Wednesday, December 31, 2008


SCC warned of this a awhile back.

8 arrested in ring targeting police credit unions
Read in Breaking News at Tribune

Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Breaking news from Tribune:

A Chicago police officer suffered injuries to his face while trying to break up a fight tonight between suspected gang members in an alley near a South Side funeral home.
The police officer responded at 7:28 p.m. to a call of a fight near the funeral home in the 600 block of West 37th Street (map), Officer John Mirabelli said. When the officer approached the people who were fighting, he was hit in the face.

Other officers were called to the scene, Mirabelli said.

When the man who police believe hit the officer was arrested, he kicked out the windows of the squad car, Mirabelli said.

The crowd, who police said were suspected gang members, became furious when the man was arrested and attacked the police with bottles and their fists, Mirabelli said. Police said the people had attended services at a nearby funeral home, he said.

The officer was taken to a local hospital to be treated. The severity of the officer's injuries is not clear, Mirabelli said. Two other officers also were injured, but not seriously, he said.

What a shock that there would be "civil" unrest at a gang banger funeral.


An interesting little lawsuit is coming out of Belleville, Illinois.
Man sues after "POLICE" t-shirt arrest
By Nicholas J.C. Pistor

A Belleville Police officer arrested a St. Charles man for wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the word “POLICE.”

Now, Adam C. Weinstein, of St. Charles, has sued the department for what he calls the violation of his constitutional rights.

Weinstein was arrested in 2006 outside a bar in Belleville for “impersonating officers.” He was wearing a t-shirt with the word police striped across the front and back under a sweater. The t-shirt became exposed when he removed the sweater because he was hot. continued....

Monday, December 29, 2008


This evening there was a call, on zone 6, of a rollover accident involving an ODPO at 45th and Cicero. The first car on scene gave a "slow down" and informed the zone that the officer was ok. The unit then informed the zone that the accident was caused by ice that had formed on Cicero from 45th to 46th street. The officer requested the zone to call Streets and San to send a salt truck to eleviate the problem. Reply from Streets and San was that they only had one truck available citywide. So at this time we know that an ice rink exist on Cicero, a major thoroughfare leading to Midway Airport, an accident that could have been fatal, and S&S can't spare a truck to deal with it. The officers then ask if CTA could help, "no, their snow command is not up". In-fucking-credible! The officer, now desperate, requests for a salt truck from Midway Airport to respond. The zone states that a supervisor from OEMC is calling Midway with the request. The coppers on scene realize that the water is coming from a broken water main and inform the zone of this. The zone contacts water department and salt trucks and repair trucks are dispatched.
The City That Works!
By the way my street is finally clear, no thanks to S&S.

Sunday, December 21, 2008


We have all witnessed this department make some ridiculous "knee jerk" reactions in the past. I pray we see nothing as absurd as the new foot pursuit policy instituted in the Austin (TX) Police Department.
There's a new foot pursuit policy in the Austin, Texas Police Department. From now on, officers in that agency will have to ask themselves a long list of questions before chasing criminal suspects by foot. According to a report in the Austin American Statesman by Tony Plohetski, Austin police officers must evaluate the immediate danger, consider whether a suspect is known and can be arrested later, and ask themselves what would be gained from pursuing the suspect before beginning foot chases
More from American Police Beat

Thursday, December 18, 2008


Just received word that a 4th district sergeant was shot. By all accounts he is in good condition at Christ Hospital. Vest apparently saved his life.

Update: Offender said to be in critical condition.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


Police were involved in a shooting with an armed offender in the 3rd district tonight.
A Chicago police officer shot an armed offender while executing a search warrant tonight on the South Side.

At about 7:04 p.m., officers from the Narcotics Section approached a residence in the 7300 block of South Kingston Avenue (map) when a person confronted the officers with a gun, according to a statement issued by the police department.

An officer fired his weapon and the suspect was struck, the police statement said.
The suspect was taken to an area hospital in "stable" condition, police said.

