Welcome to the APBWeb.
Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    Pedro56's Avatar
    Pedro56 is offline Englewood Ranger/Infidel Extraordinaire
    Verified LEO
    Join Date
    05-18-06
    Location
    Chicago
    Posts
    2,107
    Rep Power
    3876353

    Department cracks down after Sun-Times articles

    2 cop cars towed for illegal parking

    January 24, 2007
    BY FRANK MAIN AND FRAN SPIELMAN Staff Reporters

    Two Chicago Police cars were towed last week for being illegally parked -- and the department then sent out a memo warning cops not to park in handicapped spots or in front of fire hydrants.


    The actions followed a Sun-Times story that reported the department is investigating a handful of police employees for suspected misuse of disabled parking signs.

    One unmarked police car was towed at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in the 100 block of West Washington and another at 12:48 p.m. Friday in the 1500 block of West Taylor, police spokeswoman Monique Bond said. Both were in "no parking anytime" zones.

    Later Friday, First Deputy Supt. Dana Starks warned, "under no circumstances should department vehicles be parked on a fire hydrant or in a handicapped parking space." The drivers will have to pay the towing costs, he said.

    "The operator of a department vehicle must be prepared to justify their actions for having parked illegally, even when that action involves their official duties in response to an emergency situation," Starks wrote.

    'Caused a lot of concern'


    Tuesday, Fraternal Order of Police President Mark Donahue called the memo "inappropriate," adding: "It's an attempt to relieve the officers of discretion. It's caused a lot of concern among the membership.

    "There are circumstances that are going to dictate -- especially in an emergency situation -- where you have no choice but to park the car where you can," Donahue said.

    Bond said the memo was simply a reminder of an existing department order. "If an officer is responding to an emergency, and that is the only spot available, certainly that would be an exception," she said.

    Still, some cops wondered if they will have to park their cars blocks from assignments.

    "Let's say I have a call that there is a bum in Holy Name Cathedral and he won't leave," said one patrol officer, who asked to remain anonymous. "He is boisterous, but there is no threat of violence. Do I have to park three blocks away and walk?"

    The officer said he and other cops might start ticketing city Streets and Sanitation workers for traffic violations if more police vehicles are towed.

    But Bond insisted, "There will be no retaliation."

    In December, the Sun-Times photographed at least a dozen unmarked police cars in a no-parking zone near the downtown Hyatt Regency Chicago. But Bond said the cars were parked appropriately. "The area was being closely monitored by police personnel in the event vehicles needed to be moved," she said.

    fmain@suntimes.com, fspielman@suntimes.com
    http://www.lawenforcementforums.com/forums/signaturepics/sigpic763_2.gif

    "I am the guy that keeps Mister Dead in his pocket." -'Mad' Max Rockatansky

    "An Englewood Ranger is no stranger to Danger.." -Unk

    Good Night Chesty Where Ever You Are.

    A Good Friend will bail you out of jail, but a true friend will be sitting next to you in the cell saying, "That was Awesome."

    God Made Police Men so Fireman Would Have Heroes.

  2. #2
    Pedro56's Avatar
    Pedro56 is offline Englewood Ranger/Infidel Extraordinaire
    Verified LEO
    Join Date
    05-18-06
    Location
    Chicago
    Posts
    2,107
    Rep Power
    3876353
    They weren't towed by our own Tow Trucks but by the I can't drive, park anywhere Streets and Sanitation Mobsters. Little do they know they have just declared war.
    http://www.lawenforcementforums.com/forums/signaturepics/sigpic763_2.gif

    "I am the guy that keeps Mister Dead in his pocket." -'Mad' Max Rockatansky

    "An Englewood Ranger is no stranger to Danger.." -Unk

    Good Night Chesty Where Ever You Are.

    A Good Friend will bail you out of jail, but a true friend will be sitting next to you in the cell saying, "That was Awesome."

    God Made Police Men so Fireman Would Have Heroes.

  3. #3
    BEB
    BEB is offline Banned
    Join Date
    11-27-06
    Posts
    1,838
    Rep Power
    0
    Chicago, war, and here's St Valentines Day coming up.

    This isn't good.

    Pedro56 - are the towings specific to police officers or just the media?

  4. #4
    Pedro56's Avatar
    Pedro56 is offline Englewood Ranger/Infidel Extraordinaire
    Verified LEO
    Join Date
    05-18-06
    Location
    Chicago
    Posts
    2,107
    Rep Power
    3876353
    Squad cars only.
    http://www.lawenforcementforums.com/forums/signaturepics/sigpic763_2.gif

    "I am the guy that keeps Mister Dead in his pocket." -'Mad' Max Rockatansky

    "An Englewood Ranger is no stranger to Danger.." -Unk

    Good Night Chesty Where Ever You Are.

    A Good Friend will bail you out of jail, but a true friend will be sitting next to you in the cell saying, "That was Awesome."

    God Made Police Men so Fireman Would Have Heroes.

  5. #5
    BEB
    BEB is offline Banned
    Join Date
    11-27-06
    Posts
    1,838
    Rep Power
    0
    That's fucked up.

  6. #6
    bird1's Avatar
    bird1 is offline Corporal
    Verified LEO
    Join Date
    05-17-06
    Location
    Chicago
    Posts
    1,435
    Rep Power
    584860
    Quote Originally Posted by Pedro56 View Post
    "The operator of a department vehicle must be prepared to justify their actions for having parked illegally, even when that action involves their official duties in response to an emergency situation," Starks wrote.
    sorry i couldn't make on time to stop the burglar in your house. i couldn't find any parking.
    " The hardest thing about disarming an armed suspect is not slipping on your own shit "

    Michael P. Gordon E.O.W 08 Aug 2004




    The opinions given in my posts DO NOT reflect the opinions, views, policies, and/or procedures of my employing agency. They are MY PERSONAL OPINIONS and I accept sole responsibility as such.

  7. #7
    Beans's Avatar
    Beans is offline Street Cop
    Verified LEO
    Join Date
    02-01-06
    Location
    Missouri
    Posts
    3,319
    Rep Power
    5208309
    When I get back I need you to drop the gun, I have to go feed the meter.
    The opinions given in my posts DO NOT reflect the opinions, views, policies, and/or procedures of my employing agency. They are my personal opinions only, thereby releasing my agency of any liability, or involvement in anything posted under the username "Beans" on LEF.

  8. #8
    resdepbrian's Avatar
    resdepbrian is offline Posse Rider
    Join Date
    01-20-07
    Location
    Northern Rural Michigan
    Posts
    106
    Rep Power
    44462
    Quote Originally Posted by beans43 View Post
    When I get back I need you to drop the gun, I have to go feed the meter.
    "Don't make me climb down from this horse"
    http://www.myspace.com/capt_brian


 

 

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 5
    Last Post: 08-04-07, 09:33 PM
  2. Gold Hill, Oregon dismisses entire police department
    By Terminator in forum In the News
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 06-30-07, 04:13 AM
  3. Why couples don't have sex
    By carolina in forum Shenanigans
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 01-30-07, 11:03 PM
  4. Replies: 6
    Last Post: 12-28-06, 11:55 PM
  5. Replies: 10
    Last Post: 01-15-06, 02:27 AM

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •