Friday, October 20, 2017

Are You Fucking Serious?

The Slum Times has hit a new low. They published an Op-Ed Thursday, and the letter deals with the unfortunate murder of a school teacher. The letter was written by a parent whose children were taught by the deceased. The parent blames guns, gang culture, polticians and the Police Department:
  • To the police superintendent: Step up. There is much leadership within, but not enough, from CPD. You can fix that. Start by telling City Hall what you think CPD needs to be doing, and demand from City Hall what you need to do it. Take a lesson from your patrol days. Patrol officers exercise enormous judgment in the field, but do so within the parameters of extensive training and guidance from the department to execute strategies developed by experts. In other words, patrol officers are brave, dedicated soldiers who follow orders and direction from leadership. Your role in this scenario: lead.

    And let’s admit what we all know: Our city does not have a comprehensive crime strategy. We desperately need one — and a leader to make it a reality. What we don’t need? Spinning an innovative technology-enhanced tactical pilot project as a crime strategy, which it is not.

    If you are missing the needed expertise internally, then get help from the outside. People chosen by you, not City Hall. People with experience and demonstrated successes in developing and implementing crime strategies in large municipalities.
The letter writer?
  • Inspector General Joe Ferguson
The same fucking Ferguson who couldn't locate any hint of cheating on the Lieutenants Exam, despite first person eyewitness testimony, department e-mails discussing meeting times and locations and monetary compensation to certain NOBLE members. Test-takers who had to be "gifted" a "merit" promotion to even be eligible to take the exam who suddenly scored first, second, third and a few more Top Ten scores, all connected to IAD or Mrs. Wysinger.

You remember the Lieutenant rank? It's where pretty much 100% of the command staff comes from in one fashion or another. The same command staff that Ferguson is insisting come up with strategies. Who Ferguson somehow believes are able to lead and inspire the troops, despite the fact that the troops all know that they're political hacks, liars and cheaters who couldn't lead anyone to save their own skin.

And Ferguson thinks that Special Ed, Wheezie, Hall, Ward, other cheaters and every single exempt are in a position to "tell[...] City Hall what you think CPD needs to be doing"?
  1. What are you smoking?
  2. When were you last drug tested?
  3. You do realize that the Department does what Rahm says and not the other way around?
How many exempts haven't accepted a single "merit" promotion on their way up the ladder? Less than one? The absolute gall of this motherfucker is a sight to behold when he (and his sawed-off midget boss) have done more to destroy morale, desire and the drive to do pro-active police work in this backassward city than even the ACLU managed to do (the ACLU wasn't a surprise).

Kass was right to blame the political class for this murder - and that includes Joe Fucking Ferguson. He had a chance to bring meaningful reform to the CPD by exposing and ending years of cheating, connected promotions, the "who-you-know, who-you-blow, who-you-marry" culture. Hope that increased budget and new four-year term was worth it Joe.


Amazon Bidding War

Business Insider has a list of potential cities that may win the new Amazon HQ along with its 50,000 jobs:
  • (10) - Salt Lake City
  • (9) - Boston
  • (8) - Portland Oregon
  • (7) - Miami
  • (6) - NYC/New Jersey/White Plains
  • (5) - Pittsburgh
  • (4) - Rochester, NY
  • (3) - Philadelphia
  • (2) - Atlanta
  • (1) - Austin
Chicago must have come in at number 1A, which means it's almost a lock since Austin is in Texas and Amazon is run by a bunch of bleeding-heart liberals who hate Texas. Congratulations are in order for the 9.5 digit midget.


Rifle Murder

West side:
  • Two men are dead, and two others were wounded Thursday in shootings on the South and West sides, Chicago police said.

    The fatal attacks happened Thursday morning in the Lawndale and Greater Grand Crossing neighborhoods.

    Shortly after 10 a.m., a person on a bicycle pulled a rifle from a backpack and fatally shot a 32-year-old man who was who was sitting in a vehicle in the 1300 block of South Troy Street.
A rifle in a backpack? And no one in the neighborhood noticed? What did they think it was?


No Bail?

