Thursday, September 03, 2015

How Difficult is This?

So many people claim we have a gun problem, so they make it harder for people who follow the rules to actually....follow the rules.

Every gun we have bought has a serial number. And every time we buy a gun, we fill out a pile of paperwork.

CPD has recovered some 4,800 guns so far this year that were used illegally. We assume that most had serial numbers and these are recorded somewhere in the endless paperwork.

We know that a large number of guns are stolen from individuals, stores, rail cars, truck yards, etc. But a sizable percentage must be traceable to an individual purchase somehow.

So what's the point of recording all this info if no one uses it? Why aren't we hearing about some schmo who loses a gun a month? Some felon's girlfriend who buys a gun that goes missing? A straw buyer who is supplying guns to the gangs, etc. This would seem to be an easy way to narrow down Chicago's supposed "gun problem" seeing as how there still isn't a single gun store within city limits, yet someone, guns keep appearing, people keep getting shot, cops keep finding guns, and the courts keep letting shooters go.

Are we missing something? A couple of high profile prosecutions might actually deter some of the "gun running" thgat seems to go on without making it so difficult for the law abiding to purchase a gun..


Here It Comes!

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel is set to call for the largest property tax increase in modern Chicago history to raise enough money to make a major pension payment for police and firefighters next year, the mayor's City Council floor leader and a City Hall source told the Chicago Tribune late Wednesday.

    The mayor also plans to push a new garbage collection tax, a new per-ride fee on taxis and ride-hailing services such as Uber and a new tax on electronic cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products.

    Ald. Patrick O'Connor, 40th, said the idea is to cut down on the annual budget hole that has plagued the city budget for years and further scale back some of the poor financial practices. That includes scoop-and-toss borrowing, in which the city takes debt that's coming due and kicks it out into the future at a higher cost. The administration also wants to put the police and fire pension systems on a road to solvency, he added.
We've got a money saving idea - don't let the head of your schools lay off a few dozen people claiming to save $1 million, then turn around and hire more middle managers at $1.2 million. In fact, you could page through the budget, a mind-numbing task in the best of times, and lay off hundreds of Assistant Directors, Personnel Managers, Assistant Secretaries, more than a few "deputies" throughout various departments and lord knows how many other middle management types who are redundant at best. Chicago government has a spending problem, not a money problem.


Tee Hee

  • Chaos erupted at a town hall meeting Wednesday night.

    It was supposed to be a discussion about the new budget, but when the topic of Dyett High School closing came up, protesters marched toward the stage and the mayor

    The meeting with about 500 people on hand was presumably to share their ideas on cutting the city’s 2016 $233 million budget shortfall.

    One by one, the mayor heard a peaceful sampling of opinion on various issues; get rid of the red light cameras and lower property taxes.

    But throughout the meeting, there were loud interruptions from scores of protesters including a dozen or so hunger strikers. They are lobbying Emanuel for a new school in the building that used to house the shuttered Dyett High School.

    Within minutes after demanding a meeting with the mayor, dozens of the protesters suddenly stormed the stage. It was chaos as they took over the stage and the mayor’s security detail and uniformed police rushed into the noisy confusion. In a matter of scary minutes, they were able to escort Mayor Emanuel and other city officials safely through the crowd and back stage.
Amazing restraint by the police for not joining the protesters and asking about our promised pensions.


Wednesday, September 02, 2015

10-Hour Day Dead for 2016?

From the FOP site (click for full sized version):

So, is this because of the manpower shortage? The equipment shortage? A supposed money shortage? A massive shortage of support within the Department?


Fox Lake Manhunt Continues

  • As night fell, scores of police in Lake County were continuing to search for three people believed to be responsible for fatally shooting a police lieutenant Tuesday morning, while residents of the small village he served mourned his death.

    Despite a manhunt that besieged far north suburban Fox Lake all day, authorities said late Tuesday that no arrests had been made in the shooting death of Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, a 30-year-veteran known in local law enforcement for his work with aspiring police officers. Gliniewicz, known to many as "Joe," was married with four children, according to police and family.

