So Can Chalk This Up to COVID-19?

I think we should blame the bleeding hearts who opened the jail doors. More inmates released amid corona concerns as one inmate gets re-arrested for murder.

Because keeping violent criminals in prison would be unfair.

Actually I will leave the murder charge, because the authorities are claiming the guy who was re-arrested was eligible for release without reference to COVID-19, and the timing is just a coincidence. Of course it is.

His [Louisville Metro Department of Corrections FOP spokesman Tracy Dotson] lodge and that representing LMPD officers recently denounced the release of Kenneth Walker, the man accused of shooting LMPD Sgt. John Mattingly on March 13. Walker was released last week to home incarceration.

Dotson said, however, the release of non-violent offenders was needed in order to protect them and his officers.

Releasing non-violent offenders is one thing. Reducing the likelihood of an outbreak in the jail, which would expose both criminals and guards, but this guy doesn’t strike me as non-violent. Louisville man pleads not guilty to attempted murder of a police officer.

When officers “eventually forced their way inside the home through an exterior door,” Ted Eidem with LMPD’s Public Integrity Unit said they were “immediately met by gunfire.”

I’ve checked a couple of stories, but I can’t find any info on why they executing a warrant, or what he was originally incarcerated for.

Hat tip to MaddMedic at Freedom Is Just Another Word… who notes, “This is the Government helping.”

Jussie Smollett Isn’t The Only One To Get a Pass in Cook County

JusticeJustice? Kim Foxx isn’t interested in Justice. Politically-connected email to Kim Foxx got results for teen murderer.

It turns out that Smollett isn’t the only person to have extraordinarily good luck in court after a private appeal was sent to Foxx’s personal email address.

It is a bit complicated to summarize here. Suffice it to say that the case of Dionte Johnson, who was 14 when he participated in brutal murder, got what looks to be special consideration from Foxx’s office for a crime committed when he was an adult. After a email was sent on his behalf.

I don’t expect this to impact her reelection.

Self-defense Is Legal in Michigan

JusticeAnd prosecutors hate that. Prosecutors: Fatal downtown Lansing shooting was self defense.

It took them since November 10th to decide this case was self-defense.

Demetrius Wright, 42, was the first to pull a trigger, police said in a news release. He shot a 21-year-old Lansing man, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Another man then shot and killed Wright.

If someone opens fire on your group, and you defend yourself, how exactly is that not self-defense? Because they didn’t shoot you first, but shot the guy standing next to you?

Self-defense is a human-right, but District Attorneys will still try to charge you with something if they think they can win. Justice? What’s that?

When There Are 2 Sets of Rules…

One for the Little People (the peons) and a different set of rules for the powers that be, then you can be pretty sure you live in a police state. LA District Attorney’s Husband Points a Gun at Black Lives Matter Protestors on His Porch.

But in this case, the person waving the gun was the husband of Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey.

Undoubtedly, if any of the little people in L.A. County had opened their door and waved a gun around at people, police would have arrested them and D.A. Lacey would have almost certainly prosecuted them up to and including prison time.

She was sorry, and teary-eyed, and she said he was sorry. It was a news conference of course.

Sorry? Really? When was the last time “sorry” made a unlawful threat to use deadly force OK?

Police State for sure. Western-style democracy was nice while it lasted.

Affordable Bail Leads to More Crime

Because keeping criminals in jail is unfair. Man charged with armed carjacking less than a month after being released on “affordable bail”.

Cops caught him driving a stolen car. He was released on his own recognizance.

Edward Fleming is now charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm, felony armed robbery, felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in connection with the latest crime.

So social justice or regular justice? You pick. It’s beginning to look like you can’t have both.

Because Using a Database of Gang Affiliations Would Be Profiling

Facepalm X 2And we can’t have profiling, even if it means people might die. Family sues county, sheriff over jailhouse beating death.

My guess is the suit will go nowhere, but buried in the piece the following bit of trivia.

About one year ago, the sheriff’s office announced that it would no longer use its gang database and said it had plans to “terminate” the tool after politicians and activists called for its destruction.

And so we can see the true cost of Social Justice. It is measure in blood and lives.

“Unexpectedly” Chicago Crime Skyrockets

The fact that the State’s Attorney and the judges keep turning violent criminals lose, can’t have anything to do with it. It must all be the cops’ fault. City ‘could have a mess on our hands’ if police don’t use every tool against violence: Lightfoot. So civic order in a big city is not possible without cops doing their jobs? Is that actually what Mayor Lightfoot said?

