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Horowitz: Chicago man wanted in double homicide was recently released on bail for reckless homicide, gun offenses

Jessica Beal and her brother, Damian Beal, are the latest black victims of the jailbreak “criminal justice reform” agenda promoted by Black Lives Matter, which ensures that dangerous criminals like Clarence Hebron are not behind bars.

While liberals living in suburbia enjoyed their Thanksgiving week vacation, people living in America’s major urban areas experienced more violence at the hands of undeterred repeat violent offenders. On Nov. 27, Chicago police put out an AMBER alert after 1-year-old K’marion Hebron was abducted at his house, which was the scene of a double homicide that included his mother, Jessica Beal, and her brother, Damian, as the victims. Police believe that the boy’s father, Clarence Hebron, who is Beal’s ex-husband, was responsible for the homicides and the initial abduction. The baby was later dropped off at a Riverside police station and was unharmed.

Who is Clarence Hebron? CWB Chicago, which closely monitors crime in America’s murder capital, noticed the picture of Hebron released by police was identical to a mug shot of him from April 2019.

After digging into his history, CWB Chicago discovered that Hebron, 32, had been in jail in 2019 for allegedly killing a woman while fleeing police and for two separate Class X felony armed habitual criminal gun crimes. So why was he out free? One of those notorious Cook County judges agreed to release him on just $15,000 bond in July!

Hebron was charged on April 18, 2019, for reportedly hitting a woman with his vehicle while fleeing police and driving with a suspended license. While Hebron had been released in the prior months after two separate gun charges, the judge finally decided to keep him locked up after he was charged with reckless homicide by motor vehicle, aggravated fleeing causing bodily injury, and driving on a revoked license resulting in injury or death.

However, the pressure to release criminals has been strong in recent months. Three days after Hebron’s lawyers filed a motion to have his bail reduced, Cook County Judge Dennis Porter agreed to lower the bail to just $50,000 each for the three offenses, allowing him to go free on a $15,000 cash payment (10% of the total bail). As of this writing, police are still looking for him in connection to the double homicide on Nov. 27.

Hebron was out free while awaiting trial for two counts of Class X armed habitual criminal, five counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and four counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. This is the quintessential rap sheet of so many criminals who are released these days only to go on and commit homicide months later. This, at its core, is why homicide is skyrocketing in most major cities, with some of them approaching new records.

We often hear tear-jerking stories about incarceration taking fathers out of homes, but violent fathers should be outside the homes, as this 1-year-old child will tragically learn when he discovers he has no mother. Repeat violent offenders need to be locked up — plain and simple.

It’s not clear if COVID was a consideration in Hebron’s release four months ago, but criminals have been released because of the virus and for other reasons en masse. At the same time, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is threatening residents with jail time if they simply breathe free air or live their lives. “We will shut you down, we will cite you, and if we need to, we will arrest you,” the mayor said back in May in a threat she is ratcheting up again during the holiday season.

When have you ever heard her speak this assertively and threateningly to violent criminals? Instead, she uses the same virus that is an excuse to suspend civil liberties and criminalize human life as a pretext to release legitimate career criminals.

Tragically, we saw another appalling example of jailbreak in St. Paul, Minnesota, another hotbed of criminality and coronavirus fascism. Antoine Lorenzo Powell, 34, was arrested for allegedly murdering a 41-year-old women in St. Paul on Sept. 3. According to eyewitnesses, a man who matched Powell’s description shot Annamarie Wagener six times in the chest while she was at home and then stole her gun from her waistband. There is no known motive yet, but an informant told police that Powell had been part of a shooting just seven hours before in North Minneapolis, where detectives later discovered shell casings matching the gun used to murder Wagener.

Here’s the twisted irony. According to the charging document, Powell stole Wagener’s gun from her waistband after she was killed. She had recently obtained a carry permit “because the area where she lived wasn’t safe.”

Well, why wasn’t the area safe? Because criminals weren’t behind bars. It turns out that Powell was wearing an ankle bracelet because he was on parole, which is partially why they were able to place him at the scene of the crime and gather enough evidence to charge him for the murder two and a half months later. But as is always the case, ankle bracelets are worthless in prospectively deterring criminals from committing murder. It turns out, according to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press, that Powell “has an extensive criminal record in Minnesota that includes convictions for firearms, assault, controlled substances, drunken driving and other offenses.”