    He'd recently discussed retiring as soon as this month, said Fox Lake Mayor Donny Schmit.
Thirty years and it ends this tragically. Hopefully, morning will being some news. RIP Lt. Gliniewicz.

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People Don't Want to be the Police?

Why ever would that be?
  • Police murders are up and police recruits are down.

    CBS 2’s [...] shows us the struggles.

    In Chicago and many other American cities, it seems to be getting harder and harder to recruit police officers. Applications have been going down dramatically in recent years. Ask the police commissioner in Philadelphia.

    “Right now, policing is not the most attractive occupation that they could probably get into,” said Commissioner Charles Ramsey.

    Among the reasons – the danger of the job. Just days ago, a Texas sheriff’s deputy was ambushed. Deputy Darren Goforth was shot and killed as he refueled his patrol car.

    And then Tuesday, the shooting death of Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz during a foot chase. It stunned residents who knew him and it stunned Mayor Donny Schmit as well as officers who searched for the killers.
And those are just the toppers to the last year-plus of anti-police reporting, most of it based on ignorance or outright lies or a leftist media-driven agenda promulgated at the highest levels of DC government. Society is now reaping the whirlwind.


Look at that Market Go

  • Stocks plunged again Tuesday, continuing a rocky ride for Wall Street, after an economic report out of China rekindled fears that the world's second-largest economy is slowing more than previously anticipated.

    The sell-off adds to what has been a difficult few weeks for U.S. and international markets. U.S. stocks just closed out their worst month in more than three years. Tuesday's drop also dashed hopes that, after some relatively calm trading Friday and Monday, the stock market's wild swings were coming to an end.
Everything is slowing, and has been for a while.


Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Gun Offenders Free

Once again, Garry hits uncomfortably close to the heart of the matter - and the heart of the democratic party in Cook County:
  • Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says he thinks police are “doing a pretty good job” getting guns off the streets, but he says prosecutors and judges have to be held accountable when so many people arrested are ending up back on the street.

  • McCarthy says of the 1,500 people arrested in the first half of the year for illegal gun possession, three out of four are “immediately back out on the street.”

    “I think we’re doing a pretty good job when we’re getting this many guns,” McCarthy says. “The question is, what happens afterwards. So prosecutors, judges, elected officials have to be held accountable at the same level that I’m accountable for.”
So how is this going to square with Prickwrinkle's "too many minorities in jail" and Anita's racing to release as many criminals as possible by downgrading crime and pushing plea bargains like free heroin at a junkie convention?

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Glad That's Settled

  • Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said Monday that he thinks a commander and an officer were justified in fatally shooting a driver over the weekend — despite new restrictions on cops firing into vehicles.
We're pretty sure the "restrictions" take a back seat to "in fear of great bodily harm/injury/dying under a vehicle driven by an asshole who is trying to kill you."


Again, Nothing Learned

You'd think that after the bottle-water-tax debacle, someone at City Hall might have pointed out how much money was lost. Nope:
  • It looks like a proposed penny-an-ounce tax on sugary soft drinks just might be working its way onto the smorgasbord of tax and fee increases served up by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

    Ald. George Cardenas (12th), chairman of the City Council’s Committee on Health and Environmental Protection, said Monday that Emanuel has asked him to hold a hearing on the issue before Sept. 22 when the mayor is scheduled to unveil his 2016 budget.

    “The mayor is supportive of my efforts to have the hearing and see the tax approved. He’s supportive of the fact that this makes sense from a health standpoint and from a budgetary standpoint. Taxing soda saves lives. We all agree on that,” Cardenas said.
It's also a job killer - a six-pack of soda just went up in price by $0.72? Twelve-packs and cases, too? We already drink diet sodas (old age), but we stopped shopping for bottled water in the city years ago to save a few bucks. Same with gasoline and a host of other products. Rahm is making it easier and easier to shop outside the city and leave the city entirely.


