Saturday, June 19, 2021

CWB Allows Homophobic Online Abuse of Gay Man for Being Sexually Assaulted, Racist and Violent Abuse Towards Man Accused of Attempting Sexual Assault of Woman


On June 19th, 2021, at 3:47PM, the popular CWB Twitter accunt posted a link to their blog in which they reveal that a gay man was sexually assaulted by a Grindr dating app contact he invited to his home. 

According to to the CWB blog, "A 30-year-old Lakeview man was beaten and robbed by a man he met on the Grindr dating app early Saturday, police said.

The victim told police he invited the man to his apartment on the 500 block of West Aldine around 3 a.m. After entering the unit, the offender punched, sexually assaulted him, and robbed the victim, according to a CPD report. He also transferred money out of the victim’s account using Venmo, the report said.

Detectives and an evidence technician were at the scene around 5:30 a.m. The victim declined medical attention, police said. Area Three detectives are investigating the case." - CWB quote

Shorty after the CWB blog posted to the popular twitter account, the blog's followers started joking about the sexual assault and blaming the victim. Because the Twitter users in question did not act to make their accounts private, a feature allowed by Twitter that is available to all Twitter users, the tweets are posted here without redaction or blurring.


This is not the first time CWB has posted about a sexual assault occurring in the city, and it also isn't the first time CWB has allowed their Twitter followers to joke about and post attacks either towards a victim or the accused offender. This is also far from the first time Twitter itself has done nothing to stop their users from posting jokes and attacks against sexual assault survivors, or those accused of such crimes. 

A CWB follower with anti-trans rhetoric in their Twitter bio quote-tweeted the original CWB tweet, saying "Local area man gets exactly what he wants from gay sex app"

On June 17th, 2021, CWB posted about an attempted criminal sexual assault allegedly committed by a man who they say was supposed to be registered as a sex offender. The victim was a cisgender woman. This time, the tone of CWB's followers was more compassionate. The differences between the behavior of CWB's followers on June 17th, 2021 was starkly different than when a gay man was sexually assaulted. 

The comments were still violent in this June 17th Twitter post, but not towards the female victim of a male offender. CWB instead allowed their followers to make violent and racist comments, and comments that would tend to incite violence towards the accused offender. One such Twitter user following CWB known as "South Loop Groyper", said "I appreciate the use of mugshots. The race of these super predators must be known.

Another Twitter user known as @sarcasticjohn in that same tread used rhetoric that would be defined as inciting violence, saying "Where are the violent shooters when you need one?"

At the end of the thread on that date, a Twitter user known as "The Hebrew Conservative" posted a link to a racist an anti-science blog post at a blog of the same name

Back on March 26th, 2021, CWB posted about an accused offender named Antoine Jackson who allegedly was out on parole while he allegedly sexually assaulted a female victim. 

This particular Twitter thread features a Twitter account using the handle @FloydMBFay1 calling for vigilantism, with a second user calling for an "agonizing death" for an accused person who hadn't yet had a trial. 

Then there's victim blaming by this account....

And of course, open and unmistakable racism, with a second user chiming in with a racist and false claim that equates reparations with criminality.  

The evidence is clear that CWB has remained silent in the face of the conduct displayed here, and there is a clear pattern and practice that CWB has engaged in whereby CWB uses language and behavioral tactics not yet banned by Twitter that CWB knows is harmful to the public in order to incite these kinds of replies. CWB has not stated publicly what measures they have taken to work with Twitter on the issues displayed here, if they've taken any. 

As of this time, the CWB Twitter account has 82.7K followers, a reach that make CWB and their followers a threat to public safety generally speaking when combined with their constant racism, misinformation, and disinformation. CWB is a threat to victims of violent crimes such as sexual assault when CWB stays silent on their followers literally harassing and blaming victims, and a threat to the constitutional rights of accused offenders who haven't had a trial due to the possibility of tainting any possible jury pool, any prosecutorial team, and/or judges who may see CWB's blog and twitter account.   

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Everything Chicagoans and City Visitors Need to Know About Chicago Police Case Report Processing, Case Management, Detective Assignment, Case Status and Case Closure

On Monday, April 26th, 2021, Chicago-One released the Chicago Police Department Bureau of Detectives Violent Crimes Training Manual through the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. The training manual was researched and put together by the department's Investigative Development Group (IDG). That training manual contains details about how the Chicago Police Department handles criminal case reports. 

This article will give the public an in-depth look at the exact procedures and protocols followed by the Chicago Police Department when you file a police report for either a misdemeanor, or a felony crime.

Those who are social media users, and those who also like to keep-up with what's happening on our city streets are likely familiar with the #ChicagoScanner, #CrimeisDown, #Chicago, #Chicagoland, and other Chicago-related Twitter hashtags. Those same people and millions of others are likely also familiar with the OpenMhz and Broadcastify audio streaming services where the public can listen in to Chicago Police radio communications between department units and the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications. Many Chicagoans or others who use these services, as well as anyone who has ever made a police report with the Chicago Police Dept. have heard of "RD Numbers" and "Event Numbers". 

Going to CrimeisDown will take you to the Chicago Scanner Listening and Media Reporting Style Guide. That guide gives some basics to start with that may help the reader understand what is being presented here a bit better. 

Chicago Police have never been even the tiniest bit open about the report process and the different ways a criminal case report can be handled by the city. Today, RIGHT NOW, the public gets to learn exactly what happens when you report a misdemeanor or felony crime to the Chicago Police Department, and an officer generates a case report. 

