CHICAGO, IL – Welcome to Chicago, where violence is exploding.
A woman identified as Katrice Hardaway captured a video on the a Chicago commuter train showing a male hospice nurse goaded into brawling with a fellow passenger, who witnesses claimed was ranting about the coronavirus.
Witnesses told Fox News that the man was shouting at him about health care workers, blaming them for the pandemic.
The video shows the nurse trying to get the man to leave him alone, prior to standing to defend himself. Hardaway hit the panic button on the train as the situation escalated.
Other passengers try to get between the two, but the man accused of assaulting the nurse wasn’t pleased that the nurse got the upper hand in the tussle and that the other passengers seemed to side with the nurse.
When the train arrived at a stop, the man refused to get off, so the nurse decided to get off at the 69th Street exit. Hardaway followed to make sure police got the video.
“Fighting through this pandemic for us, and he shouldn’t have to go through that on his way to work,” Hardaway told Chicago’s WBBM-TV.
“We are told the nurse is pressing charges, but the other man is still on the loose.” said a CBS Local Report.
This latest attack comes during a summer of exponentially escalating violence in Chicago.
It’s been a particularly bloody year in Chicago, with the pandemic and the civil unrest forming a perfect storm for gangs and unaffiliated criminals to take advantage of the chaos for their own nefarious purposes.
As violence escalates, calls to defund and restrict police continue. Despite those demands, the woman taking the video can be heard saying that the police need to be called and she plans to turn the video over to them so the nurse can press charges.
Earlier this month in Queens, New York, we reported on another brutal attack.
In an unprovoked attack, Patrick Chambers, 46 years old, slashed two elderly men on a No. 7 train.
At around 7:30 am on Sunday, July 5, Chambers was riding as a straphanger on the train towards 52nd St.-Lincoln Ave station in Sunnyside.
Witnesses said that Chambers suddenly yelled to the two elderly gentlemen, who turned out to be 71 and 73:
“Why aren’t you with your children?”
Chambers then “charged” at one of the men with a knife, slashing in the forearm. The second man tried to help the stabbed man, at which point he was stabbed as well.
Meanwhile the mayor is focused on painting blm on a street
— Matt (@mnoce19) July 11, 2020
Both men were knocked to the ground.
Video obtained shows that when the men stood back up, Chambers again lunges towards one of the men, stabbing him repeatedly.
Chambers was forced to back away when an MTA employee intervened, and Chambers went into another car.
When the train stopped at the 52nd St.-Lincoln Ave station, police responded and arrested Chambers.
The charges against Chambers were two counts of assault and menacing, as well as criminal possession of a weapon.
For unreported reasons, Chambers was in the hospital for a week following his arrest, and had not yet been to an arraignment hearing.
NYPD Transit Chief Edward Delatorre said in a tweet:
“The suspect was arrested moments later, charged with multiple counts of felony assault, menacing, and criminal possession of a weapon, and is currently awaiting prosecution.”
Meanwhile in New York, politicians are calling for the defunding of police at an incredible rate. Here’s more on that from Law Enforcement Today.
On Wednesday, after pouring over hours of testimony from demonstrators and a heated exchange with NYPD supervisors, New York State Attorney General Letitia James recommended sweeping police reforms as part of her ongoing probe into clashes between officers and protesters.
The investigation was initially prompted by criticism of NYPD tactics and violent encounters caught on video during the protests that took place after the death of George Floyd. In her preliminary report, James is calling for structural changes at the department as well as new oversight and accountability. James said in a statement:
“While our investigation remains ongoing, after 30 days of intense scrutiny, it is impossible to deny that many New Yorkers have lost faith in law enforcement. We must bridge the undeniable divide between the police and the public. This preliminary report and the recommendations included is an important step forward.”
James, who enlisted the help of Barry Friedman, founding director of the Policing Project at NYU Law School, and former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to assist in the probe, also recommended boosting accountability and transparency by establishing a commission to oversee the NYPD and strengthening the Civilian Complaint Review Board. She said during a conference call with reporters:
“We must change the existing structure of the NYPD, which gives the police commissioner unilateral authority. The NYPD should report to the people it serves.”
