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May 29, 2014

Report on how Chicago makes it nearly impossible for some sex offenders to register

A helpful reader alerted me to this notable local report from Chicago headlined "Chicago police fail to register sex offenders 601 times in just three months." Here is how the story starts:

On February 13 of this year, Bruce Harley went to the Chicago Police Department Headquarters to register as a sex offender. He was one of 22 people who were turned away that day because the office was simply too busy. That’s according to police records. A month later, on March 21, Bruce Harley was approached by Chicago police officers on the West Side of Chicago.

According to an arrest report, Harley wasn’t doing anything illegal but was “loitering in an area known for narcotic activity.”   Officers ran Harley’s name and found he had failed to register.  Harley told the officers he had tried to register on February 13 but had been turned away.  He was arrested anyway and is now in the Cook County Jail, where it costs taxpayers $52,000 a year to house him.

I first heard about sex offenders being prevented from registering a few months ago.  I spent several days waiting in line with offenders outside the criminal registration office at Chicago police headquarters.  I couldn’t believe it when officers came out of the office and told dozens of men who had been waiting for hours that they might as well go home because the office was too busy to register them all.  Then the officers warned the men that they could be arrested for failing to register even though they’d just waited for hours in line to do just that.

I went back several times and saw the same scenario play out.

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I've come to realize that murder is the appropriate, moral choice. Registry Terrorists must pay.

Posted by: FRegistryTerrorists | May 30, 2014 9:23:36 AM

If this does not cause sex offenders to raise the devil against the authorities, what will? If they are not ALLOWED to comply with the law and then are subsequently arrested for FAILING to register that the authorities PREVENTED them from complying with, then arrest the incompetant registrars instead of skape-goating those who attempt to comply! Now, we wonder why many law-abiding people don't trust their own police! We also wonder why some people flip their lid by targeting law-enforcement personnel for revenge.

That's Chicago Police Department for you. That department has had its own issues going back decades with their own racism, rampant corruption,their thuggish behavior towards peaceful protesters at the 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention, and their deliberate arrest of innocent people whenever the police could not find the guilty person of a high-profile violent crime. We already know of the Cook County law enforcement personnel who obtained false convictions through false confessions obtained through torture whenever they could not find the guilty person. These cops wanted to get an angry public off their back by finding anybody else who might merely fit the profile of the actual perpetrator without being the actual perpetrator. Law enforcement laziness at its most extreme! Of course, after the false conviction, the police would destroy all evidence leading to the real perpetrator still out on the streets just so the police could cover their own tracks.

Posted by: william r. delzell | May 30, 2014 11:00:12 AM

personally I think anyone caught up in this shit there has the legal right to kill any officer in that building. Sorry but they are now by their actions accessories before the fact in a major FEDERAL FELONY. That means they can be killed.

Plus I think legally the Chicago PD and it's local DA is living in a fucking dream world. They fail to do THEIR job and now these individuals have to pay for it with prison. I don't think so.

I'd show up with a lawyer to verify when and where I was and to witness the cops telling me to leave. At that point legally I have completed my legal requirement to register. Any attempt to interfere with me about it after that till my next LEGAL appointment would bring painful action to the individual no matter what fucking stupid costume they had on.

Posted by: rodsmith | May 30, 2014 5:31:05 PM

As this article demonstrates, no only is registration punitive, it is often administratively impossible. These truly are POS laws and anybody who defends them in their current state is a fascist loving idiot.

Where is the outrage? Oh Yeah - they're only sex-offenders, i.e., the untouchable caste, no matter how minor their actual, often victimless crime was. Now our justice loving politicians (that NJ idiot Smith for example) wants an International Megan's Law, not to prevent unwanted visitors from nations who have no consideration for our laws, but to harass SO's in their ability to move about in a free society.

Yeah, I'm proud to be an Amerikan - Not.

Posted by: albeed | May 30, 2014 5:58:27 PM

All that was needed to avoid this problem was a tip for the maître d'.

Of course, such tips are illegal and no one should have to tip in any event.

I wonder how much it would cost to get a guaranteed appointment.

Posted by: Fred | May 31, 2014 3:24:13 PM

sorry Fred but the only tip I would give these hate filled little Nazi wannabe's is a bullet to the empty space their brain should be.

Posted by: rodsmith | May 31, 2014 4:25:54 PM

Where is the Chicago ACLU on this issue? Harvey? Start demonstrating in front of City Hall.

