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7 Dead, 35 Wounded In Weekend Chicago Shootings

Chicago police are actually celebrating today after 7 people were shot dead and another 35 were wounded over the holiday weekend. They are pleased because it symbolizes a reduction in shootings from previous years. They credit a pre-holiday round-up of criminals, and adding an extra 1,300 officers to the streets.

But despite these measures, the city still was overwhelmed with violence.

The police department held a press conference to boast of the reduction in violence:

“First Deputy Supt. Kevin Navarro, leading the department while Supt. Eddie Johnson recovers from kidney transplant surgery, said Monday night that violence was down from last year. By 8 p.m. Monday, CPD officers had seized more than 100 guns.

“’That’s more than one gun an hour so far,’ Navarro said during a brief press conference outside the 7th District headquarters in Englewood.

“’We still have the rest of the night to go so we know that’s a challenge, we aren’t declaring victory. One shooting, one murder, that’s too much for us.’

“Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement that, according to CPD records, murders had decreased 46 percent and shootings had decreased 30 percent between 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Monday compared to the same period of the Labor Day weekend last year. Guglielmi said these were the lowest shootings and murder statistics during the holiday weekend since 2014.”

To be fair, they did indicate that one murder was too much. But even trying to make a point about violence going from cataclysmic to not-as-cataclysmic is dubious.

On Friday 140 people accused of ‘driving violence’ were arrested. They used this tactic to prevent an exceptionally bloody holiday weekend. But it’s unclear how this will affect crime going forward in a city plagued by murder.

Last year, 13 people were shot and killed while another 52 were wounded. This year, the 7 deaths included a 15-year-old boy:

“The seven deaths this weekend, including the killing of a 15-year-old boy Monday evening, were the latest casualties of Chicago’s gun violence that has taken the lives of at least 438 people since the start of 2017, according to data maintained by the Sun-Times.

“The holiday weekend’s latest killing happened at 10:55 p.m. Monday in the LeClaire Courts neighborhood on the Southwest Side. A 38-year-old man was on the sidewalk in the 4400 block of South Lawler when two people walked up to him and opened fire, according to police. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

“The 15-year-old boy was shot to death about three hours earlier during an argument in the Southwest Side Lawndale neighborhood. He was on the sidewalk about 7:50 p.m. in front of a home in the 1500 block of South Drake when he started arguing with a group of people, police said. During the argument, someone pulled out a gun and shot him in the back. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died.”

Last weekend another 7 people were murdered and 25 were injured from gun violence. Chicago boasts of having the strictest laws when it comes to guns. Yet, that has failed to result in a reduction of crime.


Chicago Keeps Killing Themselves

Two people were killed and eight others were wounded in an attack at the site of a memorial for a man who was slain earlier Sunday in the Brighton Park neighborhood, police said.

Chicago police First Deputy Superintendent Kevin Navarro told reporters at the Southwest Side scene in the 2600 block of West 46th Place that the attack was “another brazen act of gang violence.”

Navarro said the victims, a mix of men and women, were taking part in a memorial for a man, identified by the Cook County medical examiner’s office as Daniel Cardova, who had been killed at that location earlier in the day when two people fired rifles from a nearby alleyway.

Deputy Chief Kevin Ryan said gang and tactical teams were hitting the area hard in their investigation.

Black Thug Playing Knockout Game Targets Wrong Michigan Man – Is Shot Twice

by Mara Zebest

Feel Good Story of the Day: A Lansing, Michigan man with a concealed weapons permit uses his gun to shoot the “knockout game” attacker. The attacker survives two gun shot wounds and promptly landed in jail.

It was only a matter of time until a knockout attacker tangled with an armed citizen. Of course Liberals will tell you that the concept of a ”good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun” is a myth (as in this promotion to get Libs to push gun-control at Thanksgiving). So if gun-control works so well, then why are there constant headlines like this one—15 shot in one typical Chicago night—out of strict gun-control Chicago?

WILX News 10 reports the following:

A game called “Point-em-out, Knock-em-out” has made it’s way to Lansing, and it’s exactly how it sounds. The game consists of someone being randomly targeted, then attacked.

It’s a game that’s been growing with popularity on the internet, with teenagers filming themselves punching unsuspecting victims. Lansing had it’s first case of the game brought to light this summer, but it’s possible it’s been happening under the radar for months.

On February 26th a man waiting for his six-year-old daughter to to dropped off from school had no idea he would be the city’s first reported victim.

“I saw the van circle twice and the second time three came out. I didn’t suspect anything. I hadn’t any enemies, or any reason to believe they would be looking to do anything to me.”

We are not revealing the victim’s identity for his protection.

