”

    “That kind of blew up in their face because it turned out to be the driver” of department brass who got the promotion, Angelo said.

    “It’s going to do what it did last time. It will ostracize individuals who are meritoriously promoted.”

    Angelo said merit promotions — 20 percent for detectives and 30 percent for all other ranks — should be used to reward acts of heroism on the job.
The driver turned out to have been ineligible. He's now suing for the unjustified promotion, wasting untold tens-of-thousand in taxpayer money. And heroic acts aren't exactly a precursor to decent leadership skills - it can be a factor, but the sole determinant? A certain SOS copper now serving time won the highest award for Valor once - that doesn't make him qualified to be a "merit" promotee.

And Deano says it ostracizes individuals - individuals like whom, dare we ask?

What is needed, as we've stated before, is a list of qualifications and accomplishments that all cops can strive toward in order to receive an actual nod based on merit, not "merit." House mice, side pieces, pincushions and drivers need not apply.

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Shooters Work OT

Final tally - about 7 and 48, including some Monday morning mayhem:
  • Six people were killed and at least 47 others were wounded in shootings across the city between Friday evening and Monday morning, according to Chicago police.

    The weekend's latest homicide happened at 1:54 a.m. Monday outside Spencer Elementary Technology Academy in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side. Officers responded to a call of a person shot and found the woman, thought to be 25 years old, lying on the sidewalk in the 5000-block of West Maypole, police said. She was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene. The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office did not provide information on the fatality.
That must have been an educational moment for the children.

Newsradio 780 had a quote from Rahm when he was questioned about the 2017 murder / maiming totals already being 5% higher than the same time last year. Rahm said it was "unacceptable."

If it was unacceptable, it wouldn't be happening. But it is happening, so it must therefore be acceptable.

Special Ed was heard to whisper, "The word is 'concerning' you idiot."

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Good Point

From the comments:
  • ...we can't accept a free coffee, but we can accept a free house....?
Hey Loretta, you want to check in here..... hey, where did Loretta go?

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Free Houses!!!

  • A new proposal that will be introduced to the Cook County Board Monday would offer homes to City workers in what Commissioner Richard Boykin describes as "endangered communities."

    Called the "Neighborhood Revitalization Act," Boykin's plan would offer a free home to first responders, police, fire fighters, teachers, and paramedics and EMTs in the communities where they work. If the worker agrees to live in the residence for five years, he or she will be given the property.

    Boykin said the plan could help clean up and diversify Chicago communities in need on the South and West sides.

    "These are the communities where we’ve seen a lot of gun violence, we’ve seen a lot unemployment and of course poverty. We’ve got to rebuild these communities," Boykin said. "If you have a policeman who lives on your block we believe that the chances for an individual dealing drugs go down, diminish greatly."
Sure, because this worked so well in the 1980's and 90's. Living on your own, no radio, no backup, your kids being pointed out as coming-and-going from "that cop's house." Your spouse, too. Not too many yard parties or barbecues on the 4th of July weekend in your future.

Why don't Cook County Commissioners or Aldercreatures ever live on these blocks?

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Golf Outing Debt?

Someone said the FOP Golf Outing lost $25,000?

The FOP said they're "investigating" at last week's meeting.

How does a well attended golf outing lose money?

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Bold Statement?

  • Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson made a bold statement on Saturday about the thousands of officers under his command.

    Superintendent Johnson attends community meetings multiple times during the week. Saturday morning was no exception, though he made some bold statements acknowledging the problems within his department.

    “Majority of officers out there that work every day are trying to do their job correctly and professionally. The ones that do not, that is my challenge to get rid of them,” Johnson said. “Do we have those type of officers? Yes. Is there racism? Yes, but we cannot fix that until we start to acknowledge.”
Are there bad actors on the job? Yes.

Are there procedures in place to "get rid" of them? Well....it depends. Is there video? Audio? Are there witnesses? What exactly was said? Who is his/her political patron? Was it said on or off duty? Like we said - procedures.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Great Idea You Idiot

  • An influential alderman is demanding that Mayor Rahm Emanuel relax police hiring standards before the April 1 and 2 police exam to attract more minorities at a time of high crime and deep distrust.

    Earlier this week, Emanuel acknowledged that he would have to work “double hard” to convince minorities to apply and “show the Police Department is a different police department” than the one the U.S. Justice Department has condemned as biased.

    Now, Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) is pronouncing the unprecedented minority outreach campaign as doomed to failure without immediate changes to the hiring process itself.
Just when the DOJ (and Rahm supposedly) want a smarter, more legally oriented, by-the-book police force, this moron wants standards lowered. Makes perfect sense.

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Once Again, Parole = Death

  • Marlon Pollard of north suburban Evanston man was shot to death early Monday in a drive-by in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood.

    The 36-year-old Pollard was standing outside about 1:10 a.m. in the 2200 block of West Chicago Avenue, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Someone in a black SUV nearby opened fire, striking him in the abdomen, face and left leg, according to police.

    Pollard was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died less than an hour later at 2:05 a.m., authorities said. He lived in the 1400 block of Darrow Avenue in Evanston.
Suburban guy, in the city for a good time, shot and died. Then we got a note that told us the shooter stood over Marlon and pretty much obliterated his head at close range, leading us to assume it was a targeted killing.

