This is our Chicago Justice Podcast that covers crime, violence, and justice issues in Chicago. We will feature deep dives in to justice system data, interview with researchers and justice system reform advocates, as well as evaluations of justice system practices.
Catanzara Resigns Before Being Fired
Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara has officially resigned from the Chicago Police Department after his recent hearing in front of the Chicago Police Board demonstrated he was going to fired. Despite this being extremely good news as Chicago is much better off without this man having the authority and power police officers enjoy the city is not yet rid of the man as he retains his position within the FOP. As we read the FOP guidelines he is able to complete his term in office but is unable to run for re-election as you have to be a sworn officer in good standing to run for the office. How having 50 complaints against him in 23 years meant he was still in good standing is anyone's guess.
Don't worry though Catanzara has a plan to stay in the media spotlight and do his best to launch attacks against those he believes are responsible for aggrieving white men in power like himself. Since his election the media has been really bad at legitimizing Catanzara and his views on policing as if he has the credentials of someone who has earned the respect of the public and his fellow officers. I am sure this pattern is going to continue. On this site we started referring to him as John50 to denote the amount of complaints he was able to rack up during his time as an officer on the street.
Oddly enough a sizable number of complaints against Catanzara come from internal sources like fellow officers and superiors. So one could say that the rank and file officers within the CPD are just a lucky he is gone as the public is. Imagine how bad Catanzara had to be for that many internal sources to file formal complaints against the man. This of course didn't stop a significant number of members of the FOP from voting him in. Our course say he got elected by courting the vote of retired members of the department. It is pretty clear from his history of social media posts and just his language on camera that those that voted for him were alt righters also.
CJP report on Catanzara's history of misconduct.
CJP podcast interview with author of the report.
Charges filed against Catanzara with the Chicago Police Board.
Also on today's how:
fired Ferguson cop protesting Rittenhouse prosecution
Chicago Contrarian Hates Chicago and Facts
Chicago Contrarian is nothing more than a platform for extremist views that have been growing in Chicago and around the country for decades. In this episode we take a look at a couple recent posts that provide insight in to the mind set of the insurrectionists on January 6th. The posts from Chicago Contrarian also provide insight in to minds of far too many Chicago police officers.
The first post we look at from Chicago Contrarian is a post authored by Second City Cop an alt right blog that folded mysteriously shortly after the insurrection and then appeared posting to the Chicago Contrarian site. It is our belief that the timing of the the shutting down of their blog was no accident. The comment section of the blog was home to some of the most hate filled content on the internet related to Chicago. The interesting part of their posts on Chicago Contrarian is that there are no comments allowed. Just more evidence that Second City Cop is trying to distance itself from the comments they attracted and encouraged.
The second post on the Chicago Contrarian site is authored by Benjamin Blair. His post details a spoof of a memo that he says would come from Mayor Lightfoot's desk. It is filled with hatred and privilege that Blair seems immune form recognizing. As is typical for this webstie this post it is based on what we call IKnowItAllism - a somewhat rare affliction that affects white straight conservative men in Chicago that makes the impervious to facts or reason.
Also on the show today we discuss the city trying to fire the Sergeant that oversaw the raid on Anjanette Young raid.
Pro Cop Media on Full Display
The pro cop media bias in Chicago was on full display when the media failed to report appropriately on a domestic violence incident involving two police officers that resulted in one officer shooting and killing her husband. The media instead writes headlines and stories about how the two officers were involved in an altercation or argument that resulted in a struggle over one of the officer's guns.
There is no way the pro cop media would have been so standoffish in their headlines if the two people involved in the incident were not cops. This of course is weird considering the pro cop media is actually involved in a massive left wing conspiracy to paint all cops as bad and turn the simplest of brutal beatings of civilians at the hands of officers in to major incidents. it is crazy to think that that the left winged bias media refused to report the incident as a domestic violence incident yet it is very easy to understand a pro cop media doing that.
