Mayor Tells Police Leaders To Cancel Vacations As She Blames Them For Violence

Chicago Police First Deputy Superintendent Anthony Riccio went to Aruba after the mayor told officials not to go away.

Chicago, IL – The number two man at the Chicago Police Department has earned himself a spot on newly-elected Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s naughty list for taking his pre-planned June vacation.

Chicago Police First Deputy Superintendent Anthony Riccio went to Aruba for the week of June 1 to June 7 despite an edict from the mayor that all non-union police officials, known as “exempts,” should play to stay in the city through the summer months, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Lightfoot heard about Deputy Superintendent Riccio’s vacation from reporters and immediately expressed her displeasure.

“That would be incredibly disappointing to me if that happened because I gave a very specific directive that no exempt should be taking vacation during the summer,” Lightfoot said. “So, if that happened, that’ll be something that we have to have a serious conversation about.”

She said she needed to learn more about the situation before commenting on it directly, but said that she felt the officials “have to set the example. And the example of doing something that the mayor has directed them not to do is highly problematic.”

Chicago Police Chief Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi confirmed that the official had been on vacation in June, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Guglielmi said that Deputy Superintendent Riccio “had a June 2019 family vacation that was approved and paid for in October of 2018, prior to the mayoral transition. Superintendent Johnson approved the first deputy taking this time off given arrangements were previously approved.”

He said Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson had blessed his No. 2 man taking the pre-planned trip despite the mayor’s demand that all officials plan to stay in the city all summer because it had been approved prior to the mayoral transition, the Chicago Tribune reported.

“The superintendent approved it given it was preauthorized and since Riccio would be in town working the Memorial Day deployment,” Guglielmi said.

A spokeswoman for the mayor refused to comment on the police department’s explanation of the official’s absence.

“The mayor has made clear her expectations for the Chicago Police Department, and she has full confidence that every member will meet those standards going forward,” she said.

Lightfoot began involving herself in the Chicago Police Department as soon as she was elected.

However, it wasn’t known whether the mayor had officially told police officials to cancel summer vacations after her April 2 election or after she actually took office on May 20, the Chicago Sun Times reported.

It was unclear as to whether the mayor had announced that she expected all police officials to cancelled pre-existing travel plans.

There’s been no word on whether Deputy Superintendent Riccio will face discipline in the incident, WBBM reported.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Lightfoot has been very active in helping to manage the police department since she took office.

Prior to being elected, she had been very involved in the police accountability and reform movement in the city.

She campaigned on a promise to reduce crime, the Chicago Tribune reported.

At the start of summer, Lightfoot established “Accountability Mondays” to meet with police officials and administration leadership to review the Chicago crime statistics from the prior weekend.

“I now get an alert every time there’s a shooting and I look at these things and I just think, ‘Dear God,’” the mayor said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “This isn’t news to me. I know shootings happen. I know they’re happening at a volume that is unacceptable but when you see my inbox, I go away for half an hour and I come back and it’s just flooded with emails. We have to start talking about not accepting this behavior as something that is just business as usual.”

She said the alerts in her mailbox were a reality check to the scope of the problem.

Comments (81)
No. 1-42
LynnSB
LynnSB

Lady (?) your the Mayor NOT GOD !! this man has been there a whole hell of a lot Longer then you -- and YES he deserves his vacation -- just like all of the other Officers -- and your IGNORANCE of blaming them for the Savages in Chicago is Bull Sht !! You keep your Sht up and there won't be a Police Force -- but that IS what you want anyway -- Right !! Another Disgusting POS Destroying America !!!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I want to take ya Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama, Key Largo, Montego, baby why don't we go, to Jamaica. Far from the Florida Keys, there's a place called Chicago.... That's why you want to go to get away from it all.... Bodies in the streets, dead end dreams melting in your hand. We'll be falling in love to the rhythm of a steel drum band.... and away from Chicago. Aruba, Jamaica ooh I want to take you ........away from Chicago............

Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

Liberalism is a Serious Mental Illness, Please Help Find A Cure For Liberalism!

thebronze
thebronze

Jesus Christ, do you guys EVER proof-read your articles before you post them????

JBo
JBo

Blames the police? Look in a mirror mayor, and then look at your political party. Chicago politics and corruption is legendary. The crime will never lessen until law and order politicians with guts take over. Not holding my breath either.

