Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Seriously Tribune?

  • More than 30 shot, 6 fatally, in most violent weekend of 2018
Wow. That's horrible. And how many weekends have there been in 2018 so far?
  • Three
So what are they going to report the rest of the year? You know, when it's actually in the 80's and 90's and the body counts end up in the 50's, 60's and the occasional 70?

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Conflict of Interest

  • Gov. Bruce Rauner has issued a ban on legislators financially benefiting from state property-tax appeals.

    Rauner issued an executive order Friday calling such representation "a clear conflict of interest that must end." It is effective immediately.

    Rauner has often accused Chicago Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan of benefiting from high Illinois property taxes because his law firm deals in tax-assessment appeals. Madigan has maintained he operates by a strict code of ethics and within the law.

    The order directs the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board to prohibit lawmakers from participating in appeals before it.
A lot of pols have side businesses that financially benefit themselves, including law firms. After all, who is going to get you a better deal in front of the Tax Appeal Board?
  • Madigan and Getzendanner
  • Thompson Colburn LLP (John Cullerton)
  • Joe Schmo Abogados
Rauner is making it personal by attacking Madigan's side business. Now if he could do something about Klafter and (Ed) Burke.

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Run to Remember Registration

Now open at this link for the 05 May 2018 event.

Use promo code "JAN2018" before the end of the month for a discount.

(comments closed here - informational post only)

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Aldrecreature Arena Games

Might this be a misuse of Department resources for political purposes?
  • Alderman Arenas office filed a CR number against any officer that openly opposed his housing development on his Facebook page. Leslie Perkins who is employed by Alderman Arena's office, is the complainant on the CR#.

    Arena's office claims that the officers who opposed low income housing, on the Aldermans Facebook Page, are racist. Alderman Arena allowed, and most likely encouraged, his paid protestors to openly threaten law enforcement officers on his City endorsed Facebook Page. Alderman Arena also allowed community members to be threatened, harassed and stalked by his henchmen if they did not support his agenda. Even officers who kept their profession hidden and used screen names, were not safe from the wrath of Alderman Arena.

    The Alderman had his staff run the plates of individuals who were present at gatherings opposing his development, get their information and run it through a city data base to find out if they are police officers. The CR number names numerous officers, alleging they made "racially charged comments against low income housing." Anyone who made a negative comment concerning Arenas housing projects, even if it was just comments concerning overcrowding, were labeled racist by Arena, his wife and his paid protestors. Numerous individuals who were threatened on his Facebook Page, a page that he controls and content he is responsible for, contacted the Aldermans office through phone, email and social media, all of which went unanswered.

    Even if Arena didn't make the threats against law enforcement, he obviously condones it since he never deleted them from his social media, nor did he condemn them. These officers voiced their concerns as community members, not police officers. Now that the community has spoken and Alderman Arena has been denied state funding for his housing project, he needs someone to blame and who better than the police.
Gee whiz. Weaponizing IPRA / COPA / IAD for a political end. Where could a Chicago politico have gotten the idea to use government resources against someone whose Constitutionally protected viewpoints differ from his own? Can you imagine the scandal if someone in the White House used, let's just say "the IRS," against conservative groups that opposed the political aims of the Executive Branch? Why, people might think we were living in a Communist shithole.

Hey Inspector General? Hey FOP? Hey media? Are you looking into this? Shouldn't be too hard to find with the "Invisible Institute" making FOIA requests for every CR number in existence.

UPDATE: Coppers have been fired for running plates and handing the information off to other parties. Should ISP be notified of this possible misuse of the database? Perhaps they should revoke CPD access to the database until the investigation is complete.

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Safe Passage....Expanding?

  • Students from 14 more Chicago Public Schools will now benefit from the Safe Passage program designed to keep kids safe on their way to and from school.

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPS officials announced Sunday that the program will be expanded to include 14 more elementary schools: Sidney Sawyer, Ashe, Frazier International Magnet, Park Manor, Morrill Math and Science, Myra Bradwell, Richard J. Daley, McKay, Joplin, Lewis, Martha M Ruggles, Irma C Ruiz, Sherman School of Excellence and Warren Park.
But shootings are down. Homicides are down. Carjackings and muggings are up, but grade school kids don't drive and they don't have much money. So what's the deal?

Oh yeah - "volunteers" get paid.
  • The Board of Education are expected to vote Wednesday to increase spending authority for Safe Passage by $1 million to pay for the expansion, according to a statement from the mayor’s office and CPS.

