Re-posted by Nicholas Stix
I posted the following comment at DNAINFO, where the report was just published:
All these years that I’ve been researching and reporting on crime in Chicago, I was operating under the assumption that the overwhelming majority of the violent crime was being committed by racist, black gang-bangers, and most of the rest was being committed by racist, Hispanic gang-bangers. I used to complain that when the local crime “reporters” would do the Hit Parade every weekend (which begins at 12:01 a.m. Monday, and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday), they would identify the neighborhood where every shooting was committed (apparently nobody gets stabbed or bludgeoned or strangled or deliberately run down anymore in Chicago), but never ID the respective gangs vying for control of that piece of turf.
I concluded that the reporters were sympathizers of the black-and-Hispanic gangworld.
Now I know the real reason! It was because it was the cops committing all the shootings, and the reporters didn’t ID the coppers as the shooters, because they were terrified of police reprisals. If that doesn’t explain everything, then this “report” by Mark Konkol is just 1,244 words of misdirection.
P.S.: Last line by Konkol: “At a special City Council meeting, the mayor is expected to layout [sic] his plan for police reform in hopes of rebuilding trust in the police department.”
How could one possibly “reform” a police department, in hopes of “rebuilding trust”?
The only circumstance, under which that might be possible, would be one in which a police department were corrupt, but the citizenry, by and large, wasn’t, say, Kansas City (MO), circa 1930.
But we’re talking about Chicago in 2015. We’re not talking about crooked cops who are mistrusted by law-abiding citizens. Under the regime of racial socialism, the people who “mistrust” the police are racist black and Hispanic criminals, and their supporters. Those are the people who are SUPPOSED to mistrust the police! (Here, “mistrust” is a euphemism for hate.) If racist cut-throats and their fans “trust” the police, the cops are doing something very wrong, and you might as well shut down all the police departments!
Rahm needs a plan, not for “police reform,” but for community reform!
Feud Between McCarthy and City's Lawyer Blocked Police Reform, Sources Say
By Mark Konkol
December 9, 2015 8:46 a.m.
Updated December 9, 2015 9:55 a.m.
CHICAGO — A years-long rift between ousted police Supt. Garry McCarthy and city attorney Stephen Patton effectively derailed the former top cop’s efforts to make substantial reforms to the city’s police disciplinary system in 2013, top city sources told DNAinfo.com.
The revelation of a behind-the-scenes battle between the city's top police officer and its top lawyer shines new light on the city's police department, which is under siege and under federal investigation in the wake of the Laquan McDonald shooting video.
A top police department source said that in early January of 2013, McCarthy asked the mayor to appoint a blue-ribbon panel of experts to recommend sweeping reforms to how the city investigates police misconduct and disciplines officers.
The source familiar with McCarthy’s pitch said the superintendent aimed to give the mayor justification to push for major changes to city laws and the police union contract, which was being renegotiated at that time, to make misconduct investigations more transparent. The changes would also have given McCarthy authority to discipline — and terminate — officers with sustained misconduct investigations.
That conversation, which came on the heels of a City Council vote to settle two police misconduct cases for $33 million, led to the launch of study related to preventing and disciplining police misconduct.
The study, ordered up by the mayor, was led by A.T. Kearney, a management consulting firm, and former federal prosecutor Ron Safer, managing partner of the Schiff Hardin law firm, at no cost to taxpayers.
The 73-page report — which notes that the recommendations do not “consider the political prospects for these changes,” the city’s financial constraints, the city’s ability to change “statutes or ordinances” and alter collective bargaining agreements — proposed specific reforms including:
• Firing any officer engaging in a “code of silence” with little room for flexibility.
• Establishing formalized misconduct discipline guidelines, which currently do not exist in Chicago.
• Holding supervisors accountable for actions of their subordinates.
• Tracking and monitoring officer misconduct.
• Giving the police superintendent a “more meaningful role” in determining misconduct discipline. [Currently, the superintendent has no authority in misconduct cases which “undermines [the superintendent's] ability to implement reforms, effectuate constructive change and lead the Department effectively," the report states.] N.S. note: None of the foregoing brackets were mine.
• Enable the Independent Police Review Authority, better known as IPRA, to close more cases … and take actions against complainants who file false complaints against police. [N.S. note: This is the only constructive proposal cited in the entire article.]