Of course since the State’s Attorney (Crimesha, also known as Kim Foxx) and the judges don’t work for the mayor, so she can’t really call them to a meeting at city hall. But the cops can’t do much if the bad guys pay no consequences.

In the wake of a homicide and shooting tally that was the worst for a February weekend in 18 years, the mayor said she “had a lot of very difficult conversations with CPD leadership.”

HeyJackass has the numbers for The Weekend’s Stupidity, and they disturbing, even by Chicago standards.

And while this is a post about Chicago, that isn’t the only city that has come to be in the grips of the Social Justice Warriors, or the only city to see an increase in crime.

Hat tip to Second City Cop who notes that the CPD has been 3 years without a contract because the folks like Lightfoot want to make it much easier to fire cops. Guess what?

If you get told over and over, even after months of training and hours of on-the-job training and extra training and more training that ever before, that everything you do is under review by armchair quarterbacks who never served a day on the street, that never made a snap decision under unbelievable pressure, then guess what? The smartest move you can make, day after day, is to disengage. Do not jeopardize your continued employment or your remaining free from prison and/or bankruptcy.

Welcome to the world that Social Justice has wrought.

More Social Justice, Less Actual Justice

So how long before the people of the big cities get tired of this BS? Man charged with killing 2 men in botched Chinatown robbery is on *probation* for two Boystown muggings.

A South Shore man who received just two years probation for committing a pair of 2018 robberies in Boystown has been charged with the cold-blooded slayings of two men during a botched robbery in Chinatown this weekend.

Boystown, in Chicago, is the ‘traditionally gay’ neighborhoods, at least since the 1980s. Though it has begun to diversify for some time now, and the presence of a large number of clubs and eateries and a few theaters means it is a draw from all over the city, for entertainment. And since Wriggly Field is just to the west of Boystown, there are a few of the sports bars associated with baseball.

So they gave him a deal on robbery, aggravated battery, and unlawful restraint. And now 2 people are dead. So what did they think would happen when they went easy on this guy?

Hat tip to Second City Cop, who notes.

Who in their right mind offers probation for TWO robberies?

Not only that, but a little birdie whispers to us that this jagoff was (thisclose) to being released because Felony Review demanded more video than what already existed – the offender trying to carjack other vehicles on the expressway ramp, fleeing the scene immediately after the shootings and being covered in the victims’ blood. That’s not good enough for Crimesha’s social justice warriors.

Real Costs of Bail Reform

Costs in the form of murders committed. Court records reveal even more men charged with murder, shootings while free on “affordable bail”.

Bail reform is all the rage on the Left. It is unfair to keep people in jail. New York, Chicago, and other places are going nuts for bail reform. But is it fair to the people who are paying the ultimate price?

The Left refuses to acknowledge the carnage. The judge, whose brainstorm this was, said there have been no “horrible incidents” due to his “affordable bail” program.

It’s hard to fathom how Evans would conclude that those murders and shootings committed by persons on affordable bail weren’t “horrible incidents.”

Don’t clutter the issue with facts! They are fighting a war of Social Justice, and you are a racist for bringing facts to the discussion.

There were 7 incidents that came to light after the judge made his pronouncement. Now there are more incidents.

Since November, our team has come across new cases in which men have been charged with killing or shooting people while on affordable bail awaiting trial for serious crimes. Here’s a look at these new “not horrible” situations:

The judge is right about one thing. Violent criminals shouldn’t be in jail because they can’t afford their bail. Violent criminals should be in jail because the judge denied them bail on the basis that they represent a threat to the community. But that isn’t happening either.

Reality: It’s True, Even If You Wish It Wasn’t

And eventually even Democratic politicians have to admit that reality is true. Usually not until it is too late. (And denial ain’t just a river in Egypt on some topics.) De Blasio admits NYC crime jump is linked to bail reform.

Guess he couldn’t find anything else to pin it on.

Mayor Bill de Blasio linked a recent crime surge in the Big Apple to the state’s controversial overhaul of bail laws Friday, after spending a week dancing around the matter.

Not that it will get changed over a little matter of making the City of New York less safe. After all, it’s a state law. And Albany probably hasn’t seen a huge increase in crime.

