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06:18 min | 11 months ago

"pete kokonas." Discussed on WGN Radio

"Monday afternoon. Mayor wants to sue gang members for damages. Have the city go after gun violence from a whole new perspective? I guess it's been tried in the suburbs, so it ain't all that new, but it's something the city of Chicago Maybe trying soon. The mayor is expected to introduce an ordinance today that would allow the city to file lawsuits and go after gang members. Assets. Interesting to hear about it. We heard from the legal perspective. Karen Conti waiting just a little bit. Sergeant Pete Kokonas swaying in with us here as well. I know there's been so much talk about the police gang database. And how would you identify gang members? How would this program even work? What are your thoughts about it, Sergeant people. Well, we used to have a database where we would put all our cards in and then the people would buy them and probably some of them were not kept up to date and probably people that we're not supposed to be on there. We're on there. Well, now Brown is redone. It And they've taken out people that were questionable, and now they've given them an opportunity. When this is finally produced in the next couple of weeks, where The people that feel that their don't belong on it. Can file a case with the police board. I don't think they go to court. I think it has to go through the police sport and the police board will make a determination whether they belong on or whether they don't Um so it's you know, We don't have if you if you read the paper today or listen to the news, it said something about he's going to take the CST people and this plan that didn't work because violence has gone crazy. Still. He's going to put some in gaming unit, which we didn't have for a few months going to put some in the detective division 30 or 40 of them to do the follow up, and, um The Carjacking. So I, you know, I still got against the bottom line. Is you still going to have to get people in the districts to do the enforcement and I think If you read underneath or beneath the lines of this thing, I think this since boxes not prosecuting, I think what they're doing now is with the civil suits going in there. And suing these gang members. We have an asset forfeiture unit and police department where we take money and property from other, uh, criminals and we campus, Kate it and then we turn amount over to the government and X amount comes and stays with the city. So we have that, but Realistically, if you're not getting prosecutions, you go to a civil suit. And maybe because gangs now aren't as organized as they always were. Their sets. Different gangs have different sets work. I heard you earlier. It goes from black to black. Some of these gang people. Um, so what? What kind of assets of they're going to have? But if you can get a judge to enforce an order, saying that two gang members cannot be seen together were three or four or five or whatever. That you can't you know, it's like a parolee can't hang around with another felon. This would be a strike against the gangs because then if you catch them together, they can be locked up. And then you enforce that law That's been on the books for over 20 something years and that would force Fox to prosecute. Because now you've got him dead Bang. That's interesting. You say that So you catch two gang members together. They're not allowed to associate with each other as part of this ordinance that the mayor's proposing and that alone would get them in trouble. It would guarantee prosecution. You know, the mayor was asked about Whether or not this is a way to get around. Kim Foxx is policies that some viewers being light on violent criminals. And the mayor has been very public about that, in certain cases, where she thought that Kim Foxx was not pursuing gun cases harshly as she should be. You're treating them as seriously as she should should be Carjackings and other crimes like that, But the mayor said this is not, you know, way to bypass all of that. This is something she wants to do. On, you know, beyond what we're already doing From what I'm hearing you say, Sergeant Pete. You do you seem hopeful that this kind of thing actually could make a difference. Yeah. I mean, let's face it. We have 56 people shot this weekend, 12, or, you know, 12 of the people were under 18 and six died or nine died. I don't have the exact figures. Whatever Carter and Brown have been doing. It's just been abysmal failure of this entire summer. So whatever ideas Brown thought that he was bringing from Dallas, has it worked and making up summer mobile force in the CST force and taken 700 policemen. From districts When you're down over 1000 policemen overall, you have to do something. And if the mayor feels that this is the most likely plan that they could get success and put a damper on the gangs and the gang groups Then you know it's got to work. I mean, something has to be done. We can't let you know. Four year old 12 year olds and eight year olds be getting shot. No, I think we'd all agree with that. And all of us should be hopeful that the strategies employed do work. Um, we'll have to see Sergeant Pete. Thanks. Thanks for your perspective, always appreciate it. All right. Thank you. Have a nice day YouTube. Talk to you later. Sergeant Peacock, Jonas 38 years a Chicago police officer Peter Pause here and then come back or we moving right on. Let me know if you can. Because we're going to talk with breezy HR. We talked about how how hard hiring has been, Um, and in a moment, we're going to talk with someone who knows a lot about that particular issue. It's 2 25 on WGN. Mhm. 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"pete kokonas." Discussed on WGN Radio