This incident hearkens back to another shooting when a male officer was murdered by his wife while in bed in the same district. The police covered up the incident and the pro cop media bought the suicide explanation immediately without question because that is what you do when you lose objectivity and have aligned your worldview with that of the police. This isn't to say that there are not good independent reporters working hard everyday to expose police abuse and misconduct, because they are. It is just means that the shallow beat reporting on police is very bad and is very pro cop centered.
Also on the show today:
Is Kim Foxx a Scapegoat
Female cop charged in stupidest of shootings
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Lightfoot Flip Flops on Young Case Transparency
Mayor Lori Lightfoot flip flops on here commitment for full transparency in the Anjanette Young case despite making such a commitment publicly.
Lightfoot has received a report from the Deputy Inspector General for Public Safety that contains the results of their investigation of the case. An investigation that was stymied from the beginning by Lightfoot's arranging for an external investigation of the handling of the Young case as well as the actions of the Law Department and her office from the law firm of Jones Day. Lightfoot external investigation made the records and statements collected inaccessible to DPSIG under bogus attorney client claims. There is good reason to believe that the Jones Day investigation was started in part or mostly to prevent the DPSIG from being able to look in the actions of the Lightfoot's office in this matter.
Let's not forget this is not Lightfoot's first flip flop on this case. When the video was made public by CBS 2 Chicago the Mayor originally claimed she knew nothing about the case. Then emails came out she was in fact briefed on the case. Oops! Lightfoot's Law Department is still to this day fighting the civil suit in court and seems committed to not settling the case. One would think she would be smart enough to stop fighting the case and settle to get it out of the headlines and to stop wasting tax payer money fighting the case.
Also on the show today:
Weak Traffic Stop Analysis
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Horrible OpEd by Republicans Jim Durkin and John Curran
Republicans House Leader Jim Durkin and State Senator John Curran authored a horrific OpEd in the Chicago Tribune calling for a return to the good old days of law and order Cook County style.
You remember when people like Richard Daley and Dick Devine were doing their level best to wrongfully convict people as long as it served their political interests. When the Cook County State's attorney's Office worked like an extension of the Chicago Police Department and never questioned their abusive and corrupt actions.
The truth is Durkin and Curran are yearning for a time that never existed. The criminal justice system has always been broken and racist in Chicago but of course not during the time Durkin and Curran were part of that system. It is only after they left that the system broke down. While there is not easy to nail down the exact years both Durkin and Curran where in the office it is pretty clear that their terms overlap the terms or Daley - Devine - and Anita Alvarez. Not sure if i was Durkin or Curran I would be using my affiliation with those individuals as a measure of my credibility on any issue. All three ran offices rocked with internal corruption and with long histories of political favors and letting abuse by the CPD run rampant.
The Chicago Tribune was all to happy to run this horrific piece because they also with they could go back in time to when black and brown people knew to keep their crime in their communities so white people didn't have to put up with it. This is basically what Durkin and Curran are also talking about but of course they use coded language to to veil their racism. Durkin & Curran with the assistance of the Chicago Tribune are pushing for a return to policies that failed us in the past and will doom us to be back where we are 10 years from now.
Video from today's show:
Superintendent Brown Tried to Prevent Firing of Bad Cop
Superintendent David Brown tried to prevent the city from moving forward with the firing of Sgt. William Spyker but ultimately a single Chicago Police Board member decided to allow the case against Spyker to move forward. Why did Brown do this? We don't really know because the Chicago media allows Brown to make all these decisions without really having to explain them.
Spyker was caught on video from his body camera trying to suppress a complaint against one of his officers in exchange for not arresting the complainant for allegedly corrupting a crime scene and obstruction of justice. This very type of misconduct what happens everyday on the street and plays a significant role in poisoning the relationship between communities and the CPD.
If Brown was serious about truly reforming the CPD this is the type of misconduct he would be going after aggressively. Instead, he make a unilateral decision that despite the conduct being abhorrent and on video this officer should only be suspended rather than terminated. This move ends up as just another reason why Brown should not continue to be the superintendent of the CPD.
Brown owes the residents of Chicago an explanation about why this officer should not lose his job. He will not provide one because the media will not force him to do so.
Also on the show today:
The failure of NYPD's "No-Fly List"
Anjanette Young pushes for report release
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