Schell269
Schell269

If the mayor takes ANY action against the Deputy Super. He will have a legal action against her and the city of significant proportions. By remaining in Chicago, he would loose all of the pre-paid and prior approved vacation, a huge loss of money to him and his family. Suspect she also may be stepping on contract provisions, possibly Illinois state law ( I’m not from the state so don’t know local law). Time for FOP to clean her clock once and for all and get her pissing match with law enforcement over once and for all.
Might be time for all Chicago officers to go on vacation! That ought to get her panties in a real bunch!

redpill
redpill

I think the entire CPD should have a week long sick out. Hell, make it a month. The Mayor (if she's still alive and/or in the city by that point) will be begging for them to come back.

Podes
Podes

Hey Mayor....Guess what? It wasnt summer during his vacation, nor is it summer right now! Good try though!

SgtBow
SgtBow

The mayor needs a cluepon. I hate politicians walking around, spouting shit without a clue of what they are talking about. But Chicago has always provided mayors that can't be failures because they serve as bad examples prior to incarceration.

Daughter
Daughter

The guys in blue are doing their job ....you been out there with them? Until you walk in their shoes THEY ALL NEED THEIR TIME OFF WE DONT NEED ANY MORE SUICIDE AND IF THERE ARE ITS ON YOU WATCH!!! GOT THAT B !!!!!!!!

Senseisteve
Senseisteve

Two words: Jussie Smollett.

Mama1959
Mama1959

Is policing the police part of her mayoral duties or something to keep her away from her mayoral duties????

LEO0301
LEO0301

I bet the brass can't wait for their Monday morning meeting with Adolph.

Do-The-Job-Right
Do-The-Job-Right

Awesome 👍 Now take settlements out of Police Pension Funds, let's stop fucking over the taxpayers.

portManaT13
portManaT13

Is there a "reimbursement of prepaid funds" clause in the Mayor's anti-vacation edict? If not, tell the Mayor to go pound sand --- (maybe in Aruba?).

Copfamily
Copfamily

Yep, that's a way to dig in and prevent homicides; deny vacation to those they willingly enter these war zones- way to manage personnel. Quit mayoring and tour the country giving seminars on how to motivate people, douchecanoe.

javaguy746
javaguy746

Must be khrushchev's or hitler's daughter

Do-The-Job-Right
Do-The-Job-Right

Hell Fire them All, bring in the Military. It's a War on the USA. Police have wasted taxpayer money for decades and have done nothing since All Capone Days. Trump has stated he would send in the Military but he got soft again.

Or

Let Citizens solve it! Give Gun Permits to everyone because criminals get free guns.

nenasmiller
nenasmiller

WTF ? She needs to knock this off. Since when is the violence in Chicago the officers faults? This was her immediate cry out as soon as she took office. I guess she can’t face the fact that her rhetoric on less crime in the city wasn’t listened to by her citizens, they didn’t stop their violence.......imagine that.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Is she going to reimburse his for all the expenses related to this vacation? Hell no. Did he receive the proper approvals to take the vacation when it was booked? Yep, before this anti-cop mayor won the election. Don't many people take vacations over the summer, when their kids are out of school? yep. So it's unreasonable for her to expect anyone to not go on preplanned vacations.

I'm still trying to figure out how it's the police department's fault that the locals are committing violence against each other....

Stanracer
Stanracer

Surely this stuned cow has better things to do than dump on the police.

Bud
Bud

Blame the politicians for not letting the police do their jobs, and for turning against them every time some cry baby wants to protest their actions. Keep fricking politics out of Law Enforcement. It's a great dream, but will never happen sadly!

Mo_
Mo_

Even before I clicked, I wondered if it was Chicago. I hate this city so much.

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

She says she got a reality check as too how bad things were when she started seeing the notifications in her email. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I live in California and I knew how bad it was, she live in Chicago and she didn't, SMH!

investigator
investigator

Just another racist beyotch!!!