The bottom line is that the same people who push gun control on law-abiding citizens are also releasing gun felons en masse. We also see that career gun and drug felons are not “low-level, non-violent offenders,” but the quintessential criminals who go on to commit murder.

Supporters of de-incarceration like to point out that prison fails to rehabilitate these sorts of criminals. But letting them out on the streets most certainly fails to rehabilitate them, while, unlike when they are confined, enabling them to act on their unrehabilitated instincts.

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Two sisters allegedly stabbed a Chicago store employee 27 times after he told them to wear masks and use hand sanitizer

Chicago police say that two sisters held down a store employee and stabbed him 27 times after he told them to wear masks and use hand sanitizer provided by the business.

The startling incident unfolded on Sunday at Snipes, an athletic clothing store, in the North Lawndale neighborhood.

Police allege that 21-year-old Jessica Hill and her sister 18-year-old Jayla Hill entered the store at about 6 p.m. and were asked to put on masks and apply hand sanitizer over the coronavirus pandemic.

The two refused and began to argue with the 32-year-old man, according to police spokeswoman Karie James.

James says that the altercation became violent when one of the sisters punched the employee in the chest, and then Jayla Hill grabbed him by the hair as Jessica Hill stabbed him.

The man was stabbed 27 times in the chest, back and arms, and was later sent to Mount Sinai Hospital. Police say the sisters also struck him with a trash can and kicked him as he fell down.

The two women were arrested at the scene and treated for minor lacerations.

Prosecutors say that surveillance video and statements from witnesses show that the victim did not provoke the attack by striking or pushing the women.

The victim was hospitalized and received treatment, prosecutors said, noting he did have puncture wounds “all over his body,” WTTW-TV reported. Another report said the man was in critical condition.

The women were charged with attempted murder and held without bond. A defense lawyer for the two women said in court that they had never been in trouble with the law, and were planning to attend college.

Cook County Judge Mary Catherine Marubio said she initially believed it was a domestic violence incident because of the unusual number of stab wounds.

“It’s the complete randomness of this,” Marubio said. “That’s terrifying for a community.”

Here’s a local news report about the incident:


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Man, 18, accused of molesting cousin, 7, during online class in front of teacher and first-grade students

An 18-year-old Chicago man is accused of molesting his 7-year-old cousin during her remote learning class on Thursday, according to prosecutors.

Catrell A. Walls was arrested on Thursday afternoon shortly after 3:30 p.m., the Chicago Tribune reported. Walls, who was out on bond for a gun case, was charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under 13-years-old.

Authorities claim that Walls was seen sexually molesting his young cousin during her online learning session. At the time, fellow first graders were logged on to the Google classroom e-learning session, and the teacher allegedly saw the purported sex crime.

The alleged sexual assault reportedly happened during a break in the class. The teacher instructed students to turn off their cameras and mute their microphones. The 7-year-old reportedly muted her computer but did not turn off the camera.

Once the alleged sex act began, the teacher ordered all the students to log off the session. The teacher called out the alleged victim’s name and told her to turn off the camera, according to prosecutors.

The teacher alerted the school’s principal, who then contacted the girl’s family, Chicago police, and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

Police reportedly went to the home of the girl’s grandmother, where she was said to have been staying during the day for online classes. Walls was arrested, and while being taken into custody, he began crying. “I don’t know why. I’m sorry. I’m sorry,” he said, according to Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Andreana Turano.

The alleged victim said Walls had sexually assaulted her for the last year, Turano said. The alleged victim said the abuse was “a secret.” Walls showed complete disregard of children and a “wanton callousness for human life,” Turano said.

“This ongoing history of assault, for approximately a year, according to the victim, leads me to believe this is not something that will just stop because I have ordered it to,” Judge Charles Beach said during Saturday’s bond hearing. “This history and his actions from this case lead me to believe that he is a threat to an individual and the community as a whole.”

Beach ordered no bail for Walls, noting that the suspect was “currently on bail for a felony offense.”

Walls is a high school senior, who has trouble controlling his impulses because he suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, his defense attorney said, adding it is “somewhat of a disability.” Walls has no history of sexual crimes, or violent crimes, his attorney noted.

Walls’ next court date is Nov. 21, according to WFLD-TV.

