Friday, May 02, 2014

TAKE TAKE TAKE: With Two Cops Hurt, Service Organization Refused To Provide Video, Officers Say

Is help a one-way street?
Two police officers were injured yesterday as they tried to take a violent offender into custody outside of the former Diplomat Hotel at Belmont and Sheffield. The facility, which recently underwent a $13 million tax payer-subsidized renovation, is now run as affordable housing by Thresholds.

According to some cops, Thresholds refused to provide surveillance footage of the incident to police officers who were on-scene.

We wrote an email to Thresholds' CEO Mark Ishaug this morning seeking his input. We have received no reply. We later emailed Thresholds' public relations office to reiterate our desire for their input. Still no reply.

Of note: At a recent fundraiser for Alderman Tom Tunney, the alderman was introduced to the crowd by Mark Ishaug.

Our email to Ishaug, which was also included with our submission to the agency's PR office, follows:
Date: Fri, May 2, 2014 at 8:34 AM
To: Mark Ishaug
Cc: Tom Tunney, Bennett Lawson
Mr. Ishaug...
My partners and I publish an online site that aims to raise awareness of certain crime and policing issues in Wrigleyville and Boystown. Two points of conversation are the 27% reduction in the 19th district's police force and service agencies' support or lack of support for police efforts.
We are preparing a story for publication today that you are welcome to have a voice in.
Yesterday at about noontime, two police officers were injured while trying to take a violent offender into custody outside of Thresholds' facility in the rehabbed Diplomat Hotel. 
That offender also has a recent history of trying to disarm a police officer.
After the offender was secured, police officers determined that the Thresholds' facility possessed surveillance video footage of the incident but Thresholds' staff repeatedly refused to provide the footage to the officers. The officers, two of whom were injured in the process of detaining an apparent Thresholds client who had reportedly injured a third person, left empty handed.
Can you tell us about this incident? 
Has Thresholds provided the video to the police department? 
What is Thresholds policy regarding co-operation with police officers who are performing their sworn duties?
It is worth noting that less than four hours after the previous incident, the staff at another Thresholds facility around the corner called 911 for help when a woman with apparent psychiatric issues threatened the staff. 
Both the "Diplomat" and the other Thresholds location on Belmont call for police assistance with regularity. In most cases, the police are sent on their way after situations are neutralized with charges being rare.
It is disappointing to learn that the staff of these two facilities apparently don't feel that a relationship with the police department is a two-way street.
We believe that service agencies play a very important role in Lake View and we are pleased to see that some of the agencies have adopted policies that are more supportive of law enforcement. Other agencies continue to be unhelpful, even when the need for cooperation is plainly apparent.
Can you tell us where Thresholds stands?
Thank you,
[Signed]
UPDATE: Surprise!  Fifteen minutes after our post, Thresholds' PR office sent us an email. To be clear, Thresholds' staff was said to have "refused" to provide their video to officers on scene yesterday, not that they had to consult with IT.
Thresholds values our relationship with the Chicago Police Department and Chicago’s Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS). In fact, Thresholds has partnered with CPD in the past to develop training for its Crisis Intervention Team officers. We could not do our work without support from the Chicago Police Department, and we work with them often on matters involving the safety of our communities and those we serve.  
However, your assertion that Thresholds refused to provide video surveillance of yesterday’s incident to the Chicago Police Department today is not accurate. Thresholds’ video surveillance equipment at Fred and Pamela Buffett Place is digital, and in order to obtain a file, our staff need to request it from both the vendor and our Information Services staff. We were happy to provide the video, but for these reasons could not produce a file immediately. We delivered the footage to the 19th police district office today, as soon as it was available. 
If you would like additional details about this incident, please reach out to the Chicago Police Department’s media affairs office.  
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20 comments:

  1. One day to get video to police. 15 minutes to craft this pile of garbage. Priorities.

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  2. So, say if a violent crime were to occur within range of a camera, but unwitnessed save for an injured victim or victim(s), the offender would have roughly 24 hours to wander the city before the police could get their hands on video that might identify him/her and lead to their capture. Outstanding!

