Sunday, July 27, 2014

CONFLICTED: Superintendent Says Parks Are Protected; Sergeant Says Don't Send Cops Alone

What's down there? Crime. And manpower. (Image: Peter V. Bella)
The morning after a recent riot at Montrose Beach, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy told reporters, "Montrose and the rest of the parks around the city are receiving significant attention and will continue to do so."

You won't be surprised to hear us say that McCarthy was lying.

19th district officers were called to Montrose Beach around 1:15PM yesterday after a man was beaten up by a group of offenders near the soccer fields. Police radio:
Sergeant: "Is Park District security around?"
Dispatcher: "Every time we call, it goes to voicemail. I’ve never talked to a human person."
Another sign of McCarthy's BS: 19th district dispatchers were instructed this morning not to sent police units to the Montrose lakefront alone.

As usual, when you want to know what's really going on, listen to the people on the front lines.

Yesterday's victim was treated at Weiss hospital. The incident is recorded as a battery in CPD case HX361202.

Helmont Burns On

Raw data released by the city now confirms two more robberies along the 800 to 1000 blocks of Belmont, which has racked up untold numbers of muggings since mid-June.

The latest cases to be confirmed by the city are a strong arm robbery at 2AM on Friday, July 18 and another strong arm robbery outside of 1000 Liquors, 1000 W Belmont, at 3:22AM on July 5.
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32 comments:

  1. Garry McCarthy is a disgrace to the Chicago Police Department and a disgrace to the City of Chicago - plain and simple. He has zero respect for the department's officers and the citizens of Chicago. He is the perfect minion for Rahm Emanuel. He is severely out of touch with what this city and it's citizenry needs. He is trying to distract us all from the bigger issues by simply blaming the guns for everything crime-related. There are several elements to the crime problem here and he continues to focus on one issue and gets snarly when questioned about anything but guns.

    It's time for this man, our mayor and 44th ward alderman to exit the building so to speak. It is time for an experienced Chicago cop who is in touch with Chicago reality to be the Superintendent. The department's morale is broken.

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    1. Just saw McStupid on the news blaming guns, guns, guns....on the weekend shootings. I'm no fan of guns and don't plan to buy one....but it doesn't take a genius to know it's not a gun problem, but a GANG problem that plagues the city of Chicago.

      I'm really at a loss here....what does it have to take for the residents of Chicago to take to the streets, knock down the door or city hall (or at least our worthless Alderfools) to DEMAND something be done??

      I was at Taste of Lincoln Avenue this afternoon, and I lost count after seeing 12 officers milling about. This is NOT a high crime area.

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    2. What a load of horseshit ... that many cops milling around in Lincoln Avenue, and the thugs were running amok on Halsted even before sunset tonight. Haven't seen a single cop walk by in five hours of sitting on my deck ... but I DID see two thug-looking members of the "North Halsted Security Detail" doing the knuckle-bump with a thug who I KNOW stole a friend's bicycle off his porch.

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    3. The above post demonstrates a lack of knowledge. Just a few years ago the Taste of Lincoln usually pulled in 40,000 people a day easy. Every year there were fights, robberies and all sorts of quality of life problems. The neighborhood complained to then 019th district commander who got extra manpower approved to send in to the fest. Usually in the form of 50 recruits. As the fest has lost some steam the numbers of officers pulled in have been reduced. The above complainer would most likely lead the protest if something bad happened at the fest because there weren't enough police... Face it pal you can't have police everywhere at all times...

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    4. The Officers at Lincoln street fest were detailed from 011, 025 etc. maybe 5 officers were from 019. Quit crying until u know the facts

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    5. "....but it doesn't take a genius to know it's not a gun problem, but a GANG problem that plagues the city of Chicago."


      Blaming it on gangs is like blaming it on bling. Yes, they do tend to form gangs, just like they tend to wear a lot of bling, but neither are the cause of the problem. Same goes for fatherless households. Same goes for voting Democratic. Same goes for "schools that fail them." Same goes for drugs. Same goes for teenage pregnancy. Same goes for [insert ostensibly-honest but socially-safe reason here]. Actually, reading this stuff over and over, I'm beginning to believe it DOES take a genius...

