Blimpie wrote:Again, they have whatever Illinois calls POST certification. They are not sworn police officers. I'm not sure at this is hard or why it matters. They are most certainly much better qualified than your typical security guard.
It is a bit confusing however, since in that Chicago Tribune article which was referenced up-thread, they state that they are NOT members of the Chicago Police Department, but they also call themselves aviation police. In addition, the answer to the question regarding if they are allowed to be armed, they state this:
So, that makes it seem that they must be police officers in order to be part of the aviation police. I'm not sure what that means. Are they police officers associated with other departments and just work as aviation police as a side job? There are full time positions, so what about those officers?
It actually sounds more like they are what is referred to as "special police" similar to the railroads. (special police, or at least in Maryland, are state sworn LEO's with limited enforcement and jurisdictional constraints) I think it goes to reason that if their department as the word "police" in it, that they would have been sworn officers to some degree. And, to the general layman, someone walking in to an aircraft brandishing the word "police" on their uniform, would surmise they are in fact some form of LEO.
Officials in Chicago are looking at why the three officers -- all now placed on administrative leave -- were on the plane in the first place,
The officers -- who are unarmed and meant to back up local law enforcement -- were called by airline employees after the passenger, David Dao, refused to give up his seat for crew that needed to be re-positioned for other flights.
But Jeff Redding, who is in charge of safety and security at the Chicago Department of Aviation, which operates O'Hare International Airport, says airport security officers are not supposed to respond to such calls.
"If it is a customer service-related incident, then you don't need to board the plane at all," Redding told a group of Chicago city council members on Thursday.
The official however could not immediately say how his officers were instructed about the use of force.
The video shows 33 seconds in, the security guards wearing jackets with "Police" on the back. If they weren't Police, then this is another wrinkle for Dao's lawyers to incorporate in their suit.