The victim was attacked by 17-year-old Marvell Weaver. But Weaver did more than try to knock his victim out, he tried to do it with a taser. Luckily for the victim, the taser didn’t work and he was able to protect himself with his concealed-carry .40 caliber pistol.

“He shoved something into my side. I wasn’t sure what it was. It had some force to it. I wasn’t sure if it was a knife or a gun,” said the victim.

Weaver was shot twice, in the leg and an inch away from his spine. He’s been sentenced to a year in jail for the attack, but he admits he’s getting off easy.

“It was just a lesson learned. I wish I hadn’t played the game at all,” said Weaver.

But Weaver say’s this wasn’t the first time he’d played it. Before he was caught, he and his friends had attacked random people on several occasions. […]

“What they tried to do to me wouldn’t have been a joke if they would’ve succeeded. My child would’ve been left with the aftermath of seeing her father in any type of way I would’ve been left,” said Weaver’s victim.


Murder CapitalGun Crime: FBI statistics show Chicago, with one-third the population, passing New York City in the number of murders in 2012. Is it time for a national conversation about gang control vs. gun control?
President Obama doesn’t often mention his hometown when he talks about gun control. Then he’d have to explain, in arguably the most gun-restricted big city in America in the last state to allow concealed carry of firearms, why Chicago is now officially the murder capital of the United States.
In new statistics released Monday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported 500 murders in Chicago in 2012, up sharply from the 431 in 2011. New York reported 419 murders last year, compared with 515 in 2011. Others put Chicago’s total as high as 532, but the fact is the carnage now leads the nation with more people murdered in the Windy City in the first two weeks of September than were murdered at the Washington Navy Yard. Through Wednesday, Chicago had suffered 21 homicides in September.
On Tuesday, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, an avid gun-control advocate and opponent of Illinois’ concealed carry law, held another of what has become a series of press conferences displaying guns seized by Chicago cops — some 5,095 in the first 37 weeks of 2013 — along with a lecture on crime and gun control. But he inadvertently found common ground with Second Amendment defenders when he noted that while guns are being seized, the gun criminals are often allowed to go free.
“We seize nine guns for every one that the NYPD seizes,” McCarthy said. “That’s not success that we’re talking about,” he added. “We’re talking about the fact that they shouldn’t be here in the first place and when we arrest those people — they don’t go to jail.”
McCarthy had a specific case in mind, that of Chicago teenager Hadiya Pendleton. The 15-year-old Pendleton was gunned down in Chicago’s Kenwood neighborhood, a few blocks from the high school she attended and a few days after she performed with her high school band at Obama’s inauguration. The park where she was killed is less than a mile from the president’s home in Kenwood.
“The alleged killer of Hadiya Pendleton should have been incarcerated for illegal possession of a firearm when he killed her,” McCarthy noted, and he was right. Michael Ward received probation in January 2012 for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. He was still on probation for the felony gun possession offense when he allegedly shot Hadiya to death on Jan. 29.

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Karen Lewis Points Finger At ‘Rich White People’ For School Problems

karen-lewis-0618Chicago School SystemCHICAGO (CBS) – A day before the first set of school closings was set to begin, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis had some harsh words about how the Chicago Public Schools are funded and managed, blaming much of the district’s problems on racism.

WBBM Newsradio’s Nancy Harty reports, at a luncheon on education reform, Lewis told members of the City Club that Chicago is the most segregated city in America.

“When will there be an honest conversation about poverty and racism and inequality that hinders the delivery of an education product in our school system? When will we address the fact that rich white people think they know what’s in the best interest of children of African-Americans and Latinos, no matter what the parents’ income or education level?” she asked.

Lewis said minority neighborhoods are disproportionately disinvested by the city, and see more foreclosures and school closures.

“It’s as if there were a concerted effort to make sure that these are not walkable, thriving, healthy communities,” she said.Lewis also blamed banks for driving people out of their homes through illegal foreclosures, resulting in underutilized schools and a smaller tax base.

“If the banks had not crashed our economy, the district would now have nearly $180 million more to invest in our classrooms,” she said.

As for efforts to reform schools, Lewis said CPS should work with teachers to improve schools, and not appointed board members who’ve never stepped foot in a classroom.

“When did all these venture capitalists get so interested in the lives of minority students in the first place? There’s something about these folks who love the kids, but hate their parents,” Lewis said. “As long as the status quo of elites continues to impress upon our district, these horrible policies that may work very well in corporate environments – but are simply not good for children – the Chicago Teachers Union will be portrayed as oppositionists.”

She said inequality has prevented people from embracing more revenue for schools through higher property taxes.

“If you look at the majority of the tax base for property taxes in Chicago, they’re mostly white, who don’t have a real interest in paying for the education of poor black and brown children,” she said.

