Troy Industries announced in recent days the hiring of Jody Weis, the former anti-gun head of Chicago PD, as an instructor with their training division, “Troy Asymmetric”.
Imagine that: A high-profile firearms and firearms accessory manufacturer hiring a raving anti-gun political hack and touting it to the world! Even worse, hiring a coward at that.
Why do we say Jody Weis is a coward?
Because he ran from the sound of gunfire, post haste, when shots erupted as he was winding down a press conference in Chicago during his stint as police superintendent. It was so blatant that the officers at Chicago PD gave him a new nickname: J-Fled.
Yes, he abruptly terminated a news conference, saying he’s “gotta run” before abruptly leaving with his bodyguard. To everyone’s shock and surprise, he didn’t run to the sound of gunfire that resulted in another homicide – 45 seconds away – but he instead fled to police headquarters. With his bodyguard.
His cowardice earned him at least one formal complaint.
CHICAGO (Police One) — Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis is a “coward” who had “cut and run” last week when he should have responded to shots fired 45 seconds away, a retired police officer charged Monday.
More than 20 years ago, John Northen led a group of police sergeants who filed a federal lawsuit charging they were unfairly denied promotions as the result of a flawed lieutenants exam.
Now, Northen has filed a complaint with the Independent Police Review Authority, forwarded to the inspector general’s office, accusing Weis of “failing to take appropriate police action” during the news conference Friday in crime-ridden Englewood.
After 26 hours of violence that left 41 shot and four dead, Weis summoned reporters to the 6600 block of South Marshfield Ave., site of at least two of the shootings.
As the media event drew to a close, an aide tapped Weis on the shoulder to tell him about the nearby shooting. Apparently unaware of what he was about to be told, Weis told a television reporter asking follow-up questions that he’s “gotta run.”
…“Jody Weis is a coward. I don’t want to see a coward leading the men and women of the Chicago Police Department,” [Northen] said.
“I’ve talked to people at the scene. Somebody even timed it with a mars light. He was only 45 seconds away from officers going in on a perilous assignment where one man ended up dead. He should have responded to the scene and backed up his men. This guy went the other way. He cut and run. He’s a disgrace. If he was a blue-shirt [low-level officer], he’d be an outcast.”
There’s plenty more at Crime File News.
And Second City Cop.
Even the New York Times reported on Weis’ cowardice and his nickname in a profile piece.
The raw nature of the superintendent’s relations with some police officers surfaced in a recent spate of violence in the troubled Englewood neighborhood.
When Mr. Weis, who has been given the nickname J-Fed by some officers, went to Englewood to hold a news conference on April 2, a shooting occurred a few blocks away as he was speaking to reporters. When Mr. Weis decided to return to headquarters instead of going to the scene of the shooting, John Northern, a retired Chicago police sergeant, publicly accused him of cowardice, and a police blogger started referring to him as “J-Fled.”
On top of that, Weis was such a failure as police chief that the Fraternal Order of Police formally called for his resignation after their members overwhelmingly signaled “no confidence” in J-Fled’s leadership (or lack thereof).
During his tenure as Chicago’s Police Chief, Weis lobbied and advocated for banning many of the products his new employer manufactures and sells. He rabidly advocated against right-to-carry and gun ownership for the law-abiding in Chicago.
He instituted fingerprinting of anyone registering a handgun in that city following Chicago losing the McDonald decision which effectively struck down Chicago’s ban on handguns in that city.
CHICAGO (HuffPo)— The Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis says the department will fingerprint anyone who wants to legally own a handgun in the city.
Weis outlined at a news conference Monday how police will implement the handgun ordinance that just went into effect. He says the cost for a Chicago firearms permit will be a flat fee of $100, and registering guns will cost an additional $15 per gun.
Just this year, less than six months ago, Weis wrote an op-ed that appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times. We won’t link to the Sun-Times because of their pay wall (we don’t drive any traffic to them) but we will share with you the first couple of paragraphs.
(Chicago Sun-Times) – The tragedy in Newtown, Conn., is forcing us — as a country — to have a long overdue debate about gun control.
Efforts to enhance background checks and limit the availability of high capacity magazines for assault weapons are both prudent measures that will assist in keeping weapons out of the hands of criminals and reduce the lethality of these weapons. However, with 300 million firearms in this country, we must more seriously confront what to do about the guns that are already on our streets, and the offenders who use them.
Troy Industries hired a man who has worked tirelessly to strip me and my loved ones of the right to own the tools with which we would use to protect ourselves from violent thugs.
For me, I’ve always recommended Troy Industries products to my students in the past.
Any company that thinks so little of firearm owners and firearms rights that they hire a high-profile political hack who worked tirelessly to deny law-abiding of their right to keep and bear arms has lost my business and I’ll go out of my way to inform their customer base of the reason why.
With the hiring of “J-Fled”, Troy Industries deserves the self-inflicted alienation of their customer base.
Nice going Troy.
Why don’t you bring Mark Kelly on board next.
And Gabby Giffords while you’re at it.