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Horowitz: Prosecutors warn First Step Act releasing gangbangers in Chicago amid record gang violence

During the confirmation hearing of Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Monday, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) expressed his concern about felons getting firearms in Chicago based on a dissent the current Seventh Circuit judge and SCOTUS nominee had written. “These gangbangers and thugs fill up the trunks of their cars with firearms and head into the city of Chicago and kill everyone from infants to older people,” complained Durbin as he accused Barrett of supporting opinions that will make it easier for gangsters to bring in guns from other states.

Well, Senator, actually the problem is right in Chicago, and it has nothing to do with inanimate guns coming from out of state. It has everything to do with the gun felons and gangbangers that you have worked your entire career to set free from jail.

Durbin was a lead sponsor of the First Step Act, which offers hard-core drug traffickers and career criminals early release from prison. Durbin even voted for an earlier version of the bill, which reduced penalties on federal gun felons. Throughout the process of the prison release bill, we were told that these were only low-level offenders who were unjustly behind bars for too long and that this bill was not a prison release bill because judges would need to sign off on their release. Well, a new analysis by the Chicago Sun-Times shows that judges are signing off on the release of career criminals, including top gang leaders, much to the consternation of local prosecutors who are at their wits’ end trying to stem the tide of gun violence.

The Sun-Times analyzed 200 cases of early release in Chicago under the First Step Act and found that “more than 60 percent” of those who applied were granted sentence reductions by judges, “including some of the nation’s most notorious criminals.” Thus far, 75 applications for sentence reduction were granted, 45 denied, and the rest are still pending. As I warned at the time, counting on judges to keep criminals locked up defeats the entire purpose of the mandatory minimums. In the 1960s and 1970s, liberal judges set criminals free left and right, which led Reagan to go on a crusade for tougher sentencing laws.

In April, over the objection of prosecutors, U.S. District Judge Elaine Bucklo, a Clinton appointee, cut the sentence of notorious gangster James Yates from life to time served after 22 years behind bars. Three of his former co-defendants were also released, and next month, Larry Hoover, co-founder and former chairman of the Gangster Disciples, has a hearing for early release under the provisions of the First Step Act.

Who is Larry Hoover? According to the prosecutor in that case, “He was the unquestioned leader of a gang that was responsible for a murder rate that, you know, was over double the unacceptable murder rate we have today.”

This is what people forget. It’s not just about drugs, and these people were not young college kids caught possessing some small quantities of drugs. These are gang leaders who are fueling most of the murder and violence in Chicago. The way the feds put them away is by nailing them on gun, drugs, and racketeering charges. It’s that modus operandi that led to the massive decline in crime for two decades. But the reversal of those policies is what is fueling the recent rise in violence.

Chicago has had over 600 murders this year, on pace to more than double last year’s total. Nearly three times as many children have been shot this year in Chicago as last year. What is the source of this violence? According to the Chicago Tribune, “Gang-related shootings have remained a persistent problem all year long. Dozens of children 17 and younger have been fatally shot, often in gang crossfire in neighborhoods.”

This is the worst time to be releasing gang members. The Sun Times details other top gang leaders slated for early release, as well as corrupt cops who turned into career criminals and committed high-level crimes. The paper found that federal prosecutors contested 60% of those released by Illinois federal judges under the act so far.

There are a limited number of people with gang organizational leadership skills, and to release some of the best in Chicago at this time is the ultimate exercise in pouring lighter fluid on a raging forest fire.

If someone is serving hard time for a drug conviction in federal prison, chances are he is a gang leader. We saw this last October when Joel Francisco, who was released under the First Step Act, was charged with murder in Providence, Rhode Island, just months after being released. Francisco was serving life in prison for a third drug trafficking charge in 2005 under the “three strikes and you’re out” law. However, he got such a severe sentence not because of drugs but because he was a known Latin Kings member responsible for a lot of violence in the city, including shooting a man in the back of the head, execution-style, in 1997. He pleaded no contest for that, so at the time, he escaped full justice in the state system. The feds targeted him specifically for this reason, yet the First Step Act released him.

This is the dynamic that politicians like Dick Durbin obfuscate by talking about “gun violence” instead of gang violence and his hand in releasing gangbangers from prison. Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass put it best when he described “gun violence” as “a politically correct term that gives politicians wiggle room.”

“It’s not gun violence. It’s street gang violence.” Kass declared. “If we really cared about these victims and their memories, we’d have the decency to call what happened to them by its real name: gang wars.”

