This is especially for TarheelDem; sorry if it brings back too many wretched memories. Let this stand as ‘Spring Police State, Pt. II’
From wsws.org, April 8: ‘Chicago mayor’s choice to head police oversaw crackdown on anti-NATO protesters’
“Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel last week announced the appointment of veteran officer Eddie Johnson as interim head of the Chicago Police Department. Emanuel’s endorsement of Johnson is part of an effort to make the police force a more effective instrument for suppressing political and social opposition.
Johnson’s chief accomplishment in the police department was the major role he played in the crackdown of anti-NATO protestors in 2012. Three protestors were arrested in the aftermath on trumped-up charges of “terrorism.”
(Note: at least six more were charged, more arrested, three remain in prison, iirc.)
“After entering the Chicago Police Department (CPD) more than 27 years ago, Johnson rose the ranks from a beat patrolman to become a deputy chief of patrol in 2012. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Johnson has been offered a $260,044 salary in his interim role as the police superintendent.
Emanuel awarded the interim superintendent position to Johnson after the mayor rejected the Chicago Police Board’s initial suggestions for candidates. Johnson, a veteran of the police force, was advanced to head the CPD partly as an effort to placate African-American aldermen. The appointment has also been used to appease civil rights establishment figures such as Jesse Jackson, layers of the pseudo-left, and groups like Black Lives Matter that have been leading the protests against police brutality.”
(I’m not sure which like-BLM groups the author means have given Johnson their approval, but my guess is that Rahmbo sees Johnson as someone he can control more readily)
“Far from ushering in a new era of “reform” or an end to police brutality, Johnson has a record that entirely explodes Emanuel’s pretenses of reforming the police. According to a police department statement, “Chief Johnson has significant experience managing large-scale special events and was instrumental in the operational planning and response of the 2012 NATO Summit” that was held in Chicago.
During those protests, the Chicago police, then headed by Garry McCarthy, injured over 25 people, including reporters, and arrested numerous others. The CPD engaged in widespread surveillance and infiltration of activist groups. Three young men were arrested and jailed on trumped-up charges of “terrorism” as part of the mobilization of state resources against protest and dissent.” [snip]
“Last fall, a court ordered that the Emanuel administration release the video of the police murder of Laquan McDonald by officer Jason Van Dyke. The video, suppressed by the Emanuel administration and the CPD for over a year, showed officer Van Dyke shooting the unarmed McDonald 16 times, including multiple shots as the youth lay on the ground.
With the release of the video, Emanuel faced protests and widespread calls for his resignation. The murder of McDonald implicated all layers of the political establishment. Emails from 2014 to 2015 that were released by the Emanuel administration revealed the depth of collaboration between the mayor’s office, police officials, the Independent Police Review Association, political leaders in the city and others who were responsible for handling the information on McDonald’s death.
The first attempt at damage control by Emanuel was to fire Police Commissioner Garry McCarthy. He had played a leading role in the cover-up directed by the Emanuel administration, but ended up the fall guy. After firing McCarthy, Emanuel proclaimed that he would usher in an era of “transparency” and police “reform” with the aid of the federal Justice Department.” (much more at the link)
One of Rahm’s vaunted reforms is the promise that now dashcam videos will be released…sooner. Given that Johnson never applied for the job, getting the job permanently will require all sorts of fancy paper footwork…
Allow me to paste in this from the freethoughtproject.com; I’d grabbed it for what would have been Part II Police State:
“Chicago, IL — Last year, in only a matter of weeks, the Chicago police were forced to release three videos showing them kill people.
(The first was of Laquan McDonald being executed by Jason VanDyke, and no, the dasham didn’t reflect the testilying of the cops, nor did the autopsy. But wait:
‘Chicago Officer Awaiting Trial for Killing Laquan McDonald Hired by Police Union as Janitor’, Slate, March 31. They had a goFundMe account for his defense, as well.
“Then, only days after that, Chicago police quietly slipped out another video of officer George Hernandez murdering Ronald Johnson, by shooting him in the back as he ran away. According to Dorothy Holmes, Johnson’s mother, the officer who fired the fatal rounds into her son was officer George Hernandez. This information was kept secret by the Chicago police until now, as officials have announced that no charges will be filed against this killer cop.
