Friday, December 19, 2014

The Pros From Dover? Not Likely

  • The family of a man shot in the head and killed by a Philadelphia police officer sought answers in the hours after the deadly incident during a traffic stop in the city’s Mayfair section.
Damn those police! Killing a man for....what was the reason again?
  • The deadly gunshot rang out around 2:45 a.m. along the 6600 block of Frankford Avenue after police said the suspect reached for a loaded handgun — stolen last year — in his rental car.
Yeah! All for the minor crime of having....um...wait a minute. A loaded gun?

No...a stolen loaded gun.

Oh.

Momma is beside herself:
  • "I would like to know why the police, law enforcement, has the right to kill instead of disabling," the victim's mother Tanya Dickerson said. "It has to stop, this is enough already."
Seriously. It's right there in the report. We couldn't make this up if we tried. Actually, we could come up with something close, but then we'd be accused of all sorts of racism and shit.

What was sonny up to lately Momma?
  • Dickerson said that her son served five years in prison for aggravated assault stemming from a 2007 beating where he was charged with attempted murder. She said that since his release from prison, Tate-Brown was trying to get his life back on track — working at a rental car place — being a "good guy."
Riiiight. Turning his life around? Prison degree in something? Maybe a GED? Still doesn't explain the stolen gun in the possession of a convicted felon - a violation in every state we can think of.

So what does Momma want?
  • Dickerson said Tate-Brown's family contacted the NAACP to also investigate the case.
Sure. Because the NAACP has all those scientists and stuff on call ready to investigate at the drop of a sideways hat. They'll have the protests up and running in no time...and with no evidence either.

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de Blasio Hypocrisy

  • Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered city lawyers to stay silent about a groundbreaking lawsuit to keep bootleg cigarettes out of the Big Apple — because it came as Hizzoner was downplaying the illegal cigarette sales that led to the ill-fated police arrest of Eric Garner, The Post has learned.

    The city Law Department drafted the civil racketeering suit the same week that a Staten Island grand jury did not indict NYPD cop Daniel Pantaleo in Garner’s chokehold death, and it was quietly filed in Brooklyn federal court on Dec. 9.

    The Law Department drafted a press release boasting that the suit “is the first of its kind brought by the city against an out-of-state entity for supplying cigarette traffickers,” sources said.

    But City Hall suppressed the news, ordering the Law Department not to put out the release, according to the sources.
So de Blasio's administration was preparing a massive RICO suit against a tobacco seller for circumventing the New York tax code at the exact same moment that de Blasio was ripping the NYPD for enforcing the so-called "minor offense" of selling loosies. But who's taking the beating in the press? Oh yeah, the NYPD for enforcing the law.

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Anyone See Any Bias Around?

Just maybe a teeny tiny bit of slant to this asshole's drawing?


Gee, it's the same jagoff who drew the cartoon directly below. And no one on the editorial side of things saw a possible problem with this? Especially as it makes no sense from panel #2 to panel #3 - that's a helluva leap of lib-tarded logic that a cop would think ignorant NFL players would = trigger happy cops.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Anyone Done Policing Yet?


  • A Philadelphia-area newspaper regrets publishing a Santa cartoon that has drawn the ire of local law enforcement.

    The cartoon published in Sunday’s Bucks County Courier Times features a line of black children lined up asking Santa Claus to "Keep us safe from the police."

    Drawn by nationally-syndicated political cartoonist Chris Britt, the cartoon references a relationship of distrust between the black community and police recently spotlighted in the Ferguson, Cleveland and Staten Island cases of black men dying at the hand of police officers.
Well, let's see:
  1. Ferguson - cop killed an attacker;
  2. Staten Island - guy died of heart attack an hour post-arrest after fighting with police;
  3. Cleveland - kid pointed toy gun with the orange safety indicator removed/painted over at a cop
Of those, only the last one could be (or has been) considered questionable as there is an allegation that the 9-1-1 caller said it might be a toy. Bad tactics, avoidable tragedy, etc. A sad set of circumstances.

But hey, fine, insult, demean, piss all over the cops. When your garage, apartment or house gets broken into, don't call the police to walk through and make sure the bad guys are gone, the basement is clear,  the windows are re-secured. You'll be fine sitting up all night in shifts with the spouse comforting the kids for the next few years.

Next time little Johnny, Jamal, Amir, whoever is lost, be sure you get a hold of your neighborhood crack addicts, dope dealers and child molesters to go look for him. After a decade or so of therapy, maybe he'll tell you what happened when he couldn't approach a cop to bring him home.

When you get dragged into an alley at knife point and relieved of your wallet, your dignity, your life, thank your own private deity that you didn't have to call those racist police. You can say with pride that you kept faith with the downtrodden and exploited masses, while the downtrodden and exploited enjoy the fruits of your labor.

