WBEZ | cops http://www.wbez.org/tags/cops Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The mindset of a cop and a protester going into NATO weekend http://www.wbez.org/news/mindset-cop-and-protester-going-nato-weekend-99271 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/NATO arrest May 15 AP.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>There&#39;s a lot of speculation about whether there will be violence between police and protesters in Chicago over the next few days, so we decided to talk to a cop and a protester about what they&rsquo;re expecting this weekend.</p><p>Sergeant Richard Williams, (a pseudonym we&#39;re using because he didn&#39;t get permission from the brass to talk to us) said a few months ago he went through eight hours of training for the NATO protests this weekend. He said the officers will start in soft uniform, regular pants and shirts and hats, no riot gear.</p><p>&ldquo;You just can&#39;t go in there as this big militant force flexing your muscle because they already don&#39;t like us. They&#39;re really not gonna like you if you do that,&rdquo; Williams said.</p><p>His training also focused on a soft approach to crowd control.</p><p>&ldquo;How to move and how to keep people back. It&#39;s with less lethal force. It&#39;s just a matter of pushing &#39;em back,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;You&#39;re not hitting them.&nbsp; You&#39;re not trying to arrest them. You&#39;re letting them do what they want to do and shove you, whatever, you don&#39;t want to become confrontational with them but you just want to contain them and allow them to continue on their way.&rdquo;</p><p>Williams talks about the protesters and protecting their First Amendment rights to free speech. He&#39;s intent on not escalating situations, but a more passive role is clearly at odds with how he&#39;s used to operating as a cop.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;The way the city&#39;s approaching it and it&#39;s a hard thing to understand because being the police, it&#39;s like, we never want to let anybody get into our personal space,&quot; he said. &quot;We always want a certain distance between us and them because we need that as a safety gap but at the same time understand what they say, you can&#39;t go out there, you can&#39;t go like you&#39;re ready to fight and you want to fight them because you will fight.&nbsp; It&#39;s inevitable you&#39;ll start the fight yourself.&rdquo;</p><p>Williams said officers did get some training on how to handle more aggressive protestors. He said they watched videos of protests that turned violent with people throwing soup cans at police, and they&#39;re also bracing for the rather strange possibility of being hit by bottles of urine and bags of feces.</p><p>&ldquo;Your natural instinct, just as a human being would be like, &#39;You can&#39;t do that, you&#39;re going to jail for that.&nbsp; I&#39;m going to get you and I&#39;m arresting you because that&#39;s wrong!&nbsp; That&#39;s just wrong!&rdquo; Williams said.</p><p>Sergeant Williams says police want to focus their arrests on individuals, not whole crowds. He says he and other officers have been trained to work as extraction teams who assume special formations to go into the crowd and remove individual provocateurs. But Williams said if someone throws something at the cops and then disappears into the crowd, it would be foolish to follow them because the officers will be far outnumbered by protesters.</p><p>&ldquo;There&#39;s people around you that are waiting at a moment&#39;s notice to jump into this fight.&nbsp; So, it&#39;s no longer one guy that threw this and one policeman.&nbsp; It&#39;s a multitude of people and it just snowballs and turns into a huge fight,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Standing opposite the cops at a protest on Sunday will be Andy Thayer, one of the lead organizers of the anti-NATO protests.</p><p>&ldquo;The city really ramped up the fear factor and basically herded a lot of people out of town,&rdquo; Thayer said.</p><p>Thayer says there&#39;s been a lot of hype about what the protesters will do. Historically, he said, it&#39;s been the police who kicked off the violence and the overwhelming majority of demonstrators are peaceful. He allows there may be some who want to be violent or stoke a confrontation with police by throwing bags of feces or urine, but he said protestors have devised plans to deal with those people, though he wouldn&#39;t elaborate.</p><p>&ldquo;We&#39;re cognizant of our responsibilities for our fellow protesters and our fellow Chicagoans. We have a large team of people that are prepared to deal with either potential violence issues or actual violence,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Thayer says he&#39;s bothered by the fact that the local media have concentrated on the mechanics of the NATO summit and the mechanics of the protests instead of the message of the protesters.</p><p>&ldquo;Why the focus on the issue of violence here in the United States?&nbsp; Are we so narcissistic?&nbsp; The violence that we see at NATO&#39;s behest, we have a conscience, government policy of violence and it&#39;s about time we started that problem of violence, which surely overshadows anything that&#39;s going to happen in the streets of Chicago over the next few days,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>Both Thayer and Sergeant Williams say they want the protesters to be able to march peacefully. And both say they have plans and means to identify and isolate protesters who are violent.</p></p> Thu, 17 May 2012 19:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/mindset-cop-and-protester-going-nato-weekend-99271 Jury clears cops in schizophrenic man’s death http://www.wbez.org/story/jury-clears-cops-schizophrenic-man%E2%80%99s-death-93555 <p><p>A federal jury Thursday afternoon cleared two Chicago police officers in the fatal shooting of a schizophrenic man in his Northwest Side bedroom.