Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Double Standard Much Rahm?

Remember, you're "fetal," you're scared, you're second-guessing yourself.

Rahm, on the other hand, is not:
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office was more involved in a $20.5 million school contract with a now-indicted consultant than previously disclosed, public records indicate, but his administration has refused to release hundreds of emails that could provide a deeper understanding of how the deal came to be.

    Emanuel and his aides have maintained that the mayor's office had nothing to do with the contract to provide leadership training for principals that is at the center of a federal bribery indictment against ex-schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and the consulting firm where she once worked.

    When asked in April if his administration had any role at all in the SUPES contract, Emanuel told reporters, "No, you obviously know that by all the information available. And so the answer to that is no."

    Yet the mayor's office and schools officials have been in an ongoing struggle with the Tribune over reporters' public records requests that could bear directly on the controversy, withholding many emails for months before releasing them, several so heavily redacted that little more than the subject line and addresses remain.
You will wear cameras, you will ride with cameras, you will have any cell phone video of your actions dissected and analyzed to the merest recorded electron.

Rahm, however, will fight for his privacy in court:
  • Illinois law says government officials' emails about taxpayer business are public records for all to see. But what if they're sent from private accounts or personal cellphones?

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel argues those are not for public consumption. The Chicago Tribune claims they are, and took the matter to court last month. Gov. Bruce Rauner had his own dust-up this summer over an aide's private emails, and the practice cost a University of Illinois chancellor her job in August.

    The issue, once limited to scattered consternations over politicians playing fast and loose with new technology, is pervasive this year, beginning with revelations about Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server to conduct business while she was U.S. secretary of state — a case that spurred a lawsuit by The Associated Press.

    Public-access advocates insist Illinois law is clear, and the state's attorney general and appellate court weighed in just two years ago, declaring that public business is public record — no matter how it's conducted.
So we can expect Lisa Madigan to back up her ruling by supporting the Tribune lawsuit?


Hey Garry, Charged Like This?

  • Witnesses helped to identify a woman who is accused of firing a gun multiple times in Lincoln Park early Saturday morning, police said.

    Around 2:10 a.m., shots were fired near the 2600 block of North Halsted Street, near Wrightwood Avenue, according to witness reports and Chicago Police.

    According to Crime in Wrigleyville and Boystown blog, which first wrote about the incident, 911 callers said that the fight began at the nearby Wild Hare nightclub.

    A video emerged on YouTube Saturday night that shows a group of people arguing and shoving each other. There are about five gunshots over the course of the two minute and 30 second video, in which the group continues to fight on the sidewalk and shout at each other.
And the video:

But hey, a slap on the wrist and all is good. Prickwrinkle will be happy.


Wow, Really?

Anyone want to correct the "chief"?
  • After Compstat last Thursday, "Chief" Tracy met with the newly promoted Detectives and began his speech about the change-up in concept of Compstat. One of the new Det. asked Tracy a question regarding gun possession crimes and “truth in sentencing". Tracy appeared nervous and agitated with the question. He finally blamed the NRA as the reason we don't have “truth in sentencing,” on the books in Illinois. 9-digit, McCarthy and Tracy must go ASAP.
The NRA? Which has been pushing for the government to enforce its own laws? And maximize sentences on those who routinely and blatantly violate the thousands of laws already on the books? That NRA? Because if true, it's just another indication that the New York assholes have no idea what they're doing or talking about.


Monday, October 12, 2015

Fetal? (UPDATE)

  • fetal - adjective - denoting a posture characteristic of a fetus, with the back curved forward and the limbs folded in front of the body.
  • Chicago’s police union is taking exception to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s description of Chicago cops as being “fetal” and not proactively policing because they’re afraid of getting in trouble when citizens post YouTube videos of their interactions with the public.

    Emanuel’s comments came as he urged support for police during a private meeting Wednesday with big-city police chiefs, the U.S. attorney general, the head of the FBI and other law-enforcement and elected officials, according to a Washington Post reporter who was there.

