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Chicago Man Claims Cops Planted a CELLPHONE on Him to Justify Shooting Him in the Back

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Chicago resident Ortiz Glaze says he was unarmed when two police officers shot at him 10 times, hitting him in the back, at a cookout on the south side of the city. Police recovered a silver cellphone, claiming that Glaze made threatening movements while holding what appeared to look like a silver firearm. In a lawsuit filed in federal court, Glaze claims cops planted the cellphone among his possessions after the shooting. Details via the Chicago Sun-Times:

On April 30, 2013, Glaze manned the grill during a cookout to honor a deceased friend near 88th and South Burley, the lawsuit said. People began arriving around 3 p.m., it said, and a group of police officers arrived in three squad cars around 9 p.m.

The police union said at the time the tactical officers on routine patrol stopped when they passed a group of known gang members there.

The lawsuit contends one of those officers got out of a squad car and fired a gun — possibly as a warning shot. Glaze and other startled people in the crowd ran away, it said.

The officer who fired the warning shot chased Glaze, the lawsuit said, firing at him multiple times. A second officer allegedly fired at him, as well. In all, 10 bullets were fired at Glaze, according to the lawsuit.

The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), naturally, jumped to the officers' defenses after the shooting. A spokesperson for the FOP reportedly asked why Glaze would run from cops, and insisted that if a cop thinks he sees a gun, he won't take a chance that it's not. That attitude is prevalent among police forces, yet it's difficult to believe it would pass muster as a defense for a shooter that hadn't been awarded a government badge and gun.

Over the last decade the city of Chicago has spent an average of $1 million a week resolving police-related lawsuits.

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  1. A spokesperson for the FOP reportedly asked why Glaze would run from cops

    Uh…because he was worried he might get shot? Oh look, he was right! Any other brilliant questions, Einstein?

    1. Why did you run from that Grizzly bear? The Ranger told you to roll over and play dead if you were confronted with one.

      The Union spokesman is candidly admitting the cops are wild animals and people need to make sure they don’t do anything to startle them or get them in a rage.

    2. Because armed men rolled up on him and started shooting?

    3. A spokesperson for the FOP reportedly asked why Glaze would run from cops a maniac who had already discharged a firearm for no apparent reason.

      If the spokesperson for the FOP had thought about it for 5 seconds maybe he would have realized that this is a more accurate description of who/ what Glaze was running from. But then again, if they had the capacity for thought they wouldn’t a spokeperson for the FOP.

  2. Police recovered a silver cellphone, claiming that Glaze made threatening movements while holding what appeared to look like a silver firearm.

    Yeah, walking around making threatening movement with a silver colored cell phone that looks like a gun is just so something any sane person would do, especially towards cops and especially on the South Side of Chicago.

    This reminds me of that scene in LA Confidential where Russel Crowe kills the guy and plants the gun and even Keven Spacy laughs at how ridiculous it is to claim a naked guy was sitting in his living room with a gun.

    Cops have gotten so out of control and arrogant they don’t even have the common decency to plant a weapon on you after they shoot now. Now a cell phone will do.

    Glaze would run from cops, and insisted that if a cop thinks he sees a gun, he won’t take a chance that it’s not.

    Because their safety is more important than yours. It would be nice of someone who doesn’t post on Reason would notice how disgusting that attitude is.

    1. Officer safety trumps all rights that any serf may claim.

    2. Because their safety is more important than yours.

      They represent the public, and the public means everyone but you.

    3. Cops have gotten so out of control and arrogant they don’t even have the common decency to plant a weapon on you after they shoot now. Now a cell phone will do.

      Cell phones are cheaper than drop guns. This is why the Chicago PD needs a bigger budget, so that its cops can at least treat the subjects they shoot with the common decency and respect of planting a gun on them. /sarc

    4. A cop can carry a burner without suspicion, unlike a drop gun or drugs.

  3. Officer safety above all or heroes who risk their lives. I love how FOP has no problem asserting these two statements that cannot both be true.

  4. “You don’t know me son, so let me explain this to you: if I ever kill you, you will be awake asleep, you’ll be facing me have your back turned to me, and you’ll be armed I’ll plant a cell phone on you so I can say you were armed.”