<br> <br> Raúl Barriera, 21, died the day after Sgt. Don Jerome struck him in the chest with a Taser electrode and Patrol Officer Andrew Hurman hit him twice with gunfire.<br> <br> Barriera lived with his mother, Lynette Wilson, at 1630 N. Tripp Ave. Wilson brought a lawsuit alleging that the officers used excessive force and that the death was wrongful.<br> <br> The shooting took place February 28, 2007, after Wilson called 911 for help with Barriera, who was refusing to leave his bedroom. In that call, Wilson said her son was a schizophrenic on medication. Paramedics and police officers arrived but Barriera remained in his room.<br> <br> The officers said they used their weapons after Barriera lunged at them with a knife. Wilson’s attorneys disputed that claim.<br> <br> The trial lasted eight days and ended Wednesday. The jury, an eight-member panel, deliberated for about three hours before clearing the city and the officers of liability.<br> <br> Arlene Martin, a city attorney in the case, praised the jurors. “The right thing happened,” she said.<br> <br> Before the trial, U.S. Judge William J. Hibbler threw out a claim by Wilson that the officers lacked sufficient training. WBEZ revealed in 2007 that neither Jerome nor Hurman had attended a 40-hour police department course designed to help officers respond to mental-health crises without using force.<br> <br> Since 2004, the department has put about 1,400 of its officers through the training. A 2008 study by Amy Watson, an associate professor of social work at the University of Illinois at Chicago, found that the training had results.<br> <br> “The trained officers were less likely to . . . pile on top of the person to control them, use a Taser or use some other type of force,” Watson says. “We also found that [the trained] officers directed more people to mental health services.”<br> <br> After the jury returned with its findings, one of Wilson’s attorneys told WBEZ there could be grounds for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to order a retrial. The attorney, Standish Willis, called it “very likely” that Wilson would bring that appeal.</p></p> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 23:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/jury-clears-cops-schizophrenic-man%E2%80%99s-death-93555 Emanuel re-deploying some cops, but not everyone is on board http://www.wbez.org/story/emanuel-re-deploying-some-cops-not-everyone-board-86977 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-24/IMG_0591.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is re-deploying 500 officers to police beats around the city. But some officials say the plan doesn't satisfy Emanuel's campaign promise to put 1,000 officers on the streets.</p><p>Emanuel said at a Tuesday news conference that he's putting 500 existing Chicago police officers on beats. He said that would help build relations with communities and eventually drop crime. The officers are already on the street, but don't necessarily have specific beats. Emanuel called it a down payment on his campaign promise to add 1,000 officers to beats.</p><p>"I can wait to find the resources, or I can basically say, 'Are we most efficient in applying our officers to where crime is,'" he said.</p><p>But Alderman LaTasha Thomas said she was expecting 1,000 new officers, not the re-deployment of officers already on the force.</p><p>"They're taking a step, but this is not the thousand to me," she said.</p><p>The head of the police union, Michael Shields, said in a statement, "The department has taken hundreds of highly-skilled street officers and transformed them overnight into hundreds of highly-skilled beat officers. What's the difference?"</p><p>Emanuel said some of the cops will be deployed to high crime areas.</p></p> Tue, 24 May 2011 19:33:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/emanuel-re-deploying-some-cops-not-everyone-board-86977 Two Chicago police officers charged with criminal sexual assault http://www.wbez.org/story/two-chicago-police-officers-charged-criminal-sexual-assault-86444 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-12/IMG_0533.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">A <st1:placename w:st="on">Cook</st1:placename> <st1:placetype w:st="on">County</st1:placetype> judge on Thursday set bonds of $500,000 each for two <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Chicago</st1:city></st1:place> police officers charged with sexually assaulting a woman in March.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Paul Clavijo and Juan Vasquez, both 38, allegedly assaulted a woman after picking her up near the intersection of Addison and <st1:place w:st="on">Sheffield</st1:place>. Prosecutors say they drove her to a store to buy alcohol, and while Vasquez was in the store, Clavijo had sex with her in the marked police vehicle. They then allegedly drove her to her home in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood, out of their police district, and played strip poker with her and had sex with her again.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Prosecutors said the victim ran out of the apartment and pounded on neighbors' doors and called 911. She was taken to the hospital where her blood alcohol level was found to be .380.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Prosecutors also say part of a police uniform and a&nbsp;cell phone belonging to Vasquez were taken from her apartment.</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>One of the woman’s lawyers, Jon Loevy, said these items were left behind by fleeing police because, “It wasn’t a game. It wasn’t a consensual encounter. It was a sexual attack.”