In June, Laroy Battle was charged with shooting two teens to death at a candy store. The man was sentenced to probation 18 months ago for a gun felony, despite his prior record, and got no jail time, which allowed him to remain on the streets to allegedly commit this double murder.

In July, Teantun Davis was arrested for shooting a 5-month-old in the eye. Davis was arrested on June 26, 2019, for, you guessed it, illegally possessing a firearm. Yet he never served time in prison and instead was on probation. Indeed, the problem with Chicago is not the guns from outside the city but the criminals who abuse guns inside the city being released from jail. The Illinois incarceration population has plummeted by 52% since fiscal year 2013, and those numbers are accelerating more with coronavirus jailbreak. Durbin might be proud of those numbers, but they are reflected in the skyrocketing homicide rate on the city streets.

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AG Barr says Operation Legend has cut Chicago murder rate ‘in half’ — ‘the strategy is working’

United States Attorney General William Barr announced that Operation Legend — a coordinated law enforcement initiative in which federal agents aid and assist state and local police — has cut the murder rate in Chicago “in half” and has effectively “reversed” the city’s surge in violence.

In a press conference in the Windy City Wednesday, Barr touted the success of the operation in several cities in which it has been implemented, but said that the results have been “perhaps most dramatic” in Chicago since it was launched there in late July.

“The results of those actions speak for themselves,” the attorney general said. “Over the first five weeks of Operation Legend in Chicago, murders dropped by 50% over the previous five weeks. August ultimately saw a 45% decrease in murders compared to July, and a 35% decrease compared to June.”

In the weeks and months before the operation was launched, Chicago had been plagued with a historic rise in violent crime. Nearly every conceivable category of criminal activity had experienced increases — including murder, shootings, looting, and vandalism. Many worried that the situation would continue to spiral without a more expansive police presence.

Now, with the addition of federal assistance, Barr said, the city’s murder rate is at its lowest since April, as the operation has successfully cut the rate “roughly in half since before the operation.”


AG Barr addresses Chicago during Operation Legend press conference

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Since July 22, the federal government has assigned 400 agents to Chicago and granted over $10 million to the city’s police as part of the operation, Barr noted. That money has been used to advance the department’s law enforcement technology and allow for the hiring of 75 more local police officers.

The operation, which was first launched in Kansas City, Missouri, and named after a 4-year-old boy, LeGend Taliferro, who was murdered there, has been implemented in several violence-plagued cities around the country, including St. Louis, Detroit, Memphis, and Milwaukee.

In all, approximately 1,000 federal agents have been deployed around the country as part of the operation, which has resulted in 2,500 individuals being arrested and more than 600 facing federal charges.

“Bringing federal charges is significant,” noted Barr. “Because defendants arrested for violent crimes are often detained before trial, unlike state defendants who are too often released.”

“In addition, federal defendants will face serious sentences if convicted, with a real possibility of long-term imprisonment … knowing that, many of the arrestees cooperate with the government and lead to even more violent offenders,” he added.

“In short the basic premise of Operation Legend is that by taking chronic violent criminals off the street, we will force crime rates down,” Barr said. “And the strategy is working.”

During the press conference, Barr also took shots at those who have engaged in anti-law enforcement efforts around the country, such as “denigrating, demonizing, and defunding” police even as crime was on the rise.

As this year’s surge in crime continues in many Democrat-controlled cities, Barr said he hopes that more coordination between federal and local law enforcement will be established.

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Chicago thieves realize they carjacked the wrong vehicle when off-duty corrections officer thwarts armed hold-up by returning gunfire

A group of carjackers picked the absolute wrong person to try to steal a car from. The armed hold-up backfired completely when an off-duty correctional officer thwarted a carjacking by returning gunfire.

The carjacking gone awry happened around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday in South Chicago. The off-duty correctional officer was driving down an alley in the 7900 block of South Phillips Avenue when at least three males approached the vehicle with the intent of stealing the car, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

One of the men pulled out a gun and demanded the driver get out of his car. When the officer didn’t get out of the vehicle, several shots were fired his direction, but the driver was not struck.

The 36-year-old off-duty officer returned fire, and hit the gunman in the arm and the groin. The other two would-be thieves fled the scene.

David Hall, one of the alleged participants in the carjacking, was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center at 2:41 a.m. He was treated and released into Chicago Police custody.

A .38-caliber pistol was recovered at the scene, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

The robbery suspect is on parole for felony theft for stealing a television from a pawn shop, police said.