Posted by: Liberty1st | May 31, 2014 5:52:51 PM

Could snafoos like the police department one moment telling lines of former sex offenders that they may NOT register only to arrest them months later for failing to do just that due to the registrar's incompetance galvanize enough sex offenders residing in any particular space to band together the way low-income San Franciscans are currently doing against yuppie "techies" who use special buses provided by their Silicon Valley employers to enter San Francisco? San Franciscans, fed up with their city's growing income inequality, now view the "techi" buses as symbols of persecution and oppression. For the past several days, several angry San Franciscans have staged protests and confrontations against these buses. Could sex offenders in Chicago start staging acts of civil disobedience and confrontation against the Chicago Police Department's Sex Offender Registry reminiscent of the 1968 Chicago anti-police protests at the Democratic Convention of that time? Only time will tell.

Posted by: william r. delzell | Jun 2, 2014 9:23:02 AM

Personally if I was in that line and some gov't fuckup cop informed me I had to leave and not register but I would still be liable for arrest and prison based on THEIR failure to do their job. I'd break that fuckup into little pieces and then go after the rest of them in the building.

Posted by: rodsmith | Jun 2, 2014 12:09:37 PM

I don't see how this isn't punishment, being forced to abandon what you are doing and commanded to take photos and go here and there, is like probation and parole.

We all agree, that if you run a red light camera or violate the speed limit and pay say a $100 fine, the government should not have the right to tell you 5-10 years later that you need to pay a $1,000 fine.

A sex offender fee violates the 13th amendment and property rights, if a registration is not punishment, being forced to pay a fee surely is because its seizure of property without a crime, you also must work to pay the fee, ironically the state legislature of Illinois introduced a bill to how offenders do "community service", if they cannot pay the fine, mandatory labor for no crime.

Posted by: Alex | Jun 4, 2014 6:17:39 AM

I agree Alex there is no way in hell I'd pay it. In fact I'd have no problem telling them so for the simple reason that they would not like the currency I'd use LEAD.

100 bucks can buy a lot of that.

Posted by: rodsmith | Jun 4, 2014 2:22:23 PM

If anyone can chime in to explain how to the supreme court reached its conclusion in smith v. doe with three dissenters, I think they were using analogies to quarantine for folks with disease, which I find absurd, since folks are in the community and paying fines with talk about community service and its a burden like probation or parole.

Of course a few state courts have held otherwise, however courts should go further and scrutinize if cruel and unusual punishment applies to registries for lifetime registration and also scrutinize the "nexus" of SORNA's registration, it is understandable the during the commission of a crime federal law applies across state lines, however mere travel by a person engaged in no crime, only the mere fact he was convicted of a crime
and served his time, should not give feds jurisdiction .

Posted by: Alex | Jun 6, 2014 2:18:07 AM

well alex I have no problem with giving them permission to try it. Of course they should be ready to acknowledge my right to blow their asses away when they try it.

Posted by: rodsmith | Jun 6, 2014 10:30:47 PM

Can you clarify what you mean by sarcasm, I presume the bill that would let folks in Illinois do community service in leiu of paying fines would violate the 13th amendment, no person should be compelled to do forced labor except as a penalty for a crime, that would clearly make it unconstitutional since the sentence was already served.

You have to work to pay the fine or give up assets, so that would be prompt the court to rule against the law.

Posted by: Alex | Jun 7, 2014 3:13:49 AM

no Alex actualy the smith v doe. with a completely diff registry then what we have now. Under today's laws everything they said back then that if required would have made it illegal. Is now required on pain of prison. Which is why its illegal on it's face. sorry I don't need a 2nd bite in front of a court for that. Once the highest court in the land says what your doing is NOT illegal because your NOT doing "x" "y" and "z" and you then go out and start doing them. YOUR now the criminal.

sorry they said the registry was legal because it

Was Not like probation/parole!
Did NOT require in person updates
They were able to live and work and go where they want with no oversight.

Now Of course like probation/parole. You have mandatory in person visits to the local police station x times a year a minim of 2 per year with no legal limit to how many per year. Plus a fee for each and evry time to visit.

All of this on pain of years in prison if either you forget something of the cops fuckup something and you don't catch it.

they tell you where you CAN'T live
where you CAN'T work
where you CAN'T walk.
many states now DEMAND to wear a modern STAR OF DAVID on your license. In Alabama it's a set of Orange TWO INCH letters across the front saying 'SEX OFFENDER"

NEVER MIND the magnetic bar across the fucking back has your fuckng life history on it for any LEGAL GOV'T fucktard with a damn reader.

Which of course means that legally the shit on the front is for harassment and embarrassment per only.

sorry I think legally that 2 million plus individuals now have the legal right to start removing politicians and media shits anytime they want.

Posted by: rodsmith | Jun 10, 2014 7:35:37 PM

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