Chicago’s top cop Eddie Johnson blames gangs, not guns, for the horrific violence in the Windy City this year. On Monday afternoon, after a particularly bloody Christmas weekend that saw 12 people killed and 51 wounded, Chicago’s PD chief blamed gangs for the carnage. He told WLS-TV, “These gun offenders have repeatedly shown us that they’re not going to play by society’s rules.”
In Rahm’s paradise, it takes big brass cajones to blame violent criminal predators instead of guns. Chief Johnson’s politically dangerous comments come as no surprise to clear-thinking, rational people. However, clear-thinking and logical don’t describe public positions of the Chicago Democrat machine.
ABC7 Chicago reported on Eddie Johnson’s comments:
At a press conference Monday afternoon, the Chicago Police Superintendent called the violence “unacceptable” and said 90 percent of those killed have gang ties, criminal histories or were on the department’s strategic subject list.
Police said most of the people shot, not all, were targeted.
“They were targeted knowing fully well that individuals would be at homes of family and friends celebrating the holiday,” Johnson said.
He went on to call “for tougher penalties for repeat gun offenders.”
Chicago politicians don’t want tougher penalties for repeat gun offenders
As a guy who has spent time lobbying in the Illinois General Assembly, I can tell you first-hand that Chicagoland Democrats don’t want enhanced penalties for repeat gun offenders. These Democrats see sentencing enhancements as merely putting more “young black men” into prison.
Chicago’s Democrat State’s Attorney’s office does not even aggressively prosecute armed bad guys and gals using existing laws.
- Police nabbed three young males red-handed after a drive-by shooting. Two people gained fresh, unwanted piercings. Cops caught them after a short pursuit. Five-oh recover the three guns used in the crime. The State’s Attorney charges them with a class 4 felony – punishable by a mere one to three years in prison upon conviction.
- A woman with a felony past unlawfully carries and unlawfully possessed handgun into a bar without a carry license. She becomes intoxicated, comes out, and pops off rounds at someone who has angered her. A video of her attempted murder of others made its way to YouTube. Police catch up to her, arrest her, and the SA’s office charges her with a misdemeanor.
Other times, the SA’s office drops charges entirely:
(CWB) – Charges have been dropped against a man accused of battering an off-duty police officer who intervened in a Wrigleyville street disturbance on June 22. The officer was rendered unconscious in the attack.
One count of felony aggravated battery to a police officer against 29-year-old Tremaine Wilson was tossed out with a finding of no probable cause by Cook County Judge Marvin Luckman. The state then dropped a lesser charge of reckless conduct, according to court records.
Then the judges don’t follow bail recommendations. Instead, they turn out bad guys who should remain jailed.
Cook Count’y judges not following bail recommendations
(Sun-Times) – Cook County judges routinely make bail decisions for crime suspects contrary to what the judges’ new risk-assessment system calls for, according to a review of more than 1,500 cases this year obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.
A review by the Cook County sheriff’s office showed judges’ bail decisions differed from the guidelines about 85 percent of the time. The review tracked cases in 30 weekday sessions — between Feb. 10 and March 29 — in Central Bond Court at the main Leighton Criminal Courthouse at 26th and California.
Traditionally, Chicago Democrats like Mayors Richard Daley and Rahm Emanuel have always pointed the finger of blame at guns instead of the criminals who use them. Daley and Emanuel have incessantly howled for more gun restrictions, not just for residents of their city, but all of Illinois’ residents.
They mayors’ appointed police chiefs have pretty much, until now, toed the party line. Not Eddie Johnson though. Eddie Johnson calls a spade a spade. He blames bad guys with evil in their hearts. He courageously blames gangs for the violence plaguing his city. Johnson’s bold statements surely put his job at risk from an angry Mayor Emanuel.
Eddie Johnson has said some dumb things. His girlfriend got her promotion to lieutenant under some very suspicious circumstances. However, we must give him his props here, though. He didn’t take the easy way out.
We hope Eddie Johnson has a golden parachute lined up. Why? Because Rahm Emanuel occupies the driver’s seat of a big city bus. Eddie Johnson may find himself thrown under the bus sooner rather than later if he keeps speaking the truth.