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Chicago Police Superintendent caught creating phony police reports to reduce crime rate

by Doug Book,  editor

Other than hitting the perfect tee shot, nothing is more gratifying than the sight of liberals hoisted by a petard fashioned of their own corruption.
                                                                                                      
In May of 2011, anti-gun lunatic Garry McCarthy was named Chicago Police Superintendent by mayor and former Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. Though making all of the usual promises about reducing the city’s crime rate, during his first full year–2012–Chicago recorded 507 murders, the most since 2008 and more than in any year since 2003.

Of course, more important than 507 dead was the fact that Emanuel’s approval rate seemed to decline another notch with the discovery of each new corpse.

So in January of 2013, Emanuel had a friendly sit-down with his police superintendent during which McCarthy was told that a repeat of the 2012 murder statistics would find him packing.

And lo and behold, a miracle occurred. In December of 2013, Emanuel and McCarthy called a joint press conference to inform Chicagoans that the city was on track “…to have its lowest homicide rate since 1967 and its lowest violent crime rate for nearly as long.” “This is not just 2013 against 2012,” said Emanuel. “This is 2013 against the last 40 years. That is what is significant.” Naturally, most of the media pitched in with round the clock praise for the mayor and his police wunderkind.

But not everyone was willing to accept the word of Chicago’s dynamic duo. Except for the spike in murders during 2012, Chicago’s crime rate had fallen dramatically from 2010 to 2013; TOO dramatically.  “Index crimes,” the 8 violent and property crimes which make up the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, had dropped by 59% in the city. And this with 10% fewer police on the street than in 2011. A veteran police sergeant commented that the extraordinary reduction in crime “makes no sense,” continuing with, “and it makes absolutely no sense that people believe it. Yet people believe it.”

But Chicago’s inspector general and the people at Chicago Magazine did NOT believe it. This year, the IG’s office finalized an audit of assault related crimes in the city during 2012. The audit found that “…the department under-counted aggravated assaults and batteries by more than 24 percent, based on the sample cases reviewed.” Chicago Magazine discovered examples of 10 murders; people “…who were beaten, burned, suffocated, or shot to death in 2013 and whose cases were reclassified as death investigations, downgraded to more minor crimes, or even closed as noncriminal incidents…”

In short, Police Superintendent McCarthy and department higher-ups accomplished their remarkable, 3 year reduction in crime by–to put it charitably–”…changing how certain crimes are categorized.” For example, homicides as initially reported by case officers would be quietly downgraded to non-criminal events.  Chicago Magazine reported that “…many officers of different ranks and from different parts of the city recounted instances in which they were asked or pressured by their superiors to reclassify their incident reports or in which their reports were changed by some invisible hand. One detective refers to the “magic ink:” the power to make a case disappear.”

And unlike news of graft and corruption during the Daley years, this story is being reported. Two weeks ago, Chicago Magazine published the first of a two part article revealing the underhanded crime reporting methods of the CPD.  The Chicago Sun Times revealed lies told by McCarthy, including his having assured a reporter that the department had NOT changed the way it “measures statistics;” that is, reports crimes.

Garry McCarthy has (probably with the knowledge of Rahm Emanuel) deceived the people of Chicago and done an unforgivable disservice to crime victims and their families. If this story gathers enough steam to damage Rahm Emanuel, McCarthy might well be gone.

And how will Emanuel handle it? If he tosses McCarthy under the bus by claiming to have known nothing about the crime reporting fraud, will McCarthy rat him out?

What fun, as December’s liberal heroes are revealed to be the slimy rats they are.

Sources:

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/May-2014/Chicago-crime-rates/

http://www.suntimes.com/26693217-761/chicago-police-underreported-number-of-2012-aggravated-assault-and-battery-audit-finds.html

http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Chicago-Illinois.html

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/01/01/police-chicago-reports-415-murders-in-2013-lowest-since-1965/

 

Former Gov. Blagojevich, sealed tapes and the Windy City that runs the Nation

by Suzanne Eovaldi,  staff writer

“I’ve Got This Thing, and It’s F*king Golden. . .I’m just not giving it up for nothing,” said former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, speaking of his ability in 2008 to name the new owner of Barack Obama’s vacated US Senate seat.  And now rumors are swirling Blago just might be getting out of jail much earlier than required by the 14 year sentence which he is serving in a mountain Gray Bar Inn, forced retreat in Colorado.

Two Chicago Tribune reporters, John Chase and Jeff Coen, (who did not answer a CiR call to hear their side) are being lambasted for what they knew and when they knew it regarding the much heralded SEALED TAPES.  “So why did Blago and his attorneys let Chase and Coen’s public proclamation that the contents of the sealed tapes confirm his guilt go unchallenged?” (1)
  
Sealed, unsealed, just spent words in an ongoing stream of politics-as-usual in Chicago.  Whether the tapes hold the key to opening Blago’s prison cell to return to his wife and children is an ancillary codicil to the real reason the man was sent up.  In the People’s Republic of Illinois, everything now serves the One, and Blago had to be removed from waiting microphones to protect the Chicago gangster in the Oval Office.
 