She offered suggestions for school funding instead of more cuts and layoffs – pointing instead to TIF funds, taxes on commuters and financial trades, and what she called a more equitable tax system to bring in billions of dollars for schools.

EXPOSING THE DIRT IN DEMOCRAT CHICAGO - WOMAN Arrested 396 times, woman knows how to work the system

knifewieldingbagladyuptownOn a sweltering day last summer, traffic came to a standstill on a bustling stretch of Bryn Mawr Avenue in Edgewater, emergency crew sirens wailed and Chicago Police Officer Tom Rolon hurried to the scene.

The crackling voice in Rolon’s radio reported a woman foaming at the mouth and lying in the middle of the street; Rolon approached and instantly recognized her. On a sweltering day last summer, traffic came to a standstill on a bustling stretch of Bryn Mawr Avenue in Edgewater, emergency crew sirens wailed and Chicago Police Officer Tom Rolon hurried to the scene.

The crackling voice in Rolon’s radio reported a woman foaming at the mouth and lying in the middle of the street; Rolon approached and instantly recognized her.

“She looked up at me and says, ‘Officer Rolon, I love you,’ ” recalled the now retired cop, who spent 17 years on foot patrol in Edgewater. “She got up, and all of a sudden she’s OK.”

Rolon recognized Shermain Miles because he’s seen her more times than he can count — drunk, half-naked, cursing and, on one occasion, lunging at another woman with a dinner fork.

Since 1978, Chicago Police alone have arrested Miles 396 times, mostly on the North Side — under at least 83 different aliases. Those arrests include 92 for theft, 65 for disorderly conduct, 59 for prostitution-related crimes and five for robbery or attempted robbery.

The frustrating truth: The system — strapped by overcrowded prisons and cuts to mental health funding — hasn’t been able to save Miles from herself or to help the communities she menaces. Nothing has worked. Not jail. Not prison. Not countless psychological exams for the woman described as being “acutely psychotic.”
Miles is a master at working the system, says Rolon. She fakes seizures that mean costly hospital visits. She gets judges to delay her cases. And then she returns to the streets to be arrested again and again — so many times that she ranks in the top 1 percent for all current CPD arrestees.

To the relief of many, Miles, 51, is currently in prison in downstate Lincoln. Police arrested her last August, when — after a day of allegedly slapping, punching and generally harassing folks on a stretch of Broadway in Uptown — she is accused of chasing after Ald. James Cappleman (46th). That arrest landed her back in prison for a possible parole violation of a 2010 conviction for robbing a 75-year-old Bosnian immigrant at knifepoint.

On Tuesday, the Illinois Prisoner Review Board is set to decide whether Miles violated the terms of her parole; if she did, it’s likely she’ll be held until April 2014, when her parole expires.

Mujo Cesic, Miles’ victim in the knife robbery, wants another option.

“She should never be released,” said Cesic, a firefighter in his native Bosnia who spoke through a translator.


Miles spent her childhood dodging feet, fists and anything else her mother found to inflict pain.

“We were all abused by my mom, but Shermain was abused more than any of us,” said one of Miles’ two sisters, who lives in the Southwest suburbs. “It’s the root cause of all her problems.”

The sister — who didn’t want her name used — said the state ultimately plucked her and her sister from their home in the Cabrini-Green housing project. Their mother died in 1994, and the sister said she never knew their father.

Unlike her sister, Miles never adjusted to foster care. By the time she was 14, Miles’ life on the streets had begun. She got pregnant as a teenager, and has an adult daughter living in Minnesota, the sister said.

How did the sister succeed where Miles didn’t?

“I was put in a good foster home with people who loved me and cared for me,” the sister said.

At some point, Miles drifted to the North Side.

Phelps Holmes probably knows Miles as well as anyone in Uptown — the geographical center of Miles’ territory, which mostly ranges from Lake View to the south and Rogers Park to the North. Holmes is off the streets now, but for nine years he slept in parks and on loading docks — much of that time with Miles slumbering nearby, he said.

“She’s always been a sweet young lady to me,” said Holmes, 59, standing a stone’s throw from the corner store at Sheridan and Lawrence, where Miles likes to buy her liquor.

Miles was generous with her food and drink, but silent on her past, Holmes said.

“You don’t talk about where you come from . . . because sometimes what got you homeless is because of things you did with your family,” he said. “You might have got on drugs and stole from them. They can’t trust you no more.”

Miles rarely sleeps in one of Uptown’s estimated 500 shelter beds because she fights with other guests, Holmes said.

“Steve,” a man who sleeps on a square of cardboard beneath Lake Shore Drive at Wilson Avenue, doesn’t know Miles, but he understands why she might avoid shelters.

“The shelters have bugs in them and they’re overcrowded; otherwise, I’d be in one right now,” said Steve, who wouldn’t give his last name.