Then we ran Marlon's name through the publicly accessible inmate data search and found the following:
  • OFFENSE: 2ND DEGREE MURDER/PROVOCATION
    CUSTODY DATE: 09/14/2008
    SENTENCE: 15 Years 0 Months 0 Days
2008 plus 15 years equals 2023.

But of course, IDOC still has the day-for-day credit, so a murderer can serve less time than Blago and be released onto the streets of Chicago when he can become yet another murder statistic. Is anyone every going to hold the Department of Corrections and the Legislature responsible for this nonsense or are they just going to go along with the Prickwrinkle school of non-thought.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Transparency?

This might be interesting - Special Ed sent out a letter:
  • I have previously announced to you that we will be hiring and promoting additional officers, sergeants, lieutenants, and FTOs to provide you with the support you need in the field. To make good on that commitment, we will be promoting over one hundred new sergeants in early February.

    Currently, merit interviews are underway and, in order to be more transparent to you, we will identify those sergeants promoted under the merit process as well as their nominators.
That's half the battle. The other half is listing what makes/constitutes a "merit" pick. If everyone had a clue as to what the path was, we'd almost call it semi-legit.

The bosses girlfriends, ex-partner's, their spawn and connected folks having the answers still makes it illegitimate.

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Accountability?

  • Six Chicago Police officers have been suspended for giving the third-highest ranking member of the Chicago Fire Department favored treatment after the fire deputy crashed his city-owned SUV near Lake Shore Drive in Lincoln Park.

    Police Supt. Eddie Johnson suspended all six officers for “improper processing and reporting procedures” in connection with the April 20, 2016 crash involving former Deputy Fire Commissioner John McNicholas.
Three of the six are listed as supervisors, so "accountability" seems to be the new watchword.

No idea if this applies to shoplifting detectives or exam cheaters though.

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Connected Lawyer Leaving

  • ...Patton's six-year tenure as the city's top lawyer was not without controversy.

    Patton recommended not releasing the video of a police officer fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times, saying at the time its release would compromise the ongoing investigation into the teen's death.

    The graphic video set off a wave of protests that eventually toppled former Police Supt. Garry McCarthy and sparked the federal investigation.

    In addition, a federal judge ruled in January 2016 that an attorney for the city intentionally concealed evidence during the civil trial of two officers who shot and killed a man in 2011 during a traffic stop.

    The judge overturned a jury verdict that cleared the officers of wrongdoing, and harshly criticized the city for concealing evidence from the the victim's family.

    In December, the City Council agreed to pay $2.34 million to settle the case.

    The case prompted city officials to hire former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb to conduct an independent investigation of whether the Patton-led Law Department routinely concealed evidence or engaged in misconduct.
Rahm already has another fall guy lined up for the spot.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Light Posting

Taking it very easy today, watching some news, catching up on some chores, visiting a few old friends over some prune juice that we haven't seen in a while.

Posting will be light. Comments might be delayed. We may have some commentary sometime after the festivities in Washington.

Open post for now.

(Yes, we heard about the TrueNews site being locked down by blogger, so you can stop with the snide comments. We explained ourselves to TN via email and he agreed that our actions were logical in light of the circumstances. What came down yesterday was unexpected by both of us and reinforced our opinions that since there isn't any help coming from Washington under this administration, then Rahm is likely to turn his attention on annoyances closer to home.)

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Rahm Loses Again

  • People younger than 18 have a Second Amendment right to target practice, with adult supervision. Broad bans on the location of firing ranges are unconstitutional. On these points, all three judges of a 7th Circuit panel agree, in the newly decided Ezell II.

    Released Wednesday, Ezell II held that:

    Chicago may not prohibit all persons under 18 from entering licensed firing ranges.
    Chicago may not constrict firing ranges to a tiny sliver of the city.

    The opinion of the court was written by Judge Diane Sykes, joined by Judge Michael Kanne. Judge Ilana Rovner concurred in part and dissented in part. She agreed with the above two points but construed them more narrowly than did the majority.
And no doubt, Rahm will be sending another chunk of taxpayer money to Alan Gura and David Sigale, who represented the plaintiffs in this case, for yet another classic overreach.

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Blago to Rot

You run up against the Machine, exposing shady Illinois Combine practices, publicly dissing your father-in-law, nearly unseating president-elect Sparklefarts, you get put in a corner:
  • President Barack Obama made his final grants of clemency on Thursday with less than a day left in office, and imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was not on the list.

    Blagojevich was handed a 14-year sentence on corruption charges, with one of the most sensational being his attempt to “sell” the U.S. Senate seat that then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama was vacating after being elected president in November 2008.

    The Justice Department earlier confirmed that Blagojevich, in year four of his imprisonment, filed a request to have his sentence commuted. He was arrested in December 2008, a few weeks after the presidential election.

    The former governor, 60, is not due to get out of prison until 2024.
.....and you will sit in that corner until you are n o longer a threat to the legacy of Sparklefarts and various statutes of limitations have expired for others.

We've seen murderers kill, get arrested, stand trial, serve prison time, be released and end up laid out on a slab at the morgue in less time than Blago will be serving.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Is it Getting Hot in Here?

