Ethics, Ethics, Ethics, Ethics.
We in law enforcement are way too often subjected to seminars, classes, courses, etc. designed to fulfill some sort of mandated requirement.
Ethics training is one of the most common. And it is one that most in law enforcement dread. Not because we don’t believe in ethics and ethical behavior, but rather because those who preach ethics as a necessary doctrine are often, the most unabashedly and openly unethical. Look around, politicians, pundits, bosses, media types who drip with pretentious piousness conduct their professional lives to the contrary, and it’s in the open for all to see.
And it seems to me that people either don’t notice, don’t care, or worse, do backflips to justify what to the naked eye is obviously unethical conduct.
.@ChicagosMayor on Jussie Smollett:
"This is a person who has been let off scot-free. You have a person using hate crime laws to advance your career. Is there no decency in this man?" pic.twitter.com/MLXAYxcrE0
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 26, 2019
The catalyst for this writing is the unbelievable proceedings on March 26thconcerning Jussie Smollett and the dropping of 16 felony charges. Charges that were recently approved by an independent grand jury based on painstaking work by more than a dozen Chicago Police investigators.
Smollett had claimed to be a victim of both racism and homophobia. He cried on TV recounting how two white men, standing outside at 2 a.m. in below zero weather in one of the most liberal areas of Chicago had ambushed him, beat and kicked him, all while yelling, “This is MAGA country.”
During the interview, very emotionally, he made sure to tell the very accommodating reporter that he heroically fought back.
It smelled from the beginning and those of us who have been trained in the detection of deception, could tell that he was not only a liar, but a pretty lousy actor.
So I rolled my eyes and did my best to ignore the hypocrisy of the many who professed justice was served when Jussie had his charges dropped.
Then…Jussie, the prosecutor, media types and Jussie’s lawyers started yapping. And I, a member of law enforcement for decades, could no longer contain myself.
With the hold world watching those aforementioned people, over the next 24 hours, just continued pushing false narratives and blatant lies all while professing to be on the side of righteousness.
— TMZ (@TMZ) March 26, 2019
I was incensed that they had the unmitigated nerve. I asked myself how they could do it. Why did they do it. Here are my cynical, though probably accurate, opinions.
- None of them have any real scruples, morals or ethics.
- They are playing to a very particular audience. The audiences for some are voting blocs, others are political groups, and maybe for some the audience may be as small as one person. Maybe someone who promised them a position after their current government roles have reached fruition.
Whatever the reason, they care not who they damage or what type of carnage and chaos they leave in their wakes.
Let’s quickly examine each.
Here’s the actor’s statement after the charges were dropped.
“First of all I want to thank my family, my friends, the incredible people of Chicago and all over the country and the world who have prayed for me, and supported me and showed me so much love. No one will ever know how much that meant to me.”
I can safely say that virtually no one in the City of Chicago was supporting him. All of us in this area were pretty much disgusted with him.
“I have been truthful and consistent on every level since day one. I would not be my mother’s son if I was capable of one drop of what I’m accused of. This has been an incredibly difficult time. Honestly one of the worst of my entire life. But I am a man of faith and I am a man that has knowledge of my history and I would not bring my family, our lives or the movement through a fire like this, I just wouldn’t.”
There isn’t a shred of evidence that Jussie is innocent. In fact the next day the police released their investigation to prove his guilt until, low and behold, the judge ordered the investigation sealed! He invokes Faith(interestingly not God) with no shame whatsoever, which is very, very standard for people who are lying. What did he have faith in, his friends and political contacts?
If this guy just would have shut up for a couple of months, he’d go back to being what he was, an unknown C-level actor. But no, he has the temerity to claim victimhood again and blame others for his plight! Shameless!
Cook County Asst. State’s Attorney Joseph Magats
Not sure if he was thrown under the bus or is part of the same hypocrisy. But he has stated publicly that he is the one who made the decision. Even though he also said; “I do not believe he is innocent.”
Really? Then why the very quick, very secret, early in the day special hearing for a man guilty of 16 felony counts? Why no plea agreement?
Magats said that he wants to focus on violent crimes. OK, I don’t agree with, or believe that, but let’s go with it for now. So, why not get the guilty plea, do some serious community service, put him on probation, get a decent fine? Like always!!!
And what’s up with the sealed proceedings? Magats and his boss Kim Foxx insist Smollett didn’t get any special treatment? Come on! I’ve talked to many police officers in the past 24 hours and none, zero, nada, have ever seen anything like this.
It’s nonsense and someone is lying. Someone is trying to hide something.
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx
She recused herself because of back channel communications on behalf of the Smollett family from a lawyer with strong political ties to the most powerful and prominent political family in the country, the Obamas.
In addition, after her supposed recusal, shouldn’t she have hired an outside independent prosecutor to handle the disposition of the case? Does anyone actually believe that her First Assistant is independent? She must have known a firestorm would be the result. So who is getting what from whom?
They do the same as Jussie, paint him as an innocent victim. A man against the system. Someone who has been wronged. And they certainly know the truth!
They want apologies! And they lie, flat out lie, which is not even in dispute, that the court case proves that their client was innocent all along! Not true at all.
They have made insinuations that they may sue on Jussie’s behalf and I hope they do. Because if they do, the sealed court documents as well as the police investigation will be wide open for everyone to see and examine. So, don’t hold your breath that any suit will be filed.
The National Media
Do I really need to discuss the unethical behavior of these people? Their agenda, and just their agenda, is all that matters. Any information that they do have will be spun in the direction they want and they’ll make their politically driven case.
Who to Admire?
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Man, I could watch his angry tirade all day long. And, none other than Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel. He hit the nail on the proverbial head on this one. “Whitewash!” he said, and Whitewash it is!
Who else to admire?
The cops, the investigators and actually most of the City of Chicago as well as the city’s media. None of them are buying any of this. They are calling BS all over the place. But being from the City of Chicago, this is just par for the course and unfortunately not surprising or unexpected.
Glass houses bosses, glass houses.
Are the tens of thousands of cops in the County of Cook ever going to be able to look at the State’s Attorney’s office again without thinking that it can’t be trusted.
Do the top dogs really care about justice or do they care about fulfilling promises and setting themselves up for the next stage of their careers?
As one police officer told me, “We haven’t trusted them for a long time. Most of the prosecutors try to do their job, but the politics crushes them. But now, every knows what we know. The system favors the rich, the powerful, the connected. It’s a political machine, justice takes a backseat.”
True or not, you reap what you sow. The next time any of these people demand ethical behavior of anyone else, pause for laughter.
It’s sad. Really sad.