    1. I feel threatened! /UW Whitewater Admin.

  5. Justice won’t truly be served until it’s the cops and their unions paying the settlements instead of the taxpayers.

    1. No Justice won’t be served until cops who do this kind of shit go to prison.

      1. Precisely.

      2. ^this

  6. Related but OT:

    Chicago Issues Bonds to Pay $100 million in Police Brutality Settlements

    The mayor of Chicago, Illinois is attempting to issue $900 million in bonds to save the fiscally-faltering Windy City, but a big chunk of that will likely be spent settling police misconduct cases waged against local law enforcement.

    ….

    According to the Chicago Tribune, though, that money won’t exactly go towards investing in the city’s future. Instead, a large sum of what’s raised by that massive bond proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel will go into the bank account used by the city to settle its ongoing legal troubles surrounding the Chicago Police Department.

    When you have start selling bonds to settle up for your out of control police department, there is a serious fucking problem.

    1. I need to talk to a friend of mine who does civil rights law. What is happening here is the City of Chicago has negotiated a union contract that makes it impossible to discipline an officer for brutalizing or violating someone’s civil rights. Sure, they will pay the settlement but they will never do anything to deter their officers from doing it again.

      I think someone needs to bring suit over the union contracts. I don’t see how a government can get away with effectively giving their employees immunity to violate people’s civil rights via a union contract. I don’t think anyone has ever thought of it this way. If they did, these contracts might be in some trouble.

      1. People could start suing the union as being an accomplice in the police brutality cases.

      2. I’ve been thinking about it a bit lately as well. Is there some grounds to get these contracts tossed or restructured? I mean, even if a city experienced a libertarian revolution it seems that nothing related to police conduct could change because of the protections afforded to police. Equal Protection, maybe?

      3. I want to see one of the victims of these incidents file suit against the DOJ for not bringing criminal civil rights cases against the police every single time there is an office involved shooting.

        Sure most of the time the juries will acquit the officers out of fear of retribution in deference to their service but just knowing that firing your gun will result in defending yourself from federal charges will deter a fair amount of this.

      4. effectively giving their employees immunity to violate people’s civil rights via a union contract.

        It’s not the contract that gives them immunity, it’s the job.The cop must violate a person’s right under the constitution and the right must be “clearly established” by statute or case law.

        Thanks Supreme Court. The Political Class protects its own.

        1. Yes, but that is being established in these cases or the city wouldn’t be paying anything at all. And I am pretty sure “don’t brutalize people” is established law.

          1. Both of those sentences are accurate.

            And yet, the cops keep right on with the brutality.

            It’s almost as if the cops don’t give a damn about the law.

    2. $100 million? Holy shit.

      1. How is that a systematic and reckless disregard for the civil rights of the people of Chicago?

        They are telling their cops, “do whatever you want because we will pay for the damage”. Imagine a city government doing that in any other context?

        “Hey property assessor, feel free to charge extra to black property owners because if they sue over it we will just bill the judgement to the tax payers and if they don’t we get to keep the money. ”

        You think a city would get away with that?

        1. $100 million? Holy shit.

    3. They are completely unaccountable. It’s the worst possible incentives: power, violence, unaccountability, and being above the law. It’s a toxic cocktail enticing the worst possible people to get in on it.

  7. There is nothing that makes me more confident in an official police report that a shooting was justified than when the individual that they shoot is hit in the back.

  8. Chicago had more murders in one weekend (47) a few weeks ago than Metro Nashville had the ENTIRE YEAR (2013-42).

    Plus there’s already a “criminal probe of Quinn’s anti-violence plan

    On Tuesday, the Quinn administration turned over 1,000 documents pertaining to the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative to the Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez following a subpoena from her office.

    The request was issued to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity on March 19 and sought records tied to the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative ? including those for the Chicago Area Project, a program tied to the husband of Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown.

    The Sun-Times previously reported that almost seven percent of the $2.1 million in funds given to the Chicago Area Project meant to combat crime in West Garfield Park went to Brown’s husband, Benton Cook III.

    1. When you make me hope Anita Alvarez WINS a case, you’re truly the lowest of the low. She’s embodies everything disgusting a State’s Attorney could.

