A Gunfight on a Chicago Transit Authority Train

You mean the “no guns allowed” signs are not working? But then what genius thought that they would? Men Pull Guns, Fire At Each Other On Red Line At 79th Street.

Two men fired guns at each other on a CTA Red Line train at 79th Street Tuesday afternoon.

The train stopped and both ran off. No one was hurt.

Hat tip to Second City Cop, who notes:

Those “No Gun” signs on the CTA are working wonders…along with the few hundred officers assigned to the trains and tunnnels.

Guns in a Gun Free Zone. How is this possible?

Man On Parole for Carjacking Arrested for Carjacking

How do you spell “recidivism?” Two charged with West Loop armed carjacking, including one released from prison less than a week ago (for carjacking).

Officers assigned to the city’s newly-reconstituted carjacking task force traced the victim’s stolen phone to the Austin neighborhood where cops saw two men getting into the carjacked vehicle around 11:30 p.m., according to a CPD spokesperson.

The men crashed the victim’s car and ran from the scene, but both were tracked down and arrested. A revolver was also recovered by police.

They both served “about half” of their previous sentences. One was convicted for vehicle theft, the other was in prison for carjacking. That second guy was released prison last week.

The “reconstituted carjacking task force” is in place because there were more than 600 carjackings last year (though that was a decrease from a prior 2 or 3 years) and there have been 135 carjackings so for this year.

The 2 carjacking suspects were ordered held without bail. (That is a little amazing in Cook County, IL.)

Cooking the Books on Crime

This is about Chicago, but do you think any other city is better? Oops! CPD claims violent crime is down 3% this year (it’s actually UP 13%).

The powers that be want to report that crime is down in Chicago. Even if they have to lie, to do so.

Across the country, crime statistics are organized by a system established by the FBI in 1929. Generally speaking, the bureau considers four crimes to be “violent” — murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.

Burglaries, thefts, and motor vehicle thefts, which CPD inexplicably lumped into its “violent crime” category for the past two months are not violent.

But hey, it’s just statistics. (Which brings up the old quote about “Lies, damn lies, and statistics.”

Hat tip to Second City Cop, with the post Hahahaha….Down? Down?? Who notes…

The media isn’t even remotely curious about why Burglaries and Robberies are classified as Property Crimes some months and Violent Crimes other months? Or maybe why Burglaries are downgraded to Thefts depending on what direction Groot needs the crime stats to read? Why Beck and Groot are making a massive deployment to CTA stations and platforms if robberies are down?

We joked years ago that future generations were going to “owe” crime to the past because with the constant 3% here and 3% there, crime would be out of existence by the time we got close to retirement. Once upon a time, the media worked in this town. But we guess that was long ago.

“Groot” is Second City Cop’s endearing nickname for Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Can you guess that there is not a lot of love between Chicago PD and City Hall?

Affordable Bail Leads to More Crime

Because keeping criminals in jail is unfair. Man charged with armed carjacking less than a month after being released on “affordable bail”.

Cops caught him driving a stolen car. He was released on his own recognizance.

Edward Fleming is now charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm, felony armed robbery, felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in connection with the latest crime.

So social justice or regular justice? You pick. It’s beginning to look like you can’t have both.

Fire Commissioner’s Plan = Hide the Truth

What? The TRUTH is making him look bad. Fire Commissioner: Don’t Admit No Ambulances Are Available On Dispatch.

The fire commissioner Richard Ford:

Fire Commissioner Richard Ford wrote, “The process of indicating that CFD is out of available ambulances or asking for any available ambulances over the radio will no longer be allowed.”

Paramedic Field Chief Patrick Fitzmaurice (who has been saying this is a problem for some time):

“Oh wow. Per the fire commissioner now,” Fitzmaurice said. “He’s going to cover this up. This is a cover-up.”

Because the public’s right-to-know stops where the Fire Commissioner says it does.

Chicago’s Recipe for More Crime

By not treating criminals appropriately, they get more crime. More carjackings reported as police promise crackdown: “The criminal justice system has to get serious about how they deal with some of these juveniles.”.

“The criminal justice system has to get serious about how they deal with some of these juveniles,” CPD Dep. Supt. Anthony Riccio said on Friday. “A lot of what we see are the same crews doing it over and over again. So, we’re gonna have to definitely address the problem of juveniles and the crime that they’re committing.”

