Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving


As usual, we'll be preoccupied with turkey, ham, trimmings, family, friends, possibly work, and generally staying clear of trouble. A happy holiday to you and yours. Open post for now and comments may be delayed.

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VRI Ending

Get your days while you can:


Thanks to the 33 people who sent this in today.

Next up - Airport Protective Detail.

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And Here's the Test Case

  • Chicago's police oversight agency has cited a veteran officer for more than 60 rule violations, blasting him for repeatedly posting insensitive racial and religious comments on Facebook and promoting violence against police protesters, Muslims and others.
Sixty rule violations? A bunch of people have already noted that if you brought sixty violations to the Desk Sergeant, Watch Operations Lieutenant, Detectives or State's Attorney, you'd be laughed out of the station. But for COPA? Everything is game.
  • In a 95-page report obtained by the Chicago Tribune through an open-records request, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability used unusually strong language to condemn [the officer's] actions, leaving little doubt that it favored his firing even though it publicly declined to give its position.

    In its conclusion to its findings, COPA made clear that it had no faith in [the officer] carrying out “fair and impartial” law enforcement to everyone in Chicago, regardless of their ethnic and sociological backgrounds.
Did you get that? He is being charged with what he may potentially do or not do (no faith in [the officer] carrying out “fair and impartial” law enforcement). That's real left-wing speech suppression type shit right there - shades of "Minority Report." And get this:
  • But COPA, citing legal precedent, said police officers are subject to greater First Amendment restraints than most other citizens.

    Edwin Yohnka, a spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, said government employees, including police officers, have the right to speak out on issues of public interest, especially when they’re doing so on their private time. But he said certain government employees critical to instilling public trust, such as police officers and teachers, can be disciplined for making statements — even while away from work — if their language undermines that trust.
We'd like to see that legal precedent - United States Supreme Court precedent? Or just one of the oft-overturned Appellate Courts? So now you are less than a citizen if you choose to enter the law enforcement field. How's that for the COPA opinion? And the ACLU supports that - welcome to the new Amerika, courtesy of the left wing socialists.

Now, we will say that reading the entire article, this officer seems to have brushed up against the line that the Department and various other entities have drawn in the sand, Hell, he leapt back and forth across it. Whether by accident or design, we don't know. But he has laid out a perfect textbook case.... to be a test case. As we said before, this has monumental implications to what you are allowed to do, say, or support - on AND off duty.

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Why?

What's this all about?
  • Anonymous said...

    OT - So what's up with the 011-007 District combined Christmas party? I hear lots of PO's aren't too happy about it.
So is this a "twin brother" thing? Or a "Highest Homicide Totals" thing? What else do 007 and 011 have in common besides that?

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Another Residency Win

  • Freshly arrived in our mailbox this morning is a copy of arbitrators’ decision in labor negotiations between the union representing city police officers and the city. And it appears to be a defeat for Mayor Jim Langfelder.

    The city has known for weeks that it would lose the question of residency, which Langfelder made a cornerstone of his mayoral campaign two years ago. While the city prevailed on economic issues, the union won two out of three points, convincing arbitrators that there should be no residency requirement for police officers and that the city’s current policy of sick time sellback, which allows officers who don’t call in sick to collect checks for unused sick time, should remain in place.

    The decision on residency and other matters was, essentially, in the hands of Marvin Hill, given that Hill, a fulltime arbitrator who holds a law degree, was the sole neutral person on the three-member panel. And Hill said, quoting from a decision in a prior case pitting Wheaton against that city’s firefighters’ union, that if it isn’t broken, it need not be fixed.
This appears to be a case of the municipality attempting to force residency on new-hires, which would certainly be an interesting avenue to explore. We just need an independently wealthy PPO living outside the city willing to spend a few hundred grand.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Just for Laughs

Maybe You Should Call Someone?

So what brainiac(s) in 012 made entrance into a residence, observed a sealed room, found respirators among grinding/sifting equipment, discovered a suspicious powder all over the place.....and then had the bright idea to transport the entire lab to the 012 District to inventory it?

After a belated call to the Chicago Fire Department (which probably should have been STEP 1), a Level One Haz-Mat Incident declared for the relocated "clandestine lab," an evacuation and shut down of an entire District station, we imagine some refresher training is in order.

Exposure Reports for everyone!

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Closing a Court Branch

  • Last-minute negotiations brokered deals to save at least 85 jobs in the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and the Public Guardian’s office ahead of a vote Tuesday to plug a $200 million shortfall created by the repeal of a controversial soda tax.

    County board members will vote on a amendment to the budgets for the Sheriff and Guardian’s offices after intense lobbying by Chief Judge Timothy Evans and Sheriff Tom Dart, the sole deviations from a list of targeted cuts handed down last week by board President Toni Preckwinkle. All told, 330 county employees will lose their jobs under terms of the budget, said Commissioner Larry Suffredin, D-Evanston, who has been leading negotiations on the amendment.

