The [Monday] PapersBy Steve Rhodes / Posted on July 21, 2014
"In one of his last acts before retiring from the Chicago Police Department, Supt. Phil Cline refused to discipline a detective who had submitted fraudulent documents to City Hall so he could operate a valet company that parked cars at Rush Street nightspots, newly obtained records show," the Sun-Times reports.
"Detective Frank S. Esposito 'committed acts of consumer fraud and deceptive practices,' an investigation by the police Internal Affairs Division found. Internal affairs recommended Cline suspend Esposito for 30 days.
"Instead, Cline decided not to punish Esposito at all. Cline and Esposito are friends, and Cline was in Esposito's wedding party."
Back to Cline and the Sun-Times:
"Cline won't comment on the case, saying: 'Since leaving public service approximately seven years ago, I have declined to discuss the specifics of disciplinary cases I reviewed, many of which are more than a decade old . . . I no longer have access to the files and am unable to reconstruct exactly what I reviewed at the time. As a result, it would be improper for me to comment on a specific case now.'"
I'm sure Cline remembers every last detail of the Esposito case. And the only thing improper about commenting on it now would be whatever cockamamie explanation he'd come up with.
"Cline, 64, gets an annual police pension of $158,932 - the richest retirement deal of any Chicago cop.
"He also is the executive director of The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, a job that paid him $115,707 in 2012, according to the not-for-profit organization's most recent filing with the Internal Revenue Service. The foundation provides financial assistance to families of slain and injured officers."
"Esposito is also involved in a separate Internal Affairs Division investigation, involving missing files in the death of Jason Stangeland, a case originally assigned to Esposito. Stangeland, 30, of Des Plaines, died in 2010 from injuries suffered in an altercation at a Rush Street bar two years earlier."
That sounds too familiar for comfort.
Crystal Ball Unit
On a cold evening in February, Chicago police officer Maria Peña knocked on the door of a house in one of the city's most crime-ridden neighborhoods. She wanted to talk to a leader of the Latin Kings, a gang on the city's South Side, as well as his mother. Ms. Peña was not there to question or arrest the man. She wanted to save his life.
These "home visits" are a decent idea, and I suspect it may have some short-term value in a few individual cases. But I'm not sure about the execution. Did you spot the problem?
Since then, Peña is not sure if the gang leader changed his ways or whom he associates with.
Find out! Jesus! Is that how the program works - one and done? If you just disappear with no follow-up, I doubt you're gonna have much success.
[S]hootings related to the Latin Kings have stopped, at least temporarily, in her district.
Because of that one visit? Laughably doubtful.
Red Light Rahmpage
"And they wouldn't give any answers. Who was in control? What's the policy need for the red light program? They refused to tell us," Waguespack told me.
Hey, Waguespack, quit giving a bad name to everyone who works in their underwear.
Waguespack, a member of the City Council Progressive Caucus that often calls on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to move slower on enacting initiatives so aldermen can better get a handle on the financial impact to Chicagoans, said he and others have been complaining to city transportation officials for some time about the short length of the yellow lights at some camera-controlled intersections.
No, it wasn't. To wit:
They don't warn the authorities of such engineering deficiencies, mind you; that would demonstrate a concern for public safety. They exploit engineering deficiencies. For profit.
Just like the city does for revenue.
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