Friday, August 17, 2018

Chicago Police Documents Detail August 2nd 'Shut Down The Drive' Protest Operations


Chicago's violence problem is no secret to anyone. If there is anything Chicago is known for other than legendary Chicago pizza, hotdogs, and championship major league sports teams, it is a long-running problem with violence.

Chicago also has a vibrant, active, activist community made-up of people from every area of the city, every walk of life, and every level of income. Chicago is known for historic protest movements. Public pushback on a litany of issues that have occurred over the span of decades have made protests a Chicago tradition and a culture to itself wherein a diverse population comes together to defend their rights when they perceive those rights have been threatened or violated.

On July 23rd, 2018, ABC 7 Chicago reported that organizers and protesters planned to shut-down Lake Shore Drive, and march to Wrigley Field on August 2nd, 2018.

The Chicago Tribune ran their own news pieces:

Planned protest, shutdown of North Lake Shore Drive aims to 'redistribute the pain in Chicago' (July 24th, 2018)

And

Ways to get around during the Lake Shore Drive protest (August 2nd, 2018)

Prior to this August 2nd protest, the same organizers working with Chicago south side priest, Father Michael Pfleger, held a protest in which they shut down the Dan Ryan Expressway. (Chicago Tribune report, July 7th, 2018)

Chicago-One News asked the Chicago Police Department to produce documents detailing how they handled both protests. Chicago Police told Chicago-One News in a phone call on August 16th, that they continue to gather documents related to the July 7th Dan Ryan protest. The Chicago Police Department sent Chicago-One documents responsive to the August 2nd "Shut Down The Drive" protest that ended at Wrigley Field.

The document list is as follows:

1. LSD/Wrigley Assembly Sitrep #12 (mass inter-department e-mail)

2. CIFFICE OF THE FIRST ÞEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT Notice #40919, authored by Anthony J, RiccioFirst Deputy Superintendent

3. ICS-202 Incident Objectives

4. ICS-203 Organization Assignment List

5. ICS General Message (7 pages) detailing assignments, goals, and objectives for each involved operations section of the Chicago Police Department

6. ICS-204 Sector/Group Assignment List

7. ICS Attachment

8. Incident Action Plan Signature Page

All documents are labeled "LSD - Wrigley March, Notice# 40919"

Those documents show that the Chicago Police Department CPIC (Crime Prevention and Information Center), noted as a "fusion center" in the documents, sent out an e-mail to several Chicago Police Department e-mail accounts after the event, detailing the movements of the protest from the time the protesters left 69th & Lafayette, until the moment of dispersal.

The e-mail, titled, "LSD/WRIGLEY ASSEMBLY SITREP#12 - CPIC" was sent by SGT. Delon Freund, Chicago Police Department Crime Prevention and Information Center (CPIC) Fusion Center to a BCC (Blind Carbon Copy) list of high-ranking department brass as follows:

AlllncìdentsChiefs; News Affairs; #Exempt; Panepinto, Leo; Gentile, William F; DOCCounterTerrorismSection; OpenSourcePersonnel; Sherman, Todd J.; Captains

The documents further show that Chicago Police planned for a mass arrest scenario, assigning two district lock-ups ahead of time to be used. The two lock-ups were located at the 019th and 025th districts.

In planning for mass arrests, the department had police vans ready from their Central Detention unit, and they assigned a cadre' of Detectives from Area North and Area Central to the 025th district specifically to assist with mass arrests.

According to CPD documents, the following CPD Legal Officers were on-site to deal with any mass arrests that occurred:

Asst, General Counsel Dana O'Maliey, Beat 3C

Legal Olïìcer I I P.O. David Bryja, Beat 3CD,

Legal Officer II / Sgt. Joe Bird, Beat '3CE

Legal Officer II / Sgt. Jeff Fronczak Beat 3CG

The order given to Area North Deputy Chief Alfonse Magode was
"The Commanding Officer will assign 3 Prisoner Van equipped with Mass Arrest Kits to this event, Prisoner vans will report at 1400.hours. Specific locations àre determined by the lncident Commander as follows (redacted)"

On page six of the ICS General Message, there is a directive telling the Area North Deputy Chief to assign the helicopter unit to the event for the duration. During the event, Chicago-One and others who were listening to Chicago Police radio traffic, heard Area North Deputy Chief Alfonse Nagode (Car 43) ask CPD Helicopter-2 if the CPIC video-feed was streaming.

Chicago-One News performed a FOIA request for that footage, and was told in writing by the Chicago Police FOIA Unit that the Chicago Police Department is so-far unable to locate that footage.

