Pete came on the job in 1998, assigned to 014. He was activated and sent to Iraq in May 2009 and in June He was severly injured when a helicopter crashed into a building he was in. When he arrived at the VA in Tampa he was classified a paraplegic, but he is undergoing extensive physical therapy 6 days a week, and as of this past week end he is able to walk slowly with the help of a cane. He has a great attitude and told me some day his wheelchair will be in the corner collecting dust. If any of the guys are in the area he would love company. He is in therapy until 3:30 pm-Friday and 1:30 on Saturday...Tom Faragoi
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Daley, aldermen suggest Chicago police officers, firefighters take unpaid days off Share | Posted by Hal Dardick and John Byrne at 6:22 p.m.
Mayor Richard Daley and some aldermen suggested today that police officers and firefighters take off nearly five weeks without pay to cut city spending next year.
The idea, which the city cannot force on the police and fire unions, surfaced as outside critics and aldermen are questioning Daley’s plan to dip into long-term cash reserves to help pay for his proposed $6.1 billion budget.
“Everyone has to be part of the solution, not part of the problem,” Daley said today when asked if police officers and firefighters should take unpaid furlough days. “And that’s why I’m taking 24 days without pay, and I got other people to take that, because you have to show that government understands the suffering that is going on throughout your communities.” Daley already has ordered non-union employees to take 12 unpaid furlough days and 12 unpaid holidays, and most unions agreed to do the same. Those measures will save the city $70 million next year.
But police and firefighters, who make up the bulk of the city work force, weren’t asked to take the days off. Both of those unions’ contracts have expired, and the police contract is in binding arbitration, with a decision expected by spring at the earliest. Any concessions are only likely to come after that's settled, if they come at all.
If police and fire unions agreed to furloughs, the city would save $120 million, city Budget Director Eugene Munin said in response to a question from Ald. Anthony Beale, 9th, at a City Council budget hearing today.
“That’s 120 million we could save the taxpayers of the City of Chicago if we had cooperation from just two of the outstanding four unions,” Beale responded.
Several aldermen questioned Daley’s plan to spend $270 million from a long-term reserve account established just last year from proceeds of the city’s 75-year parking meter system lease.
“We don’t have a plan to replenish that fund,” said Ald. Scott Waguespack, 32nd, a consistent critic of the lease. “That’s my concern.”
Aldermen floated a number of ideas, including a city casino or dipping into special tax district funds, to pay for city spending. Last week, Daley noted the many complications in getting a casino off the ground, and he has repeatedly dismissed dipping into tax-increment-finance district funds. Ald. Ray Suarez, 31st, asked why police officers and firefighters aren’t taking the same pay cuts as others.
"Why can’t everybody take part in bringing the expenses down so that we don’t have to force a lot of these folks to take furlough days?" Suarez asked. "Because I think it’s a little unfair to ask a single provider from a family who’s making forty-five or fifty thousand dollars to give back not just 12 furlough days, but the 12 holidays. Why can’t this be done? What’s the problem?"
Munin responded, "I agree with you, alderman, I think everyone should share in that."
Officials with the city's police and fire unions could not be reached today.
Posted at 06:22:51 PM in Chicago City Council, Mayor of Chicago ______________________________________________________________________
Here's an article about our 50 Alderman in Chicago:
City Council's $3.7 million allowance: How aldermen spent taxpayer money By Hal Dardick, Ryan Mark, Joe Germuska and Brian Boyer | Tribune Staff Aug. 15, 2009
Aldermen hired relatives, friends and campaign workers, leased automobiles and rented downtown parking spaces with money from their taxpayer-funded expense accounts, according to city databases and public records compiled by the Tribune.
The aldermen's expense allowance more than doubled in 2008 to $73,280 each from $33,280. Half of the city's 50 aldermen spent more than $70,000 of last year’s allowance. The municipal code of the City of Chicago defines appropriate uses for the allowance but allows broad discretion by the City Council members. Oversight is minimal. Aldermen are merely told to ensure that their spending is legal.
Aldermen spent $132,788 on automobile leases, $28,186 on downtown parking spots and $11,277 on bottled water. The city last year allocated up to $3.7 million for expenses; aldermen spent $3.1 million.
Explore all of the aldermen’s 2008 expenses on this Web site.
To learn more about how aldermen spent taxpayer money, read our story on aldermen's expense accounts and our follow-up about an alderman renting
Ofc Alex Valadez Murdered 01 Jun 09 answering a shot's fired call his star was retired 20 OCT 09 Mayor Daley spoke these words :
"His passing reminds us once again how much gratitude we owe to the men and women of the Chicago Police Department," Mayor Richard Daley said.
Every job & call every foot chase or car chase could be an officers last .....How many people who go to each day are faced with those odds . Will the mayor go out or the alderman and answer calls and chase savages with guns , burglars ,rapist robbers , car thieves ? We elected you and WILL UN ELECT YOU
Go ask Alex valadez or Richard Francis or Nate Taylor how much a life is worth ! All these officers were killed in the line of duty with in the last 2 yrs
Lets all give a big hand to Mayor Daley for taking 24 unpaid days. He doesn't have to worry because he gets all his kick=-backs still
Third man charged in police killing ordered held August 15, 2009 4:53 PM | 1 Comment | UPDATED STORY A third Chicago man was charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a Chicago police officer in June, police said today.
Christopher Harris, 20 of the 6200 block of South Paulina Street, was charged Friday with first-degree murder. He was ordered held without bail today by Circuit Court Judge Peggy Chiampas.
Harris was taken into custody Friday after a witness identified him as a third person involved in the June 1 shooting of Chicago Police Officer Alejandro "Alex" Valadez.
Kevin Walker, 21, of the 2500 block of West 70th Street, and Shawn Gaston, 20, of the 6200 block of South Paulina Street, have each pleaded not guilty to murder charges. Last month the officer was honored posthumously in a city council resolution.
Assistant Cook County State's Atty. John Dillon said in court today that Harris fired one of the shots that struck Valadez. Dillon said Harris was riding in the back seat of the car with the two other men charged in the killing. Harris allegedly fired a .357-caliber handgun that was one of the three guns later found in the car allegedly used.
Harris' hand tested positive for evidence of gunshot residue shortly after the shooting, Dillon said, indicating Harris had recently fired a weapon. Dillon declined to comment on why there was a delay of more than two months between that positive test and Harris being charged.
Harris admitted he agreed to return to the area where he, Walker and Gaston had been fired at, according to Dillon. He also admitted to firing shots from the back seat of the car, Dillon said. Previously, police said Gaston was the shooter and Walker was the driver.
Harris' criminal background consists of two misdemeanor drug cases. He is scheduled to return to court at noon Monday for a preliminary hearing on the murder charge. His public defender said Harris was a Harper High School graduate currently attending Kennedy-King College.
Valadez, a plainclothes Chicago police officer, died on June 1 at about 2:40 p.m. after being shot in the head and critically wounded early that morning in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side, authorities said.
Walker, Gaston and Harris had earlier been shot at by people they believed to be rival gang members near the corner of West 60th Street and South Hermitage Avenue, police said. The men then went to another location, picked up guns and returned to the scene to retaliate, police said.
Valadez and his partner had responded to reports of the initial gunfire and were in the 6000 block of South Hermitage Avenue talking to a citizen when Gaston opened fire from a car driven by Walker, according to police. Valadez was in plainclothes at the time, but was wearing a bulletproof vest and a police star.
Valadez was the third officer killed in the line of duty in the past year.
