Thursday, August 06, 2015

OFF GUARD: After Convicted Police Impersonator Is Put On Patrol, Halsted Security Firm Reviews Hiring Process

A security company that provides private patrols in Boystown is "reviewing its hiring process," Northalsted Business Alliance Executive Director Christopher Barrett Politan said, after one of its guards was found to have pleaded guilty to impersonating a police officer in November 2000.

The guard and a co-worker were accused in 1999 of taking people's money while posing as police officers in Kane County, according to a news account on his defense attorney's website.

He later pleaded guilty to impersonating a police officer and illegal use of a flashing blue light. Other charges, including armed robbery and armed violence, were dropped according to the attorney’s news account.

We are withholding the man's name because there are no indications of wrongdoing during his tenure in Boystown. Court records show he has faced no criminal charges in Kane or Cook counties since his 1999 arrest.

A suburban newspaper's contemporaneous report said that one of the alleged Kane County victims was an underage man from out-of-state who was caught drinking. The Beacon News, citing police reports, said that the victim had been handcuffed and was told that he would be released in exchange for $100.

An adult who was accused by the cop impersonators of buying the 20-year-old's beer also paid a "fine" to the guards, the paper reported.

The 1999 arrests took place after suburban police launched a sting operation near the pair’s workplace, reports said.

Seeking A Second Chance

Both men's state certifications—so-called "PERC" cards—have been in revoked status since 2002, when regulators determined that they had failed to inform the state of work-related criminal indictments.

The man who has been working as Halsted Street security is reportedly in the process of seeking a reinstatement of his PERC card. He has declined to speak with us on the record.

“While [the guard] awaits the reissue of his PERC card, he is not currently on the schedule for security services,” Northalsted's Politan said.

Applicants who seek security work while their PERC applications are pending must provide potential employers with a statement that detail all criminal convictions. They are also required to submit results of a fingerprint-based background check.

Politan declined to name the security contractor involved or to say how long the guard had been working on Halsted's private patrol.

But, Politan said, “the firm remains in excellent standing with the Northalsted Business Alliance and there is no reason to believe that any of our safety initiatives have been compromised.  We remain confident in the firm’s ability to handle security services.”

CWB Chicago has exchanged emails with the owner of Walsh Security, whose officers are frequently seen patrolling Halsted Street. He has not, however, offered answers to our inquiries.

The Windy City Times reported in 2012 that Walsh Security had been operating as a contractor for the Center on Halsted without a state-mandated license.  The firm is currently licensed, records show.

A window is boarded up at D.S. Tequila
on July 13, 2015.

A Struggle On Halsted

The guard’s employment came to light after Chicago police referred to him as "Halsted Street security" in a recent police report.

According to police, the man was battered by an unruly patron who refused to leave D.S. Tequila Company, 3352 N. Halsted, at 1:20AM on July 12.

Police said the offender—who also faces a pending charge of resisting police in Cicero—struggled with the guard and suffered a cut to his hand as he and the guard fell into the bar’s front window.

The offender is charged with battery and criminal trespass.
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36 comments:

  1. Oh, I feel much safer now.

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  2. I'm more worried about all of the muggings, strong armed robberies & assaults. I've had 8 friends over the past few years brutally assaulted & robbed. We need MORE secrity! Just saying...

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    1. ....Uh, he was charged with armed robbery, dude. More "secrity?" Indeed!

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    2. Learn to read, he was not charged with "ARMED ROBBERY" they tried to pin that bullshit charge on him along with some others he was not charged with it,he was security guard for a hotel and it was his partner that was dirty not him,he just got caught up in his partner bullshit and took the fall with him,his partner is the one whom was charged with several things and pleaded guilty to them.....he was only charged with 2 things which were related to his job on the [private property he was paid to patrol lets get the facts straight and who cares this was 16 yrs ago people change and deserve a 2nd chance.I know whom they are referring too and this guy is not a bad guy at all.I hope he sues over this.

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    3. (1) The man's own defense attorney has published a news report on the law firm's website that says, the Kane County State's Attorney's Office dropped numerous other charges, including armed robbery and armed violence, that would have carried prison sentences of between six and 30 years.

      (2) We reviewed and archived a copy of the relevant Kane County court records prior to publishing this story.

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    4. if the charges were DROPPED then WHY mention them if not only to defame charectar. Very thin ice you are walking on here....

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  3. I can't verify it without a name or description, but for a long time there has been a police impersonator who nabs men leaving TJ's Adult Books on Hubbard Street. He tells them their sexual activity inside the bookstore was videotaped. He is in a "Security" jacket and has a "badge" and has handcuffs and threatens to arrest them unless they pay him a "fine." Many out-of-towners fall for it.

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    1. Wow - you'd have to be pretty stupid to fall for that.

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    2. I herd of this TJs bookstore and its NOT the same guy that's someone else a black or dark skinned hispanic male and he doesn't work for Halsted . Whom I believe hey're talking about in this story is actually a really good caring guy whom has made a HUGE difference down there. I knew of his past problem and I had him work at my bar as a bouncer a few times but I couldn't pay him the rate he wanted, He is having the thing's mention expunged off his record its was a misunderstanding/retaliation of disgruntled X police officer that got him in trouble and it was his co-worker that did these things NOT him,unfortunately its just a lengthy process and a expensive one I might add. Damn since hes been there it was actually getting better now if he is not going to be there its going to be worse Sad hes a really good guy, very outgoing and loyal with a big heart for the community,I hate to see him leave the Halsted Patrol . Well hopefully he can come work as a bouncer for me know , hes a good guy and he is awesome with people.

