Cops NEVER Use Drop Guns to Justify a Shooting

No that would never happen, especially in a place like Chicago, where the cops have Never crossed any lines. Never ever. </sarcasm> Gun from Chicago buy-back program found near dead gang member in police shooting.

According to an AGG report, William Stewart Boyd traded his father’s old .38 caliber Smith & Wesson snub nose for less than $100 in a gun buyback in 2004. It was supposed to be destroyed, but somehow the same handgun with serial number J515268 was found next to a dead body involved in a police shooting eight years later.

William Stewart Boyd isn’t just an average man-off-the-street. He’s a judge in Cook County. In his quote he seems genuinely shocked to discover that Chicago PD appears to be up to No Good. Maybe he hasn’t been in Cook County very long. (Or he might have heard of Jon Burge and his midnight crew, the Special Operations Section of Chicago PD, the shaking-down of tow-truck-drivers, etc.) Hat tip to Bacon Time, who says This May Be The Worst Gun Story Of The Decade.

How Long Before TSA Bans Lithium-ion Batteries on All Flights?

The backpack was apparently full of electronics. (Which I take to be phone, tablet, notebook.) Backpack catches fire on Southwest Airlines aircraft at Chicago Midway International Airport.

The fire was put out and contained to the cabin on the aircraft, according to Chicago Fire Department. They also said the incident was due to either a battery or charger.

And of course bomb and arson units were called out because terrorism is the new normal.

Lithium-ion batteries catch fire. It is one of their many qualities.

Keeping Trains Running in the Snow

This is the A-2 Interlocking in Chicago. It is just west of The Loop. Seven of eleven Metra lines (Chicago suburban commuter trains) pass through this interlocking, which was state-of-the-art in 1932. If this were to freeze up in the winter, it would bring chaos to commuters. And yes, this does count as a bit of infrastructure that has been ignored so long, it is in desperate need of updating. Current plans are estimated to cost on the order of half a billion dollars, but both Chicago and the State of Illinois are broke.

So here’s a short video of Chicago’s A-2 interlocking in winter. And here is Metra’s description.

Despite popular belief, the tracks themselves are not on fire. Instead, the flames come from a gas-fed system that runs adjacent to the rail, generating heat on the critical areas where the switches are supposed to make contact. Without that contact, the switches default to “fail-safe” mode, which means any trains that need to pass through the interlocking will have to wait until the switches make contact with the rail and complete an electric circuit. Until then, train movement is halted.

Five Against One, And the One Came Out on Top

Knives are dangerous weapons. 4 stabbed, 1 fatally, in Portage Park argument. (Portage Park is a neighborhood in Chicago.)

Four men were stabbed, one fatally, and another man beaten Monday after an argument over a damaged car in Portage Park on the Northwest Side.

They were walking to their parked car about 2:04 a.m. in the 5300 block of West Irving Park Avenue when another vehicle struck it, according to preliminary information from Chicago police. The men got into an argument with the male who hit the car.

It didn’t end well for them. There’s a moral to the story; probably there is more than 1. I leave that up to you, gentle reader, to discern.

Hat tip to Second City Cop, who notes…

That is a dangerous person. That is also why we shoot people with knives.

Edged weapons, in the hands of someone with training and the will to use it, are truly dangerous.

You Would Think a Prosecutor Would Fight Government Corruption

In a perfect world anyway, but Chicago is in a different area code from that perfect world. Where is States Attorney Foxx on this most recent episode of Cook County corruption?.

I know, I know. Chicago politicians engaging in corruption is about as much a news story as the sun coming up in the east.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported on the insider deal involving the Cook County Land Bank Authority and a building that Austin’s [34th Ward Ald. Carrie Austin] chief of staff Chester Wilson Jr. owned at 103rd Street and Corliss Avenue.

And the State’s Attorney for Cook County, Kim Foxx, affectionately (or maybe not) known to Second City Cop (See the blogroll) as Crimeshea? She appears to be AWOL on the subject.

Kim Foxx is our chief law enforcement officer and absolutely has a duty to be looking into this. It’s been 3 days since the story broke and she remains silent.

If she is not up to the job, she should resign.

Self-defense In The People’s Republic of Chicago

Unarmed self-defense at that. Epic failure of the victim-selection process. Home intruder dies after confronted by homeowner in Austin.

A guy climbs through the window of an apartment in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood.