MILWAUKEE — A woman accused of helping lure a boyfriend to a hotel room and gluing his penis to his stomach as punishment for his cheating ways says she and the other women went to the motel to tell him “the gig was up.”
Therese Ziemann told NBC’s “Today” show on Tuesday that she and the other three women accused of holding the man against his will in a Green Bay, Wis., hotel room did not collaborate, and that there was no ringleader among them.
Prosecutors say the women, including the man’s wife and another girlfriend, lured the man to the motel on July 30 to punish him for cheating.
Court documents say the man agreed to be bound with sheets and blindfolded by Ziemann, and that she used Krazy Glue to attach his penis to his stomach.
Patients forced to live in agony after NHS refuses to pay for painkilling injections Tens of thousands with chronic back pain will be forced to live in agony after a decision to slash the number of painkilling injections issued on the NHS, doctors have warned.
By Laura Donnelly, Health Correspondent Published: 7:45AM BST 02 Aug 2009
Cuts to treatments would save the NHS £33 million. The Government's drug rationing watchdog says "therapeutic" injections of steroids, such as cortisone, which are used to reduce inflammation, should no longer be offered to patients suffering from persistent lower back pain when the cause is not known.
Instead the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is ordering doctors to offer patients remedies like acupuncture and osteopathy.
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The NHS currently issues more than 60,000 treatments of steroid injections every year. NICE said in its guidance it wants to cut this to just 3,000 treatments a year, a move which would save the NHS £33 million.
But the British Pain Society, which represents specialists in the field, has written to NICE calling for the guidelines to be withdrawn after its members warned that they would lead to many patients having to undergo unnecessary and high-risk spinal surgery.
Dr Christopher Wells, a leading specialist in pain relief medicine and the founder of the NHS' first specialist pain clinic, said it was "entirely unacceptable" that conventional treatments used by thousands of patients would be stopped.
"I don't mind whether some people want to try acupuncture, or osteopathy. What concerns me is that to pay for these treatments, specialist clinics which offer vital services are going to be forced to close, leaving patients in significant pain, with nowhere to go,"
The NICE guidelines admit that evidence was limited for many back pain treatments, including those it recommended. Where scientific proof was lacking, advice was instead taken from its expert group. But specialists are furious that while the group included practitioners of alternative therapies, there was no one with expertise in conventional pain relief medicine to argue against a decision to significantly restrict its use.
Dr Jonathan Richardson, a consultant pain specialist from Bradford Hospitals Trust, is among more than 50 medics who have written to NICE urging the body to reconsider its decision, which was taken in May.
He said: "The consequences of the NICE decision will be devastating for thousands of patients. It will mean more people on opiates, which are addictive, and kill 2,000 a year. It will mean more people having spinal surgery, which is incredibly risky, and has a 50 per cent failure rate."
One in three people are estimated to suffer from lower back pain every year, while one in 15 consult their GP about it. Specialists say therapeutic injections using steroids to reduce inflammation and other injections which can deaden nerve endings, can provide months or even years of respite from pain.
Experts said that if funding was stopped for the injections, many clinics would also struggle to offer other vital services, such as pain management programmes and psychotherapy which is used to manage chronic pain.
Anger among medics has reached such levels that Dr Paul Watson, a physiotherapist who helped draft the guidelines, was last week forced to resign as President of the British Pain Society.
Doctors said he had failed to represent their views when the guidelines were drawn up and refused to support the letter by more than 50 of the group's members which called for the guidelines to be withdrawn.
In response, NICE chairman Professor Sir Michael Rawlins expressed outrage over the vote that forced Dr Watson from his position, describing the actions of the society as "shameful". He accused pain specialists of refusing to accept that there was insufficient scientific evidence to support their practices.
A spokesman for NICE said its guidance did not recommend that injections were stopped for all patients, but only for those who had been in pain for less than a year, where the cause was not known.
Iris Watkins, 80 from Appleton, in Cheshire said her life had been "transformed" by the use of therapeutic injections every two years. The pensioner began to suffer back pain in her 70s. Four years ago, despite physiotherapy treatment and the use of medication, she had reached a stage where she could barely walk.
"It was horrendous, I was spending hours lying on the sofa, or in bed, I couldn't spend a whole evening out. I was referred to a specialist, who decided to give me a set of injections. The difference was tremendous",
Within days, she was able to return to her old life, gardening, caring for her husband Herbert, and enjoying social occasions.
"I just felt fabulous – almost immediately, there was not a twinge. I only had an injection every two years, but it really has transformed my life; if I couldn't have them I would be in despair".
__________________________________________________________________________ This is a glimpse into how our health care will be if Obama's bill passes. Everything will be rationed or deemed not cost effective to save money . In Chicago we have all kinds of free health care for the poor. I'm sick of the LIBS crying that poor or unisured people don't have access to health care :
A study shows that 46.6 millions Americans do not have health insurance and out of these 1.6 millions reside in and near Chicago area. For those under privileged and those who are not covered under any insurance programs, many free health care clinics are there in the city, many of them are run by non profit organizations. Here is the list of few of those free clinics in Chicago-
Children who buy meals at the McDonald’s at 391 Central Ave. today beginning at noon will encounter PETA staff, headed by an activist in a chicken costume.
The chicken man will be handing out Unhappy Meals. Can you guess what’s in them?
McDonald's markets its food to children by packaging it in brightly colored boxes with enclosed toys, but most kids would probably lose their lunch if they knew about the animal suffering that goes into the company's "Happy Meals." That's why PETA created Unhappy Meals to make sure that families know that the lives of the chickens who were killed for those McNuggets were anything but happy.
PETA's spoof of a McDonald's chicken sandwich box features the image of a knife-wielding "Ronald McDonald," along with pictures of birds who have been mutilated and scalded alive and information about controlled-atmosphere killing (CAK), the less cruel method of slaughter that PETA is asking McDonald's to adopt.
The inside of the Unhappy Meal box is stained with "blood" and contains a "blood"-filled packet urging McDonald's to "Ketchup With the Times," a paper cutout of a menacing Ronald McDonald with PETA's parody "I'm Hatin' It" logo, a "bloody" plastic chicken, and a "Chicken McCruelty" T-shirt wrapped up like a sandwich.
_____________________________________________________________________ This is crossing the line if Peta has a right to campaign for animal rights but targeting young children who enjoy happy meals is WRONG .
TUESDAY, AUGUST 4TH, 2009 AT 6:55 AM Facts Are Stubborn Things Posted by Macon Phillips Opponents of health insurance reform may find the truth a little inconvenient, but as our second president famously said, "facts are stubborn things."
Scary chain emails and videos are starting to percolate on the internet, breathlessly claiming, for example, to "uncover" the truth about the President’s health insurance reform positions.
In this video, Linda Douglass, the communications director for the White House’s Health Reform Office, addresses one example that makes it look like the President intends to "eliminate" private coverage, when the reality couldn’t be further from the truth.
For the record, the President has consistently said that if you like your insurance plan, your doctor, or both, you will be able to keep them. He has even proposed eight consumer protections relating specifically to the health insurance industry.
There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to email@example.com. ________________________________________________
Wow ! What is happening to FREE SPEECH don't we have a right to challenge the health care reform bill . The White House is asking if you recieve an email questioning the bill that it should be forwared to the White house .
1. Offended the Queen of England. 2. Bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia. 3. Praised the Marxist Daniel Ortega. 4. Kissed Hugo Chavez on the cheek. 5. Endorsed the Socialist Evo Morales of Bolivia. 6. Announced we would meet with Iranians with NO pre-conditions. 7. Gave away billions to AIG also without pre-conditions. 8. Expanded the bailouts. 9. Insulted everyone who has ever loved a Special Olympian. 10. Doubled our national debt. 11. Announced a termination of the space defense system the day after the North Koreans launched an ICBM. 12. Despite the urgings of his own CIA director and the prior four CIA directors, released information on intelligence gathering. 13. Accepted without public comment the fact that FIVE of his cabinet members cheated on their taxes and two others withdrew after they couldn't take the heat. 14. Appointed a Homeland Security Chief, Janet Napolitano, who quickly identified as "dangers to the nation," groups including Veterans Of The Military, and opponents to abortion on demand, and who ordered that the word "Terrorism" no longer be used but instead referred to such acts as "Man Made Disasters". 15. Circled the globe so he could openly apologize for America's greatness. 16. Told the Mexican President that the violence in their country was because of us. 17. Politicized the census by moving it into the White House from its Department of Commerce origins. 18. Appointed as Attorney General, Eric Holder, the man who orchestrated the forced removal and expulsion from America to Cuba of a nine-year old (Elian Gonzalez) whose mother died trying to bring him to a life of freedom in the United States. 19. Salutes as heroes three Navy SEALS who took down three terrorists in a boat who threatened one American life, and the next day announces that members of the Bush administration will likely stand trial for "torturing" one terrorist by pouring water up his nose, who had played a part in killing 3000 Americans on 9/11. 20. Allowed Air Force One to circle low over New York City for a photo op. 21. Sent his National Defense Advisor to Europe to assure Europe that the US will no longer treat Israel in a special manner and they might be on their own with the Muslims. 22. Began the process of nationalizing the Auto Industry and the Insurance Industry. 23. Announced that for all intents and purposes the Health Insurance Industry will be nationalized. 24. And the list goes on !
Today the Sears Tower offically became the Willis Tower
(July 15) - Chicago is saying goodbye to one of its most famous landmarks, the Sears Tower. Beginning Thursday, the 110-story skyscraper will have a new name. The structure's new name is the Willis Tower, after Willis Groups Holdings, an insurance brokerage based in London. The company is leasing 140,000 square feet in the tower for 500 employees, The Associated Press reported Wednesday. The tower is actually owned by a real estate consortium
We won free tickets to see Bruno at Hollywood Blvd theater. This theater has big comfy chairs and you can drink alcohol & eat food while watching the movie .Thank God they serve alcohol because this movie was bad
Bruno is a gay Austrian who wants to become famous the movie starts out with him and his Asian boyfriend having sex in many different ways and it just gets worse from there. The highlight was Bruno's penis swinging back and forth and up & down. Yeah a real penis. He tries different ways to get famous he adopts a black child from Africa tries to become straight tries to get kidnapped by terrorists and at the end he become famous by kissing his assistant in wrestling ring and it broadcast worldwide . This is one of the worst movies of all time in my opinion .Im giving it a thumbs down
This is written by a young man serving his third tour of duty in Iraq . Thought you might find his take on the Michael Jackson news interesting. _......................... .......................... .......................... ......... Okay, I need to rant.
I was just watching the news, and I caught part of a report on Michael Jackson . As we all know, Jackson died the other day. He was an entertainer who performed for decades. He made millions, he spent millions, and he did a lot of things that make him a villian to many people. I understand that his death would affect a lot of people, and I respect those people who mourn his death, but that isn't the point of my rant.
Why is it that when ONE man dies, the whole of America loses their minds with grief. When a man dies whose only contribution to the country was to ENTERTAIN people, the Amercian people find the need to flock to a memorial in Hollywood , and even Congress sees the need to hold a "moment of silence" for his passing?
Am I missing something here? ONE man dies, and a ll of a sudden he's a freaking martyr because he entertained us for a few decades? What about all those SOLDIERS who have died to give us freedom? All those Soldiers who, knowing that they would be asked to fight in a war, still raised their hands and swore to defend the Constitution and the United States of America . Where is their moment of silence? Where are the people flocking to their graves or memorials and mourning over them because they made the ultimate sacrifice? Why is it when a Soldier dies, there are more people saying "good riddence," and "thank God for IEDs?" When did this country become so calloused to the sacrifice of GOOD MEN and WOMEN, that they can arbitrarily blow off their deaths, and instead, throw themselves into mourning for a "Pop Icon?"
I think that if they are going to hold a moment of silence IN CONGRESS for Michael Jackson, they need to hold a moment of silence for every service member killed in Iraq and Afghanistan . They need to PUBLICLY recognize every life that has been lost so that the American people can live their callous little lives in the luxury and freedom that WE, those that are living and those that have gone on, have provided for them. But, wait, that would take too much time, because there have been so many willing to make that sacrifice. After all, we will never make millions of dollars. We will never star in movies, or write hit songs that the world will listen t oo. We only shed our blood, sweat and tears so that people can enjoy what they have.
Sorry if I have offended, but I needed to say it. Remember these five words the next time you think of someone who is serving in the military;
"So that others may live..."
Well it was nice to get away for a leat a day and enjoy myself at Summer fest in Milwaukee on the 4th . So we are staying in a nice hotel called the pfister built in 1893 has a lot charm and elegance and who walks in but Huey Lewis . I am not impressed by famous people rock stars or movie but my friend really wanted a picture . Huey comes out of the suit elevator and is in the lobby and my friend says "hey Huey " He couldn't be more uninterested his only word to my friends were YEAH they could take a picture . Now no one in the hotel recognized him we were the only ones asking for a picture he was bothered ,a washed up do wop 80's singer playing Summerfest was bothered by a few fans .
Can someone tell me why Summerfest didn't have fireworks on the 4th ?
Insurgents have captured an American soldier in eastern Afghanistan after he walked off post with his three Afghan counterparts, officials said Thursday.
Spokeswoman Capt. Elizabeth Mathias said the soldier disappeared Tuesday. The U.S. military is offering a $25,000 reward to any Afghan national for information about the soldier's whereabouts.
"We have all available resources out there looking for him and hopefully providing for his safe return," Mathias said.
There are indications that the soldier who was captured was "disaffected" and that he left the base to meet up with several Afghan nationals who were members of the security forces that he had been working with to train, one U.S. defense official tells FOX News.
"He was not of sound mind when he did what he did. Not smart," the official said.
The soldier was handed over to the Haqqani network, a group with ties to the Taliban, and the same group that captured New York Times correspondent David Rhode.
U.S. officials believe the soldier is still being held in Afghanistan - and has not crossed into Pakistan's Waziristan province.
Maulvi Sangin, who claims to speak for the Taliban in the province, said that the U.S. soldier was seized when he and the others were on their way to the Yousafkhel security checkpost, and took them to a secret location, according to an Afghan news Web site obtained by MEMRI, The Middle East Media Research Institute. Sangin claimed the abducted soldiers were drunk when captured by the Taliban.
U.S. officials could not confirm that these claims are true, and not Taliban propaganda.
The news broke as thousands of U.S. Marines launched a major anti-Taliban offensive in southern Afghanistan. The missing soldier was not part of that operation.
"We are not providing further details to protect the soldier's well-being," she said.
Anonymous said... When are you going to create a memorial for people who got shot by police? I mean more people (black males what a coincidence)get shot by CPD each year than pigs get shot by people. _____________________________________________________________________________________
Your an idiot !
