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Officials Urge Small-Town Cops to Bail Out Chicago as Mandate Creates Police Shortage

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Three days past a deadline for Chicago police officers to report their COVID-19 vaccinations, Illinois officials are dreading more problems in the future.

That’s the message from the Land of Lincoln after a Chicago news outlet reported that state emergency management officials are looking to small towns in surrounding areas to come to the city’s rescue as more than a third of Chicago police officers have failed to comply with a mandate to get fully vaccinated or report their vaccination status by Oct. 15.

And at least one neighboring sheriff isn’t happy about it.

According to WGN-TV, the Illinois state police and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency have emailed law enforcement in small towns like Barrington (population about 15,000) and Kankakee (population about 26,000) to come to the aid of the Windy City (population about 2.7 million) thanks to a potentially looming police shortage caused by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s vaccination mandate.

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And judging by the wording of the email reported by WGN, the request has a distinct air of begging. The police power being requested, it notes, would be for emergency use only.

“To be clear, if members of the ILEAS Special Teams programs are requested, it would be for emergency situations, NOT for routine police assistance and the answering of calls for service within the city limits,” the email states, according to the station. “Illinois State Police and Cook County Sheriff’s Office would be tasked with the patrol needs.”

In a sane country, it would come as a surprise that a major city like Chicago — home of world-class museums, restaurants and sports teams (as well as a hellish crime problem and a ludicrous Obama library) — would be reduced to begging for help from suburban towns and neighboring counties for a basic government function like keeping the peace.

Unfortunately, “sane” isn’t part of the equation in a United States run by a doddering Democratic president with a corrupt and conniving Democratic Congress — and especially not in liberal cities like Chicago, run by a Democratic machine.

It’s Lightfoot’s determination to play hardball with her own police officers that is causing the crisis, and hardball it is.

On Sunday, Fox News reported, the Chicago Police Department threatened to deny benefits to officers who opt to retire rather than get the shot.

Lightfoot even echoed national Democrats’ complaints about supporters of former President Donald Trump by accusing the police union leadership of attempting to “induce an insurrection” by opposing the mandate, as the Washington Examiner reported.

So far, the hardline tactics don’t appear to be working. Friday was the deadline for city employees to be fully vaccinated or report their status, according to WGN. As of Monday, less than 65 percent had complied.

On Monday, according to the Chicago Tribune, Lightfoot acknowledged that a “very small number” of non-compliant officers had been placed on what the newspaper called “no-pay status.”

But the head of Chicago’s police union – who publicly encouraged officers to defy the mandate before being shut down by a Cook County judge on Friday, according to WMAQ-TV — said that number could grow into the thousands.

“Eventually, there’s going to be a potential manpower issue,” local Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara said, according to the Tribune.

Evidently, state officials fear the same thing.

While Lightfoot claims to have “contingency plans” in place, according to WGN, the state police and emergency officials seem to be looking for something a little more solid — like capable, professional men and women with badges, guns, and a willingness to enforce the law. (Exactly the kind of men and women Lightfoot is antagonizing, as a matter of fact.)

But it’s pretty clear Chicago’s reputation for liberal government and demonstrably crooked criminal justice system has some area law enforcement officials wary of getting involved unless it’s absolutely necessary.

Sheriff Ron Haine of Kane County, a western neighbor of Chicago’s Cook County, told WGN that it would take an emergency for his office to respond to anything in Chicago city limits.

“I will not send my personnel to Chicago unless an officer is under direct duress because I cannot support this slanted agenda,” Hain told the station.

“I also will not allow my deputies to be subjected to use of force in the City and be under the prosecutorial jurisdiction of the Cook County State’s Attorney.”

It’s a good bet that attitudes like that aren’t limited to the Kane County Sheriff’s Office. And it’s a safe bet that state emergency management officials know it.

Illinois Democratic Gov. Jay Pritzker has even offered the National Guard to help out, according to CBS News, though Lightfoot hasn’t taken him up on it.

So, a Chicago with a soaring crime rate is getting tougher with its police officers than its notoriously biased prosecution office is with criminals, and the mayor has “contingency plans.”

State officials, meanwhile, are begging local law enforcement agencies to be ready to help out if things get dire.

Trouble in the city’s future is probably the most solid bet of all.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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State Trooper Came Mere Inches from Losing His Life, Dashcam Caught the Whole Thing

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Every cop knows that death rides with him on every patrol, emerging out of nowhere when a shift may seem routine.

For one Idaho state trooper, that moment almost came on Wednesday along Interstate 84 near the town of Meridian, according to the Idaho Stateman.

Dashcam video of the incident shows that in less time than it takes to read this sentence, the trooper and a motorist he was helping on the shoulder of the highway had to jump over a concrete median as a pickup truck came barreling toward them.

According to an Idaho State Police news release, the trooper had been helping a motorist with a flat tire.

The officer was wearing a yellow safety vest. His patrol car had its emergency lights on and was parked behind the Toyota with the flat tire.

What the dashcam video does not show was described in the release.

“One vehicle began to slow prior to passing the patrol car. That vehicle was hit by another, causing a chain reaction of four eastbound vehicles,” the release said.

But that was not all.

“Two involved pickups were pushed left, sideswiping the parked patrol car and hitting the rear of the Toyota.”

The trooper was taken to a hospital with injuries sustained when he vaulted the concrete barrier, but was sent home with what the release called “minor injuries.”

