Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Bring Out Your Dead!



  • Authorities are trying to determine how first responders placed a sheet over the body of a teenager who was shot multiple times in the head — then, minutes later, realized he was alive.

    The 17-year-old man was shot about 4:45 a.m. Monday in the 1300 block of South Loomis outside the ABLA/Brooks Homes, a CTA housing facility, in the University Village neighborhood. Four others were also shot — one of them fatally.

    “I don’t know the length of time (he was under the sheet) but from what my understanding of the incident is — that individual has a catastrophic injury,” CPD Deputy Supt. Anthony Riccio said Monday at a news conference at police headquarters held to discuss weekend violence.

    The teen was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition.
Expect a new policy that CFD will remove ALL victims from the scene and transport them to the hospitals where actual doctors will be tasked with pronouncements from now on.

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Frustrating?

Unacceptable AND frustrating?
  • The weekend began with seven people shot in just an hour on the South Side. It ended with 10 people shot in two attacks on the West Side.

    By Monday morning, at least 56 people had been hit by gunfire in Chicago over the weekend. At least nine of them died, according to data kept by the Tribune.

    It was the worst weekend for violence in the city this year. But more troubling, it was close to comparable weekends in 2016 and 2017, when gun violence hit levels not seen in Chicago in more than a decade.

    "Most of Chicago celebrated and enjoyed this weekend," Chicago police First Deputy Superintendent Anthony Riccio told reporters, referring to Pride Fest on the North Side and various Father’s Day celebrations. "However, we saw an unacceptable and frustrating level of gun violence in several communities.

    “There’s too many illegal guns on the street,” he added, echoing a constant theme of his boss, Superintendent Eddie Johnson. “They’re too easy to get.”
Stop already Tony. Guns aren't that easy to get - what is easy to get is "off without charges." And that includes theft of guns, straw purchasing, and burglaries. Adapt an "Exile" type of sentencing and we'll guarantee gun crime goes down.

In the meantime, we're going to have to come up with some pretty ugly prediction numbers for the Fourth of July week.

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Frisk....and Frisk Again

This mope should have been searched at least three times before hitting County:
  • Chicago police are investigating how a Humboldt Park man with a long criminal history got a loaded handgun past officers and into the police station lockup over the weekend.

    The .22-caliber handgun was discovered by a cleaner while tidying the holding cell at the police station at 2452 W. Belmont Ave., according to police and Cook County prosecutors.

    Authorities said Miguel Acevedo, 38, was picked up by police early Saturday when they discovered him and another man, a documented gang member, “using narcotics” inside a car on the Northwest Side.

    Acevedo, who was on parole for a 2017 drug conviction, told officers his name was "Luis Rodriguez" and then "Angel Gonzalez." Police later determined Acevedo's true identity and his status as a parolee. He was arrested and charged with obstructing his identity and a parole violation, authorities said.

    Acevedo was processed at the police station on Belmont known as “019 West” and brought to a cell where he was alone, authorities said. Surveillance video caught him hiding the gun, loaded with five rounds, underneath a mattress.
Frisk #1 on the street. Frisk #2 before hitting lockup. Frisk #3 in the lockup. But no one found this gun? Come on people - fetal doesn't mean "stupid," and this was stupid in the extreme.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Media Code of Silence Cracks

Just a tiny little bit:
  • Slum Times - A 20-year-old woman was charged with spitting on an off-duty Chicago Police officer outside a City Council meeting last month where demonstrators rallying against the construction of a new police training academy clashed with members of the Fraternal Order of Police who were staging their own protest.

    On May 23, Penny Hawthorne walked up to the officer and started yelling “vulgarities” at him, according to Chicago Police. She continued the tirade while walking alongside him and then spat on his left cheek.
The Tribune fesses up to being the employer of dear ol' Dad:
  • A woman has been charged with spitting on an off-duty Chicago police officer outside a contentious City Council meeting last month where demonstrators protested a new training academy and the police union marched in support of an officer facing dismissal for a double fatal shooting.

    Penny Hawthorne, 20, of Oak Park, is charged with a single count of misdemeanor battery making physical contact. She is accused of spitting on the officer at about 11 a.m. May 23 during a public demonstration involving the Fraternal Order of Police, according to Chicago police spokesman Officer [...].

    [...] Hawthorne is the daughter of Tribune reporter Michael Hawthorne.
Somehow, she managed to delete most of her social media presence in the intervening time frame...funny how that happened.

