Father Michael “Snuffy” Pfleger (above, center) oversees St. Sabina’s Catholic Church in south Chicago. Pfleger has made himself a minor celebrity for his social justice warrior behavior, including his rabidly anti-gun views.
In fact, the man of God once called on his followers to snuff out the owner of Chuck’s Gun Shop in nearby Riverdale along with members of the Illinois General Assembly who oppose gun control.
Not surprisingly, the un-Christianlike, violent man of the cloth tends to attract similar folks into his orbit. You may remember about a year ago when Henry Hale, one of Pfleger’s bodyguards, caught an arrest for illegally carrying a handgun. Right on the steps of St. Sabina’s church no less.
That’s Henry Hale in the photo above at another subsequent rally in front of Chuck’s Gun Shop. Follow the link to our story with a video of the rally, including Hale staying right by the gun-hating priest’s side.
Now, another one of Pfleger’s (former) security guys, Louis Hicks, Jr. is sitting in jail facing murder charges for an alleged crime of…”gun violence.”
CHICAGO — A man has been charged with murder for the fatal shooting of a woman at a Northwest Side Walgreens.
Louis Hicks Jr., 33, was charged Thursday with one felony count of first-degree murder, one felony count of false impersonation of an officer and one felony count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
Police said Hicks was identified as the person who shot and killed 46-year-old Sircie Varnado inside the Walgreens on the 4800 block of West Fullerton Avenue in the city’s Belmont Cragin neighborhood last week.
According to Chicago police, the store manager confronted the woman after spotting her shoplifting.
He called a former security guard who reportedly falsely identified himself as a Chicago police officer. He had a verbal argument with the woman and the argument turned physical.
The man shot Varnado and took the shell casing with him.
Hicks once worked for Monterrey Security and has a record of arrests on drugs, assault and impersonating a federal employee.
At one time, he worked security at a Catholic charities field office at St. Sabina Church…
Well, that’s most of the story. Cops say Hicks and the woman struggled, with both ending up on the ground. In the end, Hicks held her down and shot her in the head when she didn’t comply with his demands.
This isn’t Hicks’ first brush with the law when it comes to impersonating the police. The Chicago Tribune reported on another incident from last summer:
The man was arrested last summer after he got into an argument with a woman in a White Castle on the South Side and was accused of snatching the receipt from her hands, according to a police report. The 24-year-old woman, who was with her 3-year-old niece, said the man then threatened to kill them and said, “I’m a police officer. Meet me outside. See what’s gonna happen,” the report states.
A witness recognized the man as a security guard at St. Sabina Catholic Church on 78th Street, where police took him into custody. The charges were later dropped when the accuser did not show up in court, according to Cook County court records.
Clearly Father Pfleger believes gun control is for the little people. After all, Pfleger surrounds himself with people with guns while demanding everyone else give up theirs. And he obviously has no compunction about threatening his ideological opponents with physical violence.
If Pfleger really believes that people don’t need guns, he should lead by example. Do away with his armed security and hire people who won’t get in trouble with the law. We aren’t holding our breath.