  • More than 14 years after he skipped out on his federal drug conspiracy trial, ex-Chicago police Sgt. Eddie Hicks was back Thursday in a courtroom at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse following his arrest last month in Detroit.

    Hicks, 68, was led into U.S. Magistrate Judge Daniel Martin’s courtroom in an orange jail jumpsuit with a thin, graying goatee and shackles clanking around his ankles. He spoke only to say, “Yes, your honor,” when the judge asked him if he understood the proceedings.

    A 29-year veteran of the police force, Hicks was charged in Chicago in 2001 with running a crew of rogue officers who robbed drug dealers, pocketed the illicit cash and sold the stolen drugs to other pushers.
Of course, that might not apply in Federal Court after 14 years on the lam.

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No OT This Year

Rham must be happy.


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Selective Outrage

The Slum Times jumps into it with both feet, bemoaning the fact that Chicago Police Officers have actual Rights granted to them under the Constitution:
  • Only in Chicago.

    On Tuesday, a Chicago Police officer and a retired Chicago police officer both took the Fifth Amendment — declining to testify so as not to incriminate themselves — in two separate courtrooms in two separate cases.

    What a sad commentary on the Chicago Police Department. What a sad reminder that reform of the police department must continue full bore, with federal judicial oversight.
Extremely ironic, given that the "federal judicial oversight" (A) isn't endorsed by the current federal administration and (B) is in place because CPD supposedly violated all sorts of Civil Rights, yet the Slum Times is championing CPD not being allowed to exercise their Fifth Amendment Rights. You are considered LESS than a citizen by the Slum Times.

Particularly galling to the screeds at the Slum Times?
  • [the officers] ...declined to testify or repeatedly said, "I don’t recall."

Now let's enter the "Way-Back machine" and time travel back to October of 2013. Richard "Shortshanks" Daley is being deposed for only the fourth or fifth time in his illustrious law career regarding a Millennium Park restaurant contract, one in a series of crooked contracts that seemed as common as west side gunshot victims:
  • During depositions for the case, Daley answered "I don't recall" 139 times.
We don't recall Sneed ever removing her lips from Daley's ass long enough to mention that. Assorted other Slum Times reporters always managed to snag underlings, but never questioned Shortshanks. Not if they expected to keep their reporting beats, maintain "access" and be spared the wrath of Daley. And that was involving tens of million of dollars - hundred of millions over Shank's political tenure.

So much for unbiased reporting. The media in Chicago is bought and paid for, publishing what they are told to publish, hiding what they are told to hide, and ignoring facts detrimental to the Machine.

A favorite pundit of ours said it best:
  • Journalism is about covering important stories. With a pillow, until they stop moving.
He said that about the national media coverage of Hillary Clinton. Amusingly, he lived in Chicago, so we don't doubt local politics may have colored his take on things.


LAPD Drones

Brush up on your quadcopter skills - you never know when the CPD helicopter unit will be looking for pilots:
  • The civilian panel that oversees the Los Angeles Police Department approved a drone pilot program Tuesday -- several months after the department first presented what it called a limited plan to use the technology.

    Approval of the program by the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners came despite opposition from activists who consider the technology a threat to civil liberties and after only 6 percent of the 1,675 emails the LAPD received about the program expressed support for it.


    According to the guidelines the Police Commission approved, drones would be used in a limited capacity, including high-risk tactical operations, barricaded armed suspect responses, hostage rescues, and situations involving threats of exposure to hazardous materials and the need to detect explosive devices.

    The drones would not be weaponized or used during surveillance, and their use would have be approved on a case-by-case basis. The commission also added several more amendments before the final vote, including that facial recognition technology would not be used on the drones.
But those are just hurdles to be overcome in the intervening years. In a few years, probably right after we retire, this will be the face of police work:

Hey, that looks like Englewood!


CATA Training

HQ is going to swipe in and out? This will be entertaining:

For many, this will be the first time "working" a full day in years, decades in some cases.

Come back to the watch - you might get a late lunch if your lucky.



