Wednesday, June 03, 2015

EMAIL: After Troubled Weekend, Tunney Calls For More Cops

Alderman Tom Tunney's office has sent an email to residents who expressed concern over this past weekend's homicide as well as the community's public safety force in general. Here is the text of that email:
Alderman Tunney has spoken to Supt. McCarthy's office about how imperative it is that we receive more police manpower in the 19th District.
He has formally asked for a deployment operation to be assigned to our area every weekend on the midnight shift to supplement our 19th District entertainment detail.
He has also asked to have a permanent Mass Transit Police Detail assigned to the Belmont 'L' station every weekend from 10:00pm-5:00am for the safety of our residents and visitors.
Our office continues to work with the Chicago Police Department and neighbors to do more to keep our community safe.
I encourage you to join us in attending the CAPS meeting tonight at 7:00pm at the 19th District (850 W. Addison) to discuss further safety strategies and concerns. 
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78 comments:

  1. I forsee exactly none of these happening, and we'll have a weekend torrential downpour will result in a lower crime rate for that weekend, and then Tunney will tout his genius for "solving the problem."

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    1. Couple of the brass form headquarters will visit for hot dogs and slurpees at the Circle Jerk convenience store and they will tout that as a surge in police force.

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  2. We can only hope this really happens. Having a weekend overnight police presence dedicated to the Belmont L station is critical. Addison would help, too. Sheridan once you get those two taken care of.

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    1. Dont hold your breath. Wont happen.

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    2. It won't happen. If there was actual "work" and "effort" going into this, we would have details. I can assure that the Alderman is in "PR mode", not "work mode".

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    3. Details were in his newsletter today.

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  3. WAH WAH WAH...Sorry Tunney YOUR ward got on NBC news...thats the ONLY reason!

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  4. How will he prove that it actually happens, if it does? Simply saying he's done it won't suffice.

    The armed security at the Belmont station would be great. It was obvious it had an impact a couple years ago. The criminals that come up here from the south side need to know the wise words from Animal House: You mess with the bull, you get the horns.

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  5. Lip service. And what a shame that it took the murder of an innocent promising young man for him to acknowledge the problem. Too little, too late. Shame on you Alderman! Shame on you!

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  6. But the police have already been mandated to avoid arresting delinquents. Why do you think they commit half their crimes in front of the 19th District police station?

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  7. Can the family of the young man who was murdered sue the city, the police department, or the alderman?

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    1. No, thankfully. That would be an absolutely horrible mess.

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    2. NO but the family of the woman killed by a CTA driver on Michigan Ave. can--and most likely will.

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    3. I wish they could!

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  8. "He has formally asked for a deployment operation to be assigned to our area every weekend..."
    Not to be too paranoid about people manipulating the truth here, but ---
    Just what exactly is a 'deployment operation'? Exactly
    - How many vehicles, every weekend?
    - How many officers, every weekend?
    - Under whose command?
    - What exactly is 'our area'? Does this 'deployment operation' deploy to any other precincts in addition to 019?
    - And MOST importantly -- will this 'deployment operation' result in a net ADD to the (obviously undermanned) weekend night patrol levels, or will the 019 allow some current night patrol to move over to the day shift?

    Not to be paranoid or anything. But this IS Chicago after all.

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    1. Great post! I hope you'll be at the CAPS meeting tonight.

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    2. Thank you for the comment.
      I do appreciate it.
      Unfortunately, I am out of town this week. I hope someone else was able to use my thoughts.

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    3. I noticed that some of these questions were asked and the police had no concrete or estimated answers during the CAPS meeting.

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    4. ^^ 11:25:00
      Shocking!
      No concrete answers!
      Just shocking.
      ....right....

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    5. That would be a team working VRI (Violence Reduction Initiative). 1 Sgt and 10 officers working from 7pm until 3 am. However they have to drive here from 61st and Racine, And they don't do much giving that in the violent districts where they are not deployed murders and shootings are a double digit increase.

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  9. Tunney has blood on his hands now that he can never wash off.

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    1. Hopefully he's got enough functioning brain cells to realize this. Not sure how he can look at himself in a mirror without being filled with guilt.

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    2. Well, I don't know about a mirror, but tonight at the CAPS meeting he was doing that "empty gaze off into the distance" thing and seemed zoned out until a couple of guys asked him some questions, which he schlepped around and didn't answer at all. Such a tool! "Crime is down!" Right, Thomas?

