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The Chicago Way: Mayor Lightfoot defends police Superintendent Johnson after FOP issues “no confidence” vote against him

Birds of a feather…(Chicago Sun Times photo)

Imagine this: You are out having a couple of drinks. You get into your car and start driving. You suddenly feel “ill” and pull over. You then fall asleep.

A cop then comes up to your car window and finds you sleeping behind the wheel.

You think that cop is going to let you go on your merry way or are you going to get a DUI?

Well, if you live in Chicago and are the police superintendent – it’s your lucky day!

On October 19, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was out at dinner and had a “couple” drinks. He then pulled over and fell asleep at a stop sign while driving home. Johnson says the incident was related to a change in his blood pressure medication. More details from The Guardian:

“Superintendent Eddie Johnson did not mention having anything to drink when he spoke to reporters on Thursday night and a department spokesman said the officers who responded to a 911 call reporting a man asleep in a car at a stop sign did not observe any signs of impairment.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot told the Chicago Sun-Times on Friday she agreed with Eddie Johnson’s decision to request an internal affairs investigation.

“It was the right thing,” Lightfoot said. “We’ll see how that plays itself out.”

The police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said: “While we have no indication of impropriety at this time, this question can only be answered by the internal affairs investigation.”

Guglielmi said on Thursday: “There were no charges of intoxication, no information of intoxication as far as I know.”

Johnson told reporters on Thursday evening he was driving home at about 12.30am after having let his driver go home, when he felt lightheaded. He said he pulled over and fell asleep.

Officers allowed him to drive home and did not administer a breathalyzer or a field sobriety test. Johnson said officers do such tests only when a motorist appears impaired or officers smell alcohol or cannabis.”

Read about the whole incident here.

A week after the incident, Mayor Lori Lightfoot was coming to his defense. According to the Chicago Tribune, Lightfoot defended Johnson’s tenure as Chicago’s top cop saying “he has sacrificed a tremendous amount for the city” even as a watchdog probes the mysterious incident where police last week found him asleep in his car.

The same day Lightfoot expressed her support for the “top cop,” the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police issued a vote of no confidence against Johnson.

Johnson boycotted the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference on the 26th where President Trump delivered a well-received speech to law enforcement. Johnson cited “personal values” as the reason he chose to boycott saying, “I have to take into account, not just my personal feelings about it, but our core values as a city. We are nothing without trust and with some of our communities under siege, it just doesn’t line up with our city’s core values along with my personal values.”

No wonder Chiraq is such a mess. With “leaders” like this, nothing will every change in that city.

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Gun-controlled Chiraq: 15 people shot, 2 killed this past Tuesday

Chiraq Mayor Lori Lightfoot

Hey Mayor Lightfoot: Gun control laws still aren’t working in your gang- infested city.

From MyFoxChicago: Fifteen people were shot — two of them fatally — Tuesday in incidents of gun violence across Chicago, including an 18-year-old man who was gunned down in a Pilsen alleyway.

About 1:25 a.m., officers responded to calls of shots fired in the 1600 block of South Loomis Street and found Eduardo Rendon with multiple gunshot wounds to the neck and chest, Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. Over a dozen shell casings could be observed at the scene of the shooting.

He was taken to the University of Illinois in Chicago Hospital where he was pronounced dead, authorities said. An autopsy released Tuesday found he died from multiple gunshot wounds and ruled his death a homicide.

The day’s first shooting claimed the life of a 27-year-old man in Vittum Park on the Southwest Side.
He was standing on the sidewalk about 12:45 a.m. in the 4700 block of South Cicero Avenue when someone walked up to him and opened fire, police said.

He was struck multiple times in the chest and rushed to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he was pronounced dead, police said. An autopsy released Tuesday said he died from his gunshot wounds and ruled his death a homicide, the medical examiner’s office said. His identity has not been released.

In non-fatal incidents, seven people were wounded in less than an hour in a series of shootings across the West Side, including four teenage males shot in West Town.

Read about all the shootings here.

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This is Chiraq: 8 killed, 40 wounded during another weekend of violence

Chiraq Mayor Lori Lightfoot

As usual, the good Chiraq mayor is silent about her city’s gang and gun violence. She’s too busy being mad at President Trump for speaking the truth about Baltimore.

From MyFoxChicago: At least 48 people were shot — eight fatally — in incidents of gun violence within city limits over the weekend.