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40,000 CR Files?

This keeps popping up - what's the progress on it?
  • Regarding the CR files that are the subject of the current fight about releasing via FOI:

    They all exist all right, about 40,000 of them and they are on disc, every one of them. Entire file, not just a one sentence summary. Including at least a couple with one former FOP President John Dineen as the accused. Also including my entire career with 27 years of CR files but not one sustained complaint.

    The older ones are not supposed to exist. But they do. Now what? 40,000. You can bet that if the Tribune gets it's hands on them that there will be a link for the public to view the entire group of them.
40,000 files, most of which should not even exist, most of which we were promised didn't exist any more. But there they are.

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Suspicious Package

  • Police are responding to a suspicious package on State Street in the Loop, officials said.

    Police were called to the 100 block of North State Street at 3 p.m., police said.

    Several streets were being closed off as police investigated, officials said.

    No other details were available.
Rumored to be in the package:
  • feather boa;
  • fuzzy pink handcuffs;
  • Sybaris gift cards;
  • "Do-It-Yourself Wine Spritzers" handbook
Call Area Central with information.

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The Rebuilding Begins

  • The Bears’ marriage to quarterback Jay Cutler, consummated to the tune of seven years and $126.7 million less than 11 months ago, is broken.

    Sources confirmed to the Sun-Times late Wednesday that Cutler will be benched Sunday against the Lions for backup Jimmy Clausen, the Notre Dame alum who’s yet to take a significant snap this season.

    The team informed Cutler of the decision Wednesday, though Marc Trestman didn’t reveal it during his midday press conference.

    The second-year coach, hired in part to mentor the mercurial quarterback, did state the obvious: that he hadn’t helped Cutler improve as much as some of his former pupils.
Well golly, for $126 million over seven years, we'd expect that the coach didn't have to do much "improving" on an investment like that.

We've been watching football a long time (longer than hockey if you must know) and we haven't seen a team completely give up on itself, each other and the fans like this team has. Even during the bad years of the 1970's, they played a full game. They sucked as we all know - Walter could only carry the team so far in those years - but they played 60 minutes. This team...not so much.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Might as Well Post the Rumor

Even if it isn't true, it makes everyone at 35th Street nervous and the phones start chirping nonstop when we do:
  • Rumors are swirling through the hallowed halls of 35th Street that Superintendent McCarthy has finally gotten the phone call of his dreams. It's rumored that the good and righteous Mayor of New York has called Mr. McCarthy to request an audience.

    The rank and file in New York are not happy with the socialist in chief there, and he believes a renowned member from the NYPD can help him with his moral problem there. It seems Bratton is too much of a copper and not enough of a socialist politician.

    Garry, take it. I am sure I can find about 12,000 guys and girls that will help you pack the truck. Hell, we'll kick in for your air fare too.
We're good for $10 per for relocation costs.

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The Search Continues

  • Dozens of people showed up at a Northwest Side police station Tuesday afternoon to help save the life of a Chicago Police officer.

    Blanca Magallon, 43, a plain-clothes tactical officer who works out of the 1st District at 18th and State, has leukemia, and needs to find a bone marrow match in order to undergo a life-saving transplant.

    Many of her colleagues submitted to a quick cheek swab to see if they could be a potential donor to save her life, or the life of some one else in search of a match.
There might be some options out there:
  • Nine potential matches for Magallon have been found, but each donor decided not to go through with the procedure.

  • “Most people wrongly assume the process automatically involves surgery, but 80 percent of the time the bone marrow can be obtained through stem cells in a person’s blood,” said Lauren Johnson, who coordinated the marrow drive for Be the Match, which is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program.
Hopefully, someone changes their mind or another match is found shortly.
  • Another bone marrow drive in which volunteers will undergo a simple cheek swab will be Dec. 29 at the 4th district station, 2255 E. 103rd St. from noon to 8 p.m.
Keep trying.

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Another Repeat Offender

Among the subjects who shot and killed DeMario Bailey, a previous...wait for it...GUN CHARGE!
  • Prosecutors said Johnson was convicted earlier this year of unlawful use of a weapon and was sentenced to two years of juvenile probation.
Wow Prickwrinkle, that juvie probation thing is working out great! No need whatsoever to transfer juveniles to adult court for certain crimes, eh?

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Unions Sue Rahm

  • On Tuesday, [pensioner Mary] Jones was one of a dozen current and former city employees named as plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the city, along with four unions that represent them: AFSCME Council 31, the Chicago Teachers Union, the Illinois Nurses Association and Teamsters Local 700.

