Monday, July 23, 2012

Matt O'Shea

Deserves a Thank You
Read the below story in today's Sneed. We need more acts of involvement like this.  Congrats Matt. 


◆ The scene: Spotting a man exchange something with neighborhood kids in an alley behind his ward office a few weeks ago, O’Shea jumped in his black SUV, called 911 and tailed the suspect’s car.
◆ The script: Witnessing two “exchanges” with kids in the next few minutes, O’Shea told Sneed, “I figured if I didn’t physically stop him now, this guy’s going to get away.”
So he turned on his brights, put his car in drive and bore down on the rear bumper of the guy’s car, a Chrysler PT Cruiser.
“I jarred him pretty good from behind . . . his front bumper was against a wall . . . I had him pinned,” O’Shea tells Sneed.
“If you weren’t particularly bright, like I was hoping the guy wasn’t, you’d probably think I was a cop,” said O’Shea, who got out of his car when the man exited the vehicle. “I said ‘Get back in the f - - - - - - car!’ as sternly as I could . .. and he did. And the cavalary arrived moments later.”
◆ The buckshot: The driver, Vernell Heard, 26, was arrested, along with his passenger, Jordan Landry, 21, on June 27. Both were charged with felony possession of a controlled substance . “They had pills on them, some sort of painkiller . . . and there was a baby in the car,” O’Shea tells Sneed.
◆ The afterthought: “It was like . . . the adrenaline gets going, you’re trying to protect the neighborhood — and trying to keep in mind, ‘Hey, you’ve got a wife and three young kids and you’ve got to go home tonight, chief.’ ”
◆ O’Shea’s wife’s response: “She was not happy. I think the exact words were, “What the hell were you thinking?’ ”
◆ The flipside: “My kids thought it was great.”


30 comments:

  1. Anonymous7/23/2012

    Well Done!

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  2. Anonymous7/23/2012

    what is needed is more cops,they do this type of work everyday!

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  3. Anonymous7/23/2012

    I have to agree that Matt might be much more of a stand up guy than we have seen around here since Sheehan. I hope he has the guts to stand up to the Combine if they try to strong arm him. He could stand up to them and would be protected by the neighborhood who would appreciate him...Next he needs to focus on eliminating the roadblocks to small business development in the city and especially in our Ward ! I am someone who posts critically of our liberal leadership that does not fairly represent the beliefs and views of the typical 19th Warder - but i have to give Matt his due. Good job ! At least he cares.

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  4. Anonymous7/23/2012

    The 2 male black offenders from this case were from the ghetto and were caught selling to white kids from the neighborhood. My guess is they probably didnt come up here on their own but were called up here by the white kids. Great parenting.

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    1. Anonymous8/14/2012

      Actually one offender was a biracial female. Your an idiot.. Matt didn't do Shit they weren't even selling the white kids sold them the pills but the black people get convicted.. Racist ass 19th ward

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  5. Anonymous7/23/2012

    Great Job Alderman!!! I met you once, your a stand up guy.Keep up the good work!!!

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  6. Anonymous7/23/2012

    good job buddy......wish you were in the 23rd ward

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  7. Anonymous7/23/2012

    Arrest him for impersonating the police

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    1. Anonymous8/14/2012

      Thank you! Same thing I said

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  8. Anonymous7/23/2012

    Great Job Well Done! Hey Wifey! What if those kids belonged to you? Then what would you say to your Hero Husband. HUH?

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  10. Anonymous7/23/2012

    HE RAMMED A CAR WITH A BABY IN IT THE SHITHEADS WILL SUE HIM.

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  11. Anonymous7/23/2012

    If the police did this they would go to jail

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  12. Anonymous7/23/2012

    GOOD FOR YOU...SOMETIMES WE NEED TO PATROL OUR OWN NEIGHBORHOOD.....WATCH OUT THOUGH ...A LOT OF TIMES IT IS THE PO'S KIDS AND CITY WORKERS KIDS WHO ARE UP TO NO GOOD, AND THEY GET AWAY WITH EVERYTHING

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  13. Anonymous7/23/2012

    And then you get dragged through court for using excesive force by battering the three occupants with your vehicle. Or if you had a gun and used it, you would be the next George Zimmerman. You just can't win for trying to keep your neighborhood safe.

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  14. Anonymous7/23/2012

    The alderman is a peace officer. I'm glad someone is out there trying.

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  15. Anonymous7/23/2012

    Wow, I can't believe how simple people on this blog are! I can't wait for the lawsuit. This is just the start, wait for the fun. When the Suntimes article is admitted in the Civil Trial, we will wind up with a new alderman. This incident happened awhile ago, it was on this blog, now today in the Times and again on this blog. Alot of self promotion goig on these days. But, the ward may not get the miles they were hoping for out of this one.

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  17. Anonymous7/23/2012

    Well done, Sir. Risking your life for our community. I never met you personally, and I do not know you. But I hear good things (unfortunately, yes, to one poster, the PO kids do get away with much ---way---too much. I had a kid whose dad was ISP one time call his dad, as I am at his apartment. I . . .did grab the phone and talk with "dad." Dad said, "arrest my son. I am sorry.")

    We have an awesome community. Why? Because WE, all of us, care.

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  18. Anonymous7/23/2012

    To one poster: yes, but CPD and all law enforcement respond to a lot of bull shit domestic calls. CPD probably tried to wait until things (bull shit) cooled down, and someone then called the Alderman. It is a tough/difficult situation. Sorry about the crazy lady, but obviously no harm was done ("BUT WHAT ABOUT LACK OF SLEEP"). Chill out. =D

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    1. Anonymous7/24/2012

      Good point....the only thing i did not mention was that the guy was yelling at her for nearly an HOUR...he was clearly stoned on something and our neighbors were fearful for the girl's safety....but you do make a very good point..

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  19. Anonymous7/24/2012

    We should name a park for him!

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  21. Anonymous7/24/2012

    now if only the rest of the alderman had balls like you, they would probably admit that hey, we have a problem and we need help. lets get some police.

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  22. Anonymous7/26/2012

    Dangerous move. Let the cops do the police work

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  23. Anonymous9/07/2012

    Its good to know that people wont let their neighborhood go down a rat hole. More people should stand up like Matt did.

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  24. Anonymous9/01/2013

    Need streets on 109th Church Street repair seriously, a neighbor and my brother bought a bag of some kind of black pavement to fix the pot holes. I feel this street needs to be blacktop as soon as possible and perhaps some speed bumps. This is terrible, especially when neighbors are trying to keep there tires safe.

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  25. We have a resident on the 10400 block of Albany who has been verbal abusing and harassing her neighbors with name calling, dropping her pants - exposing herself to small children, and screams of obscenities to anyone and everyone near her home. A dog owner herself, she has physically threatened other neighbors dogs and pets. Once she placed a dead rabbit on a neighbors front lawn. That particular neighbor later sold their home due many other occurrences like the one mentioned.
    Neighbors on the block have called several times to the police only to be told the legal and administrative difficulties of resolving the abuse issue. The latest abuse occurred this week regarding a workman, three neighbors, and three visits from CPD.
    The bottom-line is that we, the neighbors, are simply afraid of what she may say or do next either to ourselves or our children.
    What can you and I do to avoid another issue and avoid wasting the time and resources of the CPD. I will follow this up with a formal letter with a visit to your office.
    We need your help on this one!!
    THANKS!

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