    The release of Preckwinkle’s budget adjustment on Friday touched off a frenzied 72 hours of back-and-forth that had wound down by Monday evening, said Suffredin, who had become a defacto point man for Dart and Evans as they tried to make their case.
Dart and Evans have been doing as much, if not more, than Kim Foxxx to ensure the jail remains empty and criminals walk free instead of being incarcerated. All this while costs spiral upwards at rates far outstripping any comparable economic indicators.

Also Belmont and Western is to be closed. We're sure that won't have any disparate impact on victims showing up in Court from some of the more economically affluent areas. Of course, that might be part of the plan.

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Dubious Distinction

  • The first time Chicago police Officer Marco Proano shot someone, he was given a department commendation. Less than a year later, when Proano fatally shot a teen outside an overcrowded dance party, he was rewarded with the superintendent’s award for valor.

    But Proano’s third on-duty shooting in a three-year span earned him a much more dubious distinction on Monday: Five years in prison. Proano, 42, who was convicted of excessive force for firing 16 times into a moving vehicle filled with teens in December 2013, became the first Chicago police officer in decades, if not ever, to be sentenced to federal prison for an on-duty shooting.

    In handing down the sentence, U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman said that Proano’s actions that night — caught on police dashboard camera video — were “exceptionally unjustified” and an insult to hardworking officers who serve and protect. Two of the teens were wounded, but all five in the vehicle were lucky they weren’t killed, the judge said. “Mr. Proano was not maintaining the ‘thin blue line’ that separates us from anarchy, and chaos and violence,” Feinerman said. “He was bringing the chaos and violence. He was the source of it.”
We weren't there. 99% of our readers weren't there either. He was tried in a court of law and found culpable for actions deemed inappropriate - illegal. We have no idea about appeals on tap or anything from this point forward. We do know that we saw very few comments as the trial date approached and as the trial was underway. The most comments we had were regarding his weapon handling (sideways).

The media take is seldom the correct one but we're sure this will be used as a club to beat the department with, regardless of the judge's understanding of the verdict.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Earned, Not Given

Remember, these are the future leaders:
  • Congratultions to the three merit Sgt's that showed up to the academy for their first day of Sgt school. Unfortunately if you had read the teletype you would have known that it was at DeVry. Nothing but the best and brightest we promote. 
Great job. Hope you remember to phone first when you land in a District.

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Toad Stroger Again?

Our first impression is that this is the Machine looking to split the black vote:
  • Todd Stroger wants his old job back — almost eight years after voters gave the one-term Cook County board president the boot.

    Stroger, who finished dead last in the four-way Democratic primary of 2010, made the announcement on WFLD-Channel 32 on Monday, vowing to run a “very, very competitive” race.

    He said the county, under Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, is in a “precarious situation.” He also said that recent history has helped restore his reputation.
That's debatable. Cook County voters tossed his ass out over a penny tax. Prickwrinkle ran on rescinding that tax, reinstated it later, then came up with the soda/sugar tax that taxed everything that looked like sugar or might have had sugar in it at one point, hopefully dooming her future.

Fioretti was a pander to the liberal/progressive wing. Stroger is an effort to split one bloc. Is the next candidate another stalking horse or the one to watch?

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Never Over

  • A veteran Chicago police officer who was cleared of wrongdoing by Superintendent Eddie Johnson in the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy still must face a disciplinary hearing that could cost him his job.

    Last summer, Chicago’s police review agency had found Officer [...] used excessive force, calling the shooting of Dakota Bright “unprovoked and unwarranted” and recommending his firing.

    But Johnson disagreed that Ternand should be fired, finding that his actions in the November 2012 shooting were clearly justified, according to records.

    However, last week, a Chicago Police Board member selected to review the matter rejected Johnson’s recommendation and ordered an evidentiary hearing be held to decide if Ternand should be disciplined. Possible punishment ranges up to his dismissal.
The mayor has his COPA tools in line and his hand picked, politically-connected Police Board (with zero police experience) has overruled Special Ed and will pass judgement Monday Morning Quarterback, looking back with the benefit of FIVE YEARS elapsed time to come to the appropriate POLITICAL outcome.

Special Ed is pretty much pointless from this point forward.

Why anyone would jeopardize their assets or freedom is beyond our comprehension.

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Exit, Stage Left

We make it a habit to not wish any particular evil upon any particular person. Karma is a bastard and what goes around comes around with enough regularity that....well, case in point:
  • Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, he announced Friday.

    In an emotional letter to his supporters, the 76-year-old said his diagnosis came "after a battery of tests."
Well. That Karma Train keeps on chugging along and perhaps the decades of extortion, race-baiting, lying, slandering, philandering, and excusing all manner of excess, while coddling communists, dictators, murderers and ....


As long as there was a audience to be played to or a dollar to be made.

We certainly won't miss his irrelevancy.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

So, Will This Go Anywhere?

