Archive for March, 2012

Old School Sleuths Weigh-In on Most Current Crop of Detectives

To view this article, checkout Best of the Spingola Files, Vol. II: Here’s Looking at You coming to Amazon.com in December 2012.

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Steve Spingola is an author and retired Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective. His new book, Best of the Spingola Files, is now available at Amazon.com.

If your group is in need of a fascinating guest speaker, consider the Spingola Files Psychology of Homicide presentation.  For more information, visit www.badgerwordsmith.com/the_psychology_of_homicide_presentation.html

© Steven Spingola, Wales, WI, 2012 


 


[1] “Murder Mysteries: National Statistics.” KnoxvilleNews.com. 31 March 2012.  http://www.knoxnews.com/data/murder-knoxville-nation/

[2] “Murder Mysteries: National Statistics.” KnoxvilleNews.com. 31 March 2012. http://www.knoxnews.com/data/murder-knoxville-nation/

[3] Hogue, B. “DNA Collection Bill Proposed.” Wrn.com. March 2, 2012.  31 March 2012. http://www.wrn.com/2012/03/dna-collection-bill-proposed/


Memo to Mayor Barrett et al: Stop Minimizing, Start Investigating

Like many people, I have viewed the YouTube video of the so-called St. Patrick’s Day “fist fight” that occurred on N. Water Street—in the heart of Milwaukee’s downtown entertainment district. For readers who have not had a chance to watch the video, please visit the below link:

http://fox6now.com/2012/03/18/fights-break-out-on-water-st-bars-close-early/

Yesterday, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn held a news conference chastising the media’s coverage of the Water Street hooliganism.

A “fist fight,” said Flynn, “…does not qualify as news. What is news is that we had close to 25,000 people on Water Street Saturday night without any major incidents.”[1]

However, the video shows that, while the brawl was not a “major” incident, it was much more than a simple “fish fight.” Cleary, one of the men involved receives a punch to the face and then falls to the street.  Several others surround the fallen man and deliver multiple kicks. A woman, attired in a green shirt and green afro, comes to the fallen man’s aide.  As he stands up, the man appears, at best, groggy, as if he had lost consciousness. As the badly injured man wanders into the crowd, the police quickly arrive.  In the finest traditions of the Milwaukee Police Department, the officers calmly and, without incident, restore order.

As of this writing, it is unknown what became of the suspects and the victim. Had the man who was beaten remained on the scene to pursue a complaint, this incident might have risen to the level of substantial battery—a felony, which makes this event and the large, unruly crowd that cheered it on, more than just a simple “fist fight.”

Moreover, I cannot recall the last time the Milwaukee Police Department requested that several nightclubs and taverns in an entertainment district close early due to one supposedly isolated “fist fight.”

Fortunately, the YouTube video of the St. Patrick’s brawl on Water Street does exist, which means interested parties can watch the crime in progress for themselves and then draw their own conclusions.  Unlike the widespread disorder after the July 4, 2011, fireworks near E. North Avenue and N. Humboldt Blvd., the existence of video prohibits police officials from minimizing the totality of the overall turmoil.[2]

Yet this is not the first time drunken no-goodniks have wreaked havoc in Milwaukee’s downtown.  In June 2008, gangbangers and other anti-social malcontents trashed Milwaukee’s RiverSplash, tossing bottles at police officers on horse back.

http://www.todaystmj4.com/news/local/45675967.html?t=a&brand=mkevideo&video=pop

Afterwards, RiverSplash festival officials permanently cancelled the event.

In light of the St. Patrick’s Day brawl on Water Street, one has to wonder why a police chief would take time out of his busy schedule to blame the media for making note of the incident, especially when a video graphically depicts the crime. 

Politics, some believe, may be the answer.  Standing behind Chief Flynn at his news conference was Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett—a potential candidate for governor in this summer’s recall election. 