Monday, August 31, 2015

Geez...Again with this Crap?

  • Autopsy: Man killed by police in Pilsen was shot in back
  • A 29-year-old man killed by Chicago Police early Saturday in the Pilsen neighborhood was shot in the back, an autopsy has found.

    The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified him Sunday as Rafael A. Cruz Jr. of the 1900 block of South Jefferson.

    Ogden District Cmdr. Frank Valadez and an officer assigned to the district were on patrol near 23rd and Wood about 1:30 a.m. when they saw someone firing shots from one vehicle into another, according to a statement from the department’s News Affairs office.

    Valadez and the officer pursued the vehicle in their squad car to the intersection of 19th and Ashland, where the vehicle hit several parked cars, according to police.

    They got out of their squad car and moved in to arrest the suspects when the driver “purposefully reversed” the vehicle to hit Valadez and the officer, police said.
He just hit two police officers with his car -a few thousand pounds of blunt object. He might have run them over again if the escape route had a downed officer lying in it. Quite frankly, we don't give a single fuck where the bullet hit him after that, and neither should any other intelligent individual.

For the ignorant Sun Times editors:
  • II. Department Policy

    A. A sworn member is justified in using force likely to cause death or great bodily harm only when he or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary:

    1. to prevent death or great bodily harm to the sworn member or to another person, or:

    2. to prevent an arrest from being defeated by resistance or escape and the sworn member reasonably believes that the person to be arrested:

    a. has committed or has attempted to commit a forcible felony which involves the infliction, threatened infliction, or threatened use of physical force likely to cause death or great bodily harm or;
    b. is attempting to escape by use of a deadly weapon or;
    c. otherwise indicates that he or she will endanger human life or inflict great bodily harm unless arrested without delay.
The dead asshole seems to have fulfilled sections II-A-1, 2a, 2b, and 2c, thereby justifying his own removal from the shallow end of the gene pool by the officers.

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A Description....and a Sketch??

  • A search is underway for a man police are calling “very dangerous” after they say he stabbed and sexually assaulted a woman during a home invasion Saturday afternoon in southwest suburban Willowbrook.

    The victim, a woman in her 20s, was loading her vehicle in a driveway in the 700 block of 73rd Court at 1:11 p.m. Saturday when a dark blue Nissan Altima, possibly a 2006, pulled up and a man approached her and asked for money, Willowbrook police said during a news conference Sunday.

    She refused and went into the home, but the man began knocking on a side door and asking to use her phone. He then forced his way inside, where a struggle ensued and she was stabbed multiple times with an unknown sharp object, police said.

    Additionally, Deputy Chief Mark Altobella confirmed there were reports of her being sexually assaulted and said he has heard nothing to doubt those reports. The woman remains in intensive care at a local hospital, her family said.
And the story provides a detailed description along with a sketch artist's drawing of the offender. It's been a long time since we've seen anything like that. We're sure Jesse is drafting a letter to the editor right now.


Supporting the Chaplains

This coming Satuday:
  • Chicago Wingfest, a Buffalo wing competition thrown by Rush Street/Division Street bars featuring live blues music, carnival games, craft beer and a flea market, returns on Saturday, 05 SEP!

    This year, the Wingfest sponsors have named Police Chaplains Ministry as one of only two charity partners. We are very excited by this show of generosity by Chris Ryan and his colleagues at Rush and Division.

    The shenanigans go from 1:00-7:00 p.m. on 05 SEP, at Bailey Auditorium, 1340 W. Washington Blvd. More information can be found [at]

    Hope to see you there!!! Please spread the word.
    Fr. Dan Brandt
    CPD Chaplain
Hope to see you there.


Sunday, August 30, 2015

What's This Shit?

  • Hundreds of people rallied in downtown Chicago Saturday to protest killings of African Americans by police.

    Police officers patrolled as protesters marched from Federal Plaza to City Hall Saturday afternoon.

    Organizers say the march is meant to send a message to political figures that black lives matter.