  • Carjacking and murder charges have been filed against a Wisconsin man who was in a stolen vehicle during a crash that killed his alleged accomplice Wednesday morning on the South Side.

    Deangelo M. Williams, 21, was charged with one felony count of aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm, one felony count of robbery armed with a firearm and two felony counts of murder while committing another forcible felony, according to a statement from Chicago Police.

    Williams and a 19-year-old man were wearing masks when they carjacked a male at gunpoint at 9:48 a.m. Wednesday as the victim was getting out of his vehicle in the 1000 block of West 61st Street, police said.

    They drove off in the stolen vehicle with police pursuing them, police said. The stolen vehicle crashed less than 10 minutes later in the 4900 block of West Wentworth.

    The 19-year-old man driving the stolen vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene...
Why do we point this out?
  • We were told in roll call in 007 that the surviving offender was charged with murder approved by the ASA only later the great office of Kim Foxxx denied the charges. Then the Chief of Detectives over turned them and charged him with murder again. You can only guess what's going to happen in court. Ridiculous. 
Another comment:
  • Per one of the officers handling this charging, the following had occurred;

    All charges sought against the offender (including FELONY MURDER) were initially approved by the Assistant Cook County States Attorney handling this matter via felony review. A short time later the detectives assigned to this case received a follow-up phone call from the initial A.S.A. who approved the charges. The A.S.A. informed the detectives that Cook County States Attorney Kim Foxx wants the "felony murder" charged dropped. This decision was not based on legality but on the fact that a disproportionate number of male blacks are charged with "felony murder" .

    So in Chicago where car jackings are soaring and in this case where an 88 year old man was the victim.... Kim Foxx wants to send a strong message to the male blacks committing violent crimes..... Cook County will ignore the laws of the State of Illinois and you will get a free pass from her for FELONY MURDER.

    The Chicago police detectives did get an OVERRIDE and included the charge against the offender but as many officers know..... OVERRIDE CHARGES are routinely NOLLE (thrown out by the ASA down the line.
    Kim has shown an unsurprising tendency to under-charge actual criminals. Our commentator relates that charges were approved overnight, then "un-approved" once Kimmie saw political hay to be made over the "Felony Murder Rule," something we recall her or her people objecting to, even though it remains State Law.

    The Chief of Detectives got involved and overrode the "un-approval," but once it makes the next court date, your guess is as good as ours as to what happens. Most exempt overrides are dropped at court - upwards of 90% of them never get past the next status date, because the State's Attorney has to show the police who the actual boss is, and the police have no recourse. And the "justice system" in Cook County once again fails to follow State Law, benefiting the criminal.

    Let's keep an eye on this one. And update us so we can point out once again how the States Attorney's screws the people its supposed to be representing.

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    Is Bail Re-Vamp Failing?

    • A prominent Chicago watchdog group is going public with its two-year-long dispute over whether Cook County Chief Judge Tim Evans and county Sheriff Tom Dart are sitting on data that's needed to evaluate how well the criminal justice system here is functioning—data it says is routinely available in other jurisdictions.

      ​ In an unusual report, the Civic Federation, which usually sticks to financial matters, says the stall means it's difficult to study questions such as whether a disproportionate share of those arrested under a new no-cash-bond system are quickly getting into trouble and are being rearrested.

      "Significant challenges to obtaining information have included lengthy delays and lack of responsiveness by public officials," says federation President Laurence Msall. "In 2017, no interested party should have to jump through such unreasonable hoops to obtain court and jail statistics."

      Dart is pushing back, with a spokeswoman saying he has fully cooperated with the federation, and any problems must be concentrated in Evans' office.
    Awesome that Dart throws Evans right under the bus. That's a clue that something is up. The entire report is here at this link.

    The Civic Federation is also looking at why the population at the jail is down something like 40% in the past few years, but expenditures by Dart are up astronomically. We'd say it has something to do with letting manpower dwindle while increasing six-figure middle managers (assistants to the assistant, etc) jumping up by dozens.

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    Madigan's Consent Decree?

    Rahm needs the political cover of a consent decree, one that Trump refuses to grant him. So Rahm is using his puppet supernintendo to get something. Special Ed is playing to his puppet-master with full devotion lest a certain investigation gets re-opened. He sent out an e-mail last week that states in part:
    • [blah blah blah]

      To that end, this week CPD and the City of Chicago started the process to construct a consent decree with the Illinois Attorney General’s office. My goals in the process are to both provide officers with the tools and resources necessary to do your jobs effectively while at the same time working to restore trust with the community.