Shootings escalated as the weekend went on: Nine people were wounded Friday after 5 p.m., 15 were shot Saturday and Sunday saw 24 people shot.

On Sunday, 3-year-old boy died from what Chicago police said may be an accidental gunshot wound in South Deering.

Family members told police they were in the another room in the 9600 block of South Escanaba when they heard a gunshot at about 4:15 p.m., CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. They rushed to see what happened and found the boy with the gun. He suffered a gunshot wound to the face, police said.

Family members took the boy to Trinity Hospital where he was pronounced dead, Guglielmi said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office hasn’t provided details about his death.

The Department of Children and Family Services has been called in to assist police investigations, Guglielmi said.

Last weekend, shootings left three dead and 40 others wounded.

Read about all the shootings here.

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Chiraq Mayor Lightfoot caught on hot mic calling police union leader a clown

Chiraq Mayor Lori Lightfoot

What a role model leader you elected, Chiraq.

From MyFoxChicago: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was caught on a microphone insulting a police union leader aloud on Wednesday.

It’s no secret that Mayor Lightfoot does not get along with the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP).

However, it was still surprising when, during the City Council meeting, she was caught on a microphone insulting the group’s second in command.

As Patrick Murray got up to speak, Lightfoot could be heard saying, “oh, back again, this FOP clown.”

The mayor later said she should not have made the remarks out loud.

Murray was at the council meeting to support the officers who were fired by the police board last week for their involvement in the Laquan McDonald shooting.

The FOP released a statement saying the remark is, “a misguided and dangerous thing to say to a 30-year veteran police officer, particularly at a time when the city is facing such chronic violent crime.”

Last month, Murray accused the mayor of not including the police union on discussions involving public safety and police reform. The mayor accused him of trying to block those reforms.

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This is Chiraq: 43 shot (2 killed) during weekend violence

Chiraq Mayor Lori Lightfoot

Guess the thugs missed the “crime cancellation” notice.

From MyFoxChicago: At least 43 people were wounded — two of them fatally — in gun violence incidents within city limits over the weekend.

The weekend’s latest fatal shooting happened Friday in Englewood on the South Side. About 11:51 p.m., Reginald Watkins, 23, was was sitting in a vehicle in the 6200 block of South Laflin Street, Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. He got into an argument with a group of people across the street and gunfire rang out.

Watkins was hit in the chest and ran to the corner of 62nd and Laflin where he collapsed, authorities said. He was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center where he later died.

Earlier, another man was fatally wounded in a drive-by a few miles south in Fernwood. He was in a vehicle about 7:20 p.m. in the 200 block of West 105th Place when a silver-colored vehicle drove past and someone inside opened fire, police said. The man, 21, was hit multiple times on his body, police said. He took himself to Roseland Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

In non-fatal gun violence, seven people were hurt in a shootout Saturday near Fullerton beach in Lincoln Park on the North Side.

About 3:20 a.m., a group of people walking towards the lakefront in the first block of West Fullerton Parkway got into an argument with a group that was leaving, police said.

People from both groups pulled out guns and opened fire after the argument escalated, police said.
Three women — 28, 27 and 24 years old — were taken to local hospitals with gunshot wounds to the leg, arm and shoulder, respectively, police said. Two men, 28 and 25, were both shot in the leg and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Those five people were in good condition, police said.

At least 31 others were hurt in gun violence incidents from 5 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday across Chicago. Last weekend, shootings left nine people dead and 32 others wounded.

Read the whole story here.

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Mayor Lightfoot silent as shootings/killings keep piling up in Chiraq

Chiraq Mayor Lori Lightfoot

The good homosexual, WOC Chiraq Mayor, Lori Lightfoot, is completely ignoring the continued shootings in her city – a whopping 1,414 shot with 251 killed to date. This despite the fact that she promised to “confront chronic gun violence” in order to get elected.

See my recent Chiraq posts:

This is Chiraq: 45 shot – 4 fatally – during weekend violence
Chiraq Mayor Lori Lightfoot holds “accountability” meeting after another weekend of gun violence
This is Chiraq: 20 shot, 4 fatally, in the first weekend of summer
After most deadly weekend of violence this year, Chiraq still racking up the shootings (24 as of Wednesday)

This past weekend was more of the same: 9 killed, 32 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings.

