Friday, August 29, 2014

Anita Blames ISP

Not content with just pandering and such, Anita goes for "blame" as a political strategy:
  • Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said Thursday that a backlog at the Illinois State Police crime lab was responsible for a nearly one-year delay in processing key DNA evidence that has led to charges against a Chicago Police commander for allegedly putting a gun in a suspect’s mouth.

    Glenn Evans, commander of the Harrison District on the West Side, allegedly put his .45-caliber pistol “deep down” the suspect’s throat last year. Evans also allegedly held a Taser to the man’s groin and threatened to kill him unless he led officers to the gun he was allegedly carrying.

    Evans, 52, one of police Supt. Garry McCarthy’s most trusted commanders, was charged Wednesday with official misconduct and aggravated battery, both felonies. He was released Thursday without having to post bond and was able to avoid reporters when he was allowed to go through a ceremonial door rarely used at the courthouse.
Hasn't County learned from the last time someone was allowed to sneak out a back door? Monique Bonds said the State Police testing process was normal and nothing in the paperwork indicated that there was a "rush" on the testing kits, thoug she admitted a "rush" job means 3-to-4 months anyway.

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That All-Call Message

Has everyone been hearing the all-call being broadcast for the last 4 or 5 days on all channels every few hours? 

It involves an attempted kidnapping of a young girl on the south side. The girl fought of/avoided capture by an unknown/masked individual who then left. The girl describes another girl, early teens, bound with tape and tied to the floor of the van.

Has anyone tied this "other girl" to an existing missing case? We're curious and a letter writer brought it to our attention that nothing in the all-call mentions the girl taped up as anything but a vehicle identifier. It's odd.

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Another $10 Million Gone

  • As he prepared to speak alongside gubernatorial challenger Bruce Rauner on Thursday, Gov. Pat Quinn announced $10 million in additional spending for Chicago Public Schools’ Safe Passage program, allowing for 600 more hires of yellow-vested workers around 27 more schools later this fall.

    The added millions will bring annual spending on the program to more than $26 million; the money pays community members to usher CPS children along routes leading to 133 elementary and high schools.

    Quinn, under fire for his now-defunct Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, declined to comment on the timing of the extra money coming from the cash-strapped state.
Pay no attention to that money behind the curtain! No, you can't use it for the pension funds. That would deny Quinn the pleasure of purchasing votes with it.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Hammer Falls

  • One of Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy’s most valued commanders was charged Wednesday with official misconduct and aggravated battery for allegedly putting his gun in a suspect’s mouth last year, officials said.

    Cmdr. Glenn Evans, who has been in charge of the Harrison District on the West Side, was stripped of his badge and gun earlier Wednesday.

    Evans is scheduled to appear in bond court on Thursday on the charges, which are both felonies.

    In a statement Wednesday night, McCarthy said: “The alleged actions, if true, are unacceptable to the both the residents we serve and to the men and women of this department. As soon as we were made aware of the charges Commander Evans was relieved of his police powers, pending the outcome of this matter. Like any private citizen, the commander is innocent until proven guilty and we need to allow this case to proceed like any other. We will cooperate fully with prosecutors.”
Well, that's not quite true - WBEZ had this report up weeks ago. This has been simmering since January of 2013 according to the IPRA file. Again, it's two or three levels of discipline. An Officer would have been sitting at callback months ago.

And guess who's having a field day with this misstep?
  • Evans was in the news in March when he and Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) got into a heated confrontation that ended with a warning for the alderman to leave the Harrison District’s parking lot or be arrested.

    [...] Ervin released a statement saying that Evans needs to be replaced immediately.

    “I am apprehensive about McCarthy’s selection process,” he said.
Yeah, we've had the same complainant about the aldercreature selection process, too. In any case, another bit of drama to make the Department look bad.

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Protestors March for "Lil Crack"

  • About 500 people marched on the West Side this evening to protest a police-involved shooting that claimed the life of an 18-year-old man on Sunday.

    Roshad McIntosh, 18, was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital after being shot by police at about 6:30 p.m. on the 2800 block of West Polk Street in the Lawndale neighborhood, officials said.

    Tonight, a crowd of people marched to the Harrison District headquarters, 3151 W. Harrison St. and then ended their journey through the neighborhood in a vacant lot right next to the two-story apartment building where McIntosh was shot.  Police said he was armed.

