Thursday, November 05, 2015

IRONY: On Anniversary Of Our Founding, Alderman Walks Out Of Police Meeting

Last night, local alderman Tom Tunney stood up and walked out in the middle of our neighborhood's monthly community policing meeting, declaring its 45-minute length to be "a long one" as he headed toward the exit.

Earlier in the meeting, 19th district community policing (CAPS) Sgt. Jason Clark announced changes to the community meeting format. No more questions about specific incidents, he said. No questions about manpower. And, next year, they're cutting the number of public meetings in half.

What neither Tunney, Clark, nor anyone else in the audience knew is that yesterday's date—November 4—is sacred to CWB Chicago editors. And last night, for the first time in three years, a CWB editor attended the CAPS meeting.

Given what transpired, we are more determined than ever to be the community's source for information that the city doesn't want to share voluntarily.

November 4, 2011

Reporters often ask us why we started CWB Chicago. We've always given the same answer: We got tired of hearing misinformation and juked statistics at our local CAPS meeting.

But we've never told anyone about the defining moment—the one thing that eventually pushed us from being disgruntled residents to reporters and writers.

That moment came on November 4, 2011.

Two days earlier, three of us were at the local CAPS meeting. It was held in the same room as last night's CAPS meeting. We sat there with about 15 other people, mostly Boystown bar employees, as the CAPS officer raced through his agenda, which failed to include the fact that robberies had been brought up as a "community concern" by the audience several months in a row.

There was no mention of any crime patterns or problems from the police side. It was all over in 15 minutes.

Two days later, on November 4, a mutual friend was severely beaten and robbed as he walked home from the Belmont Red Line station. He was coming home from work.

The October/November 2011 robbery spree is seen in city data.
The final straw came a few days later as the city released crime data from the week before.

In the week before that November CAPS meeting, the data showed, 12 people had been robbed in our neighborhood--four of them at gunpoint. Twelve. (Another one was robbed minutes after the CAPS meeting let out.)

But the officers made no mention of it. We already knew that they had shrugged off citizens' concerns for several months. But, with the release of stats, we knew that the CAPS officers were recklessly failing to even tell people about an obvious problem. All in the name of making it seem that "crime is down."

We all knew that we would have to do something. It took a while to figure out what that something would be, but we got there. And last night's CAPS shenanigans re-doubled our commitments.

Shut Up And Walk Out

Tom Tunney goes for a walk (DNAInfo Chicago)
So, it's supremely fitting that our alderman, who claims that public safety is his top priority, chose last night—the 4th anniversary of our buddy's brutal mugging—to stand up and walk out of a room full of concerned citizens.

It's supremely fitting, too, that the CAPS sergeant would choose last night to tell the audience that the community would no longer be allowed to ask about specific crimes or to talk about manpower issues. Instead, the sergeant said, there will be safety tip-filled PowerPoint presentations.

And, effective immediately, CAPS meetings will be held every other month instead of monthly.

July will not be one of those months.  So, any concerns you may have about post-Pride Parade crime will have to stew for six weeks until August. The "Back To School Safety" PowerPoint is scheduled for October—six weeks after the kids have returned to school.

Zip It

Speaking for those of us at CWB, the meeting succeeded in raising far more questions that the sergeant bargained for.

Given our personal experiences, we'd say the best way for him to really fix the CAPS program would be to reduce the number of meetings to zero and to toss all of the cops in the CAPS office into patrol cars to work the beat. Permanently.

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84 comments:

  1. Beyond jaw dropping and utterly disgraceful! It's totalitarian .. what is this, the KGB?? God bless you all .. and THANK YOU for your commitment .. it's SO vital. I can't even fathom public officials having the brass to act this way, issue these new rules and ultimata .. and for Tunney to walk out on his sworn responsibility to boot?. Were there verbal protestations to this in the room, dialog back and forth, or were you supposed to sit there and just take it? I don't know how you or any of others could've been silent at this tyranny. This creep is truly a cowardly, uppity, vile worm.

    Is he actually physically AT his restaurant during weekdays .. what's his schedule there? Maybe an unexpected few residents show up for lunch or dinner and have an audible but respectful conversation.about this unacceptable situation and his dereliction .. or even civil, direct dialog with him there tp give him a hint of the pitchforks that are being sharpened. He's not worried .. how can a sane person with his job not be even a little worried and concerned himself ? How can there be no recourse for his despicable negligence? How can he keep evading, avoiding, hiding in the face of true danger here? Is he that cowed by Rahm? My brain is just reeling that this could happen anywhere, but especially Chicago, in 2015, and can't imagine your shock. Maybe an all out publicity campaign .. get on TV news, community groups united, descending on CityHall .. something has to be done .. this outrage just cannot stand. Tunney's got to be censured, replaced, something. God bless and protect us all .. and THANK YOU SO MUCH for ALL you do.. SUCH a critical, lifesaving voice! .