      I want to make sure you all know that as we proceed through the process we are working to create an agreement that is focused on helping you do your jobs with more training, resources, and support. Every member of the leadership team involved in the process is fully aware of your hard work that has helped us to significantly reduce crime this year and we will work to ensure nothing hinders your ability to do your job moving forward. We have an obligation to the citizens we serve to work to improve our department together while at the same time building on the progress we have made to keep our citizens safe.
    Lisa Madigan has shown zero interest in the Chicago Police Department since she broke up with what's his name and his shady crew. During her illustrious career, she has uncovered zero corruption in Illinois, even as numerous members of the legislative and executive branches have gone to federal prison or are in the process of being expelled from their respective chambers. What possible standing could she have in a so-called "consent decree" with the CPD? What "expertise" does she bring to any sort of agreement? But she's playing her part with Ed as tools for the Machine doing Rahm's bidding.

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    Nice 911 Center

    State of the Art, right? Hardened against a nuclear attack? Redundant and backup systems galore?


    And it gets even better:
    • City told OEMC the water would be shut off for 8 hours on Sunday (when all the bosses & admin personnel are rdo), set up port-a-potties outside and gave employees bottled water that was clearly from the Horseshoe Casino in Indiana and had expiration dates from 2015
    One good snowstorm and no one is taking a bathroom break.

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    Sunday, November 19, 2017

    Doors are Racist?

    • Watch for activist priest the Rev. Michael Pfleger to lead a protest Friday morning at the Fifth Third Bank & ATM at 8140 S. Ashland to throw down the gauntlet on what he considers a discriminatory practice.

      • The target: The bank’s entrance doors.

      “This bank has chosen to impede patrons in two African-American communities in Chicago from access to their banks by installing a discriminatory double-door entry system.
    We'd call this "sound business practices." Perhaps this dumbass hasn't patronized any of his neighborhood fast food establishments in the past 30 or 40 years? Gas stations? Arab groceries? They all look like this:



    In fact, just about every suburban police department around here has the same set up. It's safe, it's secure, it works. If it makes it harder for phleger's phlock to "liberate" someone else's money, too bad.

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    Mass Stripping

    No, this isn't about an east coast nudist colony.

    No, not about a church being defiled either.

    But once again, nothing is ever closed:
    • In a sudden about-face Thursday night, Chicago police said seven cops once part of an allegedly corrupt crew will be removed from street duties while their conduct years ago is investigated.

      The reversal came hours after Cook County prosecutors threw out the convictions of 15 men who were framed by the crew — led by former Sgt. Ronald Watts, who did prison time for shaking down drug dealers.

      Police spokesman [...] said Thursday night that one sergeant and six officers who worked with Watts have been placed on paid desk duty while an internal investigation is conducted.
    It's certainly hard to believe that Watts jailed all 15 of these people (or folks) on his own, and there was a lengthy investigation at the time. There was (most likely) plenty of blame to go around and (most likely) enough to administratively separate multiple officers. Why that was never pursued is a question that certain people should be compelled to answer at some point.

    This follows on the heels of another "exoneration" after five members asserted Fifth Amendment Rights. We can't say we blame anyone for asserting their Constitutional Rights as the city, county and Department have tossed Garrity protections to the wind. Even the FOP is not happy:
    • In the wake of Cook County’s first mass exoneration, the president of the rank-and-file Chicago Police officers’ union lambasted State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and her staff in a Friday letter to the Chicago Sun-Times, accusing prosecutors of pandering to a “powerful anti-police movement in the city.”

      Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham singled out First Assistant State’s Attorney Eric Sussman, who opted not to continue pressing charges against Jose Maysonet in a double-murder case. Sussman’s decision came after five officers who worked alongside former Det. Reynaldo Guevara indicated they would invoke their Fifth Amendment right not to testify in the case.

      “Sussman’s decision not to retry Maysonet and then blaming the police for his decision is despicable, another powerful sign of his antipathy to law enforcement,” Graham wrote.
    You are literally taking your career into your own hands in the current political climate attempting to enforce the law. And even if you stopped being proactive a decade ago, nothing is ever closed. Ever.

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    Off Duty Stabbed

    • An off-duty Chicago police officer was stabbed while driving a car Friday morning on the South Side, causing her to hit a school bus, according to police.

      The officer, 47, was stabbed in the head in a domestic attack and taken in serious condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she was stabilized, police said.

      A child on the bus was taken to Jackson Park Hospital complaining of a headache.

      The woman was driving in the 7600 block of South Stony Island Avenue shortly after 8 a.m. when she was attacked in what police described as a domestic incident.
    Best wishes on a speedy recovery.

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    Saturday, November 18, 2017

    Crime is Up?

    • Police Supt. Eddie Johnson stood before a crowd of civic leaders and business people on Thursday and touted a major decline in the number of shootings in Englewood, long one of the most violent parts of Chicago.

      “The crime reduction in Englewood is at a historic high,” Johnson said in an interview expanding on the drop. “I don’t know if people recognize how huge that is. We’re not claiming victory. But that’s progress.”

      Johnson had good reason to highlight what’s happened in Englewood but also carefully couch that as just one step in dealing with the violence that’s pushed Chicago into an unwelcome national spotlight.

      It’s true that the Chicago Police Department’s Englewood District is on pace to see the fewest shootings there since 1998 — with 34 fewer killings this year vs. the same span last year.