    Organizers rallied the crowd from one of the back porches with chants through loudspeakers like "WHO ARE WE! WE'RE CHICAGO!" Tio Hardiman, the former head of the anti-violence group CeaseFire Illinois, was one of the speakers.
    "This is not about no personalities or no individuals," Hardiman exclaimed through loudspeaker. "This is about unity...It's time for a change in our community."

    [...] They carried balloons and several posters including a poster referring to the man by his nickname, "RIP Lil' Crack" to the building where a memorial was set up on the building's rear porch.
It's bad enough that they're all marching for an armed felon with a rap sheet as long as your arm, but his street name was "Lil Crack," a reference to what exactly? Oh yeah....the "rocks" he was selling in the 'hood. This is their hero. Fucking pathetic.

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Officers Injured

  • Eight people are in custody after a disturbance in the Avalon Park neighborhood left several officers with minor injuries Tuesday evening, police said.

    The disturbance broke out about 7:10 p.m. at a demonstration in the 7900 block of South Avalon Avenue, Police News Affairs [...] said.

    Several officers were struck by thrown objects and received minor injuries, Gaines said. Police declined to release the number of officers injured.

    Two officers were also hurt when their squad car crashed as they responded to a 10-1, an alert broadcast over the air indicating that officers at the disturbance needed help.
As someone commented earlier - "a demonstration of ignorance" it would seem. Best wishes to the injured Officers.

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Quick Hits

All sorts of minor nonsense that people are talking about. Remember this drunk?
  • Despite the video, Sarah Naughton was acquitted in a criminal trial. However now, she is facing a different judgment – this time from her peers.

    People might remember the viral video of then-Assistant State's Attorney Sarah Naughton outside a Northside lingerie store in 2012.

    Store employees called police after they said a heavily intoxicated Naughton caused a commotion in the store, flashed her badge and then bit a security worker.

    Inside the police car, Naughton is caught on camera wriggling out of her handcuffs, slamming her foot against the window and taking a swing at an officer.

    Despite all the video evidence, a Cook County judge acquitted Naughton and her boyfriend of all charges a few months later -- a move that stunned the police who handled the case.

    Naughton was set to return to her job as a Cook County prosecutor until FOX 32 obtained the police car video. State's Attorney Anita Alvarez fired her the same day.

    Now, FOX 32 has learned Naughton is facing another legal hurdle.
Well, when daddy is a Machine connected lawyer, all things are possible, even an acquittal in the face of incontrovertible video evidence. Hopefully, the ARDC people are from downstate and more than a little unimpressed with a loud-mouth politically-connected moron with a cannibalistic streak who can't hold her liquor.

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Recovery? Yeah, it's leaving Illinois further behind:
  • The unemployment rate fell in all of Illinois’ metropolitan statistical areas in July, according to a press release from the Illinois Department of Employment Security. In fact, unemployment rates have fallen in all metro areas for four consecutive months, which seems like welcome news. But these numbers are only encouraging at face value.

    As is the case with the superficial state unemployment drop, we can get the true picture these areas’ economic health by comparing them to areas in other states and expanding the time frame.

    The fact is, Illinois’ economic recovery is severely lagging.
Read the whole thing. Illinois is a dead-state walking.

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And just to drive home the point in the above story, another big corporate name is bailing on Illinois:
  • Reports have surfaced indicating that Baxter International Inc., a biotechnology giant that has been based in Illinois since the 1930s, is looking to make a move to Boston.

    According to the Boston Business Journal:
    “Local real estate sources have confirmed that the international biotechnology company seeking to relocate its corporate headquarters to a major office and laboratory complex in Cambridge — a stealthy effort known locally as Project Tiger— is in fact Baxter International Inc.”
    Baxter announced in March that it is in the process of splitting its business into two separate arms: one focused on biopharmaceuticals and the other focused on the sale of medical products, according to the Boston Business Journal.
    But when the company made that announcement, the stated plan was to have both headquarters remain in Deerfield, Ill., according to the Chicago Tribune.

    The Boston Business Journal’s sources, however, reported that Baxter is seeking up to 200,000 square feet in Cambridge, Mass. This space will reportedly be home to Baxter’s executive team and other corporate workers. The company will also be adding an additional 200,000 square feet of research and laboratory space by mid-2015.
So not only are they leaving Illinois - they're leaving Illinois AND expanding. Way to go Quinn - Illini-wreck is going to be an understatement by the end of this year.

