Monday, April 26, 2021

Chicago Police Dept Releases Bureau of Detectives Violent Crimes Investigation Training Manual


When a violent crime occurs in the city of Chicago, it takes a specialized team of people to respond, gather and process evidence, identify and interview witnesses, then identify and pursue the suspect. Becoming a violent crimes Detective takes a special kind of person who can hear the victim's story and see what is often a violent scene. Violent crimes investigation comes with serious responsibility. While violent crimes Detectives are often heroes to the victims and families they come into contact with, there is another side to this kind of work. 

Soaring violent crimes stats in Chicago mixed with the effects of secondary/vicarious trauma on the Detectives who work these cases has too often meant that Detectives can become indifferent, insensitive, and they just as often refuse to talk to the victims and their families. This leaves violent crime victims and their families without the transparency they deserve. Detectives need victim and witness cooperation, but how can these individuals cooperate when they have no idea what the investigation process looks like? Detectives are at a loss because of decades of documented corruption within the Chicago Police Department involving the torture of suspects based on race, leading to hundreds of false confessions; the mistreatment and abuse of activists and protesters dating all the way back to the 1968 Democratic National Convention which sparked an FBI investigation, and then the more recent shootings of minors LaQuan McDonald and Adam Toledo.  

For many decades, the residents and visitors of the City of Chicago have had serious questions about what the training of Chicago Police Detectives consists of. How many classroom and field training hours do they get? What is it exactly that violent crimes Detectives are being taught? HOW are they being instructed? 

Many victims of violent crimes and their families have no idea where the report goes after they make that report. They have no idea what the priority system is, or what happens during case management and the process of getting the case assigned to a Detective. Victims and their families almost never have any idea what happens during scene processing, evidence collection, and evidence testing. Who are the case Detectives working with?

The Chicago Police Department's Investigative Development Group, the training authority of the department's Bureau of Detectives, is responsible for teaching Detectives everything they know, and making sure they are taught how to put everything they learn into practice.

Chicago-One submitted a Freedom of Information Act Request to the Chicago Police Department FOIA Unit back in 2019 for the complete Chicago Police Department Detective training course. The FOIA Unit pretended to have "lost" the request, and then dragged their feet for months until Chicago-One sued in Cook County Circuit Court. Attorneys for the city relented before the case could make it into the courtroom, and produced the 1,500+ page manual in early 2021. 

This 1,500+ page violent crimes investigation training manual includes training for the Lead Homicide Detectives (entire course), Chicago Police Dept Forensic Services training (entire course), and Sex Crimes Detective training (entire course). 

The release of this manual has been decades in the making, and thanks to the help of Matt Topic and his team of FOIA attorneys at Loevy & Loevy, the residents and visitors of Chicago will now have a higher level of transparency regarding violent crimes investigations. Victims and their families deserve answers. Today, they get to have those answers.

This file was initially embargoed by Chicago-One while some legal details were sorted out. This release was planned to be done incrementally in a series of news articles, but then the wrongful raid of the home of Anjanette Young was uncovered, followed by the shooting of 13 year-old Adam Toledo by 011th District Bureau of Patrol Police Officer Eric Stillman, followed by the tragic shooting of 7 year-old Jaslyn Adams which resulted in a surveillance operation against one of the people accused of participating in her death wherein Chicago Police then shot the accused who was identified by police as 18 year-old Marion Lewis. Police say they saw him attempt to carjack a car with a family inside and recovered two guns.

Chicago-One decided that this manual needed to be made public without any further delay. 

See the full manual below as produced by the Chicago Police Dept FOIA Unit

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Body Found in Car on City's NW Side


Date: 14 April 2021

Address: 5821 W. Grand and 2160 N. Marmora (Marmora & Grand, just south of Grand)

Time: 11:31:50AM

Beat of Occurrence: 2515

Beat of Assign: 2515

Assisting Beats: 2511

Supervising: 2530, 2561, 

UCR: 0110

RD# JE-199141

Event# 05556

Response and Initial Investigation Summary

This is Event# 

This is a BWC event. 

This report should not be read alone, but should be read in conjunction with all other reports filed with Records Division Number 

All information in this report is in-essence only and not verbatim unless otherwise noted. 

R/Os dispatched via Z12 radio OEMC to Grand and Marmora on a call of a person who found a body in the trunk of a car. OEMC stated this call to be a person calling for help w/ a body in the trunk of a grey Caddy (short for cadillac). 

