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Image courtesy Illinois Department Of Corrections

Demarcus Brandon doesn’t have to worry about checking in with his parole officer any more. The convicted violent felon was released last July after serving less than half of a 13-year sentence for armed robbery and weapons charges. Brandon had been shot in the neck by police several years ago during his arrest, but that wasn’t enough of a disincentive. No, the siren song of the Thug Life was apparently too strong for this felonious Odysseus to resist and he was shot dead while robbing a Chicago cell phone store last week. Maybe he should have lashed himself to the mast after all . . .

Police say that Brandon pulled a handgun and tried to rob a small cell phone store on East 87th Street, but the store clerk was packing, too. They exchanged gunfire, and Brandon’s years behind bars didn’t do much for his marksmanship skills. The clerk turned out to be a good enough shot in a tight situation, and he put Brandon down with several hits. Brandon was pronounced dead at the scene.

When cleaning up the scene, police recovered Brandon’s handgun which they now believe to be the weapon used to shoot Harvey police officer Robert Rolfe on November 24th when he responded to a robbery in progress call. Police are waiting for the results of ballistics tests, but they think Brandon is (or was) their man. It’s probably no coincidence that Officer Rolfe was shot not far from the location where Brandon was captured in 2007. Rolfe is recovering at home. No charges are expected against the clerk, who hasn’t been named.

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    • Take half the money that the state would spend on him for his parole, and eventual rearrest (and retrial… and re-jail…), and give it to him. Tax payers get a service at half the price, and the inconvenienced store clerk walks away with a little cash for his help to society.

    • Thanks to “recently” passed IL state law, no local municipality has the legal right to regulate handguns or handgun ammunition in any way. And in IL, since it’s legal to carry in your fixed place of business, without a permit (aside from your FOID), Chicago can FOAD.

  1. has the ACLU and the NAACP stepped in and filed a civil lawsuit and demanded that criminal charges be brought against the shop owner for committing a hate crime yet?

    • Any minute now . . .
      And Jesse and Al will be standing on the courthouse steps with bullhorns. Unless, that is, the shooter is of the same ethnicity as the room-temperature guy.

    • Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Louis Farrakhan all are flying first class at this very moment to Chicago with bull horns in hand!

      • Jackson and (the Wrath of) Farrakhan both live in Chicago. Sharpton is pulling a pr stunt and moved there allegedly for a year to go after “gun violence” (translation: more opportunity to get on tv and conduct shakedowns). I need to get out my google maps, but I think this may have been closer to Jackson’s house. Farrakhan lives near Hyde Park/Unv of Chicago.

    • What would you characters say about all the (white) meth-heads in my area who rob pharmacies at gunpoint to get oxycontin, etc.?

      There was a (white) robber who robbed a woman in her own house at gunpoint recently. There was also a (white) robber who pistol-whipped a woman.

      Your thinly-/not-at-all- veiled racism wouldn’t apply there.

      • They would ask the same exact question, only sarcastically. I believe you may have completely missed the point. If the perp is white, you don’t see Al Sharpton protesting… but if he’s black, he’s always the misunderstood youth who was cut down in the prime of his life (which he was turning around). And if he’s proven to be a thief, it’s a youthful indiscretion or he’s stealing cell phones to feed his starving little brother.

        • I didn’t miss anything, friend. The point was all the (unfortunately predictable) allusions to Al Sharpton, Obama, welfare, etc., in the comments in this thread, and throughout this site.

        • jughead, I hope you don’t mind a comment from a non-racist. The allusions to Sharpton, Farrakhan, and Jackson, etc., are based upon the history of these three men. This is not a race thing (as others have pointed out), it is an attitudinal problem.

        • @ Jughead:

          “What would you characters say…”

          Will wonders never cease!

          Or perhaps, ‘whiteface’?

          Gimme’ a break: the likes of Jackson and Farrakhan reap what they sow.

      • Well if they shot said meth heads, i.e. criminals regardless of their ethnicity, I would still say they deserve a get out ofof a traffic ticket free card, ammo replaced, and because of the chemical waste perpetrator(s) an upgrade in caliber.

