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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Still here - Sorry

October is a crazy month for me this year.

I have the Pumpkin Fest and the Statesville Haunted Prison that I am running the security at.

It has taken up a majority of my time so I will be doing the best I can.

In the mean time, stay safe out there.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Ashton police chief dies at 52

--Not being reported as a Line of Duty death at this time but the loss of a fellow officer is tragic no matter
the circumstances.
Thoughts and prayers to Chief Farringer's family and to the Ashton Police Department.
God's Speed Sir--

Authorities find him unresponsive in car north of Amboy

Published: Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 10:03 p.m. CDT
Updated: Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 11:20 p.m. CDT

BY CHRISTI WARREN 800-798-4085, ext. 5521

AMBOY – Ashton Police Chief Darrell Farringer died Thursday evening, the Lee County Sheriff's Department announced in a news release.

At 5 p.m., officers responded to a call about a car that had gone off the road north of Amboy in the area of U.S. routes 52 and 30.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found Farringer, 52, unresponsive in his car. He was taken to KSB Hospital where he was then pronounced dead. The car had minimal damage, and Farringer was wearing a seat belt. That, among other things, led authorities to believe Farringer veered into a cornfield as a result of a medical issue, Lee County Sheriff John Varga said.

Lee County Coroner Jesse Partington said an autopsy is being scheduled for today.

Farringer had been chief of police in Ashton since September 2012.

That appointment followed a 20-year career in the Marines and 10 years spent working as a detective in Georgia for the Savannah Police Department, according to an article published in the Ashton Gazette.

After graduating from Amboy High School in 1980, he worked his way up to the level of gunnery sergeant and served in America, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and Thailand before being selected to work as a Marines recruiter in Alabama, then Australia, and Hawaii, the article said.

Farringer was very involved in the Ashton community. Over the past year, he had been trying to put together an anti-heroin program for use in all Lee County schools, to combat what he saw as a worrisome increase in usage, especially among teens and young adults.

“Kids don’t realize what can happen,” he said in an August interview with Sauk Valley Media. “Even after one usage, they can get addicted. ... We know we have a problem, but we’ve all got to be part of the solution.”

"Without a doubt, it’s extremely tragic," Sheriff Varga said of Farringer's death. "It is certainly a loss for not only the folks in Ashton, but also for all of Lee County. It’s a sad day all around.

When the phone call came in – it’s just been – I’m still trying to process everything. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family."

Lee County State's Attorney Anna Sacco-Miller had been working with Farringer on the anti-heroin program.

"He was a very nice man," Sacco-MIller said. "He was easy to work with, and really committed to the community – especially when it came to the Ashton-Franklin schools and the kids there. The community will miss him."

Scott Peters in custody, McHenry County manhunt ends

--They took this scumbag into custody while I was the Haunted Prison so I couldn't comment then.
Great job by all the departments involved.
I did have a chance to meet the doctor that treated the female officer last night. 15 doctors and nurses from the hospital showed up at the Prison. I gave him my heartfelt thanks for taking care of a sister in blue.--

-ABC7 Chicago-

Thursday, October 16, 2014 07:00PM

A 15-hour search for Scott Peters, accused of shooting two McHenry County sheriff's deputies, ended with his arrest in a wooded area near Crystal Lake. Peters allegedly opened fire on officers responding to a domestic violence call at his home in northwest suburban Holiday Hills.

It was a few minutes before 6 p.m. Thursday when police received a couple of phone calls about a suspicious man walking down the street. Moments later, an unarmed Peters was taken into custody about six miles away from his home.

It ended one of the biggest manhunts in McHenry County history.

Seen from a distance, Peters is taken into custody after the 15-hour manhunt. The 52-year-old was seen by Crystal Lake residents coming out of a wooded area and walking down a road.

"Our deputies approached him, took him into custody without incident," said McHenry County Sheriff.

The ordeal that brought out more than 250 police officers began at 1 a.m. Thursday . Three sheriff deputies were called to Peter's home for a possible domestic incident. As they approached the front door, Peter's, who is a military veteran, began to fire through the door.

A female deputy was shot in the leg, a male deputy shot in the leg and abdomen. While the third deputy came to their aid, Peters escaped and the manhunt began, his Holiday Hills subdivision was put on lockdown.

"I was sleeping and all of a sudden my bedroom door swung open, I thought it was my dad messing with me," said neighbor Brittany Thompson. "He said, 'police officer.' It was four men dressed in a SWAT team. He was asking me, 'Is there anyone else in your room?'"

Besides checking homes, trunks of cars were given a close inspection. Ground, air and grid searches were done all day. Peters managed to stay out of sight until he was spotted, unarmed, about six miles from his home.

Fred Bock lives in the area where Peters was caught. Bock is his friend and believes Peters may have been headed to Bock's home.

"My heart breaks for him because he experienced a lot of really bad things in his life," Bock said.

"Everything turned out fine, they did a great job," neighbor Leroy Beltz said.

Peters faces multiple charges, including attempted murder counts. He will appear in court Friday.

As for the sheriff's deputies, both had surgery Thursday. It will be a long road, but both are expected to fully recover.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WANTED: Scott B Peters (McHenry County Sheriff's Department)

Scott B. Peters, 52, is being sought by police. Peters is white, with blonde hair and blue eyes. He is 5-foot-10, and about 200 pounds.
Anyone with information should call 815-338-2144 but a news release urged that no one should attempt to confront Peters.

Suspected gunman identified after 2 sheriff's deputies shot in McHenry County

-Chicago Tribune-

Police have identified a man who allegedly shot two McHenry County sheriff's deputies responding to a domestic dispute Thursday morning in Holiday Hills in the far Northwest Suburbs.

Scott B. Peters, 52, is being sought by police, McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren said. Peters is white, with blonde hair and blue eyes. He is 5-foot-10, and about 200 pounds, Nygren told reporters.

"At this time we do not know where the offender is,'' Nygren said. "It's an evolving situation.''

Peters was in the military and is likely armed with a rifle, said Nygren. He is wanted for two counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm.

Shortly after 1 a.m. officers responded to 1313 W. Northeast Shore Drive, on the report of a domestic incident. When three officers got there, two deputies were shot and wounded by the suspect, Nygren said.

Peters was shooting through the door as deputies approached and then he opened the door and kept shooting, Nygren said. He hit a female officer in the leg and Nygren said she is in good condition. The male officer was shot in the leg and abdomen, and is in "serious" condition, in the intensive care unit, he said.

Peters' wife and daughter were in the home but were taken away and are safe, Nygren said.

A third officer, who was uninjured, returned fire, but Nygren said it was not known if he hit the suspect.

Anyone with information should call 815-338-2144 but a news release urged that no one should attempt to confront Peters.

One deputy, a seven-year veteran, was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville in critical condition. He was later stabilized, Deputy Sheriff Andrew Thomas said.

The deputy underwent successful surgery and is in the Intensive Care Unit at Condell, officials said.

The other deputy, a 12-year veteran, was taken to Centegra Hospital in McHenry. Her condition was also stabilized.

The call to 911 came from outside the home, and the man's wife and daughter have been taken away by police, according to Sheriff's Deputy Aimee Knop. "Two people from the residence were able to safely get out," she said.

Area schools went on lockdown with the alleged shooter’s whereabouts unknown. Schools in Wauconda Community Unit School District 118 were put on “precautionary lock downs due to the ongoing police matter in Holiday Hills,” according to a post online by Superintendent Daniel Coles.

The superintendent said morning kindergarten, early childhood and early education students would have to be picked up by parents. Afternoon classes for those groups of students were canceled, Coles said.

Brian Agrella, who lives nearby, said his car was stopped by police as he headed to work Thursday morning.

"There's police cars up and down on both sides of the street," Agrella said. "I've never seen this anywhere."

Agrella, 43, said he woke to the sound of four loud "pops."

Agrella saw SWAT team officers stationed on the corner of his block.

"It's scary because where it happened, I walk my dog everyday," he said.

Nancy Bulava, 53, who lives about 2 1/2 blocks from the shooting, was awake at 1:45 a.m. because she could not sleep and heard what she thought was gunfire.

“I heard a pop-pop, pop-pop,’’ Bulava said. “I thought it was somebody duck hunting.’’
She woke up her husband up and they talked about it, but he went back to bed and she started getting ready for work.

But as soon as she tried to leave home, she saw many police officers, vehicles and what appeared to be SWAT team members near her home. Many wore helmets and were wearing “army attire,’’ Bulava said.