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  2. They Mayor will dump McCarthy, you can bet on that. He's just figuring out the timing, so he doesn't look like he's been painted into a corner.

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    1. Cite rationale behind your speculation. I'd love nothing more than for this scenario to happen (well, Rahm needs to be dumped, too ...) but what is the basis of your statement?

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    2. McMoron's health will be the reason stated. Working out the severance package. Eddie Johnson will be the next Supt. He meets the profile Tiny Dancer needs to get back some south and west side voters. Luckily, he's a good cop.

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    3. McCarthy is becoming a poison to Emmanuel. Crime-wise, the city is a national joke, and the Mayor can't afford to take the blame with an election looming, so McCarthy will be served up. Emmanuel just has to work out the timing so it doesn't look like he's weak and caving in to pressure. But McCarthy's days are numbered, that's for sure. Emmanuel can't afford to keep him around.

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    4. I tend to agree with some of the posters here, that Rahm will blame McStupid and throw him under the bus. I'm no fan of McCarthy, but Rahm will have a hard time putting all the blame on him since under Rahm's watch, he's merged police districts and refused to hire more cops.

      McCarthy has made an ass of himself by allowing himself to be Rahm's idiot piss boy....repeating sound bites and saying whatever the mayor demands that he say. Hope he has a good retirement package because no city in the U.S. is going to hire him after Chicago turned into Chiraq while he was top cop.

      Fellow officers out on this blog....why is it that the past two top cops were brought in from the outside? What ever happened to hiring the top guy from within the PD? Who better to lead the Chicago PD than a career Chicago cop?? Stupid politics...

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    5. Jfed was brought in because the Feds were looking very hard at our government and policies. They were looking hard at little Richie and the bracelets were not far behind. Richie met them head on by offering up the police department and hiring a Fed to change it from within. Easiest way to see the influence... The department used to be proactive, officers stopped people on the streets. Jfed wanted the department to work more like the FBI, get paper, follow leads, take your time arrest only when necessary...

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  3. What could possibly constitute 'significant attention' for the parks?
    Let me speculate......maybe.....'We spotted parks on some AAA maps we had in the break room'.
    Or maybe.......'We went over to Montrose, for a riot a couple of weeks ago. I'm pretty sure that's a park, isn't it? So whadda ya's want, anyhow?'
    And Park Police, come on! IF there's a bigger joke or a more effective flushing of taxpayers dollars in the entire city (and that is one f-ing tall order) somebody pa-leeeeze show us what it could possibly be.

    RE GM's 'significant attention' lie --- Here's the real situation:
    (I posted this earlier)
    A few days after the Montrose riot, there was a lone bike-cop on the path near the totem pole. God-forbid anybody would actually go on the damn lake shore or over by the sanctuary....like where the actual CRIMES happen. Anyhow, so many people were amazed to see an actual cop, even in the no-crime bike lane next to LSD, that they kept stopping they guy...saying how great it was to see some law enforcement. I'm not sure he got 100 yards in a half hour.
    'Significant attention'.....BS.
    You could count the number of cops you see in a friggin week in the park, on a bike, on foot, horseback, in a cruiser, a boat, tank, helicopter, WTH, add in the number of cops who even thought about going to a park....you could count 'em on one hand and have plenty of fingers left over.

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    1. When CPD was at full force we had cops assigned to parks. BTW, the current head of Chicago Park District Security is the former #2 guy under Supt Cline. Then he went to Streets & Sans and was Commissioner when we had that snow-related screw-up on LSD. That's 3 pensions taxpayers!!

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    2. And the he fired a whole bunch of security officers when he took office and has yet to replace them .

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    3. That is GREAT intel about Park District Security 'management'.
      Seriously, what a damn mess.
      Even the cops can't reach them on the phone....(from the article above).
      And just out of curiosity, I wonder what we all pay for THAT level of service.
      Shit goes wrong in every city. No place is perfect.
      But folks....lifetime Chicago boosters need to get d'eir heads outta d'eir butts.
      The level of gross insider (and union) self-dealing / protectionism, at the expense of the residents and the taxpayers is un-doing this city. It is NOT like this other places....except Detroit....well and Trenton, and Philly. New Orleans, to an extent. See the pattern ????