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Vallas Goes Full Scare Tactics

How far the reformer has fallen:
  • Gov. Pat Quinn’s running mate Wednesday predicted “devastating cuts” to education across Illinois, including an $882 million hit to Chicago's public schools, if Republican Bruce Rauner’s tax-cut plan is carried out.

  • Vallas' analysis showed Chicago, with the state’s largest school system, would face the most sizeable reduction in funds under Rauner’s plan – a loss that the Chicago Democrat said almost certainly could lead to more crippling school closures across the city, though Vallas would not specify a number.

    “It means more school closings. It means major teacher layoffs. It means huge class sizes. It means more school consolidations. It means an elimination of curriculum, of supplemental educational services. It means, at the high school level, a dismantling of vocational technical education, early college programs, school-to-work programs,” Vallas said.
You mean....like the closings and layoffs that Rahm has been presiding over? Those cuts? It continues to amaze all thinking people that democrats seem to be the cause and solution to all Illinois' problems.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

HeyJackass.com Counts 'em Again

You want the accurate numbers, you go to this site here:
  • W.H. Thompson said...Hey SCC - We set a couple of records on Sunday, yet there wasn't too much press about it - Sunday saw the most shooting incidents for a single day this year – 28 (one more than July 6th's disaster) – and the most homicides in a single day – 8 (including 2 police-involved shootings).

    Illustrating Chicago Crime, Murder and Mayhem at heyjackass.com
We don't count the police shootings, but other than that, this weekend was truly an embarrassment to the "Crime is Down" meme.

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Guilt by Association

You want to see a media slime job, check out what the Washington Post is doing to Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson:
  • The Washington Post has convicted Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Michael Brown, of guilt by association with a former troubled police force in a different town in a prior job than the one he held in Ferguson, MO, and of having parents who were in trouble with the law.

    Seriously.

    There is nothing, zero, nada, in the WaPo story linked below that shows Darren Wilson ever did anything wrong himself. In fact, to the extent his own conduct is even mentioned, it’s in the context of staying out of trouble.

    But that does not stop WaPo from trashing Wilson by association.
The people over at Legal Insurrection have an amazing story here, outlining the step-by-step bias in the trashing of this officer:
  • WaPo goes into great detail on another shooting of a black women by a Jennings police officer, with no claim Wilson was involved in any way. Just the opposite, WaPo, deep down in the story admits:
    Robert Orr, the former Jennings police chief who retired in 2010, said of Wilson: “He was a good officer with us. There was no disciplinary action.”
    The entire tale of Jennings and the shooting of the black woman is meant to smear Wilson as a racist by association, which is precisely how the media is playing the WaPo story.
They even trash his divorced and dead parents:
  • There were problems at home. In 2001, when Wilson was a freshman in high school, his mother pleaded guilty to forgery and stealing. She was sentenced to five years in prison, although records suggest the court agreed to let her serve her sentence on probation.

    She died of natural causes in November 2002, when Wilson was 16, records show. His stepfather, Tyler Harris, took over as his limited guardian, which ended when the boy turned 18.

    A family friend, who spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear of threats, said Wilson sought out a career in law enforcement as a way to create a solid foundation in his life that he’d been missing.
And exactly how much have we heard about the dead offender? His troubled home life? His criminal record? His lack of completing school? His parents divorce and their criminal records?

We'll give you a hint - it's approaching zero. This isn't reporting - it's character assassination and polluting any chance of a fair hearing is the entire state and surrounding states as well.

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Crown Prince Arrives

Balcer says he wasn't "forced out," but we all know how the game is played:
  • Four years after Mayor Richard M. Daley announced he wouldn't seek another term, the door has opened for his nephew to try for a Chicago City Council seat from the family's ancestral home in Bridgeport.

     Patrick Daley Thompson made it known Tuesday that he's running for the 11th Ward seat now held by longtime Ald. James Balcer, who said he's retiring and insisted no one forced him aside to make way for a favorite son.