“There were wall-to-wall SWAT cars and police cars. It was like a movie,’’’ Bulava said.
As she drove out of her subdivision about 5:30 a.m., she pulled over and checked the Internet on her cell phone and realized two officers had been shot.

She called her boss and said she wasn't coming in, but then police would not allow her back into the subdivision.

"It was horrible,’’ Bulava said. “I was scared to death.’’

Other neighbors, including a man trying to get his wife to surgery, were stopped as well, Bulava said.

Finally, she was able to park her car and walk to her home.

Bulava said her son, who is 19, and her husband and neighbors were not allowed to leave their homes. “Some were escorted out of their homes,’’ she said.

Tribune reporters Rosemary Regina Sobol and Dan Hinkel contributed.

In Illinois, Substitute Teaching For One Day Reaped Nearly $1 Million in Taxpayer-Funded Pension Money

--None of this should surprise anyone. 
Governor Bumblin' Stumblin' Quinn signed this bill on the orders of Mike Madigan and it was done quickly so "loopholes" like this could get pushed through for their cronies.
Until we get rid of pretty much everyone in Springfield we are just going to see the same things happen again and again and the tax payer is going to get stuck paying the bill.--

Adam Andrzejewski Contributor
10/14/2014 @ 7:26AM


In 2011, the Chicago Tribune exposed a pair of Illinois teacher union lobbyists, Stephen Preckwinkle and David Piccioli, who substitute taught for one day and stood to collect nearly $1 million in state teacher retirement pensions from a severely underfunded system. The five Illinois pension systems have a $100 billion liability and the teachers fund may run out of money as early as 2029. Newspaper editorials, elected officials, the governor and citizens cried foul. Legislation was quickly passed to stop the abuse.

When Gov. Pat Quinn signed the pension “reform” legislation into law on January 5, 2012, he said. “The pension abuses unearthed were flagrant. They needed to be stopped immediately and prevented from ever happening in the future.”

Mission accomplished, or so it seemed.

Even though all Illinois citizens were led to believe that the pension abusers had been stopped, within twenty-four months after the “reform” legislation passed, the union lobbyists retired and received their lifetime Illinois state teacher pensions.

Even in Illinois, how this could have happened? The governor and the entire statewide media and political class took credit for stopping these abuses in late 2011 through January 2012.

A couple of weeks ago, we spotted Preckwinkle and Piccioli within a long list of 30 state retirees from the Illinois Federation of Teachers (private sector teachers union). Sure enough, in 2014, Piccioli is receiving $30,564 and Preckwinkle $37,416 pensions (click here for their life expectancy pension payouts of nearly $1 million each). The experience was a bit overwhelming, even for our seasoned team of forensic investigators.

In order to understand this massive pension “reform misunderstanding,” we questioned the Public Relations Spokesman for the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) David Urbanek, who explained:

“Mr. Preckwinkle and Mr. Piccioli received a TRS pension following the enactment of House Bill 3813 because House Bill 3813, now Public Act 97-0651, did not stop them from collecting a TRS pension.” read entire email response


The legislature had passed – and the governor had signed – reform legislation stopping the abuse. Newspapers, elected officials and the governor all pounded their chests. The political elites told all the rest of us that a gross injustice had been reversed.

But the injustice was not reversed, just modified on a go forward basis.

Sadly, these cases represent a systematic problem. The Washington Times recently ran a story based on data collected at exposing 40 private sector union leaders from the National Education Association, Illinois Education Association and the Illinois Federation of Teachers who cleaned out $5,000,000 a year in Illinois teacher pensions.

Data at shows that twenty-four of those union employees have already collected more than $1 million in retirement pensions. Because the union is a private sector employer, taxpayers have no say in the active salaries awarded to the union employees, but guarantee funding for the lifetime pension payouts.

Rank and file teachers in Illinois, many of whom are union members, should be outraged that their union leadership is draining pension dollars from their underfunded retirement plan.
Sadly, pension abuses and shortfalls aren’t unique to Illinois. States across America should heed this cautionary tale. All too often the union call for “a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work” is leveraged for a lifetime of largess.

Notice: Adam Andrzejewski is the founder of a project of American Transparency 501(c)3.

BREAKING NEWS: Two sheriff's deputies shot in Holiday Hills

**UPDATE** 10:15am
This is the latest update I have received from the McHenry County Sheriff's Dept.

 Today, Oct 16 at about 130 AM Sheriff's deputies responded to the 1300 block of N East Shore Drive in Holiday Hills. While responding to check the well being of the residents, two responding Deputies were shot.

Both deputies were transported for medical attention. A 7 year veteran, male deputy was transported to Advocate Condell. He is in critical, but stable condition undergoing surgery at this time. A 12 year veteran, female deputy was transported to Centergra McHenry and is in stable condition.

Two occupants of the residence were able to safely get out of the residence.

The Sheriff's Office is working with affected area residents on evacaution and making sure they are safe. We are receiving assistance during this ongoing investgiation from local police departments and the Illinois State Police.

As more information is available, it will be shared with the media and the community.


--All news outlets are reporting on this ongoing incident.
From initial reports it sounds as if this was a setup as the deputies were ambushed upon arrival at a well being check.
Both deputies are reported to be in good condition but I have heard that one of them may be in pretty bad shape. Hope that information is wrong.
Will update as situation evolves.--

-MyFox Chicago-
Posted: Oct 16, 2014 5:46 AM CST Updated: Oct 16, 2014 7:06 AM CST

HOLIDAY HILLS, Ill. (Sun Times Media Wire) -

Two McHenry County Sheriff's deputies were shot early Thursday when responding to a domestic dispute near northwest suburban Holiday Hills.

Authorities responded about 1:30 a.m. to a call of two deputies shot in the 1300 block of W. Northeast Shore Dr. in unincorporated McHenry County, McHenry County Sheriff's Lt. James Wagner said.

A male officer — a seven-year veteran of the McHenry County Sheriff's office — was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, while a female deputy, a 12-year veteran, was taken to Centegra Hospital - McHenry, authorities said. Both officers' conditions had stabilized.

The deputies were initially responding to a call of a domestic dispute, Deputy Aimee Knop said to reporters at the scene. Someone from outside the house was concerned for the people inside and called police.

As of 5:45 a.m., two people who were inside the residence escaped safely, but the shooter was not in custody, authorities said. It was not immediately known whether the suspect was on the loose or still in the house.

People in the area were encouraged to remain in their homes as authorities were evacuating residences in the vicinity, Wagner said. A reverse-911 call had been given to homes that were affected.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


--Received this from Bensenville PD. Thought it was worth passing along to everyone.--

The following are excerpts from Lisa Madigan, Attorney General for Illinois



Attorney General’s Office Reports of Possible Email Scams Tied to Ebola Outbreak
Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today alerted Illinois residents of several possible email scams tied to the Ebola outbreak.

Madigan’s office has received emails titled “People being quarantined” that purport to be an “Ebola Pandemic Update” and include a link to view a so-called “civilian crisis protocol.” The email may contain links that could infect a user’s computer. Another email offered a “surplus personal protection kit” for $29 that alleges to provide infection defense specifically for members of emergency response teams and law enforcement agencies.

Madigan urges Illinoisans to be on the lookout for these types of unsolicited or suspicious emails. Consumers who receive such emails should delete them immediately. Do not open or click on any links in the email.

“We suspect these emails are the handiwork of scammers seeking to take advantage of people’s understandable fear and anxiety surrounding this international public health risk,” Madigan said.

“It’s extremely important that you delete these messages and instead consult legitimate resources for more information about prevention measures underway.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is posting regular updates regarding the federal government’s response to the outbreak, including tips on how to minimize the risk of infection, and the Illinois Department of Public Health recently announced its protocol in the event of a suspected Ebola case in Illinois.

Beware of Charitable Scams

Tied to Ebola Attorney General Madigan also urged Illinois residents to exercise caution when donating to charitable aid efforts tied to the Ebola outbreak. Con artists may seek to exploit the crisis for their own personal profit.

For full details, view this message on the web.

100 N Church Rd, Bensenville, IL 60106

10 secrets cops know that most people don't

--A little light hearted but very true facts--

-Police One-

Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief

It’s become abundantly clear in the past few weeks that the press and the public have very little real understanding of police work. And something we’ve learned over the years is that during times of stress and tension, a good chuckle is extremely effective medicine.

So, here are some things most people don’t know but cops do. Add your observations in the comments area below.

