Chicago Politicians Take Care of Themselves

More on the continuing breakdown of order in Chicago, and how the politicians are reacting.

First let’s look at the result. I wanted to put the cause before the effect, but I have written extensively on the looting, crime and disintegration of order in Chicago. And there will be more below, but this is mostly about the arrogance of Chicago Mayor Groot. CPD diverting hundreds of cops from neighborhoods to downtown — but mayor’s district is exempt

So a bit on the cause. Looting hit Chicago, again. And again the politicians had hamstrung the cops. So chaos ensued.

Hundreds of cops who are assigned to patrol Chicago’s neighborhoods are being diverted to protect downtown from looters under an order issued this week by CPD Chief of Patrol Brian McDermott. But, the police district where Mayor Lori Lightfoot lives is specifically exempt from the order.

It’s funny how that works, isn’t it? The 2 most dangerous districts in the city were exempt from losing headcount, and the mayor’s home district. Could there be a fair explanation? This is Chicago! It is all about political power.

For the cause, let’s take a look at what has been going on in the city, courtesy of CWB. Chicago police released a bunch of security video of the August 10th looting. There is more, but you have to draw the line somewhere.

And I will add that when certain classes of people get different levels of police protection, you can be pretty sure you are NOT looking at a democratic republic.

Chicago’s Mayor is “Outraged”

Too bad she isn’t competent. 1-year-old dead, mother wounded in Englewood shooting .

As she did last Saturday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot expressed outrage at the shooting, as well as another hours earlier Saturday when a 17-year-old was killed in Humboldt Park.

“The pain of losing a child never goes away. Today, we lost more young people to the gun violence epidemic: a 17-year-old in Humboldt Park and a 1-year-old in Englewood. As a mother, I am tired of the funerals. I am tired of burying our children,” Lightfoot said on Twitter.

And another child is killed, about 5 blocks from where the Mayor lives. 10-year-old girl killed after bullet goes through Logan Square apartment window.

A 10-year-old girl was killed Saturday night in Logan Square after she was struck in the head by a stray bullet that came through a second-floor apartment window, according to Chicago police.

The girl and her 8-year-old cousin were sitting in the front room of an apartment in the 3500 block of West Dickens Avenue when a man fired multiple shots in the alley across the street, police said, citing preliminary information.

So what will she do besides express “outrage?” Is there a plan? She hired a new Superintendent of Police, but I don’t think Brown will last, since he doesn’t share the Liberal ethos on “guns are the root of all crime.” Crime is bad in Chicago, and getting much worse.

The final weekend tally in Chicago stood at 18 killed, and 48 wounded, and given that the Pride festival was officially canceled, it isn’t going to be a good summer. (The Pride festival was declared a “protest” and went on as per usual.)

Bail Reform Claims Another Life

This death will be explained away. Prosecutors: Boy fatally shot by man who was on “affordable bail” for gun charge.

An Englewood man is charged with fatally shooting a 15-year-old boy while free on a recognizance bond and electronic monitoring as he awaited trial for allegedly possessing a stolen handgun.

And police say he was carrying another handgun when they arrested him last week.

I’m shocked that criminals don’t obey the law. I’m shocked that he didn’t bother to fail a background check. Actually I’m not that shocked. It is shocking that people with more than 2 brain cells to rub together thought that this “affordable bail” idea would have no bad outcomes.

He was charged in July with unlawful use of a weapon. The judge let him go on his own recognizance. He was charged in October with another gun crime, and ordered held without bail, but the charge (violating parole agreement) was dropped in November and he was turned loose.

Witness the result.

Don’t expect a dead, black teenager to change anything. I mean, he wasn’t killed by cops, or a Trump supporter, so the media will ignore it. Accept for Crime in Wrigleyville and Boystown. And Social Justice Warriors will never admit that their ideas are insane, even in the face of statistics.

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.

Because Taking Public Transit Is Such a Crap Shoot

Teens. Not criminals. Not monsters. Teens. EXCLUSIVE: Chicago subway video captures man being attacked by 11 teens.

Eleven teenagers brutally beat and robbed a 68-year-old man aboard a Red Line train near Argyle on Monday. Video of the attack emerged Friday

Yeah, sounds pretty monstrous to me.