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  2. Whoa. The alderpuss GOT UP AND WALKED OUT????? I think we have our answer now, as to how much he cares about Ward 44.

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    1. We had our "answer" years ago, nothing has changed with him. There are still morons thanking him on FB for all he's done for the community. Clueless.

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    2. We pretty much knew this about Tunney all along, yet he was re-elected. Must be nice to get paid over 100K a year and NOT DO YOUR JOB.

      If we don't organize, march, rent billborads, etc...nothing will ever change. There has been talks about marches & billboards for quite some time now. Why aren't these things happening? If we don't get very loud about what's going on here - and be consistent about it - we may as roll over and play dead.

      I'm pissed about what is going on, and I know a lot of other folks are pissed, too. And we all know that there are still a lot of people in this area who are clueless to what is actually taking place here; as well as the negligence of the Aldermen. Several well-placed billboards would remedy that. I will GLADLY donate to a billboard campaign that advertises the CWB website. I know there are many like me who would gladly do the same.

      If we don't act now, we may as well shut down this blog and lock ourselves into our homes. Or just move. : (

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    3. Also happy to donate. Anyone on here in advertising? Need to focus on taking back our neighborhood with catchy slogan and CWB website. I know we wrote about this months ago. Something simple that will have traction with the media. Maybe Cwb adds billboard donation on the web store?

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    4. North side is toast. Just find a new neighborhood, and alderman. Better yet - relocate completely if you can

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    5. Tunney and the CAPS sergeant Clark's behavior last night says that they are not afraid of you. They see CWB readers and commenters as cowards and all talk. We have done nothing to prove them wrong as we sit on our computers and bitch while our neighbors are getting robbed and beaten. CWB, please do a posting about legal responsibilities when we march on his restaurants. I don't want to get arrested but I am tired of doing nothing. Thank you.

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    6. "Maybe Cwb adds billboard donation on the web store?"

      I think we need to do more than that & have an aggressive campaign to fund billboards, and keep them up until something is done about our decimated police force and do-nothing Aldermen. (Cappleman & Smith are just as bad as Tunney,and ALL of them deserve the heat.)

      It is beyond disgusting that Tunney and Rahm's other minions don't give a hoot about what is taking place in their wards and the folks who pay their ridiculous salaries - for a part time job!!

      A catchy billboard advertisement for CWB will inform all those who are clueless and unaware of what is lurking in the shadows, ready to pounce. Once informed, they will not only be aware of the danger, but will also be on board, tell their friends/families, and will not continue to vote for these "leaders" who don't care about the safety of their constituents.

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    7. He had to be at the restaurant to clean tables and wash dishes. A job he does better then his part time job as alderman for $100 + thousand dollars a year. Hum . . .

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    8. I'm a copywriter. Just thinking out loud:

      THIS IS OUR (underlined) NEIGHBORHOOD

      WE'VE GOT OUR EYES OPEN

      I would suggest at least one, and if we're getting ambitious, a small series of billboards with brief details about particularly heinous crimes:

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  3. Let's not forget the caps sergeant repeatedly asks at most if not all caps meeting- "is there any media in the room?". When no one responds-, he says "good" The only reason he dislikes media is because truth will be exposed and lies can't be sucked up by many gullible attendees who dont think the Alder or police would actually lie or deceive them.Crime is down Crime is down Crime is down. If there is nothing to hide, why this antipathy for members of the media? Ya ever notice that theres generous amounts of intelligent-well thought questions on this site by commenters before the meetings but when it comes to the actual meetings only a fraction of attendees have the BAL--S to ask real questions and not back down from the staged responses.For some reason people get intimated by the panel and b.s. they throw at us.Don't back down and stand your ground and when your question is not answered or given a delusive response-, keep asking- being polite- but not backing down and saying "thanks but you didnt answer my question, would you like me to repeat my question'' Oh wait;; they'll want to speak to you after the meeting 1 on 1 or say they will get back to you. Funny that CWB has more information and accuracy than the meetings paid by taxpayers meant to inform and help the safety of the citizens who live in the ward.

