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Chicago FOP Open Letter to Superintendent: Resign

Chicago FOP Open Letter to Superintendent: Resign

Chicago Sun-Times via YellowBrix

September 14, 2010

CHICAGO – The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police is calling on Police Supt. Jody Weis to resign.

In a letter posted Monday on the group’s website, Richard L. Aguilar, financial secretary, wrote, “Please take a cue from our mayor. Resign.”

The call follows a Weis-penned Chicago Sun-Times letter to the editor defending his tenure as chief cop, and ahead of a planned police protest of his leadership.

The union took issue with Weis’ contention on a news program that union leadership might be out of touch with membership “as demonstrated by the lack of representation among minority or women within their top ranks.” Aguilar disputed that claim. He also wrote: “(Y)ou have either been intentionally untruthful in your comments to me and the FOP membership or you have naively made promises that you could not live up to. Either way, this is not leadership . . .”

An Open Letter to Superintendent Weis

Today, I awoke to see a news story on WGN-TV where you spoke about how you have attempted to work with the Fraternal Order of Police and how the Fraternal Order of Police has failed to work with you. You went so far as to suggest that we, as leaders of the FOP are out of touch with our membership. Neither of these statements to the media could be further from the truth.

Police Officer William Cozzi now sits in a federal prison after he pled guilty in federal court. You said, on more than one occasion, that you did not have any personal involvement in having Officer Cozzi investigated even after he had served his recommended discipline; a full two-year suspension. We now know that this was not the case. You had direct involvement in referring this to federal authorities.

As a newly appointed Field Representative in April 2008, I was looking forward to having an opportunity to meet with you and your staff. My thinking was that being fresh from the street I might be to able relate some of the feelings from the people actually working the beat cars to upper management. At that first meeting you mentioned that one of the things that needed change was the FTO program. I advised you that this was an issue that I was interested in as I had been an FTO for twenty-plus years. Your response was that I would personally be involved in any discussions regarding proposed changes to the FTO program.

This never happened. There wasn’t any meeting ever conducted with me or anyone from the FOP offices. You conducted several Town Hall meetings early in your appointment. At these meetings you stated that the Department had to change its mentality and get rid of the “bean counter” approach to deciding the productivity of officers. Recently, the Chief of Patrol had District Commanders indentify the “Ten Worst” in each district. Either your command staff is out of touch with your proposed policies or you failed to institute the changes you promised.

Continue Reading the Chicago FOP’s Open Letter >>


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    revCCBeasley

    almost 4 years ago

    2944 Comments

    OK...

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    gradyg

    almost 4 years ago

    1118 Comments

    I agree with t1401hm FOP wants business as usual to continue. What do business as usual means not to prosecute CPD Officers who breaks the law themselves the laws everybody else have to abide by. With all the crime and gun violence that's happening in Chicago they want to protest against the Police Chief what a shame, no wonder murders go free in Chicago.

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    Whalewatcher

    almost 4 years ago

    11214 Comments

    It's never good for the rank & file when the brass is as out of touch as the C.P.D. chief appeares to be. Best of luck to the men and women of the C.P.D. !!!!

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    Robocop33

    almost 4 years ago

    14636 Comments

    Sounds like this "Chief" is just another politician and needs to be fired. Try getting an actual LEO who has worked his way up through the ranks and remembers what it is like to work the streets and get his hands dirty for a change.

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    Blueblood1974

    almost 4 years ago

    5204 Comments

    good

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    arroyol

    almost 4 years ago

    696 Comments

    Sounds like the chief has his days numbered

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    Irishcop1961

    almost 4 years ago

    50890 Comments

    I was never a fan of a Fed running a police of department. Great letter and hang in there my brother and sisters in blue in CPD.

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    excop23260

    almost 4 years ago

    796 Comments

    You sure this didnt involve one of Richmond, VA's FORMER "chiefs"? We had one that was so bad I cheered when he left. Hey, this same turkeey got caught trying to get an undeclared loaded firearm admitted in checked baggage. Claimed he "forgot" where the pistol was. That time, Detroit, Michigan's loss (they hired him) was our gain. Sounds like the same kind of self-assessed "superchief". Fire the bum.

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    Porkchop

    almost 4 years ago

    220 Comments

    It seems to me that in too many depts across the country some where in the promotionn process a part of the brain is removed and a person forgets where they come from and who they really are.......Chief, sheriff, Cept. LT, Superintendant....It doesnt matter....We are all cops and we need to remember that. I know that the guys in charge now are the same ones that had gripes about the uppers when they were a peon.....so what happened? when or where did they forget their roots

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    t1401hm

    almost 4 years ago

    1754 Comments

    Video is on this link.

    http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local-beat/Chicago-Cop-Convicted-in-Beating-of-Man-Strapped-in-Wheelchair-William-Cozzi.html

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    t1401hm

    almost 4 years ago

    1754 Comments

    What I saw looked like Weis did a great job. I wish someone would explain what "cops should be allowed to be cops" really means if Weis is at fault. He's FBI yes, but he's still law enforcement.

    The bad guys are outside not among those in blue. The military is the same way. Navy hates Army. Army hates the Marines. The Marines at the Navy. This is really childish behavior. Every law enforcement officer's core is and shoud always be" Fidelity, Bravery, and Integrity. Leave the egos at the door and arrest the scum that have taken our streets.

    If he's wrong then he's wrong, but I don't see anything here folks.

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    HPD2554

    almost 4 years ago

    20 Comments

    great letter

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    andalite_6

    almost 4 years ago

    72 Comments

    Could you maybe call the Dallas branch of the FOP also? LOL good letter, hope it garners more attention than simply on this website. :)

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    sgt457

    almost 4 years ago

    1204 Comments

    Great letter! No offense intended to FBI agents in general, but cops are cops and FBI agents are FBI agents...the two are different from each other in many ways. The cops are in the streets day after day, dealing with all those "little" issue like DV's, drunks, gun runs, EDP's, etc. The mental atitude is very different, in my humble opinion.

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    AKangel

    almost 4 years ago

    4972 Comments

    Bump USLawman1983

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