    They’re asking a Circuit Court judge to overturn the bill that saved the Municipal Employees and Laborers pension funds, citing the same clause in the Illinois Constitution at the core of the state pension reform case: that pension benefits promised to government employees “shall not be diminished or impaired.”
This will likely set the stage for any number of pension fights. Follow along closely boys and girls.

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Seriously? Wine?

What, you can't afford Binny's so you shoplift as Costco?
  • Shoplifting has escalated in the city, and the Chicago Police Department’s organized crime division is part of a task force trying to stop it.

    But now the 2 Investigators have learned one of their own officers was charged with shoplifting after an alert store security guard and cameras caught the cop in the act.

    According to police reports, on Oct. 18, Costco security saw a customer at its store at 1430 S. Ashland Ave. take a bottle of wine off the shelf and place it in her shopping cart. She then moved to the back of the store, where security saw her place the bottle in her purse.
Not just one bottle of wine - but five. And then attempted to flee the scene following a confrontation. Great job there lady, way to tarnish the star.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Remember What Matters

  • Four people — at least two of them boys — were shot in the South Side Washington Park neighborhood on Monday evening.

    About 4:45 p.m., two male juveniles and two other people whose ages and genders weren’t immediately known were approached by gunmen in the hallway of a building in the 5700 block of South Michigan, police News Affairs [...] said, citing preliminary information.

    The gunmen opened fire and ran away...
Tsk tsk. For shame. Four at a time? Sounds like the summer that wouldn't end.

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    Someone Has Seen the Future!

    And it looks like this:
    • Any Street, Anywhere USA

      Victim: Officer, officer! That man just stole my purse!

      Officer: Good morning ma'm, or does that pronoun offend you. If so, please advise me of the correct pronoun I may use in order to not....

      victim: Officer, you're not listening to me! That man stole my purse.

      officer: That gentleman across the street?

      Victim: Yeah, that's him.

      officer: Okay, let me go talk to him.

      victim: He's a big guy, don't you want some help?

      Officer: Oh no, anything that might give the appearance of a show of force isn't allowed.
    Officer leaves to talk to the alleged suspect and then returns:
    • Officer: Is it a red purse with black trim and brass colored clasp with the initials MS on the side?

      Victim: That's it, my name is Mary Smith and those are my initials. That's my purse.

      Officer: I figured it was yours, he doesn't look like the purse type. The problem is he doesn't want to give it back.

      Victim: Well, arrest him, he robbed me of that purse. He punched me, knocked me down and then took my purse. Look at this bruise on my arm, and I'm bleeding from my forehead.

      Officer: I'm afraid I can't do that. He said he wouldn't allow me to arrest him. I can call the EMS folks though to treat you for your injuries. There will be a fee of course.

      Victim: What??!! You have to arrest him. He committed a robbery and I'm the victim. I demand you arrest him.

      Officer: I'm afraid I can't do that. He said he would fight if I tried to arrest him and our new Rules Of Engagement don't allow us to confront a hostile suspect.

      Victim: Rules Of Engagement? What the hell is that?

      Officer: Basically it means if the alleged suspect offers any resistance, or even says he will resist, our Rules Of Engagement say we shall not "engage". It's really quite simple and it makes our job much simpler. No more fights, no violence involved and everyone is much safer that way aren't they?

      Victim: But he robbed me and he's standing right there, you mean you can't do anything?

      Officer: Oh, whether or not I could do something doesn't matter. I'm not allowed to confront a possibly hostile suspect. Perhaps you could talk to him and see if he will come down to the precinct house and turn himself in.

      Victim: That's it? That's all you can do?

      Officer: Well, I can give you our website and you can make a report of this alleged crime. It's a really neat website, designed by the same folks that did that Affordable Care Act site. And I'd be glad to give you the office phone numbers for Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Eric Holder.

      Victim: Will they do anything?

      Officer: Not really, they're only interested if I do something.

      Victim: Well did you at least get his name so I know who the bad guy is when I make this report?

      Officer: No, he didn't want to give me his name, and gosh all I can do is ask.

      Victim: This is incredible. He's just standing over there like he knows nothing will be done about this.

      Officer: I know. Happens all the time now. Well, have a nice day and call any time, we're here to help.

      Victim: But officer....

      Officer: You'll have to excuse me, I have to go apologize to that gentlemen for disrupting his day.
    Sounds very prophetic.

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    The Bears Still Suck

    That is all.

    Open post this fine Tuesday morn.

    Any changes coming down yet?

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    Monday, December 15, 2014

    Make up Your Damn Mind

    • A 15-year-old boy who was fatally shot during an attempted robbery Saturday afternoon in the Englewood neighborhood was walking with his twin brother and was only days away from his birthday, according to his school principal.

      [...]