Miles’ run-ins with police started decades ago. Her first arrest in the city came in 1978, for allegedly breaking into a car. Since then, police have detained her for assault, burglary, drug possession and public indecency — among many other crimes. Miles’ busiest year was 1988, when police made 25 arrests. In the majority of those cases, Miles is arrested, released and never convicted; Rolon says that’s partly because Miles knows how to work the system — getting judges to delay cases so that her victims get frustrated, stop coming to court and then the case is dismissed.

The Cook County state’s attorney’s office counts 73 convictions in all.

“We also need her to come to court,” said Fabio Valentini, chief of Cook County’s Criminal Prosecutions Bureau. “You can see that in a great many cases, she fails to appear in court.”

Valentini defends his office’s handling of Miles’ more recent cases, saying that whenever she’s been charged with a felony — 10 times, according to prosecutors — she is convicted. He also says that within the last year, Miles’ cases have been assigned to a single, community-based prosecutor available to talk over concerns with the public and police about Miles’ activities.

On the rare occasion when Miles has served prison time, she benefits from a state law that automatically cuts an inmate’s term in half for a range of crimes; that’s why she served only three years of a six-year term for robbing Cesic in 2008. But in 1993, Miles served about seven months of a two-year prison term — her first Illinois prison stay — stemming from an attempted robbery charge. In that case, Miles received about five months’ credit for good behavior, said Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman Stacey Solano.

After Miles’ most recent release from prison in April 2011, CPD arrested her six times before she was finally sent back to prison. Why?

“The Department [of Corrections] makes decisions on a case-by-case basis,” Solano said. “And when appropriate, will try to impose community-based sanctions for parolees before [an] automatic return to prison.”


Miles has been in and out of mental health hospitals and participated in various programs in the communities she calls home, including Thresholds, a North Side agency that bills itself as the state’s oldest and largest organization helping people with severe mental health illness.

“Within one year of joining a Thresholds program, 90 percent of Thresholds’ members remain out of costly hospital care and nursing home care,” according to Thresholds’ web site.

How the agency has helped Miles remains unclear. Thresholds refused repeated requests to talk about Miles or their programs in general.

Miles has told court-appointed psychologists she believes people are trying to kill her and steal her money.

While signing some forms, “the defendant laughed so loudly and exuberantly that she almost fell out of her chair,” one psychologist wrote in a 2006 letter to the judge handling an attempted robbery case that involved Miles grabbing an Edgewater woman and telling her: “Give me your f—ing money or I will kill you.”

Cappleman, who said he witnessed Miles punch and slap two people last summer on North Broadway before she came after him, says his ward’s notorious resident can’t simply be released from prison without a “highly structured” plan in place.

“For the sake of Ms. Miles and the community, it’s time to take the next step to ensure the community is no longer terrorized by her behavior,” Cappleman wrote in a February letter to the state’s Prisoner Review Board, which will consider Miles’ case Tuesday.


So what does Miles have to say for herself?

Earlier this year, she agreed in a hand-written note to an interview with a Chicago Sun-Times reporter: “Since I have gave my life over to the Lord, I have no problem with you coming out here. . . . It is very much appreciated that you are wanting to hear my side of the story.”

On the day of the interview, she sat quietly waiting on a bench in a hallway inside the red-brick complex at Logan Correctional Center in rural Lincoln. She wore lipstick and eyeliner, and her frequently unkempt hair was neatly styled. One correctional officer described Miles as well-behaved, requesting Gospel music when she is transported to Cook County for court appearances.

But when a reporter introduced himself, she said, “Am I getting paid?”

When she found out she wasn’t, Miles turned on her heels and walked away, saying: “Then I have nothing to say. Jesus already took care of it.”

Back in Edgewater, the business community in particular is dreading Miles’ possible return. Miles has been known to chase after pedestrians and pinch them. She sometimes walks out in the middle of traffic and holds out her hand like an unofficial crossing guard.

“There is always one case that rallies a community, and she was that case,” said Marko Zaric, a spokesman for The Business People for Bryn Mawr, a group that monitors crime in the area.

Edgewater florist Rick Flinn, who said he called police 25 times last summer about Miles, recalls one frustrated police officer’s approach to handling her.

“There used to be a person who’d pick her up and drop her off on the Far South Side,” Flinn said. “She always gets back here somehow.”


CHICAGO – While Chicago mainstream media is conveying things being under control, there was yet another flash mob in Chicago over the weekend – this time on Michigan Avenue. Hundreds of teens took to the streets, intimidating pedestrians and onlookers. The phenomenon is attracting national attention
A similar occurrence took place in March at the Ford City shopping mall, just south of Midway Airport.

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