SCC stats :
Ok Scc....Here are the totals for the city in Agg Batts with ONLY handguns for the periods of 19 June-26 June....one full week....I have 108 persons shot and 7 homicides.....That is what I counted off of my blackberry...Bring on the Olympics!!! Zone 8 was like a frigging war zone last night (25 June) there were 4 persons shot in something like 5 mins....and the calls of man w/gun or shots fired were unbelievable!!! I am telling you....108 shot in a week...you do the math as far as how many per day , hour etc.....We live in a war zone...
The 1968 convention reunion was a success thanks to the retirees. Some of these guys haven't seen each other in years .Retired policeman from flew in from Florida, Utah & Hawaii . Phil Cline gave a nice speech about the importance of The Chicago Police Memorial Fund which the proceeds were donated too.
Since Chicago Cop watch held the press conference we actually sold more tickets than expected 160 attended the reunion .They did not succeed in disrupting the reunion thanks to the men & women of the 12 dist that had to babysit the 50 or 60 protesters
The Chicago Police Department has been charged with the task of keeping the peace. But many officers on the Force have a warped perception of what this responsibility truly entails.
The CPD has made this clear on several occasions, none more memorable than the crack-down at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, which was classified by the Walker Report as a “police riot.” But, instead of learning from the tragedies that accompanied the demonstration, the police have chosen to celebrate this cycle of violence.
We demand the Office of the Mayor publicly condemn this event, both out of respect for the lives that were ruthlessly stolen by the CPD during this contemptuous time and to ensure the safety of Chicago’s residents.
Chicago is currently bidding to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. But how can a police department that believes brute force is an acceptable and effective form of crowd control manage the revelry and disorder around an international athletic event?
Ultimately, it can’t. We saw this at the DNC and at the anti-war march on March 20, 2003. In both cases, the officers charged with keeping the peace were actually the purveyors of violence.
This is not surprising, given the mantras they preach. To this day, they portray the brutal events of 1968 and 1969 as a heroic “stand against anarchy” in the name of “public order.” They create a militaristic dichotomy between “Marxist street thugs” and “a thin blue line of dedicated, tough Chicago police officers.”*
This mentality must change. To mend Chicago’s dismal reputation, we urge you to make an official statement condemning this reunion and the abuse of police power.
________________________________________________________ Your a liar I was at the March 2003 it was peaceful ! So stop the non-sense .You need to change : The convention was 40 years ago How about you get this mad over the six people that were shot this weekend . END THE GANG VIOLENCE NOW THATS A GOOD CAUSE
Are you ready for these thugs to be back on the streets? You were referring to Ofc. Barnes ofc. Powers & Sgt Planey .YOUR THE WARPED PERSON
25. Chicago, Ill. Neighborhood: Winchester Ave./60th St. Found Within ZIP Code(s): 60636 Predicted Annual Violent Crimes: 234 Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 103.68 My Chances of Becoming a Victim Here (in one year): 1 in 10
24. Chicago, Ill. Neighborhood: Wallace St./58th St. Found Within ZIP Code(s): 60621 Predicted Annual Violent Crimes: 125 Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 107.20 My Chances of Becoming a Victim Here (in one year): 1 in 9
19. Chicago, Ill. Neighborhood: 66th St./Yale Ave. Found Within ZIP Code(s): 60621 Predicted Annual Violent Crimes: 527 Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 115.32 My Chances of Becoming a Victim Here (in one year): 1 in 9
2. Chicago, Ill. Neighborhood: State St./Garfield Blvd. Found Within ZIP Code(s): 60609 Predicted Annual Violent Crimes: 275 Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 264.17 My Chances of Becoming a Victim Here (in one year): 1 in 4
____________________________________________________________ This weekend there were 46 aggravated batteries and six people killed
A Father means so many things... A understanding heart, A source of strength and of support Right from the very start. A constant readiness to help In a kind and thoughtful way. With encouragement and forgiveness No matter what comes your way. A special generosity and always affection, too A Father means so many things When he's a man like you...
Car shoppers looking to get rid of gas-guzzling old vehicles could get up to $4,500 in government vouchers to help them buy more fuel-efficient vehicles under "cash for clunkers" legislation President Obama is expected to soon sign.
The bill, which has miles-per-gallon requirements and other rules, was approved by the Senate Thursday, after earlier winning passage in the House. It provides $1 billion for the program from July through November.
Here is how the program works:
• • Car owners get a voucher worth $3,500 if they trade in a vehicle getting 18 miles per gallon or less for one getting at last 22 mpg. The voucher grows to $4,500 if the new car's mileage is at least 10 mpg higher than the old vehicle.
• • Owners of sport utility vehicles, pickup trucks or mini vans getting 18 mpg or less get a voucher for $3,500 if their new truck or SUV gets at least 2 mpg higher than their old vehicle. The voucher would increase to $4,500 if the mileage is at least 5 mpg higher.
• • Eligible vehicles must be manufactured in model year 1984 or later and must be insured, registered in the car buyer's name and in use for at least one year.
• • Car shoppers don't actually get cash for their clunkers. The voucher will be applied to the price along with any other incentives.
• • Dealers will be required to send old vehicles to a disposal facility.
• • The program is expected to be implemented by early August and to be available through November.
• • The program will be available to dealers certified to participate in the program.
_________________________________________________________________________________ More wastful spending the vouchers will go to the car dealers but who pays in the end the taxpayers. Anytime the goverment enacts a program it is with our money .
1968: A Convention in Crisis As the 1968 Democratic National Convention approached, events throughout the nation combined to create a tense atmosphere in Chicago. Rising sentiment against the war in Vietnam, the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy, and the failure of the Democratic Party to apply its civil rights policy had an effect both inside and outside of the International Amphitheatre, where the convention delegates gathered. Officer Mike Schumacher lives in an eighteenth floor apartment overlooking Grant Park. From his balcony, you can see the Conrad Hilton Hotel where convention delegates and presidential candidates stayed during the '68 convention.
SCHUMACHER: It's the larger building. You can see almost like it looks like an 'H' in the center for Hilton.
There are reminders of '68 inside his apartment as well.
Pig is of course the name that hippies and others shouted at cops in the late sixties. Schumacher heard that and worse when he was trying to keep protestors away from the many dignitaries staying at the Conrad Hilton. Last Friday we walked the area around the hotel on South Michigan Ave. We went across the street to Grant Park and Schumacher smiled as he climbed up a berm that must be at least 30 feet high.
SCHUMACHER: Now you're walking in a place of great history here.
At the top of the berm is a two-story tall statue of a man on a horse.
SCHUMACHER: This was covered with guys up above and hanging from up there. One of the places that they liked to take their picture, Abbie Hoffman and all the rest of them was right here. These trees were shorter back forty years ago and Hilton used to have a sign right on the side of it "Conrad Hilton" and so this was their elevated view and you can see to this day it's a great podium.
Schumacher says thousands of protestors filled the park around the raised statue. And he remembers being a block north at the corner of Balbo and Michigan hauling people off to the lock-up.
SCHUMACHER: They were blocking traffic, laying down in the street, you know walking across the street, jaywalking.
But they weren't all so peaceful.
SCHUMACHER: I actually saw one police officer whose riot helmet was crushed by a large rock. I took him into the police station myself. If he didn't have a riot helmet on at the time it would have crushed his skull and killed him. Armed with batons, police fought back hitting not only protestors, but bystanders and journalists as well.
Images of the clashes were broadcast around the world and Mayor Daley was condemned and the incidents were referred to as police riots. To defend itself, the city of Chicago produced an hour-long broadcast that aired a few weeks after the convention. In it, a police commander who was actually Schumacher's boss at the time, shows the television audience weapons taken from protestors.