      Demario was a 10th-grade student at Johnson College Prep, according to Principal Garland Thomas-McDavid. She called for increased levels of security so people do not have to live with the "constant threat of being killed."

      [...]

      "I believe I speak for every mother who lives on the South Side of this city in saying we don’t mind if it takes (martial) law to get this in order. Demario did not deserve to die three days from his 16th birthday," she said.
    "...increased levels of security..."

    "...if it takes (martial) law..."

    And where, pray tell, are these increased levels of security and martial law going to come from? Certainly not from the oppressive and racist Chicago Police Department?

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    Bloody Weekend

    A warm December weekend, results in spring-like mayhem:
    • A 15-year-old boy shot dead during a robbery attempt was among three people killed and at least 27 others wounded in shootings across the city so far this weekend.
    With the neighborhoods of North Lawndale and Humboldt Park accounting for 66% of the violence. Maybe a new strategy is in order?

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    Spare the Rod...

    • Probably the most significant way that Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle continues to distinguish herself from her political brethren is by challenging the get tough law-and-order assumptions underlying our criminal justice system.

      On Friday, Preckwinkle opened a new front in her campaign for a more thoughtful approach to crime and punishment by seeking an end to the Illinois law that requires juveniles accused of certain felonies to be tried and sentenced in adult court.

      Preckwinkle said she will make elimination of the state’s “automatic transfer” law her top criminal justice priority in the Legislature, likely putting her on a collision course with Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
    Just another in a long line of democrats catering to the criminal class. Reduced penalties, early releases, low bonds, shameful plea deals, and now this. The entire goal for Prickwrinkle appears to be electronic home monitoring for any and all offenses.

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    Hey, Look!

    • TARRANT, Alabama - Helen Johnson stared in amazement at the piles of food accumulating in her small Tarrant apartment on Wednesday.

      "The last time I saw my house this full, I was 12-years-old and staying with my grandmother,'' said the 47-year-old mother and grandmother. "I've been crying all day."

      On Wednesday, Tarrant police delivered two truckloads of groceries to the woman, who on Saturday was caught stealing five eggs from the nearby Dollar General. Instead of arresting Johnson, Tarrant Police Officer William Stacy bought her a carton of eggs and sent her home with the promise to never shoplift again.

      That in itself, Johnson said, was a blessing. But those blessings now seem to have taken on a life of their own. Tarrant police said they've received calls from across the United States and world since hearing of Johnson's plight. People have offered food, money and clothing.
    Golly. If this keeps up, what's going to be left to protest? People (and folks) might actually have to get jobs to fill their days and contribute to society.

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    Black Lives Matter

    • A 17-year-old boy was charged with the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy during a robbery attempt on the South Side.

      The teen is accused of shooting Demario Bailey for his jacket about 12:40 p.m. Saturday in the first block of West 63rd Street, police said.

      Bailey, of the 7500 block of South Wabash, was shot in the chest and pronounced dead at the scene, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.
    So a black life is worth less than a $100 jacket? $150? $200? That's kind of sad, but we aren't seeing any protestors marching up and down the south side for some reason. Any lib-tards want to explain that one?

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    Sunday, December 14, 2014

    Shut Up Already

    • Thousands of protesters marched down iconic Pennsylvania Avenue on Saturday, arriving at the Capitol to call attention to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police and call for legislative action.

      “What a sea of people,” said Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, killed by an officer in New York in July. “If they don’t see this and make a change, then I don’t know what we got to do. Thank you for having my back.”
    How about you people (or folks) stop attacking police?

    How about you folks (or people) stop breaking the laws PASSED by the legislature and ENFORCED by the designated law enforcement officials who undergo hundreds of hours of training and continuous training for YEARS afterward?

    These street corner lawyers and media assholes are getting so much wrong. We actually heard on the radio that this "excessive force" has to stop. Seriously? What's "excessive" about defending your life from an attacker? We're just supposed to let someone take our gun? What's "excessive" about not retreating in the face of UNLAWFUL resistance? How about you break the fucking law, you go to jail?

    We can't wait until the leftists, anarchists and media take this to the logical conclusions:
    • Someone hits your car? Maybe they'll only beat you into a coma, not a coffin
    • Someone wants your iPod/iPhone? The economy needs more spending - go buy another
    • Someone in your house? Give them the TV and jewelry
    • Someone decks you in a "wilding"? They're just misunderstood
    • Someone wants to rape you? Lie back and enjoy it
    • Someone confronts you with a gun? The police will be here, right? Soon? 
    You think it isn't coming?

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    NYPD Takes a Stand

    • The union representing New York City police is encouraging officers to sign a waiver banning Mayor Bill de Blasio from attending their funeral should they be killed in the line of duty.