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    4. This also applies to the CPD where clout and connections count more for promotions than anything else.

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  4. The Belmont CTA station and the intersection of Belmont/Sheffield have surveillance cameras coming out the wazoo. Forget the detectives. Why doesn't the 19th district commander or the 19th district tact team begin posting these surveillance photos of robbers on the district website, in local newspapers, or if they're really serious about doing something BOLD, post the pics on CWB?
    What good are all these cameras if the police don't use them?

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    1. Because the cameras aren't always pointing at the robbery. You have way too much faith in technology. Cameras catch far less crime than you would imagine. Besides, what good would the photos really do? Do you think you would know these guys? They're not from around here. The only think that stops robberies are more cops on the street and less victims. As long as this area has late night bars and restaurants it will have a ready pool of victims.

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    2. The photos may actually be valuable. Some of these fools are dumb enough to return to the neighborhood.

      I have put two and two together and deduced that there is a cell phone theft ring of teenagers, early twenty somethings who clearly don't live around here. I see them every weekend walking up and down Sheffield between Roscoe and School. They have a meeting place at a residential stair case next to Redmond's. They meet there and then break off individually into different directions and return back and forth. I called the cops after seeing one of them yank a cell phone only to have the police not be able to make an arrest because he didn't have the phone on him. I am quite sure they are passing the stolen property off to each other and then making a quick exit via the red line or some other mode of transportation out of the neighborhood.

      Trust me, some of these fools robbing people are unintelligent enough to come back and hang around the area.

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    3. And your faith in technology is misplaced once again. The quality of pictures are horrible... What this would do is increase the number of concerned citizen calls that speculate that "that's the guy in the picture" when really it isn't. You watch too much television. First who do you think is watching the cameras??? Must be the extra 50 or so officers the district is refusing to put on the street right??? No, the district is short and there is no one sitting there recording anything.

      For the record I'm a cop, I've worked with the stores and gotten them to turn over video footage (Berlin's is actually very cooperative FYI). Do you know how many arrests have been made from the footage I got?

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      Do you know how many convictions??

      0.

      In those cases the defense attorney was able to get the video thrown out as prejudicial and speculative because "the quality wasn't good enough"

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  5. Do you know what was going on Friday night around 11:30pm? We had cops driving around the west side of Lake View using their spot lights looking for someone.

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    1. Nothing serious. Give us some cross streets and we can dig deeper.

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    2. I saw them on Lakewood, south of Barry.

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    3. That's the time the officers do "shadow puppets" using their spotlights

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  6. Do the Guardian Angels usually get involved in such crime waves? This may be nuts, but if nothing changes:

    what's left but concerned, motivated, pro-active citizen patrols, communicating/updating each other in real time and reporting trouble to the cops if called for. Bonus: they also know the time they call in trouble and the response time.

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  7. That gas station has been a trouble spot. they are victims now and I hope it hurts.

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  8. Blaming the guns for the violence is simply shifting focus away from the real issue: lack of parenting, no family structure. Apparently it's easier to focus on the downstream incidents (gun violence) than it is the source of the problem (kids having kids). It's not the guns folks, sorry. I don't think we need 2,220 different types of guns either, but, unfortunately that's not the root of the problem. Why doesn't the media cover this? Why would we expect the violence to end without hitting the root causes? This is just absurd. Really, it is.

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    1. The "root cause" for gun violence in Boystown and Wrigleyville is attracting violent people to a peaceful neighborhood. Let them stay where they belong and shoot it out amongst themselves.

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    2. Because guns are inherently dangerous, and seem to get in the hands of these knuckleheads too easily.

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  9. Look, someone actually taking action after drunken rampages! http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-lisle/ct-downtown-bar-hours-naperville-tl-0731-20140729,0,3940.story

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