Monday, August 19, 2013

ABC7 AIRS ROBBERY REPORT: Police Commander Blatantly Lies To The Public

ABC7's veteran investigative reporter Chuck Goudie's report on Boystown's robbery problem aired on Monday's 10PM newscast. The report is available online.

True to form, our district police commander still doesn't come clean with the truth about where people are being victimized:
"Frankly individuals are robbed walking through alleys, not paying attention to their surroundings," said CPD Commander Elias Voulgaris.
Frankly, commander, you are full of shit. Your lies will continue to cause people to get hurt.

Stop it.

Here is the truth about where people have been robbed in our neighborhood this year. 

Commander, you refuse to acknowledge that we have a serious problem. You have a CAPS sergeant who says the increase in robberies is due to the sudden popularity of quarter-century old bar strips in Wrigleyville and Boystown.

And now you're giving citizens false information. The public needs to know the truth about what is happening so they can make better decisions. How many people are going to believe you because you have a gold star and are an authoritative figure? How many are going to assume that the problem is largely in the alleys when, in fact, it is not.

You should be ashamed, commander. And demoted.

Commander, the CIA last week acknowledged the existence of Area 51. Surely you can man up and be honest with the public about what is happening outside their front doors. 

41 comments:

  1. Great press CWB! Although I disagree that residents have only a "perception" of increased crime, it's real! And shame on you Commander for declaring that the problem only happens in back alleys.

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  2. Wow, just wow. The commander blames the alleys. That just does not correlate with the crime data. He should be ashamed of himself. But these commanders and politicians have no shame. Tunney was a mumbling fool and needs to be retired.

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  3. Just saw it no wonder Chicago is has a nickname Chiraq. Rahm is our Saddam Hussain how he instructs them to keep repeating crime is down and manpower isn't the issue. Hey, I got a solution tap some of that TIF money and hire more police. Just think of it as a jobs program, isn't that what Rahm's former boss was all about jobs training. Lies, lies and more lies from this inept Mayor. We should all go protest his house to drop his CPD protection until we get more cops on the street. Vote these hacks out next election. They don't work for us they work for their own interests.

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  4. Hilarious quote from the Center on Halsted spokesman declaring that COH visitors do not commit crimes. ROTFL! Nice blanket statement.

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  5. I just got home from work and missed the broadcast; does anyone know where to watch it online?

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  6. CWB, the site looked good on TV with the bloody logo and the daily tracker. Congrats for making an impact in a short period of time.

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  7. It's pretty low when you blame the victims.

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  8. I was waiting and called friends to let them no and see what's up in wrigleyville & boystown this was a joke by the COMMANDER and TUNNEY now WE can see why nothing changes TILL maybe ITS TO LATE lets hope not!

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  9. Anonymous said...
    I just got home from work and missed the broadcast; does anyone know where to watch it online?

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    Yep! It's online now.

    http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/iteam&id=9211854

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  10. Thanks CWB for all you do. We all know the business can't speak up if they do they will have City Hall problems with licensing, building inspections and liquor license issues.

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  11. Here's the statement from the COH:

    "I can confidently say the individuals that are committing crimes in the area are not coming here for our services," said Center on Halsted's Tom Elliott.

    How would he know unless he patrols the streets after hours and sees who is committing the crimes? He should share his knowledge with the police instead of lying to the news.

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  12. Write to them. They need to know people aren't happy with that whitewash job. they passed off misleading and untrue information.

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  13. Wow... That was laughable! Tunney looked like an bumbling idiot (per usual) and the Commander distorts the truth. Shame on them.

    Thank goodness you all made a splash on there!

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  14. Everytime a police commander or McGoofus lies about the stats or tries to downplay them, you should send the real stats to NEWS agencies like DNAINFO.com or something and ABC7. I didnt catch the report but its been going on TOOOO long that the public is only getting one side of the story(if that was the case) In all crime throughout the whole city.

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  15. Heh-heh.

    It's like ol' Baghdad Bob of the Ministry of Information talking about: there are no American troops here in Baghdad, there are no tanks here. Where? Where are they? We hit them and the flew to the back...

    I'm sure you can find the clips on youtube if you're not familiar.

    Search for "Baghdad Bob"

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  16. Anonymous said...

    Heh-heh.

    It's like ol' Baghdad Bob of the Ministry of Information talking about: there are no American troops here in Baghdad, there are no tanks here. Where? Where are they? We hit them and the flew to the back...

    I'm sure you can find the clips on youtube if you're not familiar.

    Search for "Baghdad Bob"
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    That's funny!! Who could forget Baghdad Bob?

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  17. I found it interesting that not only did they have that breaking story of the shooting in uptown, the crime in boystown story and a story on chicago being one of the highest for gangs in the country. Yet crime is down?

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  18. Isn't funny Mark Kirk seems more worried about the crime in Chicago than our own Mayor and Alderman. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/19/mark-kirk-anti-gang_n_3781556.html?utm_hp_ref=chicago All our Mayor, Police Command and Alderman say "Crime is Down", it's a "Perception Issue".

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  19. "I can confidently say the individuals that are committing crimes in the area are not coming here for our services," said Center on Halsted's Tom Elliott.
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    He got eaten ALIVE at the CAPS meeting at Masonic Hospital a couple of weeks ago. I want to see him show up at a CAPS meeting at the police station on Addison. He is incredibly out of touch with reality!

    Also - re: Voulgaris - has anyone noticed that he looks like Bobby Hill (from "King of the Hill?")