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    3. So easy to armchair alderman, isn't it? Blood on his hands? Maybe on the hands of Shortshanks and Tiny Dancer, as they are who completely delepleted and demoralized our ranks. I know for a fact Tunney has not stopped in his requests for more officers, but when there are no more patrol officers to send...you do realize we're not the only district in the city that has seen a dramatic drop in officers? Check 012, 017, 016...

      Asking for deployment of officers from citywide units was a smart move on his part. He's called Tiny Dancer and McComstat's bluff. We -- 019 officers and citizens -- should hope it works.

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    4. He VOTED in the City Council to APPROVE Rahm's budget which included the decimation of the ranks of the police force. He DOES have blood on his hands.

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  10. The CAPS meeting should be interesting tonight. I'm sure Tunney will purposely show up late.

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    1. Glad I can DVR the Hawks game because it will be my first one to attend.

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    2. He did show up late. He was at the CTA flyover meeting. Some guy asked him questions about the additional police officers but Tunney blew him off. Most of the energy in the meeting seemed to center around "what if" scenarios, if the Blackhawks win out, rather than the thuggery that goes on in Ward 44. I'm not convinced anything will ever happen to improve safety in this area. All the plans supposedly in place for post-pride, weekends, etc., were vaguely presented at best. Only one local TV news station bothered to show up (NBC5). The audience at this CAPS meeting had no fire at all, it seemed. Maybe everyone over here IS satisfied with the status quo. I'm disappointed.

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    3. Yep. When the chubby guy in the back asked him when we could reasonably expect implementation of these added protections, he him-hawwed around and couldn't provide a clear answer. The guy who asked the question was seething. I seriously thought he was going to go up and slap the shit out of Tunneys.

      Even so, I don't expect any of this to come to fruition, and even if we have another homicide or three or ten, still not optimistic anything will get done.

      Now who was the red-haired lady who cornered Tunneys after the meeting and read him the riot act? She sounded great and Tunneys was standing there looking like he was about to pee. We need MORE people like this who will ask him pointed questions and demand response and accountability. I could not believe the laid-back complacency of the crowd in the meeting last night. Disgusting!

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    4. Red-haired in her 70s? Loved it at a Cubs mtg when she told their executives that were only fielding a baseball team in order to build and advertising dynasty.

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  11. Wow Tunney took 2 minutes to do his job?

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    1. ^^ RE two minutes:
      Constructive loitering

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  12. Can they institute the random CTA bag checks at Belmont?

    Stop and frisk policies have largely been ruled unconstitutional, but bag checks have been okay. I'm sure lots of contraband would show up if instituted.

    In case you guys don't remember, the CTA and CPD were checking Loop office workers' bags for explosives.

    http://www.redeyechicago.com/news/redeye-police-find-no-explosives-in-4-months-of-cta-bag-checks-20150308-story.html

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    1. Didn't they catch an aldermanic candidate in one of those bag checks? Mr. No Red Light Cameras?

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  13. I would love to attend the CAPS meeting tonight to offer my two cents and outrage, but I have to work. Not like it matters anyway, because nothing will ever change, and the alderpuss could not care less about any of the residents, but I would still like to know what happens/what was said. If CWB could give a rundown of the meeting or the highlights, that would be greatly appreciated!

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    1. LOL @ "alderpuss." That tops even the recent use in this forum of words such as "mollycoddling" and "crime is down." Kudos!!!

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  14. Way to go, Tunney. We have only been pleading for this for 2 years now. I guess it only took the death of a young man by the hands of a worthless thug to finally motivate you to do your job. You are the poster child for governmental ineptness and incompetence.

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  15. Went to the CAPS meeting tonight. Tunney claims that this request had been made previously. He also seemed to have no answer as to why he doesn't press the mayor more in an attempt to get more manpower. Long story short I'd say there is about a 0% chance that Tunney follows up on his email promise and delivers more resources.

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    1. Sad that I am not shocked by this. Even more sad that I am no longer shocked by anything that goes on in this neighborhood, including the shooting death of an innocent young man by a worthless disgusting thug over a phone. This is not how I want to live. I think it's time to give up hope and move out of this city altogether. Nothing will ever change, it will only get worse. What makes us think that Tunney, the mayor, or anyone else in charge is suddenly going to care enough to do something to protect us?