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  3. thats complete and exquisite bullshit. my place of employment has digital video surveillance and if need be, we can knock out the footage AND copy it to DVD, all WITHOUT vendor assistance or IS. unless these people are complete and utter nimrods, the entire process takes less that 20 minutes. if an offender commits, say, a class x felony on camera and they pull this shit, its called obstruction of justice.

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  4. I was with you until "We believe that service agencies play a very important role in Lake View"

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    1. Ya know? That "feel good" stuff is tiring.

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  5. I can understand that on-site staff may not have access to nor the tech skills to immediately provide the footage. But it occurred during normal business hours and could have been provided within hours. By an IT help desk rep pretty quickly.

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  6. "We believe that service agencies play a very important role in Lake View"

    Yes, that vital role is infesting the neighborhood with criminals. You've got to call it like it is, and those places are a plague in this neighborhood.

    Tunney sold this area out, and he needs to be held accountable in the next election.

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    1. Their drop in center on Lakeview has been there for decades.

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    2. And your point is ......?
      Decades ago we didn't have brazen entitled idiots running up and down our streets.
      I invite you to come sit in Caribou Coffee at the corner of Halsted and Cornelia anyway weeknight and watch the freak show that passes by headed south, around 9:20pm (or right after the CoH closes) and watch them try to intimidate and harrass people who are minding their own business.

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  7. I live up the street from there and now there are transients all over the neighborhood roaming around. This neighborhood is slowly turning into Uptown. Give it time and it will be an utter disaster.

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    1. I agree. It's unfortunately heading in the direction of "Skid Row."

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    2. tick tock tick tock we have no law around the clock

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  8. Sounds to me CWB that your pressure caused a "meeting of the minds" and a change in attitude. Nice work!

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    1. Real reporting. God knows we need it. Fuck wgn 9 fox abc 7 nbc 5 and cbs 2 news media. Little baby media owners afraid to report the take over of this city. Our city!

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  9. Total bullshit! Not only did they refuse the video, several of their social workers came out of their holes and started yelling at the officers about not doing their jobs correctly and that the officers should have "talked the situation down"...WTF??? A building full of jerks who side up with criminals and crazies over officers injured protecting our neighborhood...that place is a joke!

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    1. Let me get this straight ... some social "workers" came out of their holes - yelled at sworn police officers on how to do their jobs correctly - and then suggested that a "conversation" with the thugs and criminals would be a solution?? I say, right then and there, that is grounds for shutting that "agency" down and moving them the hell out of my neighborhood. Listening, Tunney? Voulgaris? Rahm? Anyone, anyone?

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  10. Tunney is the new Helen Shiller, turning Lakeview into Uptown!

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    1. That's why we need term limits.

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  11. I figured when they renovated the Diplomat and put Thresholds clients in there it would be essentially the same detriment to the neighborhood, just that the building would no longer be a future towering inferno. I stayed there myself for two months in early 2008 and could tell you some stories, I wish I had owned a flip video back then, it was like a John Waters movie. It always had Thresholds clients in it.
    Thresholds has a drop in Center near the shopping on Diversey, it's been there for eons and their clients were typically the ones who shoplifted from area stores, drank in public and loitered without spending money, pre CoH. It was just annoying but not super-dangerous.
    Most of you know the guy who wears a cheap winter cap 365 days a year. He is not homeless, he just pretends to be to get drinking money. And so on.

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  12. I remember years ago when I was but a rookie cop, there was a lady in the neighborhood who decided to run out to the store for a few minutes and left her front door wide open intentionally because she didn't want to bring her keys. Well you guessed it two ne'er do wells helped themselves to her television and other stuff. Good thing was a neighbor witnessed it, so we put him in our car to drive around and look for the offenders. Sure enough we passed the diplomat and this witness tells me and my partner what a lovely place the Diplomat was, that it provided much needed housing for poor people and that it was a success story in the neighborhood. Almost on cue another car stopped two guys carrying a television about a block away. We drove by and the witness instantly identified them as the guys he saw... Where did they live? The Diplomat... I asked him how his success story was going now...

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