      The "Don't Insult My Sacrifice" waiver is available on the website of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, which has been enraged by the lack of support from de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito following a grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, the New York Post reports.

      The mayor added fuel to the fire at a news conference where he confided he'd warned his biracial son Dante to be careful around police, while PBA President Patrick Lynch charged de Blasio had basically thrown cops "under the bus."
    We're about to see a nationwide "de-policing" shortly.

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    What's Up in 011?

    Seems like the bad old days, accounting for something like half the violent crime in the city:
    • 12 people shot in 011 in 30 hours. How about changing the command staff in 011?
    Indeed. It seems the "missions" that a lot of commentators are talking about aren't working. 011 is leading the homicide race and is the only district with over 50 killings. 007 isn't far behind though either. Seems a bunch of people ought to be sweating their jobs.

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    Saturday, December 13, 2014

    Chicagoland Rap

    We didn't think Rahm was capable of growing facial hair, but there it is:



    Not much happening tonight and someone sent this.

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    No Guns, Lots of Crime

    You almost wish this guy had a gun and went all Bernie Goetz on them:
    • The video shows two young men, possibly boys, taunting and slapping an elderly man on a CTA train — and laughing about it.

      At some point, the youths mug for the person behind the cellphone camera recording the incident.

      Though it’s not clear when the video was taken, Chicago Police were notified about its existence Thursday. The incident occurred on a westbound Blue Line train approaching the Racine stop.

      Police are working with CTA officials, who say the attack was not reported to police at the time.
    Thank goodness that the CTA is a "gun-free zone." That way, the offenders can attack with impunity and not have to worry about getting blasted.

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    Friday, December 12, 2014

    Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes?

    Friday changes in the command staff being leaked. Supposedly, 010 is getting a new Commander. No word on where the old one is going - lateral or kicked upstairs.

    Amazing that after costing the city untold $$$ in a harassment/hostile workplace lawsuit, she isn't serving suspension time.

    Other rumors involve 015 and 011, plus a vacancy or two filled.

    How many are true? We have no idea!

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    That Was Quick

    • A Chicago police officer has been disciplined after he admitted playing a song some consider racially offensive during a protest against police violence last weekend, the department announced in a statement Thursday.

      The action was taken after a video surfaced apparently showing a Chicago police car blasting the song “Sweet Home Alabama” by the band Lynyrd Skynyrd during the Saturday protest.

      In the statement, the officer said he was playing the music as a "fan of the University of Alabama," which was playing the University of Missouri for the SEC championship and a shot at the NCAA playoffs.

      But the department said it "fully understands sensitivities related to the song and, regardless, we cannot condone any behavior that may be viewed as disruptive or disrespectful to any protester or resident."

      "CPD is dedicated to ensuring residents' right to free speech and peaceful assembly," it added.

      The officer will be suspended for 10 days pending the approval of Superintendent Garry McCarthy, according to a source.
    Someone want to explain to us how this violated anyone's right to free speech or assembly?

    Juvenile? Ill-timed? Misuse of Department property? All viable accusations. Violating First Amendment rights? Not even close. Racist? Not if you ask the guys who wrote and performed the song.

    And all wrapped up in five days? That must be some sort of Christmas miracle. Was anyone even served with papers? Upon service, you have 72 hours to respond...that's three days right there. Closing paperwork? Command Channel Review? Sounds like a railroad job to us.

    NOTE: anyone accusing us of reflexively defending the officer will have their comment deleted. Supposedly, he admitted it, but there's still a thing called "due process," even for disciplinary issues, and it certainly doesn't look like it was followed. You don't shortcut the system for political reasons - that's a horrible precedent to set. That's how contracts get abrogated.

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    Life Plus Five

    • Steve Mandell ranted and raved for half an hour.

      He called the case against him “phantasmagorically ridiculous.”

      And he said “even Helen Keller could see” that he’d been framed and that he’d never have followed through with his “hoax” plot.

      Nobody in the packed courtroom had expected less from the Outfit-connected 64-year-old former Chicago cop, an incorrigible ham who loudly maintained his innocence even after he was convicted in February of concocting a gruesome plot to kidnap, torture, extort, kill and dismember a suburban businessman.

      But his desperation was palpable. Everyone in the courtroom had seen the damning, secretly filmed FBI video of him chuckling inside the meat-cleaver and buzz saw-equipped torture chamber he built on the Northwest Side.
    Hasn't been on the job for over 30 years, served 14 years in the last part of the previous century. Can't we at least call him "disgraced" or something besides "former?" It makes it sound like he served with some sort of distinction when in reality, he probably slipped through the cracks and psyche exams and was most likely clouted onto the job by some of the connected miscreants who slip through every so often.

