Councilman Prigge (and perhaps others on the Elgin, Illinois City Council) must be thinking “Third time’s a charm” after the Daily Herald reported in an article yesterday that Elgin Mayor Ed Schock fought off a “pit bull” “attack” Thursday evening. I won’t include excerpts from the article, because really, I think Elgin residents have learned by now that some in the media, at least as far as “pit bull” “attacks” go, can’t be trusted.
Indeed, does anybody else find this latest “pit bull” “attack” suspicious? Here again we have another “pit bull” incident within weeks and even months of prior incidents in Elgin. And again, the media is reporting it as an “attack” when the dogs in question did not bite, just like the May 28 Festival Park incident wherein the victim was reported as having been bitten, when he was merely scratched. That alone shows that the media is blowing these incidents out of proportion. (And no, that does not excuse owner irresponsibility should it be determined that the owner was irresponsible.) Are some in the media that much in the lap of the Elgin City Council? Are they that much a part of Prigge’s banwaggoning? Or has the agenda changed now? Yes, what is the Elgin City Council after now we wonder?
At this point, it’s more plausible that these “attacks” were set-ups than that they were mere happenstance since, as we’ve said before, there have been more incidents involving “pit bulls” in the last year (since Councilman Prigge took office) than we can ever remember having been reported in the almost 10 years that we have been following Chicago-area breed-specific legislation (BSL). That alone is suspicious, but so too is the latest “pit bull” incident occurring a mere day after a rather fiery city council meeting on Wednesday, June 23. In that meeting, Elgin resident John Collins* presented photos of the house and grounds of Ms. Sonia Torres, whose two “pit bulls” on May 28, 2010, mysteriously escaped from their locked cages, apparently traveled a mile from Ms. Torres’ home to Elgin’s Festival Park, and supposedly “attacked” a boy, though as noted, the boy was only scratched when one of the dogs jumped up on him. Following is a partial transcript of Mr. Collins’ speech:
I was discussing at the last meeting how it was inappropriate to shoot the dogs over at the [Festival] Park. Well I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Torres yesterday. I looked her up and I went and visited her home. This…is a picture of her driveway… There’s a short little fence over the top. Down by these garbage cans in the back is where she had her dog pen set. Two cages. The dogs were in these cages when she left to go to work and to pick up her kids from school. Upon returning, the dogs were not in the cages but she didn’t realize that until…her kids went out to feed and give the dogs some water.
They realized the dogs were gone so they immediately went out looking for the dogs. Well the dogs did not jump this fence. Instead they went out another way… This here is a picture of one of the locks. There are two per cage. I locked them personally. This is one of them barrel-bolted…locked. I shook the daylights out of that cage. I could not budge that cage door open…
None of the dogs had blood on them, had any bruises, bleeding or anything when they were found at the park down there. None. This is the other lock on the other gate; a gate that they never use because there is a hole in the back fence of this caged area… I had a hard enough time even budging that to open it. The dogs, they’re about this tall. [Here Mr. Collins indicates that the dogs were not tall enough to reach the lock.] They could not get out… This here…is the hole they supposedly went out of. Yet there was no blood anywhere on the gate, on the floor, on the ground, anywhere. Another question was, and Ms. Torres asked me, how was it the police were able to locate her so quickly, know exactly who she was, and…track her down that same day? …Yet none of her neighbors called the police to report the dogs missing, because they didn’t know they were missing either.
…So how did [the dogs] get out? Why were they not bloody? And how did the police know exactly where she lived so quickly? I find it rather offensive that the police ignored her request when she was telling them what was going on. She kept getting the bump off to talk to another officer and he was very curt with her and very rude… And the boy…that was injured [at Festival Park]…his parents were told they had to take him to the hospital… It was not a dog bite. It was a minor scratch. Required no stitches. Yet it was reported in the paper as a dog bite…So where did the police drop the ball?
Were some on the Elgin City Council so unnerved by Mr. Collins’ speech that they went on the very next day to coordinate yet another “pit bull” “attack”??? After all, Mr. Collins demonstrated that Ms. Torres’ dogs were stolen which begs the question: Who took the dogs and for what purpose? Mr. Collins had pertinent questions of his own: How did the Elgin Police Department know so quickly who the dogs belonged to, and why aren’t they investigating the theft of Ms. Torres’ dogs? It’s hard to say what exactly is going on, but something fishy is definitely in the works in Elgin. The sheer number of these “pit bull” incidents that just so happen to precede members of the Elgin City Council proposing already-prepared legislation is highly suspicious.
Speaking of his supposed “pit bull” “attack” on Thursday, Mayor Ed Schock told the Courier News that “he decided to call police only after the owner of the pit bulls began to argue with him about hitting her dogs.” Does that mean he too thought the incident was not a big deal, meaning, not worthy of looking at breed-specific legislation? After all, the incident has nothing to do with breed, and more to do with dogs being off-leash and off their owner’s property. Or was Mayor Schock’s comment meant to distract potential critics from conjecturing about his motives? And what could his motives be, we wonder? He told the Courier News that he,
…felt the incident highlighted the importance of having the new rules in place, as well as the need for more animal control officers within the Elgin Police Department, where there is currently only one.
“I think we could use at least two more,” he said. “We should probably have one on an early evening shift as well as the day shift.”
He said hiring another animal control officer was not within current city budget plans. He said he might once again propose a plan that would require dog owners to pay a registration fee as a way of raising the necessary funds.
“I’ve had some people with dogs say they support the idea ” that they think we need to have people register their dogs and help pay for the animal control officer,” he said. “We dog owners are the ones who potentially create the problem.”
So, Mayor Schock is seeking to push for dog licensure so he can pay for additional Animal Control officers. Does that mean Mayor Schock took a page out of Prigge’s black book, profiled a particular “pit bull” owner, and placed himself in an area ripe for an “attack” in order to push for his plan? It’s hard to say, but what we can tell you is that we don’t believe in coincidence and that it’s probably no mistake that all these “attacks” have preceded members of the Elgin City Council pushing for Animal Control legislation; legislation which has run the gamut from breed-specific legislation and a very complex and comprehensive dangerous dog law to now licensure.
And for the record, we oppose licensure, as do most cash-strapped Elgin residents, especially if it is resultant of a set-up. Also for the record, we will renew our sentiment that members of the Elgin City Council (starting with Councilman Prigge) should be investigated for criminal and political malfeasance. Although who would do the investigating? If Mr. Collins’ implication is correct, the Elgin Police Department may just be a part of this whole mess. So I’ll ask again. What’s it going to take for the FBI or the Illinois Attorney General to investigate? Elgin may quite possibly have members of its own city council hurting its citizens via false-flag tactics in order to pass onerous and otherwise unwanted legislation. Does somebody have to die before a proper investigation is conducted???
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* Elgin dog owners owe Mr. Collins a debt of gratitude for doing what the Elgin Police Department seemingly won’t do: investigating the May 28, Festival Park “pit bull” incident. We here are certainly appreciative of the footwork he has done and invite him to contact us using the comments section below as we would be more than happy to post his photos. Ms. Torres too is welcome to tell us her story. We are heartened that there are still people in this day and age willing to stand up for other people and do the right thing.