  9. The good thing about lawsuits is that it allows the municipalities and police departments to buy their way out of accountability.

    Oh, and to try to swing the conversation back to that which is most important… Donald Sterling was, as Shrike says, one of the good guys.

    However, because he’s one of the good guys, it doesn’t matter what party he’s from. Now, had he given money to the Kochs, it would be the CENTRAL point.

  10. “A spokesperson for the FOP reportedly asked why Glaze would run from cops”

    Erm….The lawsuit contends one of those officers got out of a squad car and fired a gun ? possibly as a warning shot. Glaze and other startled people in the crowd ran away, it said.”

    So there were “known” gang members at a barbecue, who weren’t harming anyone but probably enjoying a burger. Even if they were harming folks at the barbecue, and were planning on holding them hostage…way to assess the situation and endanger all of the hostages!!!

    Drop the effing burger!! You will not consume beef that is medium rare damnit!!!! BANG BANG BANG

    Stand there while we shoot at you damnit! And YOU WILL like it as we attempt to murder you!

    BANG BANG BANG BANG

    1. They refused to let the cops have a bite of their Big Kahuna burgers.

      1. :oO those bastards!!!!! They should have called in swat and the snipers.

  11. In a country with ~300 million legally owned firearms, legally owned by ~80 million people, any cop who automatically assumes that the mere possession of shiny things and guns are an Existential Threat, is just a fucking pussy and is more suited to flipping burgers or styling hair.

    1. Your numbers are way way low. There’s well over 500 million at this point, owned by over 100 million people.

      It’s a beautiful thing, isn’t it.

  12. Over the last decade the city of Chicago has spent an average of $1 million a week resolving police-related lawsuits.

    I want to be very clear about not excusing anyone involved with the CPD or the city of any of their actions, but I do believe broad statements about Chicago’s police-related payouts that don’t explain anything about Jon Burge and the shit show he was running are a bit misleading.

    If anything it’s way worse than you thought.

    1. Daley, at the time the Cook County State’s Attorney, has been accused by the Illinois General Assembly of failing to act on information he possessed on the conduct of Burge and others.[35] Daley has acknowledged his responsibility to be proactive in stopping the torture, but denies any knowledge which could have made him responsible.[102] On July 19, 2006, US Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. issued a press release calling Mayor Daley culpable, possibly even criminally culpable,

      Parlour game:

      Try naming one person involved in this whole fucking mess that isn’t a corrupt douchebag, in some way, shape or form.

      1. I see a Scorcese movie here. Every single person, protagonist and antagonist, ends up in jail eventually.

        1. I hope Burge gets more than four and a half years in that version.

          1. Someone needs to trim the Burge.

    2. Of course it is. A cop has got to be pretty brazen and sloppy to screw with someone bad enough that they have enough proof to get a lawyer to take the case.

      For every case that is filed, there are who knows how many more that are just as bad or worse but were done in such a way the victim can’t prove it.

      1. Sometimes I think cops lie about everything, just because they can. Even when the truth would suffice, they feel they must lie anyway. Because they can, and of course because fuck you that’s why.

  13. Am I reading this right?

    Cops driving down the street see a group gathered, stop, get out and immediately begin shooting? The first interaction this group has with the cops is the cops shooting? The cops claim they stopped and began blazing away because they saw ‘known gang members’?

    1. That is also what I understand. Armed men rolled up and started firing at a group, then shot one of the group, then claimed that they thought his cellphone was a weapon. Way to escalate the situation, cops.

      1. ‘Escalating’ presumes there was a situation… to be escalated.

    2. That’s how I read it. They rolled up to a gathering, fired a couple shots, then started shooting at the backs of everyone who ran away.

      I mean, that makes total sense. The first shots were to flush out the bad people, because only bad people run away when cops start shooting. Once the bad people were flushed out, the cops bravely fired at their backs.

      Heroes.

      *swoon*

    3. I read the original article and that is what it sounds like. If that is the case Chicago has basically graduated to full dystopia.

    4. get out and immediately begin shooting? The first interaction this group has with the cops is the cops shooting?