Riccio made the remarks as he announced the reconstitution of a multi-agency carjacking task force. He said 117 vehicular hijackings had been reported in 2020 as of earlier this week, up from 67 during the same time in 2019.

But that quip about the Criminal Justice System is aimed at the courts, who keep releasing juveniles, because “they’re just kids” and besides keeping violent criminals in jail is unfair.

Hat tip to Second City Cop, who notes…

If you reward bad behavior (and non punishment is a reward of sorts) you get more of it….lots more of it.

SCC has more insights into what is happening to Justice in Chicago.

Reality Hits Chicago

How high can you push taxes before someone notices. Sales of Chicago commercial buildings plunged in 2019: ‘Everyone was asking me what’s wrong with Chicago’

Well, if the people in question are politicians, they will never notice that taxes are too high. Real Estate investors on the other hand…

Sales of office, apartment, hotel and industrial buildings in the city totaled $8.07 billion in 2019, down from the post-recession peak of $16 billion a year earlier, according to Jones Lang LaSalle.

With the dollar sales volume cut in half, last year was the worst year for commercial property sales since 2013, when transactions totaled $7.55 billion.

Now that the dollar value basically doubled from 2013 to 2019 is also a problem reminiscent of bubble, but to have it cut in half in a single year is amazing.

Last year’s reduction in sales slashed about $95 million in city, county and state revenue generated from real estate transfer taxes in 2019, compared with the previous year’s total. That means less money for the Chicago Transit Authority and other services funded by local governments.

It’s OK. The City of Chicago, and the County of Cook and the State of Illinois will just keep raising taxes, until everyone leaves. Or maybe not, because they are competing against places like Boston and San Francisco, and as screwed up as Chicago is these days, it is still cheaper than some of those other cities.

Dave Chappelle Is a Genius

For an update on the new charges Jussie Smollett faces, see Charges Renewed Against Smollett for Alleged False Report.

In the meantime, while we wait to see if this will impact Crimesha’s reelection, enjoy the following from Mr. Chappelle. (Crimesha is also known as Crook County State’s Attorney, Kim Foxx. Oh, look, a typo.)

Don’t ever forget what happened to that French actor. Do you know who I’m talking about? “Juicy Smool-yay.”

St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

I wouldn’t be writing about The Outfit, and its activities on February 14, 1929, if not for taking a look at HeyJackass! to see what was happening in the the Windy City.

But first lets look at the original St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, courtesy of History.com.

Prohibition came into being in 1920. That made the gangsters rich. Bootlegging was big business, and George “Bugs” Moran was running an operation out of a garage at 2122 North Clark Street.

On February 14, seven members of Moran’s operation were gunned down while standing lined up, facing the wall of the garage. Some 70 rounds of ammunition were fired. When police officers from Chicago’s 36th District arrived, they found one gang member, Frank Gusenberg, barely alive. In the few minutes before he died, they pressed him to reveal what had happened, but Gusenberg wouldn’t talk.

Police could find only a few eyewitnesses, but eventually concluded that gunmen dressed as police officers had entered the garage and pretended to be arresting the men.

Shortly after that Al “Scarface” Capone was undisputed leader of all nefarious activities in Chicago.

Now back to the present day and HeyJackass!

As of today, [Friday] this month has already tallied 22 homicides, which is three times more than the massacre tallied. Last year we saw the equivalent of 74 St. Valentine’s Day Massacres but we doubt any of those homicides will become part of Chicago lore quite like the original.

That number is as of the Friday, 11 PM totals. For HeyJackass! the weekend runs from noon on Friday until 6:00 AM Monday. The festivities don’t usually start that early or run that late, but they can start before most people get off work, and run into the early morning hours of Monday. Unless it is a 3-day-weekend, of course. The totals will probably be updated periodically as the weekend goes by.

‡ “The Outfit” was (is?) the name of Al Capone’s organization. When I was living and working in Chicago in the late 1980s and into the 1990s, the FBI was still trying to stamp it out. Maybe they still are.