1. Most cops understand why tickets are necessary, but don’t particularly like writing them. Well, unless they happen to stop “the guy who pays their wages” and then writing a ticket isn’t so bad.

2. The vast majority cops have never shot anyone, but most cops can recite a detailed list of people who are/were deserving of being shot because they posed a deadly threat. This means that most cops have successfully defused a potentially deadly confrontation using only words and less-lethal weapons.

3. Most cops wonder if they have something better to do until the person asks in that whiny voice, “Don’t you have anything better to do?” It is then — and only then — the cop knows the answer to that question is, “No. This is good as it gets.”

4. Most cops know the driver they just stopped had more that “two beers” and can estimate with reasonable accuracy how many beers a driver did, in fact, have.

5. Most cops like donuts, but so does everybody. They are deliberately made to taste really, really good so people will want to eat them. Please pass me another donut.

6. Most cops wonder why so many members of the community choose to pick up a mobile phone and record them while the officers are rolling in the dirt with an assailant rather than offering to help the officer.

7. Most cops don’t know the color of the people they stop before the traffic stop takes place. This is especially true when those people are driving cars with tinted windows at night.

8. Most cops know that if you fix that muffler / tail light / other mechanical issue for which they’ve stopped you, the cops will stop stopping you.

9. Most cops know it is impossible stop a squad car fast enough when the drunk in the back seat says, “Stop! I think I’ve got to puke.”

10. Most cops know that the national media do not pursue the truth, they pursue a story. Their story and the truth are too often a little like fraternal twins. They are related, but cops can’t explain why they don’t look anything alike.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Suburb Trains Cops To Protect Local Officials

--Not sure if this really BGA worthy but I find it interesting none the less.--

-Better Government Association-

Decision by Elk Grove Village to send police to “dignitary” protection training follows threats, harassment against local municipal officials over the years.
By the BGA
October 5, 2014 5:45 PM

Based on its crime statistics, Elk Grove Village is a relatively safe community.

But it appears being a public official in the northwest suburb carries a degree of risk.

We recently learned the municipality has spent nearly $25,000 on "dignitary" protection training for their police officers since 2012, primarily to keep elected and appointed village officials safe in the wake of threats and harassment over the years.

The money covered travel, lodging and any fees associated with the classes.

In June an Elk Grove Village police commander attended a "protective service training" course in Maryland at a cost to taxpayers of just over $1,900, records show.

In spring, a commander underwent a similar training class in Florida, with a tab of around $4,400 for two weeks.

A year earlier, a sergeant and an officer went to California for an "advanced threat assessment & management" course at a combined cost of almost $9,000.

In July 2012, four officers went to Georgia for training at a total cost of $3,354.40.

There were other local training sessions, too.

This doesn’t mean Elk Grove Village’s mayor, Craig Johnson, or any of the trustees have regular drivers and bodyguards, we’re told by village officials. Rather, the cops are being trained to provide protection if and when specific threats emerge – "as needed," Johnson said – as well as to root out and prevent threats to village officials.

And from what we’re told, there indeed have been troubles over the years.

The young daughter of one elected leader in town picked up the family’s house phone in the 1990s and was told she would be killed because she was the daughter of the village official, George Knickerbocker, Elk Grove Village’s municipal attorney, told us in a letter. "A Federal Protective Order was issued . . . against the caller. To date, there have been numerous other threats and disturbing matters against the Mayor and the Trustees, as well as Village Staff, which can be documented if requested. Moreover, there are many documented incidents of violence against elected officials throughout the country in recent years."

"As a result, approximately three years ago, the Village Board unanimously decided to put certain security measures in place, including training of many police officers in the area of protective service. In making the unanimous decision, the Board considered not only the above threats and concerns, but in addition, were cognizant of recent tragedies throughout the country involving elected officials and other state and local employees."

Knickerbocker elaborated later, emphasizing that threats and harassment aren’t an everyday occurrence. But, he added, "I think there’s a comfort level knowing there are people trained" to deal with problems as they occur – for government officials, and even visiting dignitaries.

Fred Hayes, president of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, said it’s not unusual for towns to send officers through dignitary protection training, but it’s less common for that training to be geared toward security for officials in small or mid-sized municipalities.

The key, Hayes said, is making sure communities really need it and aren’t simply playing to the vanity of local politicians – which he said he encountered years back when, as police chief in Joliet, he rebuffed an attempt by the then-mayor of the far southwest suburb to create "an escort protection detail." The Joliet mayor had met with then-Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley about something and, seeing Daley’s impressive bodyguard entourage, decided he, too, deserved a security detail, Hayes said.

"Luckily we were able to convince him otherwise," Hayes said.

Bryan Hillis is president and principal consultant at Indiana-based Alexander Global Strategies, which trains cops and others on protecting dignitaries. His group did classroom and field training for Elk Grove Village officers earlier this year, records show.

"In the law enforcement community I’ve seen the training increase," Hillis said. In other words, in his experience more municipalities are training their cops in dignitary protection – either because threats are increasing and local police want to know how to better deal with them, or because agencies want "to be one step ahead of potential threats," Hillis said.

We’ve scrutinized taxpayer-funded security details over the years because of the expense, and because some politicians have used bodyguards as chauffeurs and coat holders.

We once documented how an employee tasked with providing security for Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas picked up her dry cleaning, and shuttled her to and from workout sessions.

We haven’t heard of similar issues in Elk Grove Village, and Johnson said nobody’s picking up take-out for government officials or anything like that. He said this is about public safety for public servants.

"There has been a persistent pattern of threats for the past 15, 16 years," Johnson said. "Calls, letters, in person threats, we’ve had them all. Emails."

Many of the security concerns over the years have involved people upset over some action – or perceived lack of action – by the village government, officials said.

At least one potentially serious threat directed at Johnson in recent years ended in an arrest of someone angry over an aspect of the O’Hare Airport expansion fight, officials said. Elk Grove Village was one of several suburbs that fought the construction of new runways at the Chicago-owned airport.

This column – a new regular feature called The Public Eye, appearing on the Chicago Sun-Times’ political portal Early & Often – was written and reported by the Better Government Association’s Robert Herguth, who can be reached at or (312) 821-9030.

Feds Warn of ISIS-Inspired Threat Against Police, Reporters in US

--Because we don't have enough to worry about already.--

-NBC News-

Federal officials have warned that ISIS-inspired terrorists may be weighing “lone wolf” attacks against police, government officials and “media figures” inside the U.S.

According to a Joint Intelligence bulletin from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security sent to U.S. law enforcement officials, an ISIS spokesman recorded an audio message that urged lone offenders in Western countries to attack “soldiers, patrons, and troops … their police, security and intelligence members.” Attackers did not need to “ask for anyone’s advice” prior to striking, said the message, because such actions are legitimate.

An English language translation of the message, which was attributed to ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, was posted on a jihadi forum in late September.

Also in September, according to the bulletin, an ISIS supporter posted a document in an ISIS-dominated web forum advocating “open source jihad” and “lone wolf operations” by U.S. Muslims against “a list of potential targets, including military, law enforcement, FBI personnel, government officials and media figures.”

The bulletin said officials were not aware of any specific, credible threat against U.S. targets by home-grown extremists inside the U.S. or overseas, but warned law enforcement and FBI personnel to consider “additional precautions” when conducting interviews.

The bulletin also said that ISIS supporters could conduct attacks against U.S. targets overseas with little warning. “[B]ecause of the individualized nature of the radicalization to violence process,” said the bulletin, “it is difficult to assess triggers that will contribute to HVEs (homegrown violent extremists) attempting acts of violence.

A former U.S. official called the warning "quite standard."

Said the official, "Once a terror organization urges such action -- regardless of whether any adherents might take action -- terrorism officials need to get the word out to increase state and local officials', as well as reporters', awareness. In the case of ISIS, given their skilled use of social media, these threats to inspire 'lone wolves' produce a bit more urgency for intelligence and law enforcement officials."

Concerns of Police Survivors Healing Hearts

-Police Magazine-

Concerns of Police Survivors is celebrating 30 years of helping to heal those who have suffered the loss of a loved one in the line of duty.

October 13, 2014

Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) welcomes with open arms those who have suffered the tragedy of a loved one or coworker dying in the line of duty. The organization offers support through specific programs tailored to meet the needs of everyone from children to in-laws to fellow officers as well as staying connected with informal phone calls and e-mails year-round.