On page 131, there is an extensive footnote. It reads as follows:
  • The City Inspector General is also currently investigating allegations that three recently promoted lieutenants were coached by a high ranking official who helped develop the August 2015 lieutenant exam. Although the investigation is ongoing, allegations of improper exam procedures make CPD officers doubt the fairness of the exam process.
Nearly five entire pages (129 to 134) are devoted to some of the promotional exam problems of recent years. We've gone back decades to point out other instances of...
  • entire tact teams getting promoted together,
  • a Subject Matter Expert having both his administrative sergeants score #1 and 2 on the exam,
  • the same SME's replacement sergeant scoring #1 on the next exam,
  • husband/wife teams scoring exactly the same and being promoted together,
  • other secret study groups that have amazingly high scorers,
  • off calendar alternative test sites proctored by a SME producing top "scores"
...and all sorts of other statistical anomalies that pop up with extraordinary regularity on the CPD. Now the DOJ has taken a passing interest in its report - which the alternative media has picked up on:
  • Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson is probing allegations three police lieutenants cheated on the August 2015 promotion exam, according to the Department of Justice's investigation into the Chicago Police Department.

    The city watchdog's investigation — based on claims first reported by DNAinfo in April — focuses on allegations that now-retired Chicago Deputy Police Supt. Eugene Williams shared privileged information in a study group about the most recent test used to promote sergeants to lieutenants.

    That study group included a number of people, including Lt. Maryet Hall, who is married to former First Deputy Police Supt. Al Wysinger, who was the department's No. 2 cop until he retired in 2015; Lt. Nakia Fenner, Supt. Eddie Johnson's fianceé; and Lt. Davina Ward, according to documents obtained by DNAinfo.
Remember, these are three people who had to be given "merit" promotions to sergeant. Not only that, they are three of six people connected directly to IAD who were promoted in the first class - as statistically impossible as any of the other scenarios we've listed. And then you have Special Ed telling everyone how many study groups his squeeze attended while she told people she didn't attend even a single group.

And they're all eligible for the Captain posts coming out shortly.

Is anyone noticing how something like 95% of the Captain and exempt staff have at least one "merit" bump in their career? And over 80% have two? And these people pick the next generation of "merit" promotees. And this habit of giving away "merit" spots to people who can't pass the test and the level, and don't know the job they're promoted to, might have a detrimental effect on how things like discipline are handled? Or investigations? Or instruction?

Exactly those things cited throughout the DOJ Report.

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Strike Now Garry

Seriously.

You might as well just come out and tell everyone who saw the video and when they saw it. Point out the cover-up didn't come from your office - its came from City Hall and the Department of Law. You have a limited window as the DOJ report is making you a hot commodity. Scandal-fatigue might close that window quickly.

You destroy Rahm's political future, so the country can thank you.

You dent the Machine / Illinois Combine politically, for which Chicago may thank you.

You forever destroy the idea of bringing in an outsider to Chicago, for which we might actually thank you.

What have you got to lose?

(PS - Don't hold your breath on that last "thank you")

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Charges

Earlier this week, this story broke:
  • A Chicago Police officer who was also employed as a security guard at a high school has been charged with having a sexual relationship with an underage girl who attended the school...
In this day, in this age, at this time, this is any kind of intelligent thinking how?

And then this disaster yesterday:
  • A veteran Chicago Police officer who fatally shot an unarmed man on the Northwest Side earlier this year has been charged with first-degree murder.
News accounts hint at a previous history of the cop and deceased, which again begs the question - in this day, in this age, at this time, how is this remotely any kind logical decision making?

And the media is already using this as another broad-brush to paint the Department with the "out-of-control" label despite these two being 0.00016 of the Department. But that brush only paints one direction.

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Prickwrinkle Sounds Off

  • Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Wednesday stopped short of throwing the shortcomings of the Chicago Police Department at the feet of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, but said she wished he had done more, and done it sooner.

    [...] “I hope going forward he is aggressive in his efforts to improve the quality of policing in our communities, particularly black and brown neighborhoods,” she said.

    Preckwinkle drew from her experience previously serving as 4th ward alderman to praise the vast majority of Chicago’s police officers — before slamming the department as a whole.

    “What I found is that 95 percent of our officers are good and decent people who work very hard every day at a very difficult job, but it’s been obvious to me since I moved to Chicago in the 1960s that there’s a pervasive racism that afflicts the department institutionally and too many of its officers individually and the report confirms this.”
A report built on a foundation so shaky, that Rahm had to have a trained reporter take a gratuitous swipe at an insignificant blog and some other minions chopped McCarthy off at the knees for daring to stand up for the Department. Might as well have Toni, who emptied the jail of so many inmates that the homicide numbers ended up nearly 300 bodies higher and an extra thousand-plus people are walking around with additional holes in their bodies, in on the game.

Of course, she's slightly insulated by having Dart do the dirty hands-on stuff, but attacks on the jail staff are up double and triple digit percentages. Sheriffs are being injured and maimed at an unheard of pace. For all intents and purposes, the inmates are running portions of the jail.

