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Cops Running a Protection Racket in Chicago? Say It Ain’t So

JusticeI’m shocked – shocked! – to discover corruption in the ranks of Chicago PD. Cook County prosecutors toss more convictions tainted by corrupt ex-Chicago police Sgt. Ronald Watts – Chicago Tribune

OK, I’m not that shocked. Chicago – still putting the “Criminal” in the Criminal Justice System.

So Sgt. Watts would charge folks a “protection tax.” Fail to pay, and you ended up in jail on a drug charge.

Watts, who was convicted on federal charges, has repeatedly been accused of forcing residents and drug dealers alike to pay a “protection” tax and putting bogus cases on those who refused to do so.

15 people have had their convictions set aside (on one day). A total of 22 convictions have been overturned. Attorneys are calling for 500 cases to be examined.

In case after case, when Watts’ targets complained of his corruption, judges, prosecutors and internal affairs investigators all believed the testimony of Watts and other officers over their accusers, records show.

So cops, lawyers and judges gave the benefit of the doubt to the cop. In Chicago, home of Jon Burge and the Midnight Crew (tortured suspects for confession), The Special Operations Section (Extortion, kidnapping, and maybe murder-for-hire) and others.

Seven other cops – part of Watts’ unit – have been relieved of street duties pending an investigation. (Because the IA investigations were so good in the past. Not.)

Why did all this happen? Because the Criminal Justice System is not interested in Justice. It is interested in perpetuating itself. It does that by winning cases, even if they are bogus. Cops and prosecutors are not judged on Justice, but on arrests and convictions. Justice be damned.

SUE The T. Rex Gets a Makeover

SUE is the largest, most complete skeleton of Tyrannosaurus Rex ever recovered. The skeleton is exhibited at Chicago’s Field Museum. SUE The T. Rex Says Goodbye To Her Skull « CBS Chicago

“You don’t often get a second shot of mounting a dinosaur, but this time around, we are going to add in the so-called ‘belly ribs.’”

Simpson says they are able to do so because scientists have only recently learned how to position them.

They are also taking the opportunity to move SUE to her dedicated exhibit hall. (Currently SUE is in the main entrance hall.)

I’ve only seen SUE one time, as she was added to the collection of Chicago’s Field Museum sometime in 2000. She wasn’t there when I endured several field trips in elementary school. (I always thought that the Aquarium, Planetarium, and the Museum of Science and Industry were more fun.)

Actually, her real skull is on display separately. What they removed was an copy of her skull.

SUE’s real skull, weighing 600 pounds, is still on display on the second floor of the museum. The head is separated from its body not because of weight concerns, as the sign for it says, but because “it is the most studied part of the skeleton.”

SUE – named after Sue Hendrickson, the paleontologist who discovered the skeleton – made a memorable appearance in one of The Dresden Files novels, Dead Beat.

I leave this here without comment

Because I am at a loss as to what to say. From Memphis, TN: Life sentences for 3 in ‘revenge’ killing of 7-year-old girl | Fox News

Prosecutors said Stokes wanted revenge for the death of his sister, Cateria Stokes, 15, who was killed earlier the same day in a drive-by shooting linked to an ongoing dispute over a 2014 drug deal gone wrong, the Commercial Appeal reported.

So they kill a 7-year-old.

Don’t Bring a BB Gun to a Gunfight

Another breakdown of the victim-selection process. Tampa gas station clerk shoots attempted robber | WFLA.com

Police say a suspect walked into the Sunoco gas station on the corner of East Hillsborough Avenue & 34th Street just after 2 a.m. and tried to rob the clerk with a handgun.

But the clerk pulled out his own handgun, firing at the suspect multiple times, hitting him once in the leg.

And the would-be bad-guy only had an authentic-looking BB gun.

Cops are treating this like a straight-forward case of self-defense, and the BB gun doesn’t change anything.

“That doesn’t change the facts of the case,” said [Tampa Police Department Lt. Ricardo] Urbinas. “The clerk wouldn’t have known that when the gun was pointed at his face and he still has a right to defend himself.”

Cooperation Is Still Not Ensuring Safety

Violent criminals don’t stop being violent because they get what they want. Man accused of killing clerk, injuring another during shooting rampage | WSB-TV

The gun-hating part of the Left is always telling me that if I just give the bad guys what they want, I will be OK. Always in relation to robbery. (Ask them about rape and they either shut up or insult you.)

So this guy shoots and kills one clerk at a gas station.

Minutes later, Nicholson walked into Elm Street Food and Beverage on North Elm Street, took money and then shot that clerk, according to investigators. The clerk was rushed to Floyd Medical Center and is listed in critical condition

Say it again. He got the money. He got what he wanted. Then he shot the clerk in cold blood.

Now I would not be surprised to discover that the companies that owned these 2 businesses didn’t want their employees armed, though that is becoming less true in all-night convenience stores and gas stations. Of course being armed is not a guarantee of safety, but neither is giving the bad guys what they want.

At least the cops have arrested the guy they believe to be responsible.