Another Police Lawsuit for the tax payers
Posted in the Dixmoor Forum
#1 Feb 5, 2014
Here is the statement that was filed in federal court:
The misconduct described in this Count was undertaken pursuant to the policy and practice of the City of Blue Island by its Police Department in that:
a. As a matter of both policy and practice, the Blue Island Police Department directly
encourages, and is thereby the moving force behind, the very type of misconduct at
issue here by failing to adequately train, supervise and control its officers, such that is
failure to do so manifests deliberate indifference;
b. As a matter of policy and practice, the Blue Island Police Department facilitates the
very type of misconduct at issue here by failing to adequately punish and discipline
prior instances of similar misconduct, thereby leading Blue Island Police Officers to
believe their actions will never be scrutinized and, in that way, directly encouraging
future abuses such as those affecting Plaintiffs;
c. Generally, as a matter of widespread practice so prevalent as to comprise municipal
policy, officers of the Blue Island Police Department abuse citizens in a manner similar
to that alleged by Plaintiff in this Count on a frequent basis, yet the Blue Island Police
Department makes findings of wrongdoing in a disproportionately small number of
d. As a matter of policy and practice, the Blue Island Police Department makes its officers
aware that if there are no corroborating witnesses or evidence which support a
complainant’s version of the events in question, complaints of unlawful arrests and
improper seizures will never be sustained against them;
e. Municipal policymakers are aware of (and condone and facilitate by their inaction) a
“code of silence” in the Blue Island Police Department, by which officers fail to report
misconduct committed by other officers, such as the misconduct at issue in this case;
Why is it that everyone else in the entire world can see that BIPD has real problem with violence and misconduct but our police department and elected officials cannot?
Police Officer Jamie Schultz was the defendant in the 2003 beating of another Hispanic man who just had back surgery. That case cost the taxpayers $300,000. That's enough $$ to open our bridges.
Listen Folks: That settlement money is the tip of the iceberg. There will be court costs, attorney fees, depositions, we will pay for all of it. These lawsuits drain our resources and make us the laughing stock of the south suburbs.
As one suburban trustee told me "Black and Blue Island" "If the police don't kill you; the pot holes will!" The people of Blue Island deserve better.
#2 Feb 5, 2014
Perhaps you should fill out an application, go through the testing process, complete three months of Academy training, learn how to properly handle the tools of their trade, and go out there on the street.
I would be foolish to ask you to identify yourself to the folks. I would love to see how you would handle the "Underbelly" of our community. Not to steal Jack Nicholson's line, but perhaps you should man a post Son !
Tell us all how you would deal with the Extremely Violent people who are lurking our streets morning, noon, and night. You gonna give um a big slobbering kiss and send them on their way ?
Tell us all how you could do it better than the men and women who risk their lives for this city. Tell us how you and you superior ways can fix the problems facing the folks who live and work here.
since you are such an "Expert" on law enforcement, policy, and Finance, please enlighten everyone about how you would fix Blue Island and its' Police Department.
Those Officers who you so eloquently just slammed take care of problems and violence as you hide behind your computer and your fake screen name. Perhaps you sit there In the comfort of your home salivating over the next police officer who is accused of something, you sit there waiting to pounce at the opportunity to attempt to bring further discredit to an agency, who's very existence repulses you, but remember the three numbers you will call when you need those men and women the most.
I'd be a little more concerned with your own demons, perhaps "Voter Fraud" last fall, or did you conveniently forget about that.
Let me tell you this, you only think you have the answers. You are a tough one until you awaken and realize you were dreaming.
Identify yourself or close that hole under your nose.
until you are ready to lay down your life for the greater good of the people of Blue Island, LOCK IT UP !
#3 Feb 5, 2014
ouch! it is cheaper just to shoot em though
#4 Feb 5, 2014
Where are these extremely violent people? If what you say is true; Why hasn't the Mayor, Director of Health and Safety, or any of the Alderman alerted the Blue Island community at any of the city council meetings, through the water bills, or the municipal tv station?
#5 Feb 5, 2014
You may need to connect with the Keebler Elves for your next Coconut Dreams fix.
#6 Feb 6, 2014
Attorney Mayor Vargas usual comment, we cannot comment on current city litigation. What about the taxpayer has a right to know what happened! The games continue, no money for the bridges and streets to be repaired.
#7 Feb 6, 2014
I will get back to you.......
#8 Feb 6, 2014
Thank you very much CASA, Attorney Mayor Vargas who was given an Award by Cook County States Attorney Alvarez, continues the city policy set in place over thirty years ago. The police brutality continues and the Attorney Mayor sits in silence, giving the message that everything is just great. What does he know?
#9 Feb 6, 2014
What will it take to stop this?
#10 Feb 6, 2014
Good police work, following policies, and procedures from the top down.
*Use the squad Cameras, lapel cameras would also discourage crime, and increase police professionalism.
#11 Feb 7, 2014
No information on the water bill, municipal tv station, no robo call, no word from city hall. Why?
#12 Feb 7, 2014
Burn the bridges they are old and unsafe. If you don't like it save your food steps and move out to crestwood where they care about their residents
#13 Feb 7, 2014
If you think Crestwood cares about their residents you are a fool.
#14 Feb 7, 2014
What are food steps? And Crestwood cares? You must have had a lot of that "clean" water Crestwood cared enough to give to the residents.
#15 Feb 10, 2014
Well, actually it isn't. After the police beating death of Antonio Manrique, the city spent 7 years in court with the family. The settlement was finally $1 million but the city didn't pay it so the Clifford Lawyers hauled Blue Island back into court. The judge ordered B. I. to pay an additional $50,000 and all of the legal fees and court costs for both parties on this legal action. This is on top of the 1 million the city owed in the first place.
Blue Island would not or could not come up with the million dollars+ so it floated a bond sale to pay off the lawsuit. That means we paid for the selling costs and the interest on the bonds. Two attorneys I talked with figure we spent about $2 million total on this case. That's not cheap.
If B.I. really wants to save money and improve its local image, it needs:
A fully qualified police chief (not a patronage job for political hacks) who will implement high professional standards and a strict disciplinary policy for all officers.
Blue Island needs an independent police review board that will respond to all citizen complaints and insist on high professional standards from all police officers.
Blue Island needs a police department that reflects the diversity of the community and is respectful to its residents and is sensitive to its history.
#16 Feb 10, 2014
Live the Laws of the Land.
There are just 10.
Treat a person, the way you want to be treated.
With respect, kindness, and class
#17 Feb 11, 2014
CASA has done much good for Blue Island, and many many residents are thankful. Attorney Mayor Vargas understands how the legal game is played in Cook County, Il. He remains part of the problem, supported by the State Rep 28th district Robert Rita, and Cook County States Attorney Anita Alvarez. Mayor Vargas sat in silence with the deaths of Messrs. Manrique, Salgado,Robbie Silva. So you see how deep the corruption runs. CASA you must have the 1,500 people attend the city council meeting just as October 2004 to have change. You must encourage residents attend the committee meetings to be watch dogs.
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