A weapon was recovered on the scene, police said.

As of 8:30 p.m., investigators from the Independent Police Review Authority were out at the scene investigating the shooting, said Mark Payne, spokesman for the agency.

There were no other injuries, police said.

Thankfully no officers were injured.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Contract 2007-2011 Update: 15 December 2008

Over the past several weeks we have met with our attorneys and have drafted a counter proposal to address issues the City wants to incorporate into our next contract. Listed below are the major changes the City has proposed.

5 year contract

Inadequate wage & benefit package.

No increase in Watch Bids within District Law Enforcement (currently 5 per watch)

Changes to section 8.4 of the current contract.

Maintain sustained C.R. numbers for the entire career of the officer.

Inclusion of on-duty random alcohol testing

Mandatory alcohol and drug testing for any off-duty incident involving the discharge of a firearm.

Audio recording of all statements given by officers to I.P.R.A. and I.A.D.

We have presented our counter proposal to the City’s negotiating team. Our next scheduled contract negotiation session with the City is 18 December 2008.

It had been my hope to be able to present a contract to our membership for their review by the end of 2008; obviously this is not going to be the case in light of the City’s current position. While we have made substantial progress on reaching tentative agreements on several issues, especially maintaining the structure of our current health insurance benefit, we still need to resolve the above captioned issues before we can bring a contract back to our members for their consideration.


John Pallohusky

Chicago Police Sergeants Associations

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Food for thought from our friend John Kass.

Will 'feditis' spread to Obama and Daley?
John Kass
December 14, 2008

But just imagine if Dead Meat talks to the feds, or stands up on his hind legs to fight back if fellow Democrats impeach him in the Illinois legislature. The governor might actually mention a few of the legislators' deals. Ouch.

The whole thing....

Friday, December 12, 2008


Chicago Police Department to launch second mobile unit

December 12, 2008

With murders up 16 percent, Chicago Police officials today announced they are launching a second Mobile Strike Force unit to work in high-crime neighborhoods.

Mobile Strike Force starts its new company of hard chargers today. This blog takes no interest in belittling the officers of TRU or MSF. However, questions do remain.
I know supervisors in both units and I ask them why are there two units that have virtually the same mission. Nobody really has a definitive answer but one thing seems to be certain, MSF works west (areas 4 & 5) and TRU works south (areas 1 & 2).
Word out there is that TRU will eventually be absorbed into MSF.
The manpower problem isn't due to units, all large departments have them, it is the attrition rate versus hiring rate. The department has only recently admitted to manpower shortages due to attrition and a slowdown in hiring but the problem is older than they care to admit.


At about 2:00am this Friday morning a police officer was shot while responding to a shots fired call. The attempt murder of this officer occur ed at 18th & Washtenaw. According to early reports, the officers partner drove him to Mt.Sinai Hospital where he was being treated for a gunshot wound to the shoulder.

Best wishes to the officer and his partner.
Early readers of this site have already sent in their well wishes

Tuesday, December 09, 2008




The FBI called Blogo this morning to inform him that they had a warrant for his arrest and that agents were placed outside his door to take him into custody.

Blagojevich and Harris were arrested simultaneously at their homes at about 6:15 a.m., according to Frank Bochte of the FBI. Both were transported to FBI headquarters in Chicago.

Good morning Mr. Blogojevich!
Read it all in the Tribune

Sunday, December 07, 2008


It appears that someone is unhappy with the product I supply here. I don't post enough for his or her liking. Well to bad asshole! Stop visiting I don't need your support. Create your own site if you think this is so easy.

To those of you who visit on a regular basis, I apologise for the slow postings. Lately I have lacked the enthusiasm it takes to run a good daily blog. I hope that eventaully I will get back into a groove and produce some decent rants and some timely information.

Please keep in mind that this is an open blog
that can and is read by people other than Chicago Police Officers.