Sunday, October 13, 2019

Saturday Promotions

Six Lieutenants and fifty-six Sergeants or so.


016 Out of Control (UPDATES)

As of a month or so ago, 016 and 020 were the only two Districts without a single homicide in 2019. Now 016 is up to something like four or five, rivaling 011 for the worst September/October citywide. Things like this aren't helping:
  • A suspect is in custody Saturday in connection with a shooting that killed one person and wounded four others at an apartment in Dunning on the Northwest Side, police said.

    About 5:30 p.m., the five people at an apartment complex in the 6700 block of West Irving Park Road, according to preliminary information from Chicago police.

    Four adults were taken to hospitals in serious-to-critical condition and a fifth adult was pronounced dead at the scene, a Chicago Fire spokesman said.
Domestic related? Dope house?

We haven't seen the words "mass shooting" yet.

UPDATE: Four dead (fifth is looking poorly), vaulting 016 into the October homicide lead and the Homicide Hall of Fame. We can't remember the last quadruple homicide off the tops of our heads, it's been so long.

UPDATE: All five?


This Goof Again?

Ed, put a leash on this dumbass before he gets cops sued and costs taxpayers money:
  • Rod at it again. Came into roll call screaming about making traffic stops and not writing movers. He threw a fit and said if you pull over anyone, you ticket them! No of and or buts. Forget the blue cards! It’s against the law not to write them! ...then he stormed out of roll call. 
He's exposing cops to monetary judgements and taxpayers to one Hell of an EEOC beef at some point. Perhaps he needs to be moved to somewhere he doesn't have contact with actual human beings, seeing as he can't relate to them.

We will pay 100 toothpicks to whoever can get him on video.


This Goof Again?

She didn't listen to a judge? Who would have thought that?
  • A woman identified by police as a “habitual stowaway” was arrested Friday night while attempting to get around a TSA checkpoint at O’Hare International Airport.

    Marilyn Hartman, 67, was charged Saturday with a felony count of criminal trespass to a registered area at an airport, Chicago police said.

    Hartman was taken into custody at O’Hare around 10 p.m. Friday after TSA officials spotted her “moving TSA lane dividers in an attempt to circumvent security,” Chicago police said. She was already on probation for a 2018 incident in which she snuck onto a London-bound flight from O’Hare.

    Friday’s arrest is the latest in at least a dozen such incidents in which Hartman has attempted to sneak through airport security. When she was released from custody in January 2019, a Cook County judge repeatedly warned her to stay from O’Hare and Midway airports.
How about letting her on a nonstop flight to Kabul? She'll be someone else's problem then.


Saturday, October 12, 2019

Remember to Swipe!

Don't be caught dirty.... like these units (click for larger version):

Seems like some serious non-compliance going on there.

Why is that?


Reorganization Coverage

Here's the media coverage of the re-organization that's going to be sweeping away the questionable decisions of the McCarthy era:
  • Mayor Lori Lightfoot will reopen two old detective bureaus and put 151 cops back on the street under a reorganization plan that includes the creation of a new department to merge operations currently done by the Chicago police and fire departments and the city’s 911 center.

    Lightfoot Budget Director Susie Park said Chicago police, fire and the Office of Emergency Management and Communications each currently do their own payroll, information technology work and human resources, but those functions would be consolidated under a new Office of Public Safety Administration.

    Currently, the city has three detective regions known as Area North, Area South and Area Central. Lightfoot will reopen the Harrison Area on the West Side and Grand Central Area on the Northwest Side in an attempt to increase collaboration by detectives and patrol officers, the mayor’s office said.
Fun times on tap!


Let the Sucking-Up Begin

Forty-four captains before the end of the year?

Looks like the rumor of one per watch is coming true.

Keep your eyes on Wheezie.

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Everything Old.... (UPDATE) new again:
  • Area 4 and Area 5 to be re-opened by May 2020
There's more, but info is still coming in.

  • Alongside the Chicago Fire Department and the Office of Emergency Management and Communications, we are beginning the process of modernizing our administrative support and information technology functions under the City's new Office of Public Safety Administration.