Because of her relentless drive to bring Hernandez to justice, the Chicago police have finally released the dashcam of that fateful night.
As police were interviewing the driver of a car in which Johnson was in the back seat, he got out and ran – this decision was answered with a death sentence.
When police called Holmes to tell her they had killed her son, they released the official lie that stated Johnson pointed a gun at officers and they were forced to return fire. Holmes never believed this lie and had her own medical examination conducted which showed that her son was, indeed, shot in the back.
In the Dashcam video released on Monday, Holmes and the medical examiner are clearly proven to be correct.
What the video shows is Ronald Johnson rounding a corner with officers in pursuit. As Johnson begins to cross the street, he is gunned down in the back by officer Hernandez.
“Shortly after that, a video was released from an incident in the Far South Side police lockup which shows officers repeatedly tasering University of Chicago graduate Philip Coleman and then dragging his limp body from the cell. On Monday, the city of Chicago agreed to pay Coleman’s family $4.9 million for the brutal actions of Chicago’s finest which left Coleman dead.
Coleman was not a criminal, but he was experiencing an apparent mental crisis when he began to attack his mother in December of 2012. When police arrested him, Coleman was brought to a hospital where he was given a drug to make him calm down.
According to officials, Coleman’s death was the result of his reaction to that antipsychotic drug, which certainly can kill people. However, an autopsy showed that Coleman experienced ‘severe trauma’ while in custody. His body was covered in bruises and cuts, from the top of his head to his lower legs and there is video showing him being repeatedly tasered.
As the video begins, it shows that the drug was actually working when police came into Coleman’s cell and began their assault. He was merely laying on the bed when the first taser hit. Moments later, his lifeless body is being dragged down the hallway like an animal.” (Watch at your own risk; even Rahmbo found it ‘unacceptable’.)
But wait! Sterling Interim (for now) CPD Chief Johnson, of whom insiders have said ‘doesn’t drink, doesn’t womanize, and has had no citizen complaints against him’, yada, yada:
As for Johnson’s being lauded for his stellar job as “instrumental in the operational planning and response of the 2012 NATO Summit”, let’s take a look at that; for instance:
TarheelDem’s exceptional and personal narration: ‘Report from Chicago Spring: Thank You for Returning My Shoelaces and Belt. Now Can You Please Find My Drivers License and Computer? – My Experience Being Detained Prior to the NATO Summit’
(He now knows that he was held incommunicado in the now-infamous, still open, Homan Square dark-site prison.)
Spencer Ackerman’s chilling 2016 ‘The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden ‘black site’ Homan Square
The Guardian yesterday: Moar Attackerman: ‘Documents disclosed in Guardian lawsuit reveal for first time how Chicago police used punches, baton blows and Tasers at the off-the-books interrogation site’
“Internal documents from the Chicago police department show that officers used physical force on at least 14 men already in custody at the warehouse known as Homan Square.
Police used punches, knee strikes, elbow strikes, slaps, wrist twists, baton blows and Tasers at Homan Square, according to documents released to the Guardian in the course of its transparency lawsuit about the warehouse. The new information contradicts an official denial about treatment of prisoners at the facility.
The injured men are among at least 7,351 people – more than 6,000 of them black – who, police documents show, have been detained and interrogated at Homan Square without a public notice of their whereabouts or access to an attorney.
None of the men identified in these newest documents had fled custody or were injured in the course of a lawful arrest. All were subject to force by Chicago police officers after they were already in custody at Homan Square. According to depositions with officers and more than two dozen first-hand accounts, handcuffing is standard. Police applied force to some arrestees sufficient enough to warrant hospitalization.” (much, much, much more)
Yes, but Johnson never even saw any bad apples™, not one! Ever!
Aaaaand…it looks like ‘Chicago’s Mayor‘ is tryin’ to stop the bleedin’ of his epic unpopularity…ha.ha. Bike trails, funding black youth summer programs, 450 body cams!!!!
No, Chi-town is not Baltimore, but close enough. You may like Prince’s homage to the police state fukkery in that town. (Okay, mebbe it’s a bit of a paean to himself, a well, but still…I like it. Will the Freddie Gray killer kop trials ever yield any ort of justice?