Five Against One, And the One Came Out on Top

Knives are dangerous weapons. 4 stabbed, 1 fatally, in Portage Park argument. (Portage Park is a neighborhood in Chicago.)

Four men were stabbed, one fatally, and another man beaten Monday after an argument over a damaged car in Portage Park on the Northwest Side.

They were walking to their parked car about 2:04 a.m. in the 5300 block of West Irving Park Avenue when another vehicle struck it, according to preliminary information from Chicago police. The men got into an argument with the male who hit the car.

It didn’t end well for them. There’s a moral to the story; probably there is more than 1. I leave that up to you, gentle reader, to discern.

Hat tip to Second City Cop, who notes…

That is a dangerous person. That is also why we shoot people with knives.

Edged weapons, in the hands of someone with training and the will to use it, are truly dangerous.

Lie and Cheat to Send a Man to Prison for 20 Years

JusticeThat is how much prosecutors HATE self-defense. Man suing attorneys over wrongful murder conviction.

The suit for Terrence Haynes, 42, was filed Thursday in Urbana. His suit accuses two Kankakee County assistant state’s attorneys of encouraging an 11-year-old witness, Marcus Hammond, a first cousin of one of the prosecutors, to lie about Cezaire Murrell being unarmed when Haynes fatally shot the 18-year-old in 1999.

Hammond was the only eyewitness called by prosecutors, even though three adults at the scene told police that Haynes acted in self-defense after Murrell reached for a gun in his waistband. But none of those adults testified at Haynes’ trial, which resulted in his conviction and a 45-year prison sentence.

He wasn’t freed, but awarded a new trial. That witness has recanted his testimony, BTW, which is strictly separate from the suit.

Justice? Truth? A Jedi Prosecutor cares not for these things. Winning at all costs. Winning by lying. Winning by concealing evidence.

That new trial was cancelled when the charges were dismissed.

And actually, Jim Rowe, the current State’s Attorney for Kankakee County, sounds like a stand-up guy.

“I am not able to comment on pending civil litigation,” Rowe said. “I have, however, taken the rarest of actions as a state’s attorney by joining in Mr. Haynes’ petition for a certificate of innocence (COI), which remains pending. I believe he is entitled to that COI and that is why I joined in the petition.”

That would expunge his record and entitle him to restitution.

Self-defense In The People’s Republic of Chicago

Unarmed self-defense at that. Epic failure of the victim-selection process. Home intruder dies after confronted by homeowner in Austin.

A guy climbs through the window of an apartment in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood.

A physical altercation ensued between the homeowner and the man.

Police said the 51-year-old man died at the scene of unspecified injuries.
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Police said the homeowner is not facing any charges.

So self-defense is legal in Chicago? Who knew? And self-defense is a human-right.

Something Seems Off About This

Can a 5-year-old really “escape” from a coyote? Villa Park girl, 5, escapes coyote in front yard: VIDEO.

This story has come thru my news feeds from at least 2 separate places. And something just seems off. Maybe a 5-year-old is too large for a single coyote. Even when I watch the video, I can’t see why it stopped. Maybe it just wasn’t her time.

The animal began to chase Christine, charging at her and coming close.

“I feeled its ear,” she said. “It almost bited my rib.”

A TV interview with a 5-year-old is not the best.

I know more about wolves than I do about coyotes, even though there are coyotes where I live and not wolves. A wolf can run faster than you can legally drive your car through Villa Park. Which is quintessentially suburban Chicago. So why did the coyote not attack? A dog that size, intent on attack would have done serious damage to a 5-year-old girl.

Is a Corrupt Illinois Politician News?

JusticeExcuse me a Judge. Maybe that is news. Illinois panel removes DuPage County judge from bench.

Well Judge, Politician. Tomato, To-mah-toe. Putting the Criminal in the Criminal Justice System.

The unanimous ruling agreed with the state’s Judicial Inquiry Board, which alleged that O’Shea made false and misleading statements to Wheaton detectives about a September 2017 case in which he was accused of shooting a bullet through the wall of his apartment. He was acquitted of that charge.

The inquiry board also accused O’Shea of trying to retaliate against two female court employees who accused him of sexual harassment.

Home state of Tony Rezko, Rod Blagojevich, and adopted home of Barack Obama. And Hillary Clinton, since she was born in Chicago, and grew up in Park Ridge. (Not quite “The Land Beyond O’Hare,” but definitely suburbia. And definitely Chicagoland.)

Quote of the Day

Get ready to bask in the glow of nuclear-level stupidity. Need to mail a bunch of narcotics? Here’s what not to do.

Here’s the quote:

If the Unabomber were dead, he’d roll over in his grave.

So he calls an Uber to take him to a restaurant.

Along the way, Borowski-Beszta asked the Uber driver to pull over because he wanted to mail something. The driver did.

That’s when… You’re not going to believe this.

That’s when police say Borowski-Beszta pulled his hoodie over his face, put on sunglasses and gloves, then “carefully placed a package into a mailbox” at a massive intersection with no fewer than four city surveillance cameras in plain view. On the 18th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

In the words of Bugs Bunny, “What a maroon.”

Since the Uber driver wasn’t an idiot, he called police after dropping the guy off.

Will a State’s Attorney Plead the Fifth?

