“His response was to fight it with the only weapons at hand—passive resistance and open displays of contempt.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan
There is online, a world comprised of people calling themselves “targeted individuals.” In the case of former police officer Shannon Spalding, she fits nearly every criterion of “what is a gang stalking target,” except that she is just a whistleblower, who was isolated, harassed, stalked, threatened-and, finally, he was believed. And in that, Shannon Spalding, former Chicago Police officer, is one of those.
About street gangs, she said: “I never took their money. I never put drugs on them. They were locked up all the time for things they didn’t do. I earned their respect. So they would tell me things.”
By Jamie Kalven, at the Intercept
Oct. 6 2016, 6:00 a.m.
Code of Silence
Two young officers began to hear rumors of a drug gang operating within the Chicago Police Department. They were skeptical at first.
ON MAY 31, the city of Chicago agreed to settle a whistleblower lawsuit brought by two police officers who allege they suffered retaliation for reporting and investigating criminal activity by fellow officers. The settlement, for $2 million, was announced moments before the trial was to begin.
As the trial date approached, city lawyers had made a motion to exclude the words “code of silence” from the proceedings. Not only was the motion denied, but the judge ruled that Mayor Rahm Emanuel could be called to testify about what he meant when he used the term in a speech he delivered to the City Council last December, at the height of the political firestorm provoked by the police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
In that speech, Emanuel broke with the city’s long history of denying the existence of the code of silence. He spoke of “problems at the very heart of the policing profession,” and said: “This problem is sometimes referred to as the Thin Blue Line. Other times it’s referred to as the code of silence. It is the tendency to ignore, deny, or in some cases cover up the bad actions of a colleague or colleagues.”
The prevailing narrative in the press was that the city settled in order to avoid the possibility that Mayor Emanuel would be compelled to testify. But the mayor’s testimony, had it come to pass, would have been unlikely to provide much illumination. By contrast, that of the plaintiffs, Shannon Spalding and Danny Echeverria, promised to be revelatory. In the words of Judge Gary Feinerman, they have a story to tell that “purports to show extraordinarily serious retaliatory misconduct by officers at nearly all levels of the CPD hierarchy.”
Shannon Spalding, second from the left, as a young, idealistic Chicago police officer.Years later, she was isolated, jobless, and driven into financial ruin, for investigating a gang that dealt drugs, and murdered people.That gang was her fellow officers in the Chicago PD
WHEN I FIRST MET Shannon Spalding in 2013, she was in despair. She had risked everything to bring to light corruption within the Chicago Police Department, she said, yet no one believed her.
In brief, Spalding recounted that she and her partner, Danny Echeverria, spent over five years working undercover on a joint FBI-CPD internal affairs investigation that uncovered a massive criminal enterprise within the department. A gang tactical team led by a sergeant named Ronald Watts operated a protection racket in public housing developments on Chicago’s South Side. In exchange for “a tax,” Watts and his team shielded drug dealers from interference by law enforcement and targeted their competition. Their operation went far beyond shaking down the occasional drug dealer. They were major players in the drug trade on the South Side.
The investigation had multiple targets. Beyond Watts, it was focused on members of his team and senior officials suspected of conspiring with him. It was also rumored both on the street and in the department that Watts was involved in the murders of two drug dealers who defied him.
When Spalding and Echeverria were on the verge of breaking the case open, the investigation was sabotaged by a high-ranking official who outed them as “rats.” Other CPD brass ordered officers under their command to retaliate against Spalding and Echeverria for violating the code of silence. Reprisals were especially harsh against Spalding, leaving her financially devastated, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, and stripped of the job she loves.
When we first spoke three years ago, Spalding’s despair arose not from self-doubt — her conviction about the substance of her story was unshakeable — but from her awareness of the forces arrayed against her. She was oppressed by the knowledge that CPD brass had the power to impose upon the world their own version of reality and in the process portray her as delusional.
“I call it Operation Smoke and Mirrors,” she said at the time. “If four bosses in the department say it didn’t happen, it didn’t happen.”
Any serious research Iinto the topic of gang stalking will recognize the following as typical complaints ofvtargeted individuals, and victims of organized stalking:
-isolating the individual
-threats to make a person homeless
-threats to make a person jobless
-threats that they won’t be believed by anyone
-mocking exchanges where targets are told ‘what, like anyone can punish gang stalkers-maybe a slap on the wrist’ and so on.
-exchanges where internet ‘bullies on steroids’ talk about putting the IRS on a person
And these are just the first few I picked out of the first paragraphs of Shannon’s story. Follow the link to the Intercepts amazing coverage of a criminal gang that operated with impunity, and immunity in the Chicago Police Department. And ask yourself-how many other gangs, working under cover of authoity, under color of law, are doing this to targeted individuals?