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Proviso Probe

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

M06, guard allows escapes to influence elections? [SHERIFF]

Sun-Times (Frank Main, Stefano Esposit and Natasha Korecki) reports the recent jailbreak from Cook County was facilitated by a political partisan supporting Richard Remus for Sheriff over Tom Dart, the Democratic Party's official candidate.

The Sheriff's Department has problems. And if deputies are springing criminals to score political points, the office is even more fouled-up than I thought.

If you don't like the idea of either Dart or Remus getting the Dem nomination, consider Sylvester Baker, the third candidate in the race.

2 Comments:

  • Sounds alot like Dist. 209 & 88, don't you think?

    By Anonymous My opinion, at 11:24 PM, February 15, 2006  

  • Well so far Sylvester Bakers sounds like the man for me. Dart is being endorsed by Sheahan so we know what he's all about. And Remus? Well he was the leader of those thugs that went on a rampage.

    I think these are the issues we need to address:

    1) Violence in Cook County Jail
    I believe that there should be ways to control the inter-inmate violence. This should be done by giving one cell per inmate. He did mention using video surveylence which I support. I think more can be done.

    I think educating officers could also help. Educating officers and inmates alike on how to handle violent situations could be effective as well.

    2) Reforming the County Sheriff's Deputies. Under the Sheahan administration, deputies with the County Sheriff's office have fostered within its own ranks a culture of violence and corruption. We actually have a situation where good officers who report fellow officers are forced from their job. We have seen this with:
    (a) Three deputies beat to death a man in custody in plane sight of other inmates. They are later acquitted because of a corrupt judge. A witness to the crime dies under mysterious circumstances.
    (b) Two off-duty deputies and a friend beat to death a man at a wedding reception. They are given a slap on the wrist by the courts.
    (c) A group of drunken off duty deputies chase an african-american couple. They discharge weapons during the chase. They shout racial slurs. The couple takes cover in a police station. The officers are disarmed by the Chicago Police and are described as being visably drunk. The charges are dismissed in court.
    (d) Officers of a special unit go on a rampage. They beat and abuse inmates at the county jail. Not only are no charges brought against these goons but after a brain dead jury acquits them, the County Sheriff, Michael Sheahan has the nerve to state "the good guys won".
    (e) and most recently, Sheriff's deputies help several inmates escape and in one case bring in weapons.

    Something must change and I will not support any candidate who will not address these.

    By Anonymous The Ferret, at 7:03 PM, February 20, 2006  

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