    The Office of Public Safety Administration will integrate the administrative units of CPD, CFD and OEMC into a streamlined division, better supporting the needs of our city's first responders. All administrative functions will be transferred to a new unit designed to bring finance, HR, IT and other administrative functions into a more efficient unit.

    The units that will be affected are as follows: Finance Division, Human Resources Division, Timekeeping Unit-Headquarters, Medical Section, Grant Section, Information Services, Information and Strategic Services, General Support, Police Documents, Equipment and Supply Section and Facilities Management Division.
And here's the real kick in the balls:
  • All personnel will remain in place until the Office of Public Safety Administration is fully operational. There will be opportunities to find reassignments based upon operational needs in accordance with the applicable collective bargaining agreements, as well as duty status of affected members. We are working with labor affairs and Bureau leadership to ensure an efficient transition for affected members.

    The transition of sworn officers and uniform personnel back to the streets will take place over the next six months, with expected launch of the new agency on or before May 1, 2020. The primary locations of the new agency will be located at Public Safety Headquarters, 3510 S. Michigan Ave and the Office of Emergency Management and Communications at 1411 W. Madison.
A whole lot of phone calls are being made right now. And SOB stories being fine tuned.

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Big "Whoops"

  • A Chicago police officer was injured Thursday afternoon when he was struck by another police car as officers were pursuing someone who had just thrown a gun out of a car on the West Side.

    Police were near the 1800 block of South Drake around 1:10 p.m. to monitor a “gang funeral” when officers saw someone toss a gun out of a car, Deputy Chief Ernest Cato told reporters.

    Officers tried to pull over the vehicle, but the driver took off. One of the officers got out of the squad car to try to spot the car on foot.

    “When he entered the alley, at approximately the 1800 block of Drake, he was struck by assisting units,” Cato said.
We're told that the officer rounded a blind corner and was struck a glancing blow by the squad car. Immediate aid was rendered and he was rushed to the hospital for treatment of a concussion and possible broken bones. An accident that could have ended badly - but an accident nonetheless.

Be careful out there. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.


No Confidence in Special Ed

We pointed this out years ago and the aldercreatures are just catching up now?
  • Chicago’s African American community will have trouble trusting CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson now that it’s known Johnson saw the Laquan McDonald shooting video before it was publicly released and was among the police brass who believed the shooting was justified.

    That’s the bottom line from influential black aldermen, who urged Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday to take Inspector General Joe Ferguson’s investigative report into consideration when she decides whether to permanently retain the superintendent she inherited.

    Ferguson’s long-awaited report, released this week, placed Johnson, then a deputy chief, at a meeting of police brass held “on or around” Nov. 1, 2015.
Here's some more "bombshells:"
  • the command staff on scene saw it;
  • McCarthy saw it ;
  • Rahm saw it;
You think Rahm signed off on $5 million before seeing exactly what he was suppressing before the election?


Thursday, October 10, 2019

Crime Down in the Big Apple

  • New York’s overall crime rate is 3% lower than last year — while the city is on pace to record the fewest murders in nearly 70 years, NYPD officials said Tuesday.

    Murders, robberies, burglaries, grand larcenies and auto thefts were all down through the first ninth months of 2019 compared to the same period last year — 69,995 vs. 71,871, the NYPD said.

    There were 237 homicides through September, a nearly 2% drop from 241 from last year. For all of 2018, there were 289 murders, three fewer than the 292 in 2017.
237 homicides is something like the 011, 015 and 025 combined, and New York is looking at 237 total.

We're joking of course, and we've written plenty of posts about how NYPD "kills" crime via the crooked CompStat program and wholesale reclassification of index crimes - lessons applied here to a lesser extent.

And look how they brag - Groot is going to demand the same thing here shortly.

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Courtesy Parking

So if courtesy parking is a thing of the past, does that mean:
  • aldercreatures parking in police lots is going to be reported by Ferguson and fines/sanctions will be filed against politicians?
  • District level "courtesy" for certain events is done now?
  • churches, especially on the south and west sides, can expect strict parking enforcement by officers - and the "revrunds" and aldercreatures who call to complain will be told to stuff it?
Sunday is coming, and we're asking for a friend.