Hat tip to Second City Cop, who notes…

This after a series of high profile attacks where judges released arrestees after particularly violent crimes…..and the shithead(s) went right out and committed the EXACT SAME CRIME within days, even within hours a few times…..and WALKED AGAIN.

The NYPD is in an uproar, along with certain groups who are being repeatedly victimized.

See my previous post for a view of how Chicago is doing the same, crazy thing.

Because Keeping Violent Offenders in Prison is Unfair

I thought that the point of the Criminal Justice System was supposed to be the protection of Society. It is starting to look like a jobs program for lawyers. Ex-boyfriend out on bond for shooting woman 6 times returned to home and killed her, prosecutors say. Hammond mayor says justice system failed her..

In November he shot her 6 times and was arrested for attempted murder. Later in November he was released on bail.

Last Thursday, he came back and shot her 5 times, killing her.

How’s that bail reform working out? How long before you blame the gun? No blame for the criminal? No blame for the judge? If it was anyone but a .gov bureaucrat making these awful decisions you could charge them with depraved indifference. This outcome was completely predictable, and so “The System” has to have some responsibility. There will be no accountability. (They work for the government.)

On Facebook, [Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr.] on Friday criticized Goforth’s release in the November case, saying the justice system “failed” Williams. Lake Superior Magistrate Natalie Bokota, assigned to the case, approved a request on Dec. 11, allowing him to continue living in Missouri, records show.

And this judge doesn’t appear to have a good record vis a vie recidivism.

In an unrelated case, Bokota accepted a plea agreement in 2018 for James McGhee, charged with beating his pregnant girlfriend, killing two of four fetuses. He later kidnapped her for about a month, records allege. He received three years probation.

McGhee was later charged with killing another girlfriend.

I understand no wanting to keep people in jail ahead of a trial just because they are poor. But violent criminals being free is not a good thing.

What’s The Opposite of “Witness Protection?”

This never made sense to anyone. Man who was supposed to testify against MS-13 gang members found dead.

Long Island authorities on Wednesday implied that a man set to testify against MS-13 gang members was killed as a result of criminal-justice reforms requiring prosecutors share witnesses’ identities with defendants.

No, really? I’m shocked that you could insinuate that a reform pushed by Democrats could have bad consequences. Impossible.

Who thought this would be a good idea, or “fair” or whatever they thought it was? No one will ever agree to testify against any violent criminal, especially against a violent gang like MS-13, ever again in New York. Would you? (Hat tip to 90 Miles from Tyranny.)

The Violence Against Women Ignored By the Left

Out on bond, committing rapes. Violence Against Women Update.

Out on bond facing a charge of rape, when he commits a rape. (Allegedly?) There is DNA evidence in at least one case, so what is the hold up? Speedy trial and all that? Are we going to wait until he kills someone, before we get around to incarcerating him? And then there is the case of the ex-girlfriend, who drowned. How hard do you think cops chased that one?

Two women raped, and the suspect’s ex-girlfriend “accidentally” drowned last year. But feminists don’t care, for some reason . . .

So how is that bail reform working out?

Violent Criminal Out on Bail Commits Murder

Because keeping violent criminals in jail is unfair. Apparently that holds even in Texas. Arrest Made; Sisters Killed in A&M Commerce Residence Hall Identified.

Two sisters were killed in a Texas A&M University dorm by an ex-boyfriend of one of them. He had committed a violent assault against his ex-girlfriend, just last week. He was out on bond.

NBC 5 has learned Smith was free on bond related to an alleged assault family violence incident that took place last week. The report was filed by Abbaney Matts, one of the shooting victims.

So. Violent criminal with long record. Domestic violence complaint. Possessing a gun was not legal for this guy. Of course violent assault against his ex-girlfriend and murdering two people was also against the law, so I guess it really is true that criminals just ignore the law.

While the Left is screeching about gun control, I want to know if you think he would have had a problem stabbing his ex-girlfriend if he couldn’t get a gun, and would you then be screaming for knife control? A steel pipe? A baseball bat? A large rock? It is NOT the fault of the tool he chose. It IS the fault of this monster who should have been behind bars. And it is also partly the fault of the system that says locking up violent criminals is unfair.

Hat tip to The Other McCain who asks, “Do we or do we not care about violence against women?”