SOT: There are things on this table for instance, the broken slats from the benches in the park where weapons were picked up on the moment and used. Broken bottles, broken glass bent knives, pieces of brick, many projectiles.
Other favorite projectiles were bags of feces and cans filled with urine. Schumacher says though there were some instances of unnecessary police force, he says the cops did a good job under chaotic circumstances.
SCHUMACHER: There's a lot of adrenaline that gets moving. There's a lot of anger that takes place and quite often, if you've just been slapped in the face with a bag of sh*t it's really hard to say to that policeman whose now got the guy that did it, handcuff him officer and very calmly don't say anything or do anything.
Schumacher says that doesn't excuse bad police behavior and he doesn't condone it, but he says it does put police excesses into context. In the end, Schumacher says protestors wanted a confrontation with police and would have escalated the violence until they got it. He points out that despite the abuses hurled at officers, they never drew their guns and no protestors were killed that week. And he thinks the strong police response also sent the message to protestors around the country that if they come to Chicago looking for trouble, they'll find it.
(Months before the convention, political activists planned demonstrations in Chicago to share the spotlight with the Democratic political leaders. Some groups, such as the Yippies, came to Chicago determined to challenge traditional political process and authority. Tensions increased and turned into violence when police refused to allow these groups near the main hotels and the conventional hall. ______________________________________________________________________
100 protesters injured 119 policeman injured
The 1968 convention has shined a bad light on the Chicago Police Dept when in reality it was a two-way street Some of the protesters were not peaceful they came for a confrontation and they got one by throwing rocks , feces , urine , trying to gain access were they were not allowed
11,500 police did not beat everyone up just as 10,000 protesters were not all violent
STEREOTYPING is what Cop watch is good at they are a HATE group plan & simple
According to there website the FOP is sponsoring this event which is not true .The hall was rented for the night just as an other party The FOP hall is private property and this reunion is a private event . Cop watch is
STEREOTYPING EVERY POLICEMAN THAT WORKED THE CONVENTION the facts are
The Yippes were not all peaceful
The riots centered on two things: the Chicago police forcing protesters out of areas where they were not permitted to be; and protesters clashing with police, and their reinforcements, as they tried to march to the convention site.
Marching on the 1968 Chicago Riot Cop Reunion seriously, riot cops from the DNC are gonna have a party DescriptionThe Chicago lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police (the cop union that thinks of itself like the Masons) will be hosting a 1968 Riot Cop Reunion. Officers who cracked heads at the Democratic Convention (and at the Division Street riots of 1966, and possibly murdered Black Panthers Fred Hampton and Mark Clark) will be hobnobbing with today's police who are still occupying our communities and phalanxing our rallies.
We're organizing hundreds of Chicagoans to rally and march, to speak from personal experience about violence of the Chicago police in the 1960s, as well as their violence today. We will be marching to the FOP lodge, and have filed for a permit to see if we can't make it a bit safer for everyone attending (although we will rally and march, permit or none).
Bring your friends, make effigies and dolls of riot police, and help us let these cops who celebrate their sadistic violence know: We can't forgit, because we're still livin it!
________________________________________________________ SERIOUSLY This is so silly so some retired cops are going to have a get together and you want to protest it . I saw a link to my site on your face book page . How about protesting the GANG VIOLENCE THAT PLAGUE'S THIS CITY thats sadistic violence . Cant wait to see the dolls you make
Teen charged with shooting, wounding 2 Wis. cops (June 11th, 2009 @ 4:23pm) Policy MILWAUKEE (AP) - A Milwaukee teen accused of shooting and wounding two police officers this week has been charged with two counts of attempted homicide.
Milwaukee County district attorney John Chisholm said Thursday the charges against 18-year-old Julius Burton carry a maximum penalty of 60 years in prison.
Police say two officers approached Burton on Tuesday because he looked suspicious and he began firing without provocation.
Police Chief Edward Flynn says the more seriously injured officer remains in critical condition.
Online court records show Burton has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric examination before his next scheduled court appearance on June 26.
In a racially charged interview, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright said that President Obama hasn't spoken to him since they parted ways last year, because "them Jews aren't going to let him talk to me."
He suggested White House advisers were keeping the two separate.
"Them Jews aren't going to let him talk to me. I told my baby daughter, that he'll talk to me in five years when he's a lame duck, or in eight years when he's out of office," Wright said, according to Virginia's Daily Press. "They will not let him ... talk to somebody who calls a spade what it is."
Obama left Wright's Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago last year following the very public controversy over his inflammatory sermons.
Wright sporadically has granted media interviews and made public appearances since. In the Daily Press article, he also claimed that the president did not send a delegation to the recent world racism conference in Geneva for fear of offending Jews.
"Ethnic cleansing is going on in Gaza. Ethnic cleansing of the Zionist is a sin and a crime against humanity, and they don't want Barack talking like that because that's anti-Israel," Wright said.
Wright said he voted for Obama in November and has no regrets over their severed relationship.
"Regret for what ... that the media went back five, seven, 10 years and spent $4,000 buying 20 years worth of sermons to hear what I've been preaching for 20 years?" he said.
___________________________________________ The only reason Obama won't speak to the Rev is because of his political career Obama sat at Trinity United church for 20 yrs was married there and his children were baptized only until he was running for the presidential office that he severed ties. Rev wright believes in The Black Liberation Theology and is no better than the KKK or any other hate group that call themselves christian . Wasn't JESUS A JEW ?
Thai police said Monday that they would welcome the FBI's assistance in investigating the death of American actor David Carradine, but only as observers in the high-profile case.
Carradine's naked body was discovered last Thursday morning in his luxury suite at Bangkok's Swissotel Nai Lert Park Hotel. Police initially suspected his death was a suicide, but have since said it may have been accidental suffocation or heart failure after revealing he was found with a rope tied around his wrist, neck and genitals.
The circumstances suggested he might has died as a result of a dangerous sex game, Pornthip Rojanasunand, a prominent Thai forensic pathologist, said last week.
With the uncertainty and conflicting information surrounding the death, Carradine's family in the U.S. went to the FBI last Friday asking for its help investigating the case. _________________________________________________________________ I did some research : Erotic asphyxiation refers to intentionally cutting off oxygen to the brain for sexual arousal. The erotic interest in asphyxiation is classified as a paraphilia in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association. Psychiatrist Joseph Merlino stated that it meets the criteria for a disorder "because it has the potential for lethality or serious injury."
Over 1,000 people die a year maybe more the stats sometimes ruled as suicide not as accidental asphyxiation.
Derrick Martell Rose (born October 4, 1988(1988-10-04)) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 6 foot 3 inch point guard had the 11th best selling jersey in the league the past season.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Rose won two state championships in high school and was rated by scouts as the top point guard prospect in the country after graduation. He played collegiately for the for the University of Memphis Tigers and reached the NCAA national championship game in 2008. Shortly after his freshman year ended, Rose declared for the 2008 NBA Draft and was selected first overall by his hometown team, the Chicago Bulls. In his first year of professional basketball, Rose led the team (and all rookies) in assists, voted the Rookie of the Year and was selected to the All-Rookie Team as the Bulls returned to the playoffs. Chicago then fell to the Boston Celtics in seven games.
And hes a roll model to kids ? In reality hes nothing buta THUG
Please take a moment and say a prayer for Officer Valadez and his family members.