In the meantime, helpful researchers have posted the e-mail address of the Chief of Police at Boston College (John.king.2@bc.edu) so that he can warn his department of the safety and biological hazards that may threaten his officers should they run across this delightful human being.

And others found that Boston College has a Code of Conduct and you can report violations at this link here. Time to make the assholes live by their own rules.

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Crime is Down

  • Ridership on the L is falling, CTA figures show — a decline one expert attributes to “a perfect storm” of factors including competition from ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft.

    For the first three months of this year, the CTA provided 52.7 million L rides — down 3.7 percent from 54.7 million in the same period last year.

    And ridership was down at 119 of the 143 L stations versus last year, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis of CTA data found. Twenty-three saw an increase, while the Washington-Wabash station didn’t exist at the same time last year.
No word about crime though, even though there isn't any police presence to speak of and little old lady's are losing their eyeballs:
  • A 67-year-old woman is expected to have her left eye removed after an “unprovoked” punch from a south suburban man severely injured her last week aboard a Red Line train, Cook County prosecutors said at a court hearing Sunday.

    Judge Stephanie K. Miller denied bail for Derrick L. McMath, 28, who was charged with aggravated battery involving great bodily harm of someone age 60 or older in the attack captured on CTA surveillance video.
We've said this in the past and it bears repeating - very few people care about the actual crime rate. We do because it's part of the job, something the bosses harp on, and directly effects political machinations.

What people DO care about is the perception of crime, and all the cameras aren't going to do a damn thing except provide nice pictures of you getting your ass beating, raped or shot. All the cops in the world aren't going to deter shit without a vigorous justification of their legal actions preserving law and order. All the arrests aren't going to mean squat without relentless prosecution and extensive jail time for repeat felons currently facing none.

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Something Weird Here (UPDATE: VERY Weird)

We've been following this story a bit, and are a bit confused as to what (and why) the media is attempting to cover up:
  • The family of longtime television reporter Elizabeth Brackett is thanking police and fire officials who came to the 76-year-old’s aid after she suffered critical injuries this week as she was biking on the Lakefront Trail.

    Brackett’s family also said it was also “immensely grateful” to the good Samaritan who saw the former reporter for WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” and performed CPR until paramedics arrived and the staff at Stroger Hospital who are caring for Brackett. The family also asked for privacy in its statement.

    “The family of Elizabeth Brackett is grateful for the outpouring of love and support shown by all of Chicago since her accident Wednesday,” the statement said.
An accident. So what's this then? So why not be specific?
  • Details of the Wednesday incident, which happened on a South Side stretch of the Lakefront Trail near 39th Street, weren’t clear.

    Brackett had been training on her bicycle before someone found her on the bike path, her close friend and colleague Carol Marin told the Tribune.

    Brackett’s family has told her colleagues that Brackett was found about 40 feet from the bike trail, which is not far from her South Side home, said Phil Ponce, host of “Chicago Tonight,” who has worked with Brackett since the 1990s.
Forty feet? So did she fall down an embankment? It's actually kind of flat there. Did she crawl to where she was found.....or was she dragged and this is yet another crime being covered up by the media even though the victim is one of their own?

So many more questions than answers.

UPDATE: Brackett passed away overnight, and the new article raises even more questions:
  • Little is known about Brackett’s accident Wednesday, which happened on a South Side stretch of the Lakefront Trail near 39th Street. Brackett’s family told her colleagues that she was found several feet from the bike trail, which is not far from her South Side home, said Phil Ponce, host of “Chicago Tonight.” A still-anonymous good Samaritan saw Brackett and performed CPR until paramedics arrived, according to the station. Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford told WTTW that paramedics saw “no signs of trauma, no dirt, bruises, scrapes, contusions, anything that indicated she collided with something or had a fall or struck something.”

    “We don’t know how she got there,” he told the station. Her family is hoping to identify the person who performed CPR on Brackett, the station reported Friday.
So now they've changed "40 feet" to "several feet," and the CFD found nothing to indicate a fall or collision.

The family wants to find whoever performed CPR on her.....we'll bet the detectives do, too.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Spitter Surrenders

  • A young woman accused of spitting on an off-duty police officer has turned herself in.

    Chicago Police said that Penny Hawthorne, 20, spit on the off-duty officer during a May 23 protest at City Hall.

