Tuesday, January 06, 2015

RAHM: Security "Blind Spots" To Be Fixed Throughout City; CAPS Meeting Scheduled For Wednesday (Bring Your Blind Spots List!)

In Rahm Emanuel's first public comments about the pre-Christmas mugging of his son on the family's own street, the mayor Monday said "there are some blind spots" on his street and Chicago police are "going to address it, from a safety on the block, not the safety of the house, or us…it's [the police department's] job to do it for everyone in the city, not just us."

His timing is impeccable!

Wrigleyville and Boystown's monthly CAPS meeting will be held tomorrow night and we encourage—nay, we urge—everyone to bring a list of all potential blind spots to the meeting so the department can begin to address them forthwith.

The meeting will be at 7PM tomorrow (Wednesday) at the 19th district police station on Addison. 

We are delighted to learn that the department will be addressing these matters "for everyone in the city."

From our comments section:
In my 42 years of living in Chicago, I think that is the most royal thing I've ever heard come out of a mayor's mouth. Deluded enough to think we're concerned for the blind spots on his block in the face of crime on our own blocks, and double-deluded enough to actually come out and make it a focal point of a new conference.
And, this:
I'll take a wild guess -- the "blind spots" will be filled by redeploying more officers from 19 to the Mayor's security detail
As a kicker, the mayor told reporters that his 17-year-old son was robbed during a phone conversation with the boy's "college counselor." Outside. At 10PM. On a Friday night.

Tidbits

The 19th district entered its first RAP of the new year at 5:40 Sunday morning. "RAP," or "Radio Assignments Pending" status is declared whenever a district has no police officers available to handle incoming calls for help.

• 19th district officers generated the first Chicago police report of the year in 2014. This year, they came in second place, writing the second report of the year for a simple battery complaint.
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33 comments:

  1. I'll believe ya when me shit turns purple and smells like rainbow sherbet.

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  2. Stealing police resources is called "blind spots" ?

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  3. So 420 dealers and now called College Counselors?

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  4. Just my 2 cents, mayor would have been better off simply saying this is a family matter and there will be no further comments. Thanks for the assist from 19th district personnel, reviewing issues with them.

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    1. Bingo! That might have been the smart thing to do.
      But my guess is that he's pissed as hell.
      According to the police report, the kid got strong-arm robbed and assaulted at 4213 N Hermitage.
      The Google, and my own drive-past, says that's 160 feet from the mayor's own house, and presumably the security detail.
      Now, if I had a police-certified security detail and they failed to detect an assault on my kid, from that distance, I think I might be really pissed too.
      This 'review of blind spots' is political theatre. Some folks are getting their nose rubbed in it.
      And it's not going to smell like rainbow sherbet either.

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  5. "college counselor" = weed dealer?

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  6. Hate to be a downer, but attending a CAPS meeting is about as huge of a waste of time as contacting Tunney or Rahmmy to do something about the crime. They don't care folks.

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    1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarcasm

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    2. I happen to know (never mind how I know, but I do ...) that Tunney will be in attendance Wednesday night. Let's nail him to the cross with questions!!! And don't take any shit from him. He will not blow me off, like he did last summer. Let's do this. A hundred taxpaying citizens from ward 44 in the audience - and bombard him with good strong probing questions on not only the "blind spots" but ALL of the issues in the ward.

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    3. He ignores or blows off any question he doesn't want to answer. You can do nothing to change that. Your claims that you can only make it seem that you are are as full of it as him.

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    4. Maybe CAPS meetings are a waste of time but it's the only means of speaking up that they give us. If enough people show up it will mean that we are listening and are watching what they do. And how we will vote in the next election. I hate CAPS meetings too and it's going to be seriously cold tonight but I can't sit at home doing nothing.

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    5. I will absolutely be there and I will absolutely be asking some pointed questions.

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    6. What happened??

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  7. "College counselor?" The punk has not even finished high school yet.

    Who are they kidding?

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    1. A college counselor is a real job at high schools. They assist Juniors and Seniors with applications, scholarships, and essays for college admissions.

      But, yea, it's odd and hard to imagine Rahm's son is on the phone with such a person in this scenario.

