MMB: Catanzara, Johnson, & Brown’s Truth

Spielman is at it again with a completely contrived political story devoid of context featuring FOP President John Catanzara. The FOP dropped a notice to her that they wanted a story in the news, and of course, Spielman lapped it up. By seeking and exploiting outrageous quotes (per her usual style), Spielman produces this useless Read more about MMB: Catanzara, Johnson, & Brown’s Truth[…]


MMB: Spielman & Kass #Fail

Why does the Fran Spielman just refuse to cite Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara’s nearly 50 complaints (10 sustained) and multiple suspensions when she quotes him? He has zero credibility on the issue of accountability. The way to communicate that to the public when you quote him is to cite the fact that Read more about MMB: Spielman & Kass #Fail[…]


FOIA: COPA FOP President Related Records

This FOIA request is being submitted to get more information about the circumstances that led to Chicago Police Officer and President of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) John Catanzara being striped of his police powers while an internal investigation is conducted by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability. Catanzara was just recently elected President Read more about FOIA: COPA FOP President Related Records[…]


FOP Watch: They Don’t Need Causation

Causation and correlation are different and someone should really explain the differences to the FOP Spokesman because it is perfectly clear he just does not get it. Or just doesn’t want to. That is also a possibility. This is a commentary on the FOP’s latest blog titled “The Politics of the Chicago Police Homicide Clearance Read more about FOP Watch: They Don’t Need Causation[…]

Vultures Exploiting Violence

One of Chicago’s biggest problems are the anonymous vultures that exploit crime and violence to push political agendas and or make a buck.  The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) is certainly an expert at these practices but today we are going to discuss an up and comer in the field. This is the northside anonymous Read more about Vultures Exploiting Violence[…]

50 Years

FOP Watch: 33 months of Foxx Cause 50 Years of Gun Violence

It turns out Kim Foxx’s 33 months in office have caused the last 50 years of gun violence in Chicago. Needless to say this is not an evidence based analysis but it one pushed by the FOP on a recent segment on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom show. They segment was seeking to cover the Mayor Read more about FOP Watch: 33 months of Foxx Cause 50 Years of Gun Violence[…]

Echo Chamber

FOP Watch: Echo Chamber

When all the voices you trust are locked within the same echo chamber it becomes very easy to think that facts and evidence are not integral elements of an argument. This is one of the reasons why the FOP’s arguments on social media and their blogs are lacking in evidence to support their conspiracy theories. Read more about FOP Watch: Echo Chamber[…]

Rank Hypocrisy

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 Read more about FOP Watch: Rank Hypocrisy Nothing New[…]

FOP Watch: Facts Don’t Stand in the Way of Knowing

Florian Sohnke’s recent devoid of facts critique published on Medium attempted to hold the author of a piece published at to account. The article on covers numbers released by the Lucy Parsons Labs regarding the execution of search warrants by the Chicago Police Department. The Sohnkecritique is ideologically driven and devoid of facts Read more about FOP Watch: Facts Don’t Stand in the Way of Knowing[…]

FOP Watch: Taking Responsibility Not a FOP Thing

Taking responsibility for their actions is obviously something the FOP leadership and their memberships are not very good at doing. Although at the same time they are very good at making sure other are taking responsibility for their actions. Even today the FOP still argues that: Jon Burge never tortured anyone let along the more Read more about FOP Watch: Taking Responsibility Not a FOP Thing[…]