    “We have allowed our police department to get fetal and it is having a direct consequence,” Emanuel told U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch. “They have pulled back from the ability to interdict . . . they don’t want to be a news story themselves, they don’t want their career ended early, and it’s having an impact.”
Well, gee, let's see:
  • Ferguson - cop does nothing wrong killing an assailant - riots, blame, loses his job and can never work in the field again;
  • Cleveland - cops does nothing wrong as found by two experts - riots, possible indictment, may never work int he field again;
  • Baltimore - six cops indicted over a career criminal who broke his own neck by standing up in a moving van after fighting his arrest - riots permitted by politicians who gave criminals "room to destroy" and told the police to stand down - then blamed the police;
  • New York - loosie seller weighs in at 400 pounds, decides to resist arrest by 3 NYPD, has a heart attack after a submission hold (not a choke hold as defined by law) - marches, near riots, police blamed again for the actions of a career criminal;
And those are just the ones we recall off the top of our heads. Let's not forget the copper taking a week suspension for expressing the completely truthful fact that assailant Brown got exactly what he deserved in Ferguson.

De-policing is a completely rational and logical reaction to what is going on across the country. Sorry.

UPDATE: Oh yeah, and the multiple-day suspensions currently in the works for coppers merely reading - READING! - a case report involving the mayor's son that relates a fairy tale of an 11:00 PM college counselor phone call rather than the truth of what happened. And we're supposed to be the "fetal" ones.


It's the Sentencing...or Lack of It

  • Tougher gun laws would have kept 160 people behind bars so they could not have become suspected shooters or victims of gun violence this year, according to the Chicago Police Department.

    Seventy-four shooting victims and 86 shooting suspects were previously convicted of gun possession and were free after serving time behind bars or receiving probation.

    They would have been behind bars and not on the street to become victims or suspects under stricter laws — which include a minimum sentence of three years in prison for gun possession and “truth in sentencing,” said [...], a spokesman for the department.
Well, that would be a start - using the laws that are already on the books. Now who has been advocating that position for years, decades even?

Oh yeah, the NRA - here's a short selection from the NRA about how gun laws are routinely ignored by the courts involving a supposed "gun runner" the liberals like to trot out as a straw-man when clamoring for more laws:
  • For starters, it’s a federal felony for a resident of one state to acquire a firearm in another state, except under stringent dealer requirements. Private interstate sales between individuals trading in any firearm is illegal (Sec. 922(a)(3)). The penalty: five years in prison on each count.

    Since [the] gunrunner sells his five guns to five different individuals, each transaction involved is counted so the gunrunner’s five guns apply in every violation. Here it adds up to 25 years in prison. Federal Law Tab: 25 years.

    It is a federal felony for “any person” to “transfer, sell, trade, give, transport or deliver any firearm to any person” who the person knows, or has reason to know, does not reside in the same state (Sec. 922(a)(5)). The penalty: five years in prison on each count. Five guns: 25 years in prison. Federal Law Tab: 50 years.

    If an out-of-state resident buys from a dealer and makes a false or fictitious statement in purchasing a firearm, or exhibits false identification, those acts are federal felonies, five years on each count (Sec. 922(a)(6)). Falsely filling in the Form 4473 is a crime punishable by 10 years in prison per count. Since [the] gunrunner used fraudulent identification and lied, and swore falsely on his 4473s, three separate crimes occurred under this section. Five guns: 150 years in prison. Federal Law Tab: 200 years.

    It is a federal felony for a convicted felon to buy, receive or transport or possess any firearm or ammunition. Under Sec. 922(g)(1), each action mentioned—purchase, receipt, transporting or possession—is a 10-year federal felony. Possession means even touching a gun. If applied just to the five guns, that’s 50 years in prison. Receiving the guns from the dealer amounts to 50 years in prison. Transporting the guns to New York City is a 50-year prison sentence. These 922(g)(1) crimes call for 150 years in prison. Federal Law Tab: 350 years.
That's only the first four charges. The article goes on to cite 15 different charges totaling 1,050 years in prison for gunrunning...but when was the last time you heard of someone getting 1,000 years for that? We posted an article last month about a guy who ran 50-plus guns over state lines and he got probation.

So it's nice to see Garry making some sort of sense, even if it's by accident.


Refreshing Change

Looks like we're retiring early!
  • Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears made a bad day even worse for the Kansas City Chiefs.

    Cutler led the Bears to a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns Sunday, the second an alert toss to Matt Forte with 18 seconds left, giving them an 18-17 comeback victory after Kansas City lost star running back Jamaal Charles to a potentially serious knee injury.

    Chicago (2-3) trailed 17-3 early in the third quarter when Charles went down while trying to make a cut. He had to be helped off the field, never putting weight on his right knee.
    The Bears quickly seized the momentum.
Two-and-three. We're thinking playoffs!


Sunday, October 11, 2015

It's a Sign!