    Police said that she yelled insults at the officer, then spit.

    Hawthorne is charged with misdemeanor battery.
Oak Park River Forest graduate, east coast liberal arts college course-load no doubt. And if our previous information is correct, the daughter of Tribune environmental reporter. We guess we can assume exactly what lessons were taught in that household in regard to respect of persons and Constitutional Rights to air grievances.

Twenty toothpicks says probation.

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Backlog Courtesy of Phleger

How does this asshole continue to get away with this crap?
  • Pflegers march left 006 with zero cars to respond to jobs. 1st watch had no cars or radios till 2230 hours. Massive backlog. Plus the zone was completely tied up. So, in short,the community had zero police service for almost 2 hours so Pfleger could do a publicity stunt. He also claims on 07 July he will have another march to shut down the Dan Ryan (so if you have a semi or large SUV, please drive the Ryan that day) cause pissing people off is a great way to get people behind you. Once again, the community would be without police service but Pfleger doesn't care about the community. Pfleger only cares about Pfleger  
And he's planning to block a major expressway on 07 July? That's illegal, right? Does ISP know about this? Can they mobilize a regional group of municipalities to provide coverage and effect mass arrests from this planned unlawful behavior?

Perhaps the subsequent fines can be directed toward funding police pensions and the community service spend some time cleaning up the Dan Ryan.

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$174 Million? From Where?

  • The controversial Obama Presidential Center in Chicago will benefit from almost $200 million in taxpayer funding for work on infrastructure projects near the center on Chicago’s South Side.

    The Chicago Sun Times first reported Friday that Illinois lawmakers had approved $174 million for roadwork in and around Jackson Park related to the development of the center.

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a former Obama White House chief of staff, described the infrastructure improvements as “money well spent.”
And get a load of this fantasy:
  • ...the Obama Foundation’s claim that the center will support thousands of new jobs and have a total economic impact of $3.1 billion in its first 10 years.
There are hit theater productions here in Chicago that don't produce $310 million in economic impact per year, and they sell out 4 nights a week and twice on Saturdays.

We don't know who came up with these numbers for the most inconsequential president in history, but three years ago, the eggheads at the University of Chicago wrote a report that the library (which will contain almost no books or documents) would have an impact of $220 million - and that was derided as overly optimistic by a professor who actually studied presidential libraries. So the extra $90 million is a complete load of horseshit.

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Exempt Movement?

Did they remove the Camel Commander prior to this weekend?

Did someone from Downtown actually read the blog?

Did Rahm? Who explained the big words to him?

Is SCC suddenly running the Department and no one told us?

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

12 Year Old Killed

You can't even visit Chicago on summer vacation without being sent home in a coffin:
  • A 12-year-old girl was among two people killed Thursday in shootings across Chicago. Seven men were also wounded in shootings during the 24-hour period.

    The girl was killed late Thursday in a shooting outside a gathering in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, according to police. About 11:20 p.m., the girl and a 36-year-old man were outside in the 4200 block of West Wilcox Street, Chicago Police said. The man heard shots and then realized he was shot in the leg.

    The girl was shot in her neck and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said. The man’s condition had stabilized.
Phleger and the Parkland circus were nowhere to be found.

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Lori Supports Child Murderers

  • Mayoral challenger Lori Lightfoot demanded Friday that Mayor Rahm Emanuel publicly condemn the police union for attempting to derail negotiations aimed at forcing federal court oversight over the Chicago Police Department.

    At the same time the Fraternal Order of Police filed its motion to intervene in the lawsuit filed last summer by retiring Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, the FOP also sought to dismiss Madigan’s lawsuit altogether. The union argued that Madigan lacks the legal authority to force Emanuel to negotiate a consent decree. On Friday, the union’s motion to dismiss was front-and-center in the crowded race for mayor.

    Lightfoot, who resigned as Police Board president to run for mayor, demanded that Emanuel publicly condemn a union that stands as an impediment to reforms desperately needed to restore public trust shattered by the police shooting of Laquan McDonald.
Lightfoot claims that since Rahm hasn't been specific enough in denouncing the FOP, he must support their position. We suppose that since Lightfoot hasn't explicitly condemned the murder of a 12-year-old child Thursday night, she must support the gang factions warring in that little corner of Hell.

Spielman is off the Rahm-servation, Which team is she shilling for this week?