C.O.P.S. programs for survivors include the National Police Survivors' Conference held each May during National Police Week; scholarships; peer-support at the national, state, and local levels; "C.O.P.S. Kids" counseling reimbursement program; the "C.O.P.S. Kids" Summer Camp; "C.O.P.S. Teens" Outward Bound experience for young adults; special retreats for spouses, parents, siblings, adult children, in-laws, and co-workers; trial and parole support; and other assistance programs.

By all accounts this network of people who understand what it is to experience this trauma make a positive impact on survivors' lives. But it can take some convincing to get survivors to attend the free retreats and other programs C.O.P.S. provides. No one wants to need to join this club, but it's wonderful to have when it's needed.

Siblings and Coworkers

Zoe Stahl waited six years after the death of her brother to attend a Concerns of Police Survivors siblings retreat. She didn't think she was ready until then. Now she regrets not having done it sooner.

"I felt like after six years of living with a certain level of depression and anxiety, it was lifted that weekend," she says. "They were able to give me my life back, to find that happiness within myself. It opened the door for me to be a better wife and a better mom, just by being a happier person."

Zoe's brother, Officer Andrew Esparza of the Irving (Texas) Police Department, was 26 when he died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident while responding to assist another officer. It was raining and his car hydroplaned and hit a lightpost. Esparza's death devastated his family. At the time, Zoe was engaged to Andrew's partner and close friend, Brian Stahl.

Now, after attending C.O.P.S. retreats, both Zoe and Brian can't say enough about how much the organization's support has helped them. "I think people need to understand, it's not going to just affect one aspect of your life. It's going to benefit everything that you do, because it's going to heal you," says Zoe. "It took our marriage to a different level."

And although he was originally a reluctant participant, Zoe's husband has benefited not just in his marriage and home life, but also by sharing his experience with fellow officers at a C.O.P.S. coworkers retreat. "When you sit with 100 cops and 90 are crying, I never expected to see that or be OK with it, but I was," says Brian. "It was such a nice release, a way to deal with and talk about everything that we go through. I realized there are at least 100 other guys going through what I am working the streets."

Brian has now talked to officers at the Irving Police Department about how much the C.O.P.S. retreats have helped him, and at least one officer who also knew Esparza will be attending the next coworkers retreat with him. "I would definitely encourage any survivor to at least give it a try," he says. "The bond you form is nothing like it: instant and comforting. And the retreat itself is fun. You get to be active and interact with people. It's really great."

Zoe and Brian are both thankful for the ways C.O.P.S. has improved their lives. The couple recently attended another siblings retreat and Zoe plans to help give back by attending a future Police Week in Washington D.C. as a C.O.P.S. volunteer.

Children of All Ages

Jim Deckert was 13 when his father died in the line of duty in 1957, long before Concerns of Police Survivors existed. He heard about C.O.P.S. when his father was added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial wall in 2011. When asked if he'd ever been to a survivor retreat for adult children, he said, "No. I don’t think of myself as an adult child. I'm 71."

He didn't think he would benefit from attending a program after so many years, but it changed not only his life, but the life of his entire family.

Deckert's father, Eugene James Deckert, was an officer with the Teaneck (N.J.) Police Department for 30 years. He was getting ready to retire when he died of a heart attack at the age of 51 after an exceedingly strenuous shift. Deckert's family had just moved 50 miles away, and this distance made getting support from his dad's department and even their friends difficult.

"It was my brother and I and my mom. And we didn't talk about my father. That was my mother's way of coping," says Deckert. "I look back on it now and it's really sad when I see these families coping with all this support [from C.O.P.S.]. It's uplifting, but I feel like I missed out on something."

After sharing his story with other survivors at an adult children retreat in 2012, Deckert finally got to complete his grieving process and start to heal. He also felt that sharing his experience helped other adult children attending the retreat recognize how lucky they are to have such a network of support.

"I've just come away with this feeling of family," Deckert says. "I can contact these people any time and they understand. It helped me just by relating my story, which has been under the surface for all these years."

Once Deckert started talking about his dad at the retreat, all of his wonderful memories of the man started coming back, and he started to share stories he hadn't told since he was a boy. Now he and his family feel like Deckert's father is a part of their lives, even so many years after his death.

"I think everybody in this situation who doesn't take advantage of what C.O.P.S. has to offer is making a mistake because it's very healing," Deckert says. "This organization is filling this void that these people shouldn't have to fall into. That's where my family was. Now every year on my dad's end of watch we get a card from them," says Deckert. "It's pretty great. Nobody forgets. That's the whole thing, that nobody forgot."

Funding the Cause

Concerns of Police Survivors is a nonprofit, and there is no cost for people to attend its programs. Therefore, C.O.P.S. relies on fundraising efforts and donations from individuals and corporations to provide their services to survivors. Over the years, Streamlight has contributed more than $1 million to support C.O.P.S. programs and activities. In recognition of this and of employees' volunteer work, Streamlight was recently inducted into the C.O.P.S. Hall of Fame as a major corporate sponsor.

"Streamlight began sponsoring C.O.P.S. 15 years ago out of a deep commitment to the law enforcement community," says Ray Sharrah, president and chief executive officer of Streamlight. "Supporting C.O.P.S. is a real win/win for all concerned—the corporations that get involved, survivors, the law enforcement community, and the public they serve," says Sharrah. "It is truly a meaningful and enriching relationship for Streamlight."

For more information about Concerns of Police Survivors and its programs visit

Attorney General Filings Summarized: Illinois is Screwed (and Nuts) – WP Original

 --The actual court docket for this case is located >>HERE<<
This case should be pretty cut and dry, but we all know how things work in Illinois.
Personally, I think the best way to solve our pension "crisis" is to do a comprehensive study of what the polidiots in Springfield did with the pension money they stole and hold them responsible for their actions and start seizing their property and finances and putting it back where it belongs.--

-Wired Points-

Posted October 13, 2014 1:06 am by WirePoints with 1 comment
By: Mark Glennon*

To grasp the real scope of the Illinois pension catastrophe, think hard about what the state said about itself in court this month, which has gone all but unreported. The governor and others in Springfield may want to talk to the attorney general to get their story straight.

Take the facts asserted by Illinois’ Attorney General in the pension litigation, add a few more facts that aren’t disputed, and it’s clear as day that those entire dialog in Illinois about pension reform is just plain nuts. This is great context to step back and review where the pension debate in Illinois truly stands.

First, some background and a summary of what the A.G.’s court documents say on their face. In a series of court filings this month, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan laid out the facts on behalf of the state to support the “police powers” argument in the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of SB1, the reform bill for the state’s own pensions. That’s the legal theory that the state’s financial crisis is so dire that the constitutional prohibition of pension cuts should be disregarded. Raising taxes or cutting services instead of cutting pensions would be so harmful that we should forget what the constitution says expressly — that’s the concept.

The state’s court documents incorporate the work of several economists hired as witnesses who have been reviewing the state’s predicament. Those economists are excellent ones, I was told earlier, and it indeed appears from the A.G.’s filings that they have done a great job with what they were told to do.

The state used their work to make, generally speaking, most of the same points that financial realists and pension critics have been saying all along: that Illinois is uncompetitive because of high taxes; pension costs have meant slashed services for the needy; and increasing taxes or cutting services instead of implementing SB1 would worsen the flight of employers from the state and devastate the poor.

The state’s economists get specific. Raising taxes instead of making the pension cuts under SB1 would require an additional $1.3 billion from taxpayers every year. That would reduce economic activity in Illinois by 1.1% and cost the state 64,000 jobs.

Now, keeping in mind that SB1 would reduce the unfunded liabilities of just four of the state’s pensions by $20 billion (the state’s own number), lets put the state’s argument in perspective and see what it really means.

The state’s case and its economists’ analyses do not yet incorporate the recent addition to the unfunded liability of $50 billion resulting from the Kanerva decision. That decision by the Illinois Supreme Court said healthcare benefits are part of the constitutional pension protection. Previously, they were assumed to be discretionary. And Kanerva applies to the other 670 local pensions beyond the state pensions the A.G. is arguing about. That’s another $15 – $20 billion. So, regardless of what happens to SB1, the financial hit from Kanerva alone exceeds the dire consequences outlined by the state by over 300%.

The state did not have its economists consider the burden of the state’s 670 other pubic pensions. That’s nuts, because the same taxpayers and employers are on the hook for those (though the distribution of the burden may vary). As Chicago’s CFO recently said, it’s the “layering effect” of local pensions that are in at least as bad shape as the state’s pensions that makes Chicago “unique” among big cities with pension problems. The ten pensions for Chicago alone had a total unfunded liability of $37 billion as of the end of 2012, and much higher now. Smaller municipalities have the same issue. Suburban and downstate police and fire pensions are short another $8 billion or so, plus another $5 billion for IMRF, a statewide pension.

