Cops plan benefit for officer charged in fatal DUI

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    Oct 22, 2009 9:38 PM GMT
    http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2009/10/cops-planning-benefit-for-officer-charged-in-fatal-dui.html

    officer kills two people in fatal DUI. it's soooo terrible he has to suffer the consequences. let's get him a present!
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    Oct 22, 2009 10:00 PM GMT

    Cops are trained to stick together and the temperament and danger of the job fuels that togetherness. I don't expect them to abandon their comradeship because a wrong has been committed. With the charges facing this officer, I doubt their fundraiser will help him weasel out of serious charges and I'm sure he has a family too who did no wrong and could benefit from this benefit. Thank you....Sir, I said thank you.



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    Oct 23, 2009 12:21 AM GMT
    They should have a benefit for the victim's family.
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    Oct 23, 2009 1:06 AM GMT
    Oh I do believe they will have one for the victims now after this ridiculous event...
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    Oct 23, 2009 1:21 AM GMT
    wushu18t saidhttp://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2009/10/cops-planning-benefit-for-officer-charged-in-fatal-dui.html

    officer kills two people in fatal DUI. it's soooo terrible he has to suffer the consequences. let's get him a present!


    Last I checked in this country everyone is innocent until proven guilty, not the other way around. charged with and convicted of are different things. and while he may be guilty everyone is still entitled to a defense. for cops to close ranks and work to help a fallen comrade is not a strange thing.
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    Oct 23, 2009 1:18 PM GMT
    UGH!

    Wow this idiot kills to people and flees the scene and now he gets a PARTY!
    I undestand that police officers close ranks! What about the victim. He was drinking he chose to get behind the wheel which is a deadly weapon when you are impaired!

    This is just stupid! Two innocent people are dead and three families are affected by this insane act! Crazy!

    He's a police officer he knows better!icon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gif
  • Menergy_1

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    Oct 23, 2009 1:47 PM GMT
    We had a similar situation here in Santa Fe, NM, a year ago or so. A prominent younger ATTORNEY and a STATE POLICE OFFICER (and allegedly a third party in the car - but not yet found) struck and killed a pedestrian late at night after they had left a bar heavily inebriated, then fled the scene! Hit and run. The windshield was smashed, and the story was later that they didn't know they'd hit a person, thought it was a rock or something.

    Ironically, the victim had been the designated driver for another group of people, was walking to get their car, and was struck in the street on the way! (His blood alcohol was also sky high, it seems, according to autopsy reports, though....)

    This court case for vehicular manslaughter or homocide has been going on for some time here, verdict was guilty for the attorney, the state policeman's verdict is pending. There has also been underground talk that the lawyer and the police officer are allegedly gay and had been out on a date drinking...not hate talk, just chatter among the gay population here.

    I didn't see any such "blue shield" here as in the Chicago situation, to encircle the State police officer, though. Not unusual anywhere for that to happen, though.

    All in all, New Mexico has had a deplorable drunk driving epidemic for years and has done so little to take serious/prison time action to remove these drivers from the roads permanently. Many people here have multiple DWIs, still have their cars and their licenses! I don't get it. Big highway patrol sweeps, etc. --all for show, apparently.
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    Oct 23, 2009 1:48 PM GMT
    Double …UGH

    Don’t police have great insurance, Leave pay, sick pay?

    Sure it’s not enough to make the payments on a Lexus SUV.

    My partner actually gives money to our local FOP. Now, we will need to have a discussion about it.

    Just one bad apple?
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    Oct 23, 2009 2:26 PM GMT

    Here's a different take on what's happening...


    http://www.duiattorney.com/news/5985-benefit-for-cop-accused-of-dui-spurs-controversy
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    Oct 23, 2009 2:45 PM GMT
    Let this serve a warning. Wherever cops are partying (as in this upcoming benefit), clear the area of life and all precious property. They'll all get loaded and then get in their cars to drive home. Lookout, it's the Keystones on booze!
  • rnch

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    Oct 23, 2009 2:51 PM GMT
    1. how does a police officer make enough money to own a Lexus SUV?

