Tuesday, September 9, 2008

There's At Least One Cop Ald. Shiller Approves Of

There's a widespread assumption that Ald. Shiller is thumbs-down on the CPD. Let us count the reasons why.... Her non-appearance at CAPS meetings (unless they're sham meetings at election time that Mayor Daley can attend). Her remarks that CAPS is elitist and discriminatory. Her son's willingness to sue the CPD, even when the evidence is flimsy or non-existent. Her support of Couraj, which has spawned the Copwatch program and has been sued by the police for making false accusations against police officers. Her bias against blue light police cameras.

So it came as a surprise to see this blurb in the Sun-Times' series on police hiring, Got a rap sheet? Step right up:

Of the 79 people who successfully appealed their rejections from the Chicago Police Department, [...] 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.

It makes us wonder just who this police officer is, why he threatened to shoot someone, and most important, why Ald. Shiller wanted him to be part of an organization that, by most accounts, she disapproves of.

Update: Check out "The Bench's" take on Ald. Shiller's endorsement of this bad cop, entitled "Alderman Shiller's Bloody Hands."


  1. Well, if this person can't get onto the CPD, I'm sure Shiller will support their application to open a massage parlor.

  2. Let's give someone accused of threatening to shoot a person a gun. Wow, brilliant!

  3. You can take the person out of the SDS, but you can't take the SDS out of the person.