The Chicago Police Department document listed in #2 in the document list above, was sent to

Eddie T, JohnsonSuperintendent of Police

Fred L, WallerChiefBureau of Patrol

Melissa A. Staples Chief, Bureau of Detectives

Noel Sanchez Chief, Bureau of Organized Crime

Barbara J, West Chíef, Bureau of Organizational Development

Jonathan H. Lewin Chief, Bureau of Technicaf Services

Eddie L. Wetch, llI Chief, Bureau of lnternal Affairs

The document names Area North Deputy Chief Alfred Nagode (Car43) as the overall Commander for the event (Incident Commander), and tells all CPD personnel incurring overtime to use event# 122-1298. That event number is then applied to all documents for this protest.

The documents obtained by Chicago-One show that district tactical units were used from 5 districts. The order specifically stated the following:

"The Distríct Commanders of {he following districts 016, 017, 019, 020, and 024 will assign Tactical Teams to report in uniform to Incident Commander Deputy Chief Alfred Nagode Car 43 at 1400 hours in the 019th district 850 W. Addison for roll-call and insoection. Ëach team will consist of One (1) Sergeant and Eight (8) Police 0fficers.

Teams: 1663, 1763, 1963, 2A63, 2463"

The public would be interested to know that other Chicago Police personnel working the protest of August 2nd, 2018, came from Area Saturation Teams, Gang teams, Gun teams, SWAT, K9, CPD Public Transit, Bomb & Arson, Mounted Unit, Bureau of Organized Crime, Area Central Bike Unit, etc.

"The Incident Action Plan Signature Page notes "The lncident Commander must submit a Special Events Evatuation Report (CPD 11,466¡ within 10 days of the conclusion of this event. This document is available through Resources and Forms on the Special Events and Liaison Unit Webpage"

Chicago-One attempted to FOIA this document, but was told in writing by Chicago Police that the document has not yet been sent to the CPD FOIA Unit by Nagode.

In addition, the department also told their supervisory personnel this on that same page:

"All supervisory personnel assigned to this detail, observing anoperation or assignment that will be beneficial to future events, rnaysubmit a Special Events Evaluation Report (CPD 1 1.466) with their recommendations."

At this time, it is unknown how many, if any, arrests were made during the protest.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Alleged Offender Walks Free After Accused of Criminal Sexual Abuse On-Board Inbound Flight to Midway Airport


Midway Airport - Chicago, IL

Chicago-One News has learned of a Criminal Sexual Abuse case that occurred on a flight to Chicago Midway Airport just days ago.

The Chicago Police told Chicago-One via e-mail that on August 2, 2018 at approximately 10:30 am a criminal sexual abuse case report was generated by a 29-year-old female under RD# JB-375768.  The female victim stated to police that she awoke mid -flight on an inbound plane to a 23-year-old male offender touching her arm and breasts. No arrest made as victim declined to sign complaints. The victim also declined EMS and was advised of warrant procedures.

Because Chicago Police did not give any airline or flight information, on August 10th, 2018, Chicago-One News spoke with the two biggest carriers at Midway, Southwest and Delta. Chicago-One also spoke with the FAA on the same date.  Both airlines and the FAA said in e-mails to Chicago-One News that they have no reports on file regarding incidents on August 2nd, 2018. Chicago-One attempted contact with Porter and Volaris, but could not reach anyone.

According to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, in an April 2018 piece on the agency's website, "Sexual assault aboard aircraft—which usually takes the form of unwanted touching—is a felony that can land offenders in prison. Typically, men are the perpetrators, and women and unaccompanied minors are the victims."

In that same April 2018 piece, FBI Special Agent David Gates, who is based at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and regularly investigates these cases, said,  “We are seeing more reports of in-flight sexual assault than ever before,”

The FBI has airline travel safety precautions that airline passengers can take.

Among suggested precautions:

Trust your gut. Offenders will often test their victims, sometimes pretending to brush against them to see how they react or if they wake up. “Don’t give them the benefit of the doubt,” Gates said. If such behavior occurs, reprimand the person immediately, and consider asking to be moved to another seat.

Recognize that mixing alcohol with sleeping pills or other medication on an overnight flight increases your risk. “Don’t knock yourself out with alcohol or drugs,” Gates said.

If your seatmate is a stranger, no matter how polite he or she may seem, keep the armrest between you down.

If you are arranging for a child to fly unaccompanied, try to reserve an aisle seat so flight attendants can keep a closer watch on them. Highley has seen victims as young as 8 years old.

If an incident happens, report it immediately to the flight crew and ask that they record the attacker’s identity and report the incident. “Flight attendants and captains represent authority on the plane,” Gates said. “We don’t want them to be police officers, but they can alert law enforcement, and they can sometimes deal with the problem in the air.” The flight crew can also put the offender on notice, which might prevent further problems.

Chicago-One contacted the Chicago Department of Aviation for information and comment, and the department said they don't have information on anything that occurs aboard aircraft, even on the ground at Chicago airports, and said only individual airlines would have information or ability to comment.