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Chicago Wed Jan 28 2009

Cops Aren't Laughing, And You Shouldn't Be Either

So the story about the fourteen-year-old kid who impersonated a cop for five hours was real cute -- a bored kid who was able to fool all the grown ups -- except who knows what the purpose of this was?

Now the kid seems like just some troubled kid, but suppose he was doing it on behalf of someone else -- to test the CPD's response, or a particular station's security?

Suppose this is happening in other stations around the city in slighter ways? It should be alarming that this type of thing is possible. Infiltrating law enforcement like this is how Mumbai-style attacks can be planned. In fact, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre relied on a similar type of planning.

Our police department is underfunded and our cops are demoralized, and the buck stops at the Fifth Floor for that, no question.

Second City Cop points out that just "rolling heads" will not address the issue. Amen.

 
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Andrew HuffAuthor Profile Page / January 28, 2009 3:38 PM

Couldn't agree more, Ramsin. It also ties in with the occasional tactic of burglars and rapists impersonating police to gain entry to people's homes. If we can't even be sure that the official cops are real, how will we be able to tell the difference between a friendly officer at the door and a criminal?

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Parents Still Steaming, but About More Than Just Boilers

By Phil Huckelberry / 2 Comments

It's now been 11 days since the carbon monoxide leak which sent over 80 Prussing Elementary School students and staff to the hospital. While officials from Chicago Public Schools have partially answered some questions, and CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has informed that he will be visiting the school to field more questions on Nov. 16, many parents remain irate at the CPS response to date. More...

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Substance, Not Style, the Source of Rahm's Woes

By Ramsin Canon / 2 Comments

It's not surprising that some of Mayor Emanuel's sympathizers and supporters are confusing people's substantive disputes with the mayor as the effect of poor marketing on his part. It's exactly this insular worldview that has gotten the mayor in hot... More...

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