Horrifying footage shows man, 28, being gunned down inside his own house while home with his wife

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ROCKFORD, IL – A 28-year-old man was gunned down inside of his home, with his wife present at the time, by three at-large gunmen who breached his front door and immediately opened fire. Surveillance footage caught the moments when the three suspects came to the front door and opened fire on the unsuspecting victim.

The incident happened on October 5th at approximately 5:30 p.m. at a residence located off of Jonathan Avenue. Surveillance footage shows three men approaching the front door and opening it up, with one of the gunmen immediately opening fire and trying to walk in before briefly retreating.

After the gunman backed away from the front door, the suspect continued firing inside of the house before attempting to walk inside again. One of the suspects can be heard in the captured audio telling someone to “stay down” before more gunfire erupts.

One of the suspects who was still outside was about to rush into the home, but stopped to place slippers over his shoes before walking in.

Police say that a man identified as 28-year-old Louie Lee was killed in the shooting. Louie’s wife, Tyshema McIntosh Lee, could also be heard in the video telling the gunmen to “please get out”.

Speaking about her late husband, Lee said that he was a family man that wasn’t entangled in anything that would warrant such a presumably targeted shooting:

“He was a family person. He wasn’t really for this type of stuff.”

When looking back on the incident, Lee said that everything happened in a matter of moments:

“It happened real fast. They just opened up my door and started shooting. At first, they left back out, which I thought they’d left, but then they came back in and started shooting again.”

When asked if Lee would have anything to say to the men who killed her husband, she stated that she had nothing to say to them:

“I don’t want to talk to them. I mean, I wish it never happened, and then all the other incidents that happened the same night.”

Lee’s reference to “all the other incidents” from that evening relate to other shootings that occurred throughout Rockford. Roughly two hours after Lee’s husband was murdered, a 16-year-old was shot in an apparent drug deal. Police arrested a man identified as 19-year-old Tyree Isom in that incident.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. that same evening, four other people were shot within the 400 block of Independence Avenue, with two of those victims reportedly in critical condition. Rockford Police Chief Carla Redd said the spate of shootings that day all appear to be targeted ones:

“I can’t say they’re gang related, but the individuals that are involved, the individuals are known to one another.”

Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara commented on the rash of shootings “plaguing” the area, saying the root of the problem needs to be identified and dealt with:

“This is something that we, as a city, have an opportunity to say ‘what are we going to do about this?’ This is, obviously, not acceptable. We, obviously, all agree on that. So, let’s wrap our arms around this problem and work together and get to the root cause and stop this problem from existing and plaguing our community.”

Anyone with information on the murder of Louie Lee is urged to contact Rockford Police at 815-966-2900 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867.

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Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx keeps releasing criminals – including accused murderers and gang bangers

(Originally published October 6th, 2021)

CHICAGO, IL – According to reports, the rift between Chicago Police’s duty to arrest and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx deciding to prosecute is widening – leaving questions as to what can be done when a county attorney isn’t prosecuting alleged offenders.

City Journal’s Thomas Hogan coined the standing between Chicago Police and Foxx as being at “loggerheads” with one another, writing that at first “it was low-level crimes that Foxx declined to prosecute,” then she declined to prosecute Jussie Smollett for his “hate-crime hoax”, and now she’s graduated to not prosecuting murder cases and gang shootings.

A murder case that Foxx has decided to not prosecute regarded a 7-year-old girl named Serenity Broughton, who was fatally shot on August 15th and critically wounded her 6-year-old sister. Detectives told the family of the slain girl that they had a suspect in the case and had plenty of evidence to prosecute.

Yet, the State’s Attorney’s Office claimed that the evidence wasn’t enough and declined prosecution.

Michael Broughton, the slain girl’s father, called it an “atrocity”:

“This is an atrocity and it’s happening much too frequently. It’s happening much too often and there’s nothing being done about it. There’s people going unpunished for these crimes. It’s unfathomable.”

Another matter that is drawing scrutiny is Foxx’s decision to not prosecute five men reportedly linked to a gang shootout earlier in October that left one person dead and two others wounded.

All five suspects who were arrested under suspicion of several felonies, to include murder, were released after Foxx’s office proclaimed, “the evidence was insufficient to meet our burden of proof to approve felony charges.”

A police report noting the declined charges said that Foxx’s reason for there being lacking evidence was because the alleged shooters were “mutual combatants”.

A similar argument was brought by Foxx’s office in a case she refused to prosecute from September where an 18-year-old was fatally stabbed by a 17-year-old, claiming the fatal fight was mutual combat.

To demonstrate how much ire Foxx is conjuring with her prosecutorial discretion, she’s even managed to get Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to push back against her unwillingness to effectively do her job.

After Foxx criticized Mayor Lightfoot over raising the alarm about Foxx no prosecuting the suspects in the fatal gang shooting, Mayor Lightfoot decided to simply circumvent Foxx’s office for prosecution in the case and is bringing the evidence to U.S. Attorney John Lausch to review:

“I’ve also reached out to the U.S. attorney to ask him to also evaluate the evidence that was there to see if there’s a possibility for federal charges.”

While many know of Lighfoot as being the Mayor of Chicago, in a past life she was a federal prosecutor herself, and said that the evidence police have on the case is “compelling” for a murder charge:

“Whatever evidence that needs to be gathered, the police department is going to be Johnny on the spot and make sure we get it. But this is, to me, a very compelling case.”

Apparently, there’s multiple pieces of video evidence that captured the gang shootout that left one dead, which is why Mayor Lightfoot is standing by the evidence collected in the case:

“We cannot send a message that it is OK and you get a pass that you shoot up a residence in broad daylight, captured on film, and no consequences will happen to you. That can’t be a world that we live in.”

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“Blue flu”: Officers (who can’t strike) call out sick to protest working conditions in Illinois

(Originally published October 5th, 2021)

ROBBINS, IL – Police officers in the village of Robbins will be returning to work following numerous call outs by officers in protest over working conditions with the police department.

Since it is illegal for police officers to go on a strike, the officers instead staged a walkout in an effort to have their grievances addressed.

Earlier in October, the Village of Robbins Police Department experienced a litany of call outs from police officers. Reportedly, out of the 14 police officers employed with the department, as many as 10 were not showing up for their assigned shifts.

The issues sparking the walkout pertained to officers feeling as though they were underpaid, lacking the proper resources to do their job, and overworked.

Detective Commander Hurman Mathus explained the shared sentiments from the officers who participated in the walkout, saying that the village can’t expect officers to “give their all” and in turn ignore the needs of those same officers:

“We want the village to understand we all stand in solidarity with each other; that we’re not going to continue to give our all, and the village is ignoring us and gives us nothing.”

While the staged walkout was ongoing, Robbins Mayor Darren Bryant assured residents that they were not going to be without emergency services – noting that neighboring law enforcement agencies would be responding in the event of an emergency.

And apparently the walkout accomplished what it was intended to, as Detective Commander Mathus confirmed that officers agreed to return to work on October 5th.

He stated that the police chief had agreed to acquire new protective vests for officers, as well as establishing a formal line of communication with department officials until officers can get into union contract negotiations.

Robbins village spokesman Sean Howard confirmed the aforementioned as well, saying that the amount of money allocated for the protective vests is unclear as of this time, but that it was a contingency for the officers to return to work.

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