A quick guide to who went where:
  • Promotion - Dwayne Betts from CMDR - 015 to Dep Chief of CAPS
    Lateral - Eric Washington from Dep Chief of CAPS to Dep Chief of IAD
    Lateral - Darren Doss from CMDR 003 to XO (CMDR) of Special Functions
    Promotion - Ernest Cato from Lt 015 to CMDR 015
    Promotion - Gloria Hanna from Lt. 015 to CMDR 003
    Promotion - Randall Darlin from Capt (XO) 007 to CMDR 009
    Lateral - Stephen Chung from CMDR 009 to CMDR 012
015 got shook up and emptied out.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Command Changes...with a Twist

Another day, another rumor of changes to be made in the Department. The biggest change of all? Residency is optional.....if you're an XO bucking for Commander:
  • Hey SCC, Looks like an "untouchable" residing out of town is going to be named commander. How you ask? Nothing as simple as a wedding dress. Two houses. Live in LaGrange, own a second house in Garfield Ridge. Have your kids attend [omitted] and have your spouse tell everyone who'll listen how you've scammed the system for years. IAD refuses to investigate where he lays his head.
There have been a number of persons who resided outside of city limits and got away with it, based on how heavy their clout was. We suppose if you're rich enough to have two houses, and pay taxes on both, everything else is a matter of semantics. But most cops don't get rich on this job - it's hard enough to buy and maintain a single house, let alone two. A cheap apartment might be the way to go instead.

But if it were this easy, we imagine a lot more people would be doing it.


Some 'Splainin' to Do


Why would a Public Defender need a gun? All of their clients are as pure as the driven snow, right?


Under the Bus!

  • Two aviation security officers have been fired — and a suspended officer has resigned — for their roles in the April 9 passenger dragging fiasco aboard United Airlines Flight 3411.

    The final resolution of disciplinary action recommended by Inspector General Joe Ferguson is included in Ferguson’s quarterly report, released Tuesday.

    As always, the names of the fired employees were withheld. They were identified only as an aviation security officer and a sergeant.
The visuals (and politics) of the entire incident were never good, and it was obvious the shit was going to flow all the way downhill from the beginning.


Improper Financing?

  • If you could go to your bank for a loan offering to transfer ownership of your future income to make sure the bank got repaid, it would give you a lower rate. That would be reckless, however, and probably illegal.

    But that's basically what Illinois recently authorized Chicago and other home rule municipalities to do. Hidden in the state's 756-page budget implementation bill is authorization for Illinois cities and towns to borrow a new way—by transferring to bondholders full ownership of future tax revenue that flows from the state to municipalities, which is an essential public asset.

    Chicago is moving quickly toward using that authority for a $3 billion bond issue to be backed by conveying $660 million a year in city sales tax revenue for 40 years. Other municipalities likely will follow.
This sounds mysteriously like the Parking Meter deal where Daley got $1.15 billion upfront, promptly spent it all, and then retired as the finer details came to light that the "deal" had been massively undervalued - by billions of dollars - and that the 75 year agreement meant that everyone involved would be long dead and buried when the outraged citizens arrived with tar, feathers and rope.

It certainly looks like yet another "kicking the disaster down the road" deal.


Cost Overruns? Behind Schedule?

Of course it is:
  • The future Navy Pier flyover is over budget and a year behind schedule, according to a report.

    While the first two phases of the long-planned Downtown bike path are set to open next year, the flyover won't be ready in full till 2019, a year later than advertised, said Mike Claffey, a spokesman for the city's Department of Transportation.

    And the years-long construction project is now expected to exceed its original $60 million price tag.

    "We just know that there is going to be more work than originally anticipated," Claffey said.
Unanticipated payoffs, he means.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

New Opportunity

Never let a crisis go to waste (click for a larger version):

Introducing....the Rahm-dola. Your gondolier will sing to you and your date from a wide selection of Dean Martin's Greatest hits while poling your boat through the Chicago River-Swim. Scented candles are a MUST. Make sure you are up-to-date on all your shots.