      Yet this past week Chicago logged its 600th killing so far this year — a grim milestone the city has reached only twice in an entire year since 2003.

      And violent crime citywide this year has fallen only slightly since last year, when 780 people were killed in Chicago — the most the city has seen in any year since the mid-1990s, according to a Chicago Sun-Times analysis....
    Can you hear the numbers screaming as Special Ed's people torture them to dance for Rahm?

    And do you notice the Slum Times printed this report on a Friday afternoon, after 5:00 PM? It doesn't even register as a blip on the news cycle. It's already forgotten, Rahm ignores it, Special Ed doesn't have to comment, the media can claim they covered it - and the killing/robbing/raping/shooting/carjacking goes on.

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    Nice Map Rahm

    • The number of carjackings in Chicago has increased in the past few days by dramatic amounts.

      With 12 carjackings reported in the area in less than 48 hours, Chicago police have been on alert for suspects, making at least four arrests in the last two days.

      In total, there have been more than 700 carjackings in Chicago so far this year, authorities said. Though, they add, arrests are up 50 percent.
    There's an interactive map at the link. This is a still shot:


    So according to this map, you're safe in.....Texas maybe.

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    Promotions (UPDATE)

    Looks like the promotions went through and the commentators excusing the delay were mistaken. Anyone have a copy without employee numbers and such?

    The list has the merits and nominators listed separately so McCarthy's policy is still around. That's refreshing.

    UPDATE: List is in the comment section, two-thirds of the way down or so.

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    No Ghetto Lottery Payout

    • A federal jury sided with Chicago police Friday and awarded no damages to a woman who alleged that detectives coerced her into confessing to the killing of her 4-year-old son more than a decade ago.

      Nicole Harris spent nearly eight years in prison before a federal appeals court in 2013 overturned her murder conviction. After her release, Harris sued eight Chicago police detectives and officers involved in the investigation, alleging they coerced her confession during a 27-hour interrogation that involved questionable use of a lie detector test.

      After hearing three weeks of evidence, the jury deliberated for about seven hours before finding in favor of the officers on all seven counts, including conspiracy, fabrication of evidence, malicious prosecution and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

      Harris was not present for the verdict when it was read in U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve’s courtroom. Her lawyers said in a statement that they were “very disappointed” with the outcome.
    Good to see there are still some intelligent jurors out there - federal courts draws from outside Cook County, so that's a plus.

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    Friday, November 17, 2017

    Perspective


    Just a little reminder before Special Ed and Rahm take too many bows:


    As our statistician tells us, since Rahm got elected in 2011:
    • - That's 8.2 people shot PER DAY for 8 years straight.
      - 24,000 is about the circumference earth in miles. (So drive around the globe at at every mile marker someone gets shot in Chicago).
      - There are 24,000 minutes in 16.6 days. (Imagine someone getting shot EVERY MINUTE for 16.6 days straight)
      - That's about 2.75 years in hours (imagine someone getting shot EVERY HOUR for 2.75 years straight)
      - That's about the ENTIRE seating capacity of the United Center (Next time you're at United Center, imagine a packed house plus about 600 more)
    Kind of sobering.

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    Looking in the Wrong Direction

    • Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on Thursday touted the department’s efforts in the Englewood patrol district, saying homicides and shootings have plunged this year in what has historically been among the city’s deadliest neighborhoods.

      Speaking at a City Club of Chicago luncheon, Johnson said both homicides and shootings have dropped by more than 40 percent over the year-earlier period in which violence hit levels unseen in two decades.

      "Today, and I never thought I'd say this after being a cop for nearly 30 years, Englewood is leading the city in violence reductions this year," Johnson told a couple of hundred business and civic leaders.
    And who gets the credit?
    • Johnson credited the department’s use of “nerve centers” in Englewood and five other police districts for helping reduce violence.

      The nerve centers combine crime analysts with predictive crime software and use gun detection technology known as "ShotSpotter," as well as high-definition surveillance cameras.

      “These state-of-the-art tools allow officers and civilian analysts to work smarter and faster, monitor gang conflicts in real time and make changes to our strategy as the situation dictates,” he said.
    And nothing to do with the 400-plus coppers tripping over each other in the few square miles that make up Englewood? Good to know we're all so appreciated. Meanwhile, 016, 017, 022 and a few other districts make do with about 170 cops each covering far greater mileage.

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    Answer This One Rahm

    This should be at the top of every FOP press release for the next few months or years:
    • From our leader at a luncheon at the City Club of Chicago.  Emanuel was long gone by the time Johnson fielded the most controversial question of the day.

      It came from a police widow who asked how the city “justifies stripping” police widows and retirees of health insurance benefits, which the unidentified woman said has lead to “widow homelessness in some cases.” She was referring to Emanuel’s now-completed, three-year phase-out of the city’s retiree health care coverage.