The owner of the wrecked Toyota was also injured leaping out of the truck’s way, but was not taken to a hospital.

The wreckage from the chain reaction crash blocked the highway for about 90 minutes.

“Traffic stops are very high risk. They’re necessary to keep people safe on the road and to help those stranded, but we need motorists’ help so we can all go home at night,” Idaho State Police Sgt. Brandalyn Crapo said.

“Slowing down and moving over for emergency vehicles and workers isn’t just a courtesy, it’s the law. Drivers need to be alert to emergency lights and vehicles and always alert to what’s happening around them. That keeps all of us safe.”

Idaho law requires drivers to slow down, change lanes or both when passing police and other emergency vehicles that are stopped on the roadway.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Every cop knows that death rides with him on every patrol, emerging out of nowhere when a shift may seem routine. For one Idaho state trooper, that moment almost came on Wednesday along Interstate 84 near the town of Meridian, according to the Idaho Stateman. Dashcam video of the incident shows that in less time than it takes to read this sentence, the trooper and a motorist he was helping on the shoulder of the highway had to jump over a concrete median as a pickup truck came barreling toward them. Idaho State Trooper injured while helping man on the freeway. Notice how quickly the trooper jumped in front of the man. pic.twitter.com/2TuCTIYGdE — Yoshi The Patriot (@rinohuntah) December 3, 2021 According to an Idaho State Police news release, the trooper had been helping a motorist with a flat tire. The officer was wearing a yellow safety vest. His patrol car had its emergency lights on and was parked behind the Toyota with the flat tire. What the dashcam video does not show was described in the release. “One vehicle began to slow prior to passing the patrol car. That vehicle was hit by another, causing a chain reaction of four eastbound vehicles,” the release said. But that was not all. “Two involved pickups were pushed left, sideswiping the parked patrol car and hitting the rear of the Toyota.” The trooper was taken to a hospital with injuries sustained when he vaulted the concrete barrier, but was sent home with what the release called “minor injuries.” The owner of the wrecked Toyota was also injured leaping out of the truck’s way, but was not taken to a hospital. The wreckage from the chain reaction crash blocked the highway for about 90 minutes. “Traffic stops are very high risk. They’re necessary…

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Store Apologizes After Employee Sign with Instructions on How to Deal with Africans Goes Public

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An Australian store has been forced to apologize for a sign that warned staff to sound an alert if an African customer entered the store.

An IGA store in Melbourne was pilloried on social media because of a sign behind the counter that read, “If an African customer comes to the bottle shop, presses [sic] the button for assistant immediately! Minimum two staffs in front while we serve Africans,” the sign read, according to Australia’s News.com.au.

In its reporting on the sign, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. said the sign had been in place for three years before it was noticed by anyone and became a social media furor.

“Sure they’re independently owned but the African community should be allowed to feel safe and comfortable at their local supermarket,” a TikTok comment read.

The ABC report quoted the store manager, who it did not name, as offering apologies for any offense.

“We don’t really mean for this, we apologize for what we’ve done. I’m sorry it will never happen again like that,” he said. “I’ve done the wrong thing for the public, we should not do like this.”

The manager said he should have told employees to hit the button if they saw a group of strangers in the store.

“It is my mistake. Big mistake,” he said.

A poster using the name Jack he on Twitter said he was the store manager and offered an explanation.

“Im store manager iGA sunshine west, we got robbed by 5 African men, one of the staff had a gun put to our head, we were scared, Im sorry for that i done,i told the ABC news all the reason behind this, But i don’t see any main point been reported, this is unfair, unfair news,” he tweeted.

ABC reported that a spokesperson for wholesaler Metcash, which operates the IGAs, said the company had the offending sign removed.

“This type of behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in any IGA store across the country,” a spokesman said.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting local communities across Australia, we will ensure ALL IGA employees continue to create a shopping environment where all are welcome and equal,” the spokesman said.

The store now has a new note.

“We would like to apologies [sic] to anyone that got offended by the note we had … it was not our intention to offend,” the note says.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

An Australian store has been forced to apologize for a sign that warned staff to sound an alert if an African customer entered the store. An IGA store in Melbourne was pilloried on social media because of a sign behind the counter that read, “If an African customer comes to the bottle shop, presses [sic] the button for assistant immediately! Minimum two staffs in front while we serve Africans,” the sign read, according to Australia’s News.com.au. In its reporting on the sign, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. said the sign had been in place for three years before it was noticed by anyone and became a social media furor. “Sure they’re independently owned but the African community should be allowed to feel safe and comfortable at their local supermarket,” a TikTok comment read. ‘Completely unacceptable’: IGA supermarket under fire for sign racially profiling African customers https://t.co/83nMJg7SgU — Natalie Spencer (@natscloset) December 2, 2021 The ABC report quoted the store manager, who it did not name, as offering apologies for any offense. “We don’t really mean for this, we apologize for what we’ve done. I’m sorry it will never happen again like that,” he said. “I’ve done the wrong thing for the public, we should not do like this.” The manager said he should have told employees to hit the button if they saw a group of strangers in the store. “It is my mistake. Big mistake,” he said. A poster using the name Jack he on Twitter said he was the store manager and offered an explanation. “Im store manager iGA sunshine west, we got robbed by 5 African men, one of the staff had a gun put to our head, we were scared, Im sorry for that i done,i told the ABC news all the reason behind this, But i don’t see any…

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