Random thoughts. Another week, another police abuse payout.


Another week in Chicago, another $6 million payout to victims of police abuse.

What budget bucket do these payouts come from?

The City Council’s Finance Committee approved a $6.5 million payout Monday. Of that payout, $5 million went to the family of Philip Coleman, who was Tasered in his cell 16 times in 2012 by police officers and then dragged down the hallway. Coleman eventually died.

Surveillance video of the incident was released soon after the Laquan McDonald case and the Independent Police Review Authority only recently opened an investigation. Police officers were reassigned but still working.

Another $1.5 million went to the family of an asthmatic who died in police custody when police refused to give him his inhaler. In this case the officers are still on the street. Patton says the constant hemorrhaging of money will start to subside as new disciplinary and training procedures take hold.

One alderman says the problem is the lack of training.

I can’t see how this is a training issue.

“Okay class. Rule number one: When you see a prisoner suffocating from an asthma attack, don’t deny them their inhaler. Rule number two: Don’t use a taser on a prisoner 16 times and then drag the prisoner down the hallway.  Repeat after me: Don’t. . .”

Not even a great Powerpoint will solve this.

Alderman say they are frustrated that cops are costing the city millions of dollars in penalties on a nearly weekly basis – penalties that total more than the public school budget deficit – while the same cops who do the deed are still on the streets.

The Alderman are frustrated?

Imagine how those on the street feel.

What is the City Council’s solution? They will agree with the Mayor to change the rules and approve his choice of the guy as the new superintendent who has been in charge of these same cops for years.

5 Replies to “Random thoughts. Another week, another police abuse payout.”

  1. Tough to disagree with you on this one.

    Another group that is a big loser – that you fail to identify – is the great majority of cops: good cops that get tarred by this brush. I’m sure you won’t acknowledge it, but the Force has come a long way since 1968.

    1. Okay. Let’s assume your claim that the great majority of cops are good and unfairly tarred by “this brush.” By the way, what brush? But, assuming you are right, why don’t they do something about it? Or did somebody just make up that there is a code of silence? Did we not see all those officers of the law stand around while Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times?

  2. I would be interested to know the type of psychological testing recruits undergo before they are hired. That is another way to determine fitness for the job. Psychological evaluation, if administered and interpreted correctly, can provide valuable information about the character and strengths and weaknesses of an individual’s mental health.

  3. In the budget or not, it’s a sh_tpot of money.
    Training, a help yes, solution, not a chance.
    Start with better vetting of candidates, even the best will get jaded by life on the streets.
    continual monitoring and evaluation shoudl be mandatory.
    Most important, pay a penalty for freakin abuse. Job, pension etc. Damn the union!!
    Your brothesrea are doing no one good here Fred.

    Sherry Plucker

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