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    I am saddend, shocked and outraged by the sensless killing of a Police detective from our area. Det. William "Wally" Rolniak of the Riverdale Il. P.D. was escorting a prisoner already in custody back to his cell when he was taken hostage and marched outside and murdered. The killer tried carjacking several vehicles and shot a 72 year old man. The killer was subsquently shot and killed by police. We heard the radio traffic... The fear and bravery of the firefighters who responded (the firehouse is attached to the police station) the anguish of the dispatchers..Although we did not know a police officer had been shot at the time. Our "fine" local news media seemed to want to blame the DETECTIVE for not having the killer (who by the way was arrested for kidnapping and attempted first degree murder)handcuffed. He already was in custody. I did not know Det. Rolniak...But everyone I have heard speak of the man said he was a good,caring cop who would treat everyone, including criminals with dignity. It is a real shame that a scum bag with a long rap sheet caused 2 teenage girls to lose there Dad. I know on these forums we get some FD vs. PD nonsense. This incident hammers home that we are all on the same team. If someone chooses to shoot at a police officer,they will shoot at anyone.
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    The sad reality is that there are some just plain sociopathic people out there. They cannot and will not assimilate into society and do not recognize any law or authority. Remember this when you hear these liberal scumbags talk about "rehabilitation" and "forgiveness". Most of these violent criminals ARE NOT SORRY FOR WHAT THEY HAVE DONE! If you are not sorry, you can never, ever be rehabilitated. You should never again walk the streets. When the bleeding hearts get their way, the breakdown in societal values is glaringly obvious.

    Look what we have seen this week. That poor child in FL, kidnapped in broad daylight and brutally murdered by a scumbag with a long rap. He has numerous felony convictions. Does he deserve to be rehabilitated? Does he deserve another chance? No, repeat felons deserve to be put away forever.

    The libs also love to hate cops. It's always the cops' fault. Most of these idiots would be afraid to get out of the car on half the jobs they run. The job, if you look at it in the larger sense, sucks. Yet, there is a literal army of men and women who, every day, put their lives on the line to protect the good people in society from the predators.

    Mikey, please post a link to this story. It would be interesting to follow this to see the truth. These media-types generally have no idea about police procedures. There are a hundred reasons why this guy might not have been handcuffed. But, it sells papers to drag a good cop through the mud.

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    How was an attempted-murder suspect able to grab a Riverdale police detective's gun and take him hostage, lead him a block away from the police station and kill him before he was stopped and shot to death by police?

    Those were the questions Thursday as the family of Detective William "Wally" Rolniak, 39, mourned his death in the strange incident Wednesday night that left Riverdale officials and residents in grief and shock.

    "It's such a tragic day in the Village of Riverdale," Police Chief Dave Shillind said. "Detective Rolniak is a true hero who paid the ultimate price."

    Rolniak was the first Riverdale officer on the 35-member force killed in the line of duty, Shillind said.

    Adrian L. Humes, 27, of 12111 S. Normal, the felon who grabbed Rolniak's gun and took him hostage, was shot to death after he aimed his gun at three Riverdale officers as he tried to force passing cars to stop, police said.

    The Wednesday night incident is under investigation by the Illinois State Police Integrity Unit.

    "Why wasn't he handcuffed? That's what everyone I've talked to in the community is asking," said Riverdale community activist Angelo Montgomery, one of several residents who gathered outside the station seeking answers.

    "There's plenty of time to look at the circumstances. A fallen officer, whatever the situation, affects us all," said E. Brandi Horton, one of six village trustees.

    Rolniak, who is survived by his parents, his wife and two teenage daughters, was a 14-year-veteran of the Riverdale Police Department and a detective for the past six years.

    "We're grieving. We have no comment at this time," Rolniak's mother said Thursday before dissolving into tears.

    At a news conference Thursday, Shillind gave a sketchy account of the incident. About 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Humes was at the station being questioned by Cook County State's Attorney's prosecutors on pending charges of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and home invasion.