    The Safe Passage program began with 35 schools in 2009. It will now serve more than 75,000 students at 159 schools. The program involves 1,400 Safe Passage personnel trained by the CPS Office of Safety and Security.
That's another few hundred more "volunteers" getting $10 an hour to watch kids go to school - something most parents and neighborhoods usually did for free. But there's an election coming up soon and Rahm needs to make sure there's pocket money floating around.

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How Crowded?

How crowded is the Academy now?

This crowded:
  • They have the new 18-01 class at the academy starting at 1600 and until 0025 all this week. Pretty sure that’s the first time being done.
The Department was having trouble finding enough instructors to work the late shift last we heard. Anyone have the inside scoop?

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Shooting

Cops fired to save a woman, possibly being stabbed curing a domestic:
  • Chicago police officers shot and injured a man who was attacking a woman early Saturday on the South Side, according to police officials.

    The shooting happened around 5:40 a.m. in the 7600 block of South Ada Street in the Gresham neighborhood, according to Chicago police spokesman Anthony [Google-me].

    [Google-me] said officers shot the man after they were called to a home for a domestic disturbance and arrived to find the man attacking the woman.

    The man and woman were rushed to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in serious condition, but they have been stabilized.
Good job Officers.

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A Political Decision

Herbert has been saying this for months. Turns out, he was completely correct:
  • Former Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez has repeatedly denied that her decision to charge Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke with murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was motivated by a looming election — an allegation most recently leveled in court last month by Van Dyke’s lawyer.

    But before her announcement on Nov. 24, 2015, that the white cop was being charged with killing the black teenager, Alvarez’s political campaign consultants weighed in on how to present the decision, and she was given key talking points, according to emails obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.
Now lets's see if the Sun Times manages to stumble into some Garry/Rahm e-mails regarding the shooting? Any communication between the brass on scene, maybe a certain Chief Johnson?

Assorted news stations are reporting that the defense is hiring a polling firm to determine if there can be an unbiased jury located in Cook County. We'll go out on a limb and say, "Nope."

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Road Trip!

Anyone interested in going to this? Maybe a retiree or two?
  • The Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA), the city of Chicago’s newest civilian police oversight agency, will host its first community event. COPA Community Nights will give residents of the city of Chicago an opportunity to meet leadership and staff from the new agency, learn about COPA’s investigative process, as well as ask questions and provide feedback.

    Join us Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at Hope Community Church 5900 W. Iowa in Chicago, IL from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.
Make your reservations now!

(we're kidding about the reservations)

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Stop Already

Remember this training bulletin?


  • A high-speed chase of a carjacked Mustang that lasted nearly 45 minutes early Friday resulted in the arrest of two people in the South Side Gresham neighborhood.

    The 2014 lime-green Ford Mustang was taken from two men, ages 21 and 22, in a carjacking at 9:14 p.m. at 116th Street and Church Street in the Morgan Park neighborhood, according to Chicago Police. They were sitting in the car when the suspects walked up to them and forced them out at gunpoint, then stole the car with their belongings inside.

    Illinois State Police troopers saw the vehicle at 1:13 a.m. and pursued it, but the Mustang got away near Grand Avenue and Lake Shore Drive, police said.

    CPD officers later spotted the car at South Blue Island Avenue and Damen Avenue in the Heart of Chicago neighborhood, police said.

    A chase led to the 8700 block of South Union, where the Mustang crashed into a parked SUV in front of a home, police said. The two people inside the car got out and ran, but were caught and arrested.
We're pretty sure the last CPD car with an actual pursuit rated engine was retired from the fleet in the 1970's. 99 times out of 100, you aren't going to catch a Mustang. And the odds of any sort of crash, whether incidental or catastrophic, are almost as good given that these are
  • winter streets, 
  • untrained criminal drivers (usually in their teens or early twenties), 
  • hopped up on something,
  • and looking no further than the likes or eyeballs they can get on social media.
Balancing Test people. This one screams "NO!"

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Define "Tourist"

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Sunday that the city has reached a goal of attracting 55 million yearly visitors two years ahead of schedule.

    The number of visitors to the city was up by 1.5 million in 2017, a 2.5 percent increase over 2016, according to a statement from the mayor’s office. Last year, 55.2 million people visited the City in a Garden.