Well Done Dart

Looks like Sheriff Dart has, once again, cost the county taxpayers millions of dollars:
  • After years of litigation over the 2012 firing of a single Cook County sheriff’s police officer, dozens of other officers, jail guards and courtroom deputies fired for misconduct could get their jobs back, and hundreds more suspended without pay could be in line for possibly six-figure payouts.

    The state Supreme Court last month declined to consider an appeal of a lower court ruling that found Sheriff Tom Dart and the Cook County Board improperly appointed members to the Sheriff’s Merit Board, which hands out firings and suspensions for sheriff’s sworn personnel.

    The decision raises questions about hundreds of disciplinary cases brought by Dart, who has aggressively filed charges against officers, deputies and guards during his nearly 10 years in office. The ruling has caused an “administrative and bureaucratic mess” that might take years to unravel, said Cara Smith, Dart’s chief policy officer.

    The ruling affects cases that date back at least until 2011, and the sheriff’s and state’s attorney’s offices are researching whether earlier board appointments could affect even more cases, Smith said.
Perhaps Dart should institute some sort of "pizza tax" to pay for his mismanagement and malfeasance?

Time for a new sheriff....and a serious look at disbanding large portions of County government.


Chicago is Safe?

  • Despite Chicago’s alarming, if select, murder statistics and routine singling out by President Donald Trump for gun violence, this lakeside metropolis was just ranked one of the safest cities in the world.

    The Economist Intelligence Unit, a London-based research firm affiliated with the Economist magazine, named Chicago to its 2017 Safe Cities Index, issued Thursday — one of only three US cities to crack the top 20 — largely based on advances in digital security.

    The annual ranking assesses 60 global cities using four factors: personal safety, health security, digital security and the safety of infrastructure.
Well, we certainly feel safer...digitally speaking. But that doesn't mean we aren't carrying a gun most places. And it certainly doesn't mean shit if you're a 64-year-old school teacher walking down a neighborhood street and someone decides to launch a dozen or more shots at a rival and you happen to be standing downrange. Certainly, your chances are better in certain parts of town. But a 1-in-500 chance is still a chance most people aren't happy with.


Stop Pandering to the NFL

Is Leo "WHOOOOOOOOOOOO" Flair still in charge of the Illinois State Police? And is he still providing escorts to the NFL babies? Because the NFL is dead to us:
  • NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell signaled last week that a change in policy regarding standing for the national anthem would be approved by team owners at the annual fall meeting next week.

    But the players and their allies in the media pushed back -- hard. Now it appears that Goodell and the players union will codify a policy that will allow kneeling or any other protest during the playing of the anthem. And the league will justify it by using the NFL brand as a "platform to both raise awareness and make progress on issues of social justice and equality in this country."

    In other words, a total, complete cave to the players.
Goodell has almost completely destroyed the NFL's public image. And it leads to this:
  • Fans booed New Orleans Saints players who knelt before the presentation of the American flag and the singing of the national anthem Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

    The boos rang down during a moment of silence for fallen NOPD officer Marcus McNeil, who was killed in the line of duty Friday.
The Officer killed:

Officer Marcus McNeil, 29, EOW- Oct. 13, 2017.

Kind of blows the NFL narrative out of the water.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Use of Force Rollout

Today, at 1300 hours, the new Use of Force rules roll out.

The military has expression - Time Over Target. It's the amount of time an aircraft spends over a designated spot to conduct a mission.

The paperwork alone for a single Use of Force incident is going to keep officers and their supervisors off the street for hours on end, denying the community hours of police coverage - Time Over Target. We'll have to see if it has any impact on operations, missions, or crime statistics.

We eagerly await reports from the front lines regarding the new TRR's and assorted justifications that have to be documented and the issues that will arise departmentally, judicially, legally.

We can almost guarantee the the amount of paperwork is going to give further lie to the "paperless department" we were promised decades ago.


Nice Drainage Rahm

That was quite a bit of rain this weekend:

That's how many millions of tax dollars under water? And no one could get authorization to open the locks to drain the river into the lake?


Rahm Discovers More Money!

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel will dedicate about $27.4 million to Chicago Police reform in his 2018 budget proposal, as the city continues rehabbing the beleaguered department’s image in the wake of the Laquan McDonald shooting scandal and a scathing Justice Department probe.