JusticeThat would make the “criminal” part of The Criminal Justice System really stand out. Column: Will State’s Attorney Kim Foxx plead the Fifth in her Jussie Smollett mess?

Though a Cook County grand jury indicted Smollett on 16 counts for allegedly faking a hate crime, Foxx’s office inexplicably dropped the charges. Her chief ethics officer, former assistant U.S. Attorney April Perry, later resigned.

What would happen to a prosecutor who takes the Fifth after she’s been accused of playing games with justice?

In Chicago, that’s business as usual.

Hat Tip to Second City Cop, who is trying to expand everyone’s vocabulary.

Our best guess is the Chicago Machine is in the midst of an internecine (look that one up) war between the Old Guard and the Prickwrinkle faction which is currently aligned with the Sparklefarts [That’s SCC-speak for the Obamas] people.

A Media Outlet Talking About Responsibility?

Surely it’s a sign of the end times. Or something. Austin Weekly News: Parents of kids who commit crimes. (And don’t be fooled. In this case Austin isn’t a city in Texas, it’s a neighborhood in Chicago.)

This relates to the recent case in Illinois where a bunch of kids from Chicago decided to travel north to Lake County to steal cars. During a confrontation with a homeowner, 2 teens “approached him,” one of them was armed with a knife, and he defended himself. One teen is dead, 5 are in jail, held on $1 million bond, each.

Jaquan’s mother has spoken to the media and she puts the blame for her son’s death solely on the 75-year-old homeowner. But where is her accountability for her young teen son being with his older teen cousins whom she knew had a propensity to steal cars?

The columnist, Arlene Jones, also covers the reactions of the other mothers to the idea that their children may go to prison for 20 years. No one, except Ms. Jones, seems to be talking about responsibility. And everyone is upset by the fact that in Lake County, Illinois – unlike Cook County – there are serious consequences for committing serious crimes.

In another column, she has a few words to say about the uproar over the use of felony murder charges by the Lake County State’s Attorney. It seems a lot of people are calling for the law to be changed. Ms. Jones thinks the law should be made a bit stronger, to include the irresponsible parents.

And I agree. That law should be amended to add in wayward parents and make them as culpable for the crime as their wayward minor children. When a parent admits she knows her nephews steal cars, and she doesn’t have a problem with sending her 14-year-old son off to be with them, that is a serious issue.

Must be sign of end times.

Chicago’s Recipe for More Crime

Lack of consequences equals no deterrent.

First up – bail reform. Man charged with robbing 12-year-old & burglarizing home while free on 3 recognizance bonds AND court supervision.

So far this year, [the miscreant in question has] been charged with felony burglary, released on a recognizance bond, charged with criminal damage to property and assault, released on another recognizance bond, charged with battery, released on a third recognizance bond, charged with battery and obstruction of identification, released on a fourth recognizance bond, and pleaded guilty to battery in exchange for a sentence of six months court supervision. And that was all before the Fourth of July.

He was finally held when he robbed a 12-year-old (he stole the kid’s bike) and burglarized a home. He was on MULTIPLE recognizance bonds when he committed these crimes. After all of that, he was ordered held without bail August 7th.

Then there is an actual lack of sentencing. Court update: Prolific bike thief pleads guilty to 12 burglaries; Another man gets 3 years for slashing teen’s throat.

Let’s concentrate on the throat-slashing, though the other examples (more than the two listed in the headline) are also good examples.

A convicted felon who was accused of slashing a 17-year-old boy’s throat because the teen and his girlfriend were “taking up too much sidewalk” has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Chevazz Campbell, the victim, and a 16-year-old girl were walking on the 400 block of West Roosevelt last October when Campbell allegedly became enraged that the teens were walking side-by-side. After insisting that the couple was taking up too much space on the sidewalk, Campbell pulled out a box cutter and cut the boy’s throat, prosecutors said.

Three aggravated battery charges were condensed into one by the judge. He was sentenced to three years, and given credit for time served (230+ days) They don’t say when he will be available for parole, but in less than a year I’m guessing.

If you make something less expensive, you will see more of it, even if that something is crime.

The Left Really Hates Felony Murder

The Left and the Media (but I repeat myself) have been tearing into the Felony Murder charges, that originated from a self-defense shooting in Illinois, all week. Now “the ministers” are involved. Ministers call for wider investigation into death of teen shot by homeowner during attempted car theft.

The lies are repeated with no push-back or clarification.

On August 13, Lake County prosecutors said Swopes was one in a stolen car full of six teenagers. Prosecutors said when the teens tried to steal a car in Old Mill Creek around 3 a.m., the 75-year-old homeowner fired a single fatal shot, hitting Swopes in the head.

“He has a right to conceal carry,” said Rev. Ira Acree, “but not the right to take the law into his own hands.”

He didn’t “take the law into his own hands.” He defended himself from an imminent attack, by at least two attackers, one of whom was armed with a 10-inch knife. But why clutter the issue with facts?

They also hate that the dead-kid’s cousins are charged with a crime. Be responsible for the completely foreseeable consequences of your actions? What is this, the 20th Century?

The Tribune has been going at this story with hammer and tongs (that’s one columnist) all week. I’ve been trying to ignore their coverage because media bias is annoying.

And they keep going on about “concealed carry.” The guy who defended himself was standing on his own porch. Even in the People’s Republic of Illinois, you don’t need a Concealed Carry License to be armed on your own property.