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    2. I went as well. His response to what the man in the back said was an utter load of bullshit. I love when he gets put on the spot. He turns red and stumbles. He and Cappleman were speechless when the guy close to the front called them out about knocking on Rahm's door about the issue and pressuring him.

      It makes me sick that people voted this fool back in.

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  16. No reason to waste your times at the CAPS meeting it's just PR for the CPD and the City. Nothing positive ever comes out of them. It's simply to calm the peasants. Went to one years ago when it all started getting bad nothing has changed just gotten worse.

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  17. I was at the meeting also and asked about the Court Advocacy program. I was a court advocate in Lincoln Square in the 90's and the program was run by CAPS and a very tough Harriet O'Donnell (RIP). Basically you sign up, get a little training, and then when a real bad guy goes before a judge you show up. 3 dozen angry citizens usually has an impact on the judge. It was an integral tool in eliminating the Latin Kings from the Ravenswood Gardens area of Lincoln Square. I plan to join again and I encourage anyone who wants to make a difference to consider it. the1stmike

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  18. Tom Tunney doesn't real give a flying chibbitty. He only has to act like he does. He isn't going anywhere. And you all know he will rule as long as he wants.

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  19. You no longer have a summer mobile unit that would patrol the entire lakefront. You no longer have Special Operations Section or the Tactical response unit that would flood a district with proactive police officers. You no longer have a Mass Transit Undercover Detail or a Mass Transit Special Employment force that would be on or near these stops and platforms. We used to have 13,500 Police Officers and now we're down thousands. In addition, instead of having 300-400 officers in both the 19th and 23rd Districts respectively they completely bull shitted you citizens who reside in those neighborhoods by closing a station and combining the officers. What they managed to do was eliminate an entire district of supervision Sgt. Lt. Etc., a tact team, and three watches of police officers. If I lived in that neighborhood I would want someone's head on a spear. You are footing the bill as you always have. So if your taxes, fees, licenses, and fines have not changed, and have probably gone up, where is the money you have been spending for decades to man a 13,500 person police department.

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    1. ^^^^ The day they announced the combination I shuddered. We are in Roscoe Village, and elected a "progressive caucus" alderman. If you are not part of the machine guess what? they punish you and now all of lakeview and roscoe village suffers. Of course its worse, as without the special operations units you outlined we can't deal with the problem especially when we are so undermanned.

      If you think we have it bad, can you imagine what North Avenue beach is going to be like for the Gold Coast residents this summer. YIKES.

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  20. Why are the tactical teams of 019 only working 5 hours a day? during time of the murder there were only beat cars there and it was shortly after midnight on a weekend! tactical teams should stay until at least 4 am after the bars close on the weekends

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    1. If there's any 019 officers who'd love to give a rundown on how they'd staff 019, I think that would be amazingly helpful. We can scream MOAR COPS! until we're blue in the face, but unless they're put in effective positions things won't change. I'm not trolling or trying to pick a fight - I think having your perspective on where you think they need to go would help a lot.

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    2. We already know that most of our problems, robberies, batteries, gang activity etc etc occur after midnight but most of the personal is gone by midnight. Unlike many other districts in the city that have 3 tactical teams , 019 has 4 tactical teams. No tactical teams should work days until we can put a dent into the issues we are having at night! each team has 10 guys. So everyday we should have 10 guys 6 in plain clothes and 4 in covert capacity and in covert vehicles driving around monitoring the areas for large groups of flash mobs and robbers in the area. The places where most robberies occur are in a 8 block radius. Most tactical teams are gone by midnight though . One team should start 8 pm and work until 5 am, and on the weekends start at 9pm and go all the way until 6am. As we see on the weekends crime occurs much later! There are days when multiple teams are there because the overlap. On those days you would have 20 guys and two sgts. Once the offenders get the message that these teams are not messing around and have zero tolerance for any type of crime. example obstruction of traffic, flash mobs, loitering, gangactivity, noise disturbances, prostitution etc etc crime will slowly start to diminish. But until then forget about it! The beat cars are too busy running around handling jobs, transports, hospital runs traffic crashes , domestics etc etc to be effective especially on the weekends. The 4 tactical teams need to step up there game or nothing will ever get accomplished!

