Chief Ed Flynn:
The analysis piece will be critical. What percentage of our "argument" shootings involve people already known to us. This divides into two critical areas: gangs, obviously, but also those "nuisance" houses where ongoing feuds and bad behavior dominate the street life on a block. Certainly the 12yoa girl shooting appears to fit that profile, as does the homicide last Sunday that was precipitated by a "triangle" but was the usual suspects for that block. We'll need some district inventories of them.
We also, as we analyze (we cops always jump from problem identification to response mode...the "what's happening here" is critical to the "messaging" as it is to the tactics) we need to identify throughout the PD our available field resources. Are we properly staffed in the districts and the NTF? Are everybody's hours fitting the activity? Do we have CIB personnel that can be used pro-actively in the field? Finally, what % of our shootings involve the type of criminal networks (drugs) amenable to one of our numerous federal/local task forces? Do we need to consider supplementing NTF with officers from the districts? How much pressure and how many people do we need on those most violent neighborhoods? It will be very important to identify our community partners, as yesterday we had the pastor in D3 with the commander on the street.
What we need to avoid it precipitous lurching from strategy to strategy. We have the template. We need to be flexible and adaptable but steady. I'm getting suggestions from local officials for "cop houses" and for dramatic gestures. Public events have their place from time to time but they should compliment strategy not substitute for it.
Very interesting thought about the AG's message. We might want to track our shootings before and after the publicity. Again, the public sense is still positive about our efforts. Our first responsiblitity is to demonstrate that we understand what is happening. That could be the subject of a very useful press conference or availablity next week. I'm testifying in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday about federal funding for local law enforcement. Annie: we should figure out how to link that event to a local event where we present our analysis about our recent shooting spike. Knowing what's going on will buy us time and goodwill to respond to it. This will also have ramifications in our ongoing resource conflict with the county.
We all have homework to do. Greg: lousy night tonight, but it was last night, too. Do a quick inventory of the districts and decide who could use some "beefing up" tonight in terms of minimal staffing.
Thanks all. Now I get to go to a community meeting.
From: Harpole, James
Sent: Sat 5/9/2009 7:37 AM
To: Flynn, Edward; Schwartz, Anne
Cc: Hagen, John M (POLICE); Mcauliff, Emelia; Leibold, Kurt; Smith, Anthony; Smith, Jason; Felician, Paul; Habeck, Gregory; O'Brien, Mallory; Torres, Misty; Heier, Timothy; Winston, Darryl; Dubis, Michael
We have experienced seven shootings in less than 24 hours, one a homicide in District 6. If we include the shooting of the 12-year-old girl at 39th and Galena and the double shooting at 19th and Galena from May 7th, that puts us up to nine in just over 24-hours. Additionally we have had 5 homicides since April 27th, all gun related. The shootings, although mainly in districts 2, 3, and 7 (with the exception of the D6 homicide last night), have been fairly widespread. We have a lot of work to do here. First, I am sure the media will be all over this. We need to be prepared to craft the right message, Anne's area of expertise. Secondly, the CIB needs to drill down into these incidents to determine what common denominators exist so that we can develop the right strategic response and implement proactive and preventive measures.
A question that comes to my mind is what impact has the Attorney General's open carry statement had on our recent gun violence, if any? I am wondering if a certain segment of our community, the criminal segment, heard the message wrong and believe they can carry guns as they please. What I find interesting in some of the recent shootings is that when the first guy decides to pop off rounds a number of other people seem to be armed and also pull out guns and start shooting.
This current violent crime trend will become the highest priority for the CIB. I will have my staff urgently analyze all shootings since the open carry statement was made by the AG.
We will find out everything we can about our suspects, victims, witnesses, locations, etc. We will make sure our detectives are asking the right questions when questioning subjects for gun offenses to help us better understand the dynamic of what is happening here. We will dedicate whatever CIB resources are needed to address upward trend, including resources from the Organized Crimes Division.
SHOOTINGS SINCE MAY 7th
D3: 39th and Galena (12-year-old girl)
D3: 19th and Galena (double shooting) arrest made and gun recovered
shootings since yesterday afternoon
D3: 2500 N. 19th St.
D2: 500 W. Arthur Av.
D7: 2817 N. 16th St.
D3: 2900 W. Highland Av.
D2: 13th & Lincoln
D7: 3100 N. Sherman Blvd.
D6: 2040 W. Becher (homicide with 2nd NF victim)
HOMICIDES SINCE APRIL 27th
D2: 2147 S. 15th Pl. (arrest warrant issued) occ: 4-27-09
D7: 2822 N. 28th St. (temp. felony warrant) occ: 5-03-09
D2: 644 S. 9th St. (arrest made) occ: 5-03-09
D3: 35th and Wright (arrest made seeking another) occ: 5-05-09
D6: 2040 W. Becher (investigating) occ: 5-09-09
I will hold a special CIB briefing on Monday morning at 7:30 a.m. to review this current violent crime trend. Captain's Leibold and Smith please ensure that over the weekend your respective divisions properly prepare for the Monday briefing. I would like a matrix of all shootings and homicides prepared as well. The Intelligence Fusion Center will begin the work of analyzing the shootings and homicides. We should reach out to the HIDTA and the Homicide Review Commission if we need analytical or research support. Captains who cannot attend the briefing on Monday are to send a representative, as always lieutenants are welcome to attend. Please feel free to bring your detectives as well. The briefing will take place in the Organized Crimes Division assembly so we can use the Smart Board.
I will be available all day today via my cell phone.
Assistant Chief Harpole