“Unexpectedly” Chicago Crime Skyrockets

The fact that the State’s Attorney and the judges keep turning violent criminals lose, can’t have anything to do with it. It must all be the cops’ fault. City ‘could have a mess on our hands’ if police don’t use every tool against violence: Lightfoot. So civic order in a big city is not possible without cops doing their jobs? Is that actually what Mayor Lightfoot said?

Of course since the State’s Attorney (Crimesha, also known as Kim Foxx) and the judges don’t work for the mayor, so she can’t really call them to a meeting at city hall. But the cops can’t do much if the bad guys pay no consequences.

In the wake of a homicide and shooting tally that was the worst for a February weekend in 18 years, the mayor said she “had a lot of very difficult conversations with CPD leadership.”

HeyJackass has the numbers for The Weekend’s Stupidity, and they disturbing, even by Chicago standards.

And while this is a post about Chicago, that isn’t the only city that has come to be in the grips of the Social Justice Warriors, or the only city to see an increase in crime.

Hat tip to Second City Cop who notes that the CPD has been 3 years without a contract because the folks like Lightfoot want to make it much easier to fire cops. Guess what?

If you get told over and over, even after months of training and hours of on-the-job training and extra training and more training that ever before, that everything you do is under review by armchair quarterbacks who never served a day on the street, that never made a snap decision under unbelievable pressure, then guess what? The smartest move you can make, day after day, is to disengage. Do not jeopardize your continued employment or your remaining free from prison and/or bankruptcy.

Welcome to the world that Social Justice has wrought.

Real Costs of Bail Reform

Costs in the form of murders committed. Court records reveal even more men charged with murder, shootings while free on “affordable bail”.

Bail reform is all the rage on the Left. It is unfair to keep people in jail. New York, Chicago, and other places are going nuts for bail reform. But is it fair to the people who are paying the ultimate price?

The Left refuses to acknowledge the carnage. The judge, whose brainstorm this was, said there have been no “horrible incidents” due to his “affordable bail” program.

It’s hard to fathom how Evans would conclude that those murders and shootings committed by persons on affordable bail weren’t “horrible incidents.”

Don’t clutter the issue with facts! They are fighting a war of Social Justice, and you are a racist for bringing facts to the discussion.

There were 7 incidents that came to light after the judge made his pronouncement. Now there are more incidents.

Since November, our team has come across new cases in which men have been charged with killing or shooting people while on affordable bail awaiting trial for serious crimes. Here’s a look at these new “not horrible” situations:

The judge is right about one thing. Violent criminals shouldn’t be in jail because they can’t afford their bail. Violent criminals should be in jail because the judge denied them bail on the basis that they represent a threat to the community. But that isn’t happening either.

A View of How the Left Destroys Free Speech

In the old Soviet Union, if you disagreed with the Party, you could be sent to an insane asylum. This is the same, just using the words of 21st Century Socialists, as opposed to the 20th Century variety. John Arena, COPA, and the Defaming of Chicago Police Officers.

This is a story of a systematic effort by a one-time-Chicago Alderman, John Arena, and his attempt to subvert the first amendment rights of citizens of Chicago, and in particular 31 police officers who dared to disagree with him. “How dare you,” seems to be the catch phrase of the Left.

Arena was an alderman (what Second City Cop usually calls an Aldercreature) in the City of Chicago. A bunch of people disagreed with his plans to for developing a certain piece of property in his district. But how dare you disagree with him. How dare you.

Instead of shrugging off criticism of the plan, Arena, in the attempt to silence dissent, lashed out at his critics from his official Facebook account. In a series of grammatically illiterate posts designed to portray opinions differing from his as villainous, sinister, or heretical, Arena publicly branded his detractors racist and painted a portrait of the Jefferson Park neighborhood as a pantheon of deranged bigots.

That process went on for about 2 years until he was finally defeated in an election last year. But during that time, he also lodged a bunch of complaints against cops, who also happened to live in the area, and were also opposed to the development. That is where COPA, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, comes in.

In early December 2019, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) quietly revealed 29 of 31 Complaint Registers (CRs) Mr. Arena lodged against members of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) residing on the Northwest side of Chicago were determined to be utterly groundless.

There is more. Details of the development, details of the smear campaign, members of the Alderman’s staff building an “enemies list” based on their opposition to this development, but what really is important is the Left’s casual attempt at destroying free speech for anyone who dares to disagree with the people on the Left. And make no mistake, there are no Republican aldermen on the Chicago City Council.