    “Tourism in Chicago means jobs throughout Chicago,” Emanuel said in the statement. “By continuing to set new tourism records and bring millions more people to Chicago every year, we are generating economic opportunities that reach every Chicago neighborhood.”
Averaged over a year, this is 150,000 daily visitors. Granted, weekdays are going to be lower, winter months are going to be lower, non-convention weekends might be lower still. Holidays and big events might be larger.

There are only a certain (limited) number of locations that tourists would frequent, probably less than 25% of the actual square mileage of the city - maybe as low as 15%? In other words, it's going to be more crowded in these areas - noticeably more crowded than usual. And we haven't seen it or heard about it.

We're not claiming ghost towns, but we aren't believing Rahm's numbers for even a minute. And given Chicago's propensity to exaggerate numbers for every event in the city, the media shouldn't be believing it either.

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How High Boss???

You know all those Gang and Saturation teams with their "special skill set" that the Department is always looking for? When the boss says, "Jump!" you know what the response is:
  • Tonight all Gang and Sat teams (across all areas) babysat “VIP’s civilians” for the entire tour by driving them around and showing them the City. What a great use of manpower, especially specialized units. Why not get HQ and Area inside officers to shuttle these liberal fools around?! Another great idea brought to you by the brass (or should I say their puppet master).
Special Ed must have figured without any murders for six days, he could spare the teams for Rahm's Dog and Pony Show.

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Acting FTO Extension

Due to the "overwhelming" interest in becoming an Acting FTO, the deadline for applying has been extended to 02 February.

Actually, we heard the number of interested people stopped somewhere around 25.

Rahm needs around 200 to train the alleged "1,000" being hired this year.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Real Secure Airport

Remember this woman?
  • A woman who has repeatedly tried to sneak aboard airplanes has been arrested in Chicago twice in as many days, the latest incident while trying to get through security without a ticket at O'Hare International Airport.
That was in July of 2015.

This time, she got to England if our commenters have it correct:
  • On another subject, have not seen this on the news, but it happened at O'Hare: Everyone knows or has seen on the news, that crazy old homeless White woman who gets on planes without a ticket. Well, she stuck again, and this time she got all the way to London! The Security at O'Hare, is a joke! This woman's photo has been all over the news. So how was she allowed to hang around the airport for over a day before boarding her flight to London without a ticket or passport? I have actually seen TSA stop an elderly veteran of Korea or WWII, and make him remove his artificial leg. Yet they cannot even stop a serial airport stowaway!
Makes us feel so very secure with the TSA on the job.

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Jinx

You'd think that after reading the blog for over a decade, someone would get it:
  • For the first time since March of last year, Chicago has gone six full days without a fatal shooting.

    The city’s last fatal shooting happened at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 11, when 33-year-old Uriah Hughes was killed and a 26-year-old man was wounded in an Austin neighborhood shooting on the West Side.
  • Two people were killed Thursday morning in Chicago's first deadly shooting in six days.

    Two men, ages 27 and 36, were sitting in a car in the 6600-block of South Evans Avenue in the city's West Woodlawn neighborhood around 2:50 a.m. That's when police said someone walked up to the vehicle and opened fire.
Of course, the usual low temperatures would have nothing at all to do with the pause in killings. people are still getting shot at a pace of five or more a day.

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Good Question

The primary qualification for "acting up" as an FTO appears to be that you are on the "Sergeant Eligibility List" for promotion, meaning you had to score as well as the dumbest clout hack that Special Ed wants to promote, so somewhere in the vicinity of 57%. If you scored 58%, you might never get promoted legitimately, but you can qualify to teach someone how to be the police.

Is there any actual additional training? We don't plan on finding out, so we'll need to hear from someone in the process. Because teaching isn't easy. You have to make the material interesting and applicable to real life situations. We can do that with a blog, but we aren't being modest when we say we doubt our ability to teach it to another human being. Sure, we can help someone fill in a parker or write a mover and our case reports would win screenwriting Oscars.

 But the stuff that only comes with experience would be far harder. The only way to get that experience is to ...well, experience it. And keeping an eye on a green rookie (or two) along with the situation we're in the midst of, and actually use it as a learning experience while it's going on? Not our cup of tea.

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Admiral Clampett

California is begging to be the test case for the Federal Government jailing local officials over supremacy laws:
  • Officials from several Bay Area law enforcement agencies said Wednesday that federal officials haven’t looped them in on any plans for major sweeps for undocumented immigrants, and added that they didn’t plan to help with any such operations.

