Monday, September 8, 2008

"Only Ones" rap...

Sheet that is. Got one? All you need to do is appeal to the Human Resources Board and you can get put back on the CPD hiring list. Want to guarantee it? Bribe Get an Alderman to vouch for you.
Of the 79 people who successfully appealed their rejections from the Chicago Police Department:

• • Eighteen were former drug users. A woman said she was a cocaine dealer at age 12. Others gave seemingly far-fetched excuses: One man, whose father is a Chicago Police sergeant, said he was in Mexico and smoked a cigarette but stopped when he realized it was pot. A woman said she only smoked pot in Amsterdam, where it's legal.

• • Five, including a former Calumet Park cop, were arrested on domestic battery charges. One of them admitted hitting his daughter with a watch during a spanking and was accused of abusing a child in the Cook County juvenile detention center. Another man admitted striking his mother.

• • Four were arrested for battery, including a man who slashed someone with a knife in a bar fight, a man who pushed a teacher down a stairwell as a youngster, a bar brawler and a Cook County Jail guard accused of beating an inmate. He kept his jail job after criminal charges were dropped.

• • Six were in the military and ran into disciplinary problems, including a man who admitted he was diagnosed with a personality defect in the Navy, a man with a "troubling history" in the Navy that previously barred him from the Chicago Police Department, a woman who failed to show up for National Guard duty and a man who was absent without leave.

• • Four were rejects from other police departments, including a woman forced to resign from a Michigan department, a man who failed a Milwaukee Police Department background check, a man who failed an Elmhurst police polygraph and a man who failed a Phoenix Police Department polygraph.

• • Three were tied to gangs in the past, including a Cook County correctional officer who said he was a former Two-Sixer and failed to disclose a disorderly conduct arrest.

• • Two were fired from jobs, including a Cook County sheriff's deputy fired from two security jobs.

• • Two were relatives of crooks, including a woman whose husband is a convicted murderer and member of the Vice Lords street gang.

• • Others were involved in theft, reckless driving, turnstile jumping and underage drinking.

• • Three were endorsed by aldermen despite prior problems with the law. Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th) backed a woman arrested for impeding a shooting investigation; Ald. Helen Shiller (46th) vouched for a man who threatened to shoot someone, and Ald. Toni Preckwinkle (4th) supported a man who sold drugs in the late 1990s.

Some of these things I can see waivering. Minor juvenile offenses? So what. Assault, impeding, fired from other departments? No. These people should not even be considered for law enforcement.

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