• Increase transparency in the police department internal affairs office. [Impossible! IA investigations require secrecy.]
• Limit the police board’s jurisdiction to only serious allegations of police misconduct.
• Institute “education-based discipline” that experts believe helps teach officers how to make better decisions in the future.”
• Lengthening the disciplinary history of an officer that can be considered by the police board when doling out punishment from five years to 10 years.
Stephens told DNAinfo.com that he reviewed study documents and offered his input for the last time around June of 2013, and never heard a word about the findings again.
“I thought it got lost in bureaucracy of the city,” Stephens said.
As things turned out, the report was released just before Christmas in 2014 without any fanfare.
A copy of the findings is buried on the “safety programs and initiatives” page of the city’s website — a single sentence with a link.
At the time of the release, the Sun-Times was the only news outlet to report that the study was completed, in short story under the headline “Report: City cops should be fired if they engage in ‘code of silence.’ "
About a week before the study report was unceremoniously released, Emanuel’s Commission For A Safer Chicago released a “collaborative anti-violence report.”
That anti-violence report, which focused on youth violence, was long on proposals for expanding summer jobs, creating “peace rooms” in public schools and bolstering after-school and mentoring programs. It did not contain any police department reforms, particularly related to disciplining officers found guilty of engaging in misconduct. City attorney Patton worked on the report.
When the “Safer Chicago” report was released on Dec. 16, 2014, then-Supt. Garry McCarthy did not attend the news conference. Several city sources told DNAinfo.com Chicago he was upset because he had believed Patton was involved in blocking his effort to bring real reform to the department which turned it into “absolutely nothing … a bag of s---.”
Patton, a high-powered litigator who negotiated a $206 billion settlement with Big Tobacco before joining the Emanuel administration as corporation counsel, and McCarthy often clashed on police department policy arguments.
Their feud dates back to arguments about McCarthy's plans to handle protest marches during the 2012 NATO Summit held in Chicago, city sources said.
McCarthy had made it clear to the administration, police department and City Hall, sources said, that it was his opinion Patton was a “major roadblock” to winning the kind of reforms needed to fix the broken police disciplinary system.
“Garry would say he could tell [Patton] the sky was blue on a sunny day and he’d disagree,” a source said. “Patton gave him a lot of pushback on a lot of things.”
Both the police discipline study and the "Safer Chicago” commission's report were released about a month after the police union contract was ratified by the rank-and-file, a move that the Sun-Times declared guaranteed “pre-election labor peace” for Emanuel.
The mayor declared the new union contract a financial win for taxpayers but the deal did not include reforms to contract rules about releasing information about officers charged with misconduct or other reforms, according to published reports.
The A.T. Kearney report on the police disciplinary system, however, did state the city successfully amended police bargaining agreements to “limit and streamline the options for challenging a disciplinary recommendation.”
The Emanuel administration declined repeated requests to interview Patton and did not respond to additional requests to discuss the release of the A.T. Kearney police disciplinary report and why the mayor decided against following those recommendations.
Asked to comment for this story, McCarthy declined.
Following the release of the Laquan McDonald video, both Emanuel and McCarthy became the target of protesters, who have called for both of their resignations. Last week, Emanuel fired McCarthy saying the then-superintendent had become an “issue rather than dealing with the issue, and a distraction.”
On the same day, Emanuel appointed a “task force on police accountability” charged with making a “top-to-bottom” review of the police disciplinary system and ordered to report back to him by early spring.
When announcing the task force, the mayor didn’t mention the A.T. Kearney report, which took two years and covered how Chicago police brass, the police department’s bureau of internal affairs, IPRA and the police board operate.
The mayor’s press office did not respond to questions about why Emanuel appointed a task force to review the police disciplinary system that had been studied less than a year ago, but did issue the following statement.
"We appreciate the hard work by Ron Safer and the team of individuals he worked with on a review of the disciplinary system. Because of their work, a number of reforms were made to improve the measures by which we hold officers accountable. But it has become clear that there is more work to be done, and the Mayor looks forward to the recommendations of the Task Force."
On Wednesday, though, Emanuel will face the public again.
At a special City Council meeting, the mayor is expected to layout [sic] his plan for police reform in hopes of rebuilding trust in the police department.