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    Thursday, December 11, 2014

    Coppers Injured in Wreck

    • Emergency officials are responding to a crash involving a Chicago police squad car near 87th and Loomis in the city's Gresham neighborhood.

      Three officers are reportedly injured and trapped inside the squad. There's no word yet on their conditions.
    Hopefully, nothing that can't be fixed. Best wishes to the Officers.

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    Wait...Sneed Misrepresented?

    Finally, word from a regular e-mailer of ours. Someone close to the Department who actually has the spiritual well being of the police as his ministry:
    • Gents--

      It looks like the outrage should be directed to Michael Sneed at the Sun-Times, not Archbishop Cupich. You may remember she threw one of our officers under the bus a few months ago over autographed memorabilia to be auctioned off at a charity golf outing. She was kind enough at that time to issue a correction the next day, once she knew the whole story. I hope she'll do the same in this case, based on following clarification issued by the Archbishop's office:

      From Archbishop Cupich:

      We would like to provide clarification and context regarding media reports describing Archbishop Cupich's parish visit on Sunday, December 7.

      First, the Mass was at St. Clement Parish in Chicago, not Holy Name Cathedral as reported.

      Second, the Archbishop spoke to the issue that at times each of us is overwhelmed in life by circumstances. It is that experience that is at the origin of the prayer posture of raising our hands to God. This is a posture called orante. It is used in the Mass and indicates our total dependence on God.

      The Archbishop noted that today people are raising their hands in frustration that the circumstances in their lives may be overwhelming due to their perception that the system of justice does not work for them. The Archbishop invited congregants to join him as he raised his hands in prayer during Mass at the end of the General Intercessions--to demonstrate our total dependence on God, to express our prayer for others in need, and to join in solidarity with those who experience frustration in life.

      By doing so, rather than perpetuating inaccurate details of an incident in Ferguson, MO, we are transforming this gesture into an expression of how much we depend on God's grace in difficult times.
    Well, we suppose Sneed has some 'splaining to do, but as all media types do, it'll be on a Saturday when no one reads it. A rather unfortunate convergence of symbols we'd say, possibly some tone-deafness on the part of the archbishop saddled with some unscrupulous verbiage from Sneed.

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    Gee, Not the "Most" Corrupt

    Like it's a badge of honor of something, only being in the top 5:
    • We all know that corruption is common in Illinois government and costs each taxpayer more than $1,300 a year, but there is some good news — it could be worse, according to a new study.

      A new study from Harvard University’s Center for Ethics shows that Kentucky and New Jersey have a worse ranking than Illinois in the "legal corruption" category for the executive branch.

      When it comes to "illegal corruption," the study finds it's also "very common" in Illinois' legislative branch
    Maybe they're just not looking hard enough.

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    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

    Really Archbishop?

    It is said that "...you only have one opportunity to make a first impression." Well this guy fucked it up pretty bad:
    • Cupich, during Sunday Mass at Holy Name Cathedral, invited all to join him in prayer and raise their hands in a show of support for the protesters while seated.

      Most did.
    Evidently, the archbishop's time in the northwest affected his brain. Anyone who contributes a dime to the church or an hour of their time to an organization that has declared their allegiance to the mob, is, quite frankly, a fool.

    For the first time in years, we are thankful that the St. Jude March doesn't end at Holy Name Cathedral, because this ignorant representative of the church has taken it upon himself to throw in his lot with those who disobey the law, attack police officers and contribute to the breakdown of society at large.

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    Steinberg Column

    Yeah, we read it. He points out some things that we pointed out and makes a column out of it. We're feeling like it deserves a response - an unusual feeling where Steinberg is concerned:
    • So when does somebody speak up for the police?

      Believe me, I have no interest in being that person. It’s a lose-lose proposition.
    We have no interest in you being that person either Neil. You have an ingrained bias, not only as a member of the media, but as being processed through the justice system for your domestic violence arrest. But there you are, and here we are.
    • The public — in one long howl of outrage, based on two fatal encounters between young black men and police officers, in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City — won’t appreciate having the perspective of the bad guys of the moment defended, even a little.
    That's okay. You can defend the bad....oh wait. The police are the bad guys? In both cases, it was found by the courts that no crime was committed by the police or that a crime had been committed by the deceased. Therefore, the bad guy is the dead guy in both cases. Again - your bias is showing.
    • The cops — a closed-rank echo chamber if ever there were — sure don’t want the support of the media, whom they universally despise, and particularly not from me.  
    Not like the media is a closed-rank echo chamber at all, right?  Good god, don't make us drag out example after example And again, not particularly from you for the reasons stated above.
    • And, to complete the circle — making it, I suppose, a lose-lose-lose situation — I don’t want to do it. Not to say the issue is unimportant — it is important, particularly if you are one of the African-Americans killed by excessive police force. But if I were to start listing the huge, festering issues facing black America: lack of capital, lack of jobs, bad schools, bad health care — it would be a while before we even got to the legal system skewed against them, incarcerating black men unfairly en masse, and we’d have to list a few more pressing judicial wrongs before we even got around to cops killing people.