Even from a distance of two years, this entire episode remains difficult to stomach. A reckless attempt to destroy the lives and careers of 31 Chicago police officers, John Arena’s throw at the dice to mute criticism of his plan to build a Progressive Xanadu in the 45th Ward was an assault on free speech. While posing as a de-facto moral censor, Arena overlooked free speech is a fundamental right secured in the American political compact known as the Constitution, free speech is an important tenet to a free and healthy society, and free speech applies to all private citizens irrespective of their career. Furthermore, while attempting to brutally suppress private citizens’ freedom of expression on social media, Mr. Arena also ignored the First Amendment guarantees freedom from governmental suppression of thought and the expression of ideas, regardless of whether the ideas in question are revered or despised. Last, Arena dismissed the fact a government agency and public official cannot and should not have the power to subordinate individual liberties to their personal sensitivities.

If you want to know what the country would look like if the socialists take over everywhere, all you need do is look at the one-party state that is the City of Chicago.

Hat tip to Second City Cop, who asks “Is There a Lawyer in the House?”

Remember, these are government employees on the public dime, compiling an “enemies list” and using another government agency (COPA) to inflict as much personal and professional damage on them as possible – real East German Stasi and USSR bullshit here in the People’s Republik of Chicago.

There ought to be thirty-one defamation lawsuits working their way through the Courts as we speak.

It Seems Self-defense Is Legal in Chicago After All

Who knew? No charges filed against West Side woman with concealed carry license who shot her boyfriend to death.

So a man, armed with a .357 Magnum revolver, shoves his girlfriend into the wall and says that he’s going to kill her. She defends herself. Cops arrest her.

But even it the People’s Republic of Chicago, there is some vestige of the rule of law.

“We conducted a thorough review of the incident after it was brought to us by law enforcement and concluded that the evidence and facts were insufficient to support the filing of criminal charges,” said Tandra Simonton, a spokeswoman for the state’s attorney’s office, in a statement.

That’s lawyer double-speak for “We didn’t have a snowball’s chance in Hell of convicting this woman, and we would just piss off everyone on all sides of the political spectrum, and besides our boss is in deep yogurt right now anyway.”

Self-defense is a human-right. And in Illinois, it might be your legal right, but I wouldn’t count on that.

Another Illinois Politician Charged With Corruption

I’m shocked – Shocked! – to find corruption in Illinois. Editorial: The feds charge Sen. Martin Sandoval. Where does the red-light scandal turn next?. OK, I’m not that shocked.

Sandoval is a former state senator from Chicago. Can you guess his political affiliation?

Sandoval, who may be cooperating with prosecutors, served in the Senate for 16 years, oversaw the influential Transportation Committee and is connected to Cicero politics, the Illinois Tollway, waste disposal companies, video gaming and ComEd, all of which have been touched by an unfolding federal corruption probe.

Turns out those red-light cameras were not about safety after all, but about revenue for the camera companies and bribes for politicians. (The mayor of one Chicago suburb had $60,000 in a safe in his home. It was confiscated by the feds.)

Hat tip to 19th Ward Chicago, who sent me looking for more info.

Because Actually Charging People for Non-emergency Ambulance Rides Would Be Wrong

Or something. ‘Frequent Fliers’ Are Hidden Drain On Chicago’s Ambulance Services; One Patient Called 911 400 Times In 18 Months.

On the streets, where paramedics barely get a break, let alone the opportunity to return to headquarters, there is a group of patients known as “frequent fliers.”

These are the people who routinely call 911 for an ambulance, even though it might not be medically necessary. Sometimes the patient may need a prescription refill or maybe a ride to a doctor’s appointment.

And so people who really need an ambulance wait. Does this count as abuse of socialized medicine?

This story is from Chicago. Do you think it is any different anyplace else?

Putting the “Criminal” in Criminal Justice System

JusticeCook County State’s Attorney, and Jussie Smollet – Just when you thought it was over. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx hires outside legal help in Jussie Smollett probe, won’t say how much it’s costing taxpayers.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and her office have retained some high-powered legal assistance in the ongoing probe of Foxx’s controversial handling of the Jussie Smollett case.