    “I've been here 17 years,” Balcer said. “The rumor had been, ‘He's warming the seat.' The seat's on fire. I have been here that long. And as far as being forced out, never. ... This was a private decision I made with my wife and family, which was No. 1 to me, and health issues.”
He was told not to run, simple as that. Anyone who has been here any length of time knows the slating committee told him his services were no longer needed - they have their guy ready to run. Their guy was slated for the Water Department to get his feet wet and now the 11th Ward thinks he's ready.

UPDATE: Water Reclamation District, not Water Department 

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

McMissingInAction Resurfaces

  • As Michael Brown was laid to rest in Missouri, the Chicago Police superintendent said it’s important to understand differences between policing styles in Chicago and Ferguson in Missouri, reports WBBM [...].

    Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Ferguson tactics in dealing with crowds are exactly what Chicago Police are trying not to do.

    “With flashing lights and tear gas, helmets and rifles on the front line in armored cars, so as far as the tactics go, we would do it differently here,” McCarthy said.

    McCarthy also said that in 2011 there were 80 incidents of police firing their weapons on duty. He said now, after extensive training, the number of police firing incidents is down to 45, year to date.

    McCarthy says the independent police review board is investigating the shooting of two young men by police on Saturday. He said in both cases, police recovered guns from active shooters at the scene.
The main difference might be that Chicago has just under 10,000 coppers while Ferguson has something like 53. Your options are a bit more varied.

Now, we hear that aldercreature Jason Ervin had to be escorted out of the shooting scene where he was "investigating" with his retired sergeant driver. Both of the former assholes (now worm-food) had weapons that were recovered and numerous witnesses verify that guns were pointed at the police, so there really isn't much for agitators to hang their hats on. Granted, this won't usually stop hard-core fools, but when the neighbors say that "asshole got what he deserved," it's a bit more difficult.

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Seriously?

This is the parade route?


These aren't astronauts. Or war heroes. Or lord knows what - they're kid ball players. Hell, even the Sox, Bears and Blackhawks parades were miniscule compared to this. And it runs over 100 blocks, which the city estimates they'll cover in an hour. Are we talking about half-a-dozen buses flying up Halsted or what? We realize Rahm and Illini-wreck have to get their glad-handing in, but geez.

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This Isn't Going to Make You Friends

You don't get to call out the Machine while they are systematically cutting off your balls:
  • Out of money and stripped of power to investigate campaign finances, the City Council’s handpicked inspector general took his fight for survival directly to Mayor Rahm Emanuel Monday — by questioning the mayor’s commitment to ethics reform.

    Faisal Khan ripped Emanuel for ignoring Khan’s year-long demand for more money after the legislative inspector general exhausted his $354,000-a-year budget with four months to go in 2014.

    Khan’s semi-annual report also accused four aldermen and three of their chiefs-of-staff of wrongdoing, without naming names.

    With Emanuel’s backing, aldermen are now working behind-the-scenes to build support for a plan to zero out Khan’s budget and transfer the power to investigate aldermen and City Council employees to the city's Inspector General Joe Ferguson.
This guy has evidence that 4 aldercreatures have broken laws? We imagine it would be his civic duty to turn over all of this info to the Attorney General, the State Police, the feds and the media. Truth is an affirmative defense against charges of slander/libel. And if Rahm and his merry minions are zeroing out your budget, you aren't going to be around next fiscal year - what have you got to lose?

Maybe this guy can run as a reformer.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Police Shooting - 011 (UPDATE - 2 for 2)

  • Officials said a person was shot in a police-involved shooting on the near west side this evening.

    The shooting was reported at about 7:20 p.m. near the intersection of California Avenue and Polk Street, said Pat Camden, spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police.

    The officer was not injured and the condition of the person who was shot was not immediately available.

    The circumstances leading to the shooting were not immediately known.
Stay safe people.

UPDATE: A second police shooting overnight:
  • As officers walked south toward 80th, they saw the group starting to disperse, Camden said. One male ran through a gangway and two officers chased after him, he said.

    Two officers on Ingleside heard gunfire and saw a male, thought to be 17 or 18, standing over another male who had been shot, Camden said. The male still standing turned and pointed a semi-automatic handgun at police, who then shot him. He was dead at the scene. The other male was listed in critical condition.
In both instances, the poli8ce are unhurt and the bad guys are going to the morgue. Very well done Officers.

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"They're Picking on Us!"