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03:51 min | 11 months ago

"pete kokonas." Discussed on WGN Radio

"In this case, it's interesting the way it was reported because the first one, I saw the story cross. I heard the prosecutors internal memo from Kim Foxx. His office was quote. The detective said he wanted us to reject charges. Now there's a little more texture to this as you look into the Sun Times story because they say they're representing it more as this is, this detective was exasperated. Having interviewed this witness again and again, they wanted to call him back yet again. And they will they're refusing to charge. I guess his message to them. There's a quote here involves a swear word, you know, he says, Why don't you just reject charges so I can see my family again. I know that's me speaks as if he isn't saying reject the charges. He's just saying, I don't know what more I can do for you. I've been working How many hours on this and and their time spent? There's nothing more to do. How do you read them? Yeah, I agree. I agree. I if that, detective you know most of the times of Texas work, you know you want to work 24 36. Hours in a row and the case because after two days 48 hours now it the case is more is more difficult to prove and harder to get all these witnesses together. But if you have As most detectives do, and most commanding officers of the detective vision and generally the commander of that all area. If enough evidence that presented and enough work is done, and you have all your ducks in New York in Warner And you call felony review and that person has to call somebody else who has to call somebody else. And he says, No, I don't want to a previous And her record is dismal. What what's going on in this city and for her, you know, to make all states attorneys, you know, plea bargain in order to get a conviction. But it seems under this administration In that office. It seems there's more concern with letting people plea bargain and letting people get out of jail, keeping them away from the just the Cook County jail and tired And Evans is, you know, got the judges where they They don't want to hold them for bands. And we said this before, usually in court years when I was there. The judges look at the state attorney says what he wanted for Bond and the state turning and say We want 10,000 without 100,000. We want this. We want that. Now they don't stand mute. They don't give them a upon suggestion. And in a couple of instances, judges a fault, you know hearings. And said, I want to talk to your boss. And you want. I want you to tell me why these two kids that did a card and on carjack jacking and sack somebody why? You're not requesting a band. It's been reported over and over. We we've talked about these kinds of instances. Um and we will invite Kim Foxx to come on and talk with us as well. I wanted to get your take on it because it it surfaced over the weekend and again. Sometimes has it as one of their top articles today as they dug a little deeper into that that story. It's it's still is is is troubling and a little puzzling about what exactly is going on there When we look at Solving crimes. I mean, solving crimes and taking people who killed Children off the streets. That is very troubling thing. Indeed, Sergeant Pete, Thanks for thanks for the time today Appreciate it. You're welcome. Thank you. We'll talk later, Sergeant Pete Kokonas 38 years a Chicago police officer. It's 2 48 here on W G. N. W T. If.

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"pete kokonas." Discussed on WGN Radio