The Bears are....9.5 underdogs to the Chiefs.


Bet the retirement on the Bears!


Spying? Hahahaha

  • Last fall, as a grand jury investigated the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the Chicago Police Department began monitoring African-American groups and activists in Chicago, records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times show.

    The police tracked protesters’ posts on social media and kept a log of demonstrations around Chicago, some with no connection to Ferguson.

    That log included a meeting of the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition, a protest calling for raising the minimum wage and a “Fur Free” march on Michigan Avenue.
So keeping a log of events is what? Spying? It's actually good tactics, and guess what? It's approved by Department lawyers and the courts! It was "open source" material....the kind of stuff people put on blogs that are open to anyone viewing.

But hey, any police looking into possible anti-social behavior must be bad because the ACLU and left wingers say so. And the minute the shit hits the fan, everyone will point at the social media pages and say, "Why didn't the police know this could have blown out of proportion?"


Cleveland Cop Cleared

  • A white Cleveland police officer was justified in fatally shooting a black 12-year-old boy holding a pellet gun moments after pulling up beside him, according to two outside reviews conducted at the request of the prosecutor investigating the death.

    A retired FBI agent and a Denver prosecutor both found the rookie patrolman who shot Tamir Rice exercised a reasonable use of force because he had reason to perceive the boy — described in a 911 call as man waving and pointing a gun — as a serious threat.

    The reports were released Saturday night by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office, which asked for the outside reviews as it presents evidence to a grand jury that will determine whether Timothy Loehmann will be charged in Tamir's death last November.
Better cross Cleveland off the list of "cities to visit" for the next few years.


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Aw, Poor Little Felon

  • Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan on Friday called for legislation that would end the practice of labeling those released from prison as felons for the remainder of their lives.

    During a speech before the Coalition to Reduce Recidivism’s 12th annual luncheon in Waukegan, Ryan told attendees the “felon” tag is a deterrent to someone looking for a job.

    Ryan, 81, a Republican, spent more than five years behind bars on corruption charges. He said during his incarceration at a Terre Haute, Ind. federal prison he saw many young men who have to wear the felon tag once released from prison.

    “They’ve served their time, and that tag ought to be removed for the rest of their lives by law,” he said.
First of all, go f#$% yourself felon.

Second, we be amenable to removing the "felon" tag after the felon completes a probationary period, at least equal to the sentence that was imposed upon them - not the amount they served, because in Illinois, that would be a matter of days in certain instances.

During that probationary time, the felon will complete any court imposed education programs like anger management, or domestic violence, or AA, or "don't take shit that doesn't belong to you," because the felon obviously missed these lessons somewhere along their life route. The felon will hold a series of menial jobs, like ditch-digger, highway trash collector, port-o-john attendant, etc., a job that demonstrates what labor honest people do to support themselves and their families. The felon will earn minimum wage so he/she can see how honest people live. If the felon holds a second minimum wage job, the felon can reduce the probationary period by exactly zero - lots of people hold three and four jobs and they don't commit felonies. Any failure will result in the "felon" label for life.

Additionally, anyone who is dumb enough to commit another felony, will have the word "felon" branded upon them so that everyone can see what a dumbass they are. If honest work, honest pay and a second chance aren't enough to cure you of your stupidity, then you deserve exactly zero sympathy and should carry your burden where everyone can see it.

Third felony and you're done. We'll gladly kick in the extra tax money to house the felon for the rest of their life, as long as a reputable prison warden provides no TV, no exercise yard, no unapproved reading material, and the cheapest food allowable by law. Also, no medicine stronger than an aspirin or Tylenol. Prison shouldn't be a vacation.

You're welcome to disagree - discuss within the bounds of decency please.


No Bet

  • St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay turned down the traditional friendly bet on the playoff series between the Cubs and Cardinals, according to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office.

    Emanuel proffered the usual assortment of Chicago beers, deep-dish pizza and Eli's cheesecake, plus tickets to Chicago tours and a donation to charity as the city's offering if the Cubs lose to their hated rivals from Missouri in the National League Division Series. But Emanuel spokeswoman Kelley Quinn said Slay declined to reciprocate.
Yeah, we wouldn't be caught dead gambling with Rahm either. He cheats.


Friday, October 09, 2015

Congratulations Chicago

  • A new report declares an area of Chicago as “America’s Mass-Shooting Capital” and described it as more dangerous to live in than some of the world’s most murderous countries, according to a new report.

