Chicagoland: Officer arrested for firing a weapon at a group of carjackers

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EVERGREEN PARK, IL – An off-duty Chicago Police Officer has been arrested and charged after she allegedly fired her weapon at a group of suspected carjackers.

Cook County prosecutors allege that off-duty officer, Oneta Sampson Carney, was at a Sam’s Club in Evergreen Park on October 30th when the incident occurred. 

Prosecutors allege that three men approached Carney and her husband as they were loading the item they had bought inside of the store. 

Two of the suspects allegedly offered to assist Carney and her husband as a third jumped into the driver’s seat of the vehicle and sped away.  The criminal who was driving the vehicle stopped momentarily as one of the other criminals ran toward the stolen vehicle. 

Prosecutors allege that is when Carney fired one round which struck the pavement behind the stolen SUV.  Of note to the prosecutors was that the parking lot had many people there, including children.    

Although it does not appear that anyone was struck with the bullet fired by Carney, prosecutors are charging her with reckless discharge of a firearm. 

The reason is that the prosecutors allege that the suspects presented no weapons and or threat to the couple when the round was fired. 

Carney called 911 for help after she had fired the shot to report the theft of her vehicle, however, allegedly left out the part where she had fired a round until responding officers arrived.  Investigating officers searched for and recovered a shell casing and Carney’s weapon. 

An inspection of the gun showed that her firearm was missing one round.

Carney, who is listed as a sergeant for the Chicago Police Department and a nineteen-year veteran of the force, was arrested and charged with felony reckless discharge of a firearm.  When Carney appeared in front of a judge for the first time, her attorney argued that she could not afford anything more than $100 bail. 

Considering that information, Judge Arthur Willis set Carney’s bail at $5,000 which means that Carney must find a bondsman and pay at least 10 percent of the $5,000 and offer up something worth $5,000.  In assigning the bail, Willis said:

“You’ve done excellent work over the years.  This is a one-time error.”

Chicago Police reported that Carney’s SUV was seen in the 200 block of West Wacker Drive after it had rear-ended another vehicle.  The occupants that were inside the vehicle, six in total, jumped out and attempted to flee the scene. 

Chicago Police Sergeant Rocco Alioto reported on October 31st that police were able to take all six persons who allegedly jumped out of Carney’s vehicle into custody.  The oldest person in the vehicle was twenty-six with the rest being juveniles. 

The Chicago Police Department, like the vast majority of police agencies throughout the United States, authorize deadly force only in circumstances in which the person being targeted is a realistic threat for great bodily harm or death. 

If Carney is in some way able to articulate that she was in reasonable fear that the suspects were trying to run over those that were in the parking lot, she may be able to somehow justify her actions in court.  However, even if that were the case, there are plenty of court cases out there that prevent that type of action in that type of situation.

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Cook County board president and ‘defund the police’ advocate with large security detail accused of hiding carjacking incident

CHICAGO, IL- Fox News reported that Chicago Democrat Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who has condemned “systemic racism” in police departments and pushed to defund the police, has suggested that she was herself a victim in a carjacking and shooting incident involving her security detail.

 

The incident reportedly happened in September, but only became public knowledge on Wednesday, October 6th. Two suspects allegedly tried to hijack the car of Preckwinkle’s security detail outside her home in Hyde Park on September 27th.

Preckwinkle was not harmed and was not in the vehicle when it happened, but the incident left neighbors rattled. Preckwinkle addressed the situation for the first time nearly a week after it happened. 

Republican Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison told Fox News that commissioners routinely receive alerts for major and minor crimes and violence in the area, but that this incident remained under wraps.

He suggested that Preckwinkle may have covered up the incident. He also suggested that it was hypocritical of Preckwinkle to criticize police while maintaining her own security detail. During a budget briefing on October 7th, Preckwinkle said:

“I was at my home and I heard gunshots. I think it’s important to say that this is a pending investigation. I can confirm that there was a violent incident two weeks ago. A member of my security detail was sitting outside my home, in his police vehicle.”

 

According to an emergency dispatcher on the night of the incident, a Cook County Forest Preserve police officer said assailants “attempted to carjack him and he returned fire at them.” The assailants fled, with one leaving a shoe behind.

Shortly after the officer fired his gun, Chicago police responded to the call of a 19-year-old man with a gunshot wound in an apartment nearby. The officers who entered his apartment found several pairs of shoes manufactured by the same obscure company that made the shoe that police found abandoned near Preckwinkle’s. 

After doctor’s treated the man’s gunshot wound to the knee, police arrested the man on an outstanding warrant because he failed to appear in court on a pending felony charge of possessing a stolen motor vehicle. Preckwinkle said:

“I think this incident underscores how close to home violence is. There’s been an uptick of crime in my own neighborhood in Hyde Park.”

 

Despite her brush with violence, Preckwinkle has been “doubling down” on her anti-police agenda. The day after she finally acknowledged the violent incident, Preckwinkle brought up the idea of “reimagining or resourcing money away from 911 boards to mental health programs.” Morrison said:

“She’s a complete gas-lighter. It’s gobsmacking.”

In July 2020, the Cook County Board made decisions to defund the police. After the board approved the resolution, Preckwinkle said:

“I’m for reducing and redirecting our investment in law enforcement. Systemic racism continues to plague our communities. We’re over-policed and there’s a disproportionate number of black deaths at the hands of the police.”

Morrison faulted her for “hypocrisy,” adding:

“Although she wants to defund the police, the president’s protective detail has only grown in size.”

He suggested that Preckwinkle may have covered up the incident because it is inconvenient for her political narrative. He said:

“You have to believe either that there are no policies in place to report the use of force or that you made the wanton intentional decision to not report it.”

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