Visitation: Friday, June 5, 2009 1500 to 2100 hours St. Jude at 1900 hours Blake and Lamb Funeral Home 103rd & Cicero Oak Lawn, IL
Catholic Mass: Saturday, June 6, 2009 1000 hours St. Bede the Venerable 83rd & Kostner Chicago, IL
Can you please pass this info on to your readers:
Please accept our most heartfelt condolences for the loss of Police Officer Valadez from your brothers & sisters of theOak Lawn Police Department.
Once again we will provide assistance at Blake & Lamb for this sad occasion. We ask that only those Officerson duty park along the curb of east bound & west bound 103rd in the designated areas (the curb lanes will be blocked off from Kilpatrick to Kenton). All other Officers can park in the bowling alley lot or the bank lot at 103rd & Cicero. We expect a large turn out & will be directing traffic. We will do our best to get everyone in & out as easily and quickly as possible.
For those Officer's assigned to the CPD detail & any other Officers that may need it we will have plenty of cold water on hand, feel free to stop by the Incident Command vehicle for the water. Please do not hesitate to ask for assistance from any OLPD Officer.
Thank you for your cooperation, our thoughts & prayers are with our CPD brethren and the friends and family of Officer Valadez.
Two men were arrested in the killing of Chicago Police Officer Alejandro Valadez early Monday in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side.
Supt. Jody Weis releases the first information about a 27-year-old officer shot in the head while on duty in the Englewood neighborhood. The men -- aged 20 and 21 -- were arrested early Monday shortly after the fatal shooting of a 27-year-old Chicago police officer.
The men are being held as "persons of interest" in the shooting, with police saying that they were occupants of a blue 2007 Pontiac G6 -- a four-door sedan -- that was positively identified as being the vehicle used in the shooting of Chicago police Officer Alejandro Valadez, according to a police report.
The men remained in custody early Tuesday, but no charges have been filed.
Valadez and his partner were responding to a call of gunfire about 12:30 a.m. Monday in the 6000 block of South Hermitage, when someone inside a vehicle fired gunshots at the officer.
Valadez was pronounced dead at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County on Monday afternoon, several hours after being critically wounded by a gunshot to the head.
Valadez joined the Chicago Police Department in December 2005 and was most recently assigned to the Englewood (7th) District. He had earned a Department Commendation and 22 Honorable Mentions during his three-year career, according to a release from police.
Valadez is from a "police family," with his brother, sister and fiancée also on the police force. He and his fiancée were expecting a baby boy in September.
He is the third officer killed in the line of duty in the past 12 months, according to Chicago Breaking News.
Officer Nathaniel Taylor, 39, a 14-year veteran, was shot and killed in September while trying to execute a search warrant against a suspected narcotics dealer. Officer Richard Francis, 60, was fatally shot in July during a struggle with a woman causing a disruption on a bus. _____________________________________________________ May justice come swiftly. Rest in peace Alex
Its with regret that officer Valadez did not pull through this is not only a loss to the police dept. but to the world. He cared about his brothers in blue he truly will be missed . My prayers go out to his famliy .
"The Final Inspection"
The policeman stood and faced his God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shining. Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman. How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek? To My church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't, Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays, and at times my talk was rough, and sometimes I've been violent, Because the streets are awfully tough.
But I never took a penny, That wasn't mine to keep.... Though I worked a lot of overtime When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help, Though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place Among the people here. They never wanted me around Except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, It needn't be so grand. I never expected or had too much, But if you don't.....I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne Where the saints had often trod. As the policeman waited quietly, For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman, You've borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets, You've done your time in hell."
Officer critically hurt in South Side shooting June 1, 2009 5:29 AM | 38 Comments | UPDATED STORY
Forensics officers this morning document the crime scene in the 6000 block of South Hermitage Avenue where officer was critically wounded. (Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune)
A plain-clothes Chicago police officer was shot in the head and critically wounded early this morning in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side, authorities said.
The attack occurred about 12:30 a.m. in the 6000 block of South Hermitage Avenue as the 27-year-old three-year veteran officer and his partner were investigating a report of shots fired, said Police Supt. Jody Weis at a news conference in the lobby of police headquarters.
The shots were fired from a vehicle with more than one person in it, Weis said. He refused to discuss that vehicle.
Other police sources said investigators were "zeroing in" on suspects and hoped to announce arrests soon. Weis (right) would only say: "There are some very good investigative leads right now."
Wentworth Area detectives are investigating the case, he said.
The identity of the wounded officer was not being released pending notification of relatives, Weis said, but he added the officer works in the 7th District. In addition to the officer's head wound, he was wounded in the leg, Weis said.
"We have him in our prayers," Weis said. "We'll have to wait and see how this progresses."
The officer was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, said Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.
Police backup and an ambulance were called to the scene.
Investigators recovered shell casings at the scene. Officers continued to search the area for evidence as late as 3 a.m.
Several teams were stationed along Hermitage between 62nd and 60th Streets, including near the field at the southeast corner of Charles W. Earle Elementary School and in an alley in the 6000 block between Hermitage and Wood Street.
_______________________________________ Doesn't look good Officer valadez was shot in the head & leg . I only new him for a short time but I knew he would be a great copper he transfered to Englewood last year . Please keep him in your prayers hes a great kid
Off-Duty Policeman Killed by Officer (May 29) -- A plainclothes policeman who drew his gun while chasing someone he had found rummaging through his car was shot and killed by a fellow officer who was driving by and saw the pursuit, the police commissioner said. Commissioner Raymond Kelly said 25-year-old Omar J. Edwards died after being shot late Thursday within blocks of the Harlem police station where he worked. Skip over this content
The shooter was white and Edwards was black, a fact that could raise questions about police use of deadly force in a minority community. And in recent years there have been several cases of off-duty policemen in the New York City area being shot and killed by other officers. Edwards had just finished his shift around 10:30 p.m. when he headed to his car and saw that the driver's-side window had been smashed and a man was going through the vehicle, Kelly said. Edwards struggled with the man, who got away from him by slipping out of his sweater, Kelly said. Edwards chased the man up two streets with his gun drawn, he said. A sergeant and two plainclothes officers in an unmarked police car saw the pursuit and made a U-turn to follow the men, Kelly said. One of the officers jumped out of the car and fired six times, hitting Edwards twice — once in the arm and once in the chest, he said. ______________________________________ very sad
Cop seriously injured in 3-car crash May 27, 2009 2:38 PM | 1 Comment |
The scene of the crash at 98th Street and Halsted Street that involved three cars and injured 5 people including a Chicago police officer. (Mike Anzaldi/for the Chicago Tribune)
A police officer was seriously injured in a three-vehicle crash on the South Side at midday, authorities said. Four other people also were hurt.
A source said that police were trying to find the officer's weapon. As of 1:48 p.m., about two hours after the accident, the gun had not been located.
The officer was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Hospital Medical Center in Oak Lawn from the crash at 98th and Halsted Streets, said Quention Curtis, a spokesman for the Chicago Fire Department.
An older man and woman also were taken to Christ Hospital, and two teenagers were taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital, with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
The crash, which involved three cars, happened about 11:45 a.m., said Police News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak.