    The protesters also held a mass rally at Daley Plaza.
Let's just point out that Chicago Police have been involved in how many shootings this year where someone got hit? Twelve. It is historically low. And persons killed by the police? Four. Another historic low.

According to (the place SCC goes for stats), there have been 324 homicides in Chicago this year as of tonight.

77.8% of the victims have been black. 18.7% Hispanic.

305 out of 324 dead are minority.

Where the shooter is known, 87% are other minorities.

But police are the problem?

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That's the Bears We Know

As the preseason winds down, the Bears are approaching mid-season form already:
  • The final score wasn’t as bad as last year’s thrashing by the Seahawks in the third preseason game. But the Bears starters’ dress rehearsal against the Bengals still was disheartening.

    From a growing list of injured players to a sluggish, unproductive offense to breakdowns on defense, little looked good for the Bears in a 21-10 loss Saturday night at Paul Brown Stadium.
But hey, the Cubs.....oh wait, they're stalling. And the less said about the Sox, the better.


Must Be the Weekend

  • A man was killed and at least 11 people have been wounded in separate shootings since late Friday across the city, police said.

    A man was shot to death and another man was hurt in a shooting around 4:10 a.m. Saturday in the Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side, said Chicago Police...
And that was just Friday. Add in another few Saturday, the two fire deaths in an arson and we're looking at another banner weekend of double digits for Garry's Mr. McCarthy's Body Count Extravaganza.

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Officers Shoot Assailant

On-view of a drive-by and a chase ensued:
  • Chicago police officers shot at least one person early Saturday in the Heart of Chicago neighborhood on the Lower West Side after witnessing a drive-by shooting, police said.

    About 1:30 a.m., 10th District Cmdr. Frank Valadez and a police officer assigned to the 10th District were on routine patrol when they saw someone fire shots from a vehicle into another occupied vehicle near the corner of 23rd and Wood streets, according to a statement from the Chicago Police Department.

    Valadez and the officer pursued the vehicle, and near the intersection of 19th Street and Ashland Avenue, the vehicle struck several parked cars, according to the statement.

    As officers tried to intercept, the suspects deliberately reversed their vehicle to strike the commander and the officer, police said in the statement.

    The officers fired their weapons, striking at least one person who continued to flee but was later taken into custody after striking additional vehicles, the statement said.
The commander and officer suffered "minor" injuries. Sounds like a good job all around.


Secret Recordings Jeopardize Prosecution

  • Attorneys for a man charged with shooting a Chicago police officer in 2012 dropped another potential bombshell Friday: the existence of a recording that could contradict the sworn testimony of a Cook County prosecutor.

    The disclosure further raises the chances that the judge hearing the case could throw out the arrest of Paris Sadler, who is charged with the attempted murder of Officer Del Pearson, Sadler's attorneys said.

    The defense disclosed at a court hearing Friday that they had just learned that Sadler's mother, using her iPad, had secretly recorded video and audio of an approximately 30-minute interview of her by prosecutors a day after Pearson's shooting.
This would be a complete cluster-fuck of immense proportions.


Useful Tip for Police

This is the kind of stuff we're looking for while we're compiling the list of "Things Police Shouldn't Stop Minorities For." This is actually helpful:
  • An administrator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison suggested at a recent roundtable conversation that, in order to combat “overpolicing” in the community, police should no longer respond to shoplifting claims at large stores such as Wal-Mart, and shouldn’t agree to prosecute people caught stealing.

    “I just don’t think that they should be prosecuting cases … for people who steal from Wal-Mart. I just don’t think that, right?” said UW-Madison director of community relations Everett Mitchell. “I don’t think [with] Target or all them other places, them big box stores that have insurance, they should be using justification, the fact that people steal from there as justification to start engaging in aggressive police practices, right?”