Other passengers are seen on the train car, but none intervened and only one is listed as a witness to the crime.

Because getting involved would be dangerous. And all the law-abiding citizens are disarmed on public transit. For their own safety of course.

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.

Chicago’s Recipe for More Crime

JusticeBecause keeping violent criminals in jail would be unfair. Man with long history of trouble along Red Line is charged with violent robbery on Jackson platform.

Roderrick K. Sims racked up eight separate arrests near the Red Line downtown last year. And he was supposed to be on electronic monitoring while awaiting trial for one of those incidents when he allegedly skipped bail and brutally attacked a 37-year-old man with four other offenders around 10:50 p.m. on Nov. 29.

So how do you get more crime. Ignore crime when it happens (or after the fact).

Between July 5 and Nov. 26, Sims was arrested and charged with new crimes three separate times. And judges released him on his own recognizance each time.

On July 17, he was charged with battering people at the Starbucks, 42 East Chicago. The charges were later dropped.

Campus Rape That Was Ignored By Everyone

Almost everyone. Chicago: Violence Against Women.

Given how often feminists have expressed concern about “violence against women,” and considering how loudly feminists insist that sexual assault on university campuses is a problem deserving national attention, you might suppose that feminists would have mentioned this crime. And yet they remain strangely silent about it, for some reason.

That reason? The narrative. Actually several narratives. Crime statistics, and police action statistics. Campus crime. Not to mention self-defense.

Statistics Are Racist

Which I suppose means that reality itself is racist and will need to be outlawed. Or something. Wrong Questions/Conclusions: Second City Cop.

Every time we see the ACLU start to spout this nonsense, we always ask:

  • Why are 80-to-85% of the homicides committed by black offenders?

After all, if we’re only supposed to stop black people based on their population, then it only follows that crime numbers should be exactly proportional, too. Right? But they aren’t. Imagine that.

And you have a dozen black aldercreatures DEMANDING increased police presence where 85% of the homicides and shootings are happening. What are the cops supposed to do? You get angry when CPD stops people (and folks), you get angry when we tell everyone to stay fetal.

You can ask similar questions about victims. But then as I said, statistics are racist. And you can find the best Chicago statistics at HeyJackass! And Chicago hits the magic 500 number for 2019 homicides, not counting police and justifiable self-defense.

Chicago’s Recipe for More Crime

Because actually putting violent felons in prison would be unfair. Or something. Gunday: A look at how the courts are handling some recent weapons charges in Chicago.

First guy – recently arrested, and charged with felony unlawful use of a firearm.

On July 14, 2018, a 20-year-old man told police that Doughtery and another man approached him on the 5400 block of North Kenmore around 3:30 p.m. Dougherty told the man, “Nice book bag. I need that,” and then struck the man repeatedly in the head with a two-by-four piece of lumber, police said.

Prosecutors eventually agreed to drop a host of felony charges in a plea deal with Dougherty, including two counts of Class X felony robbery. In exchange for pleading guilty to one count of aggravated battery, Dougherty was given a sentence of 24-months probation

Second case – recently arrested for being a felon in possession of a handgun. An ex-girlfriend alleges he shot through her door when she kicked him out.

In May 2002, prosecutors dropped four counts of attempted murder and four other felonies in a plea deal with Stanley. In exchange for pleading guilty to aggravated discharge of a firearm, Stanley received a sentence of eight years, court records show.

Last case – Habitual criminal in possession of a firearm. They detail several other interactions with law enforcement, before this comes up.

Jackson was arrested in October for possessing narcotics with intent to distribute. Prosecutors dropped those charges four days before police allegedly found him with the gun in Old Town.

If you make something less expensive, you see more of it.

Organized Shoplifting Gangs Include Kids

As HeyJackass! would say, “Illustrating Chicago Values.” Kids, some only 10-years-old, join weekend shoplifting mobs.

Retailers are dealing with a wave of organized shoplifting teams that frequently use juveniles to do their dirty work. North Side locations of Forever 21, H&M, Ulta Beauty, DSW, Patagonia, and Burlington have been struck repeatedly — sometimes twice within hours.

So you have to wonder, “Where are these kids parents?” Are they part of the shoplifting crew? Are they just absent?

And for those who don’t know, HeyJackass! has the best crime stats from Chicago.

