Email From a Cop

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

In response to my HuffPost piece:

I just read your article on the young lady who was battered in Chicago and had her case ignored, only to later have her house raided during a drug bust.  I am a high ranking police officer who has worked in the Chicago area for the past 15 years. I have worked with the DEA at the federal level and at the state level, and I also teach criminal justice at Loyola University.  Let me just say that you have barely scratched the surface with how wasteful and destructive the American drug policy has been to our society.  While I do not agree that police conspire to ignore violent crimes, the sad fact is that violent crime detectives do not have nearly the resources that are available to narcotics agents.  It is insanity and law enforcement and society are too brainwashed to see the truth.  I also blame the “community activists” who shamelessly put themselves ahead of their supposed constituent’s needs.  Whatever gets them headlines, and what better way than to stand next to a shooting scene and scream about how police ignore their neighborhoods.  The media is as much to blame because they do not seek truth, but rather inflated drama.  All this leads to our useless politicians enacting irrational and meaningless laws that have the exact opposite consequences they were seeking.
Just a few of my thoughts.  Stay on this topic, it’s worth exposing.

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29 Responses to “Email From a Cop”

  1. #1 |  LivingPre911Still | 

    Unfortunately, common sense which is what comprises both the article and this response is non existent among politicians and the media. It should be primary but it is simply ignored. The problem is, as the article states, therew has become far too much money involved in it and that creates a jugernaut that cannot be stopped. Govermental reform involving something that lines so many pockets from the jails, legal system and Police Departments is perpetual because of their respective Unions and Lobbying funds, indirectly derived from the grants themselves.

  2. #2 |  Murc | 

    You may want to consider redacting some of that if you’re looking to protect this guys identity, Radley. ‘High-ranking Chicago police officer’ is a pretty broad category, but I imagine the intersection between that and ‘currently teaching Criminal Justice at Loyola’ is small enough that anyone who cared to could figure out a name without much trouble.

    Of course for all I know you already asked him ‘hey, is it alright if I post an excerpt,’ and he said ‘sure, absolutely’ as it is the gentlemanly thing to do and you are generally speaking a gentleman.

  3. #3 |  Travis Ormsby | 

    I don’t get this blaming of community activist groups. This cop needs to provide a much better basis for this claim than “well when bad stuff happens to poor people, community activist groups get to be on TV, so the community groups must not have any interest in preventing bad stuff from happening to poor people.”

    You can’t just say things like that without providing some evidence of it being true.

  4. #4 |  Ernest Steele | 

    Travis – If you will notice “community activists” is in quotation marks and it doesn’t say groups. Throw in the fact that we’re talking about Chicago and it’s pretty clear to me there is some sarcasim in that term.

    “I also blame the “community activists” who shamelessly put themselves ahead of their supposed constituent’s needs.” He’s talking about those laying a foundation for a career in politics – at least that’s my take.

  5. #5 |  mad libertarian guy | 

    @3 Travis Ormsby

    Obama was a “community activist”. Need there be any more evidence?

  6. #6 |  Dante | 

    “High ranking” ?

    Not for long.

  7. #7 |  Darwin | 

    This cop blames “community activities”? Really? The ones who point out the violent crimes in their neighborhood but not the cops who ignore it?

  8. #8 |  Marty | 

    hopefully, he’s pointing this out in his classes and to the officers under his watch.

  9. #9 |  Bob | 

    While I do not agree that police conspire to ignore violent crimes, the sad fact is that violent crime detectives do not have nearly the resources that are available to narcotics agents.

    Be it covert or overt, intentionally diverting resources from violent crime investigation for financial reasons as opposed to a matter of civic priority is indeed conspiring to ignore violent crime.

    Fix your own house before you throw stones at others, cop.

  10. #10 |  a_random_guy | 

    @Bob: This may not be under his control – it may well be a political decision at a much higher level. In order to get federal funds to build their little empires with, bureaucrats dictate the policing priorities.

  11. #11 |  Claudio | 

    I shared this on Google+ under the heading “This kind of email is far too rare” and I thought I would share this reply I got. The man’s profile lists him as a “detective sergeant with a PhD” for the Roscommon County Sheriff.

    Johnny Blade – I liked this post, Claudio. And by way of example I share the following:

    I work in law enforcement and have said for years that alcohol is the more problematic drug (if we want to classify it as such). Brief example: I never had to race across my jurisdiction for a “pot party” gone wrong, but I can tell you that I had to do this quite frequently for parties that involved alcohol–often because weapons are typically involved or the perpetrator fancies himself a UFC Champion and unrelentingly pummels someone into a serious injury.

    As such, I agree with the article that resources are wasted on narcotics investigations while victims of more personal, and even property, crimes go with very limited (sometimes without) investigation because of a lack of time or personnel. Undercover narcotics seem to have many of the tools available to them that could be put to much better use for other investigations.

    While I agree with your comment that this type of email/post is rare, I would add that police officers with similar opinions are not as rare as you might think. It’s just that their comments and suggestions are ignored, or the officer risks becoming a “black sheep” of their department, which for some is difficult to do.

    I am vocal about these concerns at my department. Do ya think I am invited to the Departmental Christmas party?

  12. #12 |  EH | 

    Sounds like the letter was actually written by a police union PR person and specifically designed to sound agreeable, yet cast all shades of blame away from the police. Maybe if we had “community activists” within police departments instead of institutional cowardice.

  13. #13 |  John David Galt | 

    If I were a cop and came to that realization, I would not hide behind a ‘nym. I would resign and tell the papers why. Then I’d run for chief in the next election.

  14. #14 |  derfel cadarn | 

    We do not have nearly the resources, BULLSHIT!!! Just give us more money and we will really be able to fuck up the whole country. Think about how much money there would be if we ended the WAR on drugs NOW. Listen DUDE I was born at night but it wasn’t last night.