And in the middle of all this, Rahm is trying to boost minority hiring:
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel acknowledged Wednesday that he will have to “work double hard” to convince minorities to apply for the April 1-2 police exam because of the U.S. Justice Department’s scathing indictment of the Chicago Police Department.

    The report portrayed a biased police department stuck in the Stone Age—from training that relies on 35-year-old videos to outdated pursuit tactics that imperil suspects, officers and innocent bystanders.

    It laid bare years of civil rights violations by officers accused of verbally abusing minorities, shooting at people who pose no threat and Tasering others, simply because they refused to follow verbal commands.

    On Wednesday, Emanuel acknowledged that his unprecedented minority outreach campaign aimed at diversifying the police department at a time of high crime and deep distrust just got more difficult.

    Blacks and Hispanics may not want to join a department branded as having such significant racial bias.
Again, an unproven and statistically unlikely "bias" as Heather MacDonald demonstrated using actual numbers the way numbers are supposed to be used.

There's still a lot of mileage in this DOJ report. Rahm, Toni and other bad actors are going to drive it until the wheels fall off. The trouble is, that day is coming sooner than they think.

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Remember Who the Problem Is

  • A man left a baby inside a car after stealing items from a FedEx truck Wednesday in the Fuller Park neighborhood, police said.

    The delivery driver was eating in a Wendy's restaurant about 10 a.m. when at least one person broke into the truck parked outside, took several FedEx boxes and placed them on the roof of a building near the eatery, 242 W. Garfield Blvd., police said.

    A passerby spotted the thief or thieves and called police with a description of the car the thief fled in and officers spotted it near the 5300 block of South Princeton Avenue.

    As officers tried to stop the car, the driver stopped and fled on foot. Officers gave chase and arrested him but when they went up to his car, they spotted a 1-year-old in the back seat, police said.
Those darn police, breaking into trucks that aren't theirs and leaving babies behind.

And these police:
  • When Donnell Flora went to trial last year over the 2014 murder of 14-year-old Endia Martin, his lawyers blamed Vandetta Redwood for handing the murder weapon over to the accused teenage shooter.

    Now that Redwood is on trial, her lawyers have pointed the finger right back at Flora.

    The second trial over Martin’s high-profile slaying in the Back of the Yards began in earnest Wednesday at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse, where Redwood, 35, has been charged with handing a .38 special caliber revolver to her 14-year-old cousin in the midst of a chaotic street fight, along with a simple instruction: “Shoot that bitch.”
Supplying guns to 14-year-old children to kill supposed romantic rivals.

And these police, too:
  • A former investigator for the soon-to-be-abolished Independent Police Review Authority was accused Wednesday of leaking a confidential IPRA memo about the agency’s investigation of a high-ranking Chicago Police official, who sources identified as Glenn Evans.

    The explosive information about a much-maligned agency accused by the U.S. Justice Department of failing to adequately investigate police misconduct and covering for wayward officers is contained in Inspector General Joe Ferguson’s quarterly report.

    The report does not identify the police official under investigation. But City Hall sources identified the target of the investigation as Lt. Glenn Evans.
But hey, fix the police and everything else will be fine.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Train Runs Over Garry

  • Former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy has been subpoenaed in the Jesse Jackson Jr. divorce case.

    The former Congressman and his wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson, are in the middle of a nasty divorce. The subpoena asks McCarthy to turn over a wealth of information pertaining to a relationship to Sandi — dating back to 2012.

    It demands McCarthy turn over records of cash, checks, or property given to Ms. Jackson, including attorney’s fees, groceries, rent or clothing. The subpoena also asks the former superintendent to produce documents detailing what he received from her.

    Additionally, Jesse Jackson’s attorneys are seeking social media correspondence, photos, videos, emails and texts between McCarthy and Ms. Jackson.

    In response to the subpoena, McCarthy tells CBS 2: “I’m not going to comment on anything that stupid.”
So right after Garry starts vocally defending the Department and pointing fingers at Rahm and Rahm's law department, this comes out? Is someone sending Garry a message? This might have been fodder to keep Garry in line when he was in charge, or perhaps to dissuade him from running for some sort of office in the near future.

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Garry Jumps on the Train

Now McCompStat is ripping the statistical methodology:
  • Former Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy is offering additional criticism about the federal report released last week that slams the Chicago Police Department for pervasive civil-rights violations.

    Where to begin?

    “It speaks in broad-brush terms. It really lacks specificity,” McCarthy tells CBS 2...

    [...]

    If crime did decrease under McCarthy, was it at the expense of the civil rights of minorities, as the feds say?

    McCarthy says the data he saw as superintendent doesn’t back up the DOJ’s claims that minorities were disproportionately targeted by Chicago police.

    “It shows very clearly that our stops comport almost exactly with where, when and who civilian victims of crime were reporting,” he says.

    McCarthy adds: “Just to put it in perspective, us stopping 32 percent white folks in Englewood, which is 97 percent African-American and our most violent community, is not going to reduce crime there.”
He also points fingers at the Law Office:
  • As for suggestions of police cover-ups in high-profile cases like the Laquan McDonald shooting, which spurred the DOJ investigation, McCarthy pointed toward the city’s corporation counsel.