Chicago’s Recipe for More Crime

Otherwise known as bail reform. And there is more than one story. Prosecutors: Man shot teen while AWOL on robbery charge (and he was on electronic monitoring at the time of the robbery, too.).

Electronic monitoring failed multiple times. While out on electronic monitoring, he was arrested for robbery and various gun charges. Eventually he was sentenced to 2½ years for the first two offenses.

On Sept. 17, a month after Wilson went to prison, prosecutors charged him with five counts of attempted murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm. They say he shot a 17-year-old boy on the 4100 block of South Prairie around 1:40 a.m. on March 9 — two days before he skipped bail.

And there is more. Round & round & round it goes: Courthouse revolving door keeps spinning in Chicago

How about the man who prosecutors say shot another man five times on Saturday — about two weeks after they dropped a weapons charge against him?

One guy on electronic monitoring was arrested multiple times for gun crimes. Another guy was arrested 3 times for narcotics manufacturing. The last 2 times he was on electronic monitoring for the previous arrest. At some point the good people of Chicago are going to have to decide if they want criminals off the street or not. So far, the State’s Attorney for Cook County seems to be coming down on the side of “Not.”

Chicago Keeping Gun Criminals on the Street

JusticeMore on Chicago’s recipe for more crime. Rapper “G Herbo” gets probation in gun case.

If you make something less expensive, you will see more of it. In this article, CWB Chicago looks at Cook County’s continuing efforts to make gun crime less expensive.

Rap star Herbert “G Herbo” Wright reached a plea deal with prosecutors who accused him of having a handgun in a limo near State and Roosevelt in February 2018. Two other men in the vehicle were also charged with having guns.

Wright and prosecutors struck a deal in which the rapper pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor carrying a firearm while prosecutors dropped four felony gun charges. Judge Matthew Coughlan sentenced him to two years probation, nine days time served, and levied a fine of $494.

Other incidents are handled in a similar fashion, and they are covered in the article linked at the top of this post.

They Underestimated the Number of Cars That Would Be Stolen

Rent a car via an app. What could go wrong? ‘car2go’ leaving Chicago at the end of the year.

In a post on its website, the company said it was pulling out of Chicago and four other North American cities after it “underestimated the investment and resources that are truly necessary to make our service successful in these complex transportation markets amid a quickly changing mobility landscape.”

Back in April there was a story about them losing vehicles. Rent a Car Via an App? They Are Stealing Them, Not Renting Them. In April they were trying to locate 100 “missing” Mercedes Benz.

The other cities? Austin, Calgary, Denver and Portland. Let me think… What do all these cities have in common?

Hat tip to Second City Cop, who says.

Oh yeah – 100 vehicle thefts of high end cars that resulted in something like zero prosecutions. That was a winning business model for sure.

Because you know, actually prosecuting people for breaking the law is unfair. That seems to be the position of Crimeshea, otherwise known as State’s Attorney Kim Foxx.

September in Chicago

I do love statistics, though not these so much. HeyJackass! (Illustrating Chicago Values) has September Wrap-up.

Warmer weather allowed for a steady stream of stupid to run up the highest homicide tally since May’s 57.

September 2019: 51 killed, 214 wounded
September 2018: 49 killed, 207 wounded

There were 4 selfies, and #11ShotInTheAss. Click thru for racial breakdown of the victims, and by gender. And the number of teens shot and killed.

Chicago’s Recipe for More Gun Crime

If you make something less expensive, you will see more of it. That is what Chicago is doing with gun crime. Gun offenders get probation, but he went to prison for breaking ABC7’s camera equipment.

He to detroying two spotlights and a news camera. He was sentenced to 1 year in prison.

Pereda was shipped off to the Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet on Thursday. He arrived, underwent processing, received the state’s automatic 50% sentence reduction for good behavior, and was paroled the same day, according to state records.

Nonetheless, Pereda spent far more time behind bars than most people who pled guilty to carrying firearms illegally in Chicago.

Roderick Trice was also in Chambers’ court on Wednesday. The 21-year-old was facing four felony gun charges after police said they found a loaded handgun during a traffic stop in Uptown on Nov. 23. According to police, Trice told them that “It’s an old gun and I only have it for protection. I’m trying to get my FOID (Firearm Owner’s ID card).”