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    1. U are so right about the speaking to u one on one after the meeting or getting back to u. Code for we don't want to answer that question in front of everyone. I've gotten that response. Chicken shits! Not to mention completely unaccountable.

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  4. Happy Anniversary! Thank you for your persistence, your tirelessness, and your courage.

    I hope on future anniversaries you can celebrate growth. So many Chicago neighborhoods need a voice like yours.

    Please keep up the great work.

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  5. It seems like he took his cue from the Republican Clown Car complaining about the length of the debates.

    The audacity is astonishing.

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  6. Just when I think Tunney can't get any worse, he manages to do it.

    As for that CAPS Sgt, what a disgrace.

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    1. My guess is that the CAPS Sgt is taking his orders from Rahm & his flunky, Tunney.

      The police know that they've been decimated and are dangerously understaffed in many neighborhoods.

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    2. amen.the never has done anything clout baby caps sgt is a prime example of what is wrong with the Police Department."DISGRACE"is a perfect description of this house mouse.

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  7. And the reason the gay community continues to vote for this man is why?

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    1. Don't blame his reelections on the gay community. It's a big ward and gay voters are only a fraction of the vote. Unfortunately we had no real alternatives in the last election. A viable candidate needs to step up to challenge him

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    2. ahh, I love rhetorical questions

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    3. For that reason alone - because he is a gay. Unfortunately there are still a lot of little boys who are stuck back in 1980 and think the gay candidate must always be voted into office. Fuck that noise. It's 2015. Give me a religious hardcore Republican if needed, if he/she will address and attack crime in ward 44, stand up to the mayor, vote independently (as so many 'brave' aldermen did this week on the budget), be fair to all, promote the ward and the neighborhood, not lie to constituents, and not fall back on the standard smoke and mirrors excuses that Alderpuss Tunney uses (i.e., "working closely with so and so," and "looking into such and such a matter," etc.) Seriously, I could vomit just looking at him.

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    4. We DID have a viable opposing candidate - Mark Thomas, whom I campaigned and voted for. What stood out to me in the last elections was that almost every business in the ward had Vote Tunney signs in up in their front windows. He must be promising businesses certain benefits for their support. Too bad Tunney only cares about businesses and the Cubs and not the actual citizens he is SUPPOSED to represent in this ward! His lack of concern for us and our safety is deplorable. I remember when the state was deciding the future of same-sex marriage; there was a very organized media-covered rally and march with 100's of people throughout the entire neighborhood. Can someone who is a well-organized community activist plan some kind of march and/or rally? - I think there would be an incredible response and may be a first step to our concerns being heard and known. What about CWB advertising a neighborhood march? We'd all be there!

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  8. Thank you to CWB for all you do. It is one of my first reads every morning. Sometimes I feel like Lakeview is just a turd swirling in the toilet.

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  9. I cannot thank you enough for the work you do to keep the community informed when others flat out refuse -- Tom Tunney is a disgrace and I will work hard to make it so he doesn't serve another term as Alderman when the time comes. You are doing more to protect us than those who are sworn to protect and serve and my husband and I both appreciate being told the REAL story here at CWB. Your hard work is much appreciated.

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  10. The answer to the problems seems to be to bury ones head in the sand. Seems fine

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  11. You're dreaming CWB. Sgt. "Kool Aid" Clark and his minions could never hit the street. One, do they have uniforms? There always running around in jeans and sweatshirts - real professional. And the whole crew from the CAPS office together couldn't find a robbery offender at the county jail. Their sole purpose is to bamboozle us, the public, so that we don't question what's really going on. Now that it hasn't worked, the easiest answer is just to not have a meeting and not allow anyone to talk or ask questions. You know, like that old philosophical question: If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a noise? Rise up people, and start making some noise.

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    1. FACT: they do have uniforms and, coincidentally, one of the Community Policing officers was in court Wednesday about two arrests. Please stop spewing stuff out that is just claptrap. Do you really think you are helping anyone or anything? The Truth is powerful. Try a little of it.

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    2. Though I'm as pissed off as everyone else and read this blog every day and frequently post, I have to respectfully disagree with this comment. The caps officers are indeed out there on the streets when needed. Officer Walsh, who many malign due to his security business, doesn't live far away and frequently handles issues on the street even on his time off. They may not be in uniform but they are out there. He has personally handled several issues that I brought to his attention. Let's put the blame where it belongs, with our mayor, superintendent and aldermen. I suspect Sgt. Clark simply got frustrated hearing the same questions about needing more police when he wholeheartedly agrees (as do the rest of our cops) but not being able to say so publicly and not having the answers about staffing we all want.