  15. #15 |  Hugh Akston | 

    I also blame the “community activists” who shamelessly put themselves ahead of their supposed constituent’s needs.

    Does anyone else hear that high-pitched sound?

  16. #16 |  Rune | 

    It saddens me to see the knee-jerk reactions from some of the commenters here.

  17. #17 |  albatross | 


    What, you’d quit your wonderful job wiping down trains at the Taggart station?

  18. #18 |  deborah | 

    When you watch old tv series or movies the cops were part of the neighborhood. They were the watch dogs of the community; there was a sense of honor a sense of justice a sense of community.
    Many of these cops are nothing more than programmed robots…what separates any of them from a crook? The law? We are the law, cops have zero power if the majority DECIDES to remove them or even to back them.
    HOW can any cop justify the macing, the beatings, the dehumanizing of their community and it’s people, young and old no one is exempt except for the bankers…the zionist/christian bankers no less?
    History, for over 2000 years all across Europe have the ONE common virus, the money whores, the money changers, the bankers…and who are they? The zionist jews/christians…over and over the play always ends with the bankers destroying ancient civilizations…or young countries like ours.
    If your gut tells you it’s wrong then it is wrong. Unfortunately, we have spineless sheriffs, spineless cops, spineless judges, the system is corrupt and WE THE PEOPLE…have to stand up. As a child we all pledge allegiance to our flag, our republic…what happened to your pledge? Did you mean it as a child or was it just something you had to go through? I took that pledge and I will DEFEND that pledge with all that I have.
    We know who the crooks are…why are they allowed to walk the streets is beyond me. They should be identified so they FEAR the streets, they FEAR repercussions…it worked in the past how come NOT NOW? We can’t touch the top pretty much but the minions are everywhere.
    I know the answer…the cops are protecting them. Embrace that horror Mr. Policeman…embrace that.

  19. #19 |  RJ O'Guillory | 


    …the original post sounds like a Cop who has reached his moral limit with regard to being a part of “the system”,…the additional comments show just how angry our society is towards Police and their masters,…..08 % v. 10% came from legislators groveling for more DUI monies,…and has nothing to do with an increased need for enforcement,….but an increased need for control, a police-state for future needs,…… and money, money, money, money and more,…

    …because in Government, money and budget is power, and all of these “Officials”,…want to be Kings of their domain, and increase their power annually,…

    ..I grew up in a family of corrupt law enforcement,…Dad was a 6’9, 350lb racist, corrupt, drunken St. Louis city Cop,..Mom was a Court Clerk,..until she embezzled thousands from the ticket fund,…and my Brother had to resign as a Cop,…after he was charged with threatening to pistol-whip someone and got caught passing fake $100 bills at a Wal-Mart,……so,…

    …It is as corrupt as it can be, and you are now seeing the criminals in government and the “law enforcement” community don’t even pretend any longer, is just fascism straight up, in your face,.and to hell with the Constitution,..which is “just a god-damned piece of paper”,…as George W. Bush and his war criminal friends declared,… if that is the case,..can the US still be a legal body?

    If the President of the country declares the guiding documents of the country’s laws and freedoms to be null and void,…..does that not make the country null and void as well?

    It all has to fall down, before it can be cleanly rebuilt,…


    RJ O’Guillory
    Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family

  20. #20 |  BJ | 

    The crux of the matter stems from the cops view. It is almost always seen as US vs them issue, no matter what. US being the cops.Them the Public.

  21. #21 |  Sal | 

    Useless cops, yet another violation of our rights. The gov’t constantly violates our rights.
    They violate the 1st Amendment by caging protesters and banning books like “America Deceived II”.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by allowing TSA to grope you.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars.
    Impeach Obama, support Ron Paul.
    Last link of “America Deceived II” before it is completely banned:

  22. #22 |  jon | 

    Government is not the solution to our problems, government is the problem.

  23. #23 |  Howard T. Lewis III | 

    If police went after the higher ups who coordinate smuggling operations, we could get cocaine and ice away from kids in a few months when the stocks fell. I really like the ideas of dumping the Fed and returning American troops to safety, but drugs like cocaine and ice are too potent for children. Period.

  24. #24 |  Steven Keirstead | 

    I suspect the community activists screaming at police is a phenomenon that results from the pathetic case closure rate for violent crime in Chicago. If the problem of violent crime were to be addressed with adequate resources (for many years), the activists would switch attention to other community problems.

  25. #25 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    It is insanity and law enforcement and society are too brainwashed to see the truth.

    Luckily, he’s only 50% right. Society is waking up.

  26. #26 |  CyniCAl | 

    Shorter version: the system is working perfectly.

  27. #27 |  DC | 

    Sure this guy’s opinions are impacted by being a member of PD. But I think we should be clamoring, asking, begging and thanking any member on the inside that is willing to come out and say this. The higher ranking, the better. This problem has been institutionalized. This institutionalization didn’t start within the PDs, but within politics. And don’t forget that politics start with us… either by our action or our inaction. So blame all of us and laud anyone, especially cops, that are willing to speak up to attempt to effect change because without guys like him, change will never happen.

  28. #28 |  Dave | 

    Hey Deborah,

    1939 is calling. They need you to fire up the ovens.

  29. #29 |  Medicine Man | 

    The squeaky wheel gets the mace… wait, is that not how it goes?

    Seriously though: I want to give the original e-mailer the benefit of the doubt. While his language looks a little like what is commonly used to dog-whistle, the context of his entire message is focused on the perverse incentives that fuel our current community-police relationship. While I can’t say how accurate his comments about community outreach in Chicago are — or if he is simply displaying his biases — but I find myself agreeing with his observations regarding the media and police.