FOP Failure To Fight Anti-Police Movement Takes Heavy Toll

Does the release of a cop killer in Indiana reflect on the Fraternal Order of Police in Chicago?

Sadly, it does.

The most corrupt media in the country did not disappoint in the coverage of a police killer about to be set free in Indiana. Sun Times reporter Jon Seidel goes to great lengths to cover the case of Zolo Azania, convicted of murdering a police officer in 1981 during the course of a bank robbery. According to the article, Azania executed a wounded police officer as he lay on the ground. Twice Azania was supposed to have been executed. Twice he was spared.

The Chicago media is cunning. They are adept at hiding their corruption and their bias, the fact that they are, for the most part, activists posing as journalists. Seidel doesn’t disappoint. Seidel ignores the most compelling aspects of the story.

And one such aspect is the attorney who is representing Anzia, Michael Deutsch.

Here’s what Deutsch said about Azania:

Michael Deutsch, Azania’s attorney, said his client is “someone that’s kind of really changed his life in prison, and in a way it’s fortunate that he wasn’t executed because the death penalty doesn’t give someone a chance to really change who they are.”

Incredible, right? Well, not if you look at who Deutsch is and what he represents. Deutsch is a member of the People’s Law Office (PLO), a collection of radical attorneys who have made fighting the police and the criminal justice system the foundation of their law practice, often under the misnomer of “civil rights.” They have largely spearheaded the wrongful conviction movement in Chicago, garnering the release of one inmate after another on the claim that the inmate was coerced into confessing.

It has been a good few months for Deutsch. Not only has he likely secured the release of Azania, but he scored another huge victory in November. In the waning moments of Obama’s administration, Obama pardoned Oscar Lopez, the last of the terrorist groups FALN, one of the worst domestic terrorist groups in history. The FALN committed over 100 bombings and killed at least six people. Self-avowed Marxists, they were unrepentant about their legacy of terrorist carnage.

Guess who represented many of them?

You guessed it: Michael Deutsch.

From the Chicago Tribune:

Jan Susler takes a deep breath and looks at the reporter long and steady. She's skeptical. She's afraid he'll get it wrong.

"The FALN are really lovely human beings," says Susler, a lawyer representing the group. "They aren't the kinds of people that have horns and a tail. They are intelligent, gifted and tolerant."

 It is Susler's job—along with New York Attorney Michael Deutsch—to make the FALN's legal case for a presidential pardon. It's a tough sell, and she knows it. 

Really lovely human beings?

Consider this account of the FALN from a Wall Street Journal Article:

 It was nearly 10 p.m. on New Year's Eve, 1982. Two officers on New York Police Department's elite bomb squad rushed to headquarters at One Police Plaza, where minutes earlier an explosion had destroyed the entrance to the building. Lying amid the carnage was Police Officer Rocco Pascarella, his lower leg blasted off.

 "He was ripped up like someone took a box cutter and shredded his face," remembered Detective Anthony Senft, one of the bomb-squad officers who answered the call 25 years ago. "We really didn't even know that he was a uniformed man until we found his weapon, that's how badly he was injured.”

 About 20 minutes later, Mr. Senft and his partner, Richard Pastorella, were blown 15 feet in the air as they knelt in protective gear to defuse another bomb. Detective Senft was blinded in one eye, his facial bones shattered, his hip severely fractured. Mr. Pastorella was blinded in both eyes and lost all the fingers of his right hand. A total of four bombs exploded in a single hour on that night, including at FBI headquarters in Manhattan and the federal courthouse in Brooklyn. 

Yes, really lovely people.

It’s not just the FALN. The People’s Law Office worked closely with the Weather Underground terrorist group, which set off bombs throughout the country during the 70s. The PLO represented youths accused of plotting to throw Molotov cocktails at police officers during the 2010 NATO demonstrations.

Try finding one journalist in Chicago, just one, who will point out the PLO ties to and representation of radical terrorist organizations. You won’t, because the local media, like Seidel, is held spellbound by the PLO and other anti-police law firms in the city, so much so that they go to great lengths to protect the law firms from public scrutiny.

Would any legitimate journalist in the country doubt for one second that the readers in Indiana would like to know—that they should know— the full story about who Deutsch is and what he represents? Shouldn’t they know the history of his fervent anti-police history and his law firm’s representation of domestic terrorist organizations? Would the family of the murdered Indiana police officer like to know who they are dealing with in the PLO?

What was it President Trump said about the media being crooked?

But this is only the tip of the iceberg. The real corruption in the local media, and the stunning failure of Chicago’s FOP, is revealed in what else Seidel chose to ignore from his story.

Two crucial cases that undermine the very tenets of the anti-police movement that Deutsch and his PLO cohorts have built their careers upon are now winding their way through the federal courts.

Both these cases aim to argue widespread corruption in wrongful conviction cases from a close ally of the PLO, Northwestern University’s Innocence Project.

These cases include the claim that investigators at Northwestern generated false affidavits from witnesses with which they built several wrongful conviction cases.

And at the center of these false affidavits is the conduct of a former professor at Northwestern, David Protess, who left the school in a scandal in 2011 after the school admitted he had lied about his investigations.

This emerging evidence of a pattern of corruption has yet to find its way into articles by Chicago’s corrupt media, despite the magnitude of the claims. In fact, the Chicago media doesn’t even attend the hearings of these cases in federal court. 

How telling. Seidel, however, finds time to go to Indiana and quote Deutsch.

Consider this: One of the inmates the PLO got out of prison on a double murder charge was named Aaron Patterson. Guess who originally investigated the case and came up with retracted witness statements that paved the way for Patterson to get out of prison?

You guessed it. David Protess and his students at Northwestern University.

The Daily Northwestern:

Patterson was convicted in 1989 with Eric Caine of a 1986 double-murder at a home on Chicago’s South Side. The couple were found stabbed 34 times. Police obtained confessions from Patterson and Caine and two statements from witnesses that placed the men at the scene…

One woman who testified against Patterson later recanted. And last year Protess’ students helped obtain an affidavit from a man that cast doubt on the other witness’ statement and implicated two other men in the murders. The students have worked to corroborate the affidavit during Fall and Winter quarters.

In any other city, the emerging further evidence of false affidavits at Northwestern would generate a media sensation, an intense media scrutiny poring over all the exonerations obtained through Northwestern investigations, including the Aaron Patterson case, just as the media would pore over similar allegations were they leveled against the police.

But it is a mark of the Chicago media’s corruption that they will not do so. Instead, they continue, like obedient lapdogs, to push the narrative of police corruption fashioned by Deutsch and the PLO.

And here is where the failure of the FOP emerges. In the last decade, as the evidence of this corruption in the anti-police movement has unfolded, the FOP has done nothing with it. They have not confronted the media, not pressed prosecutors or the courts to take action against the evidence of wrongdoing, not pressed the political establishment to confront the anti-police movement in the city, nor compelled city attorneys to challenge these claims in court, to dig out the truth about these claims that have been smearing the good names of officers for three decades.

In the FOP’s silence, hundreds of police officers have been fired and vilified, the criminal justice system has been turned upside down, the city has paid millions in settlements it quite likely should not have paid, and the police have faced one new disciplinary process after another all justified by the mythology of police corruption relentlessly promulgated by the likes of Deutsch and the PLO.

Now, a police killer who should have been executed has been set free.

When, one wonders, will the FOP fight? 

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