      I read it as “the officer got out of the car and was in such a hurry to draw his weapon that he didn’t exercise proper trigger control, thereby firing his weapon.” My guess is that he didn’t mean to fire a shot, just stupid enough to do it. And even if the phone was a gun, if you shoot someone in the back, that tells me that there was no threat. Unless the person shot was a Parthian.

      1. He made threatening movements while running away! His elbows were locked at a sharp angle and repeatedly thrusted in a backwards motion toward the police officer!

    5. get out and immediately begin shooting? The first interaction this group has with the cops is the cops shooting?

      Shooting at people you identify as gang members is actually behavior characteristic of other gang members.

      Only this gang has a shiny badge and the state backing them.

      1. Only this gang has a shiny badge and the state backing them.

        And a union. Can’t forget the union.

    6. It’s how cops say “Hello.”

      1. I’d hate to see how they say “I love you.”

          1. I had a girlfriend who once tried to tell me she loved me by pulling a kitchen knife on me. I think I can relate.

              1. No, but my prediction early on in the ‘relationship’ that she’d do something so batshit insane that I’d be interrogated by cops did come true. So there’s that.

        1. I’d hate to see how they say “I love you.”

          By sodomizing you with a broom stick.

          1. I will not click that link. I will not even hover over it.

            1. And yet you’ll read SugarFree’s Adventures of Warty Hugeman?

              It’s just the wikipedia entry on Abner Louima. Don’t be such a pussy. Besides, I’m at work so I can’t post anything NSFW.

  14. Points out how worthless the internal affairs reviews have become when Cops are so confident they’ll get off that they’ve resorted to planting cellphones instead of throwaway pieces.

    1. I’m glad you pointed this out.

      That was actually the first thing I was wondering about when I read the headline.

      So, the cops would plant a CELL phone as opposed to a gun? We’ve lowered the bar so much that carrying a cell phone is automatic justification for being shot in the back.

  15. This whole ” warning shot” bullshit seems to get repeated a lot. You are in a crowded fucking city, you are not scaring off wild dogs on a ranch. Do not fire your pistol into the god damn air like yosemite Sam on the 4th of July you cowardly fucktard.

  16. Apparently the cops are fans of the 20th anniversary ET. Given that they’re probably fans of rape as well, this makes sense.

  17. Glaze manned the grill during a cookout to honor a deceased friend near 88th and South Burley, the lawsuit said.

    “Here’s how you get him. He pulls a cellphone, you pull a gun. He invites over one of yours for a cookout, you send one of his to the morgue! That’s the Chicago way!”

  18. What I’m taking from this story is that Chicago cops just start shooting when they show up even when they don’t know who is there. If they keep this up police won’t be able to patrol neighbor hoods anymore since the citizens will have to take preemptive defensive positions since it sounds like the cops are the loose cannons here.

    1. Don’t know who’s there? Read the article! KNOWN Gang members were there. KNOWN.

      1. It is known.

  19. Glaze manned the grill during a cookout to honor a deceased friend near 88th and South Burley, the lawsuit said.

    I wonder if the deceased friend was also killed by cops?

  20. A spokesperson for the FOP reportedly asked why Glaze would run from cops, and insisted that if a cop thinks he sees a gun, he won’t take a chance that it’s not.

    Shit, how did I miss that? They admit this, on camera?

  21. Blindfold them, put them in plain clothes and transport them to a place where folks openly carry. I wonder how long they would last with the excuse of “a cop thinks he sees a gun, he won’t take a chance that it’s not.”.

    Effing crusty sheisser holes.

    Cop: oh shit, a peon has a gun, and it’s a woman too!!! —attempting to draw gun——

    Sexy armed lady: BANG BANG BANG BANG. How’s it feel bitch?!!!!!

  22. “A spokesperson for the FOP reportedly asked why Glaze would run from cops, and insisted that if a cop thinks he sees a gun, he won’t take a chance that it’s not. That attitude is prevalent among police forces, yet it’s difficult to believe it would pass muster as a defense for a shooter that hadn’t been awarded a government badge and gun.”

    If a soldier in Iraq had this attitude, he would be imprisoned. This is about the pigs, and most of the government, but not all of it. This wouldn’t work as a defense for someone in a foreign fucking combat zone who merely wields a government gun with no badge.

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