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Sorry Remark Begs An Apology From COPA Leader

Probably no one is more grateful for the latest circus show in Chicago called COPA, headed by Sharon Fairley, than the Chicago media.

The reason is that COPA, which replaces the last circus show headed by Fairley, called IPRA, is providing the local media with a crucial distraction and, almost certainly, new fodder for the media’s doomed narrative about the Chicago Police.

Last week, Fairley attended a graduation of some 40 new investigators for COPA that was, according to Tribune reporter Dan Hinkel, like a “pep rally.” At the ceremony, Fairley was quoted by Hinkel as saying that the police are “squealing” when the FOP criticized both IPRA and COPA as being unfair in their investigations.

It was a pathetic, false, and unprofessional comment by Fairley, fairly indicative not only of her ignorance and bias about the police, but also the quality of IPRA investigations under her leadership. For police throughout the city experienced first-hand how, under Fairley’s tenure at IPRA, due process, evidence, and fair investigations were tossed out the window, as IPRA ruled time and again against police officers accused in trumped up charges, all to the drooling ecstasy of Chicago’s police hating media.

Fairley’s statement, and Hinkel’s printing of it, are one of those chilling moments when the radicalism and magnitude of the anti-police movement reveals itself, for all the public to see.

The reason is that Fairley’s comment about “squealing” harken back to the 1960s when the youth were fired up about revolution and were talking about “killing the pigs.”

Many of them did in fact do that very thing.

Nice going, Fairley. Top notch journalism, Hinkel.

Can Black Lives Matter be far behind?

The blog Second City Cop was right on it, once again reducingthe Dan Hinkel article to what it truly is:

“This article is a marvel of leftist Bull----“

The truth is that COPA and the local media are two institutions vainly trying to keep alive a mythology amidst an ever-increasing sea of contrary evidence.

So a question is taking shape in Chicago, one they would prefer not to answer, let alone ask.

Will their ideological marriage be enough to drown out the evidence of the media’s corruption over the last 30 years, the growing evidence, for example, that many of the cold-blooded killers and rapists released under the guise of “wrongful convictions” were, in fact, guilty? Will they be able to hide from the fact that some of these exonerations--based upon ludicrous claims of police misconduct that often defied the laws of physics, let alone the evidence of the investigations--could not have taken place without the manic cheerleading of “journalists” like Hinkel at the Tribune?

Hardly. There is already too much evidence working its way through the courts to deny a level of corruption unprecedented in history of American journalism, a level of corruption that rivals even the most paranoid fantasies of the anti-police movement.

Perhaps this is one reason why the Sun-Times did not publish a statement from the FOP about COPA and the union’s belief that COPA, particularly under the leadership of someone like Fairley, is inherently biased.

From the FOP:

"When Sharon Fairley, Lori Lightfoot, or any other leaders at IPRA, COPA, or the police board display outrage over the release of Howard Morgan or Willie Johnson from prison by Governor Quinn, or the impact on the criminal justice system of the release of four men from death row by Governor Ryan in 2003, with no new evidence of their innocence, or the many allegations of corruption in the wrongful conviction movement that are wholly ignored by the media and police oversight agencies, then perhaps the members of the FOP would not find such questions about the potential bias of COPA against the police by the their media lapdogs so laughable and contemptable.”

The corruption in Chicago journalism leads to a 1987 arson on Chicago’s south side in which seven people died, including the arsonist’s wife and infant son. The man convicted of the arson, Madison Hobley, was one of the four men pardoned by Governor Ryan in 2003. No judge or prosecutor ever declared Hobley innocent, only a governor shortly before he himself was convicted on more than 20 counts of corruption.

With so many allegations of corruption in the wrongful conviction movement, this exoneration moves to the forefront of those that should be reviewed. But will Hinkel, or anyone at the Tribune, or even one media outlet in Chicago for that matter, ask this basic question:

Who set the fire?

Forget about it.

Fairley and Hinkel’s doomed narrative about the police spells catastrophe for the citizens of Chicago, already under relentless attack by violent criminals.

The pressure they will impose upon police officers in various forms will only make it that much more difficult for the police to protect citizens.

And, as this violence will likely escalate, it may be that Fairley and Hinkel will be the ones left squealing, not the brave and hardworking members of the Chicago Police Department.