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07:24 min | 1 year ago

"pete kokonas." Discussed on WGN Radio

"People killed Sergeant Pete Kokonas 38 years of Chicago Cop wanted to get your perspective get you to weigh in here. Your thoughts after a horrible just a horrible and tragic weekend in the city. Um, a person. I was a sergeant in the army for two years. I was a tactical sergeant and attack school officer in this city for 20 years and I'm telling you what they're doing isn't working there not being able The sergeant should be allowed to adapt and react instant lead to situations that they become involved in and use their men accordingly. The leadership in in the police department. The top two I think are are not willing to accept and adapt ideas from other people. This is like a guerilla warfare you have. These kids are making probes into the city to where they can go all they can go to Lake and state, Michigan and war bear steak can be having cars that they're shooting out. And Ontario. And then when you ask, Um, Miss Fox what she's doing. She's a very good public speaker, and she's just avoids what she avoided The issue that John Williams brought up Completely. Uh, the bottom line and brown is correct in this one point is, you need prosecutors. And when you go before a judge Prosecutor in my career in the police department. They would say, your honor, we want this guy held on $10,000 bail. Oh, this guy held on no bail. He committed a murder. I mean, he's being charged with murder and we, you know, we think he's the danger of the society put him in jail and the judges are in a position Well, what the hell of the state's attorney doesn't recommend any bail and stands mute in front of me? What am I supposed to do, so I'll give him electronic moderate. I've never heard of 94 people being being charged with murder and being out on electronic monitoring, which is a fact we're talking about that electronic monitoring didn't used to go out to people convict or Excuse me. It charged with murder. The more often than not, you'd see Judges hold them and I understand the point you're making when Top prosecutor says, Hey, we don't recommend we don't. We don't decide Bond. We don't determinant. The judge does, but you're absolutely right. They can bring up what is recommended based on the severity of the crime and their potential threat to the community, And it does feel as if right now we have this inordinate amount of people who have committed the kinds of crimes in the past. Violent crimes where you wouldn't have been given something like electronic monitoring and the sheer numbers of people who were out on it. You can't possibly with the number of people who are in charge of monitoring those people watching them. There just aren't enough. The numbers have fallen too far on that in that way, um, that too many are out of it. But let me ask you this because she took direct aim at the police and the police, of course, took direct aim at her too. So, uh earlier, Superintendent, Brown said. We have multiple people. We have arrested for murder. Multiple suspects arrested but are currently out on bail. They're charged but currently on a bail, she said. They're not arresting the people pulling the triggers were charging 94% of those cases. Two statements are directly at odds with each other. Uh, you know, it's all talk. It's all talk. It's all beating around the bush. The bottom line is you have to get people and I mean, you can reach out to retired army people, whatever people that have tactical experience. And how to deal. You know, it's horrible that I'm saying guerilla warfare in the middle of the city of Chicago, But the issue is babies and Children are being shot. The kid gets shot on the elevated train the of when do you just stop? And sit down and look and say what I'm doing is wrong and it ground does not let his command staff he is the most isolated police. Uh, Superintendent I have ever heard of or seen, And I've heard this from chiefs and captains and lieutenants and sergeants, people that worked for me with me. My entire career. They say that this guy is too isolated. So somebody has to go in there and say, Listen, this isn't working. This is not your bailiwick this year from Gallus. You didn't have to deal with the We need a strategy from something else if they used over 2000 people has curbed the violence this weekend. And it didn't work. Just think if they didn't have those 2000 people what would have happened? How can you let a group Throw em eighties and and injured people and shoot Roman candles and fireworks and jump on cars and just literally beat the hell out of people on the street and have people that live around there. People that come to the city people that won't take the kids, the Millennium Park. People want to go to Navy Pier. People just want to look in the windows on Michigan Avenue and I'm telling and I don't know how many people are listening, but I hope there's thousands and thousands of them. We do, too, by the way, turn around and say I'm not coming to this city because you can't control or assure me of my safety. I don't like to go down when I go downtown and go to Northwestern, which I have to do frequently for various reasons. I I actually have my gun with me, and I am actually nervous. When I pull into a parking lot, or I have to walk on the street and I used I was never an alarmist. But this now is gone past the point where you bring you got to get a guy like Kerry Hillard back. You've got to get. You know guys like Ricky or back. You got to get people They're gone now, but they've got a lot more. A common sense and a lot more ideas and how to run this place and how to run the police Department, where the individual lieutenants and sergeants can make decisions and adapt as you go on. That's the one thing I learned in need in the Army. You adapt and go forward. You don't just sit on your butt and have some guy throw em eighties at you and stand there. Yeah, Sergeant. We've got to leave it there. But I appreciate the perspective and I think you're absolutely right. A lot of people looked at those decisions about not going after somebody doing those types of crimes as part of the problem, too. In terms of the strategy, everyone will say. It ain't working. I agree with you there for sure. Thank you for the time this afternoon. I like always like hearing your perspective. It's the bottom of the hour time. We've got to get to the news from the North. Northwestern Medicine newsroom welcome guests back in with Fourth of.

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"pete kokonas." Discussed on WGN Radio

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04:09 min | 1 year ago

"pete kokonas." Discussed on WGN Radio

"Will replace your car and your credit cards. You can stop. Yeah. How about it? You gotta think about that. I know there was one in the loop today. We're the man struggled, and it turned out OK for him, but doesn't always work out that way We've seen we've seen some of them know where people have literally left the car running to do just things that you wouldn't think twice about. Normally, I saw there was video in Bucktown of a woman who was just just putting out her garbage. She was in the alley. She walked away and they have video. Of I don't. I don't know how they had been scoping out an alley for this exact thing, but they were and they jumped in her car and took off. There was one of the gas station. I know there're if you and I want to say of was at Lincoln Park this this summer with a cold streeterville. You know, with getting colder people gonna want their car running and they're gonna want their heat. You know, there's heated seats, warming them up and everything but you know, that's just a perfect perfect example of what these kids can just jump right in and take off. Yeah. You know, it doesn't take long for your seat to heat up that takes about a minute and a half. You know, so you can have cold buttocks for a minute. The s Yeah, It's probably a good thing just to think about. Hey, just coming up in a couple minutes here. We're gonna be talking with the better business Bureau. I don't know if you saw Attorney General Kuo was his name. I'm messing up with his name here. His name is Balmy Raul. I knew that he is. He was talking to us yesterday about the huge number of identity theft that are based on people who are filing fake unemployment claims on you. Um I'm not sure exactly how they get your information. I'm not sure exactly what information they have. So certainly a social security number would be very concerning. But there are thousands and thousands of these. A lot of times, people put their self security number on their driver's license just because it's convenient. That's not so good anymore. Thea other thing is you use your credit card in a restaurant or anything. You know, Now they have these things Where you bring the the card reader right up to your table. You put it in, pull it out. So you know, you don't have to worry about somebody using double swipe on getting all your information. And then if people don't understand you go on Facebook or Google. You can find out so much stuff about anybody that you can make up enough information to fool the eye arrest because of those two government and they're not infallible. And hand them starts, then you income tax rebate checks. Yeah, I actually have a friend who That happened to Andre. I guess I just want to put out the call because we're gonna be talking to Steve 1, 32, 2 o'clock and the better business Bureau. It's horrible fight with them once once they get and send out money, you've got a fight, like, tell the kids. You may never get the money back and you gotta fight like hell to get your identity back. Right? It is, is a horrible thing to go through. And sadly, we're all going through enough right now. But now something like 42,000. People in Illinois have become victims of this identity theft. And it's said that there is the quota goes, were experiencing fraud and an order of magnitude We've never seen before. The idea. Yes. So the Illinois Department of Employment Services Is sounding the alarm about that. We'll talk to him, so people have stories off share them with us. If you can. We want to know what your experience has been. And maybe what your experience has been trying to correct the problem. 312981 72 100. Any final words for a surgeon, Pete Yet. Keep your head down and stay safe and don't warm up your car. We're warming up with then turn it off and then go back and have what was the cold buttocks? Did you say? Well, wouldn't you know it gets that even a wise move sitting in your car way It's running because now they know you're in the car and it's running. No drag you out of the car. They know there's keys. Stuff to think about Dr. Got it. Have a good Thanksgiving stain. Deal. Sergeant Pete Kokonas 38 years Chicago cop. It's 1, 30 Bottom of the hour. Let's go to the North Western Medicine newsroom and get the news on WGN..