We hear that Barack Obama is planning his return to the city and the Ayers salon that launched him onto the world’s stage while his beloved wife of over 20 years will remain in D.C.  So what do the tapes have to do with the price of eggs?  Well, they give Blago leverage, leverage which was already pretty well assured because his wife Patricia is the eldest daughter of Richard F. “Dick” Mell.  Mell retired after 38 years, repeat 38 years, serving on the Chicago City Council. Within one month, he began a new career as a lobbyist. (2)

Mell’s own career weaved in and out of his alliance with Fast Eddie Vrodolyak and the Vrodolyak 29.  Oh, those were the years.  Here’s a delicious sidebar; my friend lived across the street from the young male artist who drew the oft derided picture of Mayor Harold Washington in ladies delicate attire. The young man literally had to flee the Chicago suburb, I think by dark of night.  Black politicians were so enraged that a Black female politician, without court order, police protection, or legal authority walked up the steps of the Chicago Art Institute and summarily pulled the large painting OFF OF THE WALL herself. Dorothy “hats” Tillman was not the one who did this, as I got the story.

“How many of us read the stuff we get, OK. . .it’s small print. . .like your insurance policy,” Mell famously said of Mayor Richard M. Daley’s dictum to move forward on the parking meter privatization contracts, an issue which is now in the courts. (3) Mell and his son-in-law locked horns over a landfill flap that Blago shuttered but that somehow was tied to the family patriarch’s wishes. (4)  Now Illinois political blogs are rife with speculation that Illinois’ fourth jailed governor will soon return to the City that runs the country.  Maybe yes, maybe no, but let’s not discount the well liked former governor’s appeal to the common folk, many of  whom just happen to pay for the Democrat disease known as Chicago politics. 

I just can’t get worked up about those tapes, but they are a new chapter in what may be going on. They are grist for somebody’s political mill.  Those two Chicago Tribune reporters could have blown the Blagojevich case right off of Michigan Avenue, but they didn’t.  Compared to most Chicago pols, the former governor was not that bad and he did listen to the people.  My cousin thought he was cute.
 
Let’s not forget the real tragedy of the once lovely home state of the Fighting Illini. A pension system ranked 50 out of 50 states, economic ratios, Moody bond ratings and job creation factors numbering 47 to 48 according to Chicago Tribune and Wall Street Journal findings are creating a dysphoria that matches the Heroin Hell of Lower Wacker and Rambo’s closing of schools which many black children and their parents really liked.
 
Sure, the much touted FBI sealed tapes just may get Blago out of jail, but his stay-out-of-the-cemetery card is his silence at the microphones of Democrat political power.  Blago walks when Obama says he walks.

SOURCES: (1) http://illinoispaytoplay.com/2014/03/30/blagojevich-agreed-to-let-chicago-tribune-reporter
and to www.nbcnews.com/. . ./nerves-fray-Blagojevich-explains-golden-quo
(2) (3) (4)  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Mell
  
www.youtube.com/watch?v=wf9X6COc-70
www. nbcnews.com/id/43236017/ns/politics-more-politics/t/r

Chicago Police, members of Ex-Mayor Daley’s family sued for manslaughter cover up

by Doug Book, editor

Late on an April night in 2004, Richard Vanecko, the nephew of then Mayor Richard M. Daley, threw a single punch at David Koschman on a sidewalk in Downtown Chicago. Vanecko, Koschman and the small groups accompanying them had been drinking. An argument broke out and the blow from the 6’3″ 230lb Vanecko drove the 5’5″ 125lb Koschman to the pavement. Koschman’s head struck the cement with such force that he died 12 days later in a Chicago hospital.

The police investigation didn’t begin until after David Koschman died. “[Police] didn’t conduct lineups to try to identify who threw the punch until almost a month after it happened,” during which time, Vanecko had shaved his head in order to change his appearance. Though no one at the lineup could identify him, when the case was re-opened in 2011 in response to a series of investigative articles and a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the Chicago Sun-Times, police admitted they had known who threw the punch shortly after the event took place. Both police and prosecutors withheld the name of Richard Vanecko from the public for 7 years.

In 2004, although the Cook County medical examiner labeled Koschman’s death a homicide, prosecutors shut down the investigation and refused to file charges because police claimed witnesses told detectives that Koschman was the aggressor; that he charged at Vanecko’s group after its members had turned to walk away. As a result, the official position of Chicago police was that Vanecko (who they have NEVER questioned about the killing) had acted in self-defense.