        As a black man myself, I say criminals are criminals. Their character, or lack thereof, is what counts. Not the color

        • The point was all the (unfortunately predictable) allusions to Al Sharpton, Obama, welfare, etc., in the comments in this thread, and throughout this site.

        • I don’t necessarily agree with dragging Obama into every damn thing, because it makes this too much like Facebook. But as far as Al Sharpton getting dragged into it… if it walks like a duck, as they say. The man is a race-baiting huckster who has likely done more to harm race relations in this country than the next three people on the list combined. I don’t know if he’s done anything at all that’s a net positive, but even if he has, I guarantee it’s outweighed by the damage he’s done. In just two incidents (the Duke lacrosse case and George Zimmerman) that man did more damage than any single person should be allowed to without having his right to breathe revoked. This country would be significantly better off if he never existed.

      • Easy Jugs, I commented on the anticipated racist reactions of anti-white organizations like the NAACP. I can’t comment on white criminals (meth heads and others) as their story didn’t make it on this blog. If you have something to share by all means please do, and I’ll share equally in my joy of other criminals being shot in the act.

      • Just like how it is merely a coincidence that the majority of the so-called “gun violence” is gang on gang, minority on minority… fault the men for their deeds (or lack thereof), not the color hue of their skins.

        As for me, while I don’t want to say I’m happy Mr. Brandon had to die at the hands (or should I say, the bullets) of this courageous clerk, I consider it a far better end of the story than a dead innocent clerk, another criminal on the loose, and yet another example of an inefficient justice system.

        Let us forget what the name of this street punk was, and let us be sad that we do not know the name of this clerk, for he should be the hero and we should not plaster the names and faces of criminals as if they were anything to be remembered. Much like school shooters, criminals must serve their punishment, or die, and their identities forgotten all along, unless you’re a fan of the idea of people trying to outdo them in the name of fame.

        You know. Like school shooters.

      • You’re overextending your vocabulary and social skills. The best message is kept succinct. My tip to you: Go with “racist, racist, waa-waa, racist waa-waa”, like most of the (largely ignored) media. It’s a sure-fire hit for every unrealistic dumb-ass in the nation.

        Though most of the world is getting tired of this constant whining, you might still be able to find a few sympathetic, beta, onesie wearing, finger-pointing cry babies willing to join you for a latte’. It’s still a big hit with the media even as they become the punchline to a never-asked joke.


        • If not racism, you explain the rationale behind the (seemingly apropos-of-nothing) Obama and welfare comments when discussing blacks on this site?

          Thanks for playing.

        • The percentage of persons described as white (30%) and black (31.8%) receiving welfare benefits under the TANF/SSP programs is nearly equal per US 2010 Census data. The difference is the percentage of each group within their respective population receiving welfare benefits for whites is much lower. Due to a much larger population by race type [US Census defined], more white persons receive welfare benefits than black persons.

          Thus, negative comments directed at welfare recipients may not be racial as some suggest. Rather, I consider the comments as expressions of frustration at their taxes being spent to support a culture of welfare that traps recipients in a state dependent system offering little to no incentive to better their lives. In short, the potential of the many of recipients to live more fulfilling and productive lives is being harmed by a system that should be giving them a hand up rather than a hand out.

          source data:

      • White people don’t get to play the race card. Welcome to reverse discrimation. The folks here aren’t racists, they’re *realists.* That means that a black man committing a violent felony can actually be shot by someone of a different race. While the liberal progressive media will howl in protest if it fits their narrative, we won’t. Shocking, isn’t it?

        And as a realist, I operate on a zero extra points for being a minority policy. Didn’t a great man once say to judge a man by the content of his heart and not the color of his skin? Words to live by.

    • Depends, my guess is that your son would have some superficial resemblance to you. So if you look similiar to the clerk (who we haven’t seen yet) then you probably are right.