    The response from local jurisdictions came after The Chronicle reported that U.S. officials are gearing up for a major dragnet in Northern California, during which they will seek to arrest more than 1,500 undocumented immigrants.
But the picture accompanying the article caught a number of our readers' eyes:


No wonder she left Chicago. Look at all those stars! There are like 19 visible stars on that uniform. And the sleeves...like big gold bands. And are those shoulder pads filling out the blouse? We never met Kirkpatrick, but was she really that blocky?

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

How Bad Was the Soda Tax?

We've been hoping someone would run the numbers. The Daily Herald finally did:
  • Cook County's short-lived penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages not only failed to bring in as much revenue as projected, but it might also have cost the county millions in sales tax revenue as consumers crossed county and state lines to buy their groceries.

    In a revenue report released ahead of today's county board meeting, receipts from the first three months of the ill-fated tax show it generated $46.4 million. That's less than the $55 million the tax initially was expected to raise during those three months, though projections later were revised to $49.8 million.

    Meanwhile, the county's home-rule sales tax revenue was off by $12 million for the year, the revenue report shows. Cook County Board Commissioner John Daley attributed that to consumers angry about the sweetened beverage tax shopping elsewhere.

    "I've never heard so much animosity to a tax than this," Daley said. "People were telling me they'd go to Indiana to buy soda, and they weren't just buying their sodas there, but all their other groceries, too."
The most telling number that drove the panicked Board members to repeal?
  • Sweetened beverage tax revenue shrank each month of its existence, according to finance bureau records. The county received $16.6 million in August, $15.3 million in September and $14.4 million in October. The decline in tax revenue from August to September is the equivalent of nearly 2 million fewer 2-liter bottles of soda being sold.
The numbers were dropping every month as people realized how easy it was to shop outside of Cook County, and not just for soda - groceries and gas, too. We're still doing it. Score one for the citizens.

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Crime Fighting Conference?

  • Police leaders and prosecutors from 22 cities are in Chicago today to get some advice from the Chicago Police Department. Crime fighters from across the country are at the University of Chicago Crime Lab for a 2-day conference. They'll be taking field trips to see the technology and meet the people that have helped Chicago reduce its gun violence over the past year. Over the last few years Chicago has become the poster child for gun violence. Homicides surged in 2016 to 764, the highest number this city has seen in nearly 20 years.

    The CPD asked Los Angeles police for some help implementing a successful crime fighting program which was proven there. It consisted of technology, policing, and a collaboration with a local university to analyze data.

    A year later, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says, “We’ve got a lot of questions from around the country about what worked here.” “We’ve created a model so powerful, along with our officers," he said. "Chicago saw 22 percent less shooting and 16 percent less murders in 2017 compared to 2016.”
That's a good question - what worked here. And the answer, believe it or not, is happenstance.

Sure, the numbers look good if you compare 2017 to 2016. But what if you compare them to 2015? or 2014? Oh yeah, it's trending upward. We've said it before and we'll repeat it here for the tiny brains:
  • 2016 was the aberration.
And if you look at our posts last week, we point out the robberies and carjackings are through the roof. Up 200% and then some in some categories. So while homicides and shootings are down from last year, almost everything else isn't. And the clearance rate continues to circle the bowl. Crime isn't getting solved.

But hey, come to Chicago and marvel at the lack of dead bodies in the streets.

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Plowing

Rahm is waiting for the warm weather again to melt the snowfall. As numerous readers noted, the snowplows were out in the "quiet" neighborhoods, but driving around in the "blade up" position, which is great for making deep truck tire tracks on the side streets. But it does nothing to actually clear the streets, which melt and re-freeze into a smooth glass.

Does anyone know if hiring at Streets is anemic like CPD? Or if he's "saving money" by not paying the drivers 12 and 14 hour days plowing?

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Hey Dick?

  • Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) says his sole focus in Congress is making sure illegal aliens are given amnesty to remain permanently in the United States.

    In comments on Monday, Durbin said it is illegal aliens, not his Illinois constituents, who he is working “full time” and around the clock for.
You serve....SERVE....the citizens of the State of Illinois. For a sitting US Senator to acknowledge that he is ignoring the laws of the United States and forsaking his sworn duty to the citizens who elected him means it's time for Dick to Depart.