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  21. After reading this e-mail I know exactly what it means... NOTHING.

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  22. If the Alderman was an effective candidate; his efforts would have been proactive and not reactive. Frankly, even his reactions are weak at best and lack any detail at all. Which should concern you all, simply because it means even after a murder, nothing will change.

    Finally I will add to this by saying to my fellow Lakeview neighbors; this is our responsibility. We all have been (just) complaining about this and relying on providing feedback to our community leaders (police & alderman). It's insane of us to think that we can keep doing the same thing, and expect something to change. There must be something more active that we can do that goes beyond public shaming and critique. I’m a novice when it comes to politics and policy – can anyone help with some ideas that we can actually work on? I’m willing and able to do anything I can to help my community that goes beyond attending a useless CAPS meeting and calling my Alderman.

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    1. For starters, constantly loiter/protest outside of Tunney's office all day when possible given people work and all but some of us work non-traditional hours.

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    2. Anonymous - please see my below reply to a similar post. I, too, am ready and willing to do *something* but I have no idea where to start. Perhaps a group of us like-minded folks here can talk offline and figure something out?

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    3. One thing I left the CAPS meeting thinking about last night: where do community members find the helpful tips shared in the documents they gave out? It's worthile info for people, but requires them to go online (it was impossible to find on the 19th District CPD page) or to attend a CAPS meeting. They are common sense tips but people often need to be reminded of those things.

      I'd like to think there could be signage around the El stations, or even a door to door effort made to give people a handout with those tips. It's something I could see getting involved in as a means of helping our community stay safe.

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    4. OK "TheRiz". Please e-mail me at noveisnove@hotmail.com. I'm a project manager, and I will get something started for us immediately.

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    5. See. That wasn't so hard...took me less than 2 minutes.

      http://home.chicagopolice.org/community/crime-prevention/community-programs/

      http://4abpn833c0nr1zvwp7447f2b.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Street-Safety.pdf

      http://home.chicagopolice.org/community/districts/19th-district-town-hall/

      Email: CAPS019District@chicagopolice.org
      Phone: 312-744-8320
      Fax: 312-744-4481
      TTY: 312-744-8011
      Twitter: ChicagoCAPS19

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    6. Riz and Nove - We have had direct communication with both of you, over the days and years. Let us know as your plans develop.

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    7. Riz, Nove, and CWB- Please keep all of us updated so we can get to work once you establish a plan. We are in this together and I believe plenty of people will take action for change.

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    8. Picketing the alderman's office during the week will do nothing. But picketing his restaurants on Saturday and Sunday mornings between 8 am and 1 pm WILL. Do that during Pride and Labor Day Weekend, and you will get his attention. Trust me.

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  23. I know the family is grieving and has probably been bombarded with a lot of news. I hope when things calm down for them, they can reach out to our Alderman and have an authentic conversation about their loss. I hope the family can express to Tunney and his team the steps that should have been taken after so many concerns by police and many Lakeview residents to make this neighborhood safer. He was murdered in a neighborhood that neglected to take obvious critical steps to ensure the safety of its residents.

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    1. At the CAPS meeting Tunney proudly proclaimed he was at the wake for the young man and talked to the family.

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    2. I'm a friend of Kevin's. I saw Ald. Tunney at the wake and heard he has a connection to the family going back a long time and he first spoke with Kevin's mom or Dad on Sunday or Monday. From what I heard, I don't think they are happy with people blaming him and saying things like he has blood on his hands. I wasn't going to say anything, but some of the comments and judgements here aren't true and I thought people should know.

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    3. That may be true but I blame Tunney because those of us that have lived here a long time have predicted this would happen where someone would get killed. I am sure Kevin and his family is pretty naive to what actually goes on here in the neighborhood. If they knew I am sure they would have advised Kevin to find a different neighborhood. No Tunney doesn't get a pass by me. He signed off on the merged districts signed off on Rahm gutting the Police Department.

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    4. I know my opinion won't be popular, but I think only two people can be directly blamed: The $hithead who killed Kevin and the incompetent, liberal judge who let this monster out of jail after he attacked an officer with a machete and dog.

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  24. More name calling blah and blah. Bitch if nothing happens, bitch if something possibly positive happens. Bitch even more if we might even get more police than we have. Bitch as long as you sit back behind the screen and do nothing but bitch. Where's the line forming for Court Advocacy? Where is any new organized neighborhood activity? Where is the support for anything but bitch loudly and call names?