    “With this investment, the city of Chicago is making a down payment on police reform,” Emanuel said in a statement Friday, less than a week before his annual budget address to the City Council.

    The $24 million jump in funding compared to last year is set aside for “enhanced training, reform implementation, officer wellness and community policing,” according to the mayor’s office, which didn’t specify where the funding will come from, other than to say it’s part of the city’s full spending package.
$24 million appearing out of thin air should make anyone paying attention ask a lot of questions.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Nice City There Rahm

Run up the white flag Rahm, this one is all on you (and your massive manpower cuts that dis-proportionally effect "low crime" areas):
  • Cynthia and John Trevillion, both longtime teachers at the Chicago Waldorf School in Rogers Park, were trying to catch a train at the Morse CTA station, a few blocks from their home, to meet up with friends Friday night.

    At the sound of rapid gunshots, John quickly dropped to the ground. But Cynthia, 64, didn’t make it in time. She was fatally hit in the head and pronounced dead at Presence St. Francis Hospital in Evanston just before 7:20 p.m. An autopsy Saturday determined she died of a gunshot wound to the head and neck and her death was ruled a homicide, officials said.
Kass takes the mayor to task (via Kass's social media page that an e-mailer sent us:
  • She was a teacher, walking with her husband, and was slaughtered in Chicago's gang wars that City Hall can't stop. Squabbling with Trump gives City Hall cover and makes for news. But people are dying. Forget the politics. Do your jobs. Mayor Emanuel, your first job is to keep order. hundreds of murders, thousands of shootings, most unsolved. that's not order. that's how cities die.
  • The mayor's office wants you to call it gun violence. That suits City Hall politicians. But it is gang violence. And the bloody street gang wars that City Hall can't control claimed another innocent life. 64 year old woman walking toward the "L" in Rogers Park when they opened fire. "They just shot that girl like it was nothing,” a witness told the Chicago Tribune. “I can’t believe what I just saw.” Believe it. Wake up Chicago
  • Enough. And don't blame this on cops. We've told the cops through various means, most of it political and ugly, to stay in their cars. This is on the politicians. City Hall, either do something or go.
It's going to be an ugly few years.

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Go While You're Upright

  • A spokesman for the Chicago Police Department said Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson briefly fainted at an event for law enforcement Friday.

    Spokesman [...] said while Johnson was at an event in Springfield, he briefly experienced lightheadedness and fell on stage. Johnson got up and was taken to an area hospital for a routine evaluation.

    Doctor determined the spell was caused by Johnson's blood pressure medication, which was taken without eating.
Ed, while we appreciate using you as a comedic foil, you're not a spring chicken. You've just had life altering surgery, you're on more medications than many of our surviving junkies, and you're a newly wed.

Time to hang it up, let someone else take the abuse. Don't let poor judgement kill you.


Who Needs These?

From the comments:
  • OT...but Interesting.

    I work in City Hall (Oh...Not a Cop btw..) and noticed the Department of Finance take in a rather large delivery of Bullet Proof vests from Point Blank Inc.

    Are they getting ready to arm the damn PEA's and Booters?
Interesting to say the least.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Two very important stories on this weekend. First, the statistics:
  • Shot & Killed: 517
    Shot & Wounded: 2479
    Total Shot: 2996
    Total Homicides: 556
So sometime Friday or Saturday, Chicago is doubtless to pass 3,000 shot. Congratulations!

Second, this little tidbit:
  • The citizenry is now tied with the police for the most justifiable homicides this year with 10 each.
  • Police say the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Pleasure Cardell Singleton Jr. was a case of self-defense, and the woman who shot him will not be charged.

    The woman shot Singleton after he stabbed her multiple times Thursday afternoon in a domestic fight in his West Side Lawndale neighborhood home, Chicago Police said.

    About 4:05 p.m. Oct. 5, Singleton, a father of three, was shot in the chest after he stabbed the 25-year-old woman multiple times in the 4000 block of West 21st Street, police said.
That is a statistic that might trouble the politicians and social-justice crowd - citizens actually taking responsibility for their own safety and justifiably killing their assailants? What the Hell is this, America or something?