    West Garfield Park, which has a population of 18,000, saw 21 murders in 2014, according to The Daily Beast’s report. This makes the area’s homicide rate 116 per 100,000 people.

    Honduras -- the country that leads the world in homicides -- has a homicide rate of 90, according to figures from the United Nations.
Of course, you can spin the stats a hundred different ways, but still. West Garfield Park is worse than Honduras? And this year, more people probably moved out, and the homicides are at 38, so the rate is only getting worse.

Time to burn it to the ground and start over.

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Another Great Rahm Choice

  • Even before she was hired to run Chicago Public Schools, Barbara Byrd-Bennett set up a scheme to get a 10 percent kickback on all the CPS contracts she could steer to a former employer, in part to set up a college fund for her twin grandsons, authorities said Thursday.

    The feds found damning, detailed emails between her and her ex-boss, Gary Solomon — apparently so damning that Byrd-Bennett will plead guilty in the case involving $23 million in CPS contracts. U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon, in an unusual move, announced Byrd-Bennett’s intention to plead as he announced the charges.

    “I have tuition to pay and casinos to visit :)” the feds say Byrd-Bennett wrote in one of many emails discussing the alleged kickbacks.
Between this goof and Rahm's comptroller, who was hired while under a federal investigation in another state before fleeing to Pakistan, how many millions have been stolen from taxpayers while Rahm looks for more blood out of turnips?

Here's a truly bizarre thought - what if the most competent hire that Rahm made, despite his shady background, NYPD antics, CompStat lies, domestic issues, but never gets investigated by the feds, turns out to be McCarthy? No wonder Rahm is keeping him around.


Aldercreatures Complain?

  • Determined to avoid a City Council rebellion when he’s trying to line up votes for a $588 million property tax hike, Mayor Rahm Emanuel opted to preserve a $66 million-a-year program that allows Chicago aldermen to choose from a menu of neighborhood improvements.

    But that’s apparently not enough for some City Council members. They want to know why the Chicago Department of Transportation is behaving like a restaurant by raising the price of “menu” items like street, sidewalk and alley repairs.

    With Transportation Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld on the hot seat at City Council budget hearings Thursday, Ald. George Cardenas (12th) compared the annual exercise to shopping at Bloomingdale’s.

    “You’re afraid of the accessories. If you want to add a little something, that’s going to cost more. When you’re done pricing it out, it’s a suit you can’t afford,” Cardenas said.
How thick are these idiots? Prices go up, it's a fact of life. Or maybe they didn't notice the $600 million property tax hike they're about to approve? or the new garbage fees? Or the raises they seem to have gotten? Or the pensions that are 100% funded while we have to scrounge for promises made a few contracts ago?

We've got some complaints too alder-assholes...you listening?


Thursday, October 08, 2015

Look at All That Money!

Remember, Rahm is pushing to raise taxes by nearly $600 million or by golly, he's going to lay off 4,000 cops and 2,500 firefighters!
  • Even as Chicago confronts a fiscal crisis, investors are looking beyond its turbulent finances with anticipation toward the city’s biggest bond deal ever.

    Chicago sold about $2 billion of securities for O’Hare International Airport, backed by revenue from the nation’s busiest airport and sheltered from the mounting pension obligations squeezing the third-most populous U.S. city. Fund managers at Wells Fargo Asset Management and Conning say any yield premium resulting from the city’s tainted reputation is likely a buying opportunity given the airport’s rising traffic and hub status.

    “Just looking at the nuts and bolts of the deal, it’s been pretty impressive what’s going on there,” said Paul Mansour, head of municipal research at Hartford, Connecticut-based Conning, which holds O’Hare debt among its $11 billion of tax-exempt securities and is reviewing the deal. “There will be a certain amount of firms, individuals who say no Chicago under any circumstance. That will add some value for those that look through to the underlying credit.”
Bloomberg had this story. We didn't see it in the local rags, nor the television stations. Not a dime going to pensions, even though $2 billion would pay the obligations three times over. But hey, Chicago is broke and you chumps better come up with $588 million....or else!

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Haven't We Been Here Before?

  • A push to overhaul criminal sentencing is prompting the early release of thousands of federal drug prisoners, including some whom prosecutors once described as threats to society, according to an Associated Press review of court records.

    About 6,000 inmates are due to be freed in the coming month, the result of changes made last year to guidelines that provide judges with recommended sentences for specific crimes. The Justice Department says roughly 40,000 inmates could benefit in coming years.