    Everett’s remarks were made Tuesday as part of a UW-Madison panel on the topic of “Best Policing Practices.” Everett argued that community police shouldn’t prioritize enforcing the law, but instead should focus on achieving “safety” as it is defined by a local community, even if that definition includes allowing some stores to be robbed with impunity.
So our idea of having an actual list wasn't as far-fetched as some people thought. This guy is actually laying it out for everyone to see...and he's teaching kids who have play-doh for brains and zero life experience to think this is the way to combat "overpolicing." We can barely wait to see the rest of his ideas.


CFD Relents

  • The stubborn Chicago Fire Department brass finally cracked under pressure Friday and dropped their opposition to paramedics wearing bulletproof vests over their uniform shirts.

    I'm told that Mayor Rahm Emanuel was furiously angry — even for him — with fire officials who made it quite easy for me to write two columns on the issue, and now a third.

    It is a victory for Patrick Fitzmaurice, the tough paramedic field chief who drives the dangerous West Side alone at night. He's been wearing his vest outside his shirt for years, until Deputy Fire Department Commissioner John McNicholas pushed back and ordered him to stop.

    The mayor interceded and resolved the matter, as mayors are wont to do when they're receiving heat for something they didn't cause.
A victory for common sense.

Now how about another boatload of bad publicity regarding the pensions that Rahm is refusing to pay into until he get the "reform" that will leave pensioners waiting in soup lines and living in alleys.


Lottery I.O.U's

  • When Susan Rick’s boyfriend called her to say they won the Illinois Lottery, she didn’t believe him.

    “He’s an avid player. He always says ‘Honey, I’m going to win the lottery tomorrow,” Rick, of Oglesby, said.

    But on July 19, Rick’s boyfriend, Danny Chasteen, picked up a $250,000 winning Cool Cash scratch off ticket.

    Rick and Chasteen were told the money would come within four to six weeks. But on Monday, about five weeks after the big win, they received a call from the Illinois Lottery.
Anyone know if Madigan has missed a check yet? How about the Lottery pays the winners interest for every day past the six-week window?


Friday, August 28, 2015

Sun Times Outs Officer Home Address

The officer who was in the motorcycle accident earlier this week, died. The Sun Times attempts to give his home address, enabling burglars of all stripes to show up at his home to loot the property:
  • An off-duty Chicago Police officer died Monday after a motorcycle crash in the Washington Heights neighborhood on the South Side.

    About 4 p.m., Jonathon Ho was driving a motorcycle that collided with another vehicle near the intersection of 95th Street and Vincennes Avenue, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

    The 35-year-old officer, assigned to the 6th District, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead at 5:57 p.m., authorities said. The medical examiner’s office listed his home address in the 3500 block of South Michigan.
Thankfully, Officer Ho registered his info to Police Headquarters, so anyone showing up to burglarize his home found himself staring at a building full of police, but for fuck's sake:
  • why is the Medical Examiner giving out home address info - knowing he was a cop?
  • why the fuck is the Sun Times printing it - knowing he was a cop?
Hey Dean? Get off your ass and start asking some fucking questions. Garry, you too. You want assholes showing up at dead cops houses?

And everyone should look into registering their cars, bikes, etc to HQ as provided for in the General Orders and State Law.

RIP Officer Ho.


No Vests for You!

  • The bosses at the Chicago Fire Department have just issued a particularly stupid and dangerous order:

    Chicago paramedics can't protect themselves by wearing bulletproof vests outside their uniform shirts, a policy that makes them all but unwearable.

    The city has been lucky in that no paramedic has been shot in the night violence of deadly neighborhoods. But the foolish order from Deputy Fire Department Commissioner John McNicholas is final.

    No vest.

    Paramedics pay for their vests out of their own pockets. And still, McNicholas' order stands, the department said on Wednesday.

    "So they've given me a direct order, no vest," said Patrick Fitzmaurice, a paramedic field chief who supervises 10 ambulances each night on the ultraviolent West Side, driving alone, many times first to the scene of anger and blood and guns.
Firefighters and paramedics do some thing we wouldn't do on a bet:
  • run into burning buildings
  • cut out the roof they're standing on
  • show up at shooting scenes with no gun and no vest
You can tell this boss must be a pansy of the highest order and probably never worked in the ghetto.  How about you negotiate something that looks decent, is easily differentiated from the police vests, and protects your paramedics? Or would that make too much sense?


