Joe Bruno on the Mob – Chicago Cops On the Take

 

It seems like it’s not only New York City police officers who have been breaking the law lately, but Chicago cops too.

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Chicago police officers Officers Alex Guerrero and Antonio C. Martinez were arrested recently on allegations that they aided and abetted Latin King gang leader Sisto “Suge” Bernal in running his drug operations on the Southeast Side of Chicago and Indiana cities near the Illinois border.

According to the indictment, Guerrero and Martinez “wore their badges and police gear while making bogus traffic stops targeting rival drug mules or robbing members of other gangs.”

According to other charges in the indictment, in one incident the two dirty cops “confiscated 90 to 100 pounds of marijuana and turned it over to Bernal. They also raided the homes of drug dealers in Chicago and Indiana, seizing drugs, cash and firearms that they later gave to Bernal.”

All these charges are alleged to have happened from 2004-2006. Martinez resigned from the force in 2009, but Martinez, at the time of his arrest, was still a Chicago policeman.

The question that begs to be asked is why did it take almost six years to arrest two dirty cops, one of them who has been on the force and in the streets all these years. And notice, it was the feds who took them down, and not the internal affairs department of the Chicago police department.

I’m also amused by the comments of Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, who said at a press conference announcing the arrest of the two cops, “I’m glad these officers were arrested. I’m glad they are off the street. We draw police officers from the community at large. Therefore, we do not always get the highest quality.”

What the heck does he mean by that ridiculous statement? No matter what community he draws his police officers from, you’d think there would be a thorough screening process in which potential bad apples are weeded out before they are set loose on the community.

There has been corruption in the Chicago police force since the days of Al Capone; not to mention the numerous Chicago politicians who have been sent to the can because of their crimes.

The lackadaisical attitude of Superintendent McCarty makes you wonder if maybe things haven’t changed so much in Chicago in the past 80 years, or so.

You can read the article below at:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-chicago-cops-gang-robberies-20111119,0,3398765.story

2 cops charged in federal gang probe

Suspects alleged to have take payoffs to aid Latin Kings faction

By Andy Grimm, Chicago Tribune reporter

November 19, 2011

Two Chicago police officers who are alleged to have been paid by the Latin Kings street gang to shake down rivals of drugs and cash were among 15 people added to a growing federal probe of gangs operating on the Southeast Side of Chicago and Indiana cities near the Illinois border.

Charges unsealed Friday in federal court in northwest Indiana alleged that plainclothes Officers Alex Guerrero and Antonio C. Martinez wore their badges and police gear while making bogus traffic stops targeting rival drug mules or robbing members of other gangs.

The charges alleged a Latin Kings faction ran drugs from Mexico into northwest Indiana and Chicago and committed a combined 19 murders in Chicago, Indiana and Texas, authorities charged.

Martinez, who resigned in 2009 for unspecified medical reasons, and Guerrero, who remained on duty until his arrest Thursday, were not involved in any of the murders, officials said.

According to the charges, Martinez and Guerrero acted on orders from Sisto “Suge” Bernal, using their police powers in ruses that targeted the alleged gang leader’s drug rivals from 2004 to 2006.

After a tip from Bernal, the two stopped a drug mule, confiscated 90 to 100 pounds of marijuana and turned it over to Bernal, the charges alleged. In other instances, they raided the homes of drug dealers in Chicago and Indiana, seizing drugs, cash and firearms that they later gave to Bernal, according to the charges.

Another time the officers staged a traffic stop of Bernal as he was in the middle of a deal with a cocaine trafficker, according to the charges. They took the drugs and later handed them over to Bernal, authorities said.

Each time, Bernal is alleged to have given them several thousand dollars.

At a news conference at the federal courthouse in Hammond, Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said the department felt “violated” by the alleged corruption.

“It’s unspeakable, and it’s something we cannot tolerate,” he said. “It reminds us that we must redouble our efforts to ensure the integrity of our officers.

“I’m glad these officers were arrested. I’m glad they are off the street. … We draw police officers from the community at large. Therefore, we do not always get the highest quality.”

http://www.josephbrunowriter.com/index.html

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