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    1. He has shown time and again that he will issue the same action plan after every major problem, but nothing is done. Until I see action I will be highly skeptical and critical.

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    2. I recently e-mailed CWB what I am pasting below. Like you, Anonymous, I am tired of people bitching on their computers but doing nothing. Hell, I am tired of *me* doing just that. I want to get involved - I just don't know where to start. I'd be happy to discuss with you or anyone else any ideas for forming/joining some organization. Here is the e-mail:

      CWB,

      I have posted many times at your site and have recently been posting more on your Facebook page. I am an attorney, a lifelong Chicago resident, and a resident of W/B since 2003.

      I am tired of doing nothing more than complaining online and hoping someone else takes care of the problem. Too many people these days feel that commenting online if "doing something," While I certainly have raised a little awareness by sharing your page and posts and data from it, I am not doing anything to help solve the problem.

      In short, I want to help. I wanted to ask the CWB staff what you feel is the best way to do so. If there is a local community group you recommend, I am certainly up for that. I am tired of talking and want to put my feelings into action.

      Thank you.

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    3. I called the number for court advocates today (312) 744-0062 - waiting to hear back from Officer Walsh. the1stmikec

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    4. CAPS meetings and activities are what the citizens make of them. the C does stand for Community. I've worked in a few districts and the best I've seen was down in 013 in a similar neighborhood to up here. To succeed they had:

      1. Beat cops who are dedicated to keeping his citizens safe
      2. A Facilitator who knows how CPD works and also feels the same as beat cop
      3. CAPS officers who earned the job and aren't just clout babies
      4. A Cmdr who supports all of the above
      5. Citizens who give a rat's ass 24/7 not just after a a serious crime has been committed against them or in their neighborhood.

      Get that mix and you can have an impact.

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  25. Here is what the CPD blogs have to say about the current stare of affairs from Tunney

    http://secondcitycop.blogspot.com/?m=1

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    1. Please don't call SecondCityCop 'the CPD blogs'.
      The author(s) represent one highly politicized viewpoint. It is fair to say that their view of law enforcement policies is not shared by many officers. Likely the majority.
      Racist, homophobic and sexist posts are routinely tolerated, perhaps encouraged.
      My experience with multiple precincts is that the department is, in general, far better than this.

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    2. Not all are racist, homophobic and sexist a few may be. But it's done far greater good for Chicago than mainstream media. They tell it like it is and aren't politically correct. Being afraid to be frank and worrying about being PC is why this country is where it is today. Common sense is something this country has lost.

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    3. SCC as a blog is decent, but some of the time I find that it's over the top, and the commenters don't help. According to a good number of them, we're somehow peace loving hippies who "get what we deserve" with respect to crime and our local government. I know it's a place where uniformed officers go to vent, but at the same time, a lot of it reinforces negative stereotypes.

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    4. ^ Gotta tell ya, until someone has tried to manage a reasonably-popular blog, they'll have no idea of the effort involved.

      To judge any site, whether it's the Tribune, CNN, or even us, by anonymous comments is misguided... Just our two-cents after being on this side of the screen for a couple of years.

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    5. SCC is a good blog, you are correct it's the commenters getting out of line with misinformation. District 19 is not full of cop hating liberals as they accuse on SCC's comments. Have never hated the CPD, want more police in 019 and I would love for the Centers to close. As if anyone would have voted for Rahm if his platform was based on cutting CPD as a means of getting tough on crime. He got tough on crime by fudging the numbers as far as I can see.

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  26. 06/05/2015 @ 10:47 PM Well said.

    Over-the-top posts are there from time to time, but they are far and few between and where there might be a surge of them from time to time, they are probably the same people and who are called out or laughed at by the other readers. Such posts are isolated. Additionally, bigots and homophobiacs can have insights that the so called PC may have never thought about. Getting beyond their bigotry or homophobia, one might actually learn something like where not to go in the city or how to protect ones self.

    I respect that SCC let's it rip and does not. censor as other sites do, taking the Sun-Times as an extreame example, totally disabling comments all together.

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    1. I agree. Telling it like it is is a far superior mode of communication than pc censorship.

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  27. You have to learn how to tell the truth in an indirect way.

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