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Distrust of Chicago Police

This article in the Chicago Tribune talks about the Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emmanuel and his inability to fix the Police Department. The real story here though is the shattered relationship between the community and their police department which has failed them at nearly every turn. Wrong question, Trib!

Distrust of Chicago cops helps drive Emanuel’s low approval on crime

…A strong majority of Chicagoans don’t think the city’s cops treat all citizens fairly and believe a cover-up “code of silence” is widespread in the Police Department,…

The survey’s results illustrate a deep-seated distrust of the Chicago Police Department put in stark relief by a series of revelations about the death Laquan McDonald, a black teenager shot 16 times by white Officer Jason Van Dyke in October 2014. Police dashboard-camera video showed McDonald walking away from police when he was shot, but police reports show six officers claimed the teen had moved or turned threateningly toward them.

Prosecutors eventually charged Van Dyke with murder, but not until 13 months later, hours before the court-ordered release of the shooting footage. The chain of events led to weeks of street protests, calls for the mayor’s resignation and a federal civil rights investigation into the Police Department.

The poll found a dim view of the Police Department across racial and ethnic lines. Only 20 percent of voters said they believe city cops treat all citizens fairly, including just 6 percent of African-Americans surveyed.

Just 3 percent of Chicagoans said they don’t believe cops use a code of silence to protect one another, while nearly two-thirds said they think such a code is a widespread problem…

The new poll backs up that perception of unfairness across racial and ethnic lines. One in 3 white voters thought the police were fair to everyone while 53 percent said they were not. Twenty-three percent of Hispanics thought the police were fair to all, while 69 percent did not. Among African-American voters, only 6 percent said cops treat all citizens fairly while 85 percent said they don’t.

Lonnie Morgan is in the latter group. The 63-year-old retired painter said he too often sees officers pull young black men out of cars as they just try to hang out in his neighborhood, Greater Grand Crossing.

“Too many of these officers look at this neighborhood and say, ‘Oh, these are black people,’ and they just don’t care,” said Morgan, a poll respondent. “They come out and have an attitude. You can look at them and they’ve got a nasty scowl on their face. They look at you like you are dirt.”…

Nine in 10 Chicagoans said they believed there’s a code of silence in the department, with just 3 percent saying it didn’t exist. Overall, 64 percent of voters said the code of silence is a widespread problem, while 26 percent said they believe it’s limited to a handful of bad cops.

Among white voters, half said the code of silence was widespread, while 38 percent called it an isolated problem. Just 16 percent of black voters called the code of silence limited, with 79 percent saying it’s widespread….

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Chicago – Judge Finds Prosecutor Hid Evidence in Police Murder

The possibility of real justice in Chicago…

Judge finds city lawyer hid evidence in Chicago police shooting, orders new trial

Chicago police officer Gildardo Sierra, left, and Darius Pinex.

A top city attorney intentionally concealed crucial evidence in a civil trial over a fatalChicago police shooting and then lied about his reasons for doing so, a federal judge ruled Monday in a scathing opinion.

In overturning the jury’s verdict and ordering a new trial, U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang imposed sanctions against the city and Senior Corporation Counsel Jordan Marsh, ordering that they pay attorney’s fees to the plaintiffs that likely will amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars even before a retrial could take place.

“Attorneys who might be tempted to bury late-surfacing information need to know that, if discovered, any verdict they win will be forfeit and their clients will pay the price,” Chang wrote in his 72-page opinion. “They need to know it is not worth it.”

Chang faulted lax training and oversight at the city’s Law Department for hampering the production of records from the Chicago Police Department and other city agencies when officers are accused of misconduct.

Steve Greenberg, an attorney who represents the family of the man who was killed, said the ruling raises questions about the Law Department’s role in perpetuating a code-of-silence police culture in which officers believe they can act with impunity. If the city’s attorneys appear willing to cover up wrongdoing, the officers will feel empowered to behave in any manner they deem fit, he said.

“There’s just a total disregard for the truth, and it runs to the highest levels,” Greenberg said. “There is a culture to cover up and win at all costs.”

A Law Department spokesman had no immediate comment Monday. Thomas Leinenweber, an attorney who represents Marsh, did not immediately respond to an email or phone call seeking comment.

The embarrassing setback for the city comes amid continuing fallout over the unrelated police shooting of 17-year-oldLaquan McDonald in October 2014. The scandal that erupted in November after video was released showing Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting McDonald 16 times prompted the U.S. Justice Department to launch a wide-ranging civil rights investigation into the use of force by Chicago police.

Chang’s ruling reverses a decision last April in which a federal jury found in favor of Officers Raoul Mosqueda and Gildardo Sierra, concluding they were justified in killing Darius Pinex during a January 2011 traffic stop on Chicago’s South Side. Both officers testified at the trial that they had pulled Pinex’s Oldsmobile over because it matched a description they had heard over their police radios of a car wanted in an earlier shooting.