Here's a Great Idea

  • Eleven people were arrested in southern Mexico on Tuesday after the mayor of their village was dragged out of his office, beaten, and then tied to a pickup truck and dragged through the streets of the town, according to officials.

    The State's Attorney General's Office in Tuxtla Gutiérre said in a news release that the incident happened early Tuesday in the town of Las Margaritas, when a group of people stormed Mayor Jorge Luis Escandón Hernández's office and caused damage to real estate, in addition to assaulting him.

    The angry group of farmers was demanding the mayor build a road he promised to construct during his campaign, Mexican news outlet Excelsior reported.
We're going to need a tractor to drag JayBee the Hutt.


Teachers Want What Now?

We thought they know....teachers:
  • Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has raised another issue that she said is holding up an agreement with the teachers union: affordable housing.

    In a statement late Tuesday — nine days from a strike date set by the Chicago Teachers Union — the mayor said the union is “demanding that the city enact CTU’s preferred affordable housing policy as part of their contract.”


    In a response early Wednesday morning, the CTU tweeted that “we have nearly 17,000 homeless students in CPS.”

    “Our proposals demand more staff to support families in danger of losing housing, and advocate for a program that financially helps (support staff members) and new teachers purchase a home,” the union continued. "The mayor finds them ‘unreasonable.’"


    But [Groot] said the CTU’s collective bargaining agreement “is not the appropriate place for the city to legislate its affordable housing policy.”
No shit. Even though we live in Chicago - unlike many hundreds of teachers - we don't get to choose CTU delegates. We choose aldercreatures who are supposed to represent the citizenry. CTU dictating policy for 2.6 million citizens is a non-starter here and Groot really ought to hammer them on it.

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Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Make Your Plans for Next Year

The schedule change is a done deal. All that's left are the details to be hammered out on paper:
  • A controversial plan to change the starting times for Chicago police officers across the city will take effect in January over the objections of the Fraternal Order of Police, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and First Deputy Police Supt. Anthony Ricco said Tuesday.

    “This isn’t the sign of the Apocalypse. Everything will be fine,” the mayor said after her weekly “Accountability Tuesday” meeting with police brass that went on without Supt. Eddie Johnson, who just returned from a vacation in London.

    “This is something that’s really consistent [with] and maybe mandated by the consent decree.…We got a little ahead of ourselves….The union absolutely has to be read into it. And we’ll give people time to adjust their schedules accordingly. It’s gonna be part of a pilot program that is launched in January.”

    Riccio said the scheduling change was announced last week, then temporarily pulled back because the FOP was not notified in advance.
Special Fred was no where to be seen during this presser. Interesting. Someone talked some sense into the brass:
  • Although the union is up in arms, Riccio characterized the time changes as “minimal.” It’s not enough to disrupt the personal lives of officers whose days off have already been canceled throughout the summer.

    “I believe it’s 30 minutes that the shifts will change in time, so it’s not a big time change. It’s nothing dramatic,” Riccio said.

    “I understand that that could cause some child care issues. Some issues at home. But the change in time is very minimal. And…not rolling it out between now and January gives everybody time to plan for….child care issues are or anything they have going on at home.”
Which is what should have been done in the first place instead of alienating the men and women working the actual new hours. Riccio's never had a bad spot in his career and certainly not one that required him to show up anywhere on time. Neither has anyone working for him. Which is fine - the is Chicago after all.

But don't pretend to care now. It's insulting our intelligence and the intelligence of all the men and women of the CPD.


Trial Begins

  • A Chicago police sergeant and an officer on his gang team “used their police powers to lie, cheat and steal” by obtaining bogus search warrants to routinely rob drug dealers of cash and narcotics, federal prosecutors said as the officers’ federal corruption trial got underway in earnest Tuesday.
The judge who signed off on these bogus warrants is also in trouble and the reverberations might be echoing for quite some time among the specialized units.