      When I was the same age, I told my parents that their china cabinet was broken when they went out of town because my buddy slept over and was "sleepwalking". Of course, sleepwalking really meant we both got drunk, blacked out, and had to come up with some story. My parents bought the story and they're supposedly smart professional people like the Emanuel parents. I think parents are so gullible when it comes to their kid's innocence. Or, they know it's a bullshit lie, but just don't feel like kicking that bee hive because the kid gets good grades and mostly stays out of trouble.

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  8. God forbid a "journalist" asks the prince about the blind spots covering 99% of the remaining city.

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  9. Another Mayor that wishes he was King. When it takes huge amounts of money and connections to have a chance to win the race, this is the type you get. That's the system people put up with. The truth is, he doesn't give a damn about anyone elses blindspots, so expect 4 cars around his house rather than 2. I'd like to know what college this counselor was from. Why doesn't someone ask that question?

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  10. what does 'BLIND SPOTS' specifically and actually mean??? emperor rahm at his finest........

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  11. Can someone attending the meeting ask him to address the blindspot called the 19th district?

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  12. rahm....what an ass. i wish i could be at the meeting tomorrow but i'm always working at that time! can't wait to hear a report if you guys are going to be there crime blog. you guys are the best btw.

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  13. Who paid for the bus stop bench advertising for the Tunney opponent/44th ward business owner? Forgot his name already but remember him as a business/real estate owner around there.

    It read "Tired of Crime?"..... Blah, blah.

    Anyway, those benches are VERY expensive to rent. Who paid?

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  14. Your supposition about the redeployment was right on the money.

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  15. FARK - I have a dinner tonight.
    I will happily pay somebody to go to the CAPS meeting tonight and ask Tunney the following question -
    "It is an obvious and well-know FACT that violent street crime is WAY up this neighborhood. Robberies alone are up 60% since 2007. SIXTY PERCENT! Sixty! And our police coverage rate is down by 25% since 2011 alone. Crime up 60% Police coverage down 25%. What can you PROMISE your constituents that you will ACHIEVE...not try...not attempt...what can you promise your constituents that you will SO to address this?"
    Post a video of his response.
    I'm serious. I will pay.

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    1. Typo. Sorry. Darn it.
      "....promise your constituents you will DO to address this?"

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    2. "We will look at those statistics and work closely with the CPD. Next question."...Tom Tunney

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    3. RE the question posed above -
      Did Tunney actually say this last night?
      Or is this just sarcasm.

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    4. WHOA. Did Tunney actually say that at the CAPS meeting? ^^^ If so, that's at a level of "Shut up shut up" and "You're just one person," to make such a statement and then dismissively ask for the next question. WTF does he think he is???

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    5. I was at the CAPS meeting last night (where were all of you?!) Tunney never said that.

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    6. OK. Thank you for that input.
      If this blog and the comments section in particular are going to garner the respect they (both) deserve, then the info has to be accurate / reliable. So thank you for going to the meeting and for posting.
      Any chance we can get you to post a longer review of the meeting?
      I think a lot of us are especially interested in TT's comments RE the subjects in the question above.

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    7. If it's in the story, we have vetted the information. No publication that we know of researches the accuracy of reader comments before posting.

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    8. There were more aldermanic candidates than citizens at the meeting. Thomas and Davis used it as a forum for themselves to conduct a meeting with the Cmdr. Nothing to report.

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  16. Like that kid needs a college counselor......His last name and his fathers connections would make any school in the country take him.....Unless he is a straight F student and scores 50 on his SAT's......even then .....im sure they would line up

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  17. And the "college counselor's" admission packets come in multiple flavors, and oh so tiny plastic "folders". For us to believe this load of misdirection, we'd have to be as self-deluded as his ass-holiness da mayor. I'm still trying to get past the "fact" that both cameras were nonfunctional on his block. Really?? Who believes anything out of Rahm's mouth?
    20+ million in your coffers buys a lot of favors and votes. Please people, tell your friends to get off their asses on election day and vote. I may not like the ballot choices, but I'll vote for anyone other than the POS still calling himself "our" mayor.

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