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Chicago police said today they will investigate whether any city policy was violated in returning a driver's license to a Chicago alderman who was ticketed for using a hand-held cellular phone while driving.
"An officer issued a citation to an elected official, and he accepted the ticket," Bond said. "The issue here is whether everything was properly done after that."
Police were waiting to interview Town Hall District Cmdr. Gary Yamashiroya, who has gone on scheduled furlough since the incident last week, Bond said.
In a statement released by Tunney's office this morning, the alderman said he phoned the commander after returning to his office to question "why, in an understaffed police district where we have serious crimes unsolved, officers are assigned to pull people over solely for cell phone violations."
"Although I did not ask him to, following our conversation the commander had my driver's license returned to me at my office," Tunney said. "I must emphasize that at no time did I ask for any special treatment."
1. Does the Alderman advocate all citizens call the Commander's office after being ticketed or is that "special treatment" reserved for elected officials only?
2. He knows the district is understaffed. How many other Alderman know this about their districts?
3. Serious crimes are investigated by Area Detectives not patrolmen in a beat car.
4. I'd be willing to bet the farm that the officers "duties" for the day weren't " to pull people over solely for cell phone violations."
A South Chicago District tactical officer chased the man, who earlier fled police, through a series of alleys and lost sight of him in an empty lot near the 7800 block of South Cregier Avenue just after 10:45 p.m., according to News Affairs Deputy Director Pat Camden.
The officer began looking around parked cars but couldn’t find him, when the man “comes out” and opens fire on the officer, Camden said. The officer began to retreat for cover because his gun was still in his holster, Camden said.
“The guy fires two more shots, and the officer draws his weapon and exchanged gunfire with the offender,” Camden said. The man was hit multiple times and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he later died, Camden said.
A .38 caliber revolver was recovered from the scene, Camden said.
Normally one of Daley's staunchest City Council supporters, Carothers is threatening to withhold his vote from Daley's request for a $108 million property tax increase unless the police hiring is doubled in response to a wave of shootings that have claimed the lives of Chicago Public Schools students.
"We've had a lot of marches, rallies and prayer vigils. But we haven't hired more police. The rubber band is stretched too far. Hiring 50 police is like taking a thimbleful of water out of Lake Michigan," he said.