Keep up the good work Citizens.

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Of Course Foxxx Objected

  • Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office opposes the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the death of a man fatally shot by a Chicago police officer six years ago, court records show.

    Flint Farmer was unarmed when he was shot and killed by then-Officer [GS] in June 2011 in an on-duty incident captured in part by a police dashboard camera. The Chicago Tribune broke the story that fall after learning the Farmer shooting was [GS]'s third — and second fatal one — in a six-month span.


    In a written response, the state’s attorney’s office revealed that prosecutors re-investigated the Farmer case after Foxx won election and again found that there was not enough evidence to support charges against [GS].

    Prosecutors also rejected Farmer’s claim that an inherent conflict of interest exists when prosecutors investigate police-involved shootings — a position Foxx supported on the campaign trail.

    But since taking office in December, Foxx has implemented new “protocols” to ensure that police shootings are reviewed in “an expeditious and thorough manner,” the filing said.
Foxxx knows her reputation is built on convicting coppers. She's been at the scenes of a few shootings so far and often leaves in a huff when it's clear that the shooting was completely justified. This particular shooting still has political potential, so Foxxx wants to keep it nice and close where she can claim credit if it goes her way.

Remember, Foxxx needs scalps to run on. Just like COPA needs heads mounted on their trophy wall to justify the time and money Rahm is spending on them.


More Money for Rats

  • Vowing to step up the city's efforts get Chicago's exploding rat population under control, Mayor Rahm Emanuel Friday proposed spending an additional $1 million to get rid of the disease-ridden vermin.

    That budget boost will allow the city to add five crews of workers charged with reducing the number of disease-ridden critters scurrying through Chicago's streets and alleys, officials said. That will bring the number of rat control crews to 30 in 2018, officials said.

    In the spring of 2016, the city had eight rat control crews, records show.
Rahm had slashed the Rat Patrol in an effort to balance the books that Shortshanks had left so far out of whack, that Shanks had to retire rather than face defeat or indictment. Rats however, just keep on doing what they do best - breeding and spreading disease, and now Rahm is stuck spending far more than he should have (or actually has) controlling a problem that was, by most accounts, controlled.

But remember, Police Overtime is the driving force behind all that is politically inconvenient.


Friday, October 13, 2017

More Wasted Overtime

Hey Andy Shaw, how about this OT? (from our e-mail):
  • Another Thursday come and gone and CompStat was a rousing success.

    In attendance were all sorts of Chiefs, Deputy Chiefs, and Commanders.

    Also just about every XO in the city, who either had hours adjusted or received overtime, not to mention Lietenants working out of grade a Commanding Officers.

    Countless Lieutenants, including one from every watch for the District/Area up for review. That's a whole bunch of overtime since each got around 4 hours.

    And then there's the "statistic people" in every front office racking up Overtime to get binders full of info for the meetings and produce a lot of paperwork, all of which will be filed, stored or shredded, never to be seen again - it takes a lot of overtime to compile all those binders.
Has anyone ever worked out how much a CompStat meeting costs? We're sure it's significant.


More OT for Cubs?

Did they mobilize last year for the Championship Series?

Or was that only tactical teams?

It's been so long, we forgot.

Ferguson is already trying to ban OT.

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Good Idea, Bad Execution

  • Police rushed to the scene of what they thought was an active shooter in West Town on Wednesday morning — only to learn the incident was a drill.

    About 8:30 a.m., officers were called to a health center in the 1700 block of West Superior Street because there were reports of an active shooter, said Chicago Police Department spokesman [...]. Multiple calls were made to 911 about the shooter, [...], but once officers arrived they learned the incident was a drill.

    The Police Department wasn't consulted about the drill....
We understand the need to drill, but we also know that unless the CPD is told about the drill, then we are going to act as if it is real life.



Open enrollment packages are arriving in the mail and this is what readers are seeing:

"So Proud to Call Chicago Home" that they use a picture of London cops?

We feel so appreciated.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Nolle Pros = Lawsuit?

