Thursday, August 7, 2008

To Serve and Protect

I haven't blogged in such a long time. There's always something fun and interesting going on in Chicago, but for some reason I didn't feel like writing about them. Lollapalooza has come and gone, fall clothes are popping up in store windows, but I will not begin my mourning for another summer gone and a winter drawing closer and closer. Not until September anyway...

On to the topic of this blog. Chicago's Police Department is notorious for corruption, racial profiling, and undue violence towards citizens, guilty and innocent alike. Come to think of it, you could probably make the same claims for police forces across the nation, albeit not as high profile as the men and women in blue of NY, LA, and the CHI.

Just today I found out someone I saw at Five Star (1424 W. Chicago—$2 Tecate and .10 wings on Wednesdays!) is 1- an undercover cop and 2- a drug dealer. Earlier this spring, I had to stop a good friend from getting his ass kicked by an undercover cop and his posse. The cop goaded him on, only to flash his badge and growl something along the lines of, "What you gonna do now?"

Today's Sun-Times has an article, sharing a few stories of cops abusing their power. The most ridiculous tale? Officer Barbara Neversof the Belmont police district. She was suspended for more than 15 months, after demanding free coffee from Starbucks on the North side between 2001 to 2004, "yelling when they refused her demands and showing her weapon."

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