James also said:
“The police should not police themselves, period. It’s really important that we think of major reforms and not tinker around the edges.”
The 57-page report concludes that the public must have more oversight of department policies, structure, and leadership. It recommends a “redesign” of the disciplinary system for officers. According to the report:
“Police should be prohibited from employing such a disproportionate response and be prohibited from using deadly physical force where there is no use or imminent use of sever physical or deadly force.”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo originally tasked James with probing the NYPD’s response after videos of officers pepper-spraying protesters indiscriminately and shoving peaceful demonstrators to the ground went viral. So many people submitted testimony to James’ office that the AG had to add a second day of virtual hearings to accommodate the flood of requests.
I am releasing a preliminary report in my office’s ongoing investigation into the NYPD’s response to recent protests.
While our investigation continues, after 30 days of intense scrutiny, it is impossible to deny that many New Yorkers have lost faith in law enforcement.
— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) July 8, 2020
Initially, NYPD supervisors did not respond to a request to appear, but police commissioner Dermot Shea later testified, defending the actions of her officers caught on tape. Shea told James that he did not agree with allegations of widespread inappropriate use of pepper spray on protesters and other incidents saying that officers exercised “incredible restraint.”
The report goes on to recommend that all police officers should be certified through a process that would allow for “decertifying” officers engaged in misconduct, preventing them from remaining a police officer or being rehired by another department in the state.
This report includes:
➡️In-depth accounts of interactions between NYPD & protesters
➡️Recommendations for systemic police reforms including removing unilateral power from the NYPD Commissioner
➡️Areas of specific concern that will continue to be the focus of our investigation
— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) July 8, 2020
Patrick Lynch, the president of the Police Benevolent Association, which represents rank and file officers, said the AG’s report only tells one side of the story and delivers reheated proposals that have been a part of the anti-police agenda for decades. He said in a statement:
“If the goal is to heal the rift between police officers and the public that won’t be achieved without giving meaningful consideration to the perspective of police officers on the street.”
NYPD Deputy Commissioner Public Information Richard Esposito called the report a “political and not an investigative document.” He said in a statement:
“Rather than research rhetoric we should come together, state and local enforcement and elected’s and confront and solve the crisis at hand. Meanwhile we at the NYPD will continue to protect and serve the public as we have for 175 years.”
Within the report, James calls for a series of systematic changes that the city, state, and NYPD should consider to remedy the concerns of the public including redesigning the role of police in New York City, stating law enforcement being the “de facto response” to mental illness, homelessness, and school safety must change.
Following protester’s demands to cut police spending, the city recently approved a budget that will shift $1 billion from policing to education and social services in the coming year.
In the meantime, former Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, who served as Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first police commissioner, slammed city and state leaders Monday for abandoning cops and helping create a “crime virus” to go along with the coronavirus in claiming innocent victims.
In a radio interview with WABC-77, Bratton said:
“The city is a mess and it’s going to get a lot worse unfortunately. It’s a second storm. There’s the coronavirus that’s taking a lot of lives on the one hand and now the crime virus that will take a lot of lives on the other.”
“Even more troubling are the citizens who would normally cooperate with police to ferret out crime are not doing so because they feel intimidated by their neighbors who are protesting police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of cops in Minneapolis.”
Asked if he was disappointed with his former boss, Mayor Bill de Blasio agreeing to policies that will make it harder for the NYPD to tackle crime, including steep budget cuts, Bratton did not hold back:
“I’m disappointed with the whole political establishment here in the state, in Albany, and in the city. They have effectively, collectively, and individually turned their back in many respects on the entity that’s most responsible for the crime reduction in this city, state, and indeed the county–the police.”
Bratton was particularly baffled by City Hall’s sudden decision to reduce police manpower, noting the additional 1,300 police officers added under his watch bolstered neighborhood policing, which was broadly supported as a move to improve relationships between the police and the community.