      But hey, I understand, public attention is not parceled out coolly by the Jedi Council based on objective analysis of our most pressing problems. Debate flashes and strobes, echoing off rare emotional episodes, and one video is worth a thousand studies.
    Excessive force was ruled out in both these cases, Neil.
    • Back to the cops.

      When I set out to write today’s column, I figured it was high time I joined in the clamor. You can only blather on so long about obits and Santa letters while the nation is going through Racial Catharsis No. 342 without feeling a little superfluous.

      Not that I was eager to swan dive into Ferguson, with my white-guy naivete. Pundit comments on the situation have tended toward the painfully obvious (one New York Times star began a column “We Americans are a nation divided,” and ended, “There are no easy solutions. But let’s talk.”) Well, duh.

      But I thought I had an interesting twist. I’d begin the column, “You don’t need me to tell you that cops are angry and racist; they’ll tell you so themselves,” then hopped onto that mighty online river of anonymous police anger and bile, Second City Cop. I figured I would pluck out a few of the more bitter blasts of thin blue line contempt, vastly familiar to anyone who has ever visited the site, probably the most public face of the Chicago Police Department, given the reactive, we’ll-be-under-this-rock-if-you-can-find-us stance that the administration takes.
    If only you had spared us all your "joining the clamor." We may have respected that more. And, ::whoops:: here comes your bias again - "“You don’t need me to tell you that cops are angry and racist; they’ll tell you so themselves,” and you name the blog. Thanks for the plug, but then you don't tell the reader the difference between the writers and the readers and the commentators, nor the fact that we can't prove, nor intend to prove that everyone here is a cop. We've noticed more than a few IP addresses from your building for one. Also, we're insignificant. Superintendents have told us so. Perhaps if the media did a better job tracking down the administration personnel who could answer their queries, or maybe ask Rahm why the superintendent is muzzled, then you wouldn't be labeling us a "public face," a designation we neither want, nor seek.
    • I started reading Friday’ post, headlined, “Protests Over What Exactly?”

      “Then there’s the fact of the deceased weighing 350 pounds, his extensive heart disease, his asthma, the fact that he was able to yell not once, not twice, but TEN times that he couldn’t breathe — if you can yell, you can breathe, you’re just wasting the breath fighting. Oh, and he didn’t die of ‘choking,’ he died of a heart attack an hour later. But those facts don’t get reported on in the mainstream media.”

      Hmm. I paused. Second City Cop is correct, sort of. The cops sitting on Eric Garner’s chest didn’t help, but it isn’t as if he was strangled.
    No one was "sitting" on his chest Neil. He wasn't strangled either. "Positional Asphyxia" is a danger in grossly overweight people as they have trouble moving air when their entire body weight is concentrated on their diaphragm. It's also stressful to an enlarged heart caused by morbid obesity.
    • He quotes a reader:

      “... we actually pay them [the police] to use force when a law-breaking suspect (even one breaking a trivial law) resists arrest. That is the job we’ve given them.”

      That also makes sense.

      “To say this guy is guilty of murder or manslaughter seems to me to be a case of scapegoating the people we’ve tasked with implementing a policy that we have imposed ourselves ... If trivial laws should not provide grounds for arrest, We should change the laws to say so.”
    That wasn't a reader Neil. That was a blog site - AceOfSpades. We linked it right above the portions you quote. It's a conservative site, so be careful if you click over. You might start thinking impure thoughts about "responsibility of the individual" and concepts like "smaller government" and "lower taxes." That's subversive stuff to someone in your circles. The entire linked article is a good piece of writing and people would only benefit from reading it.
    • To which Second City Cop says: “The bottom line — if you don’t want cops enforcing the law, then stop passing laws and telling the police to enforce them. When arrested, you don’t get to resist arrest. Period. The law says so. You resist, there are rules in place to overcome your resistance. You are not a ‘jury of one’ deciding what laws apply to you. Cops are authorized by the duly elected authority to overcome resistance.”

      You can debate whether that is true, but it struck me as an opinion worth airing. We are a nation of laws, and we call on police to enforce those laws. They don’t always do it in a pretty fashion, but to judge all police by these public incidents is to make the same mistake as those cops who treat every black person as a thug who hasn’t yet reached for his weapon. So to echo my betters at The New York Times, yes, we need a dialogue about all this. But you can’t have a conversation if only one side is doing all the talking.
    We address that second-to-last paragraph in a post somewhere below, quoting the Illinois Compiled Statutes as to Use of Force by Police and citizens. That last paragraph is a mostly nice bit of writing. It's too bad that Neil ruins it by "echo[ing] my betters at The New York Times...." That agenda-driven rag is more of a closed echo chamber than the thin blue line Neil. We can't have that conversation because the New York Times and the leftist media won't permit it. Everything is racist, everything is driven by color, everything is in direct opposition to what MLK wished for.