This should also be (again) an indictment of the "merit" system and phone call units. But it won't be.


Slow News Day

  • Chicago police officers improperly used department-issued placards to park illegally with their personal vehicles in police station parking lots so they or their friends and relatives could attend Cubs and Bears games, an investigation by the city’s government watchdog found.

    Officers also regularly parked their cars in a tow-away zone along a narrow street near City Hall, creating potential safety hazards by blocking fire lanes and emergency exits, Inspector General Joseph Ferguson’s office reported Tuesday.

    Ferguson also chided Police Department leaders in the seven-page report for not reminding officers during roll calls about a February 2018 directive prohibiting such preferential parking.
Fergie doesn't name names, which make it obvious to the cynic in us exactly who is abusing the parking. Anyone paying attention could (and did) predict it back in 2018. Nothing changed and the connected stayed connected and Fergie has an opportunity to slap the Department around using the media to do Groot's dirty work.


More Windows

A few weeks ago, we mentioned the Colour Nail Salon that has drawn the ire of the "community" for expecting payment for services rendered. One of the "activists" had taken it upon himself to throw bricks through the windows of the salon, saying that:
  • "We’re pretty much at this point commandeering this place and any neighborhood store that disrespect our women and children."
Because property damage is always the answer to "disrespect."

We're told by some south side readers that the salon has lost it's windows once again, not for the second time, but for the third, making us wonder how long they're going to stay in business seeing as how the "community" doesn't want them there.

We're also wondering how long until the words "nail desert" are uttered by the "activists."


Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Father Mulcrone Letter (UPDATE)

The Fire Department Chaplain is outraged and he puts it in words (click for larger version):

He puts into words, far better than we did, the outrage every decent person (and especially every first responder) should have regarding the casual disrespect shown to our brothers and sisters on the fire side.

This guy is now our third favorite sky pilot after Father Dan and Rabbi Wolf.

UPDATE: A half-assed apology offered:
  • Ald. Maria Hadden (49th) is apologizing to the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 for her chief of staff’s “insensitive” Twitter takedown of Ald. Jim Gardiner (45th) that ended up infuriating rank-and-file firefighters.


    “She’s sorry. It was a stupid comment. She wasn’t really thinking. We’ve been in communication with Local 2 making sure [they understand]. She’s making a written statement of apology,” Hadden said

    “She worked for Ald. Arena. It’s politics. Leftover hard feelings with the election results. Sometimes, people let their emotions get the best of them . . . She wasn’t trying to put down the firefighters. It was an insult aimed at Gardiner. Their personal, leftover things from their dealings in the 45th Ward.”
That's probably all the CFD is ever going to see.


Schedule Change Makes the Paper

Waller says it's coming regardless, which just shows everyone he's as big a tool as Special Ed. And the FOP insists it's an issue for collective bargaining:
  • The Fraternal Order of Police is furious — and exploring its “legal options” — in response to a proposal to change the starting times for officers across the city to rein in runaway overtime and reduce down time between shifts.

    The sweeping proposal, though, has been “rescinded temporarily,” according to Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony [Google-me].

    Other sources said a recent memo from CPD brass outlining the changes was held up for “legal issues” tied to command and control matters outlined by the consent decree and that the shift changes “will happen.”
How about you sit down with a few parents who are working the different shifts and try to figure out what works best?
  • Some midnight officers aren't going to be home in time to make lunches and take kids to school. 
  • Neither will second watch parents. 
  • Some afternoon officers won't be able to pick up kids after school with the 3:45 dismissals and 4:00 PM start times.
Rational humans ought to be able to figure out something to accommodate working parents instead of Special Ed and Special Fred pretending that they forgot where they came from so Groot isn't angry with them.


Monday, October 07, 2019

This is a Joke Right?

We can't believe we actually have to ask this, but reality is stranger than fiction lately:
  • So an offender commits murder executing his ex, tell his family he intends to kill himself, and later that night officers drive up on his car whereupon he executes himself inside the vehicle. COPA is debating issuing a CR number because the officers presence caused the suicide!! This is phucking madnesses!! There nothing outside of the realm of sanity this people won’t blame the police for.
You know why we have to ask if this is true? Because we verified through various trusted sources that COPA is actually looking to jam up coppers on non-duty related weapon purchases. There isn't anyone in Illinois who has to register a gun...except CPD, and COPA is looking to get cops fired and save Groot some pension money.