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Faster Please

Hopefully, the recent silence on Chicago, Cook County crime coming from Washington DC means this is going to come here first:
  • Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed Tuesday that her department has asked federal prosecutors to see if they can lodge criminal charges against sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with federal deportation efforts.

    “The Department of Justice is reviewing what avenues may be available,” Ms. Nielsen told the Senate Judiciary Committee.
  • ICE Director hints a showdown is coming at the Cook County jail. Just last week Dart released two rapists from his jail (one a child molester) wanted by ICE. Dart also slandered the Feds/Justice department recently in speech saying they were incompetent long before the Trump administration.

    The interviewer asked ICE Director why federal agents wont demand entry into the CC jail. The director chuckles and hints the showdown is coming!
Dart facing Federal charges would be a good start to restoring the rule of law to Cook County.

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Priorities

It doesn't seem to be the free flow of traffic - you know, commerce, trade, buses and people actually trying to get to work:


The bike lane is plowed, but the traffic lane isn't. Thank goodness Rahm took out a full lane of traffic against the curb where plows might be able to actually remove snow from the roadway and give it over to the bicyclists who are nowhere to be seen during another sub-freezing day.

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Room 302 Follies

This asshole needs to be removed:
  • Judge Hooks in room 302 at 26th Cal had all the police officers check their guns in before coming into "his" courtroom today. If they didn't comply with "his" order, he had the Sheriffs remove the police officers. I never agreed with the disarming officers at Markham and Bridgeview. If you're the police and working (court), why disarm officers and put them in harms way and make them an easy target. The entire courthouse is filled with defendants that hate the police and it wouldn't take much for things to go sour with officers having no means in defending themselves from weapons used against them. I think we have all seen the lack of security at these courthouses and how unsecure the weapons check in areas are at times as well. Now we have to deal with leftie lib judge that is no fan of the police disarming us at 26th Cal? I know the courts are a different entity but I hope our union and the department step up to the plate and get involved.
They've tried this before, and with all the cutbacks to personnel that Dart has been making, there's no way to guarantee Officer Safety by relying on an undermanned Sheriff Department. Is the FOP going to address this?

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Acting FTO's Again?

Wasn't Rahm hiring a boatload of FTO's to handle the 1,000 hirees?


The WC's are reading this at Roll Call again in a desperate attempt to get people to teach the new kids because no one wants the FTO spot. At least you get to stay in your District of Assignment if you do the "temporary" thing, but you can't bullshit coppers - they know the FTO program is a failure and aren't buying into it, and these new kids are losing out due to the poor quality of the training.

Shot Fired

  • One person was injured in an exchange of gunfire involving Chicago Police Monday afternoon in the Burnside neighborhood on the South Side.

    Officers were responding to a home invasion around 3 p.m. at 90th and Ellis. There were reports of shots fired, but police say they did not strike the offender.

    A sergeant on the scene said officers were chasing multiple offenders. Multiple are now in custody.

    One of the suspects suffered a dislocated knee but was not shot, as was initially thought, by police.
Watch yourselves. An e-mailer thought that there was another set of shots fired at the police this weekend in 015, but we can't find any reports of it.

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Movin' On Out

  • Illinois, New Jersey, and New York were the top states in the nation for outbound moves in 2017, according to data from United Van Lines.

    United Van Lines, which tracks state-to-state migration patterns, found that Illinois was the top state for outbound migration with 63 percent of moves going out of state.

    "The Northeast continues to experience a moving deficit with New Jersey (63 percent outbound), New York (61 percent) and Connecticut (57 percent) making the list of top outbound states for the third consecutive year," the report states. "Massachusetts (56 percent) also joined the top outbound list this year."
Why would everyone be leaving these mismanaged, corrupt, broke, democrat-run shitholes?

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Shithole

From the national scene:


When Dick "Les" Durbin is your primary accuser, a healthy dose of doubt is a necessity.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Another "No Bond" Debacle

  • Authorities said a Northwest Side man with 12 felony convictions claimed to be a Chicago police officer when security guards at a Walmart stopped him as he tried to leave the store with more than $90 in cigarette lighters tucked inside his coat.

    Police said Cristobal Villarreal was inside a Walmart in the 4600 block of West Diversey Avenue around 2 p.m. Thursday when a cashier saw him stuff several packs of Bic lighters into his coat and walk past the last point of sale without paying for the items.