    There might be problems in this country, but these two cases are poor examples to be building a movement on. "Hands up, don't shoot" has been proven to be a lie, plain and simple. It never happened. Three autopsies, including one by the family and one by the federal government said so. And the "I can't breathe" nonsense, if you can say it ten times, you're breathing.

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    Latest Manufactured Outrage

    • A video apparently showing a Chicago police car blasting the song “Sweet Home Alabama” during a recent protest against police violence has sparked a CPD investigation.

      Gabriel Michael, a Humboldt Park resident, said he was at the West Side protest Saturday to take photos, but started capturing video once he heard the song coming from what appears to be an unmarked car in the police escort following the marchers.

      “Some of the lyrics in themselves aren’t racist … but I know it’s also been co-opted by groups, maybe bigoted groups, as an anthem of Southern pride and those Confederate-type values,” said Michael, 30. “That’s what was so jarring to me. To hear that playing from a police car at the end of a protest against police brutality and the murder of African-Americans, it was just jarring.”
    Uh huh. It seems he sent it everywhere except to the Department or IPRA so an investigation could take place. It's so much easier to "prove" your case in the court of public opinion rather than in an actual investigation.

    We saw the video - it looks like someone dubbed it in after the fact and then started spreading the video around. You can see this guy laying the groundwork for not having any actual witnesses:
    • Michael said that because most of the protesters were marching ahead of the police escort, he’s not sure how many heard the song, but people have echoed his concerns after the video surfaced.
    No one complained until after the video surfaced. There were 200 marchers in one media report. And no one heard anything on scene. Funny how that happens.

    Lynyrd Skynyrd had a Stars and Bars on an album cover - must be racist! It certainly isn't the band's fault some backward types co-opted the song as an anthem of base behavior. Their own words say it was in support of Neil Young's political activism against segregation. They wrote it. We assume they know what they're talking about.

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    How About They RE-Pass the Law

    Here's a bright idea - maybe someone in Springfield (probably a Republican) can introduce a Bill to re-legislate the Use of Force law since no one in the media, the churches, the gangs and the City Council seem to understand it. Here's a refresher - we'll underline the interesting parts:
    • (720 ILCS 5/7-5)(from Ch. 38, par. 7-5)

      Peace officer's use of force in making arrest.

      (a) A peace officer, or any person whom he has summoned or directed to assist him, need not retreat or desist from efforts to make a lawful arrest because of resistance or threatened resistance to the arrest. He is justified in the use of any force which he reasonably believes to be necessary to effect the arrest and of any force which he reasonably believes to be necessary to defend himself or another from bodily harm while making the arrest. However, he is justified in using force likely to cause death or great bodily harm only when he reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or such other person, or when he reasonably believes both that:

      (1) Such force is necessary to prevent the arrest from being defeated by resistance or escape; and

      (2) The person to be arrested has committed or attempted a forcible felony which involves the infliction or threatened infliction of great bodily harm or is attempting to escape by use of a deadly weapon, or otherwise indicates that he will endanger human life or inflict great bodily harm unless arrested without delay.

      (b) A peace officer making an arrest pursuant to an invalid warrant is justified in the use of any force which he would be justified in using if the warrant were valid, unless he knows that the warrant is invalid.

      (Source: P.A. 84-1426.)
    The police are under no obligation to retreat in the face of resistance. In fact, the words "any force...necessary" appear prominently in the law for a reason. And not to put to fine a point on it, two sections later, the legislature saw fit to put on paper exactly what the obligation of the public is:
    • (720 ILCS 5/7-7)(from Ch. 38, par. 7-7)

      Sec. 7-7. Private person's use of force in resisting arrest. A person is not authorized to use force to resist an arrest which he knows is being made either by a peace officer or by a private person summoned and directed by a peace officer to make the arrest, even if he believes that the arrest is unlawful and the arrest in fact is unlawful.

      (Source: P.A. 86-1475.)
     We're pretty sure every single state legislature across the nation has a similar section. It doesn't matter what you think, it doesn't matter what you know, you may not lawfully resist arrest. The Civil Courts exist to redress these wrongs and affix blame, not the loudest voice on scene.

    Maybe the FOP should be pushing this.

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    Thanks Guys

    Sign over at the 33rd and Wallace construction site:


    Nice to see some people know which end is up.

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