This guy had been perpetrating crime his entire adult life. He was only 21 and yet had already been charged with at least four different crimes, so we must ask: Who posted his $15,000 bond after he assaulted the woman he eventually murdered? Why are obviously dangerous criminals being set free to commit more violence? And why aren’t feminists paying any attention to this atrocity? Oh, wait . . . intersectionality.

Chicago’s Recipe for More Crime

JusticeThis is sad, even by Chicago standards. Four felons charged with battering cops at Airbnb party where police recovered 25 guns.

A party at an Airbnb, 150 people, 25 guns, 4 felons were arrested but there were no gun charges. When those of us who value our rights ask, “Why don’t you enforce the laws you have?” we get shouted down by the Left. It’s still a valid question.(Click thru for an image of the guns in question.)

“Dozens of individuals” were seen on a social media live stream “displaying multiple guns” in an Airbnb loft at 1257 North Milwaukee just after 2 a.m. Saturday, according to a CPD statement and details in an arrest report. Between 100 and 150 people were inside the second floor unit, police said.

Party-goers discarded more than two dozen firearms, fought with arriving officers, and fled to the street and alley, police said.

Three of the four were placed on electronic monitoring, while the 4th was given a bail of $5000, which required him to pay $500 to leave.

Hat tip to Second City Cop, who notes

Don’t you feel all warm and fuzzy inside when you realize that:

  • a policeman’s life;
  • confronting one-hundred-fifty assholes;
  • at an illegal party;
  • where twenty-five guns were present

is only worth $500 and three Electronic Monitors for a system that at last count, is still missing a few hundred inmates? No wonder the criminals are emboldened.

They Were Given a Stern Warning

So how’s that Bail Reform working out? Suspects accused of running $7M fentanyl ring released without bail.

Six suspected drug dealers who are accused of running a $7 million fentanyl distribution operation out of a Bronx apartment were released without bail under the state’s new criminal justice law early Wednesday.

So how long before their fentanyl business is back up and running? (The guy who was robbing banks didn’t miss a beat!).

Politicians Releasing Rapists and Murderers in the Name of Social Justice

So how’s that working out? ‘Her Death Is On YOU’: Police Union Blames NYC Mayor de Blasio’s Sanctuary Policy For Homicide.

  • The Sergeants Benevolent Association on Sunday blamed NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio for the death of a 92-year-old woman, who was allegedly killed by an illegal alien.
  • The illegal alien, Reeaz Khan, had been previously arrested by the NYPD, and ICE had issued a detainer request for him, but the request was ignored and he was released back into the public.

Because not even public safety is more important than their views of Social Justice.

State Control of The Economy Never Works

But that’s what they want in California. The Silicon Graybeard: California – Killing Jobs Since Forever – Freelance Writers Hardest Hit.

But naturally, the wonderful state thinks they’ve made these peoples lives better by making them unemployed. The reality is the law was written without the slightest care for writers like these two women. It was written to protect cab drivers from Uber and Lyft, and wreck any other choice of working arrangements people might like.

Of course lawyers wrote the law, so they exempted themselves. What a shock.

Supervised Release? How’s That Working Out?

Two months into a supervised release, he is charged with committing murder. Suspect in Holyoke homicide was ‘validated La Familia street gang member’ serving probation for drug crimes.

“The January 9, 2020 homicide of 21-year-old Holyoke resident Jesus Otero-Marrero might have been prevented if a federal judge in Springfield had just imposed even the lower end of the minimum sentence time available within the federal sentencing guidelines,” [Police Chief Manuel] Febo said in a written statement released Tuesday night.

But hey, keeping violent gang members in prison would be unfair.

When he was released on the federal drug charges, “investigators were stunned.” Me not so much. The Left is determined to empty prisons, and not incarcerate anyone, consequences be damned. So how unfair is this situation to the guy who died, or his family?

Bail Reform – Because Keeping Criminals In Jail Is Wong

JusticeOr so the Democrats keep telling me. Soros-Funded Crime Spree Continues.

After 13-year-old Sienna Carter vanished in downtown San Francisco a week ago, a frantic search ensued. The girl was found, a suspect was arrested but now has been set free to prey on other children. Why? In recent years, progressives funded by billionaire George Soros have pursued an agenda of targeting elections for state attorneys general and local district attorneys, while simultaneously promoting so-called “bail reform” initiatives.

See Chicago’s Recipe for more crime, and New York’s getting in on the act.