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Tribune Piles On

  • The Chicago Police Department has launched an internal investigation after a video appears to show a white officer saying Michael Brown "got what he had coming," referring to the unarmed black teen shot and killed by a police officer in a St. Louis suburb.

    Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the investigation was ordered last week after the video surfaced. It's not known when the incident took place.
The Trib doesn't even bother to link to the video, and not a single mention of the guy filming saying the cop ought to be shot in the face.

You know what we'll remember most about this era during our golden years? All the racial healing that president Sparklefarts promised would come from his election. It'll keep us warm at night.


Countdown to Lawsuit in 3...2...

  • A 26-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder and other crimes after he allegedly led police on a South Side chase this week that ended with the death of a man working on his stalled pickup truck, police said Wednesday.

    Paul Forbes, 26, of the 10300 block of South Rhodes Avenue, is expected to appear in Cook County bond court Thursday, Chicago police said in a statement Wednesday evening.

    He was charged with murder, aggravated fleeing, aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, all felonies. In addition he was charged with driving on a suspended license, a misdemeanor, disobeying a red light signal and driving without registration.

    Forbes was arrested and charged in the fatal crash that happened Monday at 7:35 p.m.

    Police had stopped Forbes for a traffic violation in the 7500 block of South St. Lawrence and he allegedly fled in his vehicle at a high rate of speed as police officers were approaching his vehicle.
But you know who'll get blamed anyway.


There They Go Again

The bodies aren't even cold yet, yet Shrillary and Sparklefarts spokesweasel are calling for gun bans and whatnot after the reporter and her cameraman were killed on live TV and the shooter managed to upload his own first-person-point-of-view video of the act. Here are some quotes from the killer:
  • “I’ve been a human powder keg for a while….just waiting to go BOOM.”

  • “Why did I do it? I put down a deposit for a gun on 6/19/15. The Church shooting in Charleston happened on 6/17/15…”

    “What sent me over the top was the church shooting. And my hollow point bullets have the victims’ initials on them.”

  • “Also, I was influenced by Seung–Hui Cho,” Flanagan wrote. “That’s my boy right there. He got NEARLY double the amount that Eric Harris and Dylann Klebold got…just sayin.’”
The ranting of a sane individual? We think not, but we'll be hearing about this for years.

We've also been amazed at the contortions the media has been going through when confronted with the following - an allegedly aggrieved minority (black, gay) lashes out at his alleged assailants (white, straight) who happen to be part of a "special class" (media) with a gun (evil!) he somehow acquired despite being obviously mentally disturbed (his heroes are Seung-Hui Cho and Klebold/Harris who were mentally disturbed poster children for the anti-gun crusaders.)


Welcome Back Amer!

  • Former Chicago comptroller Amer Ahmad has been extradited from Pakistan, nearly nine months after he was sentenced in absentia for his role in a kickback scheme at the state treasurer’s office in Ohio, federal authorities said Wednesday night.

    Ahmad was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison in December 2014 after pleading guilty to bribery and conspiracy charges. But he fled to Pakistan to avoid punishment, where he remained jailed on immigration violations.

    On Wednesday, Ahmad was extradited from Pakistan and flown to Columbus, Ohio, where he will appear for a hearing before U.S. District Court Judge Michael H. Watson at 10 a.m. Friday, according to Eric Gibson, a U.S. Justice Department trial lawyer who helped prosecute Ahmad.
Maybe someone can ask Amer how he managed to land the job in Chicago while under federal investigation in Ohio? Or would that be asking too much of the "watchdogs" Rahm has on a tight leash?


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Even if You're Correct....

  • The Chicago Police Department is investigating an incident in which a white, plainclothes officer on duty in an African-American neighborhood was videotaped saying, “Mike Brown deserved it.”

