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News and Information for Chicago FOP members.

New FOP Lawyer Scores Quick Victory

Just a few months after being approved by the Fraternal Order of Police, attorney Jim Thompson scored a big legal victory.

According to the Sun-Times, Superintendent Eddie Johnson dropped a case against a FOP member who is currently on disability and is being represented by attorney Jim Thompson of Gottreich, Grace and Thompson.

From the Sun-Times:

Johnson had filed disciplinary charges with the Chicago Police Board in January, seeking to fire Officer Clay T. Walker. Johnson said then that the officer had tested positive for a narcotic in January 2016 though he didn’t have a prescription for it.

 But lawyers for the city dismissed the case two weeks ago after Walker and his attorney James Thompson produced a prescription for the drug issued in November 2013.

The FOP Legal Defense Team retained Thompson, along with partner Tim Grace, in anticipation of having to handle increased cases against members from COPA, the new agency investigating allegations of police misconduct. They spoke at the FOP Board meeting on October 2, and outlined their extensive experience as defense attorneys and representing police officers. 

FOP President Kevin Graham Statement About Las Vegas Shooting

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 joins with other members of Law Enforcement throughout the country in offering our heartfelt condolences to the officers and civilians killed in the senseless, cruel, and brutal Las Vegas attack. We also offer our prayers to those in Law Enforcement and the many civilians who were wounded, as well.

“This event and the aftermath is a terrible test for any first responder. We admire their courage and their dedication. Naturally, we will provide any assistance we can.” FOP President Kevin Graham said. “It is a particularly difficult and anxious time to be a member of Law Enforcement. Acts like this pose difficult questions about the direction and foundation of our republic. Now, more than ever, we need to come together as a nation, not find ways to divide ourselves.” 

FOP Reps Take Issues With New School Curriculum To CPS...

After not receiving a response from CEO Janice Jackson or anyone else from the Chicago Public Schools about Fraternal Order of Police opposition to the new Jon Burge curriculum in Chicago schools, FOP members brought the issue to the CPS themselves.

Vice presidents Pat Murray and Martin Preib, along with Field Rep Bob Bartlett headed over the CPS headquarters on Thursday morning at the State and Madison and passed out this flier:

FOP To Sun Times: Cease and Desist

The FOP has become aware that reporters from the Sun Times have been approaching department members at their homes. The FOP has sent the following letter to the newspaper demanding that they cease this practice. If any reporters attempt to make contact with a FOP member at their home, please immediately contact us and notify the department. Members are supposed to steer all media inquiries to the department. Tell the Sun Times reporter to leave your property and call 911 if they refuse. 

FOP President Graham Response To Consent Decree

Chicago, IL, August 29, 2017“The decision to put the Chicago Police Department in a consent decree is a potential catastrophe for Chicago.

Already facing an explosion of crime because the police have been so handcuffed from doing their job by the intense anti-police movement in the city, this consent decree will only handcuff the police even further.

Despite the biased media in Chicago, which refuses to address the corruption in the anti-police movement and the evidence of chronic false allegations against the police--allegations that have created an industry out of suing police officers--the members of the CPD are doing a tremendous job considering the caustic and challenging environment in which they have been placed.

If anyone has any doubt about what could take place in Chicago under this decree, they only need take a look at what happened in Baltimore. According to media reports, the homicide rate in Baltimore has increased 50 percent in the last six years ago.

Just yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated at the National FOP Convention that he is opposed to consent decrees.

We have worked hard in the last four months of our administration to work with the city and are extremely disappointed by the decision to pursue this route. We will gather with our legal team to consider our options.”


FOP Statement On New CPS Curriculum

Chicago, IL, August 28, 2017– This is the FOP statement about the CPS implementing the new curriculum on Jon Burge:

The FOP and its members finds any coercion of a witness or a suspect repugnant. With this in mind, the FOP believes that a thorough review of these cases is appropriate due to the increasing evidence of misconduct in the wrongful conviction movement.

That evidence includes the strong possibility that some wrongful conviction claims are false and some may even be fraudulent. The evidence of false affidavits, obtained through chicanery and bribery, is particularly troubling.

The media and political establishment needs to investigate these claims with the same intensity they pursue allegations of police coercion.

Indeed, it is important to note that the case upon which Jon Burge was convicted was an arson from 1987 in which seven people died, including two children. The convicted offender, Madison Hobley, was never able to convince a judge or prosecutor of his innocence, but he was nevertheless pardoned by former Governor George Ryan in 2003, shortly before Ryan himself was convicted on corruption charges and sent to prison.

Until the full review of the wrongful conviction movement is completed, the FOP does not believe the Burge mythology should be codified into public school curriculum.


"Fake News" Media Coverage of Police In Chicago?

Don’t journalists at the Tribune have an ethical and professional obligation to investigate the suspicious reporting of one of their own reporters before they cite his questionable conclusions in their own reporting? Isn’t this the very least the Tribune should do, given their almost weekly articles claiming a “code of silence” among the police?

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Lodge Contests Extension Of Units

President Kevin Graham announced today that the Lodge will oppose the department’s decision to extend two temporary units.

Graham said that the extension of the Summer Mobile Patrol and the Summer Deployment by the department is a violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The department announced the extension of the Summer Mobile Patrol by one day, and the extension of the Summer Deployment from 19 August 2017 to 9 September 2017.

The FOP’s position is that both programs had specific end dates when the orders came out. An extension for the term of the detail constitutes a new detail.

“We expect that the Officers currently listed on BOP #17-0189 will be paid time and one- half per the parameters of that same contract section,” the FOP said in a letter to Management and Labor Affairs. “We will encourage them to submit overtime slips for each day that they are improperly assigned. We will encourage them to file individual grievances if the overtime requests are denied.”