Though each of Koschman’s friends told detectives that David was NOT the aggressor and that he had been “sucker punched” by Vanecko, prosecutors quickly agreed with the self-defense assessment by Chicago police. Anita Alvarez, “…a top prosecutor under Cook County State’s Attorney Richard Devine,” claimed that: “All witnesses who were questioned indicated that Koschman was the aggressor and had initiated the physical confrontation by charging at members of the other group…”

Of course, prior to being elected state’s attorney himself, Richard Devine “…was the top deputy to Vanecko’s uncle, Richard M. Daley, when Daley was state’s attorney.”

Upon opening the 2011 re-investigation, “…prosecutors claimed their files on the case “had disappeared.” Even so, the Cook County state’s attorney’s office said it would “…stand by its initial conclusion that no one should be charged.” When asked his opinion of the lost file, Criminal Defense Attorney Richard King, a law professor at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, said: “They declined charges, but they can’t find the file?”  “I’ve been doing this for 39 years, literally thousands of cases. I’ve never seen a felony-review file missing. Ever. Never heard of one.”

Given concerns about the way in which both the 2004 and 2011 investigations of David Koschman’s death were conducted, attorneys representing David’s mother, Nanci Koschman, asked Cook County Judge Michael Toomin to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the actions of both Chicago police and the Cook County Prosecutor’s Office. Stating that in his opinion the self-defense rationale was constructed by the police “from whole cloth,” Judge Toomin appointed former United States Attorney Dan Webb as special prosecutor.

 Webb conducted a 17 month investigation into events surrounding the death of Koschman and on March 24, 2014, attorneys filed a 44 page Complaint on behalf of Nanci Koschman. Named in the Complaint are Richard Vanecko, “unidentified” Daley family members and 25 Chicago police and Cook County Prosecutors, including Richard Devine and Anita Alvarez. The Complaint accuses defendants of “…continuing [a] cover-up conspiracy that was designed to deny Mrs. Koschman…her Constitutional rights and to protect the Daley family from criminal prosecution, civil liability, and political embarrassment.”

On February 1st, 39 year old Richard Vanecko plead guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter before McHenry County Judge Maureen McIntyre. In a plea agreement reached by special prosecutor Dan Webb and Vanecko’s attorneys, Vanecko will spend 60 days in jail, 60 days of monitored home confinement and 2 1/2 years of probation. He will also pay $20,000 in restitution to Mrs. Koschman and apologize for his actions.  Though hardly a severe sentence, this might be the most expensive felony rap with which the Daley family has ever been connected. Undoubtedly they walked away scot-free from most.

Vanecko’s plea agreement came 2 weeks before his trial on manslaughter charges was scheduled to begin.

As Rahm Emanuel is unlikely to stick his neck out by continuing the original cover up, it’s just possible that participants in the Daley dynasty will feel a little heat. Wouldn’t THAT be a change of pace for people in the Windy City!

Sources:

http://peopleslawoffice.com/plo-files-koschman-civil-rights-case/

http://projects.suntimes.com/koschman/latest-news/mom-cant-let-them-get-away-with-this-again/

http://peopleslawoffice.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Koschman-Complaint-1_201403241429.pdf

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-02-01/news/chi-koschman-vanecko-20140131_1_vanecko-u-s-attorney-dan-webb-nanci-koschman

http://www.suntimes.com/3997332-417/questions-arise-in-2004-death-involving-daley-nephew.html

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=9478327

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-03-24/news/chi-lawsuit-by-koschmans-mother-says-cops-made-up-evidence-about-sons-death-20140324_1_nanci-koschman-david-koschman-richard-vanecko

http://peopleslawoffice.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/2014.-March.PMCRLR-Vol.-11-No.-2-Koschman-Article.pdf

Previous Coach is Right pieces:

http://www.coachisright.com/tag/richard-vanecko/

http://www.coachisright.com/the-mayor-daley-family-gets-away-with-murder-yes-the-real-thing/

Ex-con and Jackson pal Democrat pervert Mel Reynolds arrested in Zimbabwe making porno movies

by Kevin “Coach” Collins

Democrat former Congressman and pal of Jesse Jackson, Mel Reynolds is the same old piece of dung he always was. Democrat politicians like Reynolds don’t change. They are loathsome creatures.

We in the civilized non-Democrat world thought we were rid of Reynolds, but his recent arrest in Zimbabwe for over staying his visa failing to pay a $24,500 hotel bill and making porno movies proved us wrong.

Those who are not familiar with whom this classic example of a Democrat politician is, are warned to hold their nose as they read further.

