Tuesday, December 01, 2015
How Do We Get Rid of Bad Cops From Aurora to Chicago?
If shooting someone laying on the ground isn't bad enough, it's becoming clear the murder of Laquan McDonald by Jason Van Dyke is only the tip of the iceberg.
Even at the scene, police officers did nothing to come to the aid of McDonald while he lay there. How do you explain that?
From the missing dashcam videos to questions of tampering with video at the local Burger King to who knew what, when and why all the way up to the mayor's office, there is much to explain.
Chicago and Aurora both have a similar situation in terms of the leadership of the police department controlled by corrupt political mafia regimes.
Both cities have a history of bad cops rising up while many good cops are kept under control.
We constantly hear from the good cops in Aurora that the political situation, corruption and schemes favor those who are bad.
Aurora's culture has allowed those engaged in nepotism, affairs, sexual misconduct, racism and corruption to be elevated.
To be fair, it's not just rotten commanders like Kristen Ziman and Joe Groom or bad ex-commanders like John Dobran, Michael Gillofo, Michael Nila.
Or even figurehead chiefs who were there to occupy space like Bill Powell or Greg Thomas.
There are many others who are elevated despite being jerks and arrogant punks to the public. Bad cops like Michael Abbs, Jim Boatman and many more. Or those who never should be a cop like Chris Tunney or Kim Groom because of their sexual relationships with other cops.
Then, there's the good guys who work in the trenches. Ironically, we don't name them at their request because they would be retaliated by the bad cops, but those good cops DO exist and they are the silent majority forced to somehow exist in a department that has often resembled a brothel or casino.
It's important to distinguish between the bad cops in leadership and the mostly good cops who are rank-n-file.
It's the rank-n-file cops who protested outside corrupt Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner's fundraiser, stood with the community against Weisner on numerous issues and have opposed his election every time.
So, it's not as simple as lumping all cops as good or bad.
The challenge is how to get rid of the bad ones when it's corrupt mayors and bad police leaders deciding who gets elevated.