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  12. People should just boycott the CAPS meetings, they are useless anyway... It's all about being ruled not represented...

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    1. If people don't go, the police will assume we don't care and/or that they're doing a good job and there are enough cops, etc. The answer is for EVERYONE to go, so that there's an overflow in the room and then demand answers and accountability. Last night was a decent turnout but there needs to be an overwhelming turnout every time, especially since they're cutting down to every other month (which supposedly how all the other beats are already doing it).

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    2. Or better yet. Go and stand outside. Refuse to enter unless the format is changed and people are allowed to address their concerns. Agree to a time limit of ninety minutes.

      You also might consider picketing his restaurants. Saturdays and Sundays will get his attention real fast.

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  13. Zoska The MagnificentNov 5, 2015, 8:25:00 AM

    We have plans to leave the city within 3 years, but I'm almost enticed to remain in Lakeview long enough to do everything in my power to help ensure Tunney loses the next election and we get someone who cares even a little bit voted in.

    This latest lunacy certainly seems like it should be protested. More people need to be made aware of his willful failures.

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  14. He walked out???? Did someone piss the little alderqueen off at the meeting? Also concerned about Jason scaling back these meetings - is this citywide or just District 019/023? Unacceptable!

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    1. Zoska The MagnificentNov 5, 2015, 11:38:00 AM

      This absolutely needs to be investigated by the media, to determine if this is a city-wide thing or just in this ward. If it's just this ward, these guys need to be held accountable for refusing to do their jobs, and for refusing to serve their constituents.

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    2. He said that we're one of the last districts to have them every month.

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    3. Yes, he did SAY that. Have you looked it up? We have.

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    4. 012 switched to bi-monthly CAPS meetings as soon as it merged with 013 in 20I2. We were told it was because of the increase in the number beats, but no increase in # of CAPS personnel. No combined beats meeting together, either.

      I was a beat cop there, now in 019 via bid last year. Much more proactive and productive CAPS Sgt, programs, meetings and facilitators there. They really work together. Some beat officers even give their facilitators their cell # so they can keep in touch on what's happening in the beat on a real time basis. More than once after hearing from my facilitator about a crime in progress, I was on scene before getting the call from dispatch/911.

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  15. I was there last night. I saw him get up and walk out...but not before disrupting the concerned citizens that stayed by stopping to whisper his goodbyes to three of his henchmen as he left. It was a very abrupt, embarrassing, and incredibly rude for him to get up and leave and thank you for calling him out. Just when you think he cannot stoop any lower...
    He probably didn't like the new format where the alderman were not sitting up in the front of the room any longer and had to be seated with the rest of their constituents...too close for comfort for Tunney. He may get asked a question or two. Absolutely despicable!

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  16. So, what on earth are you allowed to ask about?

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  17. To be fair, Tunney probably wanted to get home before the honor students started their evening rounds. /s

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  18. Can we impeach this guy? He doesn't seem to do his job AT ALL. Fire this loser and get someone in there who will make an impact and listen to the citizens.

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  19. Thank you for all the work you do!

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  20. Did someone pass this info on to WBEZ? They might actually report it.

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  21. I would like to THANK YOU for all the time you have invested to help the community of hardworking, concerned and responsible citizens of Lake View. You've opened the eyes of many, and validated what many others have personally observed and experienced. Please, keep up the great reporting!

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  22. Remember Remember the 4th of November.

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  23. Tunney physically proving in public that he is unwilling to do the job and walk away from responsibility.

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  24. Are these fascist new rules imposed only in the 19th district and in the 44th ward, or are they system wide? What happens to someone who dares to ask about a particular incident or lack of adequate police? Are they taken out and shot or just beaten by Looney with his aldermanic whip? And to think I get to pay higher property taxes for the privelige of living in such a "democratic" system.

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    1. It appears that this applies to 19 only per a comment made on Second City Cop blog.

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  25. Zoska The MagnificentNov 5, 2015, 11:44:00 AM

    Has anyone here ever posted a list of media outlets and contact numbers? CWB - do you have that information for local TV and radio? I wouldn't doubt that you have a process of contacting the media about serious concerns, but maybe in this situation there's power in numbers: more of us contacting the same media outlets is going to give some emphasis to our wanting to get this story out.