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"pete kokonas." Discussed on WGN Radio

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06:11 min | 1 year ago

"pete kokonas." Discussed on WGN Radio

"Using meth and those types of drugs that maybe those become police situations that escalate because there could be violence involved where maybe not so much with marijuana? Look You know, a few months back. And in the last year you had a numerous You've had numerous amounts of people. That have been buying heroin that's been cut and laced with fentanyl and the people of are dying. And the pope. The Chicago Police Department did an excellent job. You can call it contact tracing, but they're finding out who bought the drugs who sold the drugs and they're backing. You know they're going backwards. To finding the groups that are selling the drugs that are actually killing people. The last two years have been a lot of death because they, the mayor on the heroine has been cut with fentanyl, which is a serious serious drug in itself. Yeah. I mean, I just I wonder if this is one of those things like marijuana that all sorts of states and are going to start looking at or if this is just sort of Oregon and that works for them, and it will see what happens. It'll certainly be interesting to see What happens when when folks are allowed? T just, you know, have heroin and meth in that kind of thing on the streets, And that's not a criminal matter anymore. It'll be interesting to see And maybe it just does sort of reroute those folks into rehab and maybe that that is the place for them right? It just hoping that that happens. It's a great thing. You get somebody in rehab. It's a great thing to get somebody that gets off this stuff. But I'm telling you to get a junkie off heroin and cocaine, especially crack cocaine. It's a battle and how much were the fund's gonna come from? And how are they going to pay for the taxes in Oregon Going to support these these rehab places Who's going to spend the money? And how much is it going to cost? When does it become Not a positive thing. What does it become Negative. One of has become a minus right? And that's what the the district attorneys who had signed a sense, some sort of. Ah, I guess it was a brief to explain why they thought this was a bad idea. They said that they angry, increasing acceptability of dangerous drugs is what's going to become a real problem, but we'll see that's their problem, not ours. We got enough problems here to worry about. It just wanted to ask you about that. Thank you, Pete. All right. Thank you. So the afternoon that Sergeant Pete Kokonas sits the bottom of the hour. That means it's time for the news, and there's a lot of it. 73 degrees at 3 30. Good afternoon. I'm Kim Gordon. The news is sponsored by Sweet Alleys. Gluten Free bakery. 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"pete kokonas." Discussed on WGN Radio

