Wednesday, February 18, 2009


The IPRA is investigating the alleged abuse of a non-fare paying CTA customer, in other words a thief. When the thief refused to pay the posted fare that all customers must pay the driver asked him to leave the bus. Now asshole is a trespasser, she then calls for the police. The responding officer sternly orders the offender off the bus and the offender begins to slur (appears intoxicated) that he paid. Officer tells him that he isn't going to argue with him and continues to order him off the bus. The officer attempts to reason with the man by telling him they could talk about it after he gets off the bus and that the man may be able to catch the next one. Nope this doesn't work and the officer relies on his presence and verbal commands. The officer raised his voice and used profanity, this prompted the man to get up. The problem is that from the distance of the camera and its angle one can not know if the man made any threatening gestures towards the officer. The officer then used control tactic to place the man in custody. That is how I saw it having been in the same situation myself. The bottom line is that the subject in question had committed at least two criminal acts and that the actions of the officer were reasonable. However, in the age of political correctness some "candy ass" liberal is going to second guess that officer because he was offended and because this little coward post it on YouTube some copper is going to have to pay a price. I'm sure this officer will be hung out to dry and when he is I will do all I can to ensure that everyone knows about this.
He did his job.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Two Chicago Police officers and two others were injured Monday night when a squad car and another vehicle collided as the officers responded to a shooting on the Northwest Side.

About 11:20 p.m., a Chicago Police Department vehicle responding to a call was struck by a civilian vehicle at the intersection of West Belmont and North Kilbourne avenues, police News Affairs said.

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Sunday, February 15, 2009


NYPD reloads after Mumbai with training program

Associated Press Writer

The nation's largest police department launched a counterterrorism initiative this month to train a new team of officers with semiautomatic rifles loaded with armor-piercing bullets. The officers also are being trained in tactics for close quarters combat and rescuing hostages in hotels and other high-rise buildings.

Thursday, February 05, 2009


From FOP Lodge 7



The Supreme Court of Illinois has denied the Lodge’s petition for leave to appeal the case of People v. Carey. As has already been reported, the Appellate Court ruled that the use of an administrative breathalyzer examination at a criminal proceeding is permissible. The Lodge filed a petition with the Supreme Court seeking an opportunity to argue our position. The Supreme Court denied our request. Accordingly, the ruling of the Appellate Court remains in effect. Evidence obtained by IAD, whether for a criminal case or an administrative case, will be admitted into evidence at any subsequent criminal proceeding, as long as the recovery of the evidence does not violate the exclusionary rule. To be clear, the fact that evidence was obtained administratively does not in and of itself violate the exclusionary rule and will be admitted into evidence. The Lodge will continue to monitor what it believes was an incorrect ruling by the Appellate Court and will inform the membership of any new developments.

It is the right of a law enforcement officer to be free from compulsory self-incrimination. The basic thrust of the Garrity Rule is that a department member may be compelled to give statements under threat of discipline or discharge but those statements may not be used in the criminal prosecution of the individual officer. The courts have held that choosing to work in a police department does not give a person a “watered-down” version of their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
Apparently a citizen has the right to refuse to submit to a breathalyser and a police officer is not afforded the same protection. In essence evidence is gathered from the officer because he is compelled to incriminate himself while under duress.
How is this not a violation of Garrity?
This is in no way an endorcement of drinking and driving.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009


John Jay Risley 1953-2009

God Bless you boss.

You will be missed.

Thoughts and prayers to the Risley family.

Visitation Friday 1 to 9 p.m. at Dalcamo Funeral Home, 470 W. 26th St.
Funeral Saturday 8:45 a.m. from the Dalcamo Funeral Home to All Saints-St. Anthony Church. Mass 9:30 a.m.
Interment Resurrection Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Chicago Police Memorial Fund would be appreciated.

Monday, February 02, 2009


I spotted this article at the Washington Post via Pajamas Media.Com. The article is about the use of equipment by federal agencies to jam wireless devices and the desire to allow local law enforcement the same abilities.
It is an increasingly common technology, with federal agencies expanding its use as state and local agencies are pushing for permission to do the same. Police and others say it could stop terrorists from coordinating during an attack, prevent suspects from erasing evidence on wireless devices, simplify arrests and keep inmates from using contraband phones.

But jamming remains strictly illegal for state and local agencies. Federal officials barely acknowledge that they use it inside the United States, and the few federal agencies that can jam signals usually must seek a legal waiver first.

The critics would rather that law enforcement find non disruptive techniques to obtain the desired results rather than disrupt Joe Citizens phone call.
"When lives are at stake, law enforcement needs to find ways to disrupt cellphones and other communications in a pinpointed way against terrorists who are using them," New York City Police Commissioner Raymond F. Kelly told a Senate panel Jan. 8. He also cited the Mumbai terrorist attacks, when hostage-takers used media spotters and satellite and mobile phones to help them outmaneuver police at hotels, train stations and other targets.

Occasionally suicide bombers have second thoughts and decide that they aren't really ready for "martyrdom,” unfortunately, a handler will step in and activate the explosives wirelessly.
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that can and is read by people other than Chicago Police Officers.