We had thought this one was a bit far fetched, but we were mistaken. Watch your asses.

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Blackhawks Fundraiser (CORRECTIONS)

Click for a slightly larger version. The pixelation factor kicks in pretty hard on this photo, so it's difficult to read. In essence, the Blackhawks are hosting a Law Enforcement appreciation night, 22 October, and a portion of the ticket sales go to the 100 Club, as fine an organization that exists to support families of officers killed in the Line of Duty.

Tickets go quick, so get on it boys and girls.

CORRECTION: Last year's poster - we're looking for an updated version. Link fixed.

ADDITIONAL: Fightfighter Appreciation Night is two days later on 24 October.


Former Cop on Divorce

Part of avoiding or stopping officers from harming themselves is dragging some issues out of the darkness and addressing them. Divorce is (unfortunately) common among the Department and a driving factor in many police suicides.

A former officer does some freelance writing for the Law Enforcement Today website and opens up about his recent struggles. Click over and give it a read.


Sunday, October 06, 2019

400...and Then Some

Congratulations to Chicago - 404 homicides and counting.

How many dozens of years in a row is that?

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Hammond Chase, Shooting

  • Four people including a 3-year-old girl sustained injuries stemming from a shooting and crash incident involving Hammond police officers Saturday evening on Chicago's South Side, fire officials said.

    A heavy police presence surrounded the scene near 80th Street and King Drive at around 7 p.m. on Saturday.

    A 22-year-old woman went to the University of Chicago Medical Center with a gunshot wound, while a 3-year-old girl was sent to Comer Children's Hospital with injuries from a car crash.

    In addition, a 32-year-old man went to Little Company of Mary Hospital in fair condition, while a 33-year-old man was listed in good condition at the hospital.
No details available when we typed this.

No coppers injured as far as we know at this point.

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CTU Priorities

  • The Chicago Teachers Union failed to participate in a major study aimed at protecting students from sexual violence, according to the study and its authors.

    Consultant Maggie Hickey, a former federal prosecutor hired last year to help Chicago Public Schools revamp its Office of Student Protections and Title IX, wrote in a Sept. 26 report that she tried repeatedly to seek the input of CTU President Jesse Sharkey but received no cooperation.

    “The Chicago Teachers Union President is the only person we contacted who failed to respond to our inquiries. We made multiple attempts to contact him by phone, by email, and through his assistant and office, during both our preliminary and follow-up evaluations,” Hickey wrote in a footnote to her 134-page report.
The union's concern isn't the safety of children - it's using the children as a bargaining chip to extract more money.


Saturday, October 05, 2019

We Thought They Didn't Care

In light of the now-delayed schedule changes, we are pleased to announce an EXTENDED sign-up period for a new service, directed at single and two-parent police households that were almost thrown for a loop when Fred and Groot announced their general fuckery.
  • The Escamerit CPD Babysitting Service!

    Are you worried that Junior or Sally won't be able to see Mommy or Daddy for an extended period of time? That pick-ups from daycare might be delayed? Grandma has to leave to go shopping and can't handle the munchkins?

    Call Escamerit CPD/CAPS Babysitting (Pilot) Program at (312) 746-8605 (ask for CAPS or Tony)

    Your child will be picked up, free of charge, in a reasonably clean CPD squad car, transported to the 025th District and pampered by assorted personnel with extensive experience in caring for children, all on the taxpayers' dime!

    Southside service available - all free of charge!!!
Thanks to a reader for suggesting this. We have already signed up for two slots!


Point Your Gun, Report it When?

From quite a few readers:

Print it and carry it around.

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What Conflict of Interest?

  • The special prosecutor appointed to look into the politically charged case against former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett will remain in that post despite revelations he had co-hosted a 2016 fundraiser for now-Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx at his high-powered law firm and also cut a $1,000 check to her campaign.