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Vicious Attacker Apprehended

  • Chicago cops are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who “viciously” attacked a senior citizen aboard a North Side Red Line train yesterday. The woman may lose her eyesight as a result of the attack, CPD Chief Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi said. Images of the suspect, released by CPD on Friday afternoon, are shared throughout this report.
The pictures are pretty horrifying:


The senior citizen pretty much seems to have no idea what's coming.
  • Ald. Joe Moore, 49th Ward, said the attacker apparently was “suffering from some mental health issues.”
Moore must have gotten himself a medical degree while no one was looking,  to be able so quickly and efficiently diagnosis mental illness AND lay down a criminal defense at the same time. Maybe he can help out the senior citizen's medical team in repairing her shattered face.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Wilson Granted Retrial

  • A Cook County judge on Thursday overturned the murder conviction of a man who claimed disgraced former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge and his subordinates tortured him into confessing to the slayings of two police officers nearly 40 years ago.

    Jackie Wilson, 57, alleged he was beaten by Burge and his crew until he admitted being present when his now-deceased brother, Andrew, fatally shot Chicago police officers Richard O'Brien and William Fahey in 1982.

    Judge William Hooks tossed Wilson’s confession and overturned his conviction. Wilson had been serving a life sentence in prison. “Your life matters, and yes, even a guilty person’s life matters,” the judge said. “All rights matter, the rights of the good, bad and ugly all count.”
The FOP makes noise, but little in the way of action:
  • In a statement on its website, the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police blasted the commission as “an unconstitutional body” comprised of “many commissioners with a decidedly anti-police bias.” The FOP also chided Hooks’ decision, saying the families of Fahey and O’Brien will be forced to “relive the night of the crime and the possibility that this killer may have another chance at garnering his freedom.”

    “While the FOP does not in any way condone police misconduct, the notion that Jackie Wilson was abused in custody is virtually non-existent, and we are extremely disappointed in Judge Hooks’ ruling,” according to the statement.
Judge Hooks has been nothing but a disappointment for years, but he finally got a "social justice" case where he could put his bleeding-heart credentials on full display. Fahey and O'Brien, along with their families, will never rest in peace or receive closure due to the fabulist creations of the Peoples Law Office, Flint Taylor and the anti-police leftists.

Anyone out there doing work above and beyond answering calls really ought to look at what the system is doing to dead cops.

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Downtown-to-O'Hare Tunnel?

  • Billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk’s vision of autonomous vehicles that would zip back and forth at more than 100 mph in tunnels between Chicago’s Loop and O’Hare International Airport has drawn both interest and skepticism from transportation and engineering experts.

    “We’re scratching our heads as to whether this is truly ready for completion,” said Joe Schwieterman, professor and director at DePaul University’s Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development. “… This could be a big victory, but it could be a big risk.”

    “The word I keep hearing is ‘stunned,’” said a source familiar with the proposals, speaking of reactions from industry professionals. “They couldn’t believe a city as powerful and conservative as the city of Chicago would agree to a fantasy.”

    The city of Chicago has selected Musk’s The Boring Co. to build a high-speed express train to O’Hare. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration picked Boring’s bid over a more conventional high-speed rail proposal. There are a lot of “ifs” about the Musk project, which Emanuel has promised would be financed by The Boring Co. and not the public. Emanuel said the city was taking a bet on Musk, “a guy who doesn’t like to fail — and his resources.”
Musk is supposedly financing the entire project...with the agreement that he gets all the profit. So where is Chicago's financial upside? Taxes on ticket sales? Increased tourist/convention spending?

And as for Musk being “a guy who doesn’t like to fail..."
  • Tesla will lay off about 3,500 workers in an effort to boost profitability, CEO Elon Musk wrote in a company email.

    [...] Musk conceded that Tesla has not made an annual profit in 15 years. The company posted its largest quarterly loss , of more than $700 million, earlier this year.
We have far more questions than answers at this point....and so should you.

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Nice Movie Sets Rahm

Hollywood likes to utilize pretend violence. Real violence not so much:
  • Saturday night they were filming a low budget movie called Beats up and down 69th near Prairie. Filming was canceled for the night when a gunfight happened a few blocks away. I heard that the fight was over a dice game.

    [...] The sound mixer quit the show, that is a pretty big deal to have a high level guy quit over the threat of violence. The producer ordered all the crew trucks to surround the film crew until they left the area. I hear they were panicked. I was on set earlier on the day and they had several uniformed CPD officers on set, at least one was a Lieutenant. The cops I talked to live west of Midway. I assume that they were off duty.