  • A Chicago nightclub is saying enough is enough.Nouveau Tavern was already vandalized with the N-word, but managers say the city is also harassing them, and they’re suing.

    Planters decorate the front of the 400 North Ontario apartment building, which was replaced after cell phone video from last weekend captured workers sweeping up broken planters and witnesses explaining who did it: two Caucasian males.

    The next night, Nouveau filed a police report when a manager parked in front of the apartment building and found her car covered with raw eggs. And then Thursday morning workers were greeted by racial slurs sprayed across the front of the building.

    The club has filed a lawsuit against the city for, among several allegations, pulling the club’s liquor license for a weekend; “conducting unfounded over-crowding investigations”; and using tactics “clearly meant to harass, intimidate.”

    The lawsuit specifically names Ald. Brendan Reilly.
Problems establishments create their own problems and overreaction from the neighborhood is bound to occur if the problems are unaddressed...or appear to be unaddressed.

  • Four men were shot — one fatally — at a lounge early Sunday in the South Side Auburn Gresham neighborhood.

    The men were inside the lounge in the 8300 block of South Halsted about 2:40 a.m. when someone inside a passing vehicle fired shots into the club, police News Affairs [...] said.

    A 30-year-old man was shot in the chest and taken to Christ Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later, authorities said. His name and home address were not being released Sunday afternoon.
So...can we expect a civil discourse regarding this club? Or will the neighborhood react the same? Differently? Might we have a serious discussion at some point? Or is someone else going to sue the city because their clientele just can't behave?

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Nice Run Guys

  • Jackie Robinson West was looking to make history its story Sunday when it faced Seoul, South Korea for the Little League World Series championship.

    But the team from Chicago's South Side fell short in an 8-4 defeat in front of an announced crowd of 28,671 at Lamade Stadium, which is nestled in the mountains of the Little League capital of the world.
That's a bigger crowd than Blackhawks and Bulls games and far more than the Sox have seen in years. They also went farther that the Cubs have been in a century-plus. Very nicely done to everyone involved.

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Bye Bye Twinkies

And these are union factory jobs - the kind that Quinn like to accept lots of contributions from:
  • Hostess Brands said Wednesday it will close its Schiller Park bakery, where Twinkies and other iconic sweets have been produced for 84 years, affecting about 400 employees.

    Union officials said they were notified of the closure on the same day they were set to start negotiating a new labor contract. About 280 of the workers had voted to unionize in May.

    The plant, among only four remaining Hostess bakeries in the country and the last left in Illinois, is expected to close Oct. 19. Twinkies were invented in the Chicago area in 1930.
So we'll be importing Twinkies from Indianapolis of all places - somewhere that Hostess isn't closing a factory for some reason. Chief Illiniwreck continues to fail at even maintaining the simple factory jobs that some of Rahm's illegals might called upon to do one day.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

More "No Snitching"

  • The police said they were questioning a “person of interest” Saturday evening after a 3-year-old West Side boy was shot in the head the night before.

    The gun may have been accidentally fired either by the boy himself — identified by family as James Jenkins — or a playmate, according to the police.

    James was taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital after the shooting, which happened around 7:30 p.m. Friday in the 4300 block of West Monroe.

    The police have been trying to determine who owns the gun, which has not been recovered, and who might have left it where the children could get it.

    “Everybody is just in shock right now,” said Annette Garvin, James’ aunt. “We are trying to put everything together.
But not so shocked that they didn't have the presence of mind to hide the gun so no one gets in trouble. We wouldn't want actual responsibility assigned to a crime, would we?

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Airport Openings

Openings up north. Openings at the airports.

Anyone have the complete list?

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Lake Shore Drive Shooting

  • A man was shot early Saturday while driving on Lake Shore Drive in the North Side Lincoln Park neighborhood.

    The 24-year-old man was driving southbound on North Lake Shore Drive about 12:20 a.m., when a light-colored car pulled up alongside his vehicle and someone inside fired shots, police said.

    He was shot in the left side of his face, exited Lake Shore Drive at Fullerton and called police, police said.

    The man was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where his condition had stabilized, police said.
Crime might be down - but the perception of crime? In Lincoln Park? On Lake Shore Drive? All we need now is a "Lake Shore Drive VRI" program.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Chicago a Target?