    Cook County Judge Michael Toomin defended his appointment of Dan Webb, saying in a court hearing Friday that donating to political campaigns was a routine practice for lawyers in Chicago and Webb’s contribution should have “no affect on his ability to be fair and impartial” in the hot-button case.
But let something similar happen on the national stage and watch democrats screech to the rafters about conflicts and recusals and conspiracies.


Humboldt What Now?

This is what happens when you have people writing stories based on phone calls instead of actually going out to the scene and reporting:
  • A 26-year-old man was pronounced dead after he was stabbed Friday morning in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, Chicago police said.

    Shortly before 9:15 a.m., officers responded to a call of a stabbing in the first block of North Hamlin Avenue where they found a victim with a stab wound to the chest. He was taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital where he later was pronounced dead, said police.

    There was no immediate information available about the circumstance leading up to the stabbing, but police did say a 24-year-old woman was in custody.
Hamlin and Madison is nowhere near Humboldt park and actually overlooks the western edge of Garfield Park. And if you look up footage of the 1968 riots, Pulaski and Madison, a mere two blocks from this address, was among the hardest hit neighborhoods from those years and hasn't recovered much in the intervening fifty years.

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Low Bid Testing Outfit

More mistakes to be corrected:

Adjust your study materials accordingly.

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Friday, October 04, 2019

Schedule Change (UPDATES)

The Department has decided morale was too high, so they're throwing a wrench into a lot of lives (click for larger versions):

So much for caring about families with young kids who might need a little more than two weeks to make alternate arrangements to pick up / drop off / trade cars with kids.

That's the thing you can count on with this department - always taking care to make sure families are okay.

UPDATE: FOP has a notice out that they are contesting Fred Waller's claim in the first paragraph that this isn't a Contractual issue subject to mandatory bargaining. Fred claims it's within two hours, so it's legal. We imagine FOP is going to claim it isn't a temporary thing, but rather permanent, and therefore must be negotiated. We'll see shortly.

UPDATE: Delayed for the time being. Seems someone either (A) saw reason or (B) realized it is actually a Contractual issue. We'd like to think it was (A) because Fred isn't nearly smart enough to have read and understood a Contract and neither is 99% of the command staff.


Leslie Leslie Leslie

Everyone remembers alderasshole Arena, right? He had an "assistant" named Leslie Perkins that he used as a stalking horse since he was too much of a giant pussy to file complaints against police and firefighters. She was his troll, going through social media posts and collecting information before filing complaints against city workers who dared to have actual opinions that differed from Arena's concerning bringing in giant buildings of low income residents to ruin stable neighborhoods.

Evidently, she thinks it's amusing if firefighters burn:

Leslie landed softly over at another aldercreature's office - 49th Ward Maria E. Hadden - who might be unaware that one of her staffers thinks it's funny if First Responders burn doing their jobs rescuing people. Perhaps she should be made aware?

Punch back twice as hard.

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Classy Democrats

  • A charity event planned in honor of an officer killed in a 2018 mass shooting at a country music bar in in Southern California has been postponed indefinitely -- reportedly because a police chief didn't want Republicans invited.

    The Blue Bowl, a charity flag football game, was intended to raise money for the family of fallen Ventura County Sgt. Ron Helus as well as other officers killed in the line of duty, FOX 11 of Los Angeles reported.
    Sgt. Ron Helus was killed during a mass shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif., last year.

    Helus died last Nov. 7, when a 28-year-old suspect allegedly attacked the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, killing a total of 13 people and wounding about a dozen others. The suspect died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities have said.

    Thousands of dollars had already been raised for fallen officers' families, but the money is now being returned to donors because Thousand Oaks Police Chief Tim Hagel reportedly withdrew the police department because Trump supporters would be speaking at the event.
This is the epitome of a consummate asshole.

But we can see what with Groot telling us we shouldn't assist ICE because they might be enforcing Federal Laws regarding immigration statuses, it's only a small leap to responding to calls involving those who only vote a certain way.

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