Archive for January, 2016

Legacy of torture continues to drain Chicago’s coffers, while Jon Burge retains his pension

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/chicago-pays-5-million-57-victims-worse-cop-history-receives-pension/ And the city can expect torture reparations from the Homan facility as well, once those operations go to court. In other words, torture is business as usual for the CPD.

Chicago’s ‘crisis intervention training’ program gutted

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

As if we didn’t know, the City of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department are not interested in improving the behavior of the police. http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/1/15/1470344/-Chicago-s-crisis-intervention-training-in-short-supply

Cook County asks U.S. Justice Dept. to investigate CPD Homan torture facility

Friday, January 15th, 2016

http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2016/01/15/cook-county-board-approves-resolution-requesting-federal-probe-of-homan-square

It’s great that the county asked the Justice Department to investigate the CPD’s use of torture at the Homan facility, but better yet, why not look at the big picture of corruption of City Hall/CPD/U.S. Attorney for Northern Illinois, and the FBI’s and Justice Department’s witting or unwitting complicity in this. http://www.austinseveninnocenceproject.com/cpd-crimes/

Homicide by drunk CPD officer gets pass from the court

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

The CPD is always finding new ways to get away with killing folks. http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/illinois/2016/01/8587435/unfit-chicago-police-officer-gets-city-job

Instead of getting the facts, Las Vegas police kill unarmed Keith Childress, Jr., claiming he was wanted for attempted murder

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Murder at the hands of the police is virtually a daily occurrence in the U.S. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/king-las-vegas-police-kill-unarmed-black-man-false-facts-article-1.2494201

Police unions want all complaint files older than five years destroyed

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Given the long history of the CPD’s criminal activities, this appears to be just one more attempt to let the perpetrators escape prosecution. http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/7/71/1243448/activists-call-state-law-keep-police-misconduct-files-destroyed

A good example of why this is a bad idea is the Austin Seven case, where evidence has surfaced showing how the police framed African American police officers who were successful in removing most drug trafficking from the 15th District. http://www.austinseveninnocenceproject.com/history/

Former federal prosecutor to lead review of Chicago’s Law Department

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

Chicago’s lead attorney, Steven Patton, announced that Dan Webb, a former federal prosecutor, will lead what is being spun as a “third-party” review of the city’s law department, which is under fire for a senior attorney (since resigned) concealing evidence in a police shooting case.

Webb’s group will begin immediately its review of the standards and practices of the Chicago Law Department’s Federal Civil Rights Litigation division, which defends police officers in federal civil cases involving use of excessive force.

Patton’s statement also said: “We hold ourselves to the absolute highest professional and ethical standards to maintain their trust. … We have zero tolerance for any action that undermines the trust of the residents we serve.” http://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/7/71/1241048/dan-webb-law-department-review-pinex

This dog and pony show ought to raise red flags in the community, given the long history of criminal cover ups by the Mayor’s office and the Chicago Police Department.. http://www.austinseveninnocenceproject.com/cpd-crimes/

These crimes have been aided and abetted by the U.S. Attorney for Northern Illinois, along with a blind eye the FBI and the Justice Department. http://www.austinseveninnocenceproject.com/history/

Attorneys: Chicago cops falsified witnesses’ accounts, threatened them

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Once again, the CPD has broken the law to cover up their own crimes. http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/08/us/laquan-mcdonald-witness-cover-up-allegations/index.html

They have done this many times before, including to the Austin Seven, three of whom are still in prison. Their crime? Cleaning up the 15th District from drug trafficking. http://www.austinseveninnocenceproject.com/history/

Rahm is just the latest in a long line of corrupt mayors

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Most of what McQuery writes in today’s Tribune is true (see link below), but what she doesn’t get right makes all the difference in putting Rahm’s performance in context. The Mayor’s office and the Chicago Police Department have been thoroughly corrupt for a long time. The history of their crimes–murder, torture, drug trafficking, suppressing evidence, framing citizens (including police), and covering it all up–has been repeated over and over. By design, the reforms that have been instituted over the years never amount to anything. To think that getting rid of the Mayor or the Police Superintendent will make any difference is ignoring the basic operational facts.

McQuery writes: “… if recall advocates are motivated only by the tragic death of Laquan, then they haven’t been paying attention. They had a chance in April. They blew it.” Since when has the tabulation of votes in Chicago been an indication of how voters actually cast their ballots?

If we want to change the culture of crime of the Mayor’s office, the CPD, and the federal agencies that are part of the charade, then we will need verifiable elections, meaning paper ballots overseen by independent parties, and independent exit polling, just for a start. Otherwise, we’re playing into the hands of a criminal cartel that reaches far beyond Chicago.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-rahm-emanuel-chicago-mayor-recall-perspec-0111-20160108-column.html

Chicago Teachers Union calls for Emanuel, Alvarez to resign

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

If the people want them to go, what’s keeping them in office? http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-chicago-teachers-union-rahm-emanuel-0108-20160107-story.html