FOP Watch: Rank Hypocrisy Nothing New

The rank hypocrisy routinely demonstrated by the FOP and their supporters never seems to stop surprising Chicagoans. The recent vote by their Board of Directors to fund the appeal of the three officers recently fired for covering up the murder of Laquan McDonald is just another prime example.

In an image the FOP posted to Facebook it states that they believe the firing is simply the Police Board bowing to political pressure. I guess they think that it is ok for officers to submit reports regarding an officer involved shooting that have no basis in reality. They also are fully in favor of the officer’s sergeant signing off on those bogus reports knowing they were false.

I think we can all agree that the behavior the Police Board found the officers guilty of is not the type of behavior we want either the Chicago Police Department or the FOP endorsing. At least in this case we got 1 out of 2.

Rank Hypocrisy

The officers were tried in state court for crimes related to the coverup. They were found not guilty largely on the trial judge’s assertion that for the officer to engage in a conspiracy to coverup the shooting they would have had to meeting to arrange the coverup. This type of thinking is largely also in line with the FOP’s position with the exception that the FOP also thinks the that the shooting of Laquan McDonald was in fact both justified and in line with the CPD’s guidelines. Yes…that is their position.

Now, at the same time FOP Spokesman Martin Preib’s social media is filled with allegations of a massive conspiracy theory between the main stream media in Chicago and the civil rights lawyers in Chicago.

Given this I have a couple questions for Preib:

1.  Where and when was the meeting between the media and civil rights lawyer?

2.  When the media hires new journalists does the group hold meetings to indoctrinate them to be part of the evil cabal? If so, where and when are they held?

Of course, the FOP doesn’t have answer to this challenge.

You see for the FOP members to conspire they need a secret meeting to be proven.

For the evil cabal of the media and the civil rights lawyers they don’t need any such meeting. It is just an act of nature for such evil people to conspire against the most honorable people in the country – our police. 

I am sure if you have been keeping up with our FOP Watch series you have figured out for yourself that the FOP leadership under this regime are not the deepest thinkers.

If they were they would have figured out that mutual interest is all it takes for a conspiracy to form. I have spoken with plenty of officers at all levels of the Department and they all tell me they know exactly what will be expected of them on scenes where officers have engaged in misconduct. They don’t need a meeting. It is knowledge they pick up over time working the streets.

Now, mutual interest can at the same time be used to explain why some journalists may align with civil rights lawyers in Chicago. They don’t need a meeting either. Having mutual political or financial interests is really all that is needed for parties to conspire even thought they never met or discussed the conspiracy.

The problem for the FOP is that mutual interests can also be explained why the vast majority of the media reports in Chicago are very favorable to the police without ever substantiating the vast majority of propaganda the Department puts out. Believe it or not reporters can also be biased various factors that align much more than the FOP wants to admit. 

Tracy has nearly two decades of experience researching and working within criminal justice systems. When Tracy began pursuing a career dedicate to system reform, he found that no single organization existed to promote evidence-based discussions among law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. Recognizing that citizens in Chicago deserved the right to demand transparency in their criminal justice system, Siska established the Chicago Justice Project. He received his Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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