Wednesday, April 15, 2015

GET OVER IT: Another Homicide On The Streets Of Uptown Overnight; Record Pace Continues

A 24-year-old woman became Uptown’s third homicide victim of the year overnight, shot dead as she sat in a vehicle on Broadway, about a block north of Montrose.

Incredibly, the gunfire was heard over a mile away by officers sitting outside of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's home.

Things are not looking good for Uptown, which recorded five homicides for all of last year and only one in 2013. The neighborhood has also racked up four non-fatal shootings this year, compared to two at this time last year and one in 2013.

And judging from recent statements to the press by elected officials, there's no reason to expect any improvement in police staffing for the 19th district, which protects Lakeview, Uptown, North Center, and parts of Lincoln Park.

Less than three weeks ago, Emanuel told DNAInfo Chicago that the city had “clamped as much as we can,” on gangs in Uptown.

Newly re-elected Uptown Alderman James Cappleman seems to have changed the way he measures success—ignoring the increase in dead bodies to instead claim that "gangs are down." From the April 3 Chicago Reader:
"Ten years ago, we had five gangs and they were selling drugs like a lemonade stand and we were seeing massive amounts of fighting in the middle of the street," says Cappleman. Now only two gangs fight for turf in the ward, he says. "We are now seeing gang members who feel threatened they will go extinct."
It’s hard not to laugh at stupidity like that, but it wins elections in Chicago.

Even Wrigleyville and Boystown Alderman Tom Tunney seems to be saying that everyone just needs to get used to not having cops, telling DNAINfo last weekend,
What I've always believed is there are enough police officers, they're just not always there at the time of day you think you need them. But that's a management issue, and I don't walk in their shoes.
He always believed there are enough officers? That’s weird. On January 16, Tunney promised that the 27% reduction in police manpower that we’ve suffered since 2012 would be reversed:
One of my top priorities in 2014 was to increase the number of officers in the 19th District.  I worked closely with the Chicago Police Department on this and they responded to my requests…and [the district] continue[s] to receive new officers every month.  This will continue until we are back to the staffing level that we were prior to the consolidation of the 19th and 23rd districts.
Despite the assurances of Tunney, Cappleman, and other city leaders, the Chicago Police Department itself reports that manpower in our district actually went down last year, and currently sits at a record low level.

No officers have been allowed to transfer into the district since Tunney’s re-election in February.

Get over it.
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20 comments:

  1. Cappleman's and Tunney's quotes are so inane and obtuse that it's hard not to laugh, except it is such a serious matter and those "leaders" are just spewing politically expedient bullshit rather than addressing the issue. I can't stand to look at them. They are repulsive individuals worthy of disdain and scorn.

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    1. It makes me so mad. Real people are hurt like those in the car jacking story a few days ago. There should never be enough police iin these aldermans job description for our districts.

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    2. "They are repulsive individuals worthy of disdain and scorn."

      I totally agree. And it makes my blood boil that they both were re-elected. Apparently, most of the residents of both wards approve of their (lack of) performing their jobs. It is clear that both of them don't give a rats ass about their constituents.

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    3. I like this post...... amen ,,,, amen

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  2. Why should they care now? They both got re-elected to their $100,000+/year "jobs" as alderthings. Both are spineless, they have lied repeatedly to the constituents (especially Tunney, who surely is growing a Pinocchio nose), and it's depressing as hell. The very sight of Tunney makes me want to vomit.

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  3. Police Officers may not be allowed to transfer out to anywhere by an A$$hole Superintendent and his idiotic policing policies but, I know of at least 10 Police Officers and Sergeants that WILL retire by the end of 2015, in addition there were 12 Officers promoted to Detective and they are going to the Southside and none coming back, and this is just for 019 District!

    The job of being the Police today really sucks and we as a country are reverting back to the Wild, Wild West mentality!

    You all NEED to get your "carry and conceal weapons licenses", because when you need help, Police are many minutes and possibly hours away to help you!

    From someone on the inside of police operations that knows and don't attack the messenger!

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    1. Thanks for the tip. That just went to the top of my priority list.

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    2. Thank you for all that you do. It is sad that I have to buy a weapon for my business and my home now to protect myself from the thugs and thuggettes. :(

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  4. Sickening, depraved indifference from them ALL! Does something awful have to happen to someone they know before they wake up and add more police? What's it going to take for these blockheads to deal with reality??!!! I just can't believe their sickening detachment and tone deaf responses.

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    1. Actually, something HAS happened to them. Tunney was mugged a year or so ago, and the mayor's son was mugged last fall.

      If that didn't wake them up, nothing will. We all know by now that the tax-payers don't have any representation whatsoever around here.

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    2. Are the blockheads the residents or the elected officials. Everyone is yelling for more police and I agree that they are needed. How many of these same people will be screaming mad when tax increases come in? I know the Garden District in New Orleans has a professional security service that patrols the area year round. If legal here, perhaps our neighborhood associations could look into how it works and how it is funded.

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  5. One of my top priorities in 2014 was to increase the number of officers in the 19th District. I worked closely with the Chicago Police Department on this and they responded to my requests…and [the district] continue[s] to receive new officers every month.



    this is a straight up lie. The city is trying to force a horrible schedule on a south side district. They want this terrible schedule to go city-wide soon. the guys in the 5th hate it. the hours they have to work are punitive. Believe it or not, cops are not robots. They have lives, and families, school, and other responsibilities. The city refuses to offer opportunities to move to other districts because they are scared of how many people would try to leave the 5th and that bad schedule. So, no, no one has moved anywhere let alone to the 19th

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    1. Tunney seems to spend all his time "working closely" with someone about something, but it never solves a thing. Perhaps if he would stop "working closely" with the CPD, they could do their jobs and Tunney could go back to clearing tables at one of his cruddy restaurants.

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  6. Not 1 word on this or any of the recent shootings on Uptown Update, why, the elections over.

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    1. Uptown Update is like Cleopatra...Queen of Da Nile. Their postings are about "art fairs" and "music fests" and hole-in-the-wall restaurants, as if anyone actually would travel to Uptown for a social reason.

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    2. Actually, Lao Sze Chuan is quite good....for lunch, of course.

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  7. Just don't call it "Chiraq" because that would be offensive. Words hurt more than the actual violence in the streets.

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    1. I think this is good. Let's shame the mayor and alderthings by letting the entire country/world know what a violent hell-hole Chicago has become. Chiraq, indeed. And it's no longer contained to the getto anymore.

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  8. The election is over, Tunney won by a landslide, now go get me some Ann sathers

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  9. "What I've always believed is there are enough police officers, they're just not always there at the time of day you think you need them." But don't you dare carry any sort of weapon to defend yourself or the cops will arrest you!

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