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.
According to Monique
"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.
Hows that furlough going Commander?
Tunney's office tries to get in front of this one
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."
A few points to note:
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."
The Alderman emphasized that he didn't ask for any special treatment but the fact that he called to bitch out the Commander resulted in his D/L being hand delivered to his office. By the way, the license was hand delivered by an officer in an understaffed district while serious crimes go unsolved.
Alderman Tunney you sir are nitwit!
Second City Cop has already made it clear that they will keep an eye on the officer for any retaliation.