‘When you’re on the street, you’ve got a millisecond to make a decision’ – The Chicago PoPo Report joins me for cop talk (Episode 226)


Paul Ciolino and Lupe Aguirre of The Chicago PoPo Report (Saturdays 7-9 p.m. on WLS-AM 890) jump in my car to talk about crime and punishment. Discussed this week:

  • We got breaded steak sandwiches from Freddie’s on 31st, a “total cop restaurant.”
  • Paul and Lupe are trailblazers.
  • The seemingly-imminent legalization of marijuana in Illinois.
  • Is Chicago the violent dystopia we see reported on the news?
  • “You go to the east of the Cell, you’ve got a problem.”
  • What do people get wrong in their perception of the police?
  • “It’s easy to escalate a situation.”
  • What moments stand out as most positive in their police work?
  • “Every day, you get a chance to be impactful.”
  • Lupe has a very calming influence, to the point where I wanted to tell him where I buried the bodies.
  • Paul was described as an “all-around pain in the backside” by Chicago Magazine.
  • How “Chicago” is Paul? We should test his blood.
  • “You never know what’s on the other side of that door.”
  • “ALWAYS look at people’s hands.”
  • “No one’s ever gotten shot with a foot.”
  • Are things worse now than they were when Paul and Lupe each started in law enforcement?
  • “Gangsters are going to get guns.”
  • “We could drive six blocks and buy… a nice gun.”
  • The only difference between the PoPo Report on WLS-AM and the PoPo Report on Car Con Carne: Profanity!
  • Paul and Lupe should have done a ride along with me.
  • Paul took a shot of marinara to the hoodie. Good thing he was wearing a vest.
  • Lupe is “Hollywood Handsome.”
  • The parallel universe that is Aldi.
  • “Most criminals are stupid shits… I’ve never met a criminal who retired rich.”
  • The book “American Kingpin”: I HIGHLY recommend it.

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