      • He would also know how to look up the words “hyperbole”, “turn of phrase”, and “wordplay” in the dictionary, so he damn sure wouldn’t be anything like you.

        • lolinskis family fled the Balkans and went to Norway. If I remember correct he’s 17-18 yo. Between possible language barriers and living quite a ways removed from our shores I give him credit for getting a lot more right than wrong.

      • Lolinksi,

        In case you are not aware, Prez Obummer stated at some point, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon [Martin].”

        • I know about Obamas statement. That is why I wrote what I wrote, it’s a joke.

          The whole language thing wasn’t a problem, me typing in the middle of the night was.

  2. Now that his funeral is over, the important work can begin; blaming law abiding gun owners thousands of miles away for his actions and waging jihad on their freedom.

  3. “Police say that Brandon pulled a handgun and tried to rob a small cell phone store on East 87th Street, but the store clerk was packing, too.”

    How is this possible in Chicago with nearly the strictest gun control laws in the United States? I am shocked, SHOCKED I say!

    This is just one more example of how criminals find a way to get weapons regardless of laws. That is, after all, just what criminals do.

  4. By the way this is an important example of why all law enforcement officers should be wildly in favor of armed citizens … we make their job safer. In case no can tell via the written word, I am absolutely serious.

    The armed citizen incapacitated the violent criminal which greatly reduced (and for all intents and purposes eliminated) any risk to police arriving on scene. Furthermore, a violent armed criminal who apparently shot a police officer a few weeks ago will no longer be shooting other police officers because and armed citizen incapacitated the violent criminal.

    Are all of you law enforcement officers out there listening — especially the few who don’t like armed citizens?

  5. What was that shop keeper thinking…that was a dangerous felon cop shooter. In Chicago you are supposed to be victims not a hero! No just kidding well done save taxpayers the cost of life support.

  6. “Police are waiting for the results of ballistics tests”

    other than seeing what caliber and possibly manufacture of the ammo used, what other testing can they do? is there any testing on the actual gun that can be done?

  7. I’m sure there’s folks already on the street corner holding up signs seeking donations & car wash for the funeral.

  8. Wait, the guy was robbing a cell phone store? Then he must have been trying to get his Obummerphone. We all needz us sum O’fonez. Here be the key featurez of the ObamaPhone:

    -It automatically rejects calls from people with a different opinion.
    -Every time you take a picture, it produces a grimmer image of America.
    -It doesn’t have a plan; it just keeps telling you how bad the other guy’s plan is.
    -When it crashes, it blames your previous phone.
    -All 3 AM calls go directly to voicemail.
    -It has a really useless app called “Biden.”
    -Pairing it with another device sucks all the energy out of the other unit.
    -Type in “job search” and it gives you directions to the welfare office.
    -The navigation feature covers all 57 States.
    -The default ringtone for international calls is “I’m sorry, so sorry, please accept my apology.”
    -The healthcare app downloads and installs itself without your permission.
    -When you make a call, a teleprompter pops up to help you speak.
    -Restaurant reviews are all written by Michelle Obama.
    -There are never any winners on Angry Birds.
    -Instagram takes two months to process a photo and you have to fill out 3 PDFs to do so.
    -Paypal app is replaced with ReceivePal app.
    -You can’t find “Jerusalem” on Google maps.
    -It turns all your Facebook friends into enemies and all your enemies into friends.
    -Don’t want to work? There’s an app for that, too.
    -It automatically bows down to phones made by foreign companies.
    -When you watch a YouTube video, a US ambassador gets killed.
    -When you dial “home”, it calls Kenya.
    -As opposed to the iPhone, it’s called the mePhone.

  9. I’ve got to say that I’m pretty damn shocked to hear about a Chicago DGU. I’m very curious about which guns and calibers were used, how many shots were fired, and how the hell the ballsy store clerk managed to have a legal gone in Chicago.

  10. Oh my, that must of been an overreaction by the gun owner the poor violent scumbag was only doing his job. At least the gun owner could have waited to be shot in the face first. Wow, These gun people, The Gaul of them defending themselves.


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