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Officer's ultimate sacrifice is shunned AGAIN!

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On May 22, 2007, seven professional historians from the Chicago History Museum published the findings of their 11-month independent investigation of the evidence supporting a line of duty death designation for Constable James Quinn, Chicago Police Dept. EOW: 05-DEC-1853. (Go to: www.constablequinn.com to read their decision letter.) Notwithstanding this decision by PhD's in American history and despite similar findings by the Illinois State Legislature as well as the Chicago City Council Committees on Police and on the Judiciary of 1853 and 1854, respectively, the ultimate sacrifice made by Constable Quinn continues to be ignored by police brass today. This is an outrageous and unjustifiable position. The current CPD administration has not one single piece of credible evidence to point to in order to justify its position not to honor Quinn's sacrifice. Instead, they have an agenda to keep...which is to keep officer Casper Lauer (EOW: 18-SEP-1854) as its first officer to fall. CPD "historians" claim to have "discovered" Lauer's death in 1989 and are sticking with their story that Lauer is the city's first to fall notwithstanding mountains of evidence showing Quinn was the city’s earliest officer to fall in the line of duty. The handling of the Quinn case has been rigged from the start. The police brass claimed they had meetings to discuss and vote on the case but credible inside sources state this is just not true. They lied, pure and simple. The railroading of Quinn by the department "historians" - who early on gained the ear and loyalty of police brass – has been nothing short of shameless. This is without question the most disgraceful conduct I have ever witnessed in my 28 years in law enforcement...not to honor a fallen hero simply because his story doesn't fit into a department's home spun script is simply unconscionable...Quinn's sacrifice was recognized by the "Know Nothings" who ran the city in 1853 and 1854 but was never honored or properly memorialized. That was because Quinn was a pariah to the Know Nothings. Quinn was an ELECTED Roman Catholic of foreign birth. As such, he was the quintessential enemy of the Know Nothings whose political platform called for “War to the Hilt against Political Romanism” and “None but Native Americans for Public Office.” It is easy to see why his sacrifice was never celebrated by them….but the continued bigotry today is simply disgusting! The police brass have NO credible evidence and justifiable reason to continue to shun Quinn. They reject Quinn today because the case was brought to them not by its own department historians, but by an "outsider" ---me, a former federal agent. They made this personal instead of keeping it professional. The CPD simply does not take its history seriously or they would have heeded the professional opinion of the Chicago History Museum professionals on Quinn. With this degree of a lack in moral leadership by today’s CPD brass, is it any wonder there are problems on the Chicago force today?
Please go to: www.constablequinn.com for more info

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Rest in Peace Constable Quinn. Your sacrifice has not gone unnoticed. You are a hero and will never be forgotten for your service and sacrifice.

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Constable Quinn paid the ultimate sacrifice and no matter what anybody says, God knows the truth about what happened and when it happened. Constable Quinn, may you rest in peace and thank you for all that you did to make this a better world for us all to live in.

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This is a disgrace! Just b/c Constable Quinn died many years ago, doesn't mean it shouldn't be honored. I think the best way to look at this is by going to the ODMP Page, take a look at the last officer killed, then call his family ad say "We're not honoring your son". As the survivor of an officer, I'm outraged the CPD is not standing up to honor this man. I'm sure there are many on the dept. who agree with you, but all it takes is a few guys up top.

CPD - Please honor this man and allow him the service he deserves, not just a plaque, but a moment to be remembered by all!

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How unfortunate. We had a suburb who just recently learned that they actually had a LOD in the early 1900's. (One of the first LEO's for that community). They made sure they had a ceremony to recognize this fallen Officer and invited his Great Grandaughter to attend. They ensured we were aware of this loss for when our COPS Chapter held their annual Candle light Memories Vigil we would recognize him. I had actually senn the news story and had already added him to our recognition list. WNY COPS recognized this hero from the past as did his Department who has not had a LODD since. They were willing to say their statistics were wrong so they could recognize their fallen hero. How sad CPD won't do the same. God Bless Constable Quinn.

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He is listed on the ODMP at http://www.odmp.org/officer.php?oid=17090

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By the way, the NYPD just added 100 officer to the official NYPD roll call of fallen officers. It took quite a while to get that done

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SMW4747 said:

He is listed on the ODMP at http://www.odmp.org/officer.php?oid=17090

I'm on my way to the ODMP to honor this hero.

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You can always count on Chris C. and the ODMP to honor a HERO!

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It's a damn shame that the politics of CPD and the City of Chicago, can complicate the simple act of recognizing the truth, and honoring Constable Quinn. What a courageous man he must have been. What's the problem? Are they worried about the cost of replacing some plaque somewhere or adding a name. It's definately frustrating. Good job to those who are trying to get something done.