  • The war on cops is moving from the streets to the U.S. Supreme Court. Last week, the Justices heard a case that threatens police officers with financial ruin if they make arrests and the charges later get dropped.

    It started with a late night bash. District of Columbia police officers were called by neighbors at 1 a.m. to investigate a rowdy party at an unoccupied row house. The police found 21 partygoers, liquor, trash, and used condoms strewn about, the smell of marijuana, and women with cash stuffed in their thongs. The partygoers scattered, hiding in closets.

    When questioned, some told police “Peaches had invited them.” Some gave other stories. The police phoned “Peaches,” who admitted not having the owner’s permission to use the house. The police then called the owner, who confirmed no one had permission. Two hours after being summoned, the police made the decision to arrest the partygoers for trespassing — the judgment call at issue in this case.

    The charges were later dropped, because it wasn’t clear beyond a reasonable doubt the partygoers knew they were trespassing. But sixteen turned around and sued the police for false arrest and violating their constitutional rights.
Luckily, President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and this suit should die an ignominious death:
  • The justices should put a stop to it. Fortunately, the Court has a long record of protecting the police from legal liability, provided there’s no evidence of malice or a deliberate violation of the Constitution.

    If merely making an arrest puts cops at risk of getting sued and clobbered with legal fees and damage awards, what police officer will ever make an arrest? One mistake could mean losing their home and everything else. Faced with that risk, who would ever want to be a cop?
But in case you were wondering what the end-game is of the ACLU and Rahm's "consent decree:"
  • Twenty-six states and the federal Justice Department are weighing in with a strong warning that allowing the lower court ruling to stand would have “vast consequences” for law enforcement everywhere. On the other side, the American Civil Liberties Union is pushing to shrink or even eliminate the police’s legal immunity. The ACLU wants police to have no room for error.


Money Saving Idea

Hey Rahm? You want to increase the number of officers on the street? Officers with a lot of years under their belts? And at the same time, cut some dead weight out of the upper echelons? Follow the lead of the Dallas PD:
  • The Dallas Police Department is about to undergo a shake-up — including possible demotions — to put more officers on patrol.

    Hundreds of officers have left the department in the last year, leaving fewer officers working the streets. In that time, officers have been slower to respond to emergency calls.

    Chief U. Renee Hall said Monday she plans to significantly reduce the number of assistant chiefs and deputy chiefs who oversee the department. She is also considering reducing the number of detectives in investigative units and officers serving on task forces.

    Her plan may mean that some officers serving as assistant chief could be demoted to lieutenant and that some detectives could be put in patrol, which Hall called the "backbone" of the department.

    "We've lost nearly 500 officers, so we need to reflect that at the top," she said. "I'm assessing the Police Department as a whole."
Chicago has lost somewhere in the neighborhood of 2,000 officers, yet the brass has increased with about 54 commanders currently on the payroll along with 16 Deputy Chiefs. If you'll recall, before Rahm arrived on scene, the CPD got by with 6 Deputy Chiefs and something like 35 Commanders.

This plan would work two different ways:
  1. cutting needless, redundant, political spots saves hundreds of thousands of dollars instantly, and
  2. most of these useless gold stars would retire rather than face the streets, office work, or people they stepped over on the way up.
Feel free to ask us for more ideas. We've been posting them for a dozen years now.

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What a Deal!

Too good to pass up:

See you there!

Inspector General Ferguson is the Belle of the Ball.


More Section 8 North

Seems another member of the Machine is set to drink from the Section 8 spigot up north:

Dump an 80 unit apartment complex in Galewood. what could go wrong?


Dart Domestic?

We certainly hope this isn't true:
  •  Off topic..

    Rumor Mill. There is a heavy rumor floating around in 22 that cpd was called to Sheriff Fart's crib on a domestic dispute over on Homan in mt. greasewood. Anyone hear about this.
But if it is, we want to hear about it.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Greatest Video of 2017

We think we broke a rib laughing. Be sure you have the sound up for the finale:

Now the window breaker has a GoFundMe page up to raise funds to repair his teef. He needs $4,000 and has raised about $200.