    This news is spreading like wildfire throughout the local film people and will probably affect other production companies. NBC hired a private security firm over a year ago after a few incidents at Cinespace Studios. Now the rigging and pre production crews are demanding security with them before and after filming, this will be good for cops but will add more to production costs. I predict it will cause productions to shy away from Chicago.
Seeing as how most filming doesn't begin until after sundown and Hollywood likes the grittier underbelly of society, we're surprised something similar hasn't happened sooner.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

West Side Serial Killer?

  • Four girls/young women were reported missing on Chicago’s west side – two of them later found dead – since March 2018, raising concerns that there could be a serial killer or kidnapper at work. Chicago police say, though, that there is no evidence at this point to link the cases.

    Furthermore, one of the girls who was reported among the missing, Victoria Garrett, has been found and was reunited with her family, Chicago police spokesman Anthony [Google-Me] told Heavy on June 12, 2018. Another of the missing girls, Anna Stanislawczyk, “was seen but has not returned home yet,” he said. As for the remaining two girls, Sadaria Davis and Shantieya Smith, whose bodies were discovered after they went missing, “at this point there is no evidence to link these cases or establish a pattern,” said [Google-Me].
  • Chicago police detectives want to speak to a man to learn what he knows about a woman and a teenage girl who went missing on the West Side and were later found dead, police sources said Wednesday.

    Police have issued an “investigative alert” for the man, who traveled out of state after he knew he was being sought for questioning.

    The investigation is focusing on the deaths of Shantieya Smith, 26, and Sadaria Davis, 15. The man, who has a felony drug conviction, was seen with both of them before they died, the sources said.
Slum Times "reporter" Frank Main mentions an "investigative alert" but guess what's missing from his entire article?
  • A name and/or description of the potential serial killer.
You'd think that might be just a little bit important....but not to the media it seems.

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Hey Kim?

  • In the moments after she was shot in the face during a drug deal that turned into a murder, Jeanette Spitz thought: “Is this how I’m going to die? Is this how it ends?”

    Spitz, who was 17 when she was shot and critically injured in Skokie nearly four years ago, took the witness stand Monday to testify against Dzevad Avdic, one of five people accused in connection with the shooting of Spitz and her friend Maxwell Gadau, who was killed.

    Authorities have said the 2014 shooting in Skokie occurred while Avdic and the other suspects were attempting to steal about $500 worth of marijuana from Spitz, and that Gadau, also 17, was there to lend “moral support.”

    Avdic, 22, of Chicago, has been in custody since his arrest soon after the shooting. Authorities alleged that another man charged in the crimes, 20-year-old Antonio Hicks, of Chicago, was the person who shot Gadau and Spitz. But Avdic is facing the same charges as Hicks — first-degree murder, attempted murder and armed robbery — because he planned and took part in the crime, prosecutors said.
So Kim, in case you forgot how Illinois Law was written to work by the actual Legislature, you're supposed to charge accomplices who take part in a felony that results in the death of one of their number, even if they didn't pull an actual trigger.

At least, that's what a competent States Attorney is supposed to do. You're proving each and every day that you aren't.

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See the Signs

Have you ever noticed that the people supposedly "in charge" don't seem to have any idea of what warning signs are? 

Cops hate change. Routine is comfortable. If you have a bunch of coppers and supervisors putting in PAR forms to leave a District or a Unit, there might be an underlying reason somewhere. 
  • At one point in our careers, a certain south side District had fifty or more officers detailed out and over a dozen sergeants working anywhere but their Unit of Assignment. 
  • A well known west side District under the regime of an especially incompetent Captain lost four lieutenants, a dozen sergeants and over eighty cops in just six months. A contact of ours in Personnel related that the number of PAR forms to leave averaged over seventy-five per month.
And downtown did nothing - they didn't recognize the signs of incompetent leadership. It's currently happening again in 002 with almost half of the lieutenants putting in PAR forms, half-a-dozen sergeants successfully moving out and officers filing nearly four dozen requests to move.

And again, downtown seems to be clueless.

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Another EEOC Complaint?

This time out of Homan Square. And involving some very connected individuals.

Rahm is currently taking the heat for the CPS child rape factory running full steam under his watch. Let's see if he steps up to  take responsibility for his handpicked "meri-clout-orious"supervisory ranks fucking up once again and potentially costing taxpayers untold millions. Again.