It is not a stretch to foresee a super PAC running an anti-Barrett television ad featuring the post-2007 Juneteenth Day violence[3], the 2008 mini-riot at RiverSplash, the beatings of innocent people outside of State Fair Park[4], and now the St. Patrick’s Day brawl, with a voice proclaiming, ‘Tom Barrett: he claims he wants to do for Wisconsin what he has done for Milwaukee. And fighting crime, Barrett clams, is his number one accomplishment.’

Instead of trying to minimize the disorder, the mayor should praise the timely response of the police, who performed professionally, and then promise to investigate and seek to prosecute those involved in the brawl to the full extent of the law.  Decisive leadership, not spin, is what registered voters expect.

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Steve Spingola is an author and retired Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective. His new book, Best of the Spingola Files, is now available at Amazon.com.

If your group is in need of a fascinating guest speaker, consider the Spingola Files Psychology of Homicide presentation.  For more information, visit www.badgerwordsmith.com/the_psychology_of_homicide_presentation.html

© Steven Spingola, Wales, WI, 2012 


 


[1] Garza, J. “Flynn Criticizes News of St. Patrick’s Day Brawl.” JSOnline.com. March 19, 2012.  21 March 2012.  http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/flynn-criticizes-news-coverage-of-st-patricks-day-brawl-ec4l9p2-143417206.html

[2] “Ed Flynn, Riverwest Victims, Gordon Park Beating (Video).”  Freedomeden.blogspot.com. July 7, 2011.  21 March 2012.  http://freedomeden.blogspot.com/2011/07/ed-flynn-riverwest-victims-gordon-park.html

[3] “Violence at Milwaukee Juneteenth Day.” Blnz.com. June 21, 2007.  21 March 2012.  http://www.blnz.com/news/2007/06/21/Violence_Milwaukee_Juneteenth__Day.html

[4] Walker, Don.  “State Fair Mêlées Produce 11 Injuries, 31 Arrests.” Jsonline.com. August 5, 2011. 21 March 2012. http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/126828998.html


Liberty Activists Doing the Job the Media Used to Do

To view this article, please checkout Best of the Spingola Files, Vol. II: Here’s Looking at You, available exclusively at Amazon.com in December of 2012.

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Steve Spingola is an author and retired Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective. His new book, Best of the Spingola Files, is now available at Amazon.com.

If your group is in need of a fascinating guest speaker, consider the Spingola Files Psychology of Homicide presentation.  For more information, visit www.badgerwordsmith.com/the_psychology_of_homicide_presentation.html

© Steven Spingola, Wales, WI, 2012 


 


[1] Beach, K.  “Friday, March 16, 6 to 8 p.m. CST, AxXiom for Liberty Live.  Guest, Former Homicide Detective, Author Steve Spingola.” http://axiomamuse.wordpress.com/2012/03/16/friday-march-16-6-8-pm-cst-axxiom-for-liberty-live-guest-former-homicide-detective-author-steven-spingola/

[2] Knickerbocker, B.  “Guantanamo for U.S. Citizens? Senate Bill Raises Questions.” www.csmonitor.com. December 3, 2011.  16 March 2012.  http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2011/1203/Guantanamo-for-US-citizens-Senate-bill-raises-questions

[3] Kinard, M. American Stasi: Fusion Centers and Domestic Spying.  Badger Wordsmith, LLC.  Wales, WI. 2012.

[4] Walker, J. “What Cases have the Patriot Act’s Sneak-and-Peek Warrants been used for?”  www.reason.com.  September 7, 2011.  16 March 2012.  http://reason.com/blog/2011/09/07/what-cases-have-the-patriot-ac


SF Update: White House Moves G-8 Summit from Chicago to Camp David

In SF’S last post, As G-8 Summit Nears, Chicago is on the Hot Seat, I indicated that even though Chicago is just 50 miles to the south, “many residents of southeastern Wisconsin are oblivious to the costs and dangers associated with the event’s security issues.”