Hall, 19, is charged with one felony count each of attempted first-degree murder, attempted vehicular hijacking, and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, according to a statement from Chicago police.

According to recent Chicago Police Department crime statistics, thefts are down 27% this year compared to 2019, and robberies are down 3%. Motor vehicle thefts are nearly identical this year to last year. However, murders are up a whopping 52% in 2020 versus last year.

Last month, the Chicago Police Department tried to crack down on crime by creating a 20-person unit to monitor social media activity of anyone planning on looting, cancelling all days off for police officers, and had cops working 12-hour shifts.

“We’ve increased our numbers on the street, on the ground, in our downtown area, in our neighborhoods,” Brown said. “That’s the number one difference. We have extended hours that our officers work, we have extended the number of days they work in a week by canceling days off. So there is an increase of 1,000 officers above what would normally be here.”

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More than 36 street gangs in Chicago reportedly vow to shoot on sight any cop who has a weapon drawn in public

The FBI has reportedly told Chicago-area law enforcement to be on the lookout for dangerous gang members just looking for a reason to kill cops.

What are the details?

According to a Monday night report from WLS-TV, approximately 36 street gangs have vowed to “shoot on-sight any cop that has a weapon drawn on any subject in public.”

The report, obtained by WLS, is titled “Pact Made by People Nation Gang Factions to ‘Shoot On-Site’ [sic] Any Police Officer with a Weapon Drawn.”

The report allegedly originated from Chicago FBI officials on Aug. 26 and states that “members of these gang factions have been actively searching for, and filming, police officers in performance of their official duties.”

The purpose of such surveillance is purportedly to “catch on film an officer drawing his/her weapon on any subject and the subsequent ‘shoot on-site’ of said officer, in order to garner national media attention.”

Some gangs purported to be involved in the activity include the Black P Stones, El Rukns, Latin Kings, and Vice Lords.

The FBI notification — titled a “Potential Activity Alert” — is sometimes issued when there are potential threats to local law enforcement officials and emerges from a “contact whose reporting is limited and whose reliability cannot be determined.”

The station reports that the information could emerge “from a police street source, a cooperating witness in an ongoing case, or from discussions overheard on a wiretap or other surveillance recording.”

‘People are seeking to do harm to cops’

Chicago Police Department Superintendent David Brown says that the conditions in Chicago are ever deteriorating and wholly believes that there is an imminent threat to police officers amid escalating tensions across the U.S.

“I think it’s bigger than a suggestion,” Brown says. “I think 51 officers being shot at or shot in one year, I think that quadruples any previous year in Chicago’s history. So I think it’s more than a suggestion that people are seeking to do harm to cops.”

Brown added, “We need police officers, and as community members, we need to push back fervently against lawlessness.”

Over the weekend, at least 54 people were shot in Chicago — including two Chicago police officers.

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As crime soars, Chicago Police Dept. creates special unit to monitor social media for looting

As Chicago has faced weeks of increased violence and looting, the elected leaders in the Windy City have faced ongoing questions of whether they are capable of protecting the city’s residents and businesses.

In an attempt to quell the public’s rising concerns about the city’s preparedness and effectiveness in combatting increased crime, Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) and members of city, state, and federal law enforcement announced a new plan to battle looting, WMAQ-TV reported Friday evening.

Social media monitoring

Lightfoot revealed that the Chicago Police Department established a 20-person unit to monitor social media activity that could give clues to future looting plans, WMAQ said, and will watch all open-source sites 24 hours a day.

“As we’ve seen over these past few months, social media platforms have repeatedly been used to organize large groups of people to engage in illegal activity,” Lightfoot said.

Along with the social media task force, the CPD also created a Task Force of Detectives, in conjunction with the FBI, to focus on looting investigations. According to the mayor, the unit is going over video surveillance and compiling evidence to ID looters and put them away.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx promised that people arrested for looting will be prosecuted and announced that just last week, 43 of 44 charges brought to her office for felony approval received approval.

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said the city wants “to send a message.”

“If you come downtown or to any one of our retail corridors in the neighborhoods of Chicago to loot, CPD is going to arrest you,” Brown said, WMAQ reported. “If someone is attempting to break windows to loot, CPD is going to arrest you. If you’re going in our stores that have been broken into in attempt to loot, CPD is going to arrest you. If you are carrying or transporting merchandise from a store that has been looted, you will be stopped and arrested.”

