The following post is copied from an excellent Police Blog at www.Secondcitycop.blogspot.com
- Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis is a â€œcowardâ€ who had â€œcut and runâ€ last week when he should have responded to shots fired 45 seconds away, a retired police officer charged Monday.
More than 20 years ago, John Northen led a group of police sergeants who filed a federal lawsuit charging they were unfairly denied promotions as the result of a flawed lieutenants exam.
Now, Northen has filed a complaint with the Independent Police Review Authority, forwarded to the inspector generalâ€™s office, accusing Weis of â€œfailing to take appropriate police actionâ€ during the news conference Friday in crime-ridden Englewood.
- The contention that the shooting was “ten minutes old” is laughable as how Weis and his entourage can be seen on a portion of tape reacting to the shooting. They should have gone at that instant toward the gunfire. Instead? “Got to run!”
- Unit were on the scene? So what? Was a slow down given? If so, then officers are supposed to safely proceed to the scene obeying all applicable traffic laws and monitoring the radio for flash messages in case a description is broadcast. After the previous night when “brazen” gangbangers fired shots in the direction of two or three dozen police officers, you’d think that the Superintendent of Police would proceed as rapidly as possible to another shooting scene that was probably 30 seconds away.
- The scene was secured? Again, that didn’t matter the previous night – the bangers shot at a location where there were unmistakably a large group of police officers. And wouldn’t it have made sense to just about every so-called “boss” to make an appearance at the scene of yet another shooting where upwards of 10 people had been shot the previous night? Rally the troops. Photo-op. Pretend concern for your subordinated possibly coming under fire yet again.
Cops cannot be expected to risk their lives for an ungrateful public when their “leadership” is only looking out for themselves anyway.