    The charges stemmed from an incident last month in which he allegedly broke into his ex-girlfriend's home at gunpoint and abducted her. The girlfriend had obtained an order of protection to keep Humes away from her and her family.

    Rolniak was escorting Humes, who was not handcuffed, from an interview room back to his cell when Humes grabbed Rolniak's gun from his holster and led him from the station at gunpoint. Humes got about a block away, then forced Rolniak behind a nearby building and shot him in the head, police said. Humes then tried to stop three cars and shot a 72-year-old driver, who was in stable condition Thursday, police said.

    Officers surrounded Humes, told him to drop his gun, and shot him when he didn't, police said.

    Shillind said Humes, who had previous arrests on drug and reckless driving charges, wasn't handcuffed because "he was not posing any threat at that point. He was cooperating thoroughly with the state's attorneys and with the officers. We will never know what triggered this."

    Shillind declined to say how many officers were around when Humes took Rolniak's gun; how many officers followed them out of the police station; how close other police officers were when Rolniak was taken behind the building, and whether the police department would be reviewing its prisoner transport policy................. This paper is known for its tabloid journalism. Blame the VICTIM. From what we have been hearing he had been in custody for quite some time. One T.V. station was interviweing the killers family and it made me sick when they said "he should have been cuffed".
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    that a "community activist" got his name in the paper. What the hell business is it of his?
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    Thanks, Mikey.

    When I am interrogating someone, that person dictates his own treatment. A suspect who is cooperative, respectful and has been searched, may be interviewed out of the handcuffs. It's a judgement call that I dare say is made tens of thousands of times each day by cops all over this country. A 14 year veteran is certainly capable of making that judgement call.

    One of an officers biggest fears is to have his weapon taken from him or her and used against him. In 1998, for example, six officers were shot with their own weapon. While officers receive extensive training in weapon retention, there are occasions when this training is not enough to overcome a surprise attack by a felon.

    This cop should not be judged until all the facts are in...ALL the facts. What comes out in the end may be very, very interesting.

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    Stopping occasionally to compose himself, Riverdale Police Chief David Shilling on Thursday offered a wavering narrative of the events that led to the first death of a village police officer in the line of duty.
    Detective William "Wally" Rolniak, 39, was fatally shot Wednesday night by a Chicago man who grabbed Rolniak's gun as he was being led by the officer from an interview room to a holding cell inside the police station at 138th and Halsted streets, police said.


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    It was about 8:15 p.m. and Cook County assistant state's attorneys had just approved attempted first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and home invasion charges against 27-year-old Adrian Humes for an incident in which he broke into a home at gunpoint and abducted his ex-girlfriend.

    Police said an order of protection barred Humes, a convicted felon who lived in the 12100 block of South Normal Avenue, from having any contact with the ex-girlfriend, her family and their home.

    Rolniak, a detective for the last six years, was walking Humes to the station's lockup without handcuffs when Humes grabbed the gun from Rolniak's holster and led him at gunpoint out a side door.

    "The offender was not posing any threat to the state's attorney or the officer," Shilling said. "He had just given a statement to the state's attorney, and he was cooperating fully. There was no reason for him to be cuffed."

    Department policy doesn't require handcuffs to be used on suspects inside the station, Shilling said, but Wednesday night's incident may prompt officials to examine the rule.

    Humes then led Rolniak several hundred feet outside to the back of a building on 138th Street, directly across from the police station where flags flew at half-staff in the frigid wind Thursday.

    There, police said, Humes fatally shot the 14-year Riverdale police veteran. Seconds later, he emerged in front of the building and tried to make his escape.

    Police said Humes tried carjacking a 72-year-old man by pounding on his vehicle with the gun.

    When the man refused to give up his car, Humes fired his gun into the vehicle, striking the man in the side.

    The injured driver sped away. He was listed in stable condition at an area hospital, police said.

    Humes made two more attempts at carjacking a vehicle, police said. Both failed. The last resulted in Humes falling to the ground.