The state used only its official numbers to make its case, which grossly understate the scope of the problem. As dozens of articles on this site have shown, the state’s official numbers are garbage, yet the A.G used those official numbers in it’s filings. According to Moody’s, the state’s pension deficit was $187 billion at last count, not $97 billion according to the official number used by the A.G. Those 670 other public pensions likewise are far worse off than advertised.

These conclusions should be clear so far:

The dire consequences the state says will result if SB1 is struck down are certain to occur, in spades, irrespective of what happens to SB1.

Political leaders in Springfield should talk to their Attorney General to get their story straight. Plenty of them continue to claim Illinois’ crisis is overblown. Illinois’ “comeback” is a central theme of Governor Quinn, who said in this year’s State of the State speech, “We turned the corner, and Illinois is making a comeback.” Senate President John Cullerton, who is behind the “I like Illinois” campaign, continues to claim our problems are mostly a PR issue. Will somebody please ask Lisa Madigan to square all that with her sworn court filings? And will Governor Quinn please talk to the state’s own economists about the effect of the tax increased he has pledged to pass in the lame duck session this Fall?

The debate now consuming the state over “what happens if SB1 is struck down” has little point. It’s a false narrative that Illinois has been suckered into believing. When SB1 is struck down polls will blame the consequences on the courts. Expect our press to go along with that narrative, even though worse consequences are certain despite the courts.

Returning to the express content of the A.G.’s filings, several more things are notable:

The economists went to some length documenting why budget cuts instead of pension cuts would be especially hard on Illinois’ most vulnerable. Even respecting the flight of employers from Illinois, they point out, no doubt correctly, that it’s not the big corporate headquarters with well paid executives that are most subject to flight. Instead, it’s the manufacturers and transportation companies providing living wage jobs with that are most at risk.

It’s about time that point got some attention. The pension debate is usually framed in class warfare terms – it’s the rich folks trying to cut pensions versus the working stiffs trying to protect them. Hogwash. The group hurt most is the working class in the private sector, and their plight has gone unheard.

Among the reasons why pension liabilities have skyrocketed over the years, according to the economists, is that the state’s actuaries were surprised that people are living longer than they expected. No, really. Our article earlier about some municipal pensions using 50-year old mortality data got national attention, and we’ll be trying to get more details about what the economists were referring to about the state pensions.

Which leads to the final point that’s nuts in itself and emblematic of much of what’s wrong in Illinois. Despite three requests to the Attorney General’s office, I wasn’t given copies of the actual reports prepared by the state’s economists. Instead, they sent just the three main pleadings that summarize those reports. (Those three main pleadings are linked here, here and here.)

Those economists’ reports should be readily available to the public and the media should be all over them.

The state’s own hired economists have documented why the pension crisis is so bad that it trumps the written words of the constitution, yet nobody reports on what those economists said even as pols brag about a comeback?

Neither the A.G. nor some other agency sees fit to post the reports?

The only alternative is to go to the court in Springfield and request a copy. That, too, is crazy. I have been accessing court-filed documents outside Illinois for years by internet.

Memo to the A.G.’s office: We taxpayers paid for those economists’ reports and we want to see them. Please post them or email them.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Illinois pension reform law challenges to be argued next month

 --I don't see how the state has a case here.
The pension reforms that were put into place not only violate the state's Constitution but also does absolutely nothing to fix the problems facing the systems.
I would like to see this happen.......The state legislature is finally told that they screwed everything up and they being penalized by having to give up part of their pay and benefits to help make up the missing money.
Pipe dream? Absolutely, but we can dream........--


CHICAGO Wed Oct 8, 2014 9:11pm EDT

(Reuters) - Challenges to Illinois' pension reform law remained on track for a ruling by yearend after a judge on Wednesday ordered both sides back in court next month to argue their cases.
Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John Belz, who is overseeing five consolidated lawsuits filed by labor unions and others, set Nov. 20 for arguments for and against the constitutionality of the law passed by the Illinois legislature last December.

Public labor union coalition We Are One Illinois and other parties have been seeking an expedited ruling in the wake of a July 3 Illinois Supreme Court decision in an unrelated case that determined health care for retired state workers is a pension benefit protected by a provision in the state constitution.

The same provision, which prohibits the impairment or diminishment of retirement benefits for public workers, is the focus of the lawsuits against the state's pension reform law. The new law, which is currently on hold, reduces and suspends cost-of-living increases for pensions, raises retirement ages and limits the salaries on which pensions are based.

In documents filed with the court on Friday, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan argued that the high court's July 3 ruling only dealt with retiree health care subsidies being part of the contractual relationship Illinois has with members of the state's public pension systems.
"The court did not address whether such benefits are immune from the state's exercise of its police powers. That issue was not before the court," Madigan's court filing noted.

In its defense of the pension reform law, Illinois is leaning heavily on its so-called police powers trumping the constitutional provision against reducing public employee retirement benefits.

Those powers include the state's ability to properly fund education, healthcare and public safety.

Those sectors would experience substantial cuts if the state's already large pension burden grows, Madigan said in the filings.

"It is beyond reasonable dispute that all contractual benefits, including all benefits conferred by contracts with the government, are subject to the state's police-powers authority to enact laws necessary to protect the public welfare," the state claimed in the filings.

Illinois has the worst-funded retirement system among states and its $100 billion unfunded pension liability has pounded its credit ratings to the lowest level among states.

The union coalition said the July ruling by the state supreme court, which will ultimately decide the pension reform dispute, "confirms the pension protection clause of the Illinois Constitution is absolute and without exception."

"We are hopeful for a swift resolution in the plaintiffs' favor, so that we can work with legislators willing to develop a fair and legal solution to our state's challenges together," the coalition said in a statement.

Dallas Officer Says 3 Cops Exposed to Ebola Are Feeling Sick

--Not one of my usual sources but the CNN video is the story page.
The fact is this, this is a very real threat. Not only to our nations first responders but for our citizens.
This needs to be taken seriously and people need to be aware of the symptoms.--

Aaron Nelson
October 9, 2014

(TheAntiMedia) I’m speechless. This interview was done by CNN and the man speaking in it is the President of the Fraternal Order of Law Enforcement for Dallas.

He just said the cops were not wearing any kind of protective gear when they entered Duncan’s infected apartment, because they were told it was safe to enter. To make matters worse, he actually received a phone call ten minutes before going on CNN from “2 more” who were exposed and yeah, you guessed it… They are all feeling sick. Image credit:
In other Ebola developments, another nurse has been isolated under suspicion of being infected with the Ebola virus, this time in Australia. Connecticut declared Ebola a ‘state of emergency‘, giving the state health commissioner quarantine power. Last night, 200 airline cabin cleaners went on strike over Ebola exposure fears at a New York City airport. There are now 6 suspected cases of Ebola in Spain.

Just getting word now that the Ebola test results for one of these cops came back negative. Hopefully the deputy will be tested continually, at least until 3 weeks have passed from when his exposure to Ebola occurred. Another breaking story is that firefighters in Alabama dressed in hazardous material protective gear, opened a command post at the Shuttlesworth-International Airport earlier today. Why? Because a passenger on-board a flight that arrived there showed symptoms of an Ebola infection. All passengers and crew were told to remain on the plane. (Updated: They’ve been released.)

If you want to learn more about the Ebola virus, please read this article on the subject.

In Memoriam: Deputy Sheriff Michael Naylor

--How come this is not all over the national news? 
How come the shooting of a Chicago Police Captain is not all over the nattional news? 
All I see is a B/S video of some moron in Hammond, IN getting exactly what he deserved. Or people protesting against the police in Missouri for a good shooting.
People need to be start being taught all over again that we live in a Republic based on the rule of law and we have a democratic form of government.
The media really needs to start getting things right and stop contributing to the fueling of violence in this country.--


Deputy Sheriff Michael Naylor

Midland County Sheriff's Office, Texas
End of Watch: Thursday, October 9, 2014

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available
Tour: Not available
Badge # Not available
Cause: Gunfire
Incident Date: 10/9/2014
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect: In custody

Deputy Sheriff Mike Naylor was shot and killed as he and other deputies served a warrant on a child sexual predator at a home on the 3800 block of North County Road 1247.