    “It was the corporation counsel of the city of Chicago who a made a deal with the attorneys for the family of Laquan McDonald. Gave them $5 million without filing a lawsuit as long as they don’t release the video,” he says.
So how long until Rahm throws Steve Patton under the proverbial bus?

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"Statistical Evidence Not Required"

  • The most important statement in the Justice Department’s damning report on the Chicago Police Department has nothing to do with police behavior. Released on Friday, the report found the Chicago police guilty of a “pattern or practice” of unconstitutional force. But it turns out that the Justice Department has no standard for what constitutes a “pattern or practice” (the phrase comes from a 1994 federal statute) of unconstitutional police conduct. “Statistical evidence is not required” for a “pattern or practice” finding, the DOJ lawyers announce, citing unrelated court precedent. Nor is there “a specific number of incidents” required to constitute a “pattern or practice,” they proclaim.

    Having cleared themselves of any obligation to provide “a specific number of [unconstitutional] incidents” or a statistical benchmark for evaluating them, the DOJ attorneys proceed to ignore any further obligation of transparency. The reader never learns how many incidents of allegedly unconstitutional behavior the Justice Department found, nor how those incidents compare with the universe of police-civilian contacts conducted by the Chicago Police Department. No clue is provided regarding why the DOJ lawyers concluded that the alleged abuses reached the mysterious threshold for constituting a pattern or practice. Instead, the report uses waffle words like “several,” “often,” or “many” as a substitute for actual quantification. This vacuum of information hasn’t stopped the mainstream media from trumpeting the report as yet another exposé of abusive, racist policing. EXCESSIVE FORCE IS RIFE IN CHICAGO, U.S. REVIEW FINDS, read the headline on the New York Times’s front-page story, which went on to note that the excessive force was “chiefly aimed at African-Americans and Latinos.”
Then MacDonald goes on to expound on the point we brought up yesterday (and the point that the Sun Times "reporter" referenced in the post directly below completely missed), and she does it so much better than we were able to:
  • The report does disclose that the DOJ attorneys reviewed 425 incidents of less-than-lethal force between January 2011 and April 2016. But what proportion of total force incidents those 425 events represent or how many of those 425 incidents the federal lawyers found unconstitutional isn’t revealed. As to how many stops and arrests were made over that same time period that didn’t involve the use of force, the reader can only guess.

    We also learn that the federal civil rights team identified 203 officer-involved shootings between January 1, 2011, and March 21, 2016. How many of those were bad shootings? Fifteen? One hundred? The reader is left in the dark. The massive New York Police Department averaged 48 shootings a year from 2005 to 2015. The per-capita rate of officer shootings in the NYPD is therefore much lower than in the Chicago Police Department, which is about a third the size. But Chicago’s crime rate is much higher than New York’s; CPD officers confront many more armed and resisting suspects. It would have been useful to know how the ratio of officer-involved shootings to criminal shootings in Chicago compares to other cities. We don’t even learn how many of those 203 officer-involved shootings in Chicago were lethal.
We've bought a number of MacDonald's books, and it might behoove members of the so-called media to read her work, which is painstakingly footnoted, precise and (dare we say it) unbiased. Numbers are tortured so often to make them say things that don't stand up to rigorous academic scrutiny - it happens on both sides of the political divide. But when you have someone strip them down and explain the meaning and logical conclusions behind the numbers as MacDonald does, you'd have to be a moron (or a member of the press....but we repeat ourselves) to see anything but a half-assed hit job by an Administration on the way out.

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Fourth Estate Follies

So someone who can't even be bothered to do their own research into substantive allegations made by this blog and its readers, decides that the police should just lay back and enjoy being lectured by our betters:
  • Judging by their responses in social media, many of the city’s police officers were totally unmoved by the findings of the federal government’s investigation into the Chicago Police Department.

    In the posts and comment sections of the Second City Cop blog, you won’t find any serious discussion of the many disturbing incidents or the systemic, dysfunctional practices detailed by the feds last week.
Sure you will. We've only just started critiquing the report. It takes time to read through 166 pages if you want to make sense of it, unlike many "journalists" who read the executive summary, skip entire sections, and accept everything the government feeds them like the good little mushrooms they are.

When you have to live under it, you take your time.
  • There was nearly unanimous scorn for a report that anonymous commenters dismissed as a “scam,” a “crock of s—” and “garbage” that was produced “for the sole purpose of advancing an agenda.”

    One Second City Cop commenter pointed out that the head of the U.S. Department of Justice division that conducted the investigation here had been “legal council” [sic] for the NAACP.

    “Bias everywhere!!!” that commenter concluded.
You think this DOJ lawyer was appointed to be fair? That she didn't bring innate biases to her work? Seriously? What makes her so different from us, seeing as how we (the police) bring every bias under the sun to our jobs - it says so in the report. Oh, right, leftists can't be biased, only the conservatives, right leaning, police types. Leftists are as pure as the driven snow. Judging by the report, "bias" is a very real explanation for the sloppy research and questionable conclusions.
  • You see, it’s the cops who are the victims here, despite the DOJ’s allegations that the department regularly violates constitutional rights.
No where have we personally posted that cops are the "victims." And this "journalist" even states in that sentence that these are "allegations." LAst time we checked, "allegations" mean there is no definitive proof. So why can't cops feel a little picked on? After all, there weren't dozens of journalists killed in the US last year.
  • Others consoled fellow officers by looking ahead to the inauguration of a new sheriff in D.C. on Friday, exactly one week after the report on the CPD was made public.