      Johnson said he “wasn’t aware of” the cut that saved Chicago taxpayers more than $100 million-a-year. “It’s an embarrassment to me that that question even has to be raised because that’s not right. I pledge to you I will look into that to see what we can do to stop that from happening,” he said.

      He wasn’t aware of this. Is he hiding under a rock. Has not retiree friends isn’t aware that po’s are retiring after 55 because of the health insurance. What else is he not “aware” of. Just how stupid does he think we are
    Pretty stupid we'd say.

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    Thursday, November 16, 2017

    Body Cams Violate What Now?

    • The number of U.S. police departments outfitting their officers with body cameras increases each year, but the cameras can pose a threat to civil rights if the departments fail to set rules that govern when officers review footage from their cameras, according to a new report.

      The vast majority of the nation’s biggest police departments allow officers to watch footage from body cameras whenever they want, including before they write their incident reports or make statements, said the report, which was released Tuesday by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

      “Unrestricted footage review places civil rights at risk and undermines the goals of transparency and accountability,” said Vanita Gupta, former head of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and current head of the Leadership Conference, in the report’s introduction.
    Gupta was part of the Holder/Lynch Department of Just-us that drove the body camera movement, authored cut-and-paste "consent decrees," and spent hundreds, if not thousands, of hours determining how cops should do their jobs without ever having once actually done the job, because they knew better. And now they are having a problem with Officers being....accurate?
    • Because an officer’s memory of an event may be altered by watching body camera footage, doing so will likely alter what officers write in their reports. That, in turn, can make it more difficult for investigators or courts to assess whether the officer’s actions were reasonable based on what he or she perceived at the time of the incident, states the report, “The Illusion of Accuracy: How Body-Worn Camera Footage Can Distort Evidence.”
    Um, the entire point of cameras was to have an unbiased factual recording of what occurred. We, along with hundreds of other actual officers, pointed out it was a flawed presumption as a camera only records what it is pointed at, not what happens in the periphery, off-camera, from behind solid objects (shielding), and a million other possibilities that supposedly "intelligent" people thought about before imposing technologically limited solutions to an over-exaggerated problem.

    The trouble is that the cameras aren't showing what the left wanted, to wit - police misbehavior.

    What it is showing is completely the opposite - criminal misbehavior. And this is obviously cutting into (or about to cut into) lucrative "civil rights" settlements, so Gupta does what any lawyer/whore-for-money does - attack the system they put in place to get paid coming and going.

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    Oops

    • The 88-year-old man had been to the gym and had just parked in front of his Englewood home when the two masked men walked up Wednesday morning.

      One of them pulled a gun and asked for the keys to his silver Lincoln.

      “They got him in front of the door,’’ said the man's 89-year-old wife. “He was kinda scared but he agreed when they said to give him the keys and they didn’t hurt him."

      They sped off from the 1000 block of West 61st Street around 9:45 a.m., but it wasn't long before they were spotted by police headed north on Aberdeen Street, then north on Wentworth Avenue. At 49th Street, the carjackers struck a semi and slammed into a retaining wall, according to police.

      "Squad, he just crashed," an officer radioed around 10:20 a.m. "Send an ambulance ... 49th and Wentworth."

      A dispatcher responded, "49th and Wentworth, an ambulance, 10-4."

      "Get that ambulance over here right now," another officer is heard saying on the radio
    Of course, the police will be to blame, after a weekend that saw nearly twenty car jackings and unprecedented media coverage of what a broken judicial system can inflict absent any punishment for wrongdoers.

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    Fantastic

    New rumor out of HQ:
    • SCC, the promotion classes previously set to begin on 20 November and now delayed until 27 November? You'll never guess what they delayed them.

      They don't want the blog to be right.
    Wow. And here was J-Fled telling everyone the blog was "insignificant."

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    Retiree Hearing

    Hearing later today on Health Care:
    • As you’ll recall, Judge Cohen’s ruling has been that the Funds have a primary responsibility to provide plans for their annuitants.

      Since none of them are doing anything about that, and the City “sponsored but not subsidized” Blue Cross Plan is so expensive (even Judge Cohen has expressed the thought that the Blue Cross rates are crazy), and so, following up on his repeated statements in the past that he wasn’t going to tolerate everyone leaving all of you without coverage in 2018, we had moved for a preliminary injunction to force the Funds to actually provide plans to cover you annuitants.

      It was initially tabled while the judge was on vacation and he encouraged all of us to meet, which we did without much progress,

      The City was supposed to respond by November 15 to our motion for preliminary injunction, with a hearing on November 29 (still late in the game, but before the December 7 and 15 cutoff on applying for Medicare or ACA coverage).

      Last Friday, at 5pm, the city filed a motion saying that their appellate division thinks that the Supreme Court will rule on whether it will take our case on either November 22 or 29, and that the judge should defer the city having to respond until a week or so after that.