    Many of them are small-time drug dealers targeted by an approach to drug enforcement now condemned by many as overly harsh and expensive. But an AP analysis of nearly 100 court cases also found defendants who carried semi-automatic weapons, had past convictions for robbery and other crimes, moved cocaine shipments across states, and participated in international heroin smuggling.
Former Governor Quinn did the same thing, releasing hundreds, possibly thousands of inmates all in the name of "saving money." This backfired spectacularly when the parolees started turning up dealing dope again, shooting guns, and in at least one, possibly more cases, murdering people when they should have been serving rather lengthy sentences.

But hey, 6,000 more felons on the street, unhireable in the current economic climate, what could possibly go wrong?


More Media Omissions

There they go again, changing stories following publication in case someone gets offended...or points out some stupid shit. Yesterday's quote from aldercreature Ervin:
  • Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) told McCarthy that “folks sell dope like candy” in his West Side ward. He accused McCarthy of neglecting such quality-of-life issues — and instead putting all of his attention on the city’s rampant violence.
Except the quote was a bit different yesterday. It included this line:
  • “folks sell dope like candy....folks sell cigarettes like candy...
Gee....Ervin bitching about quality-of-life issues like....loosie cigarette sellers. And the Sun Times removed that portion of the quote from the story. Why oh why would that be?

Oh yeah...NYPD (where Garry is from) enforcing cigarette ordinances (passed by the city council) as "qualify of life" arrests (that Ervin is bitching about), led to a overweight criminal expiring of a heart attack following his arrest for....selling cigarettes like candy.

Can't you just taste the irony here? Ervin bitching about cigarettes, failing to realize he's undercutting the entire BLM movement, all in the name of hammering a superintendent who wouldn't remove a District Commander Ervin didn't like.

And the Sun Times obviously realized this and took the offending quote out of their story.


How Low Can it Go?

  • McCarthy acknowledged his detectives have cleared only 8 percent of this year’s shootings, which are classified as aggravated batteries with firearms. And only 23 percent of this year’s murders have been cleared, putting Chicago in the “middle of the pack” of large U.S. cities, he said.
An 8% clearance rate on shootings? And 23% on murders? Any idea why this is happening?

Enter Dean Angelo:
  • Dean Angelo, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, said the union hasn’t taken a position on whether McCarthy should stay or go.

    “We don’t hire them, we don’t fire them, we don’t reprimand them, we just work for them,” he said of police superintendents.

    [...] Angelo also questioned the manpower numbers McCarthy gave aldermen Tuesday. McCarthy said 1,070 detectives are on the job, but Angelo said the number he saw at the end of August was 890.

    “What number is it?” he said.
Enough to make another few classes we imagine, but for that, you have to hire more officers...and Rahm isn't about to do that. And you need a promotional test that isn't 10 years old.


Wednesday, October 07, 2015

The Media at It Again

What we wouldn't give for an honest bit of reporting once in a while.

We were listening to WBBM on the way home today and they had a clip of Rahm talking in regard to the Budget Hearings today where the Black Caucus was giving McCarthy some flack. We almost drove off the road when we heard it. Rahm stated, not verbatim:
  • The problem wasn't McCarthy, it was the breakdown of the family structure, too many single parent households, and culture lacking in moral direction that made the gang into a "family." Then the usual rigmarole about guns, sentencing, etc.
We rushed home and tried to nail down the quote...but WBBM wasn't streaming it. None of the other channels carried it at all. The papers had all sorts of quotes, but not that gem. We tried keywords, alternative media sites, the works and we couldn't find that quote.

We were shocked because it was pretty much part-and-parcel of what every conservative think tank, conservative author, conservative writer, conservative media-types, websites, and political candidates have been trying to put forward for decades now - that the dissolution of the family structure, particularly in the poorer strata of society and specifically in the minority communities, is the elephant in the room when addressing criminal trends.

Of course, every time conservatives advance this idea, the cries of "racism" are deafening, because the grievance-mongers can't have actual solutions based on actual facts out there - something might actually get solved and they'd have to find jobs and stuff.

But we heard it.


Rahm Supports Garry

  • Rahm has Garry’s back.

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel reiterated Tuesday in no uncertain terms that he supports Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy.

    “I’m standing by him,” Emanuel announced after an award ceremony honoring police, firefighters and paramedics.