_______________________________________________________ What they dont tell you in this article is that the officers gun was STOLEN off him while he laid paralyzed in the sqaud car . Dirty Savages
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U.S. Casualties in Iraq Casualty Notes
Monthly Summaries References US Army Evacuations from Iraq Month US Named Dead * US Reported Dead ** US Wounded *** **** March 2003 65 0 202 April 2003 73 0 340 TOTAL 138 0 542 May 37 0 54 June 30 0 147 July 47 0 226 August 35 0 181 September 30 0 247 October 43 0 413 November 82 0 337 December 40 0 261 January 2004 47 0 188 February 19 0 150 March 52 0 323 April 136 12 1214 May 80 8 757 June 42 2 589 July 54 7 552 August 66 5 895 September 81 3 706 October 63 5 647 November 137 3 1427 December 72 1 540 January 2005 107 1 496 February 58 4 409 March 36 0 364 April 52 0 590 May 79 3 385 June 77 0 501 July 54 1 473 August 84 1 451 September 48 6 490 October 96 0 608 November 83 5 518 December 66 1 304 January 2006 61 4 521 February 53 3 300 March 30 3 475 April 74 7 481 May 69 2 422 June 59 2 512 July 42 9 574 August 65 5 503 September 70 7 776 October 100 11 870 November 63 13 502 December 105 12 644 January 2007 82 10 714 February 81 7 398 March 75 11 637 April 102 6 776 May 121 10 591 June 98 13 669 July 76 11 654 August 77 10 658 September 63 9 347 October 37 2 376 November 35 6 244 December 23 193 January 2008 40 2 216 February 29 216 March 37 590 April 51 3 283 May 20 132 June 28 2 39 July 13 2 August 22 September 25 October 13 November 16 December 13 1 January 2009 16 February 2009 17
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"Apologize to no one"!
Remind those of our sacrifice and don't confuse arrogance with leadership, and bravery!
As Americans, let's all look forward.
God Bless America!
Memorial Day isn't just a three day weekend and barbeque's Please keep all of our men & women who served our country in your prayers and honor our fallen .
Lady Michelle Obama has been named to Maxim's Hot 100, the lad mag's annual list of the 100 hottest women in the world.
Obama came in at #93 listing. The writeup reads:
He may be dealing with two wars, an economic meltdown, and a rapidly graying dome, but at least our Commander in Chief gets to come home to the hottest First Lady in the history of these United States. (Sorry, Martha Washington!) ___________________________________________________________________ After a lot of airbrushing & heavy make-up ! Hottest lady in the history of the United States give me a break
Officer Pedro Medina assigned to the 014th District was deployed to Afghanistan. Officer Medina was seriously injured in a building collapse. He is scheduled to be transferred to Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, DC on Friday May 22, 2009.
Members are encouraged to send a card or letter to Officer Medina and his family.
c/o the 014th District 2150 N. California Ave. Chicago, IL. 60647 or Walter Reed Medical Center 6900 Georgia Ave NW Washington, DC 20307
The time has come that the Chicago Police be honored and recognized for their contributions to maintaining order and for taking a stand against anarchy.
The time was the hot summer month of August '68. The Democratic National Convention was about to start and the only thing that stood between Marxist street thugs and public order was a thin blue line of dedicated, tough Chicago police officers.
For decades the collective Left has white-washed what really happened during the riots of 1968 and 1969. Chicago Police officers who participated in the riots continue to endure unending criticism - all of which is unwarranted, inaccurate and wrong.
If you were a Chicago cop who was in the Chicago riots - we want you!
The reunion is coming!
We're planning on having photos, displays, a guest speaker and plenty of food. As vendors come on line, we'll post updates on the website. Please contact me at the email below and I'll register you for the festivities.
If you're interested in attending or donating, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Memorial Day....fly the flag with pride this weekend, and remember our Fallen Warriors.
Here's an update on the reunion:
If you plan on attending, please send me your full name, number of attendees, contact information and a check. Some of those who have contacted me only gave me your email address. CPD Re-pro graphics is printing tickets and posters - I'll either mail you your tickets or have them waiting for you at the door, if you choose to prepay. Please make the check payable to Michael Mattson, in the amount of $30 per person - in the memo line please write "convention reunion. cell : 773.209.4139 (All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Chicago Police Memorial Fund).
A T-shirt company is designing shirts for the occasion. (see attached). If you have any other ideas please let me know. If you'd like to volunteer for the Food Committee, please feel free to research food vendors and let me know what you find out. I've hit a bit of a wall on that one, and the clock is ticking.
Lodge rules prohibit any bottles - all beer, wine and pop must be in cans or plastic cups. Any volunteers for the Libation Committee would be welcome as well.
I've contacted a photographer as well. Phil Cline has agreed to attend the event, as well. Still no word from John Kass or his staff.
Depending on the success of the event, we may make this Annual.
Please bring any memorabilia that you think relevant - old riot gear, call boxes, photos, log-books...etc. To register to attend the reunion, ask any questions, or to donate (photographs, food or alcohol) for the event, please contact us at email@example.com.
Thanks again for your interest and participation in this reunion. Thank you especially for your service to the City and to your fellow police officers.
Sincerely, Mike Mattson, #3615 773.209.4139 http://www.chicagoriotcops.com/
Chicago Riot Cops Reunion DATE: Friday, June 26th, 2009 LOCATION: Chicago FOP Lodge TIME: 7:00 pm. KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: TBD _______________________________________________________________________________ if you would like to attend please contact mike Mattson 773-209-4139 or contact bitches in blue . Hope to see you there everyone is welcome ! COST: Price will be $30 with all proceeds to go to the Chicago Police Memorial Fund.
Sir, While it's tradition for the World Series Champions to visit the White House each year there is also another tradition that happens in Washington, DC every May 15th. It is known as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and was signed into law on October 1, 1962 by President John F. Kennedy. That is the day that a ceremony is held at the United States Capitol to honor all law enforcement officers who made the Supreme Sacrifice the previous year. Historically, the President of the United States is the keynote speaker and welcomes the survivors as each officer's name is announced and the family places a flower in the FOP wreath in honor of their loved one.
The husbands, wives and children of the 134 officers killed last year in the Line of Duty were not the only family members who came to the ceremony. Their mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers also came to the Capitol to honor their hero. Also, the officers that served with them were in attendance. So there they were, almost 1,000 police survivors from every corner of the country, seated on the West Lawn of the Capitol waiting to be welcomed by the President only to find that he was unable to attend due to a photo opportunity and a 10 minute speech to a baseball team.
It's not the Phillies fault that the President of the United States was busy welcoming them to the Rose Garden, they deserved that, but if it was known that the Law Enforcement Memorial Service was scheduled for noon on May 15th I'm sure an adjustment would have been made to accommodate both.
My question is how do you tell a child whose parent was killed protecting his community, that the President would not be coming to honor his mom or dad because even though he was just down the street he was too busy taking a picture with a baseball team. The City of Philadelphia, the Delaware Valley and our country has seen way too many officers killed in the Line of Duty. FYI...there are 18,661 names on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, and one horrible fact remains. Every 53 hours a Police Officer is killed in the Line of Duty.
At every funeral you see the outpouring of grief and sympathy from our citizens. There are fund raisers at Geno's, Finnegan's Wake, the FOP and numerous establishments around the city to support the officer's family. We as Police Officers cannot thank the citizens enough for their kindness, generosity and support, but the men and women who were in DC for Police Week are reeling from the President's decision not to pay his respects by attending the memorial service but instead chose to welcome a baseball team to the Rose Garden. There is no comparison. There is no excuse. There is no justification. I don't understand his reasoning....go pay my respects to 134 Police Officers killed in the Line of Duty or take a picture with a baseball team. THIS IS NOTHING BUT AN INSULT!!!