He said many Council members were too young to understand the fear of crime the gripped the city in the 1980s and early 1990s, when there were more than 2,000 murders a year.
While Bratton did not criticize de Blasio by name, he did not spare the City Council for pushing an agenda that he said catered to the “far left” and likened the legislative body to a “mob”:
“Most of them don’t know what they voted for. They’ve become a mob themselves in the sense of some of the legislation they’re passing. They should be ashamed of themselves.”
Bratton gave a critique of what’s contributed to the increase in shootings and crime, which he likened to a “perfect storm.” Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature’s decision to pass an “ill-conceived” law to eliminate cash bail for many crimes before the pandemic hit is a very significant and driving force of the crime spike.
Bratton also said that “emptying” the state prisons and jails has put recidivist criminals out on the streets at a time when the court system is in “disarray” because of the coronavirus crisis, with delays in defendants being arraigned or indicted. Bratton said he’s very disappointed the city’s political leadership is “playing” to the demonstrators and not just the left, but the far left:
“It’s going to come back and eventually bite them all in the rear end. The City Council has spoken and now their constituents are going to be punished by rising crime and the ineffectiveness of government to control it.”
Bratton acknowledges the near impossible situation the country is going through as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to effect lives and livelihoods across the nation, but he remains hopeful:
“Literally you’d have to go back to the start of World War II or in the case of more contemporary history, September 11 to have had a time where we’ve been more at risk, in the sense of fear about the future. I’m an optimist and I’m very confident that we’ll get through this, but not without great cost.”
You want a great example? Let’s flash back to this report from last month:
NEW YORK CITY, NY – It seems as though some recent, and expedited, releases from Rikers Island under the guise of COVID has shown a healthy return to custody. Apparently, 250 released convicts and accused criminals have already been rearrested 450 times.
"At least 250 convicted and accused criminals freed from New York’s Rikers Island prison have been rearrested 450 times thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) jailbreak directive."
Wow. Never saw this coming.https://t.co/bVmN0PvnE5
— Abigail Marone (@abigailmarone) June 15, 2020
Statistics from the NYPD revealed the alarming rate of alleged reoffending since Governor Cuomo decided to take drastic measures in the effort to enforce social distancing in the likes of jails and prisons. NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea commented on the move that lacks “common sense”:
“We’re continuing to see people get arrested over and over and let right back out. And it really defies common sense.”
Arrest data showed that about 2,500 people have been released from Rikers since the orders were delivered in March to start thinning out the jail population. Crime Control Strategies Chief Michael LiPetri noted that nearly 10% of that released population have been arrested 450 times.
These governors who are releasing violent crumble out of jail should be held responsible for the crimes they commit. Where is the outrage from victims of these repeat offenders? Where is the justice? Rape, murder, theft all, never would have happened https://t.co/1cjoAseq4x
— DigitalGirlRuns (@Digitalgirl717) June 15, 2020
Meaning those of that portion of the compassionate releases to help combat the spread of COVID wound up getting arrested again, nearly twice after that first release.
Of course, the fallout of these mass jail exoduses is likely going to be compounded further, with characters like Mayor Bill de Blasio edging to cut police funding.
Do you want to join our private family of first responders and supporters? Get unprecedented access to some of the most powerful stories that the media refuses to show you. Proceeds get reinvested into having active, retired and wounded officers, their families and supporters tell more of these stories. Click to check it out.
On June 7th, Mayor de Blasio said that he will partially defund the NYPD and will divert that money to provide support to youth and social services.
As New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio – who has long been no friend to police – promises to begin defunding the NYPD, there are rumblings that some of the “top cops” are considering throwing in the towel.
-LA Mayor Eric Garcetti wants to #DefundThePolice.
-NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to Defund The Police.