    His comments came less than 24 hours after the City Council’s Black Caucus called for McCarthy’s ouster, claiming he’s been unresponsive to the drug dealing, loitering and other “quality of life” issues in the aldermen’s communities.

    “I understand their frustration,” Emanuel said, but he added: “My focus . . . is on gangs and guns, not on Garry.”
Nice alliteration there Rahm - Jesse and Al would be proud!

Some amusing finger-pointing from the aldercreatures during the whole charade:
  • “Over the years, we’ve attempted to work with your administration to no avail,” said Ald. Anthony Beale (9th).

    “Superintendent, you have been extremely disrespectful to every member in this body. . . . You are not the smartest person in the room all the time,” he said.
Actually, McCompStat was probably was in the top four or five...after all, the room was full of aldercreatures which brought down the collective IQ by magnitudes.

In any event, the mayor is standing by his choice. Heaven forbid he should ever admit he might need a change or he might have made a mistake.



  • The Chicago Recovery Alliance, which helps people addicted to heroin, says its most recent figures suggest a dramatic increase in the number of overdoses on the West Side and in Cicero over the past week.
"suggest a dramatic increase"? Where the hell have these idiots been? We're pretty sure this was covered by Channel 5, Channel 7, Channel 9, Channel 32, both papers, CNN, National Public Radio, and the BBC. We're pretty sure the International Space Station said something about the pile of Chicago junkies being only the second man-made structure visible from space, too. Some blog talked about it, too, and provoked some amusing discussion on the reddit boards.


Shots Fired South

No hits:
  • A person is in custody after allegedly trying to run down several Chicago police officers Tuesday who were trying to pull him over and ended up with officers firing shots at the suspect, police said.

    The incident occurred at 12:09 p.m. on the 5500 block of South Hoyne Avenue in the West Englewood neighborhood, police said. Police attempted to pull over a vehicle when the person then tried to run down police officers, police said.

    In the process, the person attempted to run down several police officers which then led to police discharging their weapons, police said.
Subject apprehended later, so that's good.


Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Big Changes Friday!

Wait....it was Monday? What the hell? This throws off all of our timing....can someone at 35th Street turn back the calendar. Please? This is not acceptable:
  • Chicago Police Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy today announced the retirement of his trusted second-in-command, First Deputy Police Superintendent Alfonza Wysinger, as well as the Chief of the Bureau of Internal Affairs, Juan Rivera, who served with distinction for nearly 30 years.

    In a series of corresponding moves, McCarthy announced the promotion of three talented, and widely respected, veteran commanding officers to new leadership positions within the Department. The appointments are effective October 15, 2015.

And who are these "widely respected" members of the Department?
  • John Escalante as First Deputy Superintendent
  • Eddie Welch III as Chief of IAD
  • Constantine Andrews as Chief of Detectives
  • Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy has a new chief of detectives — a veteran cop under investigation for his role in creating a fictitious witness statement that helped prevent former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew from being charged with killing David Koschman.

    Constantine G. “Dean” Andrews was deputy chief of detectives in 2011 when he was placed in charge of reinvestigating the Koschman case and closed it without charges, concluding that Daley nephew Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko had punched Koschman in self-defense.

    Cook County Judge Michael P. Toomin later ruled that police and prosecutors “conjured up” the self-defense conclusion. Toomin appointed a special prosecutor, Dan K. Webb, who led an investigation that resulted in Vanecko pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter in January 2014.
The Special Prosecutor almost had Andrews and five other charged with obstruction, but in true Chicago fashion, decided if he couldn't win, he wouldn't pursue the case.

Expect more.


Regarding The Mass Suspension

Some sound advice in the comment section yesterday:
  • If they give us access to the reports then that report should be able to be viewed by police officers. So you're saying it was wrong to look at an approved police report then why should we even take police reports from anyone in the first place. If they can prove you disseminated the report then that is a rule violation but an arbitrator with even a half of brain and drunk will rule on the side of the officers involved. There is no rule violation or department directive that prohibits looking at a database that is available to everyone citywide. Is a loser for the department and they know it.
Pretty much can't argue with it. If you disseminated information and you aren't part of Media Affairs with the approval of the Superintendent or his designee, then you're in violation and if caught, are going to get tagged.

In the meantime, anyone receiving a suspension notice should appeal it at the earliest opportunity. Looking at a case report isn't a Rule Violation, and there is a mechanism in place to restrict access to who can view a report. If the Department didn't click the box, that's their fault, but we remember a time that reading reports was encouraged. We'd see coppers (and spent time ourselves) looking through the basket before the tour, during the tour, and after some nights looking for a quick arrest. It was simply good police work and it was taught to us by good cops.

