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Neighbors Want Chicago Police Superintendent Candidate to Guard His Own Rental Property


Michael Shields is rumored to be one of the top candidates for the job of Chicago Police Superintendent. But some Chicago neighbors want to do a better job of policing his own rental property.

Shields has a high-profile resume. He is a former deputy superintendent, current head of security at Chicago Public Schools, and a cousin of First Lady Michelle Obama.

But residents of the one South Side block said they have a question for Shields: "Where's the landlord?"

Neighbors call the home on the 2500 block of E. 97th Place, a cop magnet.

They said police have been called to this home for years, in this otherwise quiet corner of the Jeffrey Manor neighborhood.

Arlene Green lives across the street. Green confirmed that all the neighbors call in on the activity in the house.

"If there's a problem or we see a problem, you know it's a nice community. We all try to stick together."

"It's a nuisance. It's a nuisance to have the police come in your neighborhood when kids are riding their bikes and stuff like that,” one resident said.

According to neighbors, what makes all that police activity especially frustrating is that the owner of that troubled rental property is rumored to be in the running for Chicago Police Superintendent.

The 21-year Chicago Police veteran bought the home in 2006, and apparently began renting it out under the Section 8 subsidized housing program.

Records obtained by FOX Chicago News show that since January of 2009, Chicago's 911 center has received 23 calls to report criminal activity at the home, including battery, domestic battery, assault and shots fired.

"When you constantly have one property that always has somebody from the law there, it gets to be a little frustrating,” Green said. “You know, it's not good."

Shields refused a request for an on-camera interview, but said in a statement: "As a property owner, it is my responsibility to ensure that my tenants are law-abiding citizens. I am disturbed to learn for the first time that an individual who is not authorized as a tenant is on the property and other disturbances are being reported to 911."

On Monday night, Cook County Sheriffs went to the house to arrest 21-year-old David Brown on a domestic battery warrant. Brown sports gang tattoos, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections, and has been arrested 12 times while he's lived at the home.

Neighbors said they have a hard time believing a connected former cop like Shields is unaware of all the crime at his rental property.

"I would expect,” one resident said, “If anybody would be on point with the way they run their real estate, I would think somebody like a superintendent or a potential superintendent."

One neighbor who didn't want to go on camera tells me he's actually had conversations with Shields about the property, in which he told him about all the police issues.

On Thursday, Shields said in response to the neighbor's concerns, he is relocating his tenant and will secure the property as quickly as possible.

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