DNAInfo has the backstory and an uncensored version of the video.


Vegas Investigation

This is not instilling anyone with confidence that the investigation is going well:
  • Before the Las Vegas massacre began, a wounded Mandalay Bay hotel security guard called hotel officials to warn them about a gunman on the 32nd floor, an investigator told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday.

    But police did not arrive at the room where the guard had been shot until after Stephen Paddock had finished a 10-minute shooting spree on a crowd gathered below for a country music festival, the investigation now shows.

    The revelation that hotel security had been alerted comes a day after Las Vegas police changed their timeline of how the Route 91 Harvest country music festival massacre started on Oct. 1 — not with an attack on a crowd along the Strip at 10:05 p.m., but with the shooting of Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos inside the hotel about six minutes before.
So six minutes before the terrorist rained death down on the crowd, an unarmed security guard got shot AND alerted his bosses of a problem on the 32nd Floor. And the gunman only fired for about ten minutes, leaving behind hundreds, if not thousands of rounds of un-expended ordinance for reasons unknown.

The more time that passes without even a hint of a motive, the more conspiracy theories that pop up. We understand an investigation of this magnitude takes time, but giving out completely wrong information and then contradicting it does no one any favors, in Vegas or in any investigative capacity nationwide.


Residency Again

This would NEVER happen here with the fine schools, the reasonable taxes and the understanding mayor, right?
  • More than 1,000 Philadelphia police officers have abandoned city living since the department’s residency rules were softened five years ago — many lured to the suburbs by the prospect of better schools, cleaner streets, and safer neighborhoods.

    The figure, based on an Inquirer and Daily News analysis of payroll data, represents about 15 percent of the nearly 6,000 eligible officers, a tally likely to grow each year.

    In 2010, their union won a battle to end the residency requirement for members with at least five years on the job. Firefighters and sheriff’s deputies earned the same right a year ago, but most of the rest of the 30,000 municipal workers must be Philadelphians.

    The exodus could have been even more pronounced. The police union tried to end the requirement altogether in negotiations for the three-year pact that was approved this summer, but the Kenney administration opposed it. Among its complaints: Losing high-paid city workers — the average salary for police officers who have moved out of the city is about $75,000 — weakens the property-tax base and ultimately harms city schools.
Anyone up to hypnotizing Rahm to (A) fall for this and (B) cluck like a chicken? We'd settle for either.

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Not a Hate Crime? (UPDATE)

  • Her car damaged, her nerves shaken, the victim of an alleged group attack near the University of Chicago campus spoke exclusively with ABC7 Eyewitness News.

    Police say two people were arrested and charged, but Susan Pedersen says several dozen people were involved in the attack that left her two children covered in broken glass. They were in the back seat of the vehicle, which was left dented with the rear glass shattered.


    [...] Pedersen says she had just dropped off a friend at the University of Chicago when she stopped at a red light and found her car surrounded by several dozen young people.

    "They were walking around both sides of the vehicle - in the front, in the back - and as they were walking across, they were hitting my car, using racial slurs and telling me that I didn't belong in their neighborhood because I was white," Pedersen said.

    The group, all African-American, she says, kicked the vehicle and shook it violently. Her children were screaming from the back of the vehicle.
And the charges? Misdemeanor Damage to Property.

All those "visiting scholars" are going to have an adventure for sure.

UPDATE: Old story - no idea why it popped up as "current" - it was likely linked to our "You might find this interesting" news feed after the story about the Obama Library not having any original documents in it.

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Even the Kids Are Leaving

  • The state of Illinois is among the states leading the nation in the number of college freshmen pursuing higher education in other states, according to a state agency.

    The State Journal-Register in Springfield reports the Illinois Board of Higher Education says between 2000 and 2014, the number of freshmen who left the state to attend college rose by about 64 percent.

    The mark was hit before the state's two-year budget impasse, which negatively impacted the finances of the state's colleges and universities.

    Only New Jersey, which also has had state budget woes, exceeded Illinois in loss of students to out-of-state schools.

And if these kids actually pay attention, they might actually learn that there is life outside of Illinois. And that could truly spell doom for the State.


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