At this rate, he won't have to worry about Quinn's Term Limit Petition.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Hold Out for Arbitration

Remember the last Contract we had? All the arbitration hearings? Does anyone remember what Arbitrator Benn said during the hearings that awarded the FOP paltry raises?

One of our e-mailers remembers it quite clearly:
  • “For example, during the next round of negotiations or any interest arbitration, the Lodge retains the right to argue that its members are entitled to above average or “catch up” wage increases to restore whatever differentials or rankings it believes have been compromised by this award or that the then current wage rates should be not considered the status quo given the unique circumstances of this case.”
The economy is on the cusp of a rather sizable and sustained expansion. This should be printed on the cover of every single binder the FOP brings to the negotiating table and if (when?) a stalemate is reached, on every binder present to the Arbitrator.

Plus, with all the crime being down, we certainly deserve a raise commensurate with our extraordinary efforts this year.

Homicides down 10%? Paycheck up 10%....minimum.

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Um....What Now?

So the community, made up of fine people, including hundreds of cops, firefighters and their families, came together not too long ago and saved the local theater.

And this is the thanks they get?
  • “Tasered: The Philip Oliver Coleman Story” will be performed at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., on Saturday, June 23, at 4 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, June 24, at 4 p.m. “Tasered” is an intense theatrical stage play that aims to show the severity of mental illness and police brutality in African-American communities. Tickets are $37.50 for VIP tickets, $25.50 for general admission and $20 for early bird tickets.
If the north side can get a school principal to resign in disgrace, we certainly think the south side can get a slanted, liberal, anti-police stage play shut down.

UPDATE: Remember, this guy died from medical malpractice - he was improperly medicated at the hospital by an actual doctor....you know, with a medical degree and everything. Not from being tasered.

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Retiree Honored

  • Armed carjackers targeted a senior citizen who says they picked the wrong guy. The retired police officer pulled his trigger first.

    [..] “The first guy came running at me, combat style,” recalled Robert Olson. Olson says when he was confronted by three carjackers in Bridgeport last April, he fired back. The retired police officer says he managed to pull his trigger first, killing the suspect. “You don’t really think about what you did. You react to the situation and that’s what happened,” stated Olson.

    Olson served the city for 40 years and was recognized as Officer of the Month by the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.
Of course, this again shines a spotlight on Peoples Defense Attorney Kim Foxxx's refusal to charge the accomplices with Felony Murder in the death of the armed carjacker. There are dozens of assholes serving lengthy prison sentences for situations very similar to this and there's absolutely zero reason that the two survivors don't bear as much of the responsibility as the dead hoodrat.

Any bets on if they've continued with their life of crime?

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Wait....Shot Where?

This has to be yet another "fake news" story by the Tribune:
  • A man was shot on a Red Line train after getting into a dispute at a turnstile on the South Side Monday afternoon, one of 10 people hit by gunfire over 12 hours in Chicago, according to police.

    The 23-year-old man approached the Garfield stop at 220 W. Garfield Blvd. around 2 p.m. and began arguing with another man, police said. The argument continued onto the platform and the train, police said.

    The second man pulled a handgun and fired, hitting the 23-year-old in the chest and shoulder, according to police. He was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where his condition was stabilized, police said.
What a crock of shit. Everyone knows that CTA property is gun free. Every station, building, bus and train has at least one sticker saying guns aren't allowed, so this is an impossibility. Someone needs to reopen that J-School and teach some of these wet-behind-the-ears "reporters" the 5-W's of "journalism" so they don't make obvious errors like this. Seriously.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Body Cam Footage

  • Newly released body camera video shows an intense scene unfold as Chicago police officers responded to a hostage situation at a Near West Side apartment building that ended with a sergeant shooting and wounding the suspect.

    The city’s police disciplinary agency, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, has posted the footage on its website two months after the shooting took place about 6:20 p.m. on April 11 in the West Town community.

    A police report provided by COPA alleged that Marcos Malvais, 19, dragged a woman to a bathroom in the basement of a house on West Washington Boulevard near North Hoyne Avenue and held her at gunpoint.
We gotta say, the cops did an amazing job in a high stress, fast moving situation with a woman's life at stake. Well done.