    They ain’t afraid of no feds. And why should they be? President-elect Donald Trump has picked an attorney general who shares their bedrock belief that they’ve been unfairly maligned after all the racially charged disputes across the country during the past couple years.
Have you tried that line of reasoning on Darren Wilson lately? He was cleared by the local, state and Obama's own Department of Justice, yet still can't find work. "Maligned" is by far the least of crimes committed by press. Same thing in Baltimore.
  • “Hopefully the DOJ run by adults under Trump will re-examine the report,” one commenter said on Second City Cop.

    The officer who authors the blog alleged the Justice Department sought to get information only from “people with ingrained prejudices against the police, people with histories versus the police, people whose livelihood relies on suing the police — people with axes to grind.”
We're pretty sick of this mope about now. But yeah, god forbid we ever demand a fair shake, an unbiased investigation without the stink of a political rush job before Administration changes, a report that properly samples the community, that doesn't properly document or cite where information is coming from.

But then when you work for a paper that endorsed Hillary Clinton, carried water for Shortshanks, then Rahm, failed to cover real verifiable corruption at the City, County, State and Federal levels, that regularly writes love letters to president Sparklefarts, well, why would the cops expect anything resembling legit reporting from them.

This is exactly how they got Trump.

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Look Who Grew a Set

  • As the U.S. Justice Department asks Chicago to address deep flaws in police officers' use of force, a group of aldermen is accusing Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Law Department of enabling the misconduct and is asking federal authorities to investigate.

    The City Council's Progressive Caucus sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch last week, asking her to launch a federal review of the Law Department's federal civil rights litigation division, which has been sanctioned eight times during Emanuel's tenure for withholding possible evidence in police misconduct lawsuits, which it defends.

    "It looks as if the cover-up extends not only to leadership of the Police Department but to the corporation counsel and our lawyers as well," Ald. Roderick Sawyer, 6th, said in an interview. "I don't want that to happen."
Of course, there's no danger in asking Lynch to launch an investigation since she's gone this Friday. Having balls would be writing to Jeff Sessions to come into Chicago and investigate Rahm's Law Department, which has a checkered history of concealing evidence, suppressing videos and approving settlements prior to lawsuits even being filed.

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Procedural Justice Attendees

The brass is starting to attend this class finally:
  • Hey SCC,

    The Superintendent,  Robin Robinson, and several other high ranking members of the CPD are at the academy today for the 8 hour PJ class. 
They've been preaching it for so long without actually attending the class? You think they would have been the first in line since they're the "leaders."
  • The shitter of it is that police hater Jamal Green is also in attendance today. Sad when a man who has battered police officers on more than one occasion is now sitting in a class with officers. 
Word is he complained to Special Ed the whole time about the numerous felonies he's been battling in the courts. If he wouldn't attack the police, there would be less felonies to face.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

DOJ Report

So we're about two-thirds of the way through, but far enough along to have drawn certain conclusions and formed opinions. This was put together by a politicized Department and an obviously partisan Administration for the sole purpose of advancing an agenda. That Hillary lost lent an unseemly speed to the conclusion and de-legitimizes many of the supposed "findings."

Evidence of haste can be found almost immediately:
  • Page 2, paragraph 3: 60 ride-alongs
Given that there are 279 police beats, three watches, that's 837 potential ride-alongs. Not to mention rapid response, traffic, 06, tact, saturation, gang enforcement, boats, horses, god knows how many administrative and undercover beats, there's probably nearly 1,200 potential ride-alongs in a 24 hour period. The DOJ claims they spent "300 person-days" here, that's 360,000 opportunities to ride-along.
  • .016% - sixteen thousandths of one percent
We've taken a few math courses in our time and this isn't even close to what would be considered a valid statistical representation. There's more:
  • 340 individual CPD members (out of a supposed 12,000 - 2.8%)
  • 1,000 community members (.037% of 2.7 million)
  • 90 community organizations (out of ?); are any citizens listed above part of this group?
  • "family members of individuals who were killed by CPD officers" (how many were justifiable shootings?); and again, are these persons from either of the previous groups?
  • "local researchers, academics, and lawyers who have studied CPD extensively for decades (gee, lets guess - Futterman, Ayers, Loevy, Protess - how close were we?)
In other words, people with ingrained prejudices against the police, people with histories versus the police, people whose livelihood relies on suing the police - people with axes to grind. How many of these "interviewees" fit into one or more of those categories? How many were selected at random, or did they all volunteer to come forward with their stories? We know that certain retirees who left or resigned under investigation were all to eager to sit with the DOJ to air their supposed "grievances."

More importantly, how many of these stories fall outside the supposed window of 2011 to 2016? Some? Many? All? We don't know because in every single example cited throughout the report, no dates are given. Some of these stories could be ten or twenty years old. Maybe more, seeing as how they bring up Burge who has been gone for almost 25 years now.

