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)


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.

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