Evidently, there's some specific intelligence out there hinting that, "Yes, Chicago is a target."
  • Over the past six years, Chicago has become a top potential target for international terrorists, a top security expert said Friday, making the posting of a veiled threat by Islamic radicals on Twitter a higher cause for concern.

    “Many terror organizations refer to Chicago as Obama Town,” said [...] security expert Ross Rice, a former FBI agent in Chicago. Under President Obama, the U.S. took out Osama bin Laden, and used repeated drone strikes to weaken terror networks.

    In the meantime, the U.S. government on Friday issued a security bulletin to all U.S. law enforcement in light of the overall threat posed by Islamic State, commonly known as ISIS or ISIL.
Granted, this is all on twitter, a notoriously over-hyped and dramatic form of social media for short-attention span types. But it never hurts to be reminded that there are thousands of people out there willing to do you and us harm, simply because of where we live. Be cautious and careful and aware - it hurts less than the alternative.

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Again with the Parolees

  • Two convicted felons have been hit with a slew of criminal charges, accused of shooting two police officers and taking eight people hostage in south suburban Harvey earlier this week.

  • Both Jordan and Williams have lengthy criminal records, and were on parole at the time.

    Williams’ record includes multiple stints in prison for weapons charges, hijacking, and concealing a homicide.

    Jordan was sentenced to 35 years in prison for the 1990 murder of a Chicago cab driver, but was released on parole in September 2013, and was on electronic monitoring, but was unaccounted for for several hours before an arrest warrant was issued Tuesday night.

    By the time a warrant was issued, the hostage standoff was 10 hours old. From Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, the pair held six children and two women hostage in a Harvey home.
Multiple felonies, including a homicide, yet here he is walking around with other people, home invading, shooting cops, raping and pillaging.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Someone is Flipping

  • The alleged bagman in a $2 million bribery scandal over Chicago's red light camera contract is cooperating with federal authorities and has testified in the ongoing grand jury investigation, the Tribune has learned.

    Martin O'Malley, 73, the Chicago-based consultant for Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. since the contract began in 2003, has admitted that much of the $2 million he was paid by the company was used as payoffs to a top city manager who oversaw the traffic camera program from the beginning, according to sources familiar with the investigation.

    Asked about O'Malley's cooperation agreement in an interview this week, his attorney acknowledged that O'Malley has testified before the grand jury and admitted his role in the alleged decadelong conspiracy. O'Malley, who is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bribery, is expected to eventually plead guilty in the case.
Seventy-three and looking at the remained of your life behind bars far from home refreshes a lot of memories and loosens the tongue. Besides, confession is said to be good for the soul. So who is he sweating?

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Street Sign Dedication

Remembering their sacrifice (click for larger view):


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Can't Miss That Tee Time

After a guy with a British accent cuts off an American reporter's head, this is what the British Prime Minister does:
  • “U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer vacation to return to London and chair urgent meetings on the threat posed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, calling the video ‘shocking and depraved.’”
The British citizen wasn't harmed - he was doing the head chopping. Over on this side of the pond?
  • President Barack Obama got down to business Wednesday afternoon, flooring it to the golf course after giving a speedy statement on the beheading of an American journalist and a threat from the Islamic State to spill more blood.

    Obama sported a grin the size of Mount Rushmore as he sat behind the wheel of a golf cart in Martha’s Vineyard, where he’s currently vacationing.
Laading from behind we suppose.

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This Sounds Familiar

  • Illinois needs to cut penalties for marijuana use and boost them for gun offenses if it's really going to curb street violence, according to Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez.

    At a hearing of a special legislative panel today, the county's top prosecutor conceded that what she called "a shift in philosophy" might not be popular with everyone, but is needed if officials are to keep neighborhoods safe with limited resources.

    "Our criminal sentencing policies should target those illegally carrying firearms who pose the greatest safety threat to our communities, and right now our unlawful use of a weapon penalties do not go far enough," Ms. Alvarez said.

    “Gang members themselves tell us that our gun laws are 'a joke'. They are not a deterrent, and if we do not take action those criminals will continue on the path of gun violence and retaliation that has unfortunately become the norm in too many neighborhoods."
Oh, she got the idea from gangbangers. That's cute.

Meanwhile, nine years of posts and comments by the readers of SCC pointing out that the penalties for murder are around five-to-seven-years on average and gun charges result in boot camp have no impact on anything.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cue the Outrage in 3...2...1...