    We can only dream that Tunney would be confronted by the media, and choose to willfully blow them off just as he did at the CAPS meeting last night. It would be proof-positive that he simply does not care, and would add to some already valid points we should rally behind when the next election comes up, including:

    1. Lied in an election year about police staffing levels.
    2. Walked out on community members in a CAPS meeting.
    3. Does not respond to letters from concerned citizens.
    3. Would not talk to media about his lack of action in helping protect his ward (we can hope!)

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    1. Believe it or not, we don't contact media outlets with story ideas. We did do that a couple of times very early on in our existence, but really saw no need to do their work for them.

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  26. Don't forget that magical moment a few years ago when Tunney arrived late to the CAPS meeting and sauntered in wear big baggy shorts, a rumpled over-sized t-shirt and he was eating out of a bag of popcorn. Someone in the crowd gasped, "Is he drunk?!"

    You know, they're probably reducing the CAPS meetings to every other month, and limiting what can be asked because Tunney's super fantastic Crime Task Force Committee has done such a darn good job of cleaning up the mess.

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  27. I messaged him on FB about leaving early and deleting comments. Here was their response:

    Jack,
    Thank you for your message. Tom and I were at last night's CAPS meeting. Tom had another meeting at 8 p.m. and left the CAPS meeting around 7:45.

    The frequency of meetings is a decision made by the police. If you have further questions about this decision, please contact Sgt. Jason Clark in the CAPS Office. He can be reached at 312-744-0064. We will continue to work with him to make sure community concerns are addressed, and that these meetings are a productive way for residents to engage and assist with safety issues.

    Thank you again,
    Christopher Jessup
    Director of Public Safety and Business Affairs

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  28. So what exactly are they going to do? Just ramble off numbers on a spreadsheet like they did before?

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    1. Oh, they still give out the same misleading bar charts. The ones that break down crimes by highly specific codes.

      So, the folks from beat 1924 at last night's meeting got a handout that showed 3 robberies at knifepoint in October.

      The handout made no mention of the other four robberies on that beat. The casual attendee would leave thinking that there were only 3 robberies on that beat in October. There were 7.

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  29. AnonymousNov 5, 2015, 8:03:00 AM

    YOU hit the nail on the head with your comment, Sgt. Clark has NEVER been the real police. Always just a kiss-ass, who would do ANYTHING to stay inside instead of out of the streets. Same goes for the rest of the CAPS office, oh wait, a lot of them have NEVER worked a beat car either..................good luck!!

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  30. Amazing to read this. Our CAPS meetings vary, some only go 25 minutes but there are other times where we've gone for an hour. Not only can every one ask their questions, the cops tell us stuff we didn't even know or ask about.

    The Sgt is a hack who was given his orders from Tunney and his supervisors.

    It's also the reason Rham wants to cut the program, he doesn't like when people do things that don't fit his narrative.

    Keep fighting, don't forget this the next election.

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  31. As far as I'm concerned, an Alderman is paid handsomely to hear us vent because we can't get to the Mayor. Their job is to take our abuse and say "thank you!" like they mean it. If an Alderman wants less abuse, they need to do their job and make sure our streets are safer and not pad their own wallets.

    As for that CAPS Sgt - what a clown. Media should be at every CAPS meeting to record the stupidity. If citizens can't ask questions, you might as well send out a powerpoint presentation. Way to go, Sgt Useless.

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  32. Do you think that sitting in a crime prevention presentation is the best use of the Alderman's time? If FACT is permitted along with all the emotion here, Sgt. Clark did NOT say that citizens could not ask about specific crimes. He DID say - and it is about time - that there would not be discussion about things the 19th District does not control.- such as resources. Remember that the purpose of CAPS is for police and citizens to work together to devise strategies to deal with problems on a given beat. I have sen it work very effectively - Beat 2332 in earlier years, is a good example..It is tough to do anything useful or productive if the beat meetings are turned into bitch sessions. There are numerous people who have made it clear that they do not want to come to beat meetings because of the increasing bitching about things that district does not control. Help out, folks. (Disclaimer: I do not work for the City or its Police Department but I do know the psychology of those who feel venting is a productive activity.).

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    1. The DNAInfo Chicago reporter was there, too. She quotes the sergeant: "We want to get away from [neighbors asking], 'What happened this night? What happened here?'" Clark said. "We're not going to discuss issues we have no control over."

      Guess what? They have no control over much of anything.