A physical altercation ensued between the homeowner and the man.

Police said the 51-year-old man died at the scene of unspecified injuries.
[SNIP]

Police said the homeowner is not facing any charges.

So self-defense is legal in Chicago? Who knew? And self-defense is a human-right.

Quote of the Day

Get ready to bask in the glow of nuclear-level stupidity. Need to mail a bunch of narcotics? Here’s what not to do.

Here’s the quote:

If the Unabomber were dead, he’d roll over in his grave.

So he calls an Uber to take him to a restaurant.

Along the way, Borowski-Beszta asked the Uber driver to pull over because he wanted to mail something. The driver did.

That’s when… You’re not going to believe this.

That’s when police say Borowski-Beszta pulled his hoodie over his face, put on sunglasses and gloves, then “carefully placed a package into a mailbox” at a massive intersection with no fewer than four city surveillance cameras in plain view. On the 18th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

In the words of Bugs Bunny, “What a maroon.”

Since the Uber driver wasn’t an idiot, he called police after dropping the guy off.

Labor Day Weekend in Chicago

Summer in Chicago went out with a bang. (Yes. I went there.) HeyJackass! brings us Summer’s Finale.

Labor Day weekend means yet another Summer Shooting Season is drawing to a close. Since opening day on Friday, May 24th, we’ve tallied 154 homicides plus another 850+ shot & wounded. This particular weekend, like other holiday weekends, tend to be stupider than most, so we’ll no doubt be adding to those totals before it’s all over. [Note: This paragraph was written on Friday. Z-Deb.]

Final Stupidity Tally: 10 killed, 40 wounded
2018 Labor Day weekend: 11 killed, 21 wounded
2017 Labor Day weekend: 7 killed, 40 wounded
2016 Labor Day weekend: 13 killed, 53 wounded

The long weekend, as it fits into the calculations at HeyJackass! runs from 12 noon on Friday, until 6 AM on Tuesday.

It’s a shame really. It used to be a great city. Now it’s a mess.

Chicago’s Recipe for More Crime

Lack of consequences equals no deterrent.

First up – bail reform. Man charged with robbing 12-year-old & burglarizing home while free on 3 recognizance bonds AND court supervision.

So far this year, [the miscreant in question has] been charged with felony burglary, released on a recognizance bond, charged with criminal damage to property and assault, released on another recognizance bond, charged with battery, released on a third recognizance bond, charged with battery and obstruction of identification, released on a fourth recognizance bond, and pleaded guilty to battery in exchange for a sentence of six months court supervision. And that was all before the Fourth of July.

He was finally held when he robbed a 12-year-old (he stole the kid’s bike) and burglarized a home. He was on MULTIPLE recognizance bonds when he committed these crimes. After all of that, he was ordered held without bail August 7th.

Then there is an actual lack of sentencing. Court update: Prolific bike thief pleads guilty to 12 burglaries; Another man gets 3 years for slashing teen’s throat.

Let’s concentrate on the throat-slashing, though the other examples (more than the two listed in the headline) are also good examples.

A convicted felon who was accused of slashing a 17-year-old boy’s throat because the teen and his girlfriend were “taking up too much sidewalk” has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Chevazz Campbell, the victim, and a 16-year-old girl were walking on the 400 block of West Roosevelt last October when Campbell allegedly became enraged that the teens were walking side-by-side. After insisting that the couple was taking up too much space on the sidewalk, Campbell pulled out a box cutter and cut the boy’s throat, prosecutors said.

Three aggravated battery charges were condensed into one by the judge. He was sentenced to three years, and given credit for time served (230+ days) They don’t say when he will be available for parole, but in less than a year I’m guessing.

If you make something less expensive, you will see more of it, even if that something is crime.

Self-defense in the Windy City

A story from a couple of days ago, that I missed. Cops: West Side homeowner wounds backyard intruder.

The 54-year-old homeowner told police he discovered the unknown man in his locked backyard and verbally instructed the man to leave, according to a police spokeswoman. But the intruder allegedly “balled up his fist” and approached the homeowner, who, fearing an attack, opened fire with a 9mm handgun, striking the intruder in the upper left thigh, police said.

The bad guy was taken to a local hospital. He’s been charged with assault. The homeowner was questioned and released, because self-defense. (Even in the People’s Republic of Illinois, it seems to sometimes be your legal right.)

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0. (I went looking for this story due to HeyJackass!)