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    3. He is very intimidating and very convincing.

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    4. The city is full of stupid...it's the city that re-elected Rahm and re-elected Tunney.

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    5. Tunney....yeah politics at its finest chicago style. Go a little further West to around Diversey and Clyborne. There was a FORMIDABLE Security force in those projects that literally turned that hell hole into a ghost town. When the local alderman was making a public speech,these guys were in plain clothes locking up all the people attending the speech that had outstanding warrants. This alderman was also protecting a female resident of those projects from criminal investigation. Literally told the security guards to back off. They didnt listen and got the Feds involved resulting in that gang mother being evicted. Sometimes the image of the "dumb" or "inept" security guard is over played. Some in that industry are good at what they do.The true question is the politicos that try to cover for the bad people. Im in favor of Neighborhood Patrols and Armed if need be. they do reduce crime and give the residents someone to go to immediately for help while waiting for an over burdened and understaffed CPD to arrive.

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  4. Thanks for the added help in the district, Tom. I am sure this was part of your plan?

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  5. North Halsted sure is entertaining all the drama with everything.

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    1. It's even more entertaining watching it unfold from the sidelines now.

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  6. Classic. The ones I saw years ago looked like thugs themselves. One had the saggy jeans thing going on with his gun drooping too. I wanted to ask if that thing will fire when it hits the ground if his pants fall down.

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  7. I've seen a handful (a small handful) of these yellow-vested "security officers" up and down N Halsted between Waveland and Belmont on occasion. I've seen a few of them do the knuckle-bump with thug types, and engage in lonnnng conversation (long loud conversations, I might add) with thuggettes. Doesn't inspire much in the way of thinking our safety and security is enhanced. And yeah, I noticed one guy one time in the yellow "security" vest whos pants were halfway to the ground. Oh yes, very professional.

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    1. Yup I noticed the brotherhoodish thing with the loiterers years ago.

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    2. Great. Sounds like the "security officers" are friends with the thugs & thuggettes that terrorize, beat and rob people on a daily basis. They will protect their own, and not the residents and customers of Halsted Street businesses.

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    3. Looks like one of the "security officers" reads this blog.

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  8. If you want security then get yourself a CCL and some good training. And carry it.

    Pepper spray/Mace are iffy at best and unless you are a black belt in a martial art your chance of fighting off a group of thugs is practically nil.

    Because when seconds count the Police are minutes away. If you're lucky.

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    1. It's not gonna happen Tom. I'm not pro-gun but these people actually believe everything is EQIL and hunky dory and peace and love and Soul Train and everything. Chicago is stuck in the 70s like Sidetrack's videos of 7 years ago.

      Let us "progress".

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  9. You mean the Walsh security that is actually owned by the police officer Tom Walsh from the 19th District who is hiding the company in his daughter's name? You see that's an ethics violation and he's been double-dipping for some time. At one time he even had CPD radios given to his guards but that was nipped in the bud. And complaints have been made repeatedly to various commanders over the past several years but nothing is done. Trust me, just another way for someone to make a buck for doing little or nothing. CWB has been vocal abut this for some time - you need more real cops, not these poser security guards.

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    1. Officer Walsh is a stand up guy. Sounds like sour grapes to me.

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    2. Tom is an amazing man with amazing security

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    3. "Sounds like sour grapes to me"?? If someone had the cojones they would contact the following link: http://chicagoinspectorgeneral.org ... If he has nothing to hide then he shouldn't be concerned.

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    4. Hey I WORKED with Tommy. Fine upstanding man and far from what you state here. Been thru many a door with him both in 019 AND 023. Sounds to me like you are bitter over something you clearly arent man enough to handle with him in person. Might I suggest you watch the swill that spills out of your mouth or you might get the commanders underwear dirty as you spend time under his desk. As for contacting the IG office I have the UTMOST confidence that Walsh will come out clean. Be careful the brother you speak ill of for one day he might be the closest car to your 10-1. Dont EVER forget that. .

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  10. Badges, we don't need no stinking badges.

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  11. If it's the company I think it is that is providing the security the owner is an upstanding guy and great to the community. They also know a lot of local GLBT community and know the good eggs from the bad eggs. They may interact with people some you find looking like trouble but aren't really trouble. They also go out of their way to really help the troubled youth that are not causing most of the problems but that are just not doing that well living wise.

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    1. We need to get over this "youth" thing. Everyone knows it's a farce at this point.

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    2. Yeah, the troubled "youth" age 33? Ha.

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    3. Amen that we need to get over this "youth" thing. What exactly are "the troubled youth that are not causing most of the problems but that are just not doing that well living wise"?????? And what are security guards doing interacting with them? I know this will sound old-fashioned, but if a "youth" is neither going to school fulltime or working fulltime, then he/she is just a bum. Hanging out on the streets of Lakeview killing time is not a worthwhile endeavor. Stop rewarding bums for their behavior.

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    4. I wish I could stick my hand in this "youth" cookie jar that has been created there. I'd only need about 8 seconds.

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  12. What about that "wanna-be cop" that drives the old white x-police chevy suburban or tahoe with lights and a siren ? I've asked the "real cop's" and they say he is just a security guard. He runs around portraying-talking to people like he is someone with authority and he is not, he's a real tool, a wanna-be. Oh Chicago Chicago my kind of town !!

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    1. Sounds like John Wayne Gacy revisted.

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  13. Did anything ever come of tom walsh cpd beating up a black kid at that gay stripper club on halsted?

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