Two Cops That Need Reform

Do you have any faith in the “reformative nature” of the penal system? Corrupt Chicago police sergeant sentenced to more than 7 years in federal prison for falsifying search warrants, stealing drugs.

[Chicago Police Sgt. Xavier] Elizondo and his former partner, Officer David Salgado, were each found guilty by a jury last year of conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges. Elizondo was also convicted on one count of attempting to destroy evidence, while Salgado was also found guilty of one count of lying to the FBI.

Their two-week trial in October laid bare the shady world of anonymous Chicago police informants who were paid by Elizondo and Salgado to lie on search warrant affidavits presented before Cook County judges.

Hat tip to Second City Cop, who notes Elizondo was a Chicago PD “Merit” promotion. Because only promoting based on test scores/time in grade is unfair or something. Second City Cop: Seven Years Plus

And once again, a “merit” promotion. Is it about time to see who these imprisoned “merit” picks were kicking upstairs to when they got their promotions? Because “merit” promotions are jailed at a far higher rate than their counterparts and it’s almost like they’re picked solely for their ability to be corrupt.

We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ 4th Amendment

Chicago police are either ignoring the law, or just too incompetent to follow the law. COPA investigating raid on woman’s home during child’s birthday party.

The cops thought there was a child in danger, so that means they can do whatever the F they want, apparently. COPA is the Civilian Office of Police Accountability in Chicago.

She was not told why the police were not there in the first place, and later on shown a warrant and it appears the warrant does not have her address on it. Potentially that’s why her rights may have been violated.”

Because the law is SO inconvenient, and the 4th Amendment was getting in the way of The War On (Some) Drugs™ anyway.

Sounds Like Theft or Extortion

So a cop makes a “mistake” and it costs you 1100 bucks? No, that doesn’t sound like a problem. Woman says CPD towed her car by mistake and now she must pay to get it back.

Cop types in the wrong plate number, so of course it doesn’t come back matching the vehicle. And cops NEVER make mistakes so he sees no reason to double check. He just has the vehicle towed.

Cambray said she was told she has to pay $1,170 to get her car back.

Cambray is a single mom with three kids and doesn’t have the money.

“I want my car back,” she said. “This is my only way of getting to work, getting my kids to school. I need my vehicle.”

She was told “pay up, and file a claim.” Bets on whether the vehicle was damaged when it was towed?

How do you say “racket” with a Chicago accent?

Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

The Obama DOJ set out to prove that Chicago PD was racist. Even if they had to slice some of the data away to reach that conclusion. MY OPEN LETTER TO CHICAGO: Stripping Context from Media & Government Reports on Police Abuse a Likely Cause of More American and Chicago Bloodshed.

If you look at the category (sidebar, page down) for Cops Behaving Badly, you will see that I am not a blind supporter of the police, and certainly not of the Chicago PD, but if we are ever going to fix the crime in Chicago, and other major cities, then we have to look honestly at the data to see what is going on. That wasn’t done when the Obama DOJ looked a policing in Chicago. They set out to prove something. (Why clutter the issue with facts?) But if you don’t start with all the facts, you probably aren’t going to come up with a solution to the problem. Or you will miss the real problem.

Here are some facts about policing in Chicago.

  1. The city of Chicago uses force against its citizens at a lower rate than nationally.
  2. The small differences in the rates of use of force rate between blacks and whites is more equitable in Chicago than the national average.
  3. Use of force does not occur in 96% of white arrests and 96.7% of black arrests according the the same data used in the Obama-era U.S. Department of Justice Report to condemn CPD for using “excessive force.” Police shootings represent less than 1% of total shootings in the city, and police homicides less than 2% of the total.

This is a long article, and there are a lot of statistics, but basically they say that Chicago police are not out-of-control monsters the media and the Obama-era DOJ want you to believe. They aren’t angels, but then who is?

While sifting through the data and graphs, remember 1 fact: Chicago’s homicide rate is 28 per 100,000 people, while the country as a whole has a rate of 5 per 100,000 people.

You can prove a lot of things using statistics, but if you slice away data you don’t like, or that doesn’t support your preconceptions about what the study should show, you have backpedaled into the realm of damn lies. It seems that is exactly what the politicians did when they decided to justify the consent decree. But then politics in Chicago has always been a matter of shading the truth.

Hat tip Second City Cop. Who with the rest of the CPD will be stuck with the consent decree, that will likely do little to improve things in Chicago.

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.” Mark Twain attributed quote this to Benjamin Disraeli, but there is apparently some doubt about that.

“years and years of systematic corruption”

JusticeChicago PD. Never ceases to amaze. New wrongful-conviction suits could cost Chicago as it tries to move past era of police coercion

Chicago has paid out more than $670 million in police misconduct suits in the past 15 years. But the shenanigans of (former) Sgt. Ronald Watts and Det. Reynaldo Guevara could see that increase. And people wonder why Chicago is bankrupt.

“We’ve had all kinds of police corruption, we’ve had police torture cases, but we’ve never had so many cases where there is clear evidence that police actually set people up for crimes they didn’t commit,” said Marshall Hatch, a prominent minister and activist on the city’s west side.

Guevara has continually plead the 5th – to not incriminate himself – and claiming he “doesn’t remember” details, causing retrials to be thrown out.

Watts made 500 arrests before he stole money from an undercover FBI agent and was arrested.

Attorneys predict — and city officials fear — that Chicago’s tab for police misconduct is about to climb just as the city seemed close to closing the books on cases tied to Burge and his so-called Midnight Crew.

Payouts around Jon Burge and the Midnight Crew topped more than 115 million dollars. (Though they may stretch back farther than those 15 years – I’m not sure.) They are worried that the payouts due to these 2 former officers could exceed that.