Just minutes ago, the White House announced that it would relocate the 2012 G-8 Summit from Chicago to Camp David. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office “did not ask the White House to take the more controversial of the two summits off Chicago’s hands.”[1]

Reading between the lines, I believe there are two possible reasons for the move. Illinois state government and, to a lesser extent the City of Chicago, are in bad shape financially.  The price tag for the G-8’s security would easy top $500 million. It also appeared as if the Chicago Police Department’s administration did not have a full staffing plan in place.  The second reason is a possible security threat—not yet known publicly—that might have triggered the White House to hold the event at Camp David, a facility housed on the Naval Support Facility Thurmont, a secure military installation.

SADLY, ANOTHER DEATH BY DRINKING & DROWNING AT A WISCONSIN STATE COLLEGE

In my new book, Best of the Spingola Files, Vol. I., I profiled the drowning deaths of several young men in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  Some have suspected that a serial killer is responsible.  I went ever further, listing a high-ranking officer—Captain Morgan—as the suspect.

In early January, 21-year-old Michael Philbin, the son of former Green Bay Packer’s Offensive Coordinator Joe Philbin, drowned in the Fox River just blocks away from the University of Wisconsin—Oshkosh campus. 

Earlier today, searchers discovered the body of 21-year-old UW-Stevens Point student Eric Duffey in the Wisconsin River.  “Police say he left Joe’s Bar on Main Street and headed for home,” television station WEAU in Eau Claire reports.  “He [Duffy] lives just blocks away on the 700 block of Isadore Street.”[2]

If you are a parent of college-aged child, and if your son or daughter will not listen to your advice, please have them read this earlier post from SF:

http://www.badgerwordsmith.com/spingolafiles/2011/08/27/leaving-for-college-take-some-common-sense-with-you/

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Steve Spingola is an author and retired Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective. His new book, Best of the Spingola Files, is now available at Amazon.com.

If your group is in need of a fascinating guest speaker, consider the Spingola Files Psychology of Homicide presentation.  For more information, visit www.badgerwordsmith.com/the_psychology_of_homicide_presentation.html

© Steven Spingola, Wales, WI, 2012 


 [1] Pallasch, A. “White House Moves G-8 Summit from Chicago to Camp David.” Suntimes.com.  March 5, 2012.  5 March 2012.  http://www.suntimes.com/news/11082594-418/white-house-moves-g-8-summit-from-chicago-to-camp-david.html

 [2]“Update: Body Found ID’d as Missing College Student.” WEAU.com. March 5, 2012. 5 March 2012. http://www.weau.com/home/headlines/Police_search_for_missing_UW-Stevens_Point_student_141367593.html


As G-8 Summit Nears, Chicago is on the Hot Seat

From May 19-21, Chicago will host the G-8 economic summit where leaders from Japan, Italy, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, Russia and the United States will meet in an attempt to iron out differences. Even though this affair will take place just over 100 miles to the southeast of Spingola Files HQ, many residents of southeastern Wisconsin are oblivious to the costs and dangers associated with the event’s security issues. 

During the 2010 G-20 Summit in Toronto, over 10,000 Canadian law enforcement officers and over 1,000 private security guards oversaw the event.[1] Chicago law enforcement administrators plan on getting by with just 5,000 sworn officers. Chicago police have ordered 3,057 face shields for its members and another 850 sworn personnel from other Illinois law enforcement agencies will provide a physical presence.[2]  With the Cook County jail already housing 9,250 prisoners, the facility is at 97 percent capacity, which means city officials will likely establish some type of temporary holding facility.

In 2010, the Toronto G-20’s security totaled $1 billion[3] , as the Canadian Integrated Security force arrested over 900 people.[4]

With Chicago being centrally located in the Midwest, some expect protestors to swarm the Windy City.  Newly elected Mayor Rahm Emanuel might find the number of anti-establishment groups at the G-8 eerily reminiscent of the 1968 Democratic National Convention, where a group of radicals and anti-war organizers clashed in the streets with the Chicago police, whose command staff received their marching orders from the legendary leader of the Democrat Party machine, Mayor Richard Daley.