Democrat Reynolds is a convicted child rapist. In 1992 when he was campaigning for a Chicago Congressional seat, employing the Clinton method of using power to seduce and rape a female intern, Reynolds raped a 16 year old female volunteer numerous times. After having won his race in the heavily Black Congressional district, the National Democrats tagged him as a “comer.”

On May 13, 1994 Reynolds was named Person of the Week by Peter Jennings because he was an “outspoken supporter” of two women who were organizing to fight child molesters. Reynolds was calling for child molestation to be made a federal crime.  Nevertheless, just over three months later, on August 20, 1994 Democrat Reynolds was indicted for child rape. He was convicted of raping the young volunteer several times and an additional charge of child pornography. 

In typical Democrat fashion he was allowed to stay in office until October 1, so he could steal a final government paycheck before he was sent to an Illinois prison for five years. Fortunately the law caught up to this Democrat lowlife again before he got out of prison. He was tried and convicted for bank fraud and sentenced to 78 months in federal prison. This sentence was to start AFTER he finished the state sentence, but WITHOUT HIM EVEN MAKING AN APPLICATION Democrat Bill Clinton pardoned Democrat Reynolds before he left office.

Reynolds was released from Joliet Federal Prison on a Friday. Two days later during a service in an African American church, Reynolds was welcomed by Jesse Jackson. Although he was not a member of the staff of the church and without any authority to do so, Jackson offered Reynolds a staff position as a “prison reform coordinator.”

During the investigations that ultimately sent him to prison, Democrat Reynolds was protected by Black supporters who whined about “racism” (of course) but one story about the rape investigation sums up the difference between those who would defend Reynolds and honest people of any color. While investigating Reynolds the police taped him reacting to an offer to have sex with a fictitious 15 year old “Catholic school girl.” Rising to the occasion, Democrat Reynolds gushed, “Did I win the Lotto?” and begged for a picture of the “girl.”

This will be another story the media will pass on.

 Source:
http://www.snopes.com/politics/sexuality/reynolds.asp

Atlanta’s ice storm and memories of Winter nightmares gone by

by Suzanne Eovaldi,  staff writer
 
Reading what went on in Atlanta this week is just amazing!  I moved to Florida after living near Chicago and the lake snow region of NW Indiana most of my life. We had to deal with bad ice storms in Southern Illinois when I was young and while at the University of Illinois in Champaign. Three inches of snow in Chicago is NOTHING.  They got rid of a mayor that didn’t get and keep the roads open. 

I had to teach in Chicago Heights, IL when the temperature was -48 and the wind chill was -82.  As I recall, I was the only female that showed up, though most of the men were there. When we were dismissed at the 8 p.m. class break, my big Buick was the only car in the frozen lot. I had even locked the door! But the door opened and the Buick turned right over on my first try. I drove the back roads into NW Indiana, a story in itself.  But those big trucks the Hoosiers drive had already plowed open the back roads, just by force and might, so I drove into my driveway, got inside my home and said some prayers of thanks.  I never let my cars get older than 18 months; I know this was more costly for me, but I always got back and forth to work.
  
In l967, we had a land hurricane and that winter, one of those famous Chicago blizzards that this time really did shut down the city for a few days. My daughter remembers getting out onto our flat top roof to help me shovel off the snow before it hardened from sleet.  We told the man next door he had better do the same, but he thought it was a silly idea.  The next morning when he went out to start his car, he found his roof was on top of it. 

My daughter tells me this winter up there is very bad, but they’re dealing with it.  I asked, “How are your snow plows and shovels holding up?” She said, “We don’t have any; we have five boys instead!” She still remembers my telling her when on a plane, if the oxygen masks come down, put yours on first.  I know this sounds odd at first, but if you fail, who will care for your little children?  So she’s learned well to be prepared and to take care of herself and her own in emergencies. 

I still have nightmares about being out on I-57 during those terrible white-outs.  One Christmas Eve we were driving North to get home to Flossmoor, but conditions were getting worse by the minute.  My family was depending upon my ability to keep the car on the road, even while semis were slip-sliding all over the frozen road.  We got off at the last exit open, just south of Kankakee and spent our holiday in a little motel that took us in.  I literally  could not see where I was driving.  When my Dad asked why he couldn’t see out of the windshield, I didn’t answer him. My little dog climbed up next to my right leg and I said, “We’re getting off now.” And so we did.
  
But, hey in my old age, I moved down to Florida and what an experience to observe these southern drivers.  I’ve been out on I-95 in visibility conditions just as bad as up north in the white-outs.  When those coastal storms move in, you are literally trapped in your car. Pulling off to the side just wasn’t an option during one of these storms. 

But while up north, I’ve noticed that drivers slow down as conditions worsen. Down here I’ve noticed drivers tend to speed up the worse it gets.  Why, I don’t know.  It’s just Florida.  Cheers everyone.