While gun/gang violence continues to plague the city, guess what the mayor is focusing on? Some of her recent press releases:

“Statement from Mayor Lightfoot on the Rescue of the Alligator in the Humboldt Park Lagoon”
“Mayor Lightfoot Announces Additional Protections and Resources for Chicago’s Immigrant and Refugee Communities”
“Statement from Mayor Lightfoot on President Trump’s Decision on 2020 Census”
“Mayor Lightfoot and BACP Launch ChiBizPride Campaign to Celebrate LGBTQ+ Small Business Owners”
“Statement from Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot on Governor J.B. Pritzker Signing the Reproductive Health Act into Law”

There’s not ONE press release in the last two months that addresses the gun and gang violence in her city.

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Gun control, Chiraq style: Fourth of July Edition

As I checked the shooting numbers in Chiraq over the holiday weekend (mostly from MyFoxChicago), the numbers kept going up, up and up! Good thing Chicago Police added 1,500 officers to the streets for the holiday weekend…

Mayor Lightfoot’s “Accountability Monday” meeting should be a blast…

Friday morning: 3 stabbed, 14 trampled at Navy Pier after Fourth of July fireworks (no shootings yet bonus gang violence in the form of knife attacks)

Friday morning: 16 shot, 2 fatally in Fourth of July gun violence across Chicago

Friday at 4:00 pm: 34 shot — 4 fatally — over Fourth of July weekend

Saturday at 6:30 pm: 41 shot — 5 fatally — over Fourth of July weekend

Sunday morning: No total shot headline on MyFoxChicago but the headline from Chicago Tribune: Multiple victims the norm in shootings Saturday into Sunday as holiday weekend wears on (18 people were shot from Saturday to Sunday in a night that saw several bursts of gun violence on the South Side that left three or more people wounded by a single shooter at least three times)

Sunday at 3:00 pm: 64 shot — 5 fatally — over Fourth of July weekend

Sunday at 6:00 pm: 66 shot — 5 fatally — over Fourth of July weekend

Sunday at 9:00 pm: 68 shot, 5 fatally, in 4th of July weekend gun violence across Chicago

For the final grand total number of shootings, see heyjackass.com.

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This is Chiraq: 45 shot – 4 fatally – during weekend violence

New Chiraq Mayor Lori Lightfoot

Expect the numbers to go up since I scheduled this early Sunday afternoon.

Given the level of violence this city has seen since Mayor Lori Lightfoot assumed office (see here, here and here), Monday’s “Accountability Meeting” should be a blast.

From MyFoxChicago: Citywide gun violence since 5 p.m. Friday left at least four people dead and 41 others hurt.

The weekend’s latest fatal shooting happened Saturday in West Lawn. A witness reported that an 18-year-old man was arguing with a male in an alley about 11:13 p.m. in the 6000 block of South Komensky Avenue, Chicago police said. The male pulled out a gun and fired several rounds before running off. The man was struck multiple times, and taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he later died, police said.

A few hours earlier, a man was shot to death in Gresham on the South Side. Andre Lyons, 32, was on a street about 2:05 p.m. in the 7600 block of South Aberdeen Street when an unknown person unleashed gunfire, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. He was struck in the head and once in the back. He was taken to Christ Medical Center where he died, authorities said. He lived in the same block where he was shot.

Near dawn, a man was found shot to death in East Garfield Park. About 5:33 a.m., residents in the 3200 block of West Huron Street heard gunfire and then found Tavaris Trimble, 26, unresponsive in a gangway, authorities said. The man had three gunshot wounds and officers recovered a weapon near the body, authorities said. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

On Friday, another man was killed in the same neighborhood. Henry Daniels, 52, was shot multiple times in the abdomen, leg and back and was taken to Norwegian American Hospital, where he died, police and the medical examiner’s office said.

The shooting happened about 7:20 p.m. in the 3200 block of West Walnut Street, authorities said.
Area North detectives are conducting a homicide investigation.

In non-fatal gun violence, five people were wounded Saturday on the Near West Side. The group was on the street about 2:32 a.m. in the 2400 block of West Jackson Boulevard when someone unleashed gunfire, police said. They all took themselves to area hospitals.

A 22-year-old woman went to the University of Illinois Medical Center with a gunshot wound to her leg, police said. Her condition was stabilized.