-The Minneapolis City Council wants to #AbolishThePolice.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) June 8, 2020
Mayor de Blasio also stated that he was putting an immediate end to the city’s 8 pm curfew, which was the first curfew the city had seen since 1943. The ending of that curfew was no cataclysmic action as the it only ended one day ahead of schedule.
“We are committed to shifting resources,” de Blasio said,” according to a report by WPIX-11. “The investments in our youth are foundational.”
— City of New York (@nycgov) June 7, 2020
The defunding, the mayor claims, will not create an issue with increased safety risks to New Yorkers. Apparently less money being spent on salaries, training and equipment equates, which leads to fewer cops on the street, using outdated equipment and not being adequately trained, equates to safer citizens.
Inside sources at NYPD tell Law Enforcement Today that Mayor de Blasio has been pushing NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea to come out publicly against officers being “too aggressive” against violent rioters – or “peaceful protesters”, as de Blasio would reportedly prefer they be referred to.
We’re told that Shea has been pushing back, and that as a result, his time may be short at NYPD. The same goes for Chief of Department Terence A. Monahan.
Absolutely nothing has been confirmed – but suffice it to say that morale is arguably hitting new lows.
So aside from defunding police and also the ill-effects of the massive COVID releases, we’re als o seeing a new-era of alleged criminal releases in New York.
A cop’s head was bashed wide open with a stolen glass bong.
It happened during violent protests in Manhattan.
And now a judge has released the alleged looter who did it, according to The New York Post.
A radical Manhattan judge released a violent looter from jail without bond after he bashed a NYPD officer in the back of the head
The officer took several days to recover from the injury.
Now the looter, Kevin Bullock, is back out on the street.https://t.co/GaIobicttn
— Neal Houston, Ph.D. ?? ⭐⭐⭐ (@DrNealHouston) June 15, 2020
Judge Laurie Peterson overruled prosecutors and released a defendant without bail.
In that case, it allegedly led to a pair of unprovoked slashings by the guy who was released.
“What could she possibly be thinking? Is she living under a rock? Did she see the looting going on in the city?” a cop who worked in Manhattan every night of the recent riots told The Post.
“I guess they really want to do away with cops and let the criminals run wild.”
According to police, Kevin Bullock, 22, was one of the thieves who police say vandalized a smoke shop at the corner of Walker and Baxter streets shortly after 2 a.m. on June 1.
Police said that when an officer grabbed Bullock, one of the thieves, he hit the officer in the back of the head with a bong stolen from the store.
Bullock allegedly has a rap sheet listing 23 prior arrests, according to police.
They said he then shoved the cop and took off.
But Joyce is angry with the judge who let Bullock out of jail following his arrest.
“The judge is an ass—e,” Joyce said of Manhattan jurist Laurie Peterson.
“Are you f—king serious? That’s messed up. They should have set a high bail so he didn’t get out. https://t.co/jtozhA0b2t
— Nicole Malliotakis (@NMalliotakis) June 14, 2020
The officer was left with a bloody gash and a concussion. After several days of recovering, he was placed on limited duty, the Post reported.
They were able to capture Bullock after pulling surveillance footage. On Wednesday, NYPD’s Warrant Section tracked him down Wednesday at his apartment in Brooklyn.
The Post reported that they were able to arrest him, despite Bullock crawling out a window and jumping from a fire escape to try and get away.
According to court records, Bullock was charged with assault on a police officer, attempted assault with a weapon and burglary.
“This is a strong case, with clear video evidence, and he faces state prison time if convicted of these violent felonies,” a law enforcement source told The Post.
“Bail is the least restrictive means to ensure his return to court.”
On Thursday, Manhattan prosecutor Caitlin Naun laid out the evidence and asked for bail to be set at $25,000 cash or $75,000 bond.
He was instead released without bail pending another court appearance on Sept. 11, according to court records.
Want to make sure you never miss a story from Law Enforcement Today? With so much “stuff” happening in the world on social media, it’s easy for things to get lost.
Make sure you click “following” and then click “see first” so you don’t miss a thing! (See image below.) Thanks for being a part of the LET family!