Chicago’s Top Cop Purges Command Staff, as Violence Rises to 1990 Levels

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What Top Cop Eddie Johnson does not understand is the problem is on the streets not in the CPD command staff, this is clearly a cultural problem that is growing worse by the day. Until this problem is dealt with all the command changes in the world won’t mean shit at the end of the day.

The public trust imitative that is underway in many districts might help a little but in the end the only way to gain ground is through aggressive policing, something the liberals in charge will never sanction, I guess many officers will be moved around like so many chess pieces. Remember this Mr. Johnson liberal polices fail everywhere they are tried the intention doesn’t measure success the results do. As the murder rate skyrockets, reality will eventually set in, and then it will be realized the only road to success is the hardest road. Purging aggressive cops that want to take the fight to the criminals will only make the problems much much WORSE for the communities that are presently under siege.

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Amid continuing fallout over the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald and rising violence, Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced the first major shake-up of his command staff since assuming the post in March.

The announcement came on the same day that Johnson recommended that seven officers be fired for lying as part of an alleged coverup after Officer Jason Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times in October 2014. But there was no indication the two events were connected except that some of the players had some supervisory responsibilities in the McDonald shooting.

Among the nearly dozen changes, Johnson announced Kevin Navarro, a deputy chief, would succeed John Escalante as first deputy superintendent, the department’s second-ranking post. Escalante, who served as the chief of detectives at the time of the McDonald shooting, announced his retirement earlier this week to become chief of police for Northeastern Illinois University.

In another high-profile move, Johnson announced Eugene Roy was stepping down as chief of detectives as he approaches 63, the department’s mandatory retirement age. At the time of the McDonald shooting, Roy served as commander of the Area Central detective bureau, overseeing the detectives and supervisors who conducted interviews and compiled police reports in the case.

But neither Escalante nor Roy were among the police personnel cited in a report by city Inspector General Joseph Ferguson that looked into the alleged cover-up in the McDonald case and led to the recommended firings of the seven officers, a source said.

Navarro, who has more than 30 years with the department, is currently deputy chief of patrol operations for several violence-plagued districts that occupy much of the South Side. He served a brief stint as commander of the Area South detective bureau, overseeing detectives that investigate violent and property crimes in those neighborhoods. He also was the patrol commander of the South Chicago District, encompassing the South Shore, South Chicago and Hegewisch neighborhoods, and the Grand Central District, which covers parts of the West and Northwest sides.

Melissa Staples will succeed Roy as chief of detectives. She was most recently a deputy chief of patrol assigned to police headquarters and once was a violent crimes lieutenant for the old Harrison Area detective bureau, overseeing homicide and shooting investigations on much of the West Side. She’s also served as a commander for the Albany Park District, overseeing beat patrols and tactical teams throughout the Northwest Side and the Near West District, which covers the West Loop and Pilsen areas, and neighborhoods around the University of Illinois at Chicago. Continue Reading
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