</p><p>In remarks made to the media Thursday after the bond hearing,&nbsp;Cook&nbsp;County&nbsp;State's Attorney Anita Alvarez said the victim's blood alcohol level was so high, she was unable to give consent.</p><p>Loevy says, “This was not a consensual encounter. These are on duty police officers; they were armed, with guns. And she was a young woman who was not in a situation where she had choice.”</p><p>Attorneys for both&nbsp;defendants&nbsp;say they expect their clients to post bond Thursday. Jed Stone, who is representing Paul Clavijo, said the sex was consensual, not criminal.</p><p>"Paul&nbsp;Clavijo&nbsp;is not a rapist and shouldn't be thought of as a rapist," Stone told reporters after Thursday's bond hearing.</p><p>Both officers are facing a combination of charges that include criminal sexual assault and official misconduct.</p><p>"This was not a criminal incident," said Dan Herbert, the attorney for Vasquez. "Were there some bad decisions made? Absolutely."</p><p>To this, the woman’s attorney Jon Loevy countered, “That’s an outrageous way to try to spin this.” &nbsp;</p><p>The victim and her legal team have not yet filed a lawsuit. They say they’re hopeful that the criminal justice system will work and that justice will be swift.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Clavijo is also charged in a second case of criminal sexual misconduct, stemming from a March 10 incident where he allegedly gave a 26-year-old woman a ride home from a bus stop near Wrigley Field, then sexually assaulted her on her bed, according to the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.</p><p><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Chicago Police Superintendent Terry Hillard said Thursday the officers remain stripped of their police powers.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">A statement from the police department said the alleged actions of those officers infuriates the thousands of other officers on the force and it won't tolerate anyone who disgraces the badge by violating the law.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 12 May 2011 11:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/two-chicago-police-officers-charged-criminal-sexual-assault-86444 What Jody Weis' departure means for Chicago Police Department http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-02/what-jody-weis-departure-means-chicago-police-department-83242 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/weis getty Tasos Katopodis_0.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>News that <a target="_blank" href="https://portal.chicagopolice.org/portal/page/portal/ClearPath">Chicago Police Superintendent</a> Jody Weis has resigned came as a surprise to many. Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel made it a campaign promise to replace Weis. But most thought Weis would stay in place through May, when Mayor Daley steps down. During his three years holding the post, the Superintendent generated both controversy and acclaim. Stepping in to replace Weis short-term is former top cop Terry Hilliard. A new superintendent will be appointed by Emanuel. So, what&rsquo;s in store for the CPD? Who might next lead the department? And how will Weis&rsquo; tenure be remembered?<br /><br />To help shed light on those questions and more, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke to Frank Main, crime reporter for the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.suntimes.com/"><em>Chicago Sun-Times</em></a>.</p></p> Wed, 02 Mar 2011 14:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-02/what-jody-weis-departure-means-chicago-police-department-83242 Ex-LA and NYC top cop William Bratton on Chicago policing http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/ex-la-and-nyc-top-cop-william-bratton-chicago-policing <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/police protest_0.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>A recent analysis by the <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/index.html" target="_blank">Chicago-Sun Times</a> found that the south and west sides get more 911 and backup calls than other parts of the city.</p><p>It&rsquo;s that violence that&rsquo;s got <a href="https://portal.chicagopolice.org/portal/page/portal/ClearPath/About%20CPD/Bureaus/Superintendent%27s%20Office" target="_blank">Police Superintendent Jody Weis</a> thinking about reallocating officers to areas with more calls. This strategy follows a &ldquo;broken windows&rdquo; approach to crime which posits taking care of the small stuff in order to avoid bigger crimes.</p><p>But many Chicago residents think neighborhood crime is already out of control and that the solution is simple: more police officers. Other suggestions on how to manage our thin blue line include using TIF funds to hire more cops or bringing in the <a href="http://www.nationalguard.com/" target="_blank">National Guard</a>. Will any of these solve Chicago&rsquo;s crippling crime? To find out, Eight Forty-Eight turned to a man who is familiar with re-thinking policing strategies across a number of cities.</p><p><a href="http://www.lapdonline.org/lapd_command_staff/comm_bio_view/7574" target="_blank">William Bratton</a> is former head of police to both the <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/home/home.shtml" target="_blank">NYPD </a>and <a href="http://www.lapdonline.org/" target="_blank">LAPD</a>. He is currently chairman of <a href="http://www.kroll.com/" target="_blank">Kroll</a>, where he advises law enforcement agencies around the world.</p><p><em>Music Button:Bluey, &quot;Just One More&quot;, from the CD Waveform Transmissions Vol. 3, (Waveform Records) </em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 23 Nov 2010 14:05:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/ex-la-and-nyc-top-cop-william-bratton-chicago-policing