I became a Police Officer in 1974 and retired in 2001 and in those 35 years I may have missed 4 or 5 funerals but I've yet to miss the Memorial Service in DC. His disregard of the 134 Fallen Officers, their families and departments is beyond comprehension. IT IS A DISGRACE!!!
Sincerely, Sgt. Richard G. Desmond Camden NJPD/Retired
President/1994 - Present Camden County Emerald Society
Past National President/2002-2005 National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies ____________________________________________________________________ I have attended the memorial twice & president Bush spoke both times not only that he talked to each individual family that lost a loved one in the line of duty for 10 to 15 minutues each . Thats the diffrence between Barry & Bush
'I have never heard of any City Council member ...' By Chuck Goudie | Daily Herald Columnist
Tonight is the anniversary of the deadliest event in Chicago Police Department history. On the evening of May 4, 1886, as a drizzle fell on the city's near West side, a labor rally was held in support of something we take for granted: the 8-hour work day.
There was a large, boisterous crowd listening to a number of speakers. But it was so peaceful that even Mayor Carter Harrison Sr. listened for a time.
As the last speaker was reciting his final words about 10:30 p.m., someone threw a pipe bomb at the column of Chicago police officers.
The police opened fire and some of the protesters pulled guns of their own and shot back. After the 5-minute melee, dozens of people lay slaughtered on the street.
Among the dead were seven Chicago police officers. An eighth policeman died later from his injuries.
Some called it a massacre.
It is usually known as the Haymarket Riot.
In polite circles, it is called the Haymarket Affair.
By whatever name, this anniversary of that terrible Chicago event on this date 123 years ago is an opportunity to think about the thousands of people who have served and protected all of us; especially those who have been wounded and killed in the line of duty.
But it is difficult not to be disillusioned about law enforcement these days.
Just this year a Southsider was sentenced for secretly working as a Chicago mobster while he was also on the police force - providing crucial information to the Outfit about an underworld homicide.
Last month, an 18-year Chicago detective was charged in a drunken car crash on the Dan Ryan that killed two innocent victims.
Last week, the son of a disgraced, corrupt Chicago cop was convicted of leaking sensitive information to the mob while working as a deputy United States Marshal.
Also last week, three Chicago cops were cleared in the infamous Jefferson Tap and Grille bar fracas - but not before the department name was sullied by repeated airing of video showing one of the off-duty cops with his hands on the neck of a patron.
There seems to have been a steady stream of embarrassing, unacceptable events involving some of Chicago's "finest."
And if you concentrate just on those, it is easy to avoid being thankful for good cops. But there are more of them, many more, than there are bad ones.
Day after day in this city, the unsung, hardworking majority are trampled by a knucklehead minority that can't stay straight.
I was reminded of this recently, loud and clear, after reporting a story on ABC 7 about a sensitive contract issue raised by a South side alderman. Ald. Anthony Beale was suggesting that police and fire officers forgo $5,000 in what he termed "bonuses," that they receive every year in addition to their regular salaries.
The contractual payments are intended to cover a "uniform allowance" and for what is called "duty availability," which is basically a fee to ensure that officers are reachable for work 24/7.
As I have learned over the years, reports even mildly challenging of police - especially pay or benefits - are met by a voracious response. This was no different.
But one response touched me. That it came from a retired city fire lieutenant shows the symbiosis between cops and firefighters.
His name is Jim McMahon and he wrote to me for one reason. The "18,000 men and woman of the Chicago Police and Fire Departments have been working without a raise or a current contract since 2007 - the old worn out excuse that 'we are currently in tough economic times' doesn't hold any water any more. The economy was doing just fine back in 2007 and the Police and Fire Departments should have been given a contract with a raise back then, just like all of the other city departments did."
What came from McMahon's heart should touch all of us on this anniversary, and as we begin Police Month.
"While in the performance of their duty, I have never heard of any City Council member:
Saving anyone's life
Prying anyone out of a wreck
Chasing an armed criminal down a dark alley
Working to total physical exhaustion
Running into, or on top of, a burning building
Getting 2nd and 3rd degree burns
Diving into the lake, river or lagoon at night - in all seasons
Had someone die in their arms
Putting dead victims in body bags
Getting buried in a building collapse
Comfort an abused child
Catch a communicable disease
Being exposed to deadly carcinogens and other health hazards
Subjected to random drug and alcohol screening
Shot at, stabbed, spit on or assaulted
Getting killed in the line of duty
But I do know of thousands of police and fireman that have, and do all these things on a daily basis without hesitation, and all they've ever asked for is a little respect and a living wage to raise their families with. The average person couldn't, or wouldn't do these jobs effectively, and would never even consider putting themselves in harm's way and risk their life for someone they don't even know, not for any amount of money.
Before anyone passes judgment on the members of the Chicago Police and Fire Departments, I'd challenge them to see if they could last one week alongside these dedicated men and women, and just stay with them, no matter what, and do what they are asked to do, in a moment's notice! This challenge extends to every citizen, journalist, alderman, or any other politician in the city of Chicago, including our Honorable Mayor, Richard M. Daley." ____________________________________________________________________________________ This was published 04 May 09 Goudie was the one who was bitching that Police received uniform allowances . Thank you Jim Mc Mahon !
Chicago police measure morale with survey May 17, 2009 5:58 PM | 1 Comment For months, Chicago police officers have been saying privately that morale at the department is at an all-time low. Now Supt. Jody Weis wants to see just how true that may be. The department launched an online survey of its members last week, hoping to determine how they feel about morale and stress on the job. The survey, conducted with the help of University of Illinois at Chicago researchers, is intended to examine how well pilot programs for alternative shifts are going but also give Weis a look at overall morale, said Bill Dougherty, first vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police, which represents rank-and-file officers.
The survey, which includes more than 50 questions, asks department members about how their job affects time with their families, their satisfaction with the department and even whether they've considered working for other departments, Dougherty said.
Department members have until mid-June to complete the online survey, and results are expected by the end of summer, police said.
"We want to provide the best workplace environment for our employees," Weis said in a statement. "That is why we are interested in the experiences of our department members and how they are affected by everyday work issues. We encourage everyone to fill out the survey in an open and honest manner."
The department and UIC are promising that those who participate in the survey won't be identified, although they will have to input a code to allow the department to measure responses by years of service and unit.
Though the FOP helped draft the survey, Dougherty said the union hasn't endorsed the survey for its members because it wasn't allowed to take part in the collection of the surveys.
______________________________________________ We don't need a survey WEIS already said morale is fine because we go on 10-1 calls (officer need assistance ). When I came on in the 90's they had a rating system which they are trying to implement again. This rating system was a joke everyone who worked the desk or in the commanders officer received a 90% or higher. If you received a 75% or lower you didn't get your step raise . They could only give out so many 90's & 80's scores. Guess what if a Sgt. didn't like you your stuck with a low score which many officers refused to sign . Morale will go even lower with this idiotic rating system i hope the FOP does something about this
We are BITCHES IN BLUE. Not like that is a bad thing. We are strong women, with a fierce love for "the job", a fierce love for family, a fierce loyalty for our friends, and a fierce respect and loyalty for our brother's and sister's in blue. We are patriot's, we are warrior's. We are strong women, that fight the good fight everyday. We believe in truth, justice and the American way. We love our country, we love our job, and most importantly we stand for integrity, truth and reality. We are not women that have sat behind a desk our whole career's, we have fought the noble fight on the streets along side our partner's throughout our career's. We fight for life, liberty and the American way. Right is RIGHT.
Yes we are hot, yes we are beautiful, yes we are the police and most importantly YES we are American's.