The deputies came under fire during the warrant service and Deputy Naylor was struck in the head. He was transported to Midland Memorial Hospital where he later succumbed to his wound. A second deputy was also transported to the hospital with breathing difficulties following the incident.

The subject who shot Deputy Naylor was taken into custody a short time later.

Deputy Naylor was assigned to the Mental Health Unit and also served as the department's Honor Guard commander.

Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Sheriff Gary Painter
Midland County Sheriff's Office
PO Box 11287
Midland, TX 79702
Phone: (432) 688-4600

Thursday, October 9, 2014

In Memoriam: K9 Baron

K9 Baron
St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, Florida
End of Watch: Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Bio & Incident Details

Breed: German Shepherd
Age: 2
Gender: M
Tour: Not available
Cause: Drowned
Incident Date: 10/7/2014
Weapon: Person
Suspect: In custody

K9 Baron drowned while apprehending a suspect wanted for felony narcotics distribution.

The subject had fled on foot after deputies responded to a disturbance at a home on Twin Aspen Circle. K9 Baron and his handler were tracking the man when they came upon a fence. His handler lifted him over the fence, and as the handler went over the fence she heard K9 Baron engage the suspect. She located Baron a short time later in a body of water. It is believed that the man intentionally drowned Baron during the Baron's apprehension.

The subject continued to flee but turned himself in the following day.

K9 Baron had served with the St. John's County Sheriff's Office for 1-1/2 years and conducted tracking and apprehension missions.

Condolences may be sent to:

St. Johns County Sheriff's Office
4015 Lewis Speedway
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Bankruptcy judge's ruling that California city's pensions can be cut could have big impact

--This could be a very, very bad thing for alot of public employees across the country.--

-ABA Journal-

Posted Oct 02, 2014 12:46 pm CDT

By Terry Carter

A U.S. bankruptcy judge in Sacramento has ruled that the city of Stockton’s retirement-fund obligations to employees can be treated just like other debts in a proposed Chapter 9 reorganization, the Los Angeles Times reports.

In previous bankruptcy cases of other California cities, California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) had been successful in keeping the funds from being subject to downward adjustments that might be applied to other creditors. According to the Associated Press, the city’s attorney had argued that Stockton pensioners could take as much as a 60-percent cut if the judge rejects the city’s reorganization plan.

The ruling could affect financially troubled cities, public employees and their pension managers around the country, if relied upon by judges in other jurisdictions. “I would be surprised if other courts did not find the same thing,” said Stetson University law professor Theresa J. Pulley Radwan to the Times.

CalPERS argued in court that the pensions are protected by state law. But U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein, of the Eastern District of California, ruling from the bench said that the state employee-retirement law “is simply invalid in the face of the supremacy clause of the United States Constitution.”

Klein did not yet decide whether to approve Stockton’s bankruptcy plan, which would call for repaying creditors but not cutting pension payments, and the next court date is set for Oct. 30.

“I need to reflect more carefully,” the judge added.

CalPERS attorney Michael Gerin said, “We disagree with his decision, but we don’t think it’s binding in the future.”

At the time Stockton filed for Chapter 9 protection in 2012, it was the largest city in the nation ever to do so; in 2013, Detroit took over that position. The AP reports that the city had reached repayment deals for all its major creditors aside from Franklin Templeton Investments, which brought this suit.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Ill. authorities find fugitives with #WarrantWednesday

--This is a great idea. All departments should put a program like this in place.--

-Police One-

October 07, 2014

Social media engages public and encourages them to assist law enforcement by providing locations of fugitives with outstanding warrants
Kankakee County Sheriff's Office Press Release

KANKAKEE, Ill. — The Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office recently began a new initiative called, “#WarrantWednesday” where the use of social media engages the public and encourages them to assist law enforcement by providing the locations of fugitives with outstanding warrants.

“We have been putting fugitives on our website for years,” said Kankakee County Undersheriff Michael Downey. “We started releasing information on random warrants in early August on our social media in an effort to engage those who utilize social media and are constantly attached to their smart phones and other electronic media. We had no idea it was going to grow into such a phenomenon.”

Alyssa Smith is one such fugitive found through the #WarrantWednesday posts. She taunted the sheriff's office with this Snapchat photo. (Photo provided by Kankakee County Sheriff's Office)
Since the Sheriff’s Office’s first #WarrantWednesday post in early August 2014, 15 of their 31 posted fugitives have been apprehended, bringing their success rate to an unbelievable 48%.

“In past years, we’ve seen arrest warrants remain outstanding in our system for years,” mentioned Downey. “In fact, we’ve had to purge them before due to attrition where investigating/reporting officers, as well as witnesses, have either retired, moved, passed on, etc. The fact that we’ve seen some of these subjects apprehended within thirty minutes of posting them to our social media sites is simply amazing and a credit to the public for assisting law enforcement in capturing these individuals.”

“While some members of the community have expressed concerns over some of the warrants that they consider to be “less severe”, it is important to remember that the Sheriff’s Office does not issue arrest warrants. We simply execute the warrants on behalf of the judge’s orders. We do not use our discretion in determining which ones we want to serve and which ones we want to disregard in hopes of catching the ‘bigger fish’,” Downey continued.

The Sheriff’s Office wishes to thank the community at large for their assistance in cooperation with the recently introduced program. The number of calls that have come into CrimeStoppers (an agency that pays monetary rewards to anonymous citizens for providing information to law enforcement) has increased substantially.

If you think you may have an outstanding warrant in Kankakee County, you can report directly to the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office (3000 S Justice Way, Kankakee, IL) and speak with an investigator/deputy, or turn yourself in at the Jerome Combs Detention Center. Those who turn themselves in on an outstanding warrant and have the appropriate funds to post bond will be processed and released in a timely manner by our Corrections Division.

To those who fear the embarrassment from being on a future post, the Sheriff’s Office has a message….”Don’t miss your court dates and don’t break the law and you won’t have a warrant issued for your arrest. It’s that simple”

1 dead, 1 in custody after Englewood standoff; wounded police captain expected to survive

--I listened to this live for most of the night. 
Great job by Chicago PD and all the assisting agencies. They evacuated the building and set up a secure scene for SWAT to work in.
And, it sounds like the CPD Captain will recover just fine.--

-ABC7 Chicago-

Tanja Babich and Diane Pathieu
Wednesday, October 08, 2014

A six-hour standoff in the 7200-block of South Lowe Avenue left Captain Ed Kulbida wounded, one suspect dead and one suspect in custody.

The standoff ended just before midnight. Police found one person dead and apprehended another suspect upon entering the apartment building.

"They used a flash bang and there was still no response. At that point it was time to make entry. They did it in a progressive fashion. I was listening to it the whole time. They did it perfectly. They did a really outstanding job," Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said.

Police have not said how the suspect died - if police shot and killed him or if he killed himself. But multiple sources said Daniel Brown, 42, is one of the suspects involved in the standoff. Police have not named either of the suspects.

The standoff began around 6 p.m. Tuesday when Chicago police and U.S. marshals were serving a murder warrant for Brown in the city's Englewood neighborhood.

Brown was wanted in connection with three shootings and a carjacking in Indiana Saturday night. He was seen in surveillance video taken from an Indianapolis motel, according to the ABC affiliate there. Police said he took off from the area after the incidents and hasn't been found since.

Brown used to live in Chicago. His current address is listed in Indianapolis. Relatives said his sister lives in the South Side building where the standoff took place.

Brown's family in Chicago said he is a former member of the military and had been suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. They think he may not have been taking his medicine.

When police arrived to serve the warrant for Brown, someone opened fire from the first floor.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Chicago's Annual Purge???

Not that the police have enough to worry about on any given day, but now some jerkoff comes up with this for Halloween.

This is asking for a tragedy on so many levels it is not even funny.

Imagine, it is 10:00 at night, it is dark, you are cruising down an alley and someone jumps out with a gun in their hands.

I know exactly what I would do without hesitation, I would shoot the person. Why? Because how the hell do I know it is an airsoft or a BB gun in a dark alley at night.

The tragedy is, it turns out to be a 14 year old kid following some stupid flyer he got.

I can guarantee it would be ruled a clean shoot but then I have to live with that and so does the kids family. So who wins? NOBODY!!!!!!!



