Defund the police? Cook County blows past 1,000 homicides for the year for the first time in almost thirty years

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COOK COUNTY, IL – Democratic lead Cook County, Illinois has failed over the last few years to get violent crime under control, specifically in the city of Chicago.

Now, the city which has been known for numerous homicides a week has surpassed a morbid historic mark, for the first time in 27 years, the county has seen 1,009 homicides this year, and there are still four weeks to go in 2021.

According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, the county has not seen that high of a number since former Democratic President Bill Clinton was in office…in 1994.

In that year, the area saw 1,141 homicides which, sadly, the area may be close to reaching or surpassing by the end of this year. This number is only second to the homicides reported in 1991 which were 1,229.

The city of Chicago has the most reported number of homicides in comparison to the unincorporated areas in Cook County. In total, the city has seen 777 confirmed homicides, and the remaining 23% or so have been reported in the county jurisdiction.

The youngest person was murdered as a 1-month-old boy while the oldest was an 84-year-old man.

Of the total number of homicides reported as of this article, 81 percent of the victims were black while the latino population accounts for under 15 percent. In all, 88 percent of those killed were male.

The City of Chicago has long faced criticism in how they respond to violent crime and their attempts to deter it.

Liberals and Democratic leaders claim that the violent crime is due to lack of gun controls in other areas of Illinois and the rest of the country while Republicans and conservatives point to the cause being the way in which they prosecute criminal cases.

Regardless of which opinion is right, the blame is falling on current Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot who accepts none of the responsibility.

Lightfoot, in an interview with MSNBC “Morning Joe” show in October, noted that there has been an increase with the Chicago Police Department clearing homicide cases during the year, but acknowledges more needs to be done.

Additionally, Lightfoot alluded that the rise in violent crime was due to the pandemic and prosecutors who are not placing the criminals behind bars. She said:

“[W]e are making progress in Chicago. We have a homicide clearance rate that’s about 45%. Certainly below what we expect, but better than we’ve been in about fix or six years.

We cleared more murders this year than we have in the last 10 years. So, we’re seeing progress made, but there’s no question that the COVID-related impact on the public safety system in Chicago, in New York, in L.A., D.C., and other cities across the country is real.

And what we’ve got to continue to do is make sure that we’re demanding of our courts and our prosecutors that they hold violent people accountable and keep them off the streets.”

Lightfoot did not stop there:

“It’s a huge issue for us in Chicago, and we have to continue fighting that fight. And then we’ve also got to play the long game at getting at the root causes of the violence, which is poverty, lack of investment, lack of jobs, and…lack of hope.

We got to disrupt the pipeline of young souls that are going to the streets and subject to the predatory tactics of gangs by giving them hope in a future that isn’t minding somebody’s corner spot.”

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Chicago: 54th person so far this year arrested for shooting, killing or trying to kill someone while on felony bond

CHICAGO, IL – Chicago’s uncontrolled killing spree this year is being partially fueled by pretrial release of felons as evidenced from the arrest this week of a man who opened fire on a truck driver earlier this year.

 

Armonii Russell, 24, became the 54th person accused of killing, trying to kill, or shooting someone in Chicago this year while awaiting trial for a felony. A total of 76 victims are involved in those crimes, according to a report in CWB Chicago.

Russell was arrested on a warrant for attempted murder this week for opening fire on a truck driver during a road rage incident on the Dan Ryan Expressway on April 27. At the time of the shooting, he was on bail awaiting trial for a firearm charge and manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance.

Before ordering Russell held without bail for the shooting, Judge Maryam Ahmad said:

“This court knows of no other offense more threatening to public safety than shooting at a vehicle on a highway.”

 

Russell is charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.

In an event captured on the truck driver’s dash camera, Russell’s vehicle sideswiped the trucker while the two were merging into traffic. Russell then pulled in front of the trucker and “brake checked” him repeatedly, according to Assistant State’s Attorney John Gnilka

Russell then displayed a handgun out the window of his vehicle and fired four shots through the trucker’s windshield. Thankfully, the driver was not struck by the gunfire.

The suspect then fled the scene while the trucker and a witness called police. Prosecutors said police used the truck’s dash camera video to obtain Russell’s license plate and other evidence to help identify him.

An arrest warrant was obtained for Russell in November, and police almost nabbed him earlier this year. During that arrest attempt, police observed the suspect entering his BMW and tried to take him into custody. The suspect managed to flee the scene but left behind a handgun and clothing that police used for DNA evidence.

The Chicago Police Department finally caught up with Russell this week during a traffic stop in the city.

In an increasingly common scenario in the “Windy City,” Russell was on bail for a felony when he committed the shooting. He had been released on just $2,500 bond for allegedly carrying a 45-caliber handgun while selling drugs in a South Side Laundromat in January.

The felon also had a pending grand larceny case in Las Vegas, Nevada, when he was released, according to Gnilka.

 

Chicago has been suffering from a violent crime spree and reduced police numbers this year. The problems are being exacerbated by the “Defund the Police” movement and liberal policies calling for limits on the use of cash bail and judges and prosecutors permitting violent offenders and felons to receive pretrial release.

A Loyola University study designed to show the success of bail reform has found the opposite. The report shows that Cook County’s controversial limits on the use of cash bail caused more crime on the streets of Chicago and resulted in fewer defendants showing up in court.

In the report, scholars Don Steman and David Olsen found that, controlling for a range of factors, bail reform led to the release of roughly 500 defendants who would otherwise have been detained. They also estimate that, both before and after reform, roughly 17 percent of released offenders committed a new crime, including three percent who committed a violent offense.

The report found:

“(Bail reform) had no effect on new criminal activity or crime.”

 

However, the report found that if 500 additional people were released under bail reform, and the same share of released individuals re-offended, then the total number of crimes in Chicago would rise. The New York Post explained:

“It’s a mathematical fact: More offenders multiplied by a constant crime rate equals more crimes. Using precise figures from the paper, the 9,200 individuals released following reform committed roughly 1,573 crimes and 294 violent crimes. If only 8,700 offenders had been released, they would have committed 1,488 new crimes and 278 violent crimes.

“In other words, the release of just 500 people led to roughly 85 additional crimes, including 16 additional violent crimes.”

Adding to the problems of bail reform, the study determined that such measures caused more offenders to fail to appear for court proceedings or trial.

The study found that there was a significant increase in the failure-to-appear rate, rising from 16.7 percent to 19.8 percent. This results in police, especially Chicago officers, having to serve more high-risk arrest warrants.

As of November 28, there have been 792 homicides in Chicago this year. In all of 2020, which saw riots and anti-police violence across the city, there were 730 homicides during the entire year. In comparison, there were 501 homicides in all of 2019.

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.  And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here.

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