    2. why wasn't this law breaker charged with second degree murder?
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    Oct 23, 2009 2:53 PM GMT
    Isn't a fleeing the scene...hmmm I DON"T KNOW A HIT AND RUN which also a class 3 felony!
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    Oct 23, 2009 2:55 PM GMT
    There may be other culpability in this depending on where he got drunk to the point of being 3x over the legal limit.
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    Oct 23, 2009 2:58 PM GMT
    OUTRAGEOUS! He should plead GUILTY!!!!!! Then again it is Chicago and the authorities stick to together no matter what! They are prolly thinking hmmm it was only two Latinos what value do they have!icon_evil.gificon_evil.gificon_evil.gif
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    Oct 23, 2009 3:01 PM GMT

    lol, rnch, he makes nearly 80,000 a year and lives w/his parents. His payments on a car like that would be about 1,000 to 1,200 per month.

    He's being charged with reckless homicide, aggravated DUI and leaving the scene of a fatal crash.

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    Oct 23, 2009 3:06 PM GMT

    Here they run red lights, don't use turn signals, and look at you cross eyed when they almost hit you.

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    Oct 23, 2009 4:19 PM GMT
    Anybody who lives in Chicago can tell you that the police here play by their own set of rules. This is the worst event (thus far) involving a drunk Chicago Police Officer and the public. Recently, a judge here let another drunk Chicago Police Officer off with a slap on the wrists afer this officer brutally beat a woman bartender up. The whole thing was caught on video and there was no doubt that he beat her severely. He'll be back on the job soon no doubt, probably with a pay raise and a promotion. These are two in a long, long list of complaints of criminal or at the very least derelict actions documented against the Chicago Police.

    I routinely see them break every conceivable traffic law they can. I have seen them verbally assault pedestrians who were legally crossing the street because they "dared" cross in front of an unmarked police car that was trying to turn right on red so that they could illegally park in front of a fire hydrant and go in to Starbucks. God forbid, they got delayed from a $5 cup of coffee for a whopping 30 seconds.

    I'll paraphrase what former Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Parker once said: "The single biggest problem in recruiting new officers is that we have to recruit from the human race". That in no way excuses the behavior of the unprofessional and criminal behavior of the police.

    Right out of High School I went through police basic training. I served as a Deputy Sheriff and then a Police Officer in Ohio for 6 years before going to reserve stauts so that I could continue my education and which I maintain. I know the hard work it takes and am well acquainted with the danger involved with that field. I also know what my badge means to me, it's an oath and a promise that I will do everything, up to and including giving my life to protect those who cannot protect themselves. For me, the badge means behaving in a professional and exemplary manner, being courteous and helpful and that is a behavior that happens in and out of uniform. I held myself when I was full time and still hold myself to a higher standard of respectful, responsible behavior toward others, something I credit my upbringing with, but reinforced by my training and standards in law enforcement.

    These unprofessional, criminal officers do not represent all police officers, including the Chicago Police. For all of the ones I've seen that I'd fire if they worked for me, I've met some very nice ones too. It's hard to maintain professionalism when you are treated like the enemy day in and day out by the very people you hold your life in contempt to protect. That, however, does not excuse drunken, homicidal, criminal behavior. The phrase "If you can't stand the heat..." comes to mind.

    I feel particularly bad for the families of the two innocent men killed by this stupid, selfish and reckless criminal act. I also feel bad for the family of the officer. When something like this happens, it affects us all.
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    Oct 24, 2009 12:11 AM GMT
    rnch said1. how does a police officer make enough money to own a Lexus SUV?

    2. why wasn't this law breaker charged with second degree murder?


    because to be charged with a crime you have to commit all the elements of the crime and second degree murder is the intentional killing of a person depending on the state voluntary intoxication can be a defense to murder or any other intentional crime because you cant have the formed the intent to kill I dont know chicago law but im just saying