In exchange for his guilty plea on one count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, Chambers sentenced Trice to two years probation and 50 hours of community service. Prosecutors dropped the other three felonies.

But Chicago is serious about gun crime, as long as they only have to blame the guns.

And that gun sentence is only one of half-a-dozen (or more) handed out to people in Chicago. Now some of them might have deserved to be given reduced sentences, but some of them used guns in crimes like robbery, and they still got off, not free, but they didn’t do any serious time.

Even The Socialists In Charge of Chicago Understand This Much about Economics

You can’t bilk tourists out of the 10.5 percent sales tax, if they don’t come to into the city to spend money. OT Doors Swing Wide.

Rumors are the Lightgroot phoned in her displeasure the other day following the 500 over-exuberant youth further destroying Chicago’s reputation as a tourist destination.

Except of course the ACLU is already unhappy that cops are doing anything about the wilding which has taken over The Magnificent Mile the past few weekends. (Past few years.) Apparently the ACLU doesn’t think much of maintaining order.

The upside is that Chicago is going to have more cops working the weekends.

Amusingly, HQ told everyone they’d be working in their Districts of Assignment….at first, but you could potentially (almost 100% certainly) be deployed elsewhere (meaning downtown) should wilding break out.

It used to be such a great city. But I have been staying away for nearly a decade. (When they raised the price of the city-owned parking garage to $20/hour, I stopped going to the Art Institute.)

And if you’re not up on the wilding in the streets of Chicago, and The Magnificent Mile in particular, the Tribune has this article, where an aldercreature alderman dares to criticize Kim Foxx, the State’s Attorney for Cook County.

Hopkins, whose second ward includes part of North Michigan Avenue, says it’s clear looking at social media that the teens flooding downtown last night are emboldened by new policies by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, who has declined to prosecute many low level crimes like shoplifting and theft.

“You don’t even get a slap on the wrist anymore. You get a ride home. So that’s happening in increasing numbers and it’s disturbing and it has implications for the downtown area, where retailers are seeing their shrinkage rates from theft increase dramatically,” Hopkins said.

So fine, for the tourists, go to Galena, Illinois instead. Hell, even Naperville is a better choice. Hat tip to Second City Cop, who notes…

Welcome to the party pal. Only what we’ve been saying here since….2006?

Rent a Car Via an App? They Are Stealing Them, Not Renting Them

I don’t think they thought this thru. Rental company Car2Go reports theft of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, more than a dozen questioned by police.

As many as 22 stolen Mercedes-Benzes were recovered Wednesday by police and about a dozen people were arrested, according to law enforcement sources.

Car2Go has suspended operations in Chicago until they can figure this out. There are about 100 stolen Mercedes somewhere in Chicago.

Hat tip to Second City Cop who thinks…

This is fucking ridiculous:

“General Mayhem” in Chicago

At least 500 kids were on the Magnificent Mile, which wouldn’t be a problem if they weren’t causing problems. Cops: 38 arrested as hundreds of teens swarm downtown (VIDEOS).

The title comes – apparently – from the description used by the cops.

Thirty-five juveniles and at least three adults in their late teens were arrested as another night of “large group activity” overtook the downtown area on Wednesday, according to multiple Chicago Police Department sources. Most of the arrests were for disorderly conduct while a handful was facing battery, criminal damage to property, and shoplifting charges, the sources said.

Hat tip to HeyJackass!, where it is noted….

By early evening, a CPD deputy chief closed the department’s central detention facility to adult arrests so it could handle the influx of juvenile detainees, according to a source with knowledge of the night’s operations.

Does It Surprise Anyone That a McDonald’s Hires Private, Armed Security?

River North was an up and coming section of Chicago when I lived there. Attack on River North McDonald’s security guard caught on video.

According the Wiki it contains the largest concentration of art galleries outside of Manhattan. What I remember are the Blues Clubs, the restaurants and the nightclubs.

This incident comes amid a backdrop of several incidents in the River North neighborhood over the weekend where 21 people in different groups were arrested for causing disturbances.

More on the 21 arrested at CWB.

Law and Order seems to have taken a holiday in the City of Chicago. Given that the State’s Attorney won’t lock up most people arrested by the Chicago PD, you can see how that could be.