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Another Bloody Weekend

  • Nine people were killed and at least 29 others were wounded in weekend shootings in Chicago.
Those numbers rose to ten dead and thirty wounded per HeyJackass.com.

  • Four people were killed and at least 18 others were wounded Sunday in shootings across the city.

    Half of the victims were shot within the first four hours of the day, which began at 12:01 a.m.

    A mass shooting early Sunday killed one person and wounded five others the West Woodlawn neighborhood on the South Side. About 1:10 a.m., people were gathered outside in the 6400 block of South Eberhart when someone fired shots from inside a passing vehicle, according to Chicago Police.
Sunday probably outdid more than half the other weekends in a typical year. But remember - police are the problem. Once we fix them, rainbows will be everywhere.

And on a side note, This weekend surpassed 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014 in terms of planned funerals. Shootings were down slightly, but the accuracy was far higher.

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$16 Million - Move On

  • City of Chicago lawyers have reached a proposed $16 million settlement with the family of the innocent bystander shot dead by an officer who fired at a teenager carrying a baseball bat in December 2015, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the agreement.

    The tentative settlement with the family of 55-year-old Bettie Jones emerged late last week with the lawsuit’s trial date looming at the Daley Center courthouse. The city is still scheduled to go to trial this week with the survivors of 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier, who approached officers with a baseball bat as they responded to a domestic disturbance. Officer Robert Rialmo fired, hitting LeGrier and accidentally striking Jones, killing both.

    The settlement is among the largest ever for a shooting by Chicago police, though the circumstances — a churchgoing grandmother killed by a bullet intended for another — have little comparison in city history. The proposed deal, which will require City Council approval, is the latest in a string of multimillion-dollar payouts by the city in lawsuits alleging police misconduct or excessive force.
Not comparable assholes. There has been no finding of misconduct or excessive force in the death of Jones - it was a tragic outcome. Wrong place, wrong time, and while that does not diminish the loss suffered, neither should it be license to slander the police due to the accidental nature of her death. No one intended for Jones to be injured or killed, but she was placed in that doorway by a family unable to deal with the hellspawn they created via years of abuse, neglect, apathy and indifference.

We can disagree about the payout - high, low, correct, whatever. But removing Jones from the equation should allow the City to better defend the legal and proper actions of the Officer when confronted by a bat wielding assailant.

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More Magical Money

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration is forging ahead with a plan to build “tiny homes” on vacant city lots to create “permanent housing options” for Chicago’s “most vulnerable residents.”

    Under fire for ordering a homeless encampment on Lower Wacker Drive to vacate the site while the city fences it off to prevent their return, City Hall has issued a “request-for-information” from housing developers and non-profit housing agencies interested in building tiny homes.

    Responses that will help the city “assess the viability of tiny homes within the context of local neighborhoods, the municipal code and affordable housing resources” are due back July 13.

    Development costs must “not exceed $2 million.” That means Chicago will be starting with a pilot about as small in scale as the homes themselves.
Near full employment in an economy that hasn't looked so good in 16 years, and Rahm has $2 million to burn. How about they rent some of the abandoned properties in Englewood from the banks (or city) and rebuild the hood? They aren't going to learn a damn thing if you give them everything.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Wildwood Principal Resigns

  • Wildwood School principal Dr. Mary Beth Cunat abruptly retired this week. Cunat’s retirement on June 6 comes days after complaints from parents that a guest speaker at the school’s "Career Day" uses derogatory and threatening statements about police on social media.

    In a June 6 letter to the school community, Cunat said that she was retiring due to a "combination of my health, my beautiful new twin granddaughters and less demanding but very compelling opportunities." The letter did not mention the school’s recent career day.

    Cunat, who became Wildwood’s principal 8 years ago, issued an apology to parents on June 1, a week after Ethan Ethos, who describes himself as a "vocalist, organizer and abolitionist" on Facebook spoke at the school on May 25. His Facebook page includes the term "CPDK," which is an acronym for "Chicago Police Department Killer" and also uses a profane hip-hop slang term against the police.
This came on the heels of a brand new four year contract, so we have our doubts about her reasons for leaving a nice secure spot. Perhaps the very public and embarrassing protests planned for 12 June, along with more than a few systematic dismantlings of her self-serving letter to the parents as she attempts to paint herself and her lib-tarded progressive political efforts in a better light than that of a supporter of killing police officers might have something to do with it.