    Police spokesman [...] said Tuesday the department has identified the officer recorded making that statement regarding Michael Brown, the black teenager whose shooting death by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, sparked riots last year.

    But [the police spokesman] would not name the white, male officer, who also is heard making other racially charged remarks in a video posted on YouTube.
As far as we can tell, there isn't a single "racially charged" remark in the entire exchange. We've pointed this out a few dozen times, maybe a hundred - if the neighborhood is 95% black, then guess who is getting stopped 95% of the time? That isn't profiling, that's reality in Chicago, the most segregated big city we can think of.

And according to the Grand Jury in Missouri, Mike Brown, a 6'04" 300+ pound behemoth who attacked a uniformed officer in a marked squad car in broad daylight and actually left a piece of his finger in the squad car during the initial discharge of the officer's weapon, was completely at fault for his own death. Those are the facts, and no matter how politically incorrectly the officer stated it, he is in fact, correct on the facts.

But you don't get anywhere exchanging opinions with the catered-to-grievance-mongers in these times. You should be a drone, a robot, with no opinion and no voice. But hey, don't forget to get those "community interaction" event numbers...and fill out a Contact Card....don't forget the receipt with your name and star number printed in bold so even a 8th grade dropout can read it and let IPRA know who they talked to.

Hopefully, the FOP can take time out from selling the membership down the 10-hour-day river to confront this nonsense.


As Predicted

Are our readers the smartest people in the world or what?
  • New vri rules coming out per the LT.

    1. No more requesting partners
    2. The activity will be doubled to get vri. 10 cc, 10 parkers, 10 movers, etc
    3. Assisting arrests won't count in the arrest stat, you need to be box 1 or 2
    4. Clean shaven, bump cards don't apply for VRI since it is voluntary
    5. Mandatory inspection every roll call, inspector will be assigned.
    6. All ticket books will be required to be on hand while working vri.
When VRI began, we along with many other predicted that they would get all the people they could attracted (or addicted) to the money, then jack up the numbers - the proverbial "foot-in-the-door." The numbers were minimally enough that the old timers grabbed all they could while the numbers were low. Now, as the old timers retire or burn out, the younger kids who haven't had a taste of the moolah are willing to jump through any hoop the Department sets.

Until the 10-hour days arrive, then VRI will be cancelled altogether.

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Slow Responses?

  • The head of the Dallas Police Association tells CBS 11 News that longer 911 response times can be blamed in part by officers being mentally beaten down.

    “The bottom line is response times are up, violent crime is up, and officers are fed up,” said Ron Pinkston, president of the Dallas Police Association.

    Many of the 3,000 officers he represents are moving slower because of concerns over safety and fears about violating department policies, Pinkston said.

    “The motivation is a little lacking,” he said. “I think it’s just the fear of doing the right thing and that they are going to get disciplined for doing that.”

    Pinkston said officers are too often being reprimanded for the way they drive during high speed chases or for the difficult decisions they have to make when using deadly force.

    “The only way we are going to get this response times to turn around is get a different management style or get a different manager,” Pinkston said.
And this is Texas, where a high percentage of the citizens are already armed and willing to take steps when the cops aren't around. We're surprised no one has asked for response times around here lately, but Rahm probably told them not to, seeing as how the Department is down double-digit percentages from just a few years ago....or didn't anyone notice the $100 million on police overtime the past three years running?

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Lighter Sentences = More Crime?

  • California’s Proposition 47 of 2014, The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, which changed some drug and property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors, has coincided with a rise in crime in parts of the state.

