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Proviso Probe

Friday, August 25, 2006

PO-PO, stealth community crime meeting [FP]

Forest Park is having another community crime meeting. See Forest Park Review (Seth Stern) for details on the last meeting.

The meeting will be Tuesday, August 29, at 6:30 PM at Village Hall, 517 Des Plaines, Lower Level Conference Room.

The village didn’t publicize the meeting through the newspaper or the online media outlets. And it didn’t contact Citizens United in Forest Park. (Gloria Backman claims she approached Police Chief Jim Ryan and suggested meetings like the ones the village is holding. Ryan supposedly rebuffed her.)

I’m trying to think why the village wouldn’t use diverse methods to publicize these crime meetings. And one possibility is that Calderone doesn’t want political opponents or people who know enough to ask tough questions there. He’d rather field a bunch of questions that are code for “there are too many Blacks and Latinos in Forest Park” and be sympathetic rather than actually address substantive questions about policing strategies. For example, someone who has been following the police department might ask, “Why does it seem like Chief Ryan and the police department put the more energy into firing cops who oppose Mayor Calderone politically than into preventing crime?”

15 Comments:

  • What would you ask Mayor Anthony Calderone, Village Administrator Michael Sturino or Police Chief Jim Ryan?

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 3:38 PM, August 25, 2006  

  • Now how do you come up with the statement of using code words for there's to many blacks and hispanics in Forest Park ?
    Please stop talking bad of the Forest Park citizenary and please stop and ask yourself,Am I neutral? Or am I working for Doolin and being used?
    It is important to be neutral or else your message will not be heard!

    By Anonymous Stop lying, at 4:31 PM, August 25, 2006  

  • After the brouhaha surrounding the previous meeting, we received a letter announcing the upcoming meeting on 8-29, addressed to resident, via the mail.

    By Anonymous goodnews, at 4:34 PM, August 25, 2006  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:40 PM, August 25, 2006  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:44 PM, August 25, 2006  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:03 AM, August 26, 2006  

  • You are wrong. It is a campaign tactic by a Mayor and police chief who don't have a clue. The word desperate come to mind. The words Mayor Doolin also come to mind. Give it up Tony. Spend time with your family, have a good meal & hand the keys to the village to Doolin. Your DONE babe.

    By Anonymous Hmmmmm, at 3:00 AM, August 26, 2006  

  • Who the hell is CUFP and what the freekin hell are they public watch dog?

    If the chief of police wants to hold meetings who is anyone to say when and how he should do it.

    These are police department matters not open warfare.

    By Anonymous gusdog, at 2:20 PM, August 26, 2006  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:24 PM, August 26, 2006  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:26 PM, August 26, 2006  

  • I deleted the posts made by "anonymous". I do this because it gets confusing to follow a discussion with multiple people speaking as "anonymous".

    Please choose a pseudonym when you write. This makes it easier for readers to follow the discussion.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 3:05 PM, August 27, 2006  

  • The Police Department should make every effort to bridge the gap. There have been so many negative views on Chief Ryan and his operation; this would of been an opportunity for him.

    I guess, everything he touches or says is negative. In the end, what does that do, where is the resolution for the very people he protects and serve? How can you confidently back him if he refuses to be a part of the community that he serves.

    It shows a lack of community interest. Very disheartening.

    By Anonymous expectedmore, at 6:02 PM, August 30, 2006  

  • Gusdog,

    The police are there to serve and protect the public. The police should have "watchdogs" or CUFP as a control measure.

    If your department does everything by the book, then why worry about a "watchdog" unless the department is hiding its worst?....Serve and protect, paid for by the "people" or "watchdogs".

    Be on the alert! Do your job correctly!!

    By Anonymous bluecollarman, at 5:27 PM, August 31, 2006  

  • Give me a break CUFP is a political organization in disguise.

    Cut the bull shit.

    By Anonymous Walla Walla Ding Dong, at 5:35 PM, August 31, 2006  

  • Really, I have yet to hear them claim any political affilliation. In fact, they bring up issues and proposed resolutions. Probably more than any of our top elected officials have done for our community.

    walla walla ding dong,,,sounds about right when describing "da current Mayor."

    By Anonymous bluecollarman, at 5:53 PM, August 31, 2006  

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