Upon arrival, R/Os met with caller and detained him. 2561 also on-scene. 2530 confirmed one body in the trunk. 2520 to come w/ tape, 2511 also offered a response to bring tape. 2599 also confirmed body in trunk. Spanish speaker requested. Vehicle has Illinois plate [redacrted]

2530 requested a check of 5821 W. Grand in the shop. 2573 assigned. 2580 on-scene with 25D12. 2524 on-scene. 2580-A on-scene 

5821 Grand has a call history from earlier today. Call came in at 11:03AM as a call-back 

2561 attempting to make entry through rear at 5821 Grand 

2521 confirms crime scene in the garage 5821 Grand

2535 at 5821 Grand with 2525. 2573 has crime scene control

25D15 on-scene at Grand ave. 2532 at Marmora scene 

2515 called to 5821 Grand earlier today at 1103am and same beat o/s at 1107am

11:48:18 - units on Marmora ordered to turn cameras off  

11:53:33 AM - Address of occurrence for primary crime scene changed to 5821 Grand 

Per 2520 -  2533 and 2525 are guarding the crime scene at Grand 

25D14 traffic control - Grand & Marmora

25D10 Assigned 25D12 and 25D13 to guard crime scene at south end of Grand & Marmora (11:56:20)

2500 o/s at 11:56:20

25D15 enroute to the scene from 025. Was in 025 with 2512 waiting for Area 5 Detectives (11:56:20)

12:06:42 2515 asked by Z12 to call the ME and Crime Lab

12:12:32 - 2513 transporting a witness to Area 5 by order of 2520

5511 (Area 5 Violent Crimes) - Asks for Crime Lab at the Marmora address (12:14:59)

5560 (Area 5 Sgt) asks for time 1st 025th District car arrived. 2512 was 1st o/s 11:32AM

5514 checked-in with CW 2 at 12:14:22 regarding Crime Lab assignment for Marmora, CW 2 said the zone hasn't made all notifications yet and they still need assigned units to make requests for service

12:30:08 - 2nd request for 2515 to call the crime lab

2530 clears 2532 at 12:40:22

1:25:18 2532 assigned the crime scene on Grand

1:29:02 2515 enroute to 025 to work on the report for this incident

1:47:49 2530 needs two late cars for Grand & Marmora and the 2nd for south end of 2140 Marmora

1:48:39 PM - Z12 3rd Watch signs-on   

Address is bounded to the North by Grand Ave and to the South by Dickens. Address bounded to the west by Mason and to the East by Monitor. Lighting conditions were light w/ minor overcast and weather conditions were just at or slightly below 50 degrees F.   

Upon arrival, R/Os found a deceased male victim who appeared to be in his 40s in the trunk of the vehicle. CFD notified, victim pronounced at scene by telemetry. Vehicle was towed to Cook County Medical Exainer's Office where R/Os and R/Ds were met by Allied who removed body and placed body onto gurney and took body into M.E.'s office. 

See Area 5 Detective Supplemental Reports and Investigative File Inventory sheet for more. This case is open and active.    


2524 at 2:48:08PM - Req body removal at the M.E.'s office. Dispatcher confused. 2524 explains he is with a car that has the body inside, and Allied will be needed to remove the body from the vehicle once they arrive at the ME's office. Vehicle to be towed to the M.E.'s office. 5830 confirms 2524 is correct, and states Allied 

Requesting Officer: Santos - Star# 15654 

Detective Lynn - Star# 21384 

M.E. White #21

M.E.# 2021-03948

Body removal canceled by CW2 at 3:07:25 because 2524 wasn't at the M.E. yet, and advised to recontact upon arrival at M.E.

2523 on CW2 at M.E. 3:58:23, requesting officer: Cwynar - Star# 17165 

Williams #87

Console Time: 4:03PM

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Convicted Child Sex Offender Served on Board of Chicago Non-Profit Chicago FM Club

Screen capture of the Chicago FM Club website featuring convicted child sex offender Bruce D Schrader

Chicago Police Department records released on March 31st, 2021, show that Bruce D. Schrader, a lifetime Chicagoan, was able to escape Illinois sex offender notification laws and hide his background from sometime in the 1990s until his death on November 7th, 2020. 

Even though Schrader was a convicted sex offender, he was able to successfully obtain an amateur radio license from the Federal Communications Commission. The license was set to expire on 11/13/2023, but the FCC issued the license 21 years ago in the year 2000 when Schrader lived in Chicago's West Humboldt Park community at 4305 W. Hirsch, the address listed by Chicago Police when he was arrested in 1996 for violating Illinois Sex Offender Registration laws. 

Screen capture of Schrader's FCC amateur radio license from the ULS Database
Screen capture of the FCC record showing issuance of Schrader's 1st FCC license years after his arrest for violating Illinois Sex Offender Registry Laws

According to U.S. Federal Laws found in U.S. CFR Part 97 §97.1 Basis and purpose, amateur radio operators are to fulfill 5 basic tenets. 

Screen grab courtesy of the ARRL

Possessing an amateur radio license gave Schrader access to things sex offenders can use for evasion of law enforcement authorities while also having easy access to young people under the age of 18 due to the appeal of technology to this age demographic. The first thing it provided was access to two way radio equipment which can easily ne used to monitor law enforcement operations, a function of amateur radio equipment protected by FCC docket, memorandum and order PR91-36, which gives special legal protection to amateur radio equipment possessed by those holding a current and valid amateur radio license.