“We are going to deploy all tactics necessary to prevent and stop looting,” Brown added.

According to WMAQ, the CPD has canceled all days off and has cops working 12-hour shifts. The outlet also noted that the department is increasing its presence by 1,000 officers.

“We’ve increased our numbers on the street, on the ground, in our downtown area, in our neighborhoods,” Brown said. “That’s the number one difference. We have extended hours that our officers work, we have extended the number of days they work in a week by canceling days off. So there is an increase of 1,000 officers above what would normally be here.”

(H/T: Rolling Stone)

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Teen who rallied to remove police from Chicago schools is tragically shot to death

Caleb Reed, a 17-year-old student activist from Mather High School in Chicago, was found shot in the head on Friday.

The teen’s death comes just weeks after he publicly called for the district to remove police from district schools.

What are the details?

Reed, described by the Chicago Sun-Times as a “student leader with a youth activist group,” was discovered on a sidewalk of the West Rogers Park neighborhood in the city.

He had been shot in the head.

The teen, a leader with student group Voices of Youth in Chicago Education, was an advocate of removing police from Chicago schools.

No suspect have been named in Reed’s death at the time of this reporting.

‘I’m proud to be a black young man’

Just weeks ago, Reed spoke at a board of education meeting in support of removing police from the district. During the meeting, he recalled his own experience with officers in his school.

During the meeting, Reed said, “My sophomore year of high school I was arrested for attending a basketball game because I didn’t have my ID. I sat in a police station for six hours. I knew it wasn’t right at all, but inside I was angry, confused.

“One thing I’m here to say is I’m proud to be a black young man,” the teen activist added. “It’s not a good feeling to be labeled as dangerous or criminals. Because we’re not. … No black person should ever feel like this.”

A GoFundMe page to benefit Reed’s family has so far received nearly $6,000 in donations.

‘Light and potential have been extinguished at the hands of gun violence’

In a statement, Alderman Andre Vasquez said, “Caleb was a son, a brother, a community organizer, and a neighbor. His light and potential have been extinguished at the hands of gun violence, like so many brothers in Chicago. As a city, we need to address the root causes of this violence, which is the segregation and disinvestment in the communities that need it the most for generations now.”

He added, “Caleb was also an activist and advocate — most recently for the movement to remove school resource officers out of Chicago Public Schools. I ask that we honor his work by continuing it and we pray for his family.”

On Twitter, Vasquez added, “Caleb lived and was shot in our ward this weekend. He was a light in our community that was extinguished too soon. We need to address the root causes of #GunViolence so that we stop losing our people. I ask that people help continue the work he was doing and pray for the family.”

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‘Help is on its way’: Trump orders federal officers to Chicago to fight the city’s ‘rampage of violence’

President Donald Trump announced that he ordered federal troops to Chicago, Illinois, in order to fight the surge of violence in recent weeks.

The president made the announcement on Wednesday at the White House East Room.

“No citizens have suffered more from the menace of violent crime than the wonderful people of Chicago, a city I know very well,” said Trump.

“At least 414 people have been murdered in the city this year, a roughly 50% increase over last year. More than 1,900 people have been shot. These are numbers that aren’t even to be believed. Yesterday alone 23 people were shot in Chicago including at least 15 who were shot in a merciless onslaught of gunfire outside a funeral home,” he continued.

“Over the Fourth of July weekend, nearly 80 people were shot and at least 12 people were killed,” the president added before recounting more statistics of the horrific violence in Chicago.

“Behind each of these horrifying statistics is a victim, a family, a loved one, a life cruelly shattered and it’s so sad to see and so sad to look and so sad to see how these lives have been been just torn apart,” he continued.

The president offered comfort to the families of victims of violence that were invited to the White House announcement.

“I am announcing that the Department of Justice will immediately surge federal law enforcement to the city of Chicago,” said the president.

“The FBI, ATF, DEA, U.S. Marshals Service and Homeland Security will together be sending hundreds of skilled law enforcement officers to Chicago to help drive down violent crime,” Trump added. “And murderers and violent criminals are breaking a wide range of federal laws, we have that, it’s as wide as it can be. We will find them, arrest them and prosecute them, they will be in jail for many years to come.”

The president has faced criticism after he sent federal officers to Portland, Oregon, to help quell the violence erupting from protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody. Among the critics were Democratic Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler who said the order was “a blatant abuse of police tactics by the federal government,” and accused the officers of escalating the violence.