When you report a misdemeanor or felony crime to the Chicago Police Dept, the officer you speak with will generate what is called an "Original Case Incident Report". These used to be known as a "General Offense Case Report". 

What you see here are what the old blank case reports used to look like. Today's case reports ask for the same information, but are formatted differently.  

UCR and Location Code Sheet used to generate Chicago police Department Case Reports

This is what today's Chicago Police Dept reports look like. This case report has been blurred out because for this article, the contents of the report are non-applicable. Today's reports are generated with an RD Number (RD = Records Division), an Event Number (OEMC tracking number), and a Case I.D. number. All of this information is located in the upper right corner of the report. See CPD Policy S09-03-04 (Assignment and Processing of Records Division Numbers).  

When an officer or a detective generates one of these reports, you, the victim, get what is called a "Victim Information Notice". This notice contains all the information you need to pursue your case with the Chicago Police Dept. See below for copy of a blank Victim Information Notice.  These notices are available in several languages. 

Once you've made your report, and you have your Victim Information Notice, the case awaits approval by a Sgt. in the CIRA (Case Incident Reporting Application) system. 

Here's what happens next....

Your case report goes into the CHRIS system from CIRA after it's approved by a Sgt, and the Bureau of Detectives now has responsibility for reviewing your case report to determine if it meets the criteria for assignment to a Detective. This means that one of the 5 Chicago Police Dept Area Detective Divisions responsible for investigating and analyzing crime in the district where the crime occurred will be the Detective Area assigned to your case report. The review process for determining if a case report meets the criteria for assignment to a Detective is called "Case Management", and each Detective Area has a CMO (Case Management Office) where that determination is made.   


The whole premise of CPD's case management protocol and criteria for case assignment to a Detective is to protect the department's financial bottom line. The overall big question is "can we get away without assigning a Detective to this case?" and the next big question is "Well, if we HAVE to assign a Detective, is this a case we can easily close out with a successful arrest & prosecution while spending as little of the department's budget as possible?". They aren't thinking about the victim. 

Here are the different kinds of case assignments CPD looks at........

The Area Detective Division performs an Administrative Investigation to determine if a Detective even needs to be assigned.  

If your case goes to a Summary Detective, that Detective is going to scrutinize the case after speaking with you to get more details only if the case report didn't make certain things clear. That Summary Detective is evaluating whether or not your case needs to be sent for assignment to a Field Detective for Field Investigation. That is the only time a Summary Detective will contact you.

Should your case move beyond an administrative and/or summary investigation, and it gets assigned to a Detective for field investigation....

Your assigned Detective will speak with you, and may or may not need to physically meet you in person. That interview will be what gives that Detective enough information one way or another to decide what kind of supplementary report to complete, and which case status to assign.  If the assigned Detective can't make contact with you in-person or by any other means, you'll get a letter via U.S.P.S. stating that the Detective is trying to reach you. 

Just because your report falls under one of these listed report types does not mean that the case disappears from the assigned Detective's in-box

Report types that DO remove a case from a Detective's in-box........(remember, the type of supplementary report completed by the Detective changes the case status)

Now we can talk about what kinds of case status categories Detectives use! There are many, and this is where it can get confusing. Thanks to graphics, you won't have to worry about the confusion too much!

What do each of these statuses mean? How are these statuses defined, and what are the Detective's responsibilities? How does each status affect your case? CPD has given us all the answers to those questions in the graphics below.

The first thing to know and remember is that there are codes & classifications used in CHRIS that change the status of your case depending on what kind of supplementary report the assigned Detective writes. This was mentioned once above, but it is SOOOOOO important! Case status is EVERYTHING, especially if you or your loved one are the victim of a serious crime.

Depending on how much assistance you can give the assigned Detective, how cooperative you are, and what the Detective's investigation reveals by way of legal processes, the following are possible actions that Detective can take.

The name of the game as a Detective is to work the case until that Detective can clear it. The whole idea is to clear as many cases as possible, as quickly as possible. There are 5 final clearance codes in CHRIS on top of the 7 you see just above.  

You want your case to make it to this stage and stay in this stage until you get to classification code 3, and clearance code 1 (cleared/closed, arrest). This graphic defines progress. 

Sadly, this is where many of the most serious, complicated felony cases end. Those cases become cold cases if they happen to be homicides or something sex related. This graphic defines how a case arrives at the suspended status. 

This is a status you don't want your case to arrive at. An unfounded case opens you up to prosecution for making a false police report, a felony. Follow this status discussion carefully. Sometimes people report things that they truly believe are illegal, but end up as an unfounded report. 

The first graphic in the unfounded status discussion mentions Bureau of Detectives Special Order 15-04. Here's that special order. You won't find it in the CPD Directives System online. 

Now it's time to talk about the various types of case closure statuses as seen above in "Codes and Classifications"

Sometimes a Detective gets a case classified under the wrong UCR/IUCR code. When that occurs, the case has to be re-classified. This is a simple clerical procedure. 

You have no doubt seen CPD send out what we all know as a "Community Alert" after a crime pattern has taken place. Your local Detective Area is responsible for sending out those alerts when they believe that sort of action to be appropriate. When they eventually arrest the offender or offenders in crime pattern cases, the Detective submits a final case status report requesting the case be Cleared-Closed by Arrest and Prosecution - Multiple Clearance. 

This brings us to the end of this discussion on what happens after you file a police report in Chicago, and how the case is handled from the time it gets entered into their system. Chicago-One hopes neither you nor your loved ones ever need this information, but you can rest assured that should you ever become a person in need of such information, it's here for you.