Four others went to Stroger Hospital, police said. Two 28-year-old men shot in the leg and back and a 54-year-old man hit in the back had their conditions stabilized. A 49-year-old woman who was shot in the chin is in serious condition.

Neither witnesses nor victims saw who did the shooting or know where the rounds came from, police said. Area North detectives are investigating.

A bullet struck the side of an apartment building on the street, but the man who was sleeping in one of units said he didn’t hear any gunfire. “I was woken up by the police lights,” Giovanni said. He only gave his first name for fear of getting recognized by the large group of people he said gather on the corner nearly every weekend.

At least 36 others were hurt in gun violence incidents over the weekend.

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This is Chiraq: 20 shot, 4 fatally, in the first weekend of summer

New Chiraq Mayor Lori Lightfoot

Same story year after year…

From MyFoxChicago: Shootings across Chicago’s city limits since Friday evening left four people dead and at least 16 more wounded in the first official weekend of the summer.

On Sunday, a 28-year-old man was killed in Englewood. The man was found about 3:54 a.m. in the 7300 block of South Oakley Avenue by officers responding to a ShotSpotter alert, Chicago police said. He was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with a gunshot wound to his neck and was later pronounced dead.

In Saturday’s only fatal shooting, a 49-year-old woman was found with a gunshot wound to the head blocks away from Chicago State University. Officers found Gloria Hentz about 1:59 a.m. outside a home in the 9700 block of South Dobson Avenue, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. She was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead, authorities said. There aren’t any witnesses to the shooting.

Two people died Friday in separate shootings. In the later incident, a 29-year-old man was killed in West Garfield Park.

Several males approached him about 10:11 p.m. as he was walking in the first block of North Kilbourn Avenue, police said. They fired shots and struck him in the back and upper body. The man died at Mount Sinai Hospital. Police said no witnesses have come forward, and the circumstances of the shooting are unknown.

Less than an hour earlier, a 27-year-old man was killed in Lawndale on the West Side. Marvin Bennett was standing on a sidewalk about 9:20 p.m. in the 1500 block of South Christiana Avenue when someone unleashed gunfire, striking him in the head, police said. Bennett was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Nonfatal shootings left three people wounded Sunday, including a 20-year-old man who was shot while driving in Garfield Park.

The man was eastbound about 8:54 p.m. in the 3900 block of West Jackson Boulevard when he heard shots and felt pain, police said. He kept driving a few blocks before calling police. He suffered a gunshot wound to the back and had his condition stabilized at Stroger Hospital.

A 19-year-old hurt in Lawndale was among Saturday’s six people injured by gunfire. About 6 p.m., he and a 56-year-old man were in the 3900 block of West Lexington Street when someone fired shots at them, police said.

The 19-year-old was struck in the head and was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, police said. The 56-year-old was hit in the right buttocks and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition.
The weekend’s earliest shooting wounded a 23-year-old man in a South Loop alley.

He was behind a residential building about 5:35 p.m. in the 1600 block of South Michigan Avenue when a gunman approached him and fired shots, Chicago police said. The man was shot in the knee and hand, and his condition was stabilized at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Last weekend, 28 people were shot, 6 fatally, in gun violence across Chicago.

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Chiraq Mayor Lori Lightfoot holds “accountability” meeting after another weekend of gun violence

There is no such thing as “accountability” in Chiraq.

Demorats have been in charge since 1931 and yet the gun violence CONTINUES.

From MyFoxChicago: City leaders met Monday following another violent weekend.

The second weekend of June saw 39 people shot, three of them fatally. Police were also able to arrest 36 people on gun-related charges and remove 115 illegal weapons from the street.

Since Mayor Lori Lightfoot took over, “Accountability Monday” has become a weekly affair between the mayor and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Also meeting with Mayor Lightfoot Monday was all 22 police district commanders to go over the weekend violence numbers.

“There’s nothing wrong with having another set of eyes looking at what we are doing,” said Johnson.

A police spokesperson says officers also arrested four robbery suspects and two shooting offenders over the weekend.

In hopes of decreasing violence numbers, the mayor and superintendent have announced the creation of “Business Liaison Officers.”

Each of the 22 districts will have a designated officer to be in direct communication between local businesses and the police.

“All those officers will have cell phones, so instead of those businesses trying to reach out to the commanders personally, they have an officer that they can go to 24 hours a day and report if they need some help,” said Johnson.

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