    While on the ground, Humes was surrounded by three Riverdale police officers who ordered him to drop the gun, police said.

    He refused, and instead aimed the weapon at the officers, who shot him dead.

    "Detective Rolniak's death is a tragic loss to this village, this police department and to his family," Shilling said. "He will always be a part of this department, and a part of me.

    "He was a father, a son, a friend and a husband," Shilling said. "He will never be forgotten."

    Shilling, who is retiring in May after 32 years with the department, called Rolniak a "true hero who paid the ultimate price for doing his job."

    "We are all grieving for the family of our fallen colleague," he said. "He will truly be missed."

    Funeral arrangements are pending for Rolniak, who is survived by his wife, two teenage daughters and his parents.
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    Services scheduled for Detective Rolniak


    Saturday, February 7, 2004




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    William "Wally" Rolniak Jr., a Riverdale police detective, died Wednesday after he was shot by a suspect who grabbed his service weapon while inside the police station. He was 39.
    Colleagues described Mr. Rolniak, a 14-year department veteran, as a natural cop who kept up co-worker's spirits by belting out radio hits from the 1950s.

    "Wally was a good guy hardworking, dedicated," Police Chief David Shilling said Thursday. "He was always smiling."

    Mr. Rolniak, who served in the Air Force, is survived by his wife, Maureen, and daughters Nicole, 14, and Denise, 13.

    He enjoyed coaching his daughters' softball teams, friends said. The family made the move from Lansing to their three-story Indiana house in December.

    Mr. Rolniak grew up in Dolton, where he played varsity football and wrestled at Thornton High School. He graduated in 1982 and joined the Riverdale Police Department seven years later.

    Mr. Rolniak is also survived by his parents, William Sr. and Karen, and three sisters, Debbie Rizzi, Michelle Schaller and Stacey Koontz.

    Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday at Drumm Funeral Home, 1200 E. 162nd St., South Holland.

    A funeral mass will be said at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Knock Catholic Church, 501 163rd St., Calumet City.

    Burial will be at Beverly Cemetery, 12033 S. Kedzie Ave., Blue Island.

    Steve Schmadeke may be reached at sschmadeke@dailysouthtown.com or (708) 633-5966.
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    My condolences go out to the Rolniak family and the community of Riverdale for their tragic loss.

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    My condolences also go out to the Rolniak family.
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    My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Rolniak family and the entire Riverdale LE community. May our dear brother rest in peace!

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    I too wish to extend condolences to the Rolniak family.

    Shame on you Georbe for bringing politics into this by using your post to slam "liberals". It was entirely inappropriate.
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    Originally posted by Duffman
    I too wish to extend condolences to the Rolniak family.

    Shame on you Georbe for bringing politics into this by using your post to slam "liberals". It was entirely inappropriate.
    Hey Duff, go back and read. My "slams" were only political in the sense that you do not see too many conservative people advocating letting letting felons out of jail three, four and five times to commit felonies again. My "slams" were only political in the sense that you don't see too many conservative media types criticizing police officers and second guessing them when they were doing their jobs and doing it well. Remember,this guy just got a kidnap/attempted murder collar. If that is too political for you, too freaking bad. A fellow law enforcement officer was killed and a scumbag felon who is, from what I can tell, a multiple time loser, did it. He should not have been on the street. Shame on YOU for attempting to deflect the case here from what it truly is.

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    Why does it always come down to this? Someone suffers a tragedy in some form, and, sooner or later, a discussion of the situation ends up becoming a political debate. My heartfelt sympathy to the Family of the Officer, His department, and friends. Politics be damned.
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    My heart goes out to the Rolniak family, the community of Riverdale and the friends of William Rolniak.
    With that said, the thread starter set the tone for discussion with his original post. Mikey invited discussion with his initial comments while expressing sorrow and outrage. I don't believe that this was intended to be a condolence thread.
    Mikey; correct me if I'm wrong.
    Under the circumstances, I think that it is both healthy and appropriate to be asking ourselves questions about this senseless loss of life.
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