If these suspensions are true (and some are claiming they are up to 400 in number), then make the Department follow their own rules. If this was a CR, you get to answer allegations. If it was a SPAR, make them follow the SPAR table - that means a reprimand if you don't have a previously sustained beef. No one should be signing off on these just based on who read a case report. That's ridiculous and the FOP should fight this tooth-and-nail.

It's certainly ironic that at a time the citizens and various aldercreatures are demanding more police on the beat, the Department would remove a minimum of 1,700 to 3,400 man-hours from the streets.


Once Again, Missing Reality

  • A group of black aldermen on Monday called for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to fire police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, saying the city's top cop hasn't done enough to deal with crime in their wards or bring more diversity to the upper ranks of the department.

    A City Hall news conference included most of the 18 members of the City Council Black Caucus, including some aldermen who have been staunch supporters of Emanuel's agenda. Ald. Roderick Sawyer, 6th, chairman of the caucus, said the group decided after years of frustration to push for McCarthy's ouster on the day before he and Police Department brass are scheduled to come to the council for their annual budget hearing.
This should make for a very entertaining budget meeting later today, especially seeing the movement that took place yesterday.
  • "As aldermen of these communities, we are on the front lines of the work to keep our streets safe and secure. We have been troubled by the superintendent's lack of responsiveness to our concerns and requests as we face this crisis," Sawyer said. "In addition, we have been deeply concerned about the superintendent's failure to place African-Americans in a position of leadership throughout the department, as well as the reduction in new African-American police recruits despite our repeated efforts and inquiries."
We can't tell you the number of times we've seen aldercreatures out there, performing traffic stops, arresting dope dealers, chasing armed robbers over fences, shooting it out with armed assailants.

What we can tell you is how many times we've seen aldercreatures out there marching with gang bangers, supporting the law breaking over the law enforcers, picking up tranny hookers, and calling for more and more restrictions on police efforts to curb crime and disorder - it numbers in the hundreds.

And let's be frank here - there are plenty of black bosses around. Hell, if you're a black lieutenant with a degree, you're going places, guaranteed. The trouble is, if you're a black recruit with a degree, why are you wasting it here when some Fortune 500 company is offering you better hours, better benefits and better pay?

We haven't noticed the Supernintendo running around the west and south sides lighting up any of the nearly 400 murder victims this year - that seems to be the citizens that these aldercreatures represent. And holding McCarthy responsible for the languid hiring pace is asinine when it's Rahm holding the purse strings. And of the $100 million spent on police overtime these past two or three years, let's just say it isn't being spent in our ward - we're lucky if we see our beat car once a month and if we need police service, we're lucky to see them within a two-hour window.

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RedLoon Defunded

  • City Hall is ending its financial support of the Great Chicago Fire Festival, and it's unclear whether the Redmoon Theater-produced event will be held next year.

    The city kicked in $100,000 a year for three years for the festival, but Special Events Commissioner Michelle Boone told aldermen on Monday that the funding is not being renewed.

    The event started out as a public embarrassment in 2014 when model houses failed to ignite while floating in the Chicago River during the festival's climax, earning the nickname "the fiasco on the river" from one alderman. But the festival moved to dry land on Northerly Island this year, and Boone deemed it "great."
Yeah, right. Tens of thousands of dollars in damages to the nearby Chicago Yacht Club kind of put a damper on memorializing 300 dead people with another conflagration. And the $600 million in tax increases kind of put a damper on things. Morons.


Monday, October 05, 2015

200 One-Day-Suspensions?

Truth or rumor?
  • Scc-can you start a entry regarding the nordstrom store shooting that someone leaked info to the media. Apparently everyone has to take a day suspension (about 200 officers) for looking at the report for "conduct unbecoming." I would appreciate what others have to say regarding this issue.
We've also heard reports that a number of officers are taking one-to-three days for having the audacity to actually look at the case report regarding Rahm's son being "mugged" in the dead of night during a phone call to a "college counselor."

This sounds like an effort worthy of Charlie Williams, a man who has stated that he wants to fire as many officers as he can on Rule 14 violations that were sustained during a very questionable period at IAD, and who is supposedly making noises about coming back to CPD.