Heroin task force to battle growing drug problem in Chicago suburbs

--What good is a task force if there is no serious intent to try and actually deal with the problem.
I do not mean on the law enforcement end, but on the political end.
Money needs to be spent on giving law enforcement the proper tools and authority to attack this problem in new and inventive ways.
Parents need to be told "Yes, it is your kid". And they need to be made to understand that is ok to be nosy with their kids.
We already know it is a problem. We don't need some political task force to tell us.--

-ABC7 Chicago-

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk said more than 390 people in Lake, DuPage, McHenry, Will and Kane counties have died from a heroin overdose since 2012.
U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has launched a task force he says will tackle surging incidents of heroin abuse in suburban Chicago.

Joining the Illinois Republican in launching the Suburban Anti-Heroin Task Force on Monday were Lake County State's Attorney Mike Nerheim and DuPage County Coroner Dr. Rich Jorgensen.

According to Kirk, people often think suburban children are immune from drug addiction. He noted that since 2012, more than 390 people in Lake, DuPage, McHenry, Will and Kane counties have died from a heroin overdose.

Kirk also pointed out the importance of the intranasal spray Narcan in the fight to save lives during an overdose. He pointed out that between January and October in DuPage County the spray was 100 percent successful, saving each of the 22 people it was used on.

Instead of ticket, Mich. cop buys girl booster seat

--This is a great story.
Things like this happen thousands of times a day across the country, yet the media never reports on it.
I guess only the missteps are news worthy.
You will have to go to the website if you want to see the video. It won't allow me to embed it here.--

-Police One-

October 07, 2014

Officer who pulled over a vehicle because a 5-year-old girl wasn't secured in a booster seat decided a ticket wouldn't cut it

Associated Press

EMMETT TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A Michigan officer who pulled over a vehicle because a 5-year-old girl wasn't secured in a booster seat decided a ticket wouldn't cut it.

Instead, Emmett Township public safety officer Ben Hall bought her a seat.

"A ticket doesn't solve the situation," Hall told WXMI-TV. "What solves it is the child being in the booster seat like she should be. It was the easiest 50 bucks I ever spent."

Hall was on patrol Friday in the southern Michigan community when he pulled over the vehicle after someone reported that it had an unsecured young child inside. Alexis DeLorenzo and her daughter were riding with a friend, and Hall said DeLorenzo told him that she had fallen on hard times and couldn't afford a booster seat.

"I was in a spot where I could help her," Hall said.

DeLorenzo said she knew that they could have been ticketed, but instead, DeLorenzo told her to meet him at a Wal-Mart, where he bought her the seat.

"It changed my life," DeLorenzo said. "I'm never going to forget him. And neither will my daughter."

Cop killer's commencement speech leads to new Pa. bill

--None of this would be an issue if they would make the killing of a first responder in the line of duty a federal crime with the death penalty attached.
There are to many liberal states that don't believe in the death penalty.
This was an insult to the officer's family and to the Philadelphia Police Department.--

-Police One-


Bill would prevent offenders from causing their victims "mental anguish"

Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett says he supports a bill that would prevent offenders from causing their victims "mental anguish" in the wake of a Vermont college's decision to choose a convicted cop killer as a commencement speaker.

Corbett said Monday at a Capitol event that no one has the right to taunt victims of their violent crimes. It came one day after Mumia Abu-Jamal (moo-MEE'-ah AH'-boo jah-MAHL') gave a recorded address to about 20 graduates at Goddard College.

The bill advanced out of a House committee Monday. It would allow victims to go to court for an injunction against "conduct which perpetuates the continuing effects of the crime on the victim."
Abu-Jamal is serving life in prison for killing Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981.

Hammond family claims police overstepped their authority during traffic stop

--And another Facebook lawyer learns his lesson.
I do not understand why people continue to believe they can just disobey a lawful request or order from a police officer? 
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled time and time again that on a traffic stop the police have the right to ask all occupants for identification and/or to step out of the car.--

-My Fox Chicago-


Posted: Oct 06, 2014 8:27 PM CST
Updated: Oct 07, 2014 6:55 AM CST
By Dane Placko, FOX 32 News Investigative Reporter

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

It started as a simple traffic stop and ended with a taser, tears and arrest -- and it was all caught on camera.

A family from Hammond said the video is dramatic evidence of police out of control. But Hammond police said they were left with no choice when one of the passengers refused a simple request.

The moment captured on cellphone video is now at the center of a lawsuit against Hammond police.

"The whole situation was just crazy," said Lisa Mahone.

Mahone, her boyfriend Jamal Jones, and Mahone's two children – 14-year-old Joseph and 7-year-old Janiya -- were driving in Hammond in late September. They were headed to Stroger Hospital in Chicago, where Mahone said doctors had called and said her mother was near death.

"I said 'oh my God, he's pulling me over like I robbed a bank,'" Mahone said.

Hammond police officers pulled Mahone over because she wasn't wearing a seat belt. She said she gave them her license and insurance card, but then things escalated when they asked for her boyfriend's ID.

With her son recording on his cellphone in the backseat, Mahone dialed 911.

"I gave him my license and insurance. I also let him know at the beginning to please hurry up because my mom is about to die," Mahone told 911.

Jones said he didn't have an ID to give to police because he recently got a ticket. When he reached into his book bag in the back seat to get the ticket, police drew their guns.

"I don't know you and I don't know what you're going to do," an officer told Jones. He responded, "That's why I have my windows up. I'm not no harm to you right now. I got my kids in the car and you're drawing your weapon."

Jones told FOX 32 News, "So once the kids were scared, I wasn't gonna get out of the car and leave my kids in the car. He was being so aggressive."

Jones then tried to give the ticket with his ID to police, but they refused to take it. He then asked the officers if they have a supervisor on the scene.

"You all got a white shirt?" Jones said. The officer responded, "Look at my shoulder dumb***. I got bars."

Police then continued to order Jones out of the car.

"You're going to come out of the car one way or another. You want your kids to see you come out through the window?" the officer said.

Mahone then again called 911 for a supervisor to come to the scene.

"I am scared. And the man--pulled a gun out. A gun! Why do my kids have to see that," Mahone told 911.

Three minutes after that call, police took action.

"Ma'am are you going to open the vehicle?" the officer said.

Mahone responded, "Why do you say somebody's not gonna hurt you? People are getting shot by the police--"

Suddenly, police broke open the window and tased Jones. Mahone's daughter began crying in the backseat after being sprayed with glass.

"I was just so sad. It was horrible," said daughter Janiya.

Police charged Jones with resisting law enforcement and refusal to aid an officer. The couple filed a federal lawsuit against Hammond police on Monday, with their attorney Dana Kurtz alleging the video shows officers clearly overstepped their authority.

"They had no probable cause, one, to even ask Jamal to get out of the car, or two, to engage in excessive force in tasering and arresting him," Kurtz said.

In a statement, Hammond police defend the officer's actions:

"The Hammond police officers were at all times acting in the interest of officer safety and in accordance with Indiana law... In general, police officers who make legal traffic stops are allowed to ask passengers inside of a stopped vehicle for identification and to request that they exit a stopped vehicle for the officer's safety without a requirement of reasonable suspicion."

Kurtz responded, "There was absolutely no search, no nothing to suggest there was criminal activity going on. And certainly not anything that would authorize to taser someone and pull them out of the car and shatter glass into the back seat with children present."

One of the officers involved in the confrontation has been involved in two prior excessive force lawsuits, with the City of Hammond making payouts to settle both cases.

Hammond police also said the officers wanted to write Jones a seat-belt ticket as well, which is why they asked for his ID. But Jones said he was wearing his belt and the cops never told him that.

FOX 32's Joanie Lum contributed to this story.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Berkeley officer shot 'aggressive' pit bull off its leash

--Of course they are filing a lawsuit. That is what people do, all the time.--

-ABC7 Chicago-

A west suburban Berkley woman plans on filing a lawsuit Monday after a police officer shot her pit bull.

Monday, October 06, 2014
BERKELY, Ill. (WLS) --

Berkeley police said an officer responding to multiple reports of a "loose, vicious" dog in the 1100-block of Taft Avenue was forced to fire at a pit bull that came at him aggressively.

The dog is expected to recover. But Gina Stone, the pit bull's owner, told ABC7 Eyewitness News that she plans to file a lawsuit.

Police received a number of calls from residents who said the gray pit bull was running in the street off its leash, with two barefoot, unsupervised children chasing the dog with sticks and poles. Stone said her dog was outside with her children Friday evening.

One caller said he tried to round up the pit bull, but said the dog bared its teeth, growled and advanced at him in an aggressive manner. He said he went back inside and called 911.