But this is a good example of what regular citizens can accomplish if they get motivated enough. Take note opponents of Alderasshole Arena and Rahm.

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Minnesota Fun

  • Minneapolis, MN – The Minneapolis police chief announced that the department would no longer conduct sting operations to arrest dealers who sell felonious “small amounts” of marijuana, after allegations were raised that officers had unfairly targeted economically disadvantaged black men and women.

    Undercover officers arrested over 100 people between January and May as part of a crackdown aimed at shutting down open drug dealing, WCCO reported.

    Forty-seven of those arrests were felony marijuana sales.

    Hennepin County chief public defender Mary Moriarty noticed that 46 of the 47 individuals charged were black, and quickly complained to Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, the Star Tribune reported.
Disregard the fact that police were engaged in shutting down open-air drug markets that the citizens had called and complained about degrading their neighborhoods - the end result was much more problematic than having a livable community.
  • The police department says that they will continue arrest marijuana dealers, they will just halt the practice proactively conducting drug buys, which is how drug dealers get arrested.

    Frey said that while enforcement against marijuana dealers may be taking a back seat, they will continue to make arrests against gun offenders and opiate dealers.
That is, until they found out the racial makeup of those offenders, too.

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Local #2 Letter

A statement from the CFD Union:
  • Dear Brothers & Sisters,

    Thank you to the Chicago Fire Department Blaze Football team for another great year. I have been supporting this team since its inception 9 years ago. This is a great fundraiser against our rivals the CPD Enforcers, which benefits our Gold Badge and Gold Star widows and orphans, it’s very competitive and a lot of fun, and I hope that we can continue this yearly fund raiser.

    I was appalled and embarrassed of the classless behavior of one of our members this past Saturday. This game was about honoring our Line of Duty Death Brothers Paul Bauer, CPD and Juan Bucio, CFD and their families for their bravery and commitment to the City of Chicago. This was not the place to make a self-serving, attention drawing, pot stirring statement. This person has not made this statement at any other games this year. He chose this game for this classless act for his own personal gain.

    I apologize to all the CPD and CFD players, their families and friends who were upset by this selfless act.

    Fraternally,
    CHICAGO FIRE FIGHTERS UNION,
    Local No. 2
    James T. Tracy, III
    President
Well stated Sir.

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Time Due Restrictions

29 June thru 09 July inclusive.

Don't expect to get time off unless you have quite a bit of seniority.

It's almost like the entire Department is shorthanded or something.

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Spitter Identified?

Hopefully true:
  • I have a friend in the Police department that told me they have identified the girl who spit on the off duty cop at city hall. Get this, it’s the daughter of a Chicago Tribune reporter. Haha, doesn’t that figure. Unbiased reporting my ass.
Golly.

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Accuse the Accuser

  • A Chicago police lieutenant who’s married to Superintendent Eddie Johnson has lodged an internal department complaint against a sergeant who once suggested that she and other officers cheated on a promotional exam.

    Lt. Nakia Fenner alleged Sgt. James Prah filed a false report contending that she had access to questions and answers to the 2015 lieutenant’s exam before taking it, according to an internal police document obtained by the Chicago Tribune.

    Fenner’s internal complaint against Prah isn’t the only accusation of wrongdoing she’s leveled against others within the department. Last month, she filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, claiming she was a victim of discrimination within the department’s promotional process.
There is exactly zero doubt that Fenner, along with numerous others, all connected to Mrs. Wysinger-Hall, had access to the test and answers in 2015. There is no way possible, statistically speaking, that Hall, Fenner, Ward and a few others all working in IAD, and all connected by a single degree of separation, were able to score in the top half-of-one-percent after failing to do in the previous test. It doesn't pass the smell test by any stretch. We've also pointed out the same thing in the case of a previous supernintendo's son's Tact team, Chief of Patrol's front office, husband-wife teams being promoted together, and SME's pincushions scoring abnormally high despite needing the "merit" bump for previous promotions.

None of these people suddenly got smarter - they suddenly got the answers.

Fenner may have inadvertently opened a Pandora's Box though. The previously sealed Inspector General report, not subject to FOIA requests, may all of the sudden be subject to discovery, including all of the e-mails Ferguson "couldn't" locate outlining dates, times and locations of secret study groups held at HQ and certain mysterious retirements following revelations of involvement.

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How Not to Get Shot

A helpful guide from Milwaukee:



These would seem like good rules for any jurisdiction.

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