In a front-page story in September, the Tribune detailed how the officers’ account of what precipitated their encounter with Pinex had begun to unravel in the midst of the trial.

According to court records, Sierra and Mosqueda did not hear the dispatch as they originally claimed because it aired over a different radio zone. It wasn’t until the middle of the trial that Marsh admitted — outside the presence of the jury — that he had failed to turn over a recording of the dispatch that actually went out over the officers’ Zone 6 radios that night, a call that talked about a different Oldsmobile Aurora that didn’t match Pinex’s car and was not wanted in connection with a shooting.

Marsh first said he had learned about the recording that day, then later said he had actually found out about it the week before trial. When the judge pressed Marsh on why he hadn’t disclosed the existence of the recording as soon as he learned of it from a police sergeant, the lawyer backpedaled more, saying it hadn’t crossed his mind that it would be something that might be helpful to the plaintiffs.

“My thought process was, I want to see what is on that (recording),” he said. “You know in retrospect I think I should have, but I wanted to talk to the sergeant and to see whether it was even relevant.”

In his ruling, Chang said Marsh, a seasoned attorney who for years has defended police accused of wrongdoing, “intentionally concealed” the existence of the emergency dispatch and then misled the court about his thought process for withholding it.

“After hiding the information, despite there being numerous times when the circumstances dictated he say something about it, Marsh said nothing, and even made misleading statements to the court when the issue arose,” Chang wrote. “… That an experienced lawyer like Marsh did not even consider the possibility that this evidence might not go his way is unlikely to the extreme.”

The judge also found that Marsh’s co-counsel, city attorney Thomas Aumann, had failed to make a reasonable effort to find the dispatch recording during the initial discovery process. In sanctioning the city for Aumann’s actions, Chang said the Law Department’s practices put its attorneys “at risk” for violating discovery rules because of a lack of training on how to request and collect documents and evidence.

Chang said the city’s attorneys showed a lack of understanding about what evidence is preserved by police and how to ask for it — including detectives’ reports, emergency recordings, computer logs and inventories from arrests.

The judge said that with tight budgets and overworked staff, he understands city lawyers “have a tough job” in responding to discovery requests involving a Police Department that preserves such a massive quantity of records. But that’s all the more reason to instill procedures to minimize mistakes, he said.

“Failing to do so will cost even more in the long run, not just in dollars,” the judge wrote.

 

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Chicago DA Asks for FBI Help in Investigation of Police Shooting

Let’s face it – nobody believes the Chicago internal “independent” investigatory authority is ever going to find a Policeman in Chicago guilty of anything…Even the DA Office in Chicago knows that one is corrupt to the core.

Alvarez asks FBI to help in probe of fatal shootings of 2

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez seemed to take a shot at the Independent Police Review Authority on Thursday, asking the FBI to help with the investigation of the deadly police-involved shooting that claimed the lives of Quintonio LeGrier, 19, and Bettie Jones, 55, in West Garfield Park.

Alvarez said in a statement that while she is urging “a thorough, professional” review by the Independent Police Review Authority, her office has also contacted the FBI.

The top prosecutor also emphasized that her office “does not control the pace or process of IPRA” and that the investigative agency needs “to get it right so that justice can be served.”

“This is a deeply disturbing incident that demands a very deliberate and meticulous independent investigation. At this stage, the investigation is being conducted by IPRA, but my office has also contacted the FBI to request their involvement as well,” Alvarez said in the statement.

Once the investigation is complete, her office will determine whether any charges would be filed, Alvarez said.

LeGrier and Jones were fatally shot by an officer who was responding to a domestic disturbance call from Antonio LeGrier, Quintonio’s father, at his apartment building last weekend.

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Al Sharpton Calls On Rahm to Resign

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2015 in Stupid Democrat Tricks

 

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Chicago Cop Shoots Teen and a Bystander

While it is not clear yet whether this was an overreaction by the Police – it certainly illustrates the danger of wild uncontrolled shooting in urban areas…

Chicago Cop Shoots Dead Teen, 56-Year-Old Woman

A Chicago officer responding to a domestic disturbance call fatally shot a teenager being treated for a mental illness, along with a 56-year-old woman.

Officers responded to the call at an apartment complex early Saturday, after the father of 19-year-old Quintonio Legrier called police to say his son was acting erratic and carrying a metal baseball bat.

“He was having a mental situation,” Legrier’s mother, Janet Cooksey, told ABC 7. “Sometimes he will get loud, but not violent.

The officer, who has not yet been identified, fatally shot Legrier seven times, the teen’s family said.

“We’re thinking the police are going to service us, take him to the hospital,” Cooksey told the Chicago Tribune. “They took his life.

A second victim, who has been identified only as a 56-year-old woman, was a downstairs tenant and bystander. The woman’s daughter, Latisha Jones, told the Tribune she found her mother dead with a gunshot wound to her neck.