Screengrab from the FCC site informing the public of PR91-36

Amateur radio can be a sex offender's paradise for another reason. As demonstrated in the beginning of this report, anyone can look-up the address of any amateur operator. Once a sex offender makes contact with an underage victim on amateur radio frequencies, finding that child is easy as looking up their callsign or their parent's callsign if a parent or guardian in the home is licensed. Amateur operators often exchange e-mail addresses on amateur frequencies, and registered users of the website can look-up e-mail addresses and other facts about amateur radio licensees that could be used by sex predators to bait a victim. 

Disguising himself as a harmless communications geek with a legitimate interest in amateur radio, Schrader worked himself into the Chicago FM Club, a non-profit radio hobbyist and public service group that was incorporated as a non-profit in 1965 according to State of Illinois documents. 

State of Illinois Incorporation Certificate recognizing CFMC as a non-profit organization 

During his time with the Chicago FM Club, Schrader was eventually elected to the organization's Board of Directors, a position that gave him even greater potential for access to children. Schrader also served as the head of the organization's "Field Day" event which is conducted in coordination with, and under rules set by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). This is a yearly event that has both a summer and winter date that tends to draw lots of youth. There is no requirement for background checks to participate, no rules preventing adults and children from contacting each other, and no rules for proper supervision of children who participate. 

Schrader's status as a convicted sex offender stems from a series of sexual criminal incidents from December 1985 through February of 1986 wherein he is documented to have sexually abused and sexually assaulted a victim approximately 12 times between those two dates, according to this Chicago Police Department Arrest Report. This series of attacks resulted in Schrader being charged with Criminal Sexual Assault, Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault, Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, and Incest. 

Schrader's Chicago Police Department Arrest Report from 1986 
Schrader's Chicago Police Department RAP Sheet shows he was indicted, tried, and convicted in the series of sexual attacks against his victim, and shows further that he was consequently sent to the Illinois Department of Corrections for six years, and in 1996, while residing at 4305 W. Hirsch, he failed to abide by the laws governing sex offender registrant compliance.
Schrader's Chicago Police Department RAP Sheet showing his sex crime charges, conviction, sentencing, and failure to comply with Illinois Sex Offender Registry laws

Like the vast majority of registered sex offenders, including those who have completed their legal requirement to register as a sex offender, Schrader moved around quite a bit through the years, living mostly in Chicago's geographic area covered by the Chicago Police Department's 025th District. The dates given with the addresses pertain to the time period shown in the FCC ULS database and Chicago Police records. The appropriate Chicago Police Dept beat for each address is listed for ease of reference.  

4003 W. Palmer
Chicago, IL, 60639 (Beat 2525)

CHICAGO, IL 60630 (Beat 1712)
(Feb of 2000)

5013 W. Oakdale
CHICAGO, IL 60641 (Beat 2521)
(June of 2000)

1369 W. GREENLEAF - Apt 206 (Beat 2423)
(May of 2001)

4305 W. Hirsch
CHICAGO, IL 60651 (Beat 2534)
(Oct 31st of 2005)

4104 W. Wabansia Apt 3E
CHICAGO, IL 60639 (Beat 2534)
(Nov 18th 2010)

6234 W. Grand Ave Garden apt South
CHICAGO, IL 60639 (Beat 2512)
(May 13th, 2013)

CHICAGO, IL 60630 (Beat 1622)
(Sept 24th, 2018 until his death in Nov 2020)

While hiding his past, Schrader became the founder of the "Night Watch" net on the Chicago FM Club 70cm UHF band repeater system, a net that is/was dedicated to the men and women of our nation's public safety community. The Chicago FM Club started holding meetings at the 016th District Chicago Police Station while Schrader was a Board Officer. The Chicago FM Club has a contingent of retired and current active-duty police officers among their membership rolls, which makes it even more concerning that Schrader was able to go undetected. 

The Federal Communications Commission did not require felony background checks when Schrader's license was first issued. The FCC started requiring felony background checks within the last year or so. Even with this new background check requirement in place, the FCC allows license applicants to keep their felony history a secret by following a special procedure. 

If you believe your child was contacted by Schrader, you can contact the Chicago Police Department Special Investigations Unit at 312-492-3700. The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is part of a Multi-Disciplinary Task Force operating out of the Chicago Children's Advocacy Center. The partnership with the CCAC started in August of 2001 and has been on-going ever since. SIU investigates allegations of the sexual assault/abuse of all children under the age of 13 as well as all family related sexual assault/abuse cases where the victim is under the age of 18. SIU also conducts investigations into the use of the internet in the distribution of Child Pornography as well as the Indecent Solicitation of children. Specially trained detectives are members of the Illinois Crimes against Children task force and frequently put on presentations for schools and community groups.