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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Chicago’s Top Cop Calls For Getting Tough On Gun Offenders

He’s the very definition of “career criminal.” His rap sheet runs 36 arrests long. Three felony convictions include robbery in 2005, burglary in 2007 and aggravated battery of a police officer in 2012. Other crimes—stolen vehicle (2011), possession of a gun (2013), reckless conduct and associating with gang members (2015) and numerous parole violations.

Yet all of that wasn’t enough to keep him behind bars. This 24-year-old convicted felon—who was so well-known to Chicago police that he was on a list of people deemed to be at high risk of getting shot or being a shooter—was roaming the streets freely on Tuesday when he murdered a rival gang member.

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson rightly pointed to this as a glaring example of the need for Chicago’s justice system to hold gun offenders with extensive felony records more accountable for their crimes.