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04:26 min | 1 year ago

"pete kokonas." Discussed on WGN Radio

"You get horrified domestic calls. You're not going to have poor by people in each district that are that are mental health experts and you're going to it's going to fall back into the laps of the officers and sergeants, enter on the street to try and control the situations and try and help these people and sometimes People just don't want to be held until you can get them to a hospital where they could be treated. They get medicine and they get shot. Things like that. Did you come across a lot of those situations? A few of those situations is a police officer. But you felt like a lot warden of you a lot more than a few is, you know, unfortunately, the way the jails being run in the way the courts of being run people that are in serious need of mental health. Assistance being just thrown out onto the street and people that are there to protect us and to protect you and me are the police. And you just can't you take psychology courses in the academy. Take criminal law. You can't meet you take all these things, but you don't Each instance with a mental patient escaped our guy that has a schizophrenic break or something like that. It's totally different, totally, totally different and it's very difficult. Could be able to sympathize and talk, just appearance in a uniform and with a gun and with everything like that back, Deccan inflame the situation. Plus the neighbors and everybody yelling and screaming at, you know, at the police where they're trying to help this person that also works. Yeah, Mayor Life, which says that this is a pilot program right now, It's gonna build the infrastructure for the Future, she says. No magic wants to wave no snapping of fingers or catchy slogans that will automatically replaced the police. I think sometimes folks think that if you just have the escalators, people who de escalate and send him to every scene that that would be that would work out for us. And I don't believe that it would. I know that you don't believe that it would know Never not not not a chance, And you looked across the country and you're reading. You watch the news and everything. Police departments are losing officers. They're just fed up, and they're just quitting because they feel they're not getting the respect And now because places like Seattle they wanted to fund the police and cut him and things like that. Well, this mayor's no idiot. I mean, she's an educated woman. He realizes that you can redistribute redistribute funds for mental health and social issues. But you just can't take and defund the police and put them out there with no guns and expect them to work. But do you think this will be welcome this kind of a program that there this pilot? They're putting forward to help assist. Send these crisis workers with a police officer because that's one of the things you've been has been sighted in other cities that have been held apposite example of what might be part of the solution. No. I think policemen would gladly accept having a professional there, Tio to guide them and then also you were also be have witnessed there. For these people that even these people can't get through to and who? There's just some people that once they go off their meds, they become extremely violent or They become extremely dangerous to themselves. I don't with a young man that he went off his meds. If this kid was a great kid, smart lacrosse player Knew him. Well, he went off his meds and he was running around on Lake Shore Drive playing what? What He called froggy and he was getting hit by cars. So I mean, and here, the kid that I've known since he was a little kid, he was a great kid. He had a break in. You know, when he was in his early twenties in college, right? An example of the kind of situation where that could really help. So you know, kudos to the mayor for figuring that out. I hope it works. Hey, Sergeant Pete. Thanks for your time. You're welcome. Thank you. Have a good afternoon, Sergeant Pete Kokonas there 38 years of Chicago cop. We're going to get to businessman Willie Wilson on the other side. But let's first get over.

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06:27 min | 1 year ago

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"That's K e t a m i n e Chicago dot com All right, talking about Mayor Lightfoot's budget and remind her she will be on the show tomorrow. So your questions please submit them. Try to get to some of those on the air tomorrow. This time right about now. Mayor Lightfoot will join us. But okay, so the budgets unveiled today and we're talking about cutting the police budget. There were some calls from community groups to put more money aside for Anti violence programs, and I just checked five million Mohr is going there, but they felt it is not enough. The mayor says. Let me be clear. I do not believe in de funding the police fast forward to what it actually is happening. Let's talk to Sergeant Pete Kokonas, because there are going to be cuts of manpower. Isn't that right, Sarge? Well, you know, the newspapers have reported, you know, over 800 numbers, a CZ police being down, But the correct numbers are there's 545 137 officers on DH 447 are in police Officer titles E are exempt and supervisors And the rest are in civilian employees. So there's a total of 614 not 1000. So the city didn't anticipate all the vacancies. But because the cold did everything they could only run. Maybe next year. They'll run 300 more recruits Trudy Academy until this covert situation gets gets under control. So overall, you might hear, but ah, loss of 300. But that's not counting how many people might retire in the next six or eight months. So it isn't as desperate as it seems when you here 500 officers or 1000 officers as you point out. That's being reported some places. It seems like a lot, but it may after you go to attrition. This includes attrition, officers that retire and that kind of thing. It may only be down 300. Right, Right. You may only be down 300. But it is in today's world with the crime, the murders and the shootings that everything being up, so I And their needles. Still a pretty big hit. And you don't those officers? How many of them actually come from patrol Division? You know, let's say that 80% of from patrol division So that that's a that's a big number, toe lose 200 officers, you know live 10 officers or eight officers from each district and the district's. Some of them are suffering putting cars out there. You've got to remember the yachts of 1000 officers that have got cold, mid 19 and the way it's going, it's not like that number's gonna go down. It might be more because they're the ones That of the front line workers with the ambulance people in the fire people so each time an officer gets sick, the there's guys you somehow from our year to step up to the plate and have people take on more responsibility. So if you're taken aside, drive down Michigan Avenue when I'm going downtown or something, they see all these cars with their lights on and everything that they're protecting the stores and the businesses down there. Well, there's not really anything going down. Now, But I assure you they've already made plans, uh, canceling days off putting teams for Election day. Because, sadly, as I told you, I don't care who wins the election, either one of them But who wins. You're going to have some sort of demonstration, whether it's Trumper Biden. So the city really expects a demonstration. Whoever wins? Yeah, I saw. Superintendent Brown gave a news conference saying We're prepared. We're preparing for everything and anything that could happen. Which was the biggest knock against them. They weren't prepared before. When we saw looting in the downtown area and into the neighborhoods as well, that there didn't seem to be that clear Cut plan of how To go about approaching it, how to how to deal with it. Well when the Bulls won their first title. Nobody expected a full blown riot either, and that's what happened. And that was a joyous situation or when Hawkes it's across the country. It's like that your team wins and they demonstrate they burn. You know, Detroit You know, with the Halloween coming up, I think Detroit they have a Siri's of worrisome fires that are always started around Halloween. You just can't predict what what? What these people are going to do. I mean, the anti fun the demonstrators and the protesters and you know who's going to do what, and then you have this police committee. That came up with, you know the hundreds of suggestions, including Navin police, but not carry guns. Well, I'd like to know who's on their panel, and I'd like to get on their panel because some of the people that I've heard that you're on that panel. Sure. Tell our friends to the police, and they're not friends to the communities that need the police. Well, I mean, it's also important whether they're friends of police or the community or not to be offering a practical solutions is another thing. If you're just saying, Hey, Gogo, respond to this domestic violence call and don't have a gun. Again. We've seen several officers shot in the vest this summer alone, responding to just that kind of thing, But one thing I want to point out here, though, the mayor well, she says she is not in favor of defunding the police. She is cutting police positions on DH. She didn't do enough, According to some of the activists to fund some of these alternative anti violence programs. However, she's putting Some money into the mental health counselors that will be going along with officers trained to deal with those kinds of crisis. Intervention stuff, sort of, you know, situations, and I just wonder how you feel about that. Well, I think that's a great idea. You know, you have counselors and the out. Ah, people from the community services and social services be able To assist people that are injured or are in need of of help mental distress or their homeless or domestic. But how many people can you hear in each district to respond alone?.

