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Blue Island, IL

Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Duped by Peloquin

Ok, yes, benefits of having a career, in law enforcement, not to mention the fact that they have to wear a bullet proof vest at work because of the risk of being shot. So are you saying police officers don't deserve health benefits and pension? What is your point in all this?  (Oct 14, 2012 | post #41)

Blue Island, IL

Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Duped by Peloquin

Let me guess, you also believe that the US government planned the 9/11 attacks, and they also had Kennedy killed. Yes, Peloquin has certain officers "manufacture " their own hours. Go eat some more paste...  (Oct 14, 2012 | post #38)

Blue Island, IL

Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Duped by Peloquin

Give an example of a perk that would add to your salary. And a pension doesn't get collected until age 50, and isnt collected WHILE youre working, so it doesn't add anything to your salary. It is something you pay into. So far nothing you've said is true, but I'll give you a chance at explaining. If you mean that an officer can exceed $100,000 total, throughout his or her career, yes, then you are absolutely correct.  (Oct 14, 2012 | post #37)

Blue Island, IL

Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Duped by Peloquin

Maybe with a ton of overtime, some might reach that amount, but as far as regular pay, police officers start around $45K, and after 6 years, top out at around $67K. So your information that police officers in Blue Island make $100,000 is false. Chicago PD doesn't even make that much. Either way, it's not really relevant anyway. Cops and teachers don't make enough to deal with the things they deal with every day.  (Oct 13, 2012 | post #34)

Blue Island, IL

Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Duped by Peloquin

They don't get paid $100,000. The patrolman's top pay is around $67,000 or something. Maybe the chief's salary is around $100K.  (Oct 13, 2012 | post #32)

Blue Island, IL

Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Duped by Peloquin

Six figures? That's funny!!  (Oct 13, 2012 | post #29)

Blue Island, IL

Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Duped by Peloquin

Yes, you're right, however just because someone gets a ticket or gets arrested, and gets mad at the cops, doesn't mean that the cop is a problematic cop who beats people and is racist... CASA likes to call the police officers criminals and racists and everything else, yet hasn't shown any proof to back that up. CASA likes to shove Antonio Manriqie down everyone's throat, to show that the police are killers and are targeting Hispanics. What happened to Mr Manrique was very unfortunate, but it was not a cold blooded beating where Mr. Manrique lay dead in an alley way. He was tackled to the ground by an officer. It was a case if mistaken identity and they called an ambulance and Mr Manrique passed away in the hospital several days later. Again, not saying the officers were not at fault for his death, but the police are not killers, just because CASA thinks he knows something about them. They are the good guys, and would protect all of you from death if given the opportunity.  (Oct 13, 2012 | post #26)

Blue Island, IL

Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Duped by Peloquin

Ok, firing hoglund, I can't say I disagree on that. Hiring a bilingual officer... I believe there are already several bilingual officers. Or did you mean you would hire one of "your bilingual friends" to go in and make findings, showing that YOU were right about something? I don't believe you could have a board made up of civilians to rule on police matters... Sounds like you want to have the trial before you even investigate anything, but I guess if it was investigated by your bilingual friend then the police would automatically be guilty, no matter what the charge. Political hiring of police officers?? I believe police officers have to pass tests that are mandated by the state, and monitored by the civil service commission. Can't get hired to be the police without meeting the qualifications. How would you judge what would be considered "unnecessary " violence towards citizens? Or would it just be any Hispanic citizen that makes a complaint about an officer is right and that officer would have to answer to you and you turn and make an example of that officer because you would want to show how much you are "cleaning up" the police department. I bet if the black community made the same complaints, you wouldn't take the same steps, or whites for that matter. That being said, what would you do if you found that the officer was within his power to do what he or she did, and the city gets sued for $500,000? Lets say they will settle for $100,000, however if you fight it in court it will cost the taxpayers $300,000 for lawyer fees and the possibility of losing and having to pay another $500,000. You would settle. Settling in court does NOT mean you are rolling on your back and pleading guilty. It's simple economics. These days people can sue for anything. And more often then not it is cheaper to settle then to attempt to fight in court. I think Blue Island has a good police force. I was born and raised in Blue Island. Yeah, it has changed a lot in the last 20 years, but there is a reason it has not become a Harvey or Cal Park. The police department has a huge part in that. CASA, your just a wanna be politician. All you want to do, is make Blue Island run by Hispanics, which I guess wouldn't be a bad thing, but once that happened, you would just favor the Hispanics, and as long as it was just white and black people being disrespected by the police, THAT would be ok, just don't hurt the Hispanics. You're pathetic CASA. I will continue to pray for you though. I feel bad for you, you must be miserable. Take care.  (Oct 13, 2012 | post #22)

Blue Island, IL

Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Duped by Peloquin

Ok, before I respond to that statement, let me ask you CASA, how would handle things like that if you were in charge?  (Oct 12, 2012 | post #16)

Blue Island, IL

Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Duped by Peloquin

Yeah that list of lawsuits dated from 1985 up to now really showed a lot of police brutality suits... It showed a total of four (that's 4, for you morons that can't actually read letters) lawsuits against the police department. Three (3) of which were for parking tickets. The fact of the matter, it doesn't matter who is mayor, city's get lawsuits filed on them all the time. Police departments get sued. It happens. You think a new mayor is going to magically stop lawsuits from happening? Wake up. Besides, the guy was mayor for almost thirty years!!! He was obviously doing something right.  (Oct 12, 2012 | post #11)

Blue Island, IL

Remember Antonio Manrique

So people in Blue Island are affraid of the police because they beat people? Man, you would think the media would be all over that. Do the police in Blue Island constantly just pick random people and beat them into submission because they think its fun or something. I don't get it... Sounds like someone just has an axe to grind.  (Oct 9, 2012 | post #3)