  • A 9-year-old boy was killed and four others were wounded in separate shootings on the city's South and Northwest Sides, officials said.

    ...... [the] 9-year-old boy was shot on the 1200 block of East 71st Street in the city's Grand Crossing neighborhood, said police.

    The boy was in a backyard near train tracks when he was shot in the chest, hands and arms, police said.

    The boy was taken to Comer Children's Hospital in critical condition where he was later pronounced dead, said police.
"...chest, hands and arms..." Anyone want to bet that this was a message? Nine-year-old don't get perforated to this extent unless they were deep into some crazy shit.

And no, Eric Holder isn't on the way to town.

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Anyone Heard of "Due Process" in MO?

A funny thing happened on the way to the railroading:
Yesterday's revelations include multiple threats by the "New Black Panthers" to murder police officers and the the astounding fact that the person conducting the autopsy for the family doesn't even hold a medical degree - he's a secretary who takes the doctor's notes and he's presenting "magic bullet" theories to the press (who prints 'em):
  • “I am a forensic pathologist assistant and medical investigator,” Parcells told FOX 4’s Shannon O’Brien.

    However, that’s something of a dubious title according to forensic pathologist Dr. Erik Mitchell.

    “That is a degree that does not exist in my knowledge, except in the mind of Shawn Parcells,” Dr. Mitchell said.

    Dr. Mitchell takes issue with Parcells’ title. “You cannot claim the title, because it is a formal, licensable position. You can assist somebody; in this way I can say, for instance, I have paid my taxes, so I am an assistant President of the United States,” Dr. Mitchell said.
This is turning into a farce that no decent police officer should be standing for. It's past time for the National FOP and related organizations to step in, start making statements and initiating action.

We have stated time and again here that cops aren't above the law - but we aren't under it either. This guy isn't just under the law, he's under the bus, and it's time to stop.

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Brutal Takedown of a Suckass

The Missouri State Trooper Captain "in charge" in Ferguson, MO is on record turning on a fellow law enforcement officer without the benefit of any sort of investigation what-so-ever. Gulf Shores, AL Chief Ed Delmore, himself a former St. Louis area Officer, rips the shit out of this jackass:
  • I have to call you out.

    I don’t care what the media says. I expect them to get it wrong and they often do. But I expect you as a veteran law enforcement commander—talking about law enforcement—to get it right.

    Unfortunately, you blew it. After days of rioting and looting, last Thursday you were given command of all law enforcement operations in Ferguson by Governor Jay Nixon. St. Louis County PD was out, you were in. You played to the cameras, walked with the protestors and promised a kinder, gentler response. You were a media darling. And Thursday night things were better, much better.

    But Friday, under significant pressure to do so, the Ferguson Police released the name of the officer involved in the shooting of Michael Brown. At the same time the Ferguson Police Chief released a video showing Brown committing a strong-arm robbery just 10 minutes before he was confronted by Officer Darren Wilson.

    Many don’t like the timing of the release of the video. I don’t like that timing either. It should have been released sooner. It should have been released the moment FPD realized that Brown was the suspect.

    Captain Johnson, your words during the day on Friday helped to fuel the anger that was still churning just below the surface. St. Louis County Police were told to remain uninvolved and that night the rioting and looting began again. For much too long it went on mostly unchecked. Retired St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch tweeted that your “hug-a-looter” policy had failed.

    Boy did it.
And Delmore is just beginning the ass-whipping at this point. That's not even half of the letter.

Go read it all at this link. Then get in line to buy this guy a drink next time he's in town.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Assailant Shot, Killed by Police

  • A 21-year-old man was fatally shot by police on the Far South Side on Tuesday night, authorities said.

    Officers from a Calumet District tactical team had tried to stop the man for questioning when they saw him riding a bicycle in the 13300 block of South Forrestville Avenue about 9:45 p.m., according to Pat Camden, a police union spokesman.

    When officers trained a spotlight on the man, the man pointed a gun at the unmarked squad car, Camden said.
That was his second mistake. No word on scheduled outrage, rioting and looting yet. We'll update you if we get word. Well done Officers.

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Harvey Cops Wounded

  • Two police officers have been shot in south suburban Harvey and two suspects are holding a woman and five children hostage at the scene this afternoon, officials said.