Officers responded to the scene around 5:10 p.m. Friday and found the pit bull in the parkway. They said the dog displayed the same aggressive behavior toward one officer, who tried to create space between himself and the pit bull more than once. When the pit bull lunged a third time, the officer fired and struck the dog in the facial area.

"It's not right. It wasn't right for my kids to see that, it wasn't fair to the dog for that to happen," Stone said. Police said neither the owner nor the children were outside at the time of the shooting.

Officers were able to corral the pit bull about 45 minutes later, after chasing the dog through the neighborhood. Police took the pit bull to DuPage Animal Hospital, where the dog was released to Stone.

All dogs must be kept on a leash in Berkley and supervised by their owners. Stone was cited for a vicious dog at large, no village dog license and disorderly conduct.

Trooper gets in brawl at beer event, arrested for being intoxicated, disruptive, resisting officer

--Looks like he got whooped as well as being arrested.--

-ABC7 Chicago-

Kenneth Ray Snead (image courtesy Raleigh-Wake City-County Bureau of Identification)
Friday, October 03, 2014

CARY, N.C. --

A 47-year-old North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper was arrested in Cary Saturday.

Kenneth Ray Snead is charged with being intoxicated and disruptive and resisting an officer.

The arrest happened at the "World of Beer" in Renaissance Park Place.

Investigators said there was a bar fight involving three people. They were kicked out into the parking lot where one of the three left.

Two remained and allegedly were continuing to brawl when Cary police officers arrived.
Cary police said it took three officers to get Snead under control as he bounced off a car and landed on the concrete - suffering cuts to his face.

The other man allegedly involved, 46-year-old John Lauby of Fayetteville, was charged with being intoxicated and disruptive and carrying a concealed weapon.

The NC Highway Patrol said Snead, a first sergeant, has been placed on administrative duty pending an internal investigation.

High court begins term with case on police actions

 --Should make for a very interesting session--

 -Police One-

A case from NC turns on whether an officer's mistaken belief about a state law still can justify a traffic stop that led to the discovery of cocaine

By Mark Sherman
Associated Press

WASHINGTON — People can't plead ignorance of the law to excuse a violation. The first case of the new Supreme Court term Monday tests whether there's a double standard when it comes to the police.

A case from North Carolina turns on whether an officer's mistaken belief about a state law still can justify a traffic stop that led to the discovery of cocaine.

The justices are beginning their fifth year together, and Chief Justice John Roberts is at the start of his 10th year at the head of the high court.

Their term could be one for the ages if they decide, as seems likely, to take on the issue of same-sex marriage and settle once and for all whether gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marry.

But before they get there, the court has an array of cases involving:

—Religious, employment and housing discrimination;

—The drawing of political districts in Alabama and Arizona;

—A dispute between Congress and the president over passports that is heavy with Middle East politics;

—The use of a law to prevent document shredding against a fisherman accused of throwing undersized red grouper overboard, and

—The prosecution of a self-styled rapper whose Facebook postings threatened his estranged wife, an FBI agent and area schools.

Monday's argument on the police action involves an appeal by Nicholas Heien, whose Ford Escort was pulled over when an officer saw that the right rear brake light wasn't working, although the left one was. The officer found cocaine during an ensuing search, and Heien was later convicted of drug trafficking.

Typically, evidence found in a car that has been pulled over for a valid reason can be used against a defendant. But North Carolina's quirky traffic laws mandate that only one brake light on a car be functioning.

The case tests whether the officer's mistaken understanding of the law makes the traffic stop unreasonable and the search a violation of Heien's constitutional rights. A divided state Supreme Court said the mistake was reasonable enough to justify the routine traffic stop.

The next day, the justices will take up the case of Arkansas prison inmate Gregory Holt, who says his Muslim beliefs require him to grow a half-inch beard. Arkansas prison officials permit no beards, with the exception of inmates with certain skin conditions, who can have beards a quarter-inch long.

Prison officials say their rule is a matter of security because beards can be used to hide prohibited items, and 18 states are backing the state's argument. But groups across the political spectrum and the Obama administration say Holt has a right to grow a beard under a federal law aimed at protecting prisoners' religious rights. More than 40 states already allow beards, with little evidence that inmates have tried to hide prohibited items in them.

Last term, the court bitterly divided over the religious rights of family-owned corporations that objected to paying for women's contraceptives under President Barack Obama's health care law. The Gregory Holt case appears likely to unite the court, said University of Notre Dame law professor Richard Garnett. "I think there's every reason to expect agreement among the justices that Arkansas hasn't even come close to satisfying the burden," Garnett said.

The court's calendar this fall also includes a foray into the online world. Anthony Elonis of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is challenging his conviction for using Facebook to post threats of violence. The issue in Elonis' case is whether he had to intend to make the threats. The government argues that the proper measure is whether a reasonable person would feel threatened.

Elonis said his online postings should be considered speech that is protected by the First Amendment, and that he used the forum to vent his frustration over a series of events that included the loss of his job and the breakup of his marriage.

"When you look at this guy's entire Facebook feed, he literally thinks he's the next Eminem," said Hashim Mooppan, a lawyer with the Jones Day law firm in Washington and a former law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia, in a reference to the rap artist.

Beyond individual cases on the court's docket, court observers across the political spectrum are using the milestone 10th year to offer assessments of Roberts and the court he leads.

The court's record on gay rights is comparable to its embrace of civil rights for African-Americans in the 1950s and 1960s under Chief Justice Earl Warren, said University of Chicago law professor David Strauss. "The court will go down in history as one that was on the frontiers of establishing rights for gays and lesbians," Strauss said, even though the chief justice has mainly been in dissent.

But the Roberts court also has rolled back campaign finance limits, upheld abortion restrictions and been generally skeptical of the consideration of race in public life, in decisions driven by a conservative five-justice majority.

To liberals, Roberts has ignored his promise during Senate confirmation hearings to be modest, "instead using the power of court to move dramatically to the right," Brianne Gorod of the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center.

Some conservatives meanwhile are dismayed by what they see as Roberts' unwillingness to take big steps on key issues, and they have yet to forgive his vote to uphold Obama's health care law in 2012. Roger Pilon, a vice president of the libertarian Cato Institute, wrote in Cato's Supreme Court review that "missed opportunities can become lost opportunities."

With the court closely divided on key issues, a change on the bench can mean the difference between victory and defeat. That was indeed the case with the replacement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor with Justice Samuel Alito, affecting outcomes in cases on abortion, race and campaign finance.

Weekends in October

With the Statesville Haunted Prison going on this month the weekends will be pretty tough for me to be around.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Proposed Amendments and Addition to the Illinois Constitution

I have fielded several calls in the past few days concerning the booklet that was mailed out to Illinois voters outlining proposed changes to the Illinois Constitution on the ballot for the November 4th elections.

I have reviewed both proposals and have made a few inquiries to those smarter than I and it has been found that nothing in these two proposals is a threat in any way to any of the Illinois pension systems.

Please feel free to vote as you wish concerning these proposals.

Bratton: Corrupt Cops Will be Weeded Out

--Let's face it, every industry has its bad apples. We have billionaires going to prison all the time for corrupt actions. All we can do is keep pushing forward and doing whatever it takes to project that positive image.--

Newsday On Oct 3, 2014
Source: Anthony M. Destefano

NYPD Commissioner William Bratton kicked off an all-day conference with his executive staff by saying the department was "in a good place" fighting crime, but added that some cops are "brutal, corrupt, racist and incompetent" and will be aggressively weeded out.

Bratton's remarks came as he spoke to 800 NYPD executive officers and staff at the new $800 million state-of-the-art police academy in College Point, Queens. Commanders from all precincts and assorted commands gathered for soup-to-nuts presentations about everything from Bratton's re-engineering program to the state of terrorism.

In his 18-minute opening statement, Bratton said the watchword under his leadership is "collaboration."

Bratton said he wants "proactive leadership," which could build trust and improve how the NYPD interacts with minority communities, neighborhoods which he said still bear the brunt of serious crime in the city.

"Too many of our poor are still living in uncertainty," Bratton said. "The bulk of the crime that is occurring is still in those neighborhoods."Bratton acknowledged the bad publicity following disclosure of recent arrest videos, such as in the Eric Garner case.

Bratton said there were some officers who have no business carrying a badge.

"The reality is that at the moment there are some in this organization who shouldn't be here," Bratton said. "There are a few, a very few in this large organization, who just don't get it . . . when they take that oath . . . they commit to obeying the law."