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03:59 min | 2 years ago

"pete kokonas." Discussed on WGN Radio

"Really cars have been outfitted with hand sanitizing stations. They got hospital grade air filters, mask requirements, frequent deep cleaning efforts and a circulation of the air every once in each car once every four minutes. According to Metro They're going to keep the train cars no more than half full and the limit capacity and have all kinds of restrictions in place that so that's out there. And you want to talk about just crime overall in the city, and for that was turned to Sergeant Pete Pete Kokonas 38 years a Chicago cop. And Sergeant Pete. There's some new stuff out from Mayor Lightfoot. Today she's issued an update on police reform where things stand because I know she had like a 90 Day initiative after the death of George Floyd, there are things that the city had said they were going to do. I know there's a consent decree that over it was above all that and his certain deadlines in place, but She kind of goes into some of this and says that this new contract that she's talking with the police or negotiating right now the union for the rank and file that they're gonna allow anonymous complaints to the police department, something I know the union did not want and removes provision requiring any destruction of discipline files After five years. I didn't even know that that was happening in CPD is was that the case they were destroying their discipline files. Well, after seven years. You couldn't use them so they would. They're never really actually destroyed there somewhere, you know, locked up in a vault, but after seven years, you couldn't use them. Um, went just planning an officer. You couldn't use his past binary if it was more than seven years old. So now she wants to give them Where You could refer back to them if they're 10 or 15 years old and you know, I just think that you know, must ache They have a young copper will make what 15 years ago and he matures. Why would you hold that against him? No. If it's a wrongful shooting or something serious like that, that seems to me like it should follow them, And there should be some sort of record of that. Are you talking about that kind of stuff? No, no, no, no, that that's more serious stuff. I'm talking about minor pursing at somebody or don't somebody and all they're idiots or whatever. Um you know that kind of stuff should go away. But, you know, violent crime, you know, beatings and excessive force shootings, things like that sexual harassment, race baiting things like that. That should be their, um And they're trying to develop a program Now were you put in these officers information, their arrest their complaints, and then you you, you weigh it against a certain factors, and you decide whether The officers. Ah, possibility off having problems and you add it off and send them for sensitivity training or more training or whatever. Where he's blacks. Now what I don't agree with and ideas in the lead from, uh, disagree with this is this anonymous complaint? I mean theater. Certainty of that is I could call up wg and radio and say that Anna said something Totally inappropriate and sexually offensive to me. And now I call human resource is w g. N And they say, Well, you know what's your name, and I think, Well, I'm not giving you my name. I don't think w g m's gonna take another step towards that. I suppose, unless there are multiple offense. I mean, I see. I see the point you're making right? I could just make something up. And you know, I could make something up to the Superintendent. Brown did something that was.