    Harvey Mayor Eric Kellogg said one officer suffered a graze wound to the arm and was treated at the scene. The other officer was wounded in the elbow and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where his condition was stabilized, the mayor said.
Best wishes to the injured Officers. City or suburbs, something can blow up in a second. Stay safe.

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Looting as a Tourist Destination

More from Missouri.
  • Cop was confronted and attacked in his vehicle, shoved back into it, may have suffered orbital fracture(s), offender had marijuana in his system, offender charged back at officer, all shots to the front of offender's body.
It's amazing how all these facts start appearing once an investigation is allowed to proceed. Now Holder is flying out to Missouri to "direct" the investigation after ordering a THIRD autopsy on the offender.

And just when it couldn't get any weirder, agitators from Chicago arrive and so do looters from out-of-state:
  • Some of the men are from the area — Ferguson or surrounding towns also defined in part by the gulf separating the mostly white law enforcement agencies from a mistrusting African American public. Many others — it is hard to quantify the percentage — have arrived by bus and by car from Chicago, Detroit, Brooklyn and elsewhere.

    They will not give their names. But their leaders say they are ready to fight, some with guns in their hands. “This is not the time for no peace,” said one man, a 27-year-old who made the trip here from Chicago.

    He spoke after a small group of fellow militants held a meeting behind a looted store, sketching out ambitions for the days ahead.

    “We are jobless men, and this is our job now — getting justice,” he said. “If that means violence, that’s okay by me. They’ve been doing this to us for years.”
We're sure Holder is taking all these factors into play when making the decision to railroad the wounded cop who was attacked not once, but twice, Three times if you count the town. Four if you consider the State Police boss talking out his ass. Five including the media.

And St. Louis police killed a knife-wielding assailant a few miles away from Ferguson today. Look for riots there shortly.

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Old Time Ward Boss Rips Rahm

We hadn't thought about Ed Kelly in years, but he had the measure of any number of Chicago politicians, seeing as how he slated them for office much of the time. He speaks to domestic abuser Steinberg on a number of subjects - growing up in Chicago, serving in WWII, Richard J, Jane, Harold. He doesn't criticize Shortshanks (maybe he only speaks of those who can't fire back?) but he saves his harshest criticism for Rahm:
  • I feel sorry for Rahm, I really do. Rahm had no idea what he was getting into. Rahm’s not a Chicago guy. He’ll never be a Chicago guy. He’s not a street guy. He’s trying to be, but he’s not. He’s a suburbanite. He’s not a Chicagoan, he really isn’t. He’s smart, very smart. I think what he inherited is going to continue on, he’s going to find out more problems, money problems and things.
From a guy who not only knows where the political secrets are buried, but who probably helped rub them out, moved them in his trunk and dug the holes to bury them, this is a telling bit of insight. Rahm laughs it up in a follow-up interview:
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday laughed off former Chicago Park District Superintendent Ed Kelly’s simple but pointed analysis for why the mayor is having trouble connecting with Chicago voters: because he’s a “suburbanite” who will “never be a Chicago guy.”

    “My grandfather came to Chicago in 1917 fleeing the pogroms. My uncle was a police officer here in the city of Chicago representing the 17th District. My father had a practice here. I was a congressman from Chicago,” the mayor said, reciting his familiar family history.

    “And the [Illinois] Supreme Court has even ruled on this decision.”
Ed Kelly got it right we think. The old Machine would have chewed Rahm up and spit him out. A smarmy arrogant carpetbagger like Rahm never would have been allowed near the levers of power in the old days.

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This is an Amusing Turn

The thing keeping most people out of public office is that's is just so damn expensive to run. Rahm has a war chest of several million raised from all sorts of sources in and outside of Chicago. Someone else just tapped into a pool of cash though:
  • The head of the American Federation of Teachers says the national union is ready to spend $1 million to help Karen Lewis unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel if the Chicago Teachers Union president decides to run.

    “I did say privately to Karen and at our executive council meeting that if Karen was to run, we would be all in,” AFT leader Randi Weingarten told the Chicago Sun-Times in an interview Tuesday. “In a race like this, spending $1 million would not be unprecedented for the AFT.”

    Weingarten said Emanuel “has shown a deep disrespect for what public education is all about.”
Might this be the boost that pushes Lewis into the race?

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