“For those people in Chicago and other cities where we’ll be, help is on its way,” the president said.

Here’s the announcement from the president:


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Fraternal Order of Police president says ‘childish’ Chicago mayor is ‘running the Titanic into an iceberg intentionally’

Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara said Tuesday that Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) is “unprofessional,” “childish,” and “pathetic.”

What are the details?

In an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, Catanzara addressed the news of a mass shooting that took place outside a Chicago funeral home.

A gunman opened fire Tuesday night on a funeral home, injuring as many as 15 people who were attending a funeral at the facility.

On Wednesday morning, WGN-TV reporter Courtney Gousman said the oldest victim was a 65-year-old woman, and the youngest victim was a 21-year-old woman. Five of the 15 victims were reported to be in serious condition.

The mass shooting took place just as President Donald Trump announced his plans to deploy 150 federal agents to Chicago to help curb violence.

During a conversation with Ingraham, Catanzara called the Chicago mayor “unhinged” and said that her refusal to request federal assistance from the Trump administration was irresponsible. Catanzara himself wrote a letter to Trump requesting federal assistance amid the never-ending crime wave sweeping the city.

Lightfoot has previously said that any federal intervention would cause “chaos” and “lawlessness.”

“The mayor likes to use the word ‘unhinged,’ but the ironic part is the mayor became unhinged,” Catanzara railed. “I wish I could show you the text messages that she sent me over the weekend as soon as she found out I sent the request to President Trump.”

He added, “She was the one who totally became unhinged, unprofessional, childish, and it was really pathetic for the leader of a city.”

What about the justice system in Cook County?

Catanzara insisted that the lawlessness will only get worse because “the justice system in Cook County is totally broken all the way from [Cook County Board chairwoman Toni] Preckwinkle [down]. … They have no idea what real justice is, [there] is basically the bloodbath in the street as a result.”

Catanzara also blasted Lightfoot for having a “Napoleon complex.”

“She is literally running the Titanic into an iceberg intentionally,” he added. “Fifty-six rounds [were reportedly] fired [during Tuesday evening’s incident] and [15] people shot tonight at a funeral where there was police’s special attention because of the gang victim that was already being waked at the funeral home.”

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Chicago mayor calls Kayleigh McEnany a ‘Karen’ and the Trump campaign shoots back a fiery response

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot mocked White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany after she criticized crime in her city and the Trump campaign shot back with a fiery response.

The feud began when McEnany answered a question Thursday at the White House press briefing about a comment President Donald Trump made about the disparity between black Americans killed by police officers and white Americans.

“By population percentages, black people are about three times more likely than white people to die in a police encounter,” said a reporter. “If the president won’t even acknowledge that, how can he fix the problem?”

“The president has routinely acknowledged and expressed the absolute atrocity of the case of George Floyd, and his heart goes out to that family still,” McEnany responded.

“He was noting a fact, um, that there were, when you look at unarmed killings with police interactions in this country, that you had nine unarmed black individuals who were fatally shot, and 19 unarmed white individuals, that’s down from 38 and 32, respectively, in 2015, so numbers have actually come down since the Obama administration,” she continued.

“He was making that point, but one point he wants to strongly make is this: That black men and women who die of homicide, they are likely to die of homicide at eight times greater than that of white individuals and Hispanics combined. That’s the rate combined,” McEnany said.

“So that’s an extraordinary thing that we want to look at,” she concluded. “I’ve listed for you the names of these kids who died across this country. It is unacceptable, and under this president, he’ll take action and the derelict mayor of Chicago should step up and ask for federal help, because she’s doing a very poor job at securing her streets.”

Lightfoot responds to McEnany

Lightfoot responded in short tweet meant to mock the press secretary.

“Karen, watch your mouth,” she tweeted simply with a screenshot of McEnany’s comments.

The president’s 2020 campaign digital director fired back at Lightfoot with a collection of statistics on the crime affecting the residents of Chicago.

“Black people are being murdered at a record rate in Chicago. The violence and death is out of control… 64 shot & 11 killed just last weekend. 373 have been killed just this year, a 35% increase,” tweeted Gary Coby.

“Here is the Mayor, who is a total failure at stopping this violence,” Coby added.

Here are the comments from Kayleigh McEnany:


Chicago Mayor Calls Kayleigh McEnany A “Karen” After White House Attack On City

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