“She wasn’t saying anything,” Jones told the publication. “I had to keep checking for a pulse.”

The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the shooting.

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2015 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Another Chicago Cop Murder

“No reason to prosecute”…Basically because nobody recorded it on a cell phone. Even stranger, the suspect in this case, supposedly has a weapon… But never fires it.

It has been reported that the weapon police supposedly “found” was rusted and inoperative – suggesting it had been stored in somebody’s trunk  long time just for a situation like this.

Prosecutors Release Video Of Chicago Police Fatally Shooting Black Man

The Cook County State’s Attorney will not file criminal charges against the officer.

The Cook County State’s Attorney has released the dash cam footage from a 2014 incident that shows Chicago police fatally shooting a black man and said there will be no criminal charges against the officer who opened fire.

Anita Alvarez during a Monday afternoon press conference said Officer George Hernandez was “reasonable” to use deadly force on 25-year-old Ronald Johnson as he was fleeing police on Oct. 12, 2014. Police said Johnson was armed and turned to point his gun at police, a claim the Johnson family disputed in a 2014 lawsuit.

Johnson’s family for the last year has called on officials to release dashcam footage of the incident. Alvarez played the footage for reporters during Monday’s press conference which shows that Officer George Hernandez fired five times on Johnson, striking him twice.

Alvarez said whether Hernandez shot Johnson was not the legal question that drove her decision not to charge him.

“Those facts are not in dispute,” Alvarez said. “The legal questions are: Number one, is there sufficient evidence that exists to meet the legal burden of proof required to bring charges? Number two, in using deadly force, did Officer Hernandez act reasonably under the law?”

Alvarez said following the investigation she concluded that Hernandez’s actions were “reasonable and permissible” since Johnson resisted officers and was running toward a police vehicle and a city park while they believed he was armed.

Johnson was leaving a party near Washington Park on the city’s South Side when the car he was a passenger in was shot at multiple times but an unknown gunman, Alvarez said. Neither Johnson nor the three other people in the car were hurt.
“The four men drove a short distance and returned to the scene,” Alvarez said. Nearby  residents started to call 911, prompting multiple officer to respond to the scene, including Hernandez.
Alvarez said Johnson was spotted by police officers near the scene and the officers ordered him to stop and drop his weapon.
The grainy dash cam footage shows Johnson running toward the park, Hernandez pulling up to the scene, exiting the car and firing on Johnson. Alvarez said there was “physical struggle” between a Chicago police officer and Johnson before the shooting, but that it was not captured on the dash cam video.
“The only dash cam recording of the incident comes from a vehicle in the back,” Alvarez said.
 
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Posted by on December 7, 2015 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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DOJ To Investigate Chicago Police

They are going to need Elliot Ness, Melvin Purvis, and a large gang of G-Men to get anywhere close to the bottom of this one.

Al Capone, before the Chicago Police took over the corruption business, the City’s most famous gangster

Department Of Justice To Investigate Chicago Police: Report

The Department of Justice will open an investigation into potential civil rights violations by the Chicago Police Department, The Washington Post first reported Sunday.

Full details of the probe are expected to be announced later this week.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan wrote to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch Dec. 1 urgently requesting a probe into the police department. Madigan asked the DOJ to investigate issues including use of deadly force, discriminatory policing and internal misconduct to determine if they amount to civil rights violations.

Madigan called for the DOJ probe days after a court order forced the city of Chicago to release dashboard camera footage of a fatal police-involved shooting from 2014. The video shows 17-year-old Laquan McDonald walking away from police before he is shot 16 times.

Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder on Nov. 24 over his involvement in McDonald’s shooting. The 13-month delay in bringing criminal charges and the release of the video prompted public calls for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez to resign.

Both Emanuel and Alvarez have rebuked calls for their resignation. But hours before Madigan’s call for a federal civil rights probe, Emanuel fired his hand-picked police chief and said it was time for “fresh eyes and new leadership” after the public loss of trust in the department.

A Department of Justice official would not confirm the probe but said Sunday via email:

Civil Rights Division lawyers are reviewing the many requests for an investigation, which is the department’s standard process, and the Attorney General is briefed regularly on the review and expects to make a decision very soon.

Chicago Police News Affairs similarly sidestepped commenting on the reported probe, but said via email:

The Justice Department is currently investigating any actions and statements of CPD officers in connection with this shooting. If the criminal investigation concludes that any officer participated in any wrongdoing, we will take swift action.

The FBI, DOJ and the Independent Police Review Authority are all currently reviewing the McDonald case, including claims that police tampered withsurveillance video from a nearby Burger King restaurant that captured the shooting.

This week the city will release video of another fatal police-involved shooting that occurred just eight days before McDonald’s 2014 killing. Lawyers for the family of slain 25-year-old Ronald Johnson III said the circumstances seen on the video are similar to those in the McDonald shooting.

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2015 in BlackLivesMatter, Domestic terrorism

 

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