McFarlane
McFarlane

Bite me Bitch. You're not on the front lines. YOU are a part of the problem.......Glass house, throwing stones at the cops. Even when there is a full contingent of cops you can't stop the violence. Get over yourself.

jakesj40
jakesj40

Another ignorant politician, everyone in the country with access to the internet knows about all the gang land shootings in Chicago even if the MSM doesn't cover them unless it involves a white police officer.

retiredcop
retiredcop

I didn't even have to open this up to know it was about Chicago. CPD, you have my sympathy.

MSK
MSK

Hey mayor asswipe, u want to know whose responsible for the shootings and murders in Chicago? Go look in the mirror. Then look at all the pictures of your predecessors and you will find the ones that are responsible and it ain’t the police. You tie the hands of the officers, you side with the thugs and criminals, you bad mouth your own officers and you wonder why this shit happens. Just remember, being a cop is a career. Being the mayor is only a temporary position that none of you seem to do so well at.

militans Deo
militans Deo

"Accountability Mondays"? WTF??? Yeah, mayor 23 dudes were shot over the weekend. The cops took 56 guns off people and arrested them and the judges let them all go. Oh and no one in any of the neighborhoods saw nuttin' when the 23 dudes all got shot. Fuck Chicago, its a sewer and will continue to be.

LEO0301
LEO0301

The police administrators must drink heavily in preparation for beat-down Monday. You would think since the mayor is black she would have a solution for the black problem. This is a segment of society that has no regard for human lives. Surely, Madam Mayor would know what makes these "people" tick.

UtDrDave
UtDrDave

Follow www.heyjackass.com for updated shooting and homicides in Chicago. Stupid name, but the numbers don't lie - 8 homicides and 24 wounded over Fathers Day in the new mayors fair city

jayess
jayess

Much easier to find a cure for cancer or the common cold.

Gretagarbo
Gretagarbo

The guys in blue are doing their best to stop crime. It’s you, major jackass, and your ilk in the D. A.’s office who undo the police work. I hope they make her life a living hell.

Nighthawk644
Nighthawk644

Where exactly in this story does she "blame the police" for the violence? Missed that part...

trainbuff
trainbuff

Wake up you stupid carpet muncher! These are your people killing each other, sounds like you got a black problem. Why not have a ghetto Monday instead and meet all the crips where they live and find out why they all just can't love each other?

What police supervisory experience do you possess to run an entire police force? Right now, your only claim to fame is that you're a black, woman, carpet muncher, that's all, nothing more.

What answers or solutions to current issues have you brought to the table to stem the violence occurring in your own neighborhoods? (Crickets)..........I thought as much. Go back to your rug and leave the police work to the real cops and not a wannabe like you.

robapel
robapel

It's not the police's fault shitcago has such bad violent crimes. That's the fault of the demoncraps that have been running the city for far too long. If anything, the politicians should go without pay until THEY fix their problem. Either that or the entire police force should go in and remove her from office.

RPG156
RPG156

Sometimes administrator going on vacation is actually productive to an agency's morale and results.

Ibcyn
Ibcyn

Mayor is a moron. All she has to do is look at a calendar. Summer doesn’t start until the 21’st. So in essence it’s not summer, it’s spring. Maybe, also, she needs to look at the gun control laws. You know the one that puts the lawful citizen at risk due to the criminals that do not care about laws. If they did, they wouldn’t be criminals. Gun free zones may as well be signified by a target to point out the area because that is exactly what they are. Illinois has a fat ass moron for governor and Chicago has an idiot for mayor. The state is doomed.

Do-The-Job-Right
Do-The-Job-Right

Just replace humans with Robots!

PhillyBlue
PhillyBlue

Typical Democrats, create a hell hole with their terrible policies and then want your votes to clean up the mess they made in the first place. They never fix it since it's the only promise they ever make to get elected and these simple minded people vote them back in like sheep. Never ceases to amaze me....but cops taking vacation are the problem apparently

Senseisteve
Senseisteve

ALL of Chiraq is corrupt. Not EVERY cop or politician, but the 99% give the rest a bad name. CPD had an office building that encompassed an entire city block. It was 100% "off the books" as far as CPD was concerned, but it housed secret interrogation "cells" that the police used for DECADES! Do you know how many police and government officials had to know about it to hush it up? The kind of $$$$ involved in maintaining and operating a 5 story building in downtown Chiraq is astronomical. It was accidentally discovered by a reporter, and NOTHING was done about it.