Judge's End Around

Um, what's this?
  • OT but, are any of you guys aware that Judge Joseph Claps is violating officer's rights and the FLOP and the OLA is standing by and letting it happen. On a recent motion to suppress his confession, a defendant claimed that he only confessed because he was beaten. Claps then points out two detectives in the courtroom and asks the defendant if these are the officers who beat you. When he says no, the judge sends an order to the police department to produce photos of every officer involved in the arrest, presumably to conduct a photo array on the next court date. WTF, where is the FOP on this? Where is the ACLU? Policeman dont have any rights?
Claps seems to have irretrievably tainted any investigation by his words and deeds. The FOP should be making some sort of appearance along with Corporation Counsel to educate the judge as to the other side of "due process" and "contractual protections" along with the presumption of innocence, not only of the career criminal on trial, but the officers and detectives involved.


Dear God, No

  • Taste of Chicago posted $320,205 in profit this summer, according to city figures, continuing an erratic trend of profits and losses at the Grant Park festival in recent years, officials said Sunday.

    Taste lost just over $169,000 last year, when rains canceled the one and only Saturday for the event. The festival turned a profit of $272,000 in 2013 and lost a whopping $1.3 million in 2012. The city announced the 2015 numbers late Sunday evening.
And we don't believe a word of it. There's too much cash floating around there - so much, that we're surprised year after year that a concerted effort to rob one of the money runs hasn't occurred at some point. That "erratic trend" is likely a shell game depending on the political winds blowing at the time.

A smaller, pricier Taste might be more appropriate at a location like Navy Pier might be the better trend.


Sunday, October 04, 2015

Misleading Headline

You know, you'd think that the papers could at least get the first impression correct:
Damn those police - blazing away, killing unarmed citizens, wounding bystanders, we really need more police oversight and shit.
  • A man was fatally shot Sunday morning after police were called to a domestic-related incident on the West Side and were confronted by a man who left a woman injured, according to Chicago police.

    Police responded to the 3500 block of West Grenshaw Street at 8:30 a.m. for a call of a "man with a gun," Chicago police said in a statement.

    After police arrived at the address they were told that a person had been shot inside the home, officials said. Police attempted to enter the home but the door was locked.

    After finding the door locked, police tried to speak with the man who refused to open the door.

    Police then forced their way into the home, fearing for the safety of the victim. Once they got inside of the home, police saw a man with a handgun who then refused police commands to drop the gun, police said.

    The man then charged at police while pointing the gun toward the police, officials said. Police, in fear of their lives, fatally shot the man, according to the police statement.

    Inside, police found a female with a gunshot wound and several stab wounds, police said. The woman was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in serious condition.
Oh. So the police saved a woman who had already been shot? And stabbed? And held against her will from seeking medical treatment? And defended themselves against an armed assailant? But the headline conveyed none of that.

How about one of these:
  • Hero Cops Rescue Wounded Woman Shot during Domestic
  • Woman Beater Dead After Threatening Cops with Gun
Those might make more sense.


Another Delayed

Word is the 014 District is going to take a beating at CompStat over this one:
  • A man died Thursday night, nearly six years after he was shot in the head while walking with his mother in the Northwest Side Logan Square neighborhood.

    An autopsy Friday determined Jeremy Gonzalez died from complications of a gunshot wound to the head, and his death was ruled a homicide.

    Gonzalez was 14 when he and his mother were walking in the 3400 block of West Armitage shortly after 9 a.m. on Dec. 8, 2009, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Garry will claim that CompStat could have prevented this if only he had been here a few years earlier.


This Nonsense Again?

  • Faith and community leaders say they want Chicago police and Mayor Rahm Emanuel held accountable for police brutality in the city.

    About 150 people gathered for a rally Saturday outside the Chicago Police Headquarters at 35th Street and Michigan Avenue, where they set up a simulated crime scene.

    They want Mayor Emanuel to establish an "independent police auditor office."

    The same group plans a vigil Monday afternoon outside the mayor's office.
More oversight? You mean besides IAD? And IPRA? And Anita's Task Force? And the feebs? And the ACLU, People's Law Office, Loevy and other plaintiff attorneys? A hostile City Council and State legislature? And a friendly US Attorney General with a direct line to the White House looking to railroad any copper they can?

But not a word of the nearly 400 minority deaths at the hands of their own congregants.


Da Underdogs...Again

Three point dogs with a 44.5 over/under - which happened to be the over/under on overdosing junkies this weekend. What a coincidence.


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