The fact that they could deny this with a straight face in the first place, says a lot about the lawyers who work for the City of Chicago – none of it good. Chicago admits police code of silence on corruption
They were trying to keep the Mayor – Emanuel – from testifying by admitting that the statements he made in public were actually true.
In an about-face, City Hall lawyers acknowledged in federal court Friday that a code of silence exists within the Chicago Police Department.
It didn’t work, the judge in the case as said he must testify.
This is all in relation to a suit brought by a couple of honest cops who faced retaliation after turning a couple of especially onus cops over to the FBI. Instead of keeping his mouth shut, he took a page out of his former-bosses handbook and made a public statement. Now the mayor will have to testify.
City attorneys argued the statement was a “full-throated” acknowledgement that the code of silence plagues the CPD, and that jurors don’t need to hear about the problem from Emanuel. But the move went nowhere, as attorneys for the two Chicago cops said the statement by city attorneys was too narrow and still want the mayor to take the witness stand. The
“We believe the mayor’s statements will allow (jurors) to conclude the chief executive officer of the city knows this is a culture that permeated the Chicago Police Department and not just a few outliers,” said Jeffrey Lynn Taren, a lawyer for CPD whistleblowers Shannon Spalding and Daniel Echeverria.
Chicago PD has closed ranks around criminal officers since forever. And it isn’t only the City. The Suburbs suffer from a similar problem. Consider the history of Drew Petersen. He was a sergeant in Bolingbrook, Illinois police department. He was convicted of killing one wife, and suspected of killing another. No matter how often his wives called 911, he was never let go. And though the 911 logs are there for all to see, actual police reports are missing. I wonder how that could be.
I don’t know how you fix problems in Chicago’s Police Department. Firing everyone and starting over is probably not a viable alternative, but it may be the only way to root out the problem.