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05:41 min | 2 years ago

"pete kokonas." Discussed on WGN Radio

"You get into this area of people hiring other people just just for influence and to get into somebody's office. Andi, I don't think politicians should act that way. I think that anybody should be able to get into their office. Not just particular people. So maybe that's some kind of way around it. You're you're some sort of professional. In that field. You know whether it be a lawyer or an employee of the company engineer that could speak on. You know, whatever issue it is an example. And those would be the types of individuals that that should lobby well and and I think for good reason those people know they know that they know more myth, probably than the legislator knows about the issue and can educate them and then hopefully the legislator, you know, makes up his or her own mind, and that's the way that's the way it's supposed to work in any event, right? Yeah. And then going back to what you said earlier. I think you know if you have if you expand on these revolving door restrictions, I think that would help. You know a lot of the members of the General Assembly air leaving and just goingto lobby. Right away and you know again, I think that's okay in situations where your attorney, but some of these other members are leaving and then I ate two. They're coming to be a lobbyist right away and coming right back to the people they work for. Michael Siegel. Yeah, thank you. Thank you so much for joining us, And we kind of little abbreviated show here. Michael is with the law firm of Daily and Georges. If anyone wants to reach out to Michael, how would they find you? You can find it on my website daily George's dot com and just click on my name as the city rials from unacceptable levels of violence this summer, we talk about one of the issues that seems to be contributing to the violence at least violent offenders on the streets. It's something the police superintendent. The mayor have both cited as a big problem home monitoring and how that's working here in the city. Or maybe you would say how it's not working. We talked to Sergeant Pete Kokonas here on W. G. N just was mentioning the home monitoring thing, and that's an issue that we've talked about before. It's an issue. You just heard from Superintendent David Brown about when they see that some of the weekend violence and killings are suspects behind them. Are on out on this home monitoring and they see that over and over. You hear, the police superintendent say there's this isn't working. Nobody's monitoring these people if they're able to go by and commit a drive by shooting in a neighborhood and sprayed gunfire into a bunch of people celebrating the July 4th weekend. That that's not working. It's that it's Ah, it's but people basically have found a way to bypass that, in some cases using computer programs, But what we what we need and what we have What we have not found in this city is truth in sentencing. If you get time for caring a gun committing a violent crime, you do the time. Letting people out on home mind a ring for Ah, sexual assaults and gun crimes. It is bizarre. Umm how can for instance? In this city and you, you tell me if you caught that's what they charge you with or a possession of a gun. It's treated like you had one marijuana cigarette. It's a misdemeanor, and they let you out. So how many bites of the apple do you get If you commit a crime with the gun, and they give you five years and you get out of two And then five months later, you do another crime with a gun. How can you get a probation sentence out of that? How do you not go back and serve the rest of that term plus an additional term and if the log if the laws that were written are enforced You would cut a lot of this kind. We could have 13,000 policemen at one time out in one area, and it's still not gonna be enough. Um, the utilization of I was going to ask you about that. You mentioned officers, 13,000 manpower officers, not all of them on the streets. But this weekend Part of the strategy was, we're going to put 1200 extra officers on the streets and see what happens. There's no way you could look at this and say that was a success story. And and I know you look a contrast that with these talks about de funding the police Department and so you wonder if without the 1200 would we have had a worse problem or had those resource has been allocated interrupters? Would it be so much better? I don't know. But it seems when you when you're sort of bringing out that many officers that's that's her. That's a really tells me we may not have enough officers on the street. It's how you use them. It's you know, you can't have you know hundreds of officers guarding the beach to keep people off the beach when those crime going on in the community. So that's a problem. New York But they've been funded the police department by I think $1 billion so they're going to lay off 1200 policemen and not hire two classes of police recruits. So you're going to be down a couple 1000 policemen. New York's got a 1,040,000 police department. You can't do that here. I think what what Brown has to do he has to interview, which is what he's doing now is interviewing captains and above meeting with them and talking with them. He's going to have to establish his team. He's going to have to establish people that Are are familiar with patrol familiar with gangs from 1,000,000 with narcotics. He's going to have to get the street people in the positions where it's not cloud or who you know who your best friend West..