    When three security guards approached him and asked whether he paid for the items, Villarreal — who was dressed in a Chicago Cubs cap, a Chicago police shirt and coat adorned with police patches and an empty blue bulletproof vest cover — told the men he was "the police" and kept walking, according to Cook County prosecutors and police.

    Two of the guards then told Villarreal that they were also Chicago police officers working security at the store and all three guards tried to take him into custody after noticing several items concealed under his clothing, according to an arrest report.

    The 57-year-old Villarreal insisted that he was a four-year member of the department, prosecutors told a judge Saturday at the Leighton Criminal Court Building.
Twelve Felony CONVICTIONS along with something like forty misdemeanors, in a slapdash police uniform, claiming to be the police, and what's his bond?
  • Judge Stephanie K. Miller released Villarreal on a personal recognizance bond, but gave him a curfew from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Boy, that curfew is sure going to deter this asshole.

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Interesting Video Series

This was e-mailed to us yesterday:



So far, parts 10 (Back of the Yards) and 9 (Greater Grand Crossing) have been released, with the remaining coming out over the next few weeks. The videos we've seen so far give a short historical background of the neighborhood before delving into how and why it headed downhill. There is also extensive crime scene footage.

It will certainly be an interesting series to say the least.

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Comedy Break

Funny commentators making us laugh:
  • Yah, squad I'm a F/2 with long blonde hair chasing an M/1 juvy with a gun. Are my characteristics ok to continue the chase?

    Negative, 2644, according to the 'characteristic table' you may offend the Community. Terminate the chase.

    '99 squad, have 2610 meet me at the termination point to download my BWC and ICC.

    Hold me down reviewing the footage with the WOL while I do my FPR. (Foot Pursuit Report-- CPD 11.915)
It's getting this bad.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sheriff Blog

We've linked to a few stories at this Cook County Sheriff blog. Some recent headlines (that the mainstream media has barely covered, if at all):
  • Inmates attacking jail personnel
  • Fights inside the Markham Courthouse
  • A child rapist released on Electronic Monitoring, rearrested within hours when it was discovered there were multiple other victims
  • A missing EM subject who is currently taunting the Sheriff via social media
If the media covered even half of these stories, Dart wouldn't even be mounting a re-election campaign. Don't be shy about spreading the word about this site.

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Another Unworkable "Solution"

  • In a bid to crack down on car crashes caused by people texting while driving, Chicago aldermen on Thursday discussed the concept of arming police with devices to tell how recently drivers had used their cellphones.

    So-called “textalyzers” could allow officers to scan phones and tell whether they were in use at the time of an accident, Ald. Edward Burke said.

    “In many ways it’s the digital equivalent of a Breathalyzer,” he said. While a handful of government agencies around the country are looking at incorporating textalyzer technology in police investigations, none has done so yet, he said.

    The 14th Ward alderman, however, did not propose that the Chicago Police Department start using the devices, nor was a vote taken. Burke, the longest-tenured and most powerful alderman, sometimes holds hearings merely to discuss headline-grabbing ideas.
Maybe this goof should keep his bullshit to himself for a year or two and see if actual problems get solved.

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Foxxx Quid Pro Quo

  • In August, nine months after she took office, her staff struck a deal with Burke’s firm: It settled three lawsuits, agreeing that various local governments Foxx’s office was representing would refund nearly $2 million in property taxes that AT&T had paid between 2013 and 2015 on a 105-acre campus in Hoffman Estates that now sits vacant.

    That is the biggest tax settlement that Foxx’s staff has approved during her first 11 months as state’s attorney, according to a Chicago Sun-Times review of data released by her office in response to a public records request.

    It’s a fraction of the $16 million in refunds that Burke was seeking when he filed those lawsuits, asserting that Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios and the Cook County Board of Review had overestimated the value of the AT&T campus for three years.
It's never ceases to amaze how politicians managed to get other politicians elected to spots that benefit the original someone's side business.

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CCL with a Knife?

  • A 35-year-old woman stabbed a man who was trying to sexually assault her Friday afternoon in Chicago's Austin neighborhood, the Chicago Police Department said.

    Police said at around 4:10 p.m., the 30-year-old man was attempting to sexually assault the woman when she took out a weapon and stabbed him in the forehead.

    The attack happened in the 1000-block of North Lawler Avenue, police said.
It is a rare human being who can plunge a knife through someone's forehead. She probably should have stabbed a bit lower and would have prevented a repeat offense one day. Nicely done though.

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