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  33. I might be a stereotypical old Jewish man but I am so charged up about this last caps meetings i'm so sick and tired of the lack of respect from Caps Clark, Caps panel in jeans& t-shirts making $80+K, and Alderman making more than 6 figures of tax payer money. I'm prepared to make a donation to CWB. I am so fed up with hypocrisy of CPD & cinnamon roll Tunney. I want to re energize the CWB blog and show them that they have my real genuine support even if its just my word of mouth but also put my $ where my mouth is. Please post an area on your blog so I and We can make donations.The years of laziness and lies have to !!!!!!stop now**!*!*! and CWB is the only one out here doing the job everyone else is afraid to do. Show me where to donate and I will tonight. And I recommend everyone who reads this blog daily to do the same, even if its $5 If you don't ,your part of the problem! Sorry to be so blunt. If our crime keeps going up and the lies and fudged #s keep occurring Boystown as we know it will fall to pieces very shortly even more so than it is.Can it get any worse? not much, but yes it can, No other media outlets reports the real, accurate facts, not #s saying crime is down BS. Where do I donate on your site?

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    1. Thank you for your support. Every cent will be plowed right back into CWB Chicago.

      http://www.cwbchicago.com/2015/10/thank-you-for-supporting-cwb-chicago.html

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  34. Great job! I was relieved of by CAPS assignment, retired sergeant, years ago after telling the truth.

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  35. Sgt Clark needs a dose of reality and should be put back in patrol by the new commander.

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  36. He goes to my gym. Perhaps I'll pop in and continue the CAPS meeting there while he is being useless on a bike reading the newspaper per usual.

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    1. Better yet -- you and all your friends go there and start talking really loud about things and the Alderman to really embarrass him. Not much he can do since its a public location

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    2. That's actually a pretty brilliant idea.

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  37. Ann Sathers Sit ins. Every weekend morning from now until the end of time.

    CWB - what's the update/status on organizing this?

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  38. What a weakling. I can't get into the mindset of someone like him. Self-interested, vapid - he opposite of a public servant. Wonder if he walks around lakeview at night - if so, my feeling is, if someone has to get robbed at gunpoint, maybe it should be him. Maybe that would get him to care. With the election done and no threat of being unseated in his near-term future, what else would make him give a crap?

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    1. Oh, he's been robbed at gunpoint. Needless to say, that offender was tracked down quickly.

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    2. And when he was caught, never a thank you to the Officers or the Detectives that handled the case. That just shows the quality of a person.

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  39. you guys voted for him! Just remember this when it comes to vote again next time! Dont let him be in office if you dont like him. Im in capplemans ward otherwise i would of made sure to vote no for that little weasel!

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    1. I didn't vote for him. Voted for the other guy

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    2. Pretty sure the people who read this blog did NOT vote for Tom Tunney!

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  40. I know this is not necessarily your responsibility, but we need a centralized community activist voice to organize a march/rally. I think if CWB organized a night for all of us to march through the neighborhood protesting our diminishing police force as well as Tunney and his lack of concern for our safety, 100's would be there. We need to start taking to the streets; it just takes a forum to get the word out and I think we'd all show up to march.

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    1. It would have been a great media opportunity to have had a protest/march at Clark & Addison during the Cubs post season run. If there is a march I will be there. the1stmikec

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    2. Community activism works. When the Broadway youth center moved to Wellington there was a group that brought it to the attention of selvn, the community group. That activism group managed to get so many new members in to vote on the measure that it was a landslide no vote, but the byc still moved in regardless because the zoning board was stacked against it and Tunney " let the board decide". Funny how every time he lets that happen, groups get what they want. Except for medlar, but that's a diff story and fight. So... Activism works, if you really want to do it and are ready to work hard and be hated for whatever ur trying to fight against.

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  41. That I know, we media folks living in Lakeview: Greg Hinz, Crain's Chicago Business and Laura Washington, Sun-times. If you read this Greg and Laura, please help us--It's your neighborhood too.

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  42. Happy Anniversary & Thank You for having the moral tenacity to keep good citizens informed!

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  43. How much would a billboard promoting CWB be per month in a prominent Lakeview spot? I would be willing to finance a good portion of it.

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    1. I will contribute as well!!

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  44. Any theory as to why he didn't just "call in sick", rather than be seen flipping the bird to the public?

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  45. i will gladly donate to sponsor a billboard to expose this problem. pls get a kickstarter campaign going!

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