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06:56 min | 2 years ago

"pete kokonas." Discussed on WGN Radio

"A week off, and, uh, thanks for your comments is looking at the text line. Here. We were. Mentioning the violence this weekend and talking with you Hardiman, who is an interrupter and talked about the success that he's had in a small portion of the city, and how you know he'd like to implement his particular What he's doing on a larger scale, but he's trying to get a meeting with the Mayor to do that, And so, you know, we're also talking about some other things here. You know, we're talking about the home monitoring system. That's an issue. You know that the county jail has people 3000 people out on home monitoring right now, meaning? They decided they weren't going toe put it in the county jail, either because the covert crisis or because they wanted to grant them bond but keep track of them, and that's what's supposed to happen. Another 1000 of them are from the county courts. So you got 4000 people on home monitoring and really not a lot of people keeping track of them. Probably a lot more than you normally have given the Koven situation at the jail and issues there and the reluctance of judges to say, Hey, I'm gonna put you in the jail so we will put you out there and Be on home monitoring and kind of to you. Then Teo, be a good boy. It seems as if there's a problem there because the superintendent today has again and this is almost I think the third weekend. We've heard this superintendent's coming out again today, saying, Look, we've got several of these violent offenders who are out on home monitoring who are behind some of the weekend violence this weekend. And there's something about that program that's not working doesn't seem like that's the total solution, but it certainly seems as if weekend after weekend they keep seeing that sort of data that something more needs to be done there to address it. Ah, let's talk to Sergeant Pete Pete Kokonas regular on the show and has thoughts on this. We also heard from the superintendent and his top brass today about addressing the weekend violence and moving forward what we're going to do. Sergeant P. How are you today? I gotta turn him up. There he is. Hey! Hey, Sarge, How're you doing? No. Are you on the golf course Because you've got a bad phone line. I can tell you're not on a hard line at home. How can I hear you on the phone? I'm normally all right. You hear me? Now? We got you loud and clear. I just was mentioning the home monitoring thing, and that's an issue that we've talked about before. It's an issue. You just heard from Superintendent David Brown about when they see that some of the weekend violence and killings are suspects behind them are on out on this home monitoring and they see that over and over, you hear, the police superintendent say. There's this isn't working. Nobody's monitoring these people if they're able to go by and commit a drive by shooting in a neighborhood and sprayed gunfire into a bunch of people celebrating the July 4th weekend. That that's not working. It's that it's Ah, it's people basically have found a way to bypass that, in some cases using computer programs, But what we what we need and what we have What we have not found in this city is truth in sentencing. If you get time for caring a gun committing a violent crime, you do the time. Um, letting people out on home mind a ring for sexual assaults. A gun crimes is bizarre. How can but for instance, In this city and you you double if you caught, that's what they charge you with or possession of a gun. It's treated like you had one marijuana cigarette. It's a misdemeanor, and they let you out. So how many bites of the apple do you get If you commit a crime with the gun, and they give you five years and you get out of two And then five months later, you do another crime with a gun. How could you get a probation sentence out of that? How do you not go back and serve the rest of that term plus an additional term And if the log if the laws that are written are forced You would cut a lot of this, Klein We could have 13,000 policemen at one time out in one area, and it's still not gonna be enough. Um, utilization of I was going to ask you about that. You mentioned officers, 13,000 manpower officers, not all of them on the streets. But this weekend Part of the strategy was, we're going to put 1200 extra officers on the streets and see what happens. There's no way you could look at this and say that was a success story. And and I know you look a contrast that with these talks about de funding the police Department and so you wonder if without the 1200 would we have had a worse problem or had those resource has been allocated interrupters? Would it be so much better? I don't know. But it seems when you when you're sort of bringing out that many officers that's that's her. That's a really tells me we may not have enough officers on the street. It's how you use them. It's you know, you can't have you know hundreds of officers guarding the beach to keep people off the beach when those crying going on in the community. So that's a problem. New York But they've defunded the police department by I think $1 billion so they're going to lay off 1200 policemen and not hire two classes of police recruits. So you're going to be down a couple 1000 policemen. Now New York kind of 40,000 men Police Department. You can't do that here. I think what Brown has to do. He has to interview, which is what he's doing now is interviewing captains and above meeting with them and talking with them. He's going to have to establish his team. He's going to have to establish people that Are are familiar with patrol familiar with gangs familiar with narcotics. He's going to have to get the street people in the positions where it's not cloud or who you know who your best friend West. You're gonna have to get a efficient supervision and leaders in this department to lead the men because some of the men and women in this department thinks some of the people that are music. Some pranks are a joke. And if that is true They have you lose the respect of these people, But the cops if they get 600 guns in 10 days, the police are working. If they make arrest, the police are working. Um if they're having to guard Michigan, and because I'm July port, the busted windows again. Which wasn't covered by anybody but a little bourbon. The paper you know people are in this city are not aware what's going on all around you right in the strain on police resource is right now when you're patrolling beaches and patrolling fireworks calls and patrolling a Sze Yu said. Other issues across the city It's some and then having this type of violence on top of it. It's it's just overwhelming. Almost to think about how you deploy the police. Hey, P..

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