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  20. Heads up, guys! Tunney is hosting a safety class so we can protect ourselves :) Well, that is, "if" we had a problem on our streets...


    http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130819/lakeview/worried-about-lakeview-crime-tunney-co-host-free-martial-arts-class

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  21. Wow commander can I get a side order of rice with that Crap gyro you just served up with your lies?

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  22. Tunney, on last evening's Channel 7 report, looked like a bumbling idiot --- stating that the violence here would not be tolerated. Oh, yeah, he's really doing a lot to get rid of it! What a lying sack!

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  23. The real issue is ABC letting this clown getting away with his lies. If this blog can get the real crime stats, a "real" reporter should be able to as well. It's a shame that news reporters no longer do any attempt of investigative journalism - they just take whatever is spoon fed to them. Shame on ABC7.

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  24. The quote by Tom Elliot of COH - people committing the crimes are not coming here for our services - is pointless and meaningless. COH attracted the crime problem, and they can do nothing about it.

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  25. THANKS to CWB for tracking the FACTS. When are the neighbors going to get pissed off enough to do something about getting even more attention to this problem - picket and protest at the police station, in front of Tunney's office, the mayor's office, etc.

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  26. everyone should go on the abc website and reference the chart on how robberies are on the street and not in alley.

    http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/iteam&id=9211854

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  27. Again people look at the officers that are NOT working the beat in 019! Ask the Commander why he has not 1 but 2 tact secretaries working in the tact office. This is a hiding spot. Ask how many officer are assigned to the CAPS office and what their hours are? Then ask yourself do they need that many? The commander could easily cut the CAPS staff 2-3 officers. Ask the commander why there are 8 foot officers working on the 3rd watch yet beat cars are routinely downed and/or only working one man. These beat cars that are down means that YOU don't have a beat car working where you live. Also ask the commander why there are 2 more officers on 3rd watch who work quality of life missions but really don't do much, in fact when robbery in progress calls come out and there aren't any officers available to respond, these officers are excused from answering the radio. So add it up, 1 from tact, 10 from 3rd watch, and 3 from CAPS means 14 officers NOT working in beat cars on YOUR beat. This is just off the top of my head. If you really dig, you can find more, so don't listen to the typical "we are short man power" from the commander or "we have a decrease in the increase which is a positive trend" from your CAPs Sgt. (who really will do or say anything to avoid working midnights because of his seniority). Ask why do foot officers have Saturday and Sunday off? when most of the thefts/robberies occur on the weekend? It's your neighborhood, your beat, your tax dollars, ask yourself are you getting not just your monies worth, but are you getting your fair share? Oh and 5 people shot in Uptown, 1 do a, 4500 n. Sheridan.

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  28. That CoH spokesperson spends time at the coffee stand in Whole Foods. If you run in to him let him know how inaccurate he was, and how he is part of the destruction of Chicago's only gay community.

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  29. CAPS program needs to go away. Most real Police will say the same thing. It's a waste of $ and time. Results = 0. It's used a PR lying machine. What have we accomplished by these meetings?

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  30. I still find the idea of Chuck Goudie as our intrepid investigative journalist quite funny. The man couldn't find a couch in a living room. Still, it's good to have the power of network TV broadcasting the plight of Wrigleyville.

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  31. "Perception" In this case that word may work to our advantage. Imagine that you live in another neighborhood, or suburb, any place but Lakeview, and you were watching the spokesman for The Center last night. I think the prevailing perception of most people would be, "I wouldn't want that in my neighborhood."

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  32. That guy from the Center on Halsted really does remind me of the Iraqi Information Minister from 2002.

    http://imgur.com/tafYQuw

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  33. Do you miss me yet?

    Richie Daley

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  34. Every district has a tact secretary and an intelligence officer. The intelligence officer puts the compstat book together and probably knows more of what is going on in the district than the commander does. No way would I want that job.

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  35. You mean Constat where they reclassify the crimes so they can say crime is down. Compstat is all BS. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/08/nyregion/08captain.html?_r=0 Former Commander Recalls Pressure to Alter Reports from NYC. People we are being lied to. If we did this in the private sector it would be jail time.

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  36. Ive been on the job over 20 years and have never seen a Compstat book, and our "district intelligence officer" wouldn't know a Gangster disciple from a 4CH.......... that's a four corner hustler Vice Lord for those of you who don't know...and tact secretaries, yea ones enough not two, then it's a hiding spot. Wise up!!!!!!

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  37. Excellent program called America Tonight on the new Aljazeera America needs channel regarding Chicago crime and gang violence. This really is the Iraq of the American Midwest. Scared the shit out of me and can't sleep. AJAM is channel 326 on RCN. They have a Chicago bureau; been writing to them regarding our area. They seem very interested. I sent them the link to this blog for further info. Thanks for your hard work!

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  38. Anonymous Anonymous said...
    Ive been on the job over 20 years and have never seen a Compstat book...

    God Bless Office on your years of service but Compstat has only been around for a couple of years. If you are interested in seeing the Compstat book, trek on up to your DC's office and take a look. Title the district person(s)as an intelligence officer, a CAPS person, a tac sec'y or whatever else you want but every district now has one or more people dedicated to compiling weekly and monthly stats from officer activity, manpower, crime, associates of criminals and victims and whatever else this current administration wants to blame the DC for as it relates to increased crime. Relax, we are all on the same team forced to play by their ever changing rules. Just be glad that you have your 20 in and make the best of the rest.

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  39. It is frankly just amazing how incompetent our Chicago Police force is in securing this area from violent crime. I used to see police on bicycles all the time in the area; I haven't seen any this summer. What the heck is going on and why can't this force get the job done? If they can't do it, call in the National Guard for Peet's sake!

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