A slapdash report like this, with minimal footnotes and references, calls into question the validity of the rest of the "conclusions" if they're based on faulty metrics. But don't expect a lazy media in thrall to Rahm and his cronies to take any serious look behind the curtain.

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Off Duty Shooting

  • A person was shot when an off-duty Chicago Police sergeant returned fire during a shooting Sunday evening in the Albany Park neighborhood.

    The Town Hall District sergeant was walking with several friends about 7:30 p.m. in the 4500 block of North Kedzie when a group of people in a dark-colored vehicle pulled up and instigated an argument, according to a statement from Chicago Police.

    The vehicle then pulled into a nearby business parking lot and turned around toward the sergeant and his friends to continue arguing, police said. Someone inside the vehicle brandished a gun and opened fire at the sergeant and the people he was with. The sergeant returned fire at the vehicle, which drove away.

    A short time later, a male showed up at Swedish Covenant Hospital with a gunshot wound to his head, police said. Investigators suspected he was involved in the shooting with the off-duty officer and searched the area around the hospital. A weapon was found in the hospital’s parking lot.
Good shot as he winged the assailant who had been firing at himself and his friends. Watch yourselves out there.

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An Interesting Turn

  • Civil rights groups are concerned that the police will violate their rights during the Inauguration protests so they intend to record their behavior. Meanwhile, the ACLU is demanding that the police turn off their body worn cameras during the events.

    D.C. Police say their policy is to only record when there is a police activity and they do not consider monitoring protests an activity.

    “We are concerned what they will do with the data,” says Monica Hopkins-Maxwell of the District of Columbia ACLU.

    Ironically, at the same time the ACLU demands that the police not record their activities, they have launched a new app called “Mobile Justice” that encourages others to record law enforcement.
In light of the potential for directed disruption (leftists), terrorism (local and international), and 'protests' that morph into something more sinister, we'd think the every camera in the nation ought to be turned on this Friday.

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We're In

  • Crime has taken over America’s inner-city communities. With sky-high murder rates and racial tensions worse than at any time in recent memory, many are beginning to wonder what can be done to make our communities safe again.

    Black Lives matter has an answer. They want to take police out of the communities altogether.

    It would certainly put an end to the officer-involved shootings that have enraged the black community. Without police officers, criminals would be free to shoot and kill whoever they want — and Black Lives Matter never seems to mind when a young black man is shot and killed by one of their own
And the Department could redirect those resources. Sounds like a win for everyone - under-served communities get more police, less payouts due to less confrontations so taxpayers win, less wear and tear on equipment since there will be less chases, funeral directors will experience a giant upswing in business....oh wait.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Messy Weekend - Police Shooting, Too

  • Twenty-four people have been shot across the city over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend, leaving seven dead, according to Chicago Police.

    Shortly after midnight on Sunday on the West Side, Chicago Police officers chased and shot an armed man several times in the East Garfield Park neighborhood, police said. Officers suspect he was involved in another shooting. Police found a 51-year-old woman shot in the chest and another woman who might have been injured in the initial shooting. The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the incident.
The subject had just shot three other other people before being stopped by responding officers. No cops hurt, weapon recovered, and the Department of "Justice" far far away from there. According to HeyJackass.com, the west side has accounted for 5 of the deaths and 15 of the wounded.

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Initial Impressions

We continue to plow through the DOJ "Report" this weekend between jobs and deciding where lunch is going to be. We'll probably be addressing a bunch of items during the week.

However, how is it possible to take any of this seriously when there are so many factual errors and disguised half-truths?

Page 1, paragraph 4:
  • "...and the resignation of Chicago's police superintendent."
McCarthy was fired. Google it. He refused to resign and Rahm canned him after pledging to have his back not even 24-hours before.

Page 2, paragraph 3:
  • "In addition to speaking with the Superintendent..."
Which one? The guy running the show then? The DOJ says they couldn't find him - perhaps they forgot to ask the media who seems to have his direct number and calendar since he's never lacking for a quote. The current accidental Superintendent? He was one of the guys signing off on the McDonald shooting, was appointed to a job he never sought and is compromised by his bed mate's testing habits. How about the "Acting Supe," De-Escalante, who was "running things" when the DOJ arrived? No where to be heard from.

Page 16, paragraph 5:
  • The City is racially diverse: 33% of current residents are black, 32% are white, 29% are Latino, and 8% identify as Asian or multi-racial.
First of all, that's 102%.

Second, whites are the minority.

Oops. That kind of throws a wrench in the assumptions of the entire report. But hey, Lynch and Gupta and Obama wanted a certain result and they got it.

And again, look in our right-hand column of links right below the pictures - the one labeled "Problems Facing the Department." It's like Lynch stole stuff we've been writing about for a decade now, and we're Libertarian-Republicans.

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Charity Hockey Game

As die hard hockey fans, we seldom miss these fundraisers:
  • The Chicago Police Department and Chicago Fire Department will face off in a charity hockey game Jan. 22. The game will be played from 6:50-8:30 p.m. at the Morgan Park Sports Center, at 11505 S. Western Ave. Tickets cost $10. Children 10 and younger can attend the rivalry game for free, according to Adam Katz, a police detective and hockey player who is among the organizers of the game.