      From our view this makes no sense at all, because the purpose is to order the Funds and the City to provide a cost-feasible plan for 2018 while the case is pending, and until we get a final resolution. And despite Judge Cohen’s view that people should sign up with the ACA, none of those plans provide the coverage that the City and Blue Cross plans provide.
    The hearing:
    • Regardless, whether it was the validity of my argument, or the City and Funds’ disavowing any obligation to do anything, he eventually went back into his case file, and finding that he had ruled that the funds have such an obligation, came around to at least directing the city to respond by next Tuesday on the issue of his jurisdiction to enter a preliminary injunction, us to respond on Wednesday and a hearing next Thursday, November 16 at 11:00 a.m., 50 W. Washington, Room 2308, on the jurisdiction issue, and we’ll see what he does from there.
    Short notice, but every appearance is important.

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    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    Suck It Rahm

    • An administrative law judge has recommended that the Illinois Labor Relations Board throw out the Chicago Police Department’s new disciplinary guidelines, dealing an early defeat to the city as it attempts to standardize the punishments of an erratic and often toothless police disciplinary system.

      The finding in favor of the city’s largest police union, the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police, determined that the department violated labor law by failing to bargain with the union over the new guidelines.

      The recommendation from Administrative Law Judge Anna Hamburg-Gal calls on the state board to force the Police Department to rescind any discipline imposed under the advisory guidelines since they were adopted in February and reassess the punishment to be imposed under the more informal system in place before the guidelines existed. While it is unclear how many cases could be affected, the city closes hundreds of disciplinary cases in a typical month. Through the first five months of this year, for example, the department had closed more than 2,000 disciplinary cases, though historically the department has found misconduct and levied punishment only in a slim percentage of cases.
    That didn't stop the media from attempting to cast the FOP in the worst light possible (probably to provide cover for Rahm's colossal fuck-up):
    • In the case of the disciplinary guidelines, the administrative law judge sided with the union in finding that the department had made a unilateral change to a mandatory subject of bargaining. The city argued that the guidelines resulted in limited change by simply putting in writing the department’s informal process for formulating discipline.

      The union challenged the new guidelines before elections in April swept in new FOP leaders who have been vocal in their opposition to the city’s efforts to revamp discipline and make other changes in the Police Department.
    The union wasn't fighting discipline and the FOP ought to be calling out the bought-and-paid-for media types who keep writing this. The FOP has merely asked for a seat at the table - something denied to them in the formation of the new COPA and every other "reform" Rahm is pushing. And Tuesday, ILRB agreed - the FOP gets a seat at the table. That's how Labor Law reads.

    Now if only Rahm would learn to read...and comprehend.

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    Car Jacking Arrests

    • Two West Side carjacking suspects who led officers on a chase on the Eisenhower Expressway that ended with a police car crashing have been charged, police said.

      Police said the two, Davontae Jones and Jason Dortch, may be linked to at least a dozen carjackings in the last couple of days but have been formally charged with only one - in the 800 block of North Racine Avenue on Monday night.
    A dozen carjackings? Seriously, if these two put half that effort into something legal, they might be running a Fortune 500 company in short order. Of course, they'd probably be doing a stint at Club Fed for insider trading or something, but then they go the Martha Stewart route and all is well.

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    Investigation Ends

    • A Cook County special grand jury has been disbanded without charging any additional Chicago police officers, including department higher-ups, for their handling of Laquan McDonald’s fatal shooting by an officer.

      At a hearing Tuesday at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, special prosecutor Patricia Brown Holmes said the grand jury that convened to look into the controversial shooting has completed its investigation.


      That means no other officers — including higher-ups who signed off on allegedly false reports of the shooting — will be indicted.

      The only indictment brought by the special grand jury charged just lower-level cops — a detective and two patrol officers — stopping short of criminally charging department higher-ups in the alleged cover-up, even though several had been recommended for firing by the city inspector general’s office for their actions.
    All the bosses were permitted to retire with full benefits and pensions including the exempt who ordered the District supervisors and detectives to push through an incomplete (and uninvestigated) TRR so he could finish his portion of the report and go home. The Round Table the next day included Special Ed, who hasn't answered a straight question since then about the entire incident - probably because to break ranks might jeopardize a certain cheating investigation.

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    Close the Courts?

    This is an interesting rumor from a long time reader:
    • Meanwhile, reliable sources are saying Preckwinkle will close all misdemeanor courts in the City and combine them into suburban courthouses. No more Belmont and Western, Harrison and Kedzie, etc. If this occurs, CPD officers will not make misdemeanor arrests, and if possible they will just issue citations. One hour and a half round trip travel time, is not worth it to appear in court.
    No Branch Courts? This sounds like a Prickwrinkle game of chicken to force some budget issues. Closing Branch Courts would eliminate numerous judge spots, countless sheriffs in court, transport personnel, etc. Probably upwards of fifty people per location plus support personnel in other places.