Much has changed since 1968.  Chicago’s relatively new police superintendent, Garry McCarthy, is a former member of the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) command staff, and has experience dealing with large protests. However, the NYPD has twice the number of sworn personnel as the Chicago PD, which means McCarthy must rely on reinforcements from suburban police departments and the Illinois State Police.  A proposed ordinance would also allow the City of Chicago to request assistance from out-of-state agencies, which means members of the Milwaukee Police Department’s Major Incident Response Team (MIRT) might be asked to lend a helping hand.

Left-wing organizations have already scheduled a variety of bizarre events, such as a May 15 national assembly to put the ‘war makers’ on trial.  Some of the groups that plan to demonstrate include the U.S. Palestinian Community Network, the Iraq Veterans Against the War, the University of Illinois-Chicago branch of the Students for a Democratic Society, the Committee to Stop FBI Repression, and the Episcopalian Peace Fellowship.[5]

By some estimates, over 10,000 officials, including politicians, generals and diplomats, from G-8 countries will likely attend. Moreover, since Chicago is President Obama’s hometown, the good money says the protestors might step things up a notch.

In addition, some leaders of Chicago’s political establishment are putting law enforcement on notice. Alderman Ricardo Munoz has introduced an anti-crackdown ordinance, which would prohibit government officials from shutting down electronic communications during the event.[6]

From a law enforcement perspective, the Chicago G-8 Summit is interesting affair, as thousands of anarchists will converge on a historically corrupt city, with an out-of-control gang problem, a new mayor facing international scrutiny, and a President looking for something to boost his sagging approval numbers. 

No doubt, the Chicago PD’s intelligence fusion center is working overtime to prevent a Seattle-like debacle.  

MILWAUKEE-BASED CRIME NOVEL CONTINUES TO CLIMB AT AMAZON

As of 9 p.m. CDT, The Cozen Protocol, a crime novel based on events surrounding the Milwaukee Police Department, shot-up to #5 on Amazon.com’s list of criminal procedure books.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Cozen-Protocol-First-ebook/dp/B002NGO456/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330744336&sr=8-1-spell

A few months ago, I discussed the book with WUWM’s Stephanie Lecci.  To hear the interview, click the following link.

http://www.wuwm.com/programs/lake_effect/le_sgmt.php?segmentid=7966

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Steve Spingola is an author and retired Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective. His new book, Best of the Spingola Files, is now available at Amazon.com.

If your group is in need of a fascinating guest speaker, consider the Spingola Files Psychology of Homicide presentation.  For more information, visit www.badgerwordsmith.com/the_psychology_of_homicide_presentation.html

© Steven Spingola, Wales, WI, 2012


[1] Currie, Mary Beth. “Canada: Toronto G-8 and G-20 Summits—Employer Planning Issues.” Mondaq.com. May 6, 2010.  2 March 2012. http://www.mondaq.com/canada/article.asp?articleid=99928

[2] Speilman, F, Main, F. & Donovan, L. “Case Closed? Courtrooms maybe Shut for NATO, G-9 Summits.” Suntimes.com. February 23, 2012. 2 March 2012.  http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/10811118-418/case-closed-courtrooms-may-be-shut-during-nato-g-8-summits.html

[3] Delacourt, S. “G-20 Security Tab: What Else Could $1 Billion Buy.” TheStar.com. May 28, 2010.  2 March 2012. http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/816123–what-can-1-billion-buy?bn=1

[4] Young, J. “G8/G20 Leaves Canada with Big Hangover.” TVNZ.co.nz. July 2, 2010. 2 March 2012. http://tvnz.co.nz/world-news/g8-g20-leaves-canada-big-hangover-3623805

[5] “Chicago: Protests Called for NATO and G8 Summits.” AnarchistNews.org. June 26, 2011.  2 March 2012.  http://anarchistnews.org/node/14920

[6] Babwin, D. “Anti-Crackdown Ordinance? Alderman Munoz Wants NATO, G-8 Protestors to Have Wireless Access.” HuffingtonPost.com. February 15, 2012.  2 March 2012. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/15/anticrackdown-ordinance-a_n_1278680.html