    Proceeds from the event will be donated to Salute Inc., a charity that provides financial support to returning military men and women. Katz expects the game to raise about $10,000 for the Arlington Heights-based organization.
Good luck CPD.

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And Once Again...

  • A veteran Chicago police detective has been relieved of police powers after she was charged with misdemeanor theft for trying to take about $200 worth of vitamins from a Lake View grocery on Friday afternoon, according to police and law enforcement sources.

    Law enforcement sources identified the female detective as [CH], a 12-year-veteran, who was arrested about 2 p.m. Friday after allegedly stealing the vitamins from the Whole Foods at 3300 N. Ashland Ave., the sources said.
At the time, there was no DOJ report outlining disparate disciplinary outcomes for connected people who managed to evade consequences for their illegal actions. Reading over the comments, people were sure she'd be fired.

Today, this arrived in the comment sections:
  • [CH], 45, XXXX W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL was arrested on December 24, 2016 at 12:59 pm for theft of goods. A deputy responded to a complaint of shoplifting at a store in Bayou Vista. The deputy spoke with store security and learned that [H] was seen placing reading glasses into a book sack she was carrying. [H] was released on a summons to appear in court on March 8, 2017.
Any bets if she keeps her job this time with that DOJ report floating around? Special Ed and Rahm made all sorts of appropriately conciliatory noises for the media. What kind of noises are they going to make about the two-and-three tiers of discipline the Department operates under?

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Hey Toni, You Ready for This?

Philly voters just learned how badly they got screwed by a democrat:
  • Soft drink shoppers are experiencing “sticker shock” at steep price hikes on their favorite products after a massive soda tax went into effect in Philadelphia Sunday.

    The contentious soda tax secured passage in June but consumers in Philadelphia are still flabbergasted by the price increases the tax is sparking. In some cases, shoppers found that they were paying more for the soda tax than the actual product they were purchasing. The 1.5 cents per ounce tax on sugary drinks is implemented at the distribution level, meaning retailers must choose how much of the cost to pass onto consumers at the shelves. A 12-pack of Lipton Diet Green Tea at a Save-A-Lot in the city is now priced at $8.03, instead the $4.99 it costed in December, reports WPVI.
And how did such a thing happen? Someone failed Economics 101:
  • After driving up the cost of soda and other sugary drinks with a new tax, the mayor of Philadelphia is now trying to blame businesses for charging higher prices

    [...] "They're gouging their own customers," [Mayor] Kenney said

    [...] The distributors sells five-gallon boxes of syrup that can be used in soda fountains, and each box costs a retailer about $60. Thanks to the city's new tax, though, retailers have to pay $57.60 in taxes for each of those boxes of syrup.

    "We're not talking about a couple of bucks on a $60 item," Andy Pincus, who owns Carbonator Rental Services, told Newsworks. "We're talking about $57.60 on a $60 item. It's too big not to pass on."
Prickwrinkle raised the County tax a penny per ounce, but it's still going to bite consumers hard. It's going to bite businesses even harder when people start shopping in surrounding counties and even Indiana. And remember, Prickwrinkle herself broke the tie vote, casting the deciding vote at the Board meeting.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Assaults on CPD Way Up

  • Chicago police officers faced multiple attacks in 2016, one of the most violent years in the city’s history.

    Thirty-one officers were shot at in 2016, a 82 percent increase over 2015 numbers, the Chicago Police Department told The Daily Caller News Foundation. Only 17 officers were shot at in 2015.

    Nine officers reported gun-shot wounds in 2016, the CPD told The DCNF, but zero died as a result.

    “These emboldened criminals are responsible for destroying families and communities as well as dozens of attacks on Chicago police officers in 2016,” Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said at a press conference.
Sooooo....Officers being attacked at a higher rate just might translate into and higher number of incidents of Use of Force?

Hey Special Ed? Any way we can get the racial breakdown of the assailants? Or is that a "no-go zone" for you? Rahm told you not to defend the Department?

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Narcan Order Coming?

From an e-mail:
  • ...heads up, new order is in the works to get us all trained with Narcan and no more OD dupes to the ambos. We will administer and transport ourselves. Order is written and just going through the approval with CFD and CPD.

    And CFD is footing the bill for training and equiping us.
Any Waiver of Liability in the works? Supposedly, this is administered as a nasal spray. So what if the addict doesn't react? How many doses are we authorized to give?

What if the addict is so far gone, he ain't never coming back? Are we to pronounce them? Seems you need a paramedic for that.

What if he walks to your squad car for transport and goes down again, maybe this time a heart attack from the years of drug abuse. We're going to wait how longer for ambulance to arrive?

What if you walk him to the squad and he decides not to go? He's not in custody, so what's the liability if he walks off and dies later? He already ingested the drugs, so what's the PC to detain him?

Let's go full-on stupid - what if you don't get there fast enough for Rahm, the junkie dies and someone says you deliberately slow-rolled the response knowing it was "just an OD, just another junkie." Who's going to make that determination - the DOJ? We're risking our careers, livelihood and property for someone who purposefully, willingly puts poison in their bodies?

Even better, will an ISR be completed?

So many questions, so much liability.

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