    Frankly, we like it. Painless to taxpayers, ball breaking to Dart, and pretty much less work for CPD, too, because arrests are going to crater overnight. Go for it Toni! People will be buying a lot of personal defense ammo - out of county though.

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    Nice College Rahm

    • Two violent robberies happened just blocks and days apart in the Loop sparking campus safety alerts to go into effect at Columbia College and Roosevelt University.

      One of the robberies happened on November 9 near Michigan and Balbo. A mob of seven teenagers attacked two female victims.

      The other robbery took place on Sunday night near Michigan and Congress. A large group of teenagers wearing sweatshirts and dark colored hoodies targeted two 18-year-old women and a 20-year-old man.

      They attacked the victims around 8 p.m. on the 500 block of South Michigan Avenue. They knocked them down and took their belongings. At least one of the victims attended Columbia College.
    No descriptions once again, but one arrest - a juvenile, so no picture of the offender because that might accidentally lead to her accomplices.

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    Tuesday, November 14, 2017

    Truth

    Here's a guy about to get his butt chewed for telling the truth (right around 00:30 seconds):



    • "What happens with juveniles is that they don't get...any real time. They kind of get released back onto the street and they commit the crime again.

      [dumb question from a member of the tame media]

      What it tells me is that they aren't being held accountable
      ."
    Wow. So the failure isn't at the police level? It's at the courts? Specifically the juvenile courts?

    Of course, Chicago is all about avoiding accountability - hiring, contracting, voting, promoting, parking meters, bribed red light camera companies, Lieutenant testing, etc.

    Rahm isn't going to like this.

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    Everywhere!

    The media has discovered car jacking - suburban:
    • A mom and her two young children were carjacked and taken more than 20 miles away against their will after someone jumped inside their vehicle as they sat outside a suburban Walgreens Sunday afternoon, according to authorities.

      The vehicle and family were later found on Chicago's Northwest Side in the 4700 block of West Belmont -- roughly 22 miles from where they had been taken, police said. The mom and children were not harmed, but the woman's cell phone was stolen in the process.
    • About 3:33 p.m., a man left his white Jeep Cherokee running in the 600 block of North St. Clair while he loaded the trunk, according to Chicago Police.

      While the vehicle owner was placing items in his trunk, a man walked up, got into the Jeep and drove off, police said. The man was described as a black man in his mid 20s with dreadlocks.
    That one will be downgraded to a theft.

    Twilight:
    • A SUV was hijacked from a gas station Monday afternoon on the Near North Side.

      A male was pumping gas just before 4 p.m. in the 1200 block of Halsted when a teenage boy got into the Ford Edge SUV and sped off, according to Chicago Police.
    • Three overnight armed carjackings, which occurred in a four-hour period, have all been linked to the same men, who appeared to go back and forth between Cicero and the city's West and Northwest sides overnight, alternately relieving people of their vehicles and then using those stolen cars to commit other crimes.
    What could possibly have emboldened the criminals to commit so dastardly a deed?

    Channel 2 - See B.S. News is even running a spot on how to avoid being carjacked. We can think of one way to avoid being carjacked twice.

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    This Guy Again?

    • Bob Fioretti announced Monday he’s challenging Toni Preckwinkle in the Democratic primary for Cook County Board President.

      Fioretti kicked off his candidacy at the Sun Aero Building at the Lansing Municipal Airport. Owned by the Village of Lansing, the airport has to pay a leasehold tax — something similar to a property tax for companies that are located on public property. According to Fioretti, this has resulted in money lost for the airport in recent years.

      “We don’t invite people in here, we tax them out,” Fioretti said. “When Cook County is the only county to impose tax after tax — whether it’s an extra sales tax, a soda tax, or a special leasehold tax — the disastrous results are predictable.”
    That's the right tone to set for this election - the anti-tax guy. Now, is it a serious candidacy or just something to split away certain voting blocs? Like republi...oh wait....Cook County. So it's split the white people with Bob, Chewy leeches away the hispanic vote, Prickwrinkle runs as the black candidate.

    The next declared candidate will reveal more.

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    Well Said Mom

    • It’s all too common for people in bad situations to blame others. This is especially true in situations where the police are forced to defend themselves, and the media seems to love a good “blame the cops” story. While groups like “Black Lives Matter” point fingers at law enforcement and act as if the thin blue line is nothing but racist and evil, not everyone has bought into that narrative.

      A mother in Cleveland is now dealing with a sad and unfortunate situation, but is refusing to blame the police. Instead, she’s calling for personal responsibility and asking others to think about their actions.

      According to WOIO News in Ohio, a 33-year-old man named Antonio Levison pulled a gun on officers on Oct. 25. They responded with lethal force — and now Levison’s mother has strong words for other people living his criminal lifestyle.

      “It’s not worth it. It’s not worth losing your life running from the police, shooting at the police, you’ve got family — stay with your family,” Cyrida Levison said. “You run up on a police officer, you might as well expect to die,” she continued.
    Kind of ruins the narrative....for this shooting at least.

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