    Conservative columnist Debra Saunders, who is the lone conservative columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, argues in her latest syndicated column that the release of roughly 3,700 inmates has decreased public safety.
The statistical evidence is pretty damning - in San Francisco:
  • car theft has risen 47% from the same period in 2014;
  • robberies have increased 23%; and
  • aggravated assaults have risen 2%.
And in Los Angeles:
  • the city saw a 12.7% increase in overall crime;
  • violent offenses climbed 20.6%; and
  • property crime increased 11%.
If only someone was around who could have predicted this! But we suppose they have someone there, too, who says loudly and weekly, "Crime is down!" despite all the evidence to the contrary.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

"Horses of Honor" Closes

  • You won’t be seeing the ‘Horses of Honor’ for much longer on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. The 20 horses, all named for a Chicago police officer killed in the line of duty, will be removed Wednesday and auctioned off online. All of the money raised will go to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.
We understand the auction will be on EBay - the link will probably be on the CPMF website.


And Once Again....

  • Chicago police issued a warning of robberies where people are being knocked or punched to the ground in the city's South Loop.

    One of the robberies happened across from Grant Park near the Columbia College campus along one of Chicago's best-known boulevards.

    Nicole Pernic moved to the South Loop, in part, for its safety. She is among many concerned about a recent rash of violent robberies and other crimes she's heard about citywide.

    "They've stolen their wallets, their phones, their bikes, they've held them at gunpoint, so I'm terrified," she said.

    No gun was shown in the most recent robberies in the 900-block of South Michigan Avenue around 9 p.m. Saturday or another robbery the night before, just after midnight nearby on Printers Row.

    In both cases, two or three men swarmed their victim, punching and kicking the person even after they were knocked to the ground. The men then stole wallets, cellphones and computers.

    "I'm very surprised," said South Loop resident Bill Wigoda. "Maybe I'm nave [sic] and should worry about it but I don't. But I don't let me wife walk the dog at night."

    Police have only a general description of the men wanted in the recent robberies.

    In the 1st Police District, statistics for the year to date show robberies up 6 percent, but citywide robberies are actually down 7 percent.
The police "have only a general description," but the media will be damned if they actually give it to you, the lowly reader. And they still parrot the CompStat lie that "crime is down citywide" even as they quote a 6% rise in 001.

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Baltimore Passes New York

Give them "space to destroy" and by golly, they took her up on it:
  • Baltimore has surpassed New York City for homicides this year.

    A New York Police spokeswoman said the city had seen 208 homicides as of Wednesday. Baltimore recorded its 213th homicide Wednesday night.

    It's a seemingly impossible milestone -- New York has more than 8.4 million people, Baltimore just 620,000.
Adjusted for population, the numbers are staggering:
  • Adjusted for population, Baltimore's murder rate through Aug. 19 is 34 per 100,000 people, while New York's is so far this year 2.5 per 100,000. If New York had Baltimore's murder rate, it would have seen 2,874 killings already this year.
The writers manage to get a zinger in on Chicago, too:
  • Chicago has seen the most killings of any city, with 284. With 2.7 million people, Chicago's homicide rate is about 10.4 per 100,000 people so far this year.
Take that McCompStat - ouch!

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Eight on a Monday

  • Eight people have been injured, including two men in their 70s, in shootings on the West and South sides, police said.

    [...] About a half-hour earlier, a 76-year-old man was shot in the 2700 block of South Karlov Avenue in the Little Village neighborhood, said [...] a Chicago police spokesman.

    The man was shot in the knee during an armed robbery attempt at 5:30 p.m.

    [...] A 34-year-old man was shot in the chest and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in serious condition. Police said the man was a known gang member.
    Shooting at Division and Keeler

    Police use liquor bottles found nearby to stop evidence markers from blowing away at the scene of a shooting that left two wounded near West Division Street and North Keeler Avenue on Aug. 24, 2015. (Megan Crepeau, Chicago Tribune)

    The 71-year-old was shot in the ankle during the same incident and was taken to Mount Sinai, where his condition had stabilized, police said.
All kidding aside, we're pretty sure the elderly aren't out there representing and slinging dope, but that's 3 senior citizens shot in what, three days? Let's put this in a way that even the mayor can understand:
  • these people go to church, they vote, and they're getting shot.
Time for a shake-up Rahm.


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