Hat tip to Second City Cop – Crimesha Lawyers Up: At taxpayer expense no less. Maybe you can tell, but SCC, and most of Chicago PD, doesn’t care too much for the Cook County State’s Attorney and her lax attitude toward crime and criminals.

Even in the People’s Republic of Chicago

crime scene tapeSelf-defense works. 2 dead, 2 wounded in shootout in the East Side neighborhood.

“East Side” is a recognized neighborhood in Chicago. (One of 77 neighborhoods.) It is 13 miles south of the Loop, and borders Indiana.

3 guys were standing on the street when a car pulls up and 2 gunmen jump out and open fire.

The 27-year-old man, who is a valid concealed carry license holder, pulled out his own weapon and returned fire, fatally striking one of the shooters, 17-year-old Michael E. Portis, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. Portis, who lived in South Shore, was dead at the scene.

One of the 3 was also killed. The other 2 were taken to a local hospital, and are expected to be OK. The investigation continues.

Hat tip to Second City Cop – Everyone getting in on the action it seems.

Gun Up

Atlanta has decided its cops will no longer chase subjects. For safety, don’t you know. Second City Cop: No Chasing – Ever.

Chief Shields seems to know exactly what’s what and which way the wind is blowing, and she’s laying it right at the feet of the judicial system not holding anyone accountable.

And Chief Shields recognizes that this change will probably lead to an increase in crime. That seems to be what the politicians want, with these policy changes.

So why is a Chicago Cop writing about Atlanta? Because he expects the same thing to happen in Chicago, and elsewhere. His recommendations to all law abiding citizens…

Two words of advice for Mr. Rich – and everyone else in lib-tarded areas of governance (like Chicago):

  1. Gun
  2. Up

The police cannot protect the individual – they are actively being restricted from enforcing the laws as written. You are responsible for your own safety. Police respond after the fact with a report. Get a gun and learn to use it properly.

Is the Media Biased Against the Poor? Or Against Idaho?

So a Google news search on the terms “joshua vallow tylee ryan” turns up 3200 pages. These are the 2 kids who disappeared after their mother joined something that is universally described as a “Doomsday Cult.” The kids disappeared in September. Do I need to mention that they are white, and middle-class?

Meanwhile, a 7-year-old girl was shot early Christmas morning in Chicago. I can find exactly 1 story on the incident. $1,000 reward offered for information about shooting of 7-year-old girl on Christmas morning on Southwest Side of Chicago.

To be fair, there are couple of other references to this story, but…

So is the media obsessed with the two kids from Idaho, because they are obsessed with Idaho? Are they ignoring everything going on in Chicago because poor people getting shot on the SW side is hardly news?

Of course both reasons could be true. They don’t care about poor people in Chicago, and the are obsessed with the idea they have of Idaho. (I mean it isn’t NY, or the Left Coast…)

Chicago & Baltimore: A Tale of Two Cities

But hey, they are woke. Or something. The bloody toll from Baltimore, Chicago’s soft-on-crime mindset. And don’t expect the national media to reflect on how two Democratic-run cities have become such crime disasters.

There were two mass-shootings on Sunday: One in Chicago, the other in Baltimore. So what is the cause?

In Baltimore the poverty rate is down, unemployment is down. In Chicago, public school spending (per pupil) increased a bit more than 20 percent in the past decade.

The more likely culprits of elevated violence: (1) sharp cuts in incarceration, (2) prosecutorial retreat from low-level offenses and drug laws and (3) the alienation of each city’s most capable guardians: cops.

Both states have been reducing incarceration. Dramatically. And Cook County, Illinois State’s Attorney Crimeshea Kim Foxx has decided not to prosecute a whole raft of “low-level” crimes. Which, “unexpectedly” caused those crimes to skyrocket. (It is sort of the exact opposite of Broken Windows.)

A third of Baltimore homicide suspects in 2017 committed their alleged offenses while on probation or parole, despite having an average of nearly 10 prior arrests. In Chicago, those arrested for shootings or homicides in 2015-16 had an average of 12 prior arrests.

Because expecting the state to keep violent criminals in prison is unfair. Or something.

Hat tip to Second City Cop who says it is a Policy With a Body Count.