If your not familiar with Jon Burge, and the Midnight Crew from Area 2, you can find a look at 1 case, that was not so unusual, at this Sun Times Story. That one case resulted in a 9 million dollar payout.

Why are these payouts so large? Because what Watts and Guevara did, was truly awful.

Jose Maysonet spent nearly 27 years in prison for a double murder in a Guevara case before prosecutors dropped the charges against him.

And of course the knowledge that these cops lied to put people in jail makes it easier to prove the next case. A pattern of behavior.

Chicago Homicide Rate, The ACLU Consent Decree, and Unintended Consequences

The ACLU took credit for reducing the number of stop and frisk encounters. Do you think they will take credit for this? Study: Chicago homicides spiked due to ACLU police decree | Power Line

Cassell and Fowles quantified the costs of the decline in stop and frisks in human and financial terms. They found that, because of fewer stop and frisks in 2016, a conservative estimate is that approximately 236 additional homicides and 1115 additional shootings occurred during that year. A reasonable estimate of the social costs associated with these additional homicides and shootings is about $1,500,000,000. And these costs are heavily concentrated in Chicago’s African-American and Hispanic communities.

Now when it comes to the Chicago PD, I am not a cheer leader. (All you have to do is look at the majority of the Cops Behaving Badly category, both here and at the archives.) But it doesn’t take an ACLU lawyer to understand that if you make it harder – or more dangerous in terms of losing their pensions – for cops to do their jobs, then the job of keeping the city safe will not get done, or not done as well. You may not think that is fair, but we don’t live in a world that is fair, we live in the Real World™ where actions and policy changes have consequences.

Power Line has more enlightening commentary.

Chicago Police Overtime On Track to Set New Record

Chicago is on track to spend $50 to $60 million more this year than last year on police overtime, with a negligible reduction in crime. 200 Million Dollars | Chicago Murder, Crime & Mayhem | HeyJackass!

The Chicago Police Department is on pace to spend nearly $200 million on overtime in 2017 — 40 percent more than last year’s record

And 10 months after Mayor Emanuel promised a 1000 more cops, the department is ahead by 37 new officers. So it is hard to see that number going down much in the near future.

Still, $200 million is ton of money. And for a 40% increase over 2016, you would expect some excellent result.

For a window into the strange world of Chicago crime – which is much higher per capita than New York City – you can’t go wrong with Hey Jackass!

Update – Just for reference: As of 8 AM Sunday, there were 8 murders and 23 wounded in Windy City.

Chicago Police: “Oversight is grossly inadequate”

I think that quote sums it up nicely. Bad cops are never called to account for their actions. That statement may or may not apply nationally, but it certainly applies to Chicago. Chicago Police Department plagued by racism, lack of accountability, task force says | abc7chicago.com

A scathing new report outlines big problems in the Chicago Police Department – racism, excessive force and a code of silence – and that’s not all. The Independent Police Review Authority – the organization assigned to investigate police – is described as badly broken.

The findings aren’t surprising. The head of the Fraternal Order of Police is already pitching spin. (The report recommends changes to the union contracts – which is says is part of the problem.) I’m not holding my breath to see if things get better.

Chicago Police Shootings Investigations: The Fix is in

So why is that of the 400 police shootings in Chicago since 2007, all but four have been found justified? Chicago Police Review Board Fights Firing

An investigator for Chicago’s Independent Police Review Authority claims his supervisors repeatedly ordered him to reverse his findings of police misconduct, then fired him when he refused.

The unofficial agenda is to rule police shootings as justified, unless they are so beyond the pale that no cover is offered.

It is short. Go read the whole thing.

More on Chicago Police Dept.’s Homan Square

This is going to be a big stink before it is through. Here's what media should be asking Chicago police about alleged 'black site' – Opinion – Crain's Chicago Business.

Since the media seem to need some help coming up with questions to ask the Chicago Police Department and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, here are the first 10 that come to my mind.

1. In 2012, the Chicago Police Department adjusted General Order G96-01-04, known as the “Arrestee and In-Custody Communications” general order. Why?

Info on what that General Order is and the other 9 questions at the link.

Chicago Police: Routine Violence and Civil Rights Abuses

When the Guardian first reported on Homan Square, the city denied it. So here is some more info on the Abu Ghraib of the Midwest. Inside Chicago's legacy of police abuse: violence 'as routine as traffic lights' | US news | The Guardian.

But [Pat] Hill, [former Chicago cop] who retired in 2007, said that institutional dysfunction in the police force starts at the academy, and is anything but colorblind: “The type of crime that they’re supposed to be fighting is described for them, and the face of the criminals are black.”

When Hill tried to resist it within the African American Police League, she said she faced retaliation: not only was she called racist names, she recalled, but cocaine and marijuana began showing up in patrol cars she had used during routine inspections.

“You’re going to always have a Homan Square,” Hill said. “They consider that part of real police work, even though it doesn’t stop any of the dope from coming in here.”

There is too much to try and whittle it down. From the Cook County Jail – where constitutional rights are “systematically violated” – to the history of police torture back to Jon Burge and Company, at least.

Chicago PD – Putting the “Criminal” in “Criminal Justice System” for 100s of years.

When Only Cops Have Guns, Only Cops Will Negligently Shoot Themselves

Negligence or accident? I suppose it depends on your point of view. Cop accidentally shoots himself in leg on South Side – Chicago Tribune.